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The 197172 season was the 73rd completed season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season1971–72
ChampionsDerby County
RelegatedBarrow

Brian Clough, 37, won the first major trophy of his managerial career by guiding Derby County to their first ever league championship. They overcame Leeds United, Liverpool and Manchester City to win a four-horse race, with only a single point separating them. There were later bribery allegations from The Sun newspaper regarding Leeds manager Don Revie and Leeds' final opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers. The footballing authorities never investigated these allegations to decide whether they were true or not.

Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town lost their First Division status. By the end of the decade, Forest had made an explosive comeback to the top flight. 1971 – 1972 was Huddersfield's last season in the top flight until their promotion in 2016-17, and within a few seasons they would be in the Fourth Division — most of their existence since 1972 has been spent in the league's lower two divisions.

In the Second Division Norwich City and Birmingham City were promoted. This was the first time that Norwich City had reached the top flight. Charlton Athletic and Watford were relegated.

Aston Villa ended their two-year spell in the Third Division by gaining promotion as champions, and by the end of the decade would be firmly re-established as a First Division club. Brighton & Hove Albion followed Villa into the Second Division, but would not reach the heady heights that the midlanders would experience. Mansfield Town, Barnsley, Torquay United and Bradford City were relegated.

Grimsby Town, Southend United, Brentford and Scunthorpe United were promoted from the Fourth Division. Barrow were voted out of the Football League and replaced by Hereford United, who a short time earlier had achieved a shock FA Cup victory over Newcastle United.

Ernie Tagg sacked himself as manager of Crewe Alexandra because he felt that a younger manager should take charge of the club.

Final league tables and resultsEdit

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[2] with home and away statistics separated.

Beginning with the season 1894–95, clubs finishing level on points were separated according to goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), or more properly put, goal ratio. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season.

Since the goal average was used for this purpose for such a long time, it is presented in the tables below even for the seasons prior to 1894–95, and since the goal difference is a more informative piece of information for a modern reader than the goal average, the goal difference is added in this presentation after the goal average. During the first five seasons of the league, that is, until the season 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league. From the 1922–23 season on it was required of the bottom two teams of both Third Division North and Third Division South. Since the Fourth Division was established in the 1958–59 season, the re-election process has concerned the bottom four clubs in that division.[2]

First DivisionEdit

Football League
First Division
Season1971–72
ChampionsDerby County (1st English title)
RelegatedHuddersfield Town,
Nottingham Forest
1972–73 European CupDerby County
FA Cup winners
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup
Leeds United (1st title)
1972–73 UEFA CupLiverpool,
Manchester City,
Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur
Matches played462
Goals scored1,160 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorerFrancis Lee (Manchester City), 33 [3]
Biggest home winEvertonSouthampton 8–0 (20 November 1971)
Biggest away winSheffield UnitedArsenal 0–5 (29 January 1972)
Highest scoringEvertonSouthampton 8–0 (20 November 1971)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Derby County 42 16 4 1 43 10 8 6 7 26 23 2.091 58 League Champions, qualified for 1972–73 European Cup First round
2 Leeds United 42 17 4 0 54 10 7 5 9 19 21 2.355 57 FA Cup winners, qualified for 1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup First round
3 Liverpool 42 17 3 1 48 16 7 6 8 16 14 2.133 57 1972–73 UEFA Cup First round
4 Manchester City 42 16 3 2 48 15 7 8 6 29 30 1.711 57
5 Arsenal 42 15 2 4 36 13 7 6 8 22 27 1.450 52
6 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 3 2 45 13 3 10 8 18 29 1.500 51 1972–73 UEFA Cup First round[a]
7 Chelsea 42 12 7 2 41 20 6 5 10 17 29 1.184 48
8 Manchester United 42 13 2 6 39 26 6 8 7 30 35 1.131 48
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 7 4 35 23 8 4 9 30 34 1.140 47
10 Sheffield United 42 10 8 3 39 26 7 4 10 22 34 1.017 46
11 Newcastle United 42 10 6 5 30 18 5 5 11 19 34 0.942 41
12 Leicester City 42 9 6 6 18 11 4 7 10 23 35 0.891 39
13 Ipswich Town 42 7 8 6 19 19 4 8 9 20 34 0.736 38
14 West Ham United 42 10 6 5 31 19 2 6 13 16 32 0.922 36
15 Everton 42 8 9 4 28 17 1 9 11 9 31 0.771 36
16 West Bromwich Albion 42 6 7 8 22 23 6 4 11 20 31 0.778 35
17 Stoke City 42 6 10 5 26 25 4 5 12 13 31 0.696 35 League Cup Winners, qualified for 1972–73 UEFA Cup First round[b]
18 Coventry City 42 7 10 4 27 23 2 5 14 17 44 0.657 33
19 Southampton 42 8 5 8 31 28 4 2 15 21 52 0.650 31
20 Crystal Palace 42 4 8 9 26 31 4 5 12 13 34 0.600 29
21 Nottingham Forest 42 6 4 11 25 29 2 5 14 22 52 0.580 25 Relegated
22 Huddersfield Town 42 4 7 10 12 22 2 6 13 15 37 0.458 25
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the 1972–73 UEFA Cup as winners of the inaugural competition in 1971–72.
  2. ^ Stoke City qualified for the 1972–73 UEFA Cup by winning the 1972 League Cup.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARS CHE COV CRY DER EVE HUD IPS LEE LEI LIV MCI MUN NEW NOT SHU SOU STK TOT WBA WHU WOL
Arsenal 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 4–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–1
Chelsea 1–2 3–3 2–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–3 3–3 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–1
Coventry City 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–0
Crystal Palace 2–2 2–3 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–2
Derby County 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 4–0 3–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–1
Everton 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 8–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2
Huddersfield Town 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
Ipswich Town 0–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–3 1–0 2–1
Leeds United 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–2 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 5–1 5–1 6–1 1–0 7–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–0
Leicester City 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–2
Liverpool 3–2 0–0 3–1 4–1 3–2 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 3–0 2–2 5–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–2
Manchester City 2–0 1–0 4–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–3 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 4–0 2–1 3–1 5–2
Manchester United 3–1 0–1 2–2 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 3–2 2–0 3–2 3–0 3–1 3–1 4–2 1–3
Newcastle United 2–0 0–0 4–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 3–1 4–2 2–2 2–0
Nottingham Forest 1–1 2–1 4–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–3 2–3 0–0 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–3
Sheffield United 0–5 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–4 1–1 3–1 7–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–3 2–2 0–0 3–0 2–2
Southampton 0–1 2–2 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–5 1–2 4–1 3–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–2
Stoke City 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–3 0–3 3–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 3–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 4–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 6–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 0–1 4–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–3
West Ham United 0–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 3–3 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–0 0–1 4–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–2 4–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

MapsEdit

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1971–1972

Second DivisionEdit

Football League
Second Division
Season1971–72
ChampionsNorwich City (1st title)
PromotedBirmingham City
RelegatedCharlton Athletic,
Watford
Matches played462
Goals scored1,194 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorerBob Latchford (Birmingham City), 23 [3]
Biggest home win
BurnleyOrient 6–1 (28 September 1971)
CardiffCharlton Athletic 6–1 (23 October 1971)
BlackpoolCharlton Athletic 5–0 (29 April 1972)
BlackpoolWatford 5–0 (1 January 1972)
OrientSunderland 5–0 (8 January 1972)
SunderlandWatford 5–0 (17 April 1972)
Biggest away winSheffield WednesdayBristol City 1–5 (21 April 1972)
Highest scoringBirminghamPortsmouth 6–3 (8 January 1972)
PortsmouthFulham 6–3 (23 October 1971)
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Norwich City 42 13 8 0 40 16 8 7 6 20 20 1.667 57 Division Champions, promoted
2 Birmingham City 42 15 6 0 46 14 4 12 5 14 17 1.935 56 Promoted
3 Millwall 42 14 7 0 38 17 5 10 6 26 29 1.391 55
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 4 1 39 9 4 10 7 18 19 2.036 54
5 Sunderland 42 11 7 3 42 24 6 9 6 25 33 1.175 50
6 Blackpool 42 12 6 3 43 16 8 1 12 27 34 1.400 47
7 Burnley 42 13 4 4 43 22 7 2 12 27 33 1.273 46
8 Bristol City 42 14 3 4 43 22 4 7 10 18 27 1.245 46
9 Middlesbrough 42 16 4 1 31 11 3 4 14 19 37 1.042 46
10 Carlisle United 42 12 6 3 38 22 5 3 13 23 35 1.070 43
11 Swindon Town 42 10 6 5 29 16 5 6 10 18 31 1.000 42
12 Hull City 42 10 6 5 33 21 4 4 13 16 32 0.925 38
13 Luton Town 42 7 8 6 25 24 3 10 8 18 24 0.896 38
14 Sheffield Wednesday 42 11 7 3 33 22 2 5 14 18 36 0.879 38
15 Oxford United 42 10 8 3 28 17 2 6 13 15 38 0.782 38
16 Portsmouth 42 9 7 5 31 26 3 6 12 28 42 0.868 37
17 Orient 42 12 4 5 32 19 2 5 14 18 42 0.820 37
18 Preston North End 42 11 4 6 32 21 1 8 12 20 37 0.897 36
19 Cardiff City 42 9 7 5 37 25 1 7 13 19 44 0.812 34
20 Fulham 42 10 7 4 29 20 2 3 16 16 48 0.662 34
21 Charlton Athletic 42 9 7 5 33 25 3 2 16 22 52 0.714 33 Relegated
22 Watford 42 5 5 11 15 25 0 4 17 9 50 0.320 19

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BIR BLP BRI BUR CAR CRL CHA FUL HUL LUT MID MIL NWC ORI OXF POR PNE QPR SHW SUN SWI WAT
Birmingham 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–2 4–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 6–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 4–1 4–1
Blackpool 1–1 1–0 4–2 3–0 2–0 5–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 4–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 5–0
Bristol City 1–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–4 2–0 1–2 4–0 0–0 2–1 3–3 0–1 5–3 4–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1
Burnley 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 5–2 2–0 1–0 6–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 5–3 0–1 1–2 3–0
Cardiff City 0–0 3–4 2–3 2–2 3–1 6–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 5–2 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–1 2–0
Carlisle United 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–3 2–1 5–2 3–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–3 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–4 2–2 1–2 0–0 2–0
Charlton Athletic 1–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–0
Fulham 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–2 4–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 4–0 0–0 2–4 3–0
Hull City 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–3 4–0 0–0 4–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–3 2–0 4–0
Luton Town 0–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–0
Middlesbrough 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1
Millwall 3–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–2
Norwich City 2–2 5–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Orient 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 0–3 5–0 0–1 1–0
Oxford United 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–0
Portsmouth 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 6–3 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 2–2
Preston North End 0–0 1–4 1–0 1–3 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 2–2 2–0
Queens Park Rangers 1–0 0–1 3–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 4–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 3–0 3–0
Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 1–2 1–5 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–1
Sunderland 1–1 0–0 1–1 4–3 1–1 0–3 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 4–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–2 4–3 0–1 2–0 1–0 5–0
Swindon Town 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
Watford 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–2 0–3 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

MapsEdit

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1971–1972

Third DivisionEdit

Football League
Third Division
Season1971–72
ChampionsAston Villa (1st title)
PromotedBrighton & Hove Albion
RelegatedBarnsley,
Bradford City,
Mansfield Town,
Torquay United
Matches played552
Goals scored1,407 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorerTed MacDougall (Bournemouth), 35 [3]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Aston Villa 46 20 1 2 45 10 12 5 6 40 22 2.656 70 Division Champions, promoted
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 15 5 3 39 18 12 6 5 43 29 1.745 65 Promoted
3 Bournemouth 46 16 6 1 43 13 7 10 6 30 24 1.973 62
4 Notts County 46 16 3 4 42 19 9 9 5 32 25 1.682 62
5 Rotherham United 46 12 8 3 46 25 8 7 8 23 27 1.327 55
6 Bristol Rovers 46 17 2 4 54 26 4 10 9 21 30 1.339 54
7 Bolton Wanderers 46 11 8 4 25 13 6 8 9 26 28 1.244 50
8 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 6 4 43 26 7 4 12 31 38 1.156 50
9 Walsall 46 12 8 3 38 16 3 10 10 24 41 1.088 48
10 Blackburn Rovers 46 14 4 5 39 22 5 5 13 15 35 0.947 47
11 Oldham Athletic 46 11 4 8 37 35 6 7 10 22 28 0.937 45
12 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 5 5 50 29 4 5 14 23 36 1.123 44
13 Chesterfield 46 10 5 8 25 23 8 3 12 32 34 1.000 44
14 Swansea City 46 10 6 7 27 21 7 4 12 19 38 0.780 44
15 Port Vale 46 10 10 3 27 21 3 5 15 16 38 0.729 41
16 Wrexham 46 10 5 8 33 26 6 3 14 26 37 0.937 40 Welsh Cup winners, qualified for 1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup: First round
17 Halifax Town 46 11 6 6 31 22 2 6 15 17 39 0.787 38
18 Rochdale 46 11 7 5 35 26 1 6 16 22 57 0.687 37
19 York City 46 8 8 7 32 22 4 4 15 25 44 0.864 36
20 Tranmere Rovers 46 9 7 7 34 30 1 9 13 16 41 0.704 36
21 Mansfield Town 46 5 12 6 19 26 3 8 12 22 37 0.651 36 Relegated
22 Barnsley 46 6 10 7 23 30 3 8 12 9 34 0.500 36
23 Torquay United 46 8 6 9 31 31 2 6 15 10 38 0.594 32
24 Bradford City 46 6 8 9 27 32 5 2 16 18 45 0.584 32
Source: rsssf.com

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST BAR BLB BOL B&BA BRA B&HA BRR CHF HAL MAN NTC OLD PLY PTV ROC ROT SHR SWA TOR TRA WAL WRE YOR
Aston Villa 2–0 4–1 3–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0
Barnsley 0–4 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–4 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 3–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 4–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–2 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 4–1 1–1 2–1 3–0
Bolton Wanderers 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–1
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 4–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 2–2
Bradford City 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–3 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–3 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 3–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 0–2
Bristol Rovers 0–1 3–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 7–1 2–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–2 2–1 5–2 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 5–4
Chesterfield 0–4 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–1
Halifax Town 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–5 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–2 3–1 4–1 3–1
Mansfield Town 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–5 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–3 0–1 3–1 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0
Notts County 0–3 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–3 1–4 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 5–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–2
Oldham Athletic 0–6 6–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–2 2–4 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 5–1 1–4 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–3 0–2 1–0
Plymouth Argyle 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 1–2 4–1 3–1 2–2 3–2 1–2 4–0
Port Vale 4–4 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–3
Rochdale 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 5–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2
Rotherham United 0–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–4 0–0 0–1 3–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 4–3 3–0 5–1 2–1 4–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1
Shrewsbury Town 1–1 1–0 7–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 3–5 2–2 3–4 3–0 4–2 1–1 2–4 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 2–1
Swansea City 1–2 2–0 0–1 3–2 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–1
Torquay United 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–4 0–1 2–2 2–3 0–1
Tranmere 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–2 4–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–3 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–2 3–2 2–0 0–0 0–4 0–0 2–0 3–3 2–1 2–0
Walsall 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 4–1 4–0 1–0 4–1 2–1 2–1
Wrexham 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–2 1–3 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 3–1 2–0
York City 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 4–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–0 2–3 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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Fourth DivisionEdit

Football League
Fourth Division
Season1971–72
ChampionsGrimsby Town (1st title)
PromotedBrentford,
Scunthorpe United,
Southend United
Failed re-electionBarrow
Matches played552
Goals scored1,496 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorerPeter Price (Peterborough United), 28 [3]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Grimsby Town 46 18 3 2 61 26 10 4 9 27 30 1.571 63 Division Champions, promoted
2 Southend United 46 18 2 3 56 26 6 10 7 25 29 1.473 60 Promoted
3 Brentford 46 16 2 5 52 21 8 9 6 24 23 1.727 59
4 Scunthorpe United 46 13 8 2 34 15 9 5 9 22 22 1.514 57
5 Lincoln City 46 17 5 1 46 15 4 9 10 31 44 1.305 56
6 Workington 46 12 9 2 34 7 4 10 9 16 27 1.471 51
7 Southport 46 15 5 3 48 21 3 9 11 18 25 1.435 50
8 Peterborough United 46 14 6 3 51 24 3 10 10 31 40 1.281 50
9 Bury 46 16 4 3 55 22 3 8 12 18 37 1.237 50
10 Cambridge United 46 11 8 4 38 22 6 6 11 24 38 1.033 48
11 Colchester United 46 13 6 4 38 23 6 4 13 32 46 1.014 48
12 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 8 4 35 24 5 6 12 21 39 0.889 46
13 Gillingham 46 11 5 7 33 24 5 8 10 28 43 0.910 45
14 Newport County 46 13 5 5 34 20 5 3 15 26 52 0.833 44
15 Exeter City 46 11 5 7 40 30 5 6 12 21 38 0.897 43
16 Reading 46 14 3 6 37 26 3 5 15 19 50 0.737 42
17 Aldershot 46 5 13 5 27 20 4 9 10 21 34 0.889 40
18 Hartlepool 46 14 2 7 39 25 3 4 16 19 44 0.841 40
19 Darlington 46 9 9 5 37 24 5 2 16 27 58 0.780 39
20 Chester 46 10 11 2 34 16 0 7 16 13 40 0.839 38
21 Northampton Town 46 8 9 6 43 27 4 4 15 23 52 0.835 37 Re-elected
22 Barrow 46 8 8 7 23 26 5 3 15 17 45 0.563 37 Failed re-election
23 Stockport County 46 7 10 6 33 32 2 4 17 22 55 0.632 32 Re-elected
24 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 4 10 27 25 1 5 17 16 44 0.623 29
Source: rsssf.com

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALD BRW BRE BRY CAM CHE COL CRE DAR DON EXE GIL GRI HAR LIN NPC NOR PET REA SCU STD SOU STP WRK
Aldershot 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–2
Barrow 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–4 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 3–2 2–0
Brentford 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 6–2 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–0 6–0 2–0 3–1 6–1 5–1 1–2 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–0
Bury 3–1 4–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–2 3–3 4–3 5–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 4–2 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 4–0 2–0
Cambridge United 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–2 3–2 6–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–5 4–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0
Chester 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 5–1 1–2 4–0 2–1 3–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1
Colchester United 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–2 4–3 1–2 3–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 5–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–0
Crewe Alexandra 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–4 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 3–1 0–0
Darlington 4–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 3–2 1–2 3–3 0–0 5–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–3 0–0 1–2 4–0
Doncaster Rovers 2–1 0–1 0–3 4–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 2–2 0–0
Exeter City 1–0 7–1 0–1 3–2 3–4 1–1 3–3 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 3–4 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–3 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 0–2
Gillingham 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 4–2 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 3–3 1–2 4–1 1–1 4–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 0–0
Grimsby Town 3–3 2–0 3–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–3 2–0 3–1 3–0 2–1 3–2 2–2 4–2 4–2 3–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 0–1 4–1 1–1
Hartlepool 0–1 4–3 1–2 3–1 1–2 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–3 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 5–0 1–3
Lincoln City 2–2 3–2 4–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0
Newport County 2–3 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–3 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–1
Northampton Town 2–3 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 4–2 1–1 4–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 6–1 3–0 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 5–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–2
Peterborough United 0–0 7–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 3–3 2–1 0–2 2–2 4–4 3–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 2–0 2–0 4–2 1–1
Reading 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–4 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–2 1–3 3–0 0–1 4–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–0
Scunthorpe United 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 3–0 3–3 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–0
Southend 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 4–2 1–4 4–1 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 4–1 2–3 2–1 4–2 2–0
Southport 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 4–1 4–3 3–0 4–2 2–1 3–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 4–0 2–4 5–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–2
Stockport County 0–0 1–3 0–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–2 0–4 2–1 0–2 2–1 4–2 4–4 3–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1
Workington 5–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 4–1 5–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "England 1971–72". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.

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