1977–78 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1977–78
Champions Nottingham Forest

The 19771978 season was the 79th completed season of The Football League.

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, and as of 2013–14, Forest’s win is the most recent first win in English football.

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 play their first season in the Football League, replacing Workington. Watford F.C., Southend United, Swansea City and Brentford were promoted, while Southport were relegated.

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[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 Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1977–78
Champions Nottingham Forest (1st English title)
Relegated Leicester City
Newcastle United
West Ham United
European Cup 1978–79 Nottingham Forest
Liverpool (defending champions)
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1978–79
Ipswich Town (1st FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1978–79 Arsenal
Everton
Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1231 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorer Bob Latchford (Everton), 30 [2]
Biggest home win

EvertonChelsea 6–0 (29 Apr 1978)


EvertonCoventry 6–0 (26 Nov 1977)
Biggest away win LeicesterEverton 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)
Highest scoring CoventryNorwich City 5–4 (27 Dec 1977)
BirminghamChelsea 4–5 (31 Dec 1977)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Nottingham Forest 42 15 6 0 37 8 10 8 3 32 16 69 24 +45 64 European Cup 1978–79
First round
[notes 1]
2 Liverpool 42 15 4 2 37 11 9 5 7 28 23 65 34 +31 57 European Cup 1978–79
First round
[notes 2]
3 Everton 42 14 4 3 47 22 8 7 6 29 23 76 45 +31 55 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
4 Manchester City 42 14 4 3 46 21 6 8 7 28 30 74 51 +23 52 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
5 Arsenal 42 14 5 2 38 12 7 5 9 22 25 60 37 +23 52 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 5 3 35 18 5 9 7 27 35 62 53 +9 50 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
7 Coventry City 42 13 5 3 48 23 5 7 9 27 39 75 62 +13 48
8 Aston Villa 42 11 4 6 33 18 7 6 8 24 24 57 42 +15 46
9 Leeds United 42 12 4 5 39 21 6 6 9 24 32 63 53 +10 46
10 Manchester United 42 9 6 6 32 23 7 4 10 35 40 67 63 +4 42
11 Birmingham City 42 8 5 8 32 30 8 4 9 23 30 55 60 –5 41
12 Derby County 42 10 7 4 37 24 4 6 11 17 35 54 59 –5 41
13 Norwich City 42 10 8 3 28 20 1 10 10 24 46 52 66 –14 40
14 Middlesbrough 42 8 8 5 25 19 4 7 10 17 35 42 54 –12 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 7 8 6 30 27 5 4 12 21 37 51 64 –13 36
16 Chelsea 42 7 11 3 28 20 4 3 14 18 49 46 69 –23 36
17 Bristol City 42 9 6 6 37 26 2 7 12 12 27 49 53 –4 35
18 Ipswich Town 42 10 5 6 32 24 1 8 12 15 37 47 61 –14 35 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1978–79
First round
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 8 8 5 27 26 1 7 13 20 38 47 64 –17 33
20 West Ham United 42 8 6 7 31 28 4 2 15 21 41 52 69 –17 32
21 Newcastle United 42 4 6 11 26 37 2 4 15 16 41 42 78 –36 22
22 Leicester City 42 4 7 10 16 32 1 5 15 10 38 26 70 –44 22

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

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

First Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BRI CHE COV DER EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NOR 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 City 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

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.

First Division maps[edit]

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

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1977–78
Champions Bolton Wanderers (2nd title)
Promoted Southampton,
Tottenham Hotspur
Relegated Blackpool,
Hull City,
Mansfield Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1235 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorer Bob Hatton (Blackpool), 22 [2]
Biggest home win Tottenham HotspurBristol Rovers 9-0 (22 Oct 1977) [5]
Biggest away win Cardiff CitySheffield United 1–6 (3 Dec 1977)
Highest scoring BoltonCardiff City 6–3 (10 Dec 1977)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 42 16 4 1 39 14 8 6 7 24 19 63 33 +30 58
2 Southampton 42 15 4 2 44 16 7 9 5 26 23 70 39 +31 57
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 13 7 1 50 19 7 9 5 33 30 83 49 +34 56
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 15 5 1 43 21 7 7 7 20 17 63 38 +25 56
5 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 4 5 33 16 4 9 8 23 44 56 60 –4 45
6 Sunderland 42 11 6 4 36 17 3 10 8 31 42 67 59 +8 44
7 Stoke City 42 13 5 3 38 16 3 5 13 15 33 53 49 +4 42
8 Oldham Athletic 42 9 10 2 32 20 4 6 11 22 38 54 58 –4 42
9 Crystal Palace 42 9 7 5 31 20 4 8 9 19 27 50 47 +3 41
10 Fulham 42 9 8 4 32 19 5 5 11 17 30 49 49 +0 41
11 Burnley 42 11 6 4 35 20 4 4 13 21 44 56 64 –8 40
12 Sheffield United 42 13 4 4 38 22 3 4 14 24 51 62 73 –11 40
13 Luton Town 42 11 4 6 35 20 3 6 12 19 32 54 52 +2 38
14 Orient 42 8 11 2 30 20 2 7 12 13 29 43 49 –6 38
15 Notts County 42 10 9 2 36 22 1 7 13 18 40 54 62 –8 38
16 Millwall 42 8 8 5 23 20 4 6 11 26 37 49 57 –8 38
17 Charlton Athletic 42 11 6 4 38 27 2 6 13 17 41 55 68 –13 38
18 Bristol Rovers 42 10 7 4 40 26 3 5 13 21 51 61 77 –16 38
19 Cardiff City 42 12 6 3 32 23 1 6 14 19 48 51 71 –20 38
20 Blackpool 42 7 8 6 35 25 5 5 11 24 35 59 60 –1 37
21 Mansfield Town 42 6 6 9 30 34 4 5 12 19 35 49 69 –20 31
22 Hull City 42 6 6 9 23 25 2 6 13 11 27 34 52 –18 28

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

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BLB BLP BOL BHA BRO 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

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.

Second Division maps[edit]

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

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1977–78
Champions Wrexham (1st title)
Promoted Cambridge United,
Preston North End
Relegated Bradford City,
Hereford United,
Portsmouth,
Port Vale
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1373 (2.49 per match)
Top goalscorer Alex Bruce (Preston North End), 27 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wrexham 46 14 8 1 48 19 9 7 7 30 26 78 45 +33 61 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1978–79
First round
[notes2 1]
2 Cambridge United 46 19 3 1 49 11 4 9 10 23 40 72 51 +21 58
3 Preston North End 46 16 5 2 48 19 4 11 8 15 19 63 38 +25 56
4 Peterborough United 46 15 7 1 32 11 5 9 9 15 22 47 33 +14 56
5 Chester 46 14 8 1 41 24 2 14 7 18 32 59 56 +3 54
6 Walsall 46 12 8 3 35 17 6 9 8 26 33 61 50 +11 53
7 Gillingham 46 11 10 2 36 21 4 10 9 31 39 67 60 +7 50
8 Colchester United 46 10 11 2 36 16 5 7 11 19 28 55 44 +11 48
9 Chesterfield 46 14 6 3 40 16 3 8 12 18 33 58 49 +9 48
10 Swindon Town 46 12 7 4 40 22 4 9 10 27 38 67 60 +7 48
11 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 7 5 42 23 5 8 10 21 34 63 57 +6 47
12 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 7 3 39 19 3 8 12 18 33 57 52 +5 47
13 Carlisle United 46 10 9 4 32 26 4 10 9 27 33 59 59 +0 47
14 Sheffield Wednesday 46 13 7 3 28 14 2 9 12 22 38 50 52 –2 46
15 Bury 46 7 13 3 34 22 6 6 11 28 34 62 56 +6 45
16 Lincoln City 46 10 8 5 35 26 5 7 11 18 35 53 61 –8 45
17 Exeter City 46 11 8 4 30 18 4 6 13 19 41 49 59 –10 44
18 Oxford United 46 11 10 2 38 21 2 4 17 26 46 64 67 –3 40
19 Plymouth Argyle 46 7 8 8 33 28 4 9 10 28 40 61 68 –7 39
20 Rotherham United 46 11 5 7 26 19 2 8 13 25 49 51 68 –17 39
21 Port Vale 46 7 11 5 28 23 1 9 13 18 44 46 67 –21 36
22 Bradford City 46 11 6 6 40 29 1 4 18 16 57 56 86 –30 34
23 Hereford United 46 9 9 5 28 22 0 5 18 6 38 34 60 –26 32
24 Portsmouth 46 4 11 8 31 38 3 6 14 10 37 41 75 –34 31

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

  1. ^ Wrexham qualified for European Cup Winners' Cup as Welsh Cup winners.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Division Champions, Welsh Cup Champions, promoted, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Promoted
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] 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

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.

Third Division maps[edit]

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

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1977–78
Champions Watford (1st title)
Promoted Brentford,
Southend United,
Swansea City
Failed re-election Southport
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1427 (2.59 per match)
Top goalscorer Alan Curtis (Swansea City), 32
Steve Phillips (Brentford), 32 [2]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Watford 46 18 4 1 44 14 12 7 4 41 24 85 38 +47 71
2 Southend United 46 15 5 3 46 18 10 5 8 20 21 66 39 +27 60
3 Swansea City 46 16 5 2 54 17 7 5 11 33 30 87 47 +40 56
4 Brentford 46 15 6 2 50 17 6 8 9 36 37 86 54 +32 56
5 Aldershot 46 15 8 0 45 16 4 8 11 22 31 67 47 +20 54
6 Grimsby Town 46 14 6 3 30 15 7 5 11 27 36 57 51 +6 53
7 Barnsley 46 15 4 4 44 20 3 10 10 17 29 61 49 +12 50
8 Reading 46 12 7 4 33 23 6 7 10 22 29 55 52 +3 50
9 Torquay United 46 12 6 5 43 25 4 9 10 14 31 57 56 +1 47
10 Northampton Town 46 9 8 6 32 30 8 5 10 31 38 63 68 –5 47
11 Huddersfield Town 46 13 5 5 41 21 2 10 11 22 34 63 55 +8 45
12 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 8 4 37 26 3 9 11 15 39 52 65 –13 45
13 Wimbledon 46 8 11 4 39 26 6 5 12 27 41 66 67 –1 44
14 Scunthorpe United 46 12 6 5 31 14 2 10 11 19 41 50 55 –5 44
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 8 4 34 25 4 6 13 16 44 50 69 –19 44
16 Newport County 46 14 6 3 43 22 2 5 16 22 51 65 73 –8 43
17 Bournemouth 46 12 6 5 28 20 2 9 12 13 31 41 51 –10 43
18 Stockport County 46 14 4 5 41 19 2 6 15 15 37 56 56 +0 42
19 Darlington 46 10 8 5 31 22 4 5 14 21 37 52 59 –7 41
20 Halifax Town 46 7 10 6 28 23 3 11 9 24 39 52 62 –10 41
21 Hartlepool United 46 12 4 7 34 29 3 3 17 17 55 51 84 –33 37
22 York City 46 8 7 8 27 31 4 5 14 23 38 50 69 –19 36
23 Southport 46 5 13 5 30 32 1 6 16 22 44 52 76 –24 31
24 Rochdale 46 8 6 9 29 28 0 2 21 14 57 43 85 –42 24

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

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] 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 United 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

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.

Fourth Division maps[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Latchford, Everton F.C. website
  2. ^ a b c d e "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  3. ^ "England 1977–78". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  5. ^ "Spurs v Bristol Rovers 1977". 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.