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Statistics of The Football League in season 1996/1997.

Overview

First Division

Bolton Wanderers returned to the Premiership in superb fashion, hitting 100 goals and taking 98 points. Barnsley were promoted to the top flight for the first time in their history, while Crystal Palace returned after a two-year absence by winning the play-offs.

The decline of Oldham Athletic continued, falling into the third tier for the first time in 23 years, and just three years after being in the Premiership. Grimsby Town and Southend United joined them in relegation to Division Two.

Second Division

Bury won their second consecutive promotion, taking the Division Two title, Stockport County joined them in automatic promotion, and play-off winners Crewe Alexandra completed the trio moving up.

Going down were Peterborough United, Shrewsbury Town, Rotherham United and Notts County. County had been in the top division just five years earlier.

Third Division

Wigan Athletic won the Division Three title on goal difference from Fulham. Carlisle United and play-off winners Northampton Town also won promotion to Division Two.

Hereford United were the first club for four years to be relegated to the Conference after finishing bottom. Conference champions Macclesfield Town replaced Hereford (two years after Town had been denied entry to Division Three). In December, Brighton & Hove Albion were 11 points adrift at the bottom of Division Three, having had 2 points deducted for a pitch invasion. However a draw in their final game at Hereford kept Brighton in the league, and sent United down.

League Standings

First Division

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1. Bolton Wanderers 46 28 14 4 100 53  +47 98
2. Barnsley 46 22 14 10 76 55  +21 80
3. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 68 51  +17 76
4. Ipswich Town 46 20 14 12 68 50  +18 74
5. Sheffield United 46 20 13 13 75 52  +23 73
6. Crystal Palace 46 19 14 13 78 48  +30 71
7. Portsmouth 46 20 8 18 59 53  +6 68
8. Port Vale 46 17 16 13 58 55  +3 67
9. Queens Park Rangers 46 18 12 16 64 60  +4 66
10. Birmingham City 46 17 15 14 52 48  +4 66
11. Tranmere Rovers 46 17 14 15 63 56  +7 65
12. Stoke City 46 18 10 18 51 57  -6 64
13. Norwich City 46 17 12 17 63 68  -5 63
14. Manchester City 46 17 10 19 59 60  -1 61
15. Charlton Athletic 46 16 11 19 52 66  -14 59
16. West Bromwich Albion 46 14 15 17 68 72  -4 57
17. Oxford United 46 16 9 21 64 68  -4 57
18. Reading 46 15 12 19 58 67  -9 57
19. Swindon Town 46 15 9 22 52 71  -19 54
20. Huddersfield Town 46 13 15 18 48 61  -13 54
21. Bradford City 46 12 12 22 47 72  -25 48
22. Grimsby Town 46 11 13 22 60 81  -21 46
23. Oldham Athletic 46 10 13 23 51 66  -15 43
24. Southend United 46 8 15 23 42 86  -44 39


See also: Play-off results

Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division Two
NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Second Division

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1. Bury 46 24 12 10 62 38  +24 84
2. Stockport County 46 23 13 10 59 41  +18 82
3. Luton Town 46 23 13 10 59 41  +18 82
4. Brentford 46 20 14 12 56 43  +13 74
5. Bristol City 46 21 10 15 69 51  +18 73
6. Crewe Alexandramarker 46 22 7 17 56 47  +9 73
7. Blackpool 46 18 15 13 60 47  +13 69
8. Wrexham 46 17 18 11 54 50  +4 69
9. Burnley 46 19 11 16 71 55  +16 68
10. Chesterfield 46 18 14 14 42 39  +3 68
11. Gillingham 46 19 10 17 60 59  +1 67
12. Walsall 46 19 10 17 54 53  +1 67
13. Watford 46 16 19 11 45 38  +7 67
14. Millwall 46 16 13 17 50 55  -5 61
15. Preston North End 46 18 7 21 49 55  -6 61
16. Bournemouth 46 15 15 16 43 45  -2 60
17. Bristol Rovers 46 15 11 20 47 50  -3 56
18. Wycombe Wanderers 46 15 10 21 51 56  -5 55
19. Plymouth Argyle 46 12 18 16 47 58  -11 54
20. York City 46 13 13 20 47 68  -21 52
21. Peterborough United 46 11 14 21 55 73  -22 47
22. Shrewsbury Town 46 11 13 22 49 74  -25 46
23. Rotherham United 46 7 14 25 39 70  -37 35
24. Notts County 46 7 14 25 33 59  -36 35


See also: Play-off results

Key
Promoted to Division one
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division Three
NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

Third Division

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1. Wigan Athletic 46 26 9 11 84 51  +33 87
2. Fulham 46 25 12 9 72 38  +34 87
3. Carlisle United 46 24 12 10 67 44  +23 84
4. Northampton Town 46 20 12 14 67 44  +23 72
5. Swansea City 46 21 8 17 62 58  +4 71
6. Chester City 46 18 16 12 55 43  +12 70
7. Cardiff City 46 20 9 17 56 54  +2 69
8. Colchester United 46 17 17 12 62 51  +11 68
9. Lincoln City 46 18 12 16 70 69  +1 66
10. Cambridge United 46 18 11 17 53 59  -6 65
11. Mansfield Town 46 16 16 14 47 45  +2 64
12. Scarborough 46 16 15 15 65 68  -3 63
13. Scunthorpe United 46 18 9 19 59 62  -3 63
14. Rochdale 46 14 16 16 58 58  0 58
15. Barnet 46 14 16 16 46 51  -5 58
16. Leyton Orient 46 15 12 19 50 58  -8 57
17. Hull City 46 13 18 15 44 50  -6 57
18. Darlington 46 14 10 22 64 78  -14 52
19. Doncaster Rovers 46 14 10 22 52 66  -14 52
20. Hartlepool United 46 14 9 23 53 66  -13 51
21. Torquay United 46 13 11 22 46 62  -16 50
22. Exeter City 46 12 12 22 48 73  -25 48
23. Brighton & Hove Albion 46 13 10 23 53 70  -17 47*
24. Hereford United 46 11 14 21 50 65  -15 47


See also: Play-off results

Key
Promoted to Division Two
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to the Conference
NB In the Football League goals scored (F) takes precedence over goal difference

  • - Brighton & Hove Albion 2 points deducted for failure to control spectators


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