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The Football League
Season 1971–72
Champions Derby County
Relegated Barrow

The 19711972 season was the 73rd completed season of The Football League.

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 to win a four-horse race also contested with Liverpool and Manchester City. 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 to date, 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 marked the first time that Norwich City reached the top flight in their history, less than 70 years after the club was founded. 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 results[edit]

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 Division[edit]

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 [3]
Biggest home win EvertonSouthampton 8–0 (20 November 1971)
Biggest away win Sheffield UnitedArsenal 0–5 (29 January 1972)
Highest scoring EvertonSouthampton 8–0 (20 November 1971)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Derby County 42 16 4 1 43 10 8 6 7 26 23 69 33 2.091 +36 58 European Cup 1972–73
First round
2 Leeds United 42 17 4 0 54 10 7 5 9 19 21 73 31 2.355 +42 57 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1972–73
First round
3 Liverpool 42 17 3 1 48 16 7 6 8 16 14 64 30 2.133 +30 57 UEFA Cup 1972–73
First round
4 Manchester City 42 16 3 2 48 15 7 8 6 29 30 77 45 1.711 +32 57 UEFA Cup 1972–73
First round
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 UEFA Cup 1972–73
First round
[notes 1]
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 UEFA Cup 1972–73
First round
[notes 2]
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

  1. ^ Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Cup 1972–73 as winners of the inaugural UEFA Cup 1971–72.
  2. ^ Stoke City qualified for the UEFA Cup 1972–73 by winning the Football League Cup 1972–73.
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.

First Division maps[edit]

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


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1971–72
Champions Norwich City (1st title)
Promoted Birmingham City
Relegated Charlton Athletic,
Watford
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1194 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Bob 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 win Sheffield WednesdayBristol City 1–5 (21 April 1972)
Highest scoring BirminghamPortsmouth 6–3 (8 January 1972)
PortsmouthFulham 6–3 (23 October 1971)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Norwich City 42 13 8 0 40 16 8 7 6 20 20 60 36 1.667 +24 57
2 Birmingham City 42 15 6 0 46 14 4 12 5 14 17 60 31 1.935 +29 56
3 Millwall 42 14 7 0 38 17 5 10 6 26 29 64 46 1.391 +18 55
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 4 1 39 9 4 10 7 18 19 57 28 2.036 +29 54
5 Sunderland 42 11 7 3 42 24 6 9 6 25 33 67 57 1.175 +10 50
6 Blackpool 42 12 6 3 43 16 8 1 12 27 34 70 50 1.400 +20 47
7 Burnley 42 13 4 4 43 22 7 2 12 27 33 70 55 1.273 +15 46
8 Bristol City 42 14 3 4 43 22 4 7 10 18 27 61 49 1.245 +12 46
9 Middlesbrough 42 16 4 1 31 11 3 4 14 19 37 50 48 1.042 +2 46
10 Carlisle United 42 12 6 3 38 22 5 3 13 23 35 61 57 1.070 +4 43
11 Swindon Town 42 10 6 5 29 16 5 6 10 18 31 47 47 1.000 ±0 42
12 Hull City 42 10 6 5 33 21 4 4 13 16 32 49 53 0.925 –4 38
13 Luton Town 42 7 8 6 25 24 3 10 8 18 24 43 48 0.896 –5 38
14 Sheffield Wednesday 42 11 7 3 33 22 2 5 14 18 36 51 58 0.879 –7 38
15 Oxford United 42 10 8 3 28 17 2 6 13 15 38 43 55 0.782 –12 38
16 Portsmouth 42 9 7 5 31 26 3 6 12 28 42 59 68 0.868 –9 37
17 Orient 42 12 4 5 32 19 2 5 14 18 42 50 61 0.820 –11 37
18 Preston North End 42 11 4 6 32 21 1 8 12 20 37 52 58 0.897 –6 36
19 Cardiff City 42 9 7 5 37 25 1 7 13 19 44 56 69 0.812 –13 34
20 Fulham 42 10 7 4 29 20 2 3 16 16 48 45 68 0.662 –23 34
21 Charlton Athletic 42 9 7 5 33 25 3 2 16 22 52 55 77 0.714 –22 33
22 Watford 42 5 5 11 15 25 0 4 17 9 50 24 75 0.320 –53 19

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
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR BLP BRI BUR CAR CRL CHA FUL HUL LUT MID MIL NOR ORI OXF POR PRE QPR SHW SUN SWI WAT
Birmingham City 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

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.

Second Division maps[edit]

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


Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1971–72
Champions Aston Villa (1st title)
Promoted Brighton & Hove Albion
Relegated Barnsley,
Bradford City,
Mansfield Town,
Torquay United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1407 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorer Ted MacDougall (Bournemouth), 35 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Aston Villa 46 20 1 2 45 10 12 5 6 40 22 85 32 2.656 +53 70
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 15 5 3 39 18 12 6 5 43 29 82 47 1.745 +35 65
3 Bournemouth 46 16 6 1 43 13 7 10 6 30 24 73 37 1.973 +36 62
4 Notts County 46 16 3 4 42 19 9 9 5 32 25 74 44 1.682 +30 62
5 Rotherham United 46 12 8 3 46 25 8 7 8 23 27 69 52 1.327 +17 55
6 Bristol Rovers 46 17 2 4 54 26 4 10 9 21 30 75 56 1.339 +19 54
7 Bolton Wanderers 46 11 8 4 25 13 6 8 9 26 28 51 41 1.244 +10 50
8 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 6 4 43 26 7 4 12 31 38 74 64 1.156 +10 50
9 Walsall 46 12 8 3 38 16 3 10 10 24 41 62 57 1.088 +5 48
10 Blackburn Rovers 46 14 4 5 39 22 5 5 13 15 35 54 57 0.947 –3 47
11 Oldham Athletic 46 11 4 8 37 35 6 7 10 22 28 59 63 0.937 –4 45
12 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 5 5 50 29 4 5 14 23 36 73 65 1.123 +8 44
13 Chesterfield 46 10 5 8 25 23 8 3 12 32 34 57 57 1.000 ±0 44
14 Swansea City 46 10 6 7 27 21 7 4 12 19 38 46 59 0.780 –13 44
15 Port Vale 46 10 10 3 27 21 3 5 15 16 38 43 59 0.729 –16 41
16 Wrexham 46 10 5 8 33 26 6 3 14 26 37 59 63 0.937 –4 40 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1972–73
First round
17 Halifax Town 46 11 6 6 31 22 2 6 15 17 39 48 61 0.787 –13 38
18 Rochdale 46 11 7 5 35 26 1 6 16 22 57 57 83 0.687 –26 37
19 York City 46 8 8 7 32 22 4 4 15 25 44 57 66 0.864 –9 36
20 Tranmere Rovers 46 9 7 7 34 30 1 9 13 16 41 50 71 0.704 –21 36
21 Mansfield Town 46 5 12 6 19 26 3 8 12 22 37 41 63 0.651 –22 36
22 Barnsley 46 6 10 7 23 30 3 8 12 9 34 32 64 0.500 –32 36
23 Torquay United 46 8 6 9 31 31 2 6 15 10 38 41 69 0.594 –28 32
24 Bradford City 46 6 8 9 27 32 5 2 16 18 45 45 77 0.584 –32 32

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
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AST BAR BLB BOL BOU BRA B&H BRO CHS HAL MAN NTC OLD PLY PVA 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

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.

Third Division maps[edit]


Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1971–72
Champions Grimsby Town (1st title)
Promoted Brentford,
Scunthorpe United,
Southend United
Failed re-election Barrow
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1496 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Peter Price (Peterborough United), 28 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Grimsby Town 46 18 3 2 61 26 10 4 9 27 30 88 56 1.571 +32 63
2 Southend United 46 18 2 3 56 26 6 10 7 25 29 81 55 1.473 +26 60
3 Brentford 46 16 2 5 52 21 8 9 6 24 23 76 44 1.727 +32 59
4 Scunthorpe United 46 13 8 2 34 15 9 5 9 22 22 56 37 1.514 +19 57
5 Lincoln City 46 17 5 1 46 15 4 9 10 31 44 77 59 1.305 +18 56
6 Workington 46 12 9 2 34 7 4 10 9 16 27 50 34 1.471 +16 51
7 Southport 46 15 5 3 48 21 3 9 11 18 25 66 46 1.435 +20 50
8 Peterborough United 46 14 6 3 51 24 3 10 10 31 40 82 64 1.281 +16 50
9 Bury 46 16 4 3 55 22 3 8 12 18 37 73 59 1.237 +14 50
10 Cambridge United 46 11 8 4 38 22 6 6 11 24 38 62 60 1.033 +2 48
11 Colchester United 46 13 6 4 38 23 6 4 13 32 46 70 69 1.014 +1 48
12 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 8 4 35 24 5 6 12 21 39 56 63 0.889 –7 46
13 Gillingham 46 11 5 7 33 24 5 8 10 28 43 61 67 0.910 –6 45
14 Newport County 46 13 5 5 34 20 5 3 15 26 52 60 72 0.833 –12 44
15 Exeter City 46 11 5 7 40 30 5 6 12 21 38 61 68 0.897 –7 43
16 Reading 46 14 3 6 37 26 3 5 15 19 50 56 76 0.737 –20 42
17 Aldershot 46 5 13 5 27 20 4 9 10 21 34 48 54 0.889 –6 40
18 Hartlepool 46 14 2 7 39 25 3 4 16 19 44 58 69 0.841 –11 40
19 Darlington 46 9 9 5 37 24 5 2 16 27 58 64 82 0.780 –18 39
20 Chester 46 10 11 2 34 16 0 7 16 13 40 47 56 0.839 –9 38
21 Northampton Town 46 8 9 6 43 27 4 4 15 23 52 66 79 0.835 –13 37
22 Barrow 46 8 8 7 23 26 5 3 15 17 45 40 71 0.563 –31 37
23 Stockport County 46 7 10 6 33 32 2 4 17 22 55 55 87 0.632 –32 32
24 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 4 10 27 25 1 5 17 16 44 43 69 0.623 –26 29

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
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BRW BRE BRY CAM CHR 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 United 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

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.

Fourth Division maps[edit]

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


See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1971–72". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  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 2010-10-31. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.