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The 197778 season was the 79th completed season of The Football League.

The Football League
Season1977–78
ChampionsNottingham Forest

Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side took the First Division by storm, first winning the League Cup on 22 March and then confirming themselves as league champions the following month. They joined a small and exclusive company of clubs who have won the league championship one season after promotion.

Manchester United broke the British transfer fee record on 9 February by paying Leeds United £495,000 for Scottish defender Gordon McQueen.

Bob Latchford was the top goalscorer, winning a £10,000 prize offered by a national newspaper for the first footballer to reach 30 goals in a single season,[1] which had not happened in the First Division since the 1971–72 season and in the Second Division since the 1965–66 season.[2]

West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leicester City were relegated from the First Division.

Bolton Wanderers, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur were promoted from the Second Division, while Blackpool, Mansfield Town and Hull City were relegated

Wrexham, Cambridge United and Preston North End were promoted from the Third Division, while Portsmouth, Port Vale, Bradford City and Hereford United were relegated.

Wimbledon played their first season in the Football League, replacing Workington. Watford, Southend United, Swansea City and Brentford were promoted, while Southport were not re-elected. Southport was the last club to leave the Football League through the re-election process.

Final league tables and resultsEdit

The tables and results below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[3] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79[4] with home and away statistics separated.

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.[4]

First DivisionEdit

Football League
First Division
Season1977–78
ChampionsNottingham Forest (1st English title)
RelegatedLeicester City
Newcastle United
West Ham United
1978–79 European CupNottingham Forest
Liverpool (defending champions)
FA Cup winners
1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup
Ipswich Town (1st FA Cup title)
1978–79 UEFA CupArsenal
Everton
Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion
Matches played462
Goals scored1,231 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorerBob Latchford (Everton), 30 [2]
Biggest home winEvertonChelsea 6–0 (29 Apr 1978)
EvertonCoventry 6–0 (26 Nov 1977)
Biggest away winLeicesterEverton 1–5 (15 Apr 1978)
QPREverton 1–5 (8 Oct 1977)
LeicesterLiverpool 0–4 (26 Nov 1977)
Manchester UnitedNottingham Forest 0–4 (17 Dec 1977)
EvertonManchester United 2-6 (26 Dec 1977)
Highest scoringCoventryNorwich City 5–4 (27 Dec 1977)
BirminghamChelsea 4–5 (31 Dec 1977)

Brian Clough became only the second manager in the history of English football to win the top division title with two different clubs, when he guided Nottingham Forest to their first ever top division title. It was an incredible achievement for a Forest side who were one of just a few teams to win the First Division title a year after promotion. Forest finished seven points above Liverpool, who retained the European Cup. Everton, Manchester City and Arsenal completed the top five, while West Bromwich Albion finished sixth for the second successive season, qualifying for the UEFA Cup again.

Manchester United dipped to 10th place in their first season under new manager Dave Sexton, while Bobby Robson successfully fought off relegation with Ipswich Town and then guided them to their first FA Cup triumph of their history.

Newcastle United, who had finished fifth a year earlier, endured a terrible season and went down bracketed together with Leicester City at the bottom of the table. The Tynesiders had been in the First Division for 13 years, while Leicester's latest run in the First Division had lasted for seven years. West Ham United occupied the final relegation place, ending their 20-year spell in the First Division.

Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Nottingham Forest (C) 42 15 6 0 37 8 10 8 3 32 16 +45 64 League Champions, qualified for European Cup 1978–79 First round[a]
2 Liverpool 42 15 4 2 37 11 9 5 7 28 23 +31 57 European Cup 1978–79 First round[b]
3 Everton 42 14 4 3 47 22 8 7 6 29 23 +31 55 UEFA Cup 1978–79 First round
4 Manchester City 42 14 4 3 46 21 6 8 7 28 30 +23 52
5 Arsenal 42 14 5 2 38 12 7 5 9 22 25 +23 52
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 5 3 35 18 5 9 7 27 35 +9 50
7 Coventry City 42 13 5 3 48 23 5 7 9 27 39 +13 48
8 Aston Villa 42 11 4 6 33 18 7 6 8 24 24 +15 46
9 Leeds United 42 12 4 5 39 21 6 6 9 24 32 +10 46
10 Manchester United 42 9 6 6 32 23 7 4 10 35 40 +4 42
11 Birmingham City 42 8 5 8 32 30 8 4 9 23 30 −5 41
12 Derby County 42 10 7 4 37 24 4 6 11 17 35 −5 41
13 Norwich City 42 10 8 3 28 20 1 10 10 24 46 −14 40
14 Middlesbrough 42 8 8 5 25 19 4 7 10 17 35 −12 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 7 8 6 30 27 5 4 12 21 37 −13 36
16 Chelsea 42 7 11 3 28 20 4 3 14 18 49 −23 36
17 Bristol City 42 9 6 6 37 26 2 7 12 12 27 −4 35
18 Ipswich Town 42 10 5 6 32 24 1 8 12 15 37 −14 35 FA Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1978–79 First round
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 8 8 5 27 26 1 7 13 20 38 −17 33
20 West Ham United 42 8 6 7 31 28 4 2 15 21 41 −17 32 Relegated
21 Newcastle United 42 4 6 11 26 37 2 4 15 16 41 −36 22
22 Leicester City 42 4 7 10 16 32 1 5 15 10 38 −44 22
Source:[citation needed]
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Nottingham Forest also won the League cup this year.
  2. ^ Liverpool won the European Cup, now for the second year running, and thus qualified for the following season's competition.

StatsEdit

Record

  • Most wins: Nottingham Forest (25)
  • Fewest losses: Nottingham Forest (3)
  • Most goals scored: Everton (76)
  • Fewest goals conceded: Nottingham Forest (24)
  • Best goal difference ratio: Nottingham Forest (+45)
  • Most draws: Norwich City (18)
  • Fewest draws: West Ham United (8)
  • Most losses: Newcastle United (26)
  • Fewest wins: Leicester City (5)
  • Fewest goals scored: Leicester City (26)
  • Most goals conceded: Newcastle United (78)
  • Worst goal difference ratio: Leicester City (-44)

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ARS AST BIR BRI CHE COV DER EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NWC NOT QPR WBA WHU WOL
Arsenal 0–1 1–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 3–1
Aston Villa 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 6–1 3–1 0–0 0–3 1–4 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 4–1 2–0
Birmingham 1–1 1–0 3–0 4–5 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–3 1–1 0–1 1–4 1–4 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–1
Bristol City 0–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 3–1 0–1 2–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 4–1 3–1 3–0 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–2 2–3
Chelsea 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 5–3 1–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–1
Coventry City 1–2 2–3 4–0 1–1 5–1 3–1 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 4–2 3–0 2–1 0–0 5–4 0–0 4–1 1–2 1–0 4–0
Derby County 3–0 0–3 1–3 1–0 1–1 4–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 4–1 4–2 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–1
Everton 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 6–0 6–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–6 3–0 4–4 3–0 1–3 3–3 3–1 2–1 0–0
Ipswich Town 1–0 2–0 5–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 4–0 0–2 3–2 2–2 0–2 1–2
Leeds United 1–3 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 5–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 5–0 0–2 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–2 2–1
Leicester City 1–1 0–2 1–4 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–5 2–1 0–0 0–4 0–1 2–3 0–0 3–0 2–2 0–3 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0
Liverpool 1–0 1–2 2–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 4–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0
Manchester City 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 6–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 1–3 3–2 0–2
Manchester United 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 1–0 0–4 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–1
Middlesbrough 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0
Newcastle United 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–4 2–2 0–2 0–3 0–3 2–3 4–0
Norwich City 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1
Nottingham Forest 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–0
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–5 3–3 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–3
West Bromwich Albion 1–3 0–3 3–1 2–1 3–0 3–3 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–2
West Ham United 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–2 3–3 1–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–3 1–2 3–1 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–3 2–3 1–0 1–1 2–2
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 1977–1978

Second DivisionEdit

Football League
Second Division
Season1977–78
ChampionsBolton Wanderers (2nd title)
PromotedSouthampton,
Tottenham Hotspur
RelegatedBlackpool,
Hull City,
Mansfield Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,235 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorerBob Hatton (Blackpool), 22 [2]
Biggest home winTottenham HotspurBristol Rovers 9-0 (22 Oct 1977) [5]
Biggest away winCardiff CitySheffield United 1–6 (3 Dec 1977)
Highest scoringBoltonCardiff City 6–3 (10 Dec 1977)

Bolton Wanderers ended their 14-year exile from the top flight by clinching the Second Division title in a tight promotion race between the top four teams. Southampton went up as runners-up, while Tottenham clinched the final promotion place following a final day draw with Southampton. Brighton missed out on a First Division place on goal difference, forcing them to prepare for a fresh assault on reaching the First Division for the first time in their history in 1979.

Hull City, Mansfield Town and Blackpool went down to the Third Division.

Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Bolton Wanderers 42 16 4 1 39 14 8 6 7 24 19 +30 58 Division Champions, promoted
2 Southampton 42 15 4 2 44 16 7 9 5 26 23 +31 57 Promoted
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 13 7 1 50 19 7 9 5 33 30 +34 56
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 15 5 1 43 21 7 7 7 20 17 +25 56
5 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 4 5 33 16 4 9 8 23 44 −4 45
6 Sunderland 42 11 6 4 36 17 3 10 8 31 42 +8 44
7 Stoke City 42 13 5 3 38 16 3 5 13 15 33 +4 42
8 Oldham Athletic 42 9 10 2 32 20 4 6 11 22 38 −4 42
9 Crystal Palace 42 9 7 5 31 20 4 8 9 19 27 +3 41
10 Fulham 42 9 8 4 32 19 5 5 11 17 30 0 41
11 Burnley 42 11 6 4 35 20 4 4 13 21 44 −8 40
12 Sheffield United 42 13 4 4 38 22 3 4 14 24 51 −11 40
13 Luton Town 42 11 4 6 35 20 3 6 12 19 32 +2 38
14 Orient 42 8 11 2 30 20 2 7 12 13 29 −6 38
15 Notts County 42 10 9 2 36 22 1 7 13 18 40 −8 38
16 Millwall 42 8 8 5 23 20 4 6 11 26 37 −8 38
17 Charlton Athletic 42 11 6 4 38 27 2 6 13 17 41 −13 38
18 Bristol Rovers 42 10 7 4 40 26 3 5 13 21 51 −16 38
19 Cardiff City 42 12 6 3 32 23 1 6 14 19 48 −20 38
20 Blackpool 42 7 8 6 35 25 5 5 11 24 35 −1 37 Relegated
21 Mansfield Town 42 6 6 9 30 34 4 5 12 19 35 −20 31
22 Hull City 42 6 6 9 23 25 2 6 13 11 27 −18 28

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BLB BLP BOL B&HA BRR BUR CAR CHA CRY FUL HUL LUT MAN MIL NTC OLD ORI SHU SOU STK SUN TOT
Blackburn Rovers 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–1 3–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0
Blackpool 5–2 0–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 5–1 3–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2
Bolton Wanderers 4–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 6–3 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–2 5–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–1
Bristol Rovers 4–1 2–0 0–1 0–4 2–2 3–2 2–2 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 4–1 0–0 4–1 3–2 2–3
Burnley 2–3 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 4–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 4–1 0–0 4–1 3–3 1–0 0–0 2–1
Cardiff City 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–4 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–6 1–0 2–0 5–2 0–0
Charlton Athletic 2–2 3–1 2–1 4–3 3–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–3 3–2 3–2 4–1
Crystal Palace 5–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–1 3–3 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–2
Fulham 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 5–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–3 1–1
Hull City 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–3 4–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–3 0–3 0–0 3–0 2–0
Luton Town 0–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 7–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 4–0 1–2 1–2 1–3 1–4
Mansfield Town 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–2 3–0 4–1 2–2 0–3 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 3–3
Millwall 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–3
Notts County 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–2 3–3
Oldham Athletic 0–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1
Orient 0–0 1–4 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 4–2 0–0 0–0 5–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1
Sheffield United 2–0 0–0 1–5 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 4–1 2–0 5–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 2–2
Southampton 5–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–3 3–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–2 0–0
Stoke City 4–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 5–1 4–0 1–0 0–0 1–3
Sunderland 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 5–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 5–1 0–0 1–0 1–2
Tottenham Hotspur 4–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 9–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 5–1 1–1 4–2 0–0 3–1 2–3
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 1977–1978

Third DivisionEdit

Football League
Third Division
Season1977–78
ChampionsWrexham (1st title)
PromotedCambridge United,
Preston North End
RelegatedBradford City,
Hereford United,
Portsmouth,
Port Vale
Matches played552
Goals scored1,373 (2.49 per match)
Top goalscorerAlex Bruce (Preston North End), 27 [2]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Wrexham 46 14 8 1 48 19 9 7 7 30 26 +33 61 Division Champions, Welsh Cup Champions, promoted, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
2 Cambridge United 46 19 3 1 49 11 4 9 10 23 40 +21 58 Promoted
3 Preston North End 46 16 5 2 48 19 4 11 8 15 19 +25 56
4 Peterborough United 46 15 7 1 32 11 5 9 9 15 22 +14 56
5 Chester 46 14 8 1 41 24 2 14 7 18 32 +3 54
6 Walsall 46 12 8 3 35 17 6 9 8 26 33 +11 53
7 Gillingham 46 11 10 2 36 21 4 10 9 31 39 +7 50
8 Colchester United 46 10 11 2 36 16 5 7 11 19 28 +11 48
9 Chesterfield 46 14 6 3 40 16 3 8 12 18 33 +9 48
10 Swindon Town 46 12 7 4 40 22 4 9 10 27 38 +7 48
11 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 7 5 42 23 5 8 10 21 34 +6 47
12 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 7 3 39 19 3 8 12 18 33 +5 47
13 Carlisle United 46 10 9 4 32 26 4 10 9 27 33 0 47
14 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 7 3 28 14 2 9 12 22 38 −2 46
15 Bury 46 7 13 3 34 22 6 6 11 28 34 +6 45
16 Lincoln City 46 10 8 5 35 26 5 7 11 18 35 −8 45
17 Exeter City 46 11 8 4 30 18 4 6 13 19 41 −10 44
18 Oxford United 46 11 10 2 38 21 2 4 17 26 46 −3 40
19 Plymouth Argyle 46 7 8 8 33 28 4 9 10 28 40 −7 39
20 Rotherham United 46 11 5 7 26 19 2 8 13 25 49 −17 39
21 Port Vale 46 7 11 5 28 23 1 9 13 18 44 −21 36 Relegated
22 Bradford City 46 11 6 6 40 29 1 4 18 16 57 −30 34
23 Hereford United 46 9 9 5 28 22 0 5 18 6 38 −26 32
24 Portsmouth 46 4 11 8 31 38 3 6 14 10 37 −34 31
Source: rsssf.com

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away BRA BRY CAM CRL CHE CHF COL EXE GIL HER LIN OXF PET PLY POR PTV PNE ROT SHW SHR SWI TRA WAL WRE
Bradford City 2–1 4–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–3 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–3 2–1
Bury 2–2 5–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 5–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–3
Cambridge United 4–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–3 2–0 5–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 5–2 1–0 2–1 1–0
Carlisle United 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–4
Chester 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 3–1 4–3 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1
Chesterfield 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 5–2 2–1 0–0 3–0 2–0 4–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–0
Colchester United 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 4–0 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1
Exeter City 1–0 2–2 2–4 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–2 1–1 0–1
Gillingham 4–1 1–4 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–3 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–0
Hereford United 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–1
Lincoln City 3–2 0–0 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 2–2 3–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–1
Oxford United 3–1 0–0 2–3 0–0 4–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–0 3–1 2–1
Peterborough United 5–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2
Plymouth Argyle 6–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–1 3–3 0–1
Portsmouth 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–3 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 1–5 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–5 1–2 0–1
Port Vale 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–3 4–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–3 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1
Preston North End 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 4–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 4–0 3–2 0–1 5–2 3–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–3
Rotherham United 2–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–3 2–0 3–0 2–2
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 3–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1
Shrewsbury Town 4–0 5–3 3–3 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 6–1 3–0 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–3 3–1 0–0 2–1
Swindon Town 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 4–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 5–0 1–0 2–3 1–2
Tranmere 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–2 5–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–1
Walsall 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 4–2 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–1
Wrexham 2–0 3–1 4–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 7–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 6–1 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 Second Division London teams 1977–1978

Fourth DivisionEdit

Football League
Fourth Division
Season1977–78
ChampionsWatford (1st title)
PromotedBrentford,
Southend United,
Swansea City
Failed re-electionSouthport
Matches played552
Goals scored1,427 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorerAlan Curtis (Swansea City), 32
Steve Phillips (Brentford), 32 [2]
Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Watford 46 18 4 1 44 14 12 7 4 41 24 +47 71 Division Champions, promoted
2 Southend United 46 15 5 3 46 18 10 5 8 20 21 +27 60 Promoted
3 Swansea City 46 16 5 2 54 17 7 5 11 33 30 +40 56
4 Brentford 46 15 6 2 50 17 6 8 9 36 37 +32 56
5 Aldershot 46 15 8 0 45 16 4 8 11 22 31 +20 54
6 Grimsby Town 46 14 6 3 30 15 7 5 11 27 36 +6 53
7 Barnsley 46 15 4 4 44 20 3 10 10 17 29 +12 50
8 Reading 46 12 7 4 33 23 6 7 10 22 29 +3 50
9 Torquay United 46 12 6 5 43 25 4 9 10 14 31 +1 47
10 Northampton Town 46 9 8 6 32 30 8 5 10 31 38 −5 47
11 Huddersfield Town 46 13 5 5 41 21 2 10 11 22 34 +8 45
12 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 8 4 37 26 3 9 11 15 39 −13 45
13 Wimbledon[a] 46 8 11 4 39 26 6 5 12 27 41 −1 44
14 Scunthorpe United 46 12 6 5 31 14 2 10 11 19 41 −5 44
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 8 4 34 25 4 6 13 16 44 −19 44
16 Newport County 46 14 6 3 43 22 2 5 16 22 51 −8 43
17 Bournemouth 46 12 6 5 28 20 2 9 12 13 31 −10 43
18 Stockport County 46 14 4 5 41 19 2 6 15 15 37 0 42
19 Darlington 46 10 8 5 31 22 4 5 14 21 37 −7 41
20 Halifax Town 46 7 10 6 28 23 3 11 9 24 39 −10 41
21 Hartlepool United 46 12 4 7 34 29 3 3 17 17 55 −33 37 Re-elected
22 York City 46 8 7 8 27 31 4 5 14 23 38 −19 36
23 Southport 46 5 13 5 30 32 1 6 16 22 44 −24 31 Failed re-election
24 Rochdale 46 8 6 9 29 28 0 2 21 14 57 −42 24 Re-elected
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ New club in the league

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALD BAR BOU BRE CRE DAR DON GRI HAL HAR HUD NPC NOR REA ROC SCU STD SOU STP SWA TOR WAT WDN YOR
Aldershot 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 4–2 0–0 3–0 3–3 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 3–1 1–1
Barnsley 2–0 3–0 0–0 4–0 2–1 0–0 1–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–3 4–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–2 2–1
Bournemouth 0–0 2–2 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–1
Brentford 2–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 3–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 4–0 0–2 3–0 0–3 4–1 1–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–2 2–1 3–1 4–6 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–0
Darlington 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–2
Doncaster Rovers 4–3 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 4–3 2–2 4–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1
Grimsby Town 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–2
Halifax Town 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 0–1 2–4 3–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–0
Hartlepool 2–2 1–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–4 1–2 1–2 2–0 4–2
Huddersfield Town 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–0 2–1 4–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–2
Newport County 2–1 3–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 5–3 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–1
Northampton Town 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 5–3 3–1 2–4 0–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–3 1–1
Reading 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–3 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–3 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–4 3–3 1–3 2–2 1–0
Rochdale 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 2–3 3–0 1–2
Scunthorpe United 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–1
Southend 3–1 0–0 5–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–3 4–2 0–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 4–2 0–2 2–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Southport 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–2 0–5 4–1
Stockport County 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–3 6–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–3 2–2 2–0
Swansea City 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 5–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 8–0 1–0 4–0 2–4 2–1 3–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–3 3–0 1–1
Torquay United 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 4–2 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–4 2–3 1–1 3–0
Watford 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 5–2 2–1 6–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–3
Wimbledon 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–2 3–3 3–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 0–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–3 2–1
York City 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–4 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.

MapsEdit

Locations of the Football League Fourth Division London teams 1977–1978

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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