1982–83 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1982–83
League Division Four
Manager Sam Ellis
League position 21st[1]
Top goalscorer League: Dave Bamber (10)
Combined: Dave Bamber (15)
FA Cup Second round
League Cup Third round
Highest home attendance
Lowest home attendance
Previous season 1981–82
Next season 1983–84

The 1982–83 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 76th season (73rd consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the 24-team Division Four, then the bottom tier of English football, finishing 21st, their lowest-ever finish in the Football League. The club had to seek re-election to the League, and they were successful in their application, as were the other three bottom-four clubs.

Sam Ellis succeeded Allan Brown as manager prior to the start of the season.

Dave Bamber was the club's top scorer for the second consecutive season, with fifteen goals (ten in the league, one in the FA Cup and four in the League Cup).

On 17 January 1983, the Football League deducted Blackpool two points for fielding an ineligible player. John Butler had played two League games and one League Cup game without his registration having been confirmed. The club explained that they had signed him on 8 September and immediately sent off his registration forms to the Football League, who were then based in nearby Lytham St. Annes. Blackpool chose not to appeal, as there were stiffer options available to the committee. The points deduction saw the Seasiders slip two places. Had they not been docked points, they would have finished safely in 18th and would not have needed to re-apply.[2]

Table[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Wimbledon 46 29 11 6 96 45 +51 98
2 Hull City 46 25 15 6 75 34 +41 90
3 Port Vale 46 26 10 10 67 34 +33 88
4 Scunthorpe United 46 23 14 9 71 42 +29 83
5 Bury 46 23 12 11 74 46 +28 81
6 Colchester United 46 24 9 13 75 55 +20 81
7 York City 46 22 13 11 88 58 +30 79
8 Swindon Town 46 19 11 16 61 54 +7 68
9 Peterborough United 46 17 13 16 58 52 +6 64
10 Mansfield Town 46 16 13 17 61 70 −9 61
11 Halifax Town 46 16 12 18 59 66 −7 60
12 Torquay United 46 17 7 22 56 65 −9 58
13 Chester City 46 15 11 20 55 60 −5 56
14 Bristol City 46 13 17 16 59 70 −11 56
15 Northampton Town 46 14 12 20 65 75 −10 54
16 Stockport County 46 14 12 20 60 79 −19 54
17 Darlington 46 13 13 20 61 71 −10 52
18 Aldershot 46 12 15 19 61 82 −21 51
19 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 11 22 49 71 −22 50
20 Rochdale 46 11 16 19 55 73 −18 49
21 Blackpool 46 13 12 21 55 74 -19 49*
22 Hartlepool United 46 13 9 24 46 76 −30 48
23 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 8 27 53 71 −18 41
24 Hereford United 46 11 8 27 42 79 −37 41

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Blackpool's lowest-ever league finish
  2. ^ Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-905411-50-2. 

References[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.