1975–76 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1975–76
Champions Liverpool

The 19751976 season was the 77th completed season of The Football League.

Liverpool won their first major trophy under Bob Paisley by narrowly winning the league title after heated competition from Queens Park Rangers. They also lifted the UEFA Cup for the second time in their history. Dave Sexton's QPR side failed to win their first-ever league title but still managed to finish in their highest ever position of runners-up and qualify for the UEFA Cup. Following QPR into Europe were Tommy Docherty's promising young Manchester United side, David Mackay's defending champions Derby County and Jimmy Armfield's Leeds United.

Going down were Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley and Sheffield United.

Bertie Mee, 57, retired after ten years as manager of Arsenal. The highlights of his career had been the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup triumph of 1970 and the Double win 1971, but Arsenal had fallen behind the best in recent seasons and Mee handed over the reins to Terry Neill.

Three years after winning the FA Cup, Bob Stokoe's Sunderland finally won promotion to the top flight as Second Division champions. Bristol City and West Bromwich Albion occupied the two other promotion places. Oxford United, York City and Portsmouth went down to the Third Division.

The division's biggest headline hitters were Southampton, who finished sixth in the league but surprised the footballing world by overcoming Manchester United to win the FA Cup.

Hereford United won the Third Division title to reach the Second Division just four years after joining the league. Also going up to the Second Division were Cardiff City and Millwall. Aldershot, Colchester United, Southend United and Halifax Town were relegated to the Fourth Division. Narrowly avoiding the drop were Sheffield Wednesday, who a decade ago were one of the most feared sides in England and during the interwar years had won the league championship and the FA Cup.

32-year-old Graham Taylor achieved the first success of his managerial career by winning the Fourth Division title for Lincoln City. He was linked with several job vacancies in the First and Second Divisions but surprised everyone by taking over at Elton John's Watford, who were still in the Fourth Division. It was to be the start of a long and successful association with the Hornets for Taylor. Joining Lincoln in the Third Division were Northampton Town, Reading and Tranmere Rovers. 1975–76 had finally brought something positive after a decade of trauma for Northampton Town, which had been them slump from the First Division to the Fourth Division.

This year, the Football League voted in favour of the bottom four clubs in the Fourth Division and there were no departures or arrivals in the league for 1976–77.

Final league tables and results[edit]

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[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 1975–76
Champions Liverpool (9th English title)
Relegated Burnley
Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
European Cup 1976–77 Liverpool
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1976–77
Southampton (2nd Div.) (1st and as of 2010 only FA Cup title)
Cardiff City (3rd Div) (Welsh Cup winners)
UEFA Cup 1976–77 Derby County
Manchester City
Manchester United
Queens Park Rangers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1230 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorer Ted MacDougall (Norwich City), 23 [3]
Biggest home win Arsenal – West Ham 6–1 (20 Mar 1976)
Arsenal – Coventry 5–0 (11 Oct 1975)
QPR – Everton 5–0 (11 Oct 1975)
Tottenham – Sheffield United 5–0 (27 Mar 1976)
Wolverhampton –Newcastle 5–0 (10 Apr 1976)
Biggest away win

Ipswich – Derby 2–6 (24 Apr 1976)
Birmingham – West Ham 1–5 (1 Nov 1975)
Burnley – Wolverhampton 1–5 (15 Nov 1975)


Derby – QPR 1–5 (23 Apr 1976)
Highest scoring Norwich City – Aston Villa 5–3 (23 Apr 1976)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 14 5 2 41 21 9 9 3 25 10 66 31 2.129 +35 60 European Cup 1976–77
First round
[notes 1]
2 Queens Park Rangers 42 17 4 0 42 13 7 7 7 25 20 67 33 2.030 +34 59 UEFA Cup 1976–77
First round
3 Manchester United 42 16 4 1 40 13 7 6 8 28 29 68 42 1.619 +26 56 UEFA Cup 1976–77
First round
4 Derby County 42 15 3 3 45 30 6 8 7 30 28 75 58 1.293 +17 53 UEFA Cup 1976–77
First round
5 Leeds United 42 13 3 5 37 19 8 6 7 28 27 65 46 1.413 +19 51
6 Ipswich Town 42 11 6 4 36 23 5 8 8 18 25 54 48 1.125 +6 46
7 Leicester City 42 9 9 3 29 24 4 10 7 19 27 48 51 0.941 –3 45
8 Manchester City 42 14 5 2 46 18 2 6 13 18 28 64 46 1.391 +18 43 UEFA Cup 1976–77
First round
9 Tottenham Hotspur 42 6 10 5 33 32 8 5 8 30 31 63 63 1.000 ±0 43
10 Norwich City 42 10 5 6 33 26 6 5 10 25 32 58 58 1.000 ±0 42
11 Everton 42 10 7 4 37 24 5 5 11 23 42 60 66 0.909 –6 42
12 Stoke City 42 8 5 8 25 24 7 6 8 23 26 48 50 0.960 –2 41
13 Middlesbrough 42 9 7 5 23 11 6 3 12 23 34 46 45 1.022 +1 40
14 Coventry City 42 6 9 6 22 22 7 5 9 25 35 47 57 0.825 –10 40
15 Newcastle United 42 11 4 6 51 26 4 5 12 20 36 71 62 1.145 +9 39
16 Aston Villa 42 11 8 2 32 17 0 9 12 19 42 51 59 0.864 –8 39
17 Arsenal 42 11 4 6 33 19 2 6 13 14 34 47 53 0.887 –6 36
18 West Ham United 42 10 5 6 26 23 3 5 13 22 48 48 71 0.676 –23 36
19 Birmingham City 42 11 5 5 36 26 2 2 17 21 49 57 75 0.760 –18 33
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 7 6 8 27 25 3 4 14 24 43 51 68 0.750 –17 30
21 Burnley 42 6 6 9 23 26 3 4 14 20 40 43 66 0.652 –23 28
22 Sheffield United 42 4 7 10 19 32 2 3 16 14 50 33 82 0.402 –49 22

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. ^ Liverpool were also winner's of this year's UEFA cup.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BUR COV DER EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MNC MNU MID NEW NOR QPR SHE STO TOT WHU WOL
Arsenal 0–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–3 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 6–1 2–1
Aston Villa 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 5–1 0–0 1–1 4–1 1–1
Birmingham City 3–1 3–2 4–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–5 0–1
Burnley 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–1 0–1 4–4 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–5
Coventry City 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–2 2–0 3–1
Derby County 2–0 2–0 4–2 3–0 2–0 1–3 1–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 3–2 3–1 1–5 3–2 1–1 2–3 2–1 3–2
Everton 0–0 2–1 5–2 2–3 1–4 2–0 3–3 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0
Ipswich Town 2–0 3–0 4–2 0–0 1–1 2–6 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 4–0 3–0
Leeds United 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 5–2 1–0 4–0 0–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 3–0 0–3 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0
Leicester City 2–1 2–2 3–3 3–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–3 2–0
Liverpool 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–3 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–0 5–3 3–2 2–2 2–0
Manchester City 3–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 4–2 4–3 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–3 2–2 4–0 4–0 3–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–2
Manchester United 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 5–1 0–1 3–2 4–0 1–0
Middlesbrough 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–3 0–1 0–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 1–0
Newcastle United 2–0 3–0 4–0 0–1 4–0 4–3 5–0 1–1 2–3 3–0 1–2 2–1 3–4 1–1 5–2 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 5–1
Norwich City 3–1 5–3 1–0 3–1 0–3 0–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–2 1–3 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–1
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 1–1 5–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 4–2
Sheffield United 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–4 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 3–2 1–4
Stoke City 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–2
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 5–2 1–3 2–1 4–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–2 0–3 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–1
West Ham United 1–0 2–2 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–2 5–0 1–0 2–2 5–1 2–1 0–1 0–1

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.

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1975–1976

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1975–76
Champions Sunderland (1st title)
Promoted Bristol City,
West Bromwich Albion
Relegated Oxford United,
Portsmouth,
York City
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1106 (2.39 per match)
Top goalscorer Derek Hales (Charlton Athletic), 28 [3]
Biggest home win Bolton –Charlton 5–0 (4 Oct 1975)
Biggest away win Charlton –Luton 1–5 (3 Dec 1975)
Charlton –Bolton 0–4 (24 Apr 1975)
Highest scoring Blackpool –Southampton 4–3 (20 Sept 1975)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Sunderland 42 19 2 0 48 10 5 6 10 19 26 67 36 1.861 +31 56
2 Bristol City 42 11 7 3 34 14 8 8 5 25 21 59 35 1.686 +24 53
3 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 9 2 29 12 10 4 7 21 21 50 33 1.515 +17 53
4 Bolton Wanderers 42 12 5 4 36 14 8 7 6 28 24 64 38 1.684 +26 52
5 Notts County 42 11 6 4 33 13 8 5 8 27 28 60 41 1.463 +19 49
6 Southampton 42 18 2 1 49 16 3 5 13 17 34 66 50 1.320 +16 49 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1976–77
First round
7 Luton Town 42 13 6 2 38 15 6 4 11 23 36 61 51 1.196 +10 48
8 Nottingham Forest 42 13 1 7 34 18 4 11 6 21 22 55 40 1.375 +15 46
9 Charlton Athletic 42 11 5 5 40 34 4 7 10 21 38 61 72 0.847 –11 42
10 Blackpool 42 9 9 3 26 22 5 5 11 14 27 40 49 0.816 –9 42
11 Chelsea 42 7 9 5 25 20 5 7 9 28 34 53 54 0.981 –1 40
12 Fulham 42 9 8 4 27 14 4 6 11 18 33 45 47 0.957 –2 40
13 Orient 42 10 6 5 21 12 3 8 10 16 27 37 39 0.949 –2 40
14 Hull City 42 9 5 7 29 23 5 6 10 16 26 45 49 0.918 –4 39
15 Blackburn Rovers 42 8 6 7 27 22 4 8 9 18 28 45 50 0.900 –5 38
16 Plymouth Argyle 42 13 4 4 36 20 0 8 13 12 34 48 54 0.889 –6 38
17 Oldham Athletic 42 11 8 2 37 24 2 4 15 20 44 57 68 0.838 –11 38
18 Bristol Rovers 42 7 9 5 20 15 4 7 10 18 35 38 50 0.760 –12 38
19 Carlisle United 42 9 8 4 29 22 3 5 13 16 37 45 59 0.763 –14 37
20 Oxford United 42 7 7 7 23 25 4 4 13 16 34 39 59 0.661 –20 33
21 York City 42 8 3 10 28 34 2 5 14 11 37 39 71 0.549 –32 28
22 Portsmouth 42 4 6 11 15 23 5 1 15 17 38 32 61 0.525 –29 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
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLB BLP BOL BRI BRO CRL CHA CHE FUL HUL LUT NOT NTC OLD ORI OXF PLY POR SOT SUN WBA YOR
Blackburn Rovers 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–4 2–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–0
Blackpool 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 4–3 1–0 0–1 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 5–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 3–0 2–1 1–2 1–2
Bristol City 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 4–0 2–2 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 4–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 4–1
Bristol Rovers 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 4–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1
Carlisle United 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0
Charlton Athletic 2–1 1–1 0–4 2–2 3–0 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–5 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–3 4–1 1–2 2–1 3–2
Chelsea 3–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–3 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–2 3–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0
Fulham 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–0
Hull City 0–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 0–0 1–4 2–1 1–1
Luton Town 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 3–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–0
Nottingham Forest 1–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 3–0 4–0 1–2 1–3 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 4–3 1–0 4–0 2–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–0
Notts County 3–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 4–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 5–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 4–0
Oldham Athletic 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–4 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 5–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–0
Orient 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–0
Oxford United 0–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–3 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–0
Plymouth Argyle 2–2 1–2 2–3 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 4–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1
Portsmouth 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–1
Southampton 2–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–2 4–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–3 2–1 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 4–0 3–0 2–0
Sunderland 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0
West Bromwich Albion 2–2 0–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–2 0–0 2–2
York City 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–4 0–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–0 1–2 2–3 3–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–4 0–1

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.

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1975–1976

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1975–76
Champions Hereford United (1st title)
Promoted Cardiff City,
Millwall
Relegated Aldershot,
Colchester United,
Halifax Town,
Southend United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1440 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Dixie McNeil (Hereford United), 35 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Hereford United 46 14 6 3 45 24 12 5 6 41 31 86 55 1.564 +31 63
2 Cardiff City 46 14 7 2 38 13 8 6 9 31 35 69 48 1.438 +21 57 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1976–77
First round
3 Millwall 46 16 6 1 35 14 4 10 9 19 29 54 43 1.256 +11 56
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 18 3 2 58 15 4 6 13 20 38 78 53 1.472 +25 53
5 Crystal Palace 46 7 12 4 30 20 11 5 7 31 26 61 46 1.326 +15 53
6 Wrexham 46 13 6 4 38 21 7 6 10 28 34 66 55 1.200 +11 52
7 Walsall 46 11 8 4 43 22 7 6 10 31 39 74 61 1.213 +13 50
8 Preston North End 46 15 4 4 45 23 4 6 13 17 34 62 57 1.088 +5 48
9 Shrewsbury Town 46 14 2 7 36 25 5 8 10 25 34 61 59 1.034 +2 48
10 Peterborough United 46 12 7 4 37 23 3 11 9 26 40 63 63 1.000 ±0 48
11 Mansfield Town 46 8 11 4 31 22 8 4 11 27 30 58 52 1.115 +6 47
12 Port Vale 46 10 10 3 33 21 5 6 12 22 33 55 54 1.019 +1 46
13 Bury 46 11 7 5 33 16 3 9 11 18 30 51 46 1.109 +5 44
14 Chesterfield 46 11 5 7 45 30 6 4 13 24 39 69 69 1.000 ±0 43
15 Gillingham 46 10 8 5 38 27 2 11 10 20 41 58 68 0.853 –10 43
16 Rotherham United 46 11 6 6 35 22 4 6 13 19 43 54 65 0.831 –11 42
17 Chester 46 13 7 3 34 19 2 5 16 9 43 43 62 0.694 –19 42
18 Grimsby Town 46 13 7 3 39 21 2 3 18 23 53 62 74 0.838 –12 40
19 Swindon Town 46 11 4 8 42 31 5 4 14 20 44 62 75 0.827 –13 40
20 Sheffield Wednesday 46 12 6 5 34 25 0 10 13 14 34 48 59 0.814 –11 40
21 Aldershot 46 10 8 5 34 26 3 5 15 25 49 59 75 0.787 –16 39
22 Colchester United 46 9 6 8 25 27 3 8 12 16 38 41 65 0.631 –24 38
23 Southend United 46 9 7 7 40 31 3 6 14 25 44 65 75 0.867 –10 37
24 Halifax Town 46 6 5 12 22 32 5 8 10 19 29 41 61 0.672 –20 35

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, also promoted
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD B&H BRY CAR CHE CHS COL CPA GIL GRI HAL HER MAN MIL PET PVA PRE ROT SHW SHR STD SWI WAL WRE
Aldershot 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–3 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 2–3
Brighton & Hove Albion 4–1 2–1 0–1 6–0 3–0 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–0 5–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–2
Bury 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 5–0 1–1 0–1
Cardiff City 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 4–3 2–0 0–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 5–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 3–0
Chester 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–3
Chesterfield 5–2 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 6–1 1–2 0–1 4–3 1–2 2–3 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 4–0 2–1 1–1
Colchester United 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 2–3 0–3 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–4 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–2
Crystal Palace 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 4–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–1 1–1
Gillingham 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 3–4 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 2–3 1–1
Grimsby Town 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 1–2 3–2
Halifax Town 1–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 5–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 0–1
Hereford United 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 5–0 4–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–4 0–0 3–1 3–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–0
Mansfield Town 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 4–1 0–0
Millwall 4–1 3–1 0–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–1
Peterborough United 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 0–3 0–3 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 3–2 3–2 3–1 0–0 2–0
Port Vale 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 4–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–1
Preston North End 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 3–4 0–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 4–2 0–2 5–1 4–2 3–1 0–1
Rotherham United 2–2 1–1 3–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–1
Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 3–3 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 4–1 2–2 0–3 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0
Shrewsbury Town 5–3 1–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–4 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–2
Southend 0–2 4–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 5–2 4–1 1–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–2 1–2 2–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 2–1
Swindon Town 6–3 3–2 2–1 4–0 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 3–0 3–1 0–1 0–2 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 5–1 2–2
Walsall 4–1 2–0 0–1 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 5–1 2–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 2–2
Wrexham 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 3–0 2–3 2–2 2–0 0–3

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]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1975–1976

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1975–76
Champions Lincoln City (1st title)
Promoted Northampton Town,
Reading,
Tranmere Rovers
Failed re-election None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1442 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Ronnie Moore (Tranmere Rovers), 34 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Lincoln City 46 21 2 0 71 15 11 8 4 40 24 111 39 2.846 +72 74
2 Northampton Town 46 18 5 0 62 20 11 5 7 25 20 87 40 2.175 +37 68
3 Reading 46 19 3 1 42 9 5 9 9 28 42 70 51 1.373 +19 60
4 Tranmere Rovers 46 19 3 1 42 9 5 9 9 28 42 89 55 1.618 +34 58
5 Huddersfield Town 46 11 6 6 28 17 10 8 5 28 24 56 41 1.366 +15 56
6 Bournemouth 46 15 5 3 39 16 5 7 11 18 32 57 48 1.188 +9 52
7 Exeter City 46 13 7 3 37 17 5 7 11 19 30 56 47 1.191 +9 50
8 Watford 46 16 4 3 38 18 6 2 15 24 44 62 62 1.000 ±0 50
9 Torquay United 46 12 6 5 31 24 6 8 9 24 39 55 63 0.873 –8 50
10 Doncaster Rovers 46 10 6 7 42 31 9 5 9 33 38 75 69 1.087 +6 49
11 Swansea City 46 14 8 1 51 21 2 7 14 15 36 66 57 1.158 +9 47
12 Barnsley 46 12 8 3 34 16 2 8 13 18 32 52 48 1.083 +4 44
13 Cambridge United 46 7 10 6 36 28 7 5 11 22 34 58 62 0.935 –4 43
14 Hartlepool 46 10 6 7 37 29 6 4 13 25 49 62 78 0.795 –16 42
15 Rochdale 46 7 11 5 27 23 5 7 11 13 31 40 54 0.741 –14 42
16 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 7 6 36 21 3 8 12 22 36 58 57 1.018 +1 41
17 Bradford City 46 9 7 7 35 26 3 10 10 28 39 63 65 0.969 –2 41
18 Brentford 46 12 7 4 37 18 2 6 15 19 42 56 60 0.933 –4 41
19 Scunthorpe United 46 11 3 9 31 24 3 7 13 19 35 50 59 0.847 –9 38
20 Darlington 46 11 7 5 30 14 3 3 17 18 43 48 57 0.842 –9 38
21 Stockport County 46 8 7 8 23 23 5 5 13 20 53 43 76 0.566 –33 38
22 Newport County 46 8 7 8 35 33 5 2 16 22 57 57 90 0.633 –33 35
23 Southport 46 6 6 11 27 31 2 4 17 14 46 41 77 0.532 –36 26
24 Workington 46 5 4 14 19 43 2 3 18 11 44 30 87 0.345 –57 21

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 (none)


Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BOU BRA BRE CAM CRE DAR DON EXE HAR HUD LIN NPC NOR REA ROC SCU SOU STP SWA TOR TRA WAT WRK
Barnsley 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 2–3 0–1 3–1 3–1 4–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Bournemouth 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–3 2–0 2–0 0–0 4–2 4–1 1–0
Bradford City 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 4–1 2–0 3–4 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–5 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–0
Brentford 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 5–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 2–2 3–0 5–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 4–0
Cambridge United 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–3 0–1 4–0 0–0 2–4 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 3–3 4–1 4–1
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–3 4–0 0–1 3–3 0–0 1–0 4–0 3–1 2–1 6–0 1–0 2–2 0–0
Darlington 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–0 4–0 0–1 0–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
Doncaster Rovers 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 3–2 0–0 3–0 4–1 2–4 5–1 0–4 1–1 1–2 0–1 5–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–2 1–0
Exeter City 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 4–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 4–1 1–0 5–4 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–0
Hartlepool United 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 1–3 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 4–1 3–0 2–4 3–0 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–2
Huddersfield Town 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 2–0
Lincoln City 2–1 1–0 4–2 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 5–0 4–1 3–0 0–0 4–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 6–0 2–0 4–0 4–2 2–2 5–1 4–1
Newport County 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 4–1 2–3 3–3 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–5 0–2 2–3
Northampton Town 5–0 6–0 4–2 3–1 4–2 2–1 3–2 2–1 3–1 5–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 4–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–1
Reading 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–1 0–1 4–3 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 1–0 0–0 5–0 3–0 1–0
Rochdale 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 4–3 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 1–1
Scunthorpe United 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 5–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–1 3–0
Southport 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–4 1–2 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–2 2–1
Stockport County 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–3 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 0–2 2–2 4–1
Swansea City 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–0 4–0 2–0 2–1 0–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 3–0 1–1 4–2 1–0
Torquay United 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–0 2–1 2–4 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–0
Tranmere 1–0 2–0 3–3 5–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 5–0 3–0 7–1 3–0 6–0
Watford 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–3 3–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–0
Workington 1–7 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–3 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–3 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–3 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–3

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]

Locations of the Football League Fourth Division London teams 1975–1976

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1975–76". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. 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.