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The 1987-88 season was the 108th season of competitive football in Englandmarker.

Overview

First Division

Liverpool won the league title with a comfortable nine-point margin and just two defeats all season. Their key players were two new signings - winger John Barnes and forward Peter Beardsley - who, along with John Aldridge, helped defy any doubts that people might have had as to whether Liverpool could challenge for honours after Ian Rush's departure. Second in the league were Manchester United, rejuvenated under Alex Ferguson - who had bought some impressive new players including Brian McClair and Steve Bruce.

The first relegation places went to Watford and Oxford United, who both lost far too many games and picked up far too few points to have any realistic hope of avoiding relegation. Next to go down were Portsmouth, whose First Division comeback lasted just one season. Chelsea then became the first top division club in 90 years to lose their status after playoffs. They lost to Second Division Middlesbrough in the playoff final and surrendered their First Division place to the Teessiders.

Second Division

John Docherty's impressive Millwall side lifted the Second Division championship trophy and gained promotion to the First Division for the first time in their history. Runners-up were Aston Villa, managed by Graham Taylor and boasting a squad of strong players like David Platt and Martin Keown. Middlesbrough won promotion for the second season running after negotiating the relegation/promotion playoffs at the expense of Chelsea.

Huddersfield Town, who had suffered a 10-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in November, were the Second Division's biggest flops during 1987-88 as they went down in bottom place. Reading followed them. The Second/Third Division relegation/promotion playoffs once again saw a Second Division club suffer relegation, this time it was Sheffield United.

Third Division

Sunderland's first season in the Third Division ended in glory as they lifted the championship and went back up to the Second Division. They were joined by runners-up Brighton & Hove Albion and playoff winners Walsall.

The Third Division relegation places were occupied by Rotherham United, Grimsby Town, York City and Doncaster Rovers.

Fourth Division

Wolves ended their two-year tenure in the Fourth Division by finishing top of the table and winning promotion to the Third Division, one season after being rescued by new owner Jack Hayward and new manager Graham Turner. They completed an outstanding season by winning the Sherpa Van Trophy final at a packed Wembley against Burnley. Earlier the campaign had begun on a sour note, when Football League newcomers Scarborough hosted Wolves on the opening day in a match that was marred by crowd trouble.

Bolton Wanderers, another fallen giant, also ensured their Fourth Division tenure was short lived by winning automatic promotion. Swansea City were promoted via the playoffs just two years after almost going out of existence, while their South Walesmarker neighbours Cardiff City were also promoted.

After having spent several seasons as the highest placed Welsh team, financially troubled Newport County were relegated for the second successive season. This time they lost their Football League status after 60 consecutive seasons in the Football League. Lincoln City won the Conference title to take their place. Less than a year later Newport were to go out of business before reforming.

Scunthorpe United left the Old Showgroundmarker and moved into Glanford Parkmarker, thus becoming the first English club in more than 30 years to move to a new stadium.

FA Cup

Wimbledon caused one of the biggest footballing upsets of the 20th century by defeating champions Liverpool 1-0 in the FA Cup final. The winners had only been league members for 11 years and First Division members for two years, while the losers had just wrapped up their 17th league championship. Lawrie Sanchez headed the only goal from a Dennis Wise free kick in the first half of the Final.

Other Trophies

Ray Harford's Luton Town achieved a shock 3-2 win over Arsenal in the League Cup final to win the first major trophy of their history. Harford had only been promoted to the manager's seat from assistant manager a year earlier as successor to John Moore.

Luton also appeared Wembley in the final of the Simod Cup, but were surprisingly beaten 4-1 by Reading.

In April 1988, Nottingham Forest won the Football League Centenary Tournament, a competition played over two days between 16 clubs at Wembley. They beat Sheffield Wednesday on penalties in the final after a goalless draw in the 60-minute match.

Star players

The PFA voted Liverpool's high scoring winger John Barnes Player of the Year in his first season at Anfieldmarker.

Newcastle United's exciting young midfielder Paul Gascoigne was voted Young Player of the Year before being transferred to Tottenham Hotspur.

Brian McClair scored 25 First Division goals for runners-up Manchester United in his first season at Old Traffordmarker following his move from Glasgow Celtic.

Liverpool striker John Aldridge was top scorer in the league and collected a championship medal in his first full season at the club, but missed the penalty in the FA Cup final that cost his side the chance of a unique second double.

West Ham striker Tony Cottee had another high scoring season before being transferred to Everton.

Steve Bull scored 52 goals in all competitions (37 in the league) for Fourth Division champions Wolves.

Young midfielder David Platt had an excellent first season for Aston Villa, establishing himself as a competent goalscorer as well as gaining promotion to the First Division.

Star managers

  • Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish added the league title to his managerial CV to bring his total of championships to two in three seasons and Liverpool's all-time total to 17.
  • Alex Ferguson's efforts in rebuilding Manchester United saw them finished second in the league just 18 months after they had looked in danger of relegation.
  • Bobby Gould guided Wimbledon to a shock victory over Liverpool in the F.A Cup final.
  • Ray Harford earned Luton Town the first major trophy of their history by guiding them to victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final.
  • Graham Taylor's first season at Aston Villa ended in promotion to the First Division at the expense of his old club Watford.
  • John Docherty brought First Division football to Millwall for the first time in their history.
  • Bruce Rioch took Middlesbrough to the First Division just two years after financial problems almost put the club out of business.
  • Dennis Smith began Sunderland's revival by guiding them to the Third Division title.
  • Graham Turner guided Wolverhampton Wanderers to Fourth Division title glory which made them the first club to win all four divisions of the Football League.
  • Phil Neal ensured that Bolton Wanderers bounced back quickly from their recent sharp decline by taking them to runners-up spot in the Fourth Division.


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National team

England were eliminated from Euro 88 after losing all three group games in West Germanymarker. The Netherlands went on to win the tournament. In spite of continued calls from the tabloids for a new manager to be installed, the FA kept faith in Bobby Robson once more.

Transfers

Liverpool paid an English club record fee of £1.9million for Newcastle United's 26-year-old striker Peter Beardsley. They also spent £900,000 on Watford winger John Barnes.

Diary of the season

15 July 1987 - Ray Harford, first-team coach, is promoted to the manager's seat at Luton Town following the resignation of John Moore.

21 July 1987 - Tottenham and England midfielder Glenn Hoddle moves to AS Monaco for £800,000 on a three-year contract.

30 July 1987 - Manchester United complete the signing of striker Brian McClair after a tribunal orders them to pay £850,000 for the striker who was originally valued at £2million by Glasgow Celtic.

3 August 1987 - Today cancel their sponsorship of the Football League after just one year, and less than 2 weeks before the new season is due to begin.

6 August 1987 - Peter Beardsley becomes the most expensive player to move between Britishmarker clubs when he joins Liverpool in a 1.9million deal from Newcastle United.

8 August 1987 - The Football League begins its centenary celebrations by hosting a match against a Rest of the World XI at Wembley. Diego Maradona and Gary Lineker (then at Barcelona) are in the beaten Rest of the World side by a Football League XI.

12 August 1987 - Barclays Bank become the Football League's new sponsors in a three-year deal worth in the region of £5million, while Portsmouth prepare for their first top division campaign since the 1950s by paying Leeds United £285,000 for striker Ian Baird.

27 August 1987 - Derby County, playing in the top flight for the first time in eight seasons, pay a club record £760,000 to Southampton for defender Mark Wright.

31 August 1987 - Manchester United, who have not won a top division title since 1967, show signs of ending their title wait in the not too distant future as they finish August as First Division leaders. [246725] In the Second Division, Plymouth Argyle and Barnsley - teams who have yet to play First Division football - lead the way on goal difference. Leeds United, Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth occupy the playoff places. Aston Villa, most observer's favourites for the Second Division title, are fourth from bottom in the division.

3 September 1987 – 10 months after being sacked by Manchester United, Ron Atkinson returns to football for a second spell as manager of West Bromwich Albion. He had first managed Albion from 1978 to 1981, during which time they finished third in the league and reached a UEFA Cup quarter-final, but Albion are now struggling in the Second Division.

11 September 1987 - Everton are rumoured to be interested in signing West Ham United striker Tony Cottee for a fee that could break the British transfer record.

16 September 1987 - Under pressure manager Bryan Hamilton brings Mike Newell to Leicester City from Luton Town for £350,000 in hope of giving his side the strength that could win an immediate return to the First Division.

18 September 1987 - Defender David Bardsley moves between First Division strugglers Watford and Oxford United for £265,000.

23 September 1987 - Sunderland, chasing an immediate return to the Second Division, bolster their attack with an £80,000 move for 19-year-old Marco Gabbiadini from Darlington.

23 September 1987 - Terry Venables, former manager of Crystal Palace and Queen's Park Rangers, is sacked after three years as manager of Spanishmarker giants FC Barcelona, and inevitable rumours of a comeback in English football are sparked by the national media.

28 September 1987 - Tommy Docherty, who managed Manchester United to FA Cup glory in 1977, is appointed manager of GM Vauxhall Conference side Altrincham.

30 September 1987 - Queens Park Rangers, without a top division league title to their name, finish September as leaders of the First Division ahead of fellow contenders Chelsea, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United. [246726] Bradford City, who have been outside the top division since 1922, look good bets for a long-awaited return as they top the Second Division, while second placed Hull City have high hopes of bringing First Division football to Humberside for the first time. Crystal Palace and newly promoted Middlesbrough and Swindon Town occupy the playoff places. [246727]

2 October 1987 - Tottenham Hotspur sell defender Richard Gough to Rangers for £1.5million.

14 October 1987 - England beat Turkey 8-0 in a friendly at Wembley Stadiummarker, echoing the result of a World Cup qualifier in the 1984-85 season.

16 October 1987 - Sheffield Wednesday sign defender Nigel Pearson from Shrewsbury Town for £250,000.

23 October 1987 - David Pleat resigns after 15 months as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, following allegations that he was involved in kerb crawling.

27 October 1987 - Tottenham Hotspur appoint Terry Venables as their new manager.

31 October 1987 - Everton chairman Phillip Carter disowns his club's supporters who were making racist chants at the Liverpool winger John Barnes, shouting: "Stay away you scum". Meanwhile, Arsenal finish the month as First Division leaders while Liverpool trail in third place by a one-point margin but with three games in hand. [246728] Bradford City now have a six-point lead at the top of the Second Division, their nearest rivals being Middlesbrough and Hull City. Aston Villa now stand fourth after continuing to improve upon their dismal early season form. Ipswich Town and Birmingham City are close behind. [246729]

1 November 1987 - 31-year-old England midfielder Ray Wilkins returns to Britainmarker after more than three years away when Graeme Souness signs him for Rangers in a £250,000 move from Paris St Germain.

11 November 1987 - England seal Euro 88 qualification with a 4-1 win over Yugoslavia in Belgrademarker.

19 November 1987 - Liverpool reject an offer from Bayern Munich for Danishmarker midfielder Jan Molby.

30 November 1987 - Arsenal remain top of the league as November draws to a close, but Liverpool are still one point behind them in second place with two games in hand. Queens Park Rangers are still keeping up their surprise title challenge, while last season's contenders Norwich City are now second from bottom in the First Division. [246730] Middlesbrough and Bradford City are level at the top of the Second Division on 43 points. Aston Villa, Hull City and Crystal Palace occupy the playoff places. [246731]

1 December 1987 - Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore is released without charge by police in Bermudamarker after being arrested on rape allegations during the club's tour of the island.

9 December 1987 - Eight football hooligans, all either Manchester United or West Ham United supporters, receive prison sentences totalling 51 years at Chelmsfordmarker Crown Court after being found guilty of public order offences on a Sealink ferry bound for Amsterdammarker on 8 August 1986. Meanwhile, Chelsea look to the future with the acquisition of Guernsey-bornmarker defender Graeme Le Saux, 19, from a Jersey-basedmarker side.

16 December 1987 - Manchester United pay £800,000 for Norwich City central defender Steve Bruce.

31 December 1987 - 1987 draws to a close with Liverpool's storming run taking them to the top of the First Division with a 10-point lead over second-placed Nottingham Forest who have a game in hand. Meanwhile, former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness signs Aston Villa midfielder Mark Walters for £550,000 in the latest of several moves to Ibrox Stadiummarker by English players. [246732] In the Second Division, Middlesbrough lead with a one-point margin over Bradford City. A four-point margin separates their nearest six challengers - Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Hull City, Manchester City and Ipswich Town, while early season promotion challengers Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth have slipped into the bottom half of the table. [246733]

4 January 1988 - John Wark returns to Ipswich Town from Liverpool in a £100,000 deal. He left Portman Roadmarker five years ago after helping Ipswich win the UEFA Cup and FA Cup, as well as being part of a side that nearly won the league title on two occasions, but returns to Suffolk with Ipswich Town now a Second Division side.

11 January 1988 - Dave Bassett is sacked after just six months in charge of Watford, who are currently bottom of the First Division a season after they finished ninth.

20 January 1988 - Oxford United, winners of the 1986 League Cup, reach the semi-finals of this season's competition with a surprise 2-0 win over Manchester United (second in the league) in the quarter-finals.

24 January 1988 - Arsenal pay Stoke City £400,000 for 23-year-old right-back Lee Dixon.

31 January 1988 - Liverpool remain top of the First Division as January draws to a close, still unbeaten and now 17 points ahead of their nearest contenders Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. [246734] Aston Villa have crept to the top of the Second Division, while Crystal Palace have risen to second place. Middlesbrough, Millwall and Blackburn Roversmarker occupy the playoff zone, while Bradford City have slid from second to sixth place in the space of a few weeks. Leicester City, relegated from the First Division last season, now occupy the Second Division relegation playoff place [246735]

2 February 1988 - David Platt, high-scoring 21-year-old midfielder, joins Aston Villa from Crewe Alexandramarker in a £200,000 deal.

4 February 1988 - Tommy Docherty is sacked after just over four months in charge of GM Vauxhall Conference side Altrincham.

5 February 1988 - A UEFA referrendum decides that all English clubs will be banned from European competition for a fourth successive season.

29 February 1988 - February draws to a close with Liverpool still top of the league having stretched their unbeaten start to the season to 26 games, though their lead over second-placed Manchester United has been cut from 17 points to 10 points, they still have three games in hand. [246736] The Second Division promotion race sees Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers level at the top of the table, with Millwall, Middlesbrough and Bradford City occupying the playoff places. [246737]

4 March 1988 - After seven months at Portsmouth, Ian Baird returns to Leeds United for £120,000.

12 March 1988 - Maurice Evans resigns as manager of Oxford United, another struggling First Division side. Evans, 51, had managed the South Midlanders to Football League Cup glory two seasons ago but had failed to establish them as proven winners in the league. On the same day, Luton Town edge closer to a remarkable cup double by defeating Portsmouth 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final at Kenilworth Roadmarker, while Wimbledon's hopes of a first-ever cup final appearance in their 11th season as Football League members move closer to reality with a 2-1 win over Watford. On the same day, Arsenal (who take on Luton Town in the League Cup final next month) blow their hopes of a cup double as they lost 2-1 at home to Nottingham Forest.

13 March 1988 - Liverpool move closer to a unique second double by thrashing Manchester City 4-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final at Maine Roadmarker.

20 March 1988 - Liverpool's record 29-match unbeaten start to the league season is ended when they lose to neighbours Everton.

24 March 1988 - Nottingham Forest pay Preston North End £150,000 for 18-year-old striker Nigel Jemson.

31 March 1988 - Liverpool's unbeaten start to the season may be over, but they still finish March with a 14-point margin over second-placed Manchester United (and two games in hand) which makes it almost certain that they will clinch their 17th league title this season. If they beat Luton Town in the FA Cup semi-final next week, they will also be a step closer to a unique second double. [246738] Aston Villa remain top of the Second Division with a two-point margin over Blackburn Rovers, with the playoff places being occupied by Middlesbrough, Millwall and Bradford City. Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Stoke City remain in strong contention for promotion as well. [246739]

4 April 1988 - Manchester United draw 3-3 with Liverpool at Anfieldmarker after being 3-1 down at half time, but are still left with little hope of overhauling the Merseysiders in the chase for the First Division title.

9 April 1988 - Liverpool move closer to an unprecedented second double by beating Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough. Wimbledon, meanwhile, end Luton Town's cup double hopes and move their FA Cup dream closer to reality with a 2-1 win at White Hart Lanemarker.

10 April 1988 - Wimbledon reach the FA Cup final for the first time by defeating Nottingham Forest in the semi-final.

18 April 1988 - Torquay United winger Lee Sharpe, who turns 17 next month, agrees to sign for Manchester United at the end of the season in a £30,000 deal.

19 April 1988 - Liverpool wrap up their 17th league title with a 0-0 draw at Norwich City.

16-17 April 1988 - The Football League programme is put on hold for a week as the Football League Centenary Tournament is staged at Wembley Stadiummarker between 16 clubs on the 100th anniversary of the league's foundation. Nottingham Forest are the winners of the two-day event.

24 April 1988 - Holders Arsenal lose defence of the League Cup with a 3-2 defeat to Luton Town at Wembley. It is Luton's first ever major trophy.

30 April 1988 - April draws to a close with Liverpool established as champions, while Manchester United still occupy second place. Charlton Athletic are now almost certain of a First Division relegation survival which had seemed almost impossible a few weeks ago, while Watford and Oxford United now need a miracle to save their top flight status. The promotion issues in the Second Division have yet to be confirmed, with just four points separating the top five clubs - Millwall, Aston Villa, Bradford City, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers. Crystal Palace are now the only team who can muscle in on any of the top five. [246740]

2 May 1988 - Oxford United's 2-0 defeat by Manchester United ends their three-year stint in the First Division, while Watford's shortcomings on the same day see them relegated as well. [246741]

10 May 1988 - Tottenham Hotpsur sell striker Clive Allen to Bordeauxmarker of Francemarker for £1million.

11 May 1988 - Aberdeen goalkeeper Jim Leighton links up with his former manager Alex Ferguson by signing for Manchester United.

14 May 1988 - Wimbledon pull off one the greatest footballing upsets of all time by achieving a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup final. Wimbledon have been First Division members for just 2 seasons and have only been a Football League side for the last 11 years, while Liverpool recently became the first English team to win 30 major trophies.Striker Lawrie Sanchez was Wimbledon's goalscoring hero, while Liverpool would have won the trophy had it not been for Peter Beardsley's disallowed goal and John Aldridge's penalty miss.

6 June 1988 - Newly promoted back to the First Division, Aston Villa prepare for life back among the elite with a £450,000 move for Everton defender Derek Mountfield.

8 June 1988 - Less than a month after saving John Aldridge's penalty in the FA Cup final, Dave Beasant completes a £750,000 transfer from Wimbledon to Newcastle United, making him the costliest goalkeeper in English football.

12 June 1988 - England's Euro 88 campaign begins with a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland.

15 June 1988 - England's chances of progressing to the next stage (semi-finals) of Euro 88 are effectively ended by a 3-1 defeat to Holland.

18 June 1988 - England are eliminated from Euro 88 when losing their final group game 3-1 to the USSR.

Deaths

  • John Smith, 49, played over 400 career games as an inside-forward between 1956 and 1973. In 1958, at the age of 19, he helped West Ham United win promotion to the First Division. His biggest success came in 1969 when he helped Swindon Town win the League Cup and record the only major trophy victory of their history. During the 1972-73 season, he had a five-month spell as manager of Walsall.
  • Harold Dobbie, 65, former Middlesbrough forward who scored twice on his club debut in 1948 - against near neighbours Sunderland. Later played for Plymouth Argyle and finally Torquay United before retiring from football and returning to his native Newcastle to run a hardware shop.


Honours

Competition Winner Runner-up
First Division Liverpool Manchester United
Second Division Millwall Aston Villa
Third Division Sunderland Brighton & Hove Albion
Fourth Division Wolverhampton Wanderers Cardiff City
FA Cup Wimbledon Liverpool
League Cup Luton Town Arsenal
Simod Cup Reading Luton Town
Sherpa Van Trophy Wolverhampton Wanderers Burnley
Football League Centenary Tournament Nottingham Forest Sheffield Wednesday
Charity Shield Everton Coventry City


League table

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 40 26 12 2 87 24 +63 90
2 Manchester United 40 23 12 5 71 38 +33 81
3 Nottingham Forest 40 20 13 7 67 39 +28 73
4 Everton 40 19 13 8 53 27 +26 70
5 Queens Park Rangers 40 19 10 11 48 38 +10 67
6 Arsenal 40 18 12 10 58 39 +19 66
7 Wimbledon 40 14 15 11 58 47 +11 57
8 Newcastle United 40 14 14 12 55 53 +2 56
9 Luton Town 40 14 11 15 57 58 -1 53
10 Coventry City 40 13 14 13 46 53 -7 53
11 Sheffield Wednesday 40 15 8 17 52 66 -14 53
12 Southampton 40 12 14 14 49 53 -4 50
13 Tottenham Hotspur 40 12 11 17 38 48 -10 47
14 Norwich City 40 12 9 19 40 52 -12 45
15 Derby County 40 10 13 17 35 45 -10 43
16 West Ham United 40 9 15 16 40 52 -12 42
17 Charlton Athletic 40 9 15 16 38 52 -14 42
18 Chelsea 40 9 15 16 50 68 -18 42
19 Portsmouth 40 7 14 19 36 66 -30 35
20 Watford 40 7 11 22 27 51 -24 32
21 Oxford United 40 6 13 21 44 80 -36 31


Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Millwall 44 25 7 12 72 52 +20 82
2 Aston Villa 44 22 12 10 68 41 +27 78
3 Middlesbrough 44 22 12 10 63 36 +27 78
4 Bradford City 44 22 11 11 74 54 +20 77
5 Blackburn Roversmarker 44 21 14 9 68 52 +16 77
6 Crystal Palace 44 22 9 13 86 59 +27 75
7 Leeds United 44 19 12 13 61 51 +10 69
8 Ipswich Town 44 19 9 16 61 52 +9 66
9 Manchester City 44 19 8 17 80 60 +20 65
10 Oldham Athletic 44 18 11 15 72 64 +8 65
11 Stoke City 44 17 11 16 50 57 -7 62
12 Swindon Town 44 16 11 17 73 60 +13 59
13 Leicester City 44 16 11 17 62 61 +1 59
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 61 62 -1 57
15 Hull City 44 14 15 15 54 60 -6 57
16 Plymouth Argyle 44 16 8 20 65 67 -2 56
17 Bournemouth 44 13 10 21 56 68 -12 49
18 Shrewsbury Town 44 11 16 17 42 54 -12 49
19 Birmingham City 44 11 15 18 41 66 -25 48
20 West Bromwich Albion 44 12 11 21 50 69 -19 47
21 Sheffield United 44 13 7 24 45 74 -29 46
22 Reading 44 10 12 22 44 70 -26 42
23 Huddersfield Town 44 6 10 28 41 100 -59 28


Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sunderland 46 27 12 7 92 48 +44 93
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 23 15 8 69 47 +22 84
3 Walsall 46 23 13 10 68 50 +18 82
4 Notts County 46 23 12 11 82 49 +33 81
5 Bristol City 46 21 12 13 77 62 +15 75
6 Northampton Town 46 18 19 9 70 51 +19 73
7 Wigan Athletic 46 20 12 14 70 61 +9 72
8 Bristol Rovers 46 18 12 16 68 56 +12 66
9 Fulham 46 19 9 18 69 60 +9 66
10 Blackpool 46 17 14 15 71 62 +9 65
11 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 58 56 +2 65
12 Brentford 46 16 14 16 53 59 -6 62
13 Gillingham 46 14 17 15 77 61 +16 59
14 Bury 46 15 14 17 58 57 +1 59
15 Chester City 46 14 16 16 51 62 -11 58
16 Preston North End 46 15 13 18 48 59 -11 58
17 Southend United 46 14 13 19 65 83 -18 55
18 Chesterfield 46 15 10 21 41 70 -29 55
19 Mansfield Town 46 14 12 20 48 59 -11 54
20 Aldershot 46 15 8 23 64 74 -10 53
21 Rotherham United 46 12 16 18 50 66 -16 52
22 Grimsby Town 46 12 14 20 48 58 -10 50
23 York City 46 8 9 29 48 91 -43 33
24 Doncaster Rovers 46 8 9 29 40 84 -44 33


Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 27 9 10 82 43 +39 90
2 Cardiff City 46 24 13 9 66 41 +25 85
3 Bolton Wanderers 46 22 12 12 66 42 +24 78
4 Scunthorpe United 46 20 17 9 76 51 +25 77
5 Torquay United 46 21 14 11 66 41 +25 77
6 Swansea City 46 20 10 16 62 56 +6 70
7 Peterborough United 46 20 10 16 52 53 -1 70
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 85 63 +22 69
9 Colchester United 46 19 10 17 47 51 -4 67
10 Burnley 46 20 7 19 57 62 -5 67
11 Wrexham 46 20 6 20 69 58 +11 66
12 Scarborough 46 17 14 15 56 48 +8 65
13 Darlington 46 18 11 17 71 69 +2 65
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 19 9 18 61 53 +8 64
15 Cambridge United 46 16 13 17 50 52 -2 61
16 Hartlepool United 46 15 14 17 50 57 -7 59
17 Crewe Alexandramarker 46 13 19 14 57 53 +4 58
18 Halifax Town 46 14 14 18 54 59 -5 55
19 Hereford United 46 14 12 20 41 59 -18 54
20 Stockport County 46 12 15 19 44 58 -14 51
21 Rochdale 46 11 15 20 47 76 -29 48
22 Exeter City 46 11 13 22 53 68 -15 46
23 Carlisle United 46 12 8 26 57 86 -29 44
24 Newport County 46 6 7 33 35 105 -70 25
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

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