1971–72 Football League First Division

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Football League First Division
Season 1971–72
Champions Derby County (1st English title)
Relegated Huddersfield Town,
Nottingham Forest
European Cup 1972–73 Derby County
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1972–73
Leeds United (1st and as of 2010 only FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1972–73 Liverpool,
Manchester City,
Stoke City
Tottenham Hotspur
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1160 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorer Lee (Manchester City), 33 [1]
Biggest home win EvertonSouthampton 8–0 (20 Nov 1971)
Biggest away win Sheffield UnitedArsenal 0–5 (29 Jan 1972)
Highest scoring EvertonSouthampton 8–0 (20 Nov 1971)

Statistics of Football League First Division in the 1971-72 season.

Overview[edit]

Derby County won the First Division title for the first time in the club's history that season. Derby's first ever First Division title was confirmed on May 8, after title challengers Liverpool and Leeds United failed to win their final games at Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively. On April 26, Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest were relegated after Crystal Palace beat Stoke City 2-0 at Selhurst Park to ensure their survival.

League standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Derby County 42 16 4 1 43 10 8 6 7 26 23 69 33 2.091 + 36 58
2 Leeds United 42 17 4 0 54 10 7 5 9 19 21 73 31 2.355 + 42 57
3 Liverpool 42 17 3 1 48 16 7 6 8 16 14 64 30 2.133 + 30 57
4 Manchester City 42 16 3 2 48 15 7 8 6 29 30 77 45 1.711 + 32 57
5 Arsenal 42 15 2 4 36 13 7 6 8 22 27 58 40 1.450 + 18 52
6 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 3 2 45 13 3 10 8 18 29 63 42 1.500 + 21 51
7 Chelsea 42 12 7 2 41 20 6 5 10 17 29 58 49 1.184 + 9 48
8 Manchester United 42 13 2 6 39 26 6 8 7 30 35 69 61 1.131 + 8 48
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 7 4 35 23 8 4 9 30 34 65 57 1.140 + 8 47
10 Sheffield United 42 10 8 3 39 26 7 4 10 22 34 61 60 1.017 + 1 46
11 Newcastle United 42 10 6 5 30 18 5 5 11 19 34 49 52 0.942 – 3 41
12 Leicester City 42 9 6 6 18 11 4 7 10 23 35 41 46 0.891 – 5 39
13 Ipswich Town 42 7 8 6 19 19 4 8 9 20 34 39 53 0.736 – 14 38
14 West Ham United 42 10 6 5 31 19 2 6 13 16 32 47 51 0.922 – 4 36
15 Everton 42 8 9 4 28 17 1 9 11 9 31 37 48 0.771 – 11 36
16 West Bromwich Albion 42 6 7 8 22 23 6 4 11 20 31 42 54 0.778 – 12 35
17 Stoke City 42 6 10 5 26 25 4 5 12 13 31 39 56 0.696 – 17 35
18 Coventry City 42 7 10 4 27 23 2 5 14 17 44 44 67 0.657 – 23 33
19 Southampton 42 8 5 8 31 28 4 2 15 21 52 52 80 0.650 – 28 31
20 Crystal Palace 42 4 8 9 26 31 4 5 12 13 34 39 65 0.600 – 26 29
21 Nottingham Forest 42 6 4 11 25 29 2 5 14 22 52 47 81 0.580 – 34 25
22 Huddersfield Town 42 4 7 10 12 22 2 6 13 15 37 27 59 0.458 – 32 25

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League cup Winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS CHE COV CPA DER EVE HUD IPS LEE LEI LIV MNC MNU NEW NOT SHE SOT STO 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

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Team locations[edit]

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

Top Scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Francis Lee Manchester City 33
2 England Martin Chivers Tottenham Hotspur 25
3 Scotland Peter Lorimer Leeds United 23
= England Malcolm Macdonald Newcastle United 23
4 Northern Ireland George Best Manchester United 18
= England Ian Storey-Moore Nottingham Forest / Manchester United 18
= England Peter Osgood Chelsea 18
5 England Tony Brown West Bromwich Albion 17
= Bermuda Clyde Best West Ham United 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.