1972–73 Football League First Division

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Football League First Division
Season 1972–73
Champions Liverpool (8th English title)
Relegated Huddersfield Town
Nottingham Forest
European Cup 1973–74 Liverpool
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1973–74
Sunderland (2nd Div.) (2nd FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1973–74 Ipswich Town
Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1160 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorer Robson (West Ham United), 28 [1]
Biggest home win

LeedsArsenal 6–1 (9 Mar 1973)
Crystal PalaceManchester United 5–0 (16 Oct 1972)
DerbyArsenal 5–0 (25 Nov 1972)
LeedsDerby 5–0 (7 Oct 1972)


LiverpoolSheffield United 5–0 (23 Sep 1972)
Biggest away win West BromwichCrystal Palace 0–4 (3 Mar 1973)
Highest scoring WolverhamptonStoke 5–3 (30 Sep 1972)

Statistics of Football League First Division in the 1972-73 season.

Overview[edit]

Liverpool won the First Division title for the eighth time in the club's history that season. They made sure of the title with a 0-0 draw against Leicester City at Anfield and finished the season 3 points ahead of title challengers Arsenal. Crystal Palace were relegated on April 24, after losing 2-1 at relegation rivals Norwich City. West Bromwich Albion joined them the next day after losing 2-1 at home to Manchester City.

League standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 17 3 1 45 19 8 7 6 27 23 72 42 1.714 + 30 60
2 Arsenal[notes 1] 42 14 5 2 31 14 9 6 6 26 29 57 43 1.326 + 14 57
3 Leeds United 42 15 4 2 45 13 6 7 8 26 32 71 45 1.578 + 26 53
4 Ipswich Town 42 10 7 4 34 20 7 7 7 21 25 55 45 1.222 + 10 48
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 3 5 43 23 5 8 8 23 31 66 54 1.222 + 12 47
6 West Ham United 42 12 5 4 45 25 5 7 9 22 28 67 53 1.264 + 14 46
7 Derby County 42 15 3 3 43 18 4 5 12 13 36 56 54 1.037 + 2 46
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 10 5 6 33 23 6 8 7 25 25 58 48 1.208 + 10 45
9 Newcastle United 42 12 6 3 35 19 4 7 10 25 32 60 51 1.176 + 9 45
10 Birmingham City 42 11 7 3 39 22 4 5 12 14 32 53 54 0.981 – 1 42
11 Manchester City 42 12 4 5 36 20 3 7 11 21 40 57 60 0.950 – 3 41
12 Chelsea 42 9 6 6 30 22 4 8 9 19 29 49 51 0.961 – 2 40
13 Southampton 42 8 11 2 26 17 3 7 11 21 35 47 52 0.904 – 5 40
14 Sheffield United 42 11 4 6 28 18 4 6 11 23 41 51 59 0.864 – 8 40
15 Stoke City 42 11 8 2 38 17 3 2 16 23 39 61 56 1.089 + 1 38
16 Leicester City 42 7 9 5 23 18 3 8 10 17 28 40 46 0.870 – 6 37
17 Everton 42 9 5 7 27 21 4 6 11 14 28 41 49 0.837 – 8 37
18 Manchester United 42 9 7 5 24 19 3 6 12 20 41 44 60 0.733 – 16 37
19 Coventry City 42 9 5 7 27 24 4 4 13 13 31 40 55 0.727 – 15 35
20 Norwich City 42 7 9 5 22 19 4 1 16 14 44 36 63 0.571 – 27 32
21 Crystal Palace 42 7 7 7 25 21 2 5 14 16 37 41 58 0.707 – 17 30
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 8 7 6 25 24 1 3 17 13 38 38 62 0.613 – 24 28

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. ^ Arsenal were not eligible for the UEFA Cup, because Tottenham had qualified by winning the League Cup. The Football League continued to enforce the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup rule that only one team per city could compete,[2] although UEFA had not carried the rule over.
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 BIR CHE COV CPA DER EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MNC MNU NEW NOR SHE SOT STO TOT WBA WHU WOL
Arsenal 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 5–2
Birmingham City 1–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 3–1 3–2 4–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 0–1
Chelsea 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 1–3 0–1 3–1 1–3 0–2
Coventry City 1–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–2 3–2 1–1 0–3 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 3–1 0–1
Crystal Palace 2–3 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 5–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 3–0 3–2 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–1
Derby County 5–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 0–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0
Everton 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–1
Ipswich Town 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1
Leeds United 6–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 5–0 2–1 3–3 3–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Leicester City 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–1
Liverpool 0–3 4–3 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 3–1 5–0 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 4–2
Manchester City 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–3 4–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–3 1–1
Manchester United 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 1–4 2–1 2–2 2–1
Newcastle United 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–2 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1
Norwich City 3–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–1
Sheffield United 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 3–2 3–0 0–0 1–2
Southampton 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1
Stoke City 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 5–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–3 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–0 1–2 4–3 1–1 1–0 2–2
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–4 2–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–3 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0
West Ham United 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 4–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 5–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 4–3 3–2 2–2 2–1 2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–3 3–2 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 4–2 0–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 5–3 3–2 2–0 3–0

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: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Team locations[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1972–1973

Top Scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Pop Robson West Ham United 28
2 England John Richards Wolverhampton Wanderers 27
3 England Billy Dearden Sheffield United 20
4 England Bob Latchford Birmingham City 19
5 England Allan Clarke Leeds United 18
= England John Tudor Newcastle United 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2011-11-10). Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography. Orion. p. 3. ISBN 9781409123187. Retrieved 27 June 2013.