1982–83 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1982–83
Champions Liverpool

The 19821983 season was the 84th completed season of The Football League.

Bob Paisley’s last season as Liverpool manager ended on a high as they topped the First Division with a comfortable lead. Bob Paisley retired as Liverpool manager with a record 21 prizes in nine years. His successor was long-serving coach Joe Fagan. Newly promoted Watford were the shock of the season, finishing in second place in their first ever season in the top flight.

Manchester City were relegated despite a four-year spending spree totalling around £5million. Swansea City were also relegated after only their second season as a First Division club. They had finished sixth a year earlier and at several stages had topped the league table. Brighton & Hove Albion joined them on the way down.

Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City won promotion to the First Division. Rotherham United, Burnley and Bolton Wanderers were relegated to the Third Division. It was another blow for Bolton, who had been relegated from the First Division three years earlier.

Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers both came within hours of going bankrupt but were both saved by respective new owners.

Portsmouth’s revival continued as they ran away with the Third Division championship, followed closely behind by runners-up Cardiff City and third-placed Huddersfield Town. Newport County finished 4th, their highest post-war position in the Football League. Occupying the four relegation places were Reading, Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield.

Wimbledon were crowned Fourth Division champions and the efforts of manager Dave Bassett were bound to ensure that this would not be their last promotion. Hull City, Port Vale and Scunthorpe United occupied the other three promotion places. The re-election system once again went in favour of the bottom four sides in the Fourth Division, but had things gone differently then Blackpool could have gone out of the Football League little over a decade after they had been a First Division side.

At the end of the season, Fourth Division strugglers Crewe Alexandra appointed Milan-born ex-Wimbledon manager Dario Gradi as their new manager.

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1982–83
Champions Liverpool (14th English title)
Relegated Brighton & Hove Albion
Manchester City
Swansea City
European Cup 1983–84 Liverpool
European Cup Winners' Cup 1983–84 Manchester United
Swansea City
UEFA Cup 1983–84 Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest
Tottenham Hotspur
Watford
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1264 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Luther Blissett, (Watford), 27[1]
Biggest home win WatfordSunderland 8–0 (25 Sep 1982)
Biggest away win Notts CountyIpswich Town 0–6 (25 Sep 1982)
Highest scoring WatfordSunderland 8–0 (25 Sep 1982);
Luton TownNotts County 5–3 (4 Sep 1982);
WatfordNotts County 5–3 (12 Mar 1983);
StokeLuton Town 4–4 (25 Sep 1982)
Longest winning run Liverpool (6 games)
Longest unbeaten run Liverpool (19 games)
Longest losing run West Bromwich Albion (6 games)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 16 4 1 55 16 8 6 7 32 21 87 37 +50 82 European Cup 1983–84 First round [notes 1]
2 Watford 42 16 2 3 49 20 6 3 12 25 37 74 57 +17 71 UEFA Cup 1983–84 First round
3 Manchester United 42 14 7 0 39 10 5 6 10 17 28 56 38 +18 70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1983–84 First round
4 Tottenham Hotspur 42 15 4 2 50 15 5 5 11 15 35 65 50 +15 69 UEFA Cup 1983–84 First round
5 Nottingham Forest 42 12 5 4 34 18 8 4 9 28 32 62 50 +12 69 UEFA Cup 1983–84 First round
6 Aston Villa 42 17 2 2 47 15 4 3 14 15 35 62 50 +12 68 UEFA Cup 1983–84 First round
7 Everton 42 13 6 2 43 19 5 4 12 23 29 66 48 +18 64
8 West Ham United 42 13 3 5 41 23 7 1 13 27 39 68 62 +6 64
9 Ipswich Town 42 11 3 7 39 23 4 10 7 25 27 64 50 +14 58
10 Arsenal 42 11 6 4 36 19 5 4 12 22 37 58 56 +2 58
11 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 5 5 35 20 4 7 10 16 29 51 49 +2 57
12 Southampton 42 11 5 5 36 22 4 7 10 18 36 54 58 –4 57
13 Stoke City 42 13 4 4 34 21 3 5 13 19 43 53 64 –11 57
14 Norwich City 42 10 6 5 30 18 4 6 11 22 40 52 58 –6 54
15 Notts County 42 12 4 5 37 25 3 3 15 18 46 55 71 –16 52
16 Sunderland 42 7 10 4 30 22 5 4 12 18 39 48 61 –13 50
17 Birmingham City 42 9 7 5 29 24 3 7 11 11 31 40 55 –15 50
18 Luton Town 42 7 7 7 34 33 5 6 10 31 51 65 84 –19 49
19 Coventry City 42 10 5 6 29 17 3 4 14 19 42 48 59 –11 48
20 Manchester City 42 9 5 7 26 23 4 3 14 21 47 47 70 –23 47
21 Swansea City 42 10 4 7 32 29 0 7 14 19 40 51 69 –18 41 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1983–84 Preliminary round [notes 2]
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 8 7 6 25 22 1 6 14 13 46 38 68 –30 40
  • P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Liverpool were also this season's League Cup winners.
  2. ^ Swansea City qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup as 1983 Welsh Cup winners. Nevertheless, they were relegated to 2nd division.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup, relegated
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup Winners, see Liverpool
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BHA COV EVE IPS LIV LUT MCI MUN NOR NOT NTC SOU STK SUN SWA TOT WAT WBA WHU
Arsenal 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 4–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–4 2–0 2–3
Aston Villa 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–4 4–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 4–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–3 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–0
Birmingham City 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 3–0 0–2 1–4 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–4 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–1
Coventry City 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–0 4–2 4–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–4
Everton 2–3 5–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–5 5–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–0
Ipswich Town 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–3 4–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 6–1 1–2
Liverpool 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 4–0 0–0 1–0 3–3 5–2 0–0 0–2 4–3 5–1 5–0 5–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 3–0
Luton Town 2–2 2–1 3–1 5–0 1–2 1–5 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 5–3 3–3 0–0 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–2
Manchester City 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 0–1 0–4 0–1 1–2 4–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–0
Manchester United 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1
Norwich City 3–1 1–0 5–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 4–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–3 1–1
Nottingham Forest 3–0 1–2 1–1 4–0 4–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0
Notts County 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–0 5–1 1–0 0–6 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–2 3–2 1–2 4–0 0–1 0–0 3–0 3–2 2–1 1–2
Southampton 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 3–2 2–2 4–1 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–4 4–1 3–0
Stoke City 2–1 0–3 1–1 3–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 4–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–0 4–0 0–3 5–2
Sunderland 3–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–3 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–0
Swansea City 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–1 0–3 2–0 4–1 0–0 4–0 0–3 2–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 1–5
Tottenham Hotspur 5–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 4–1 4–2 6–0 4–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1
Watford 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 5–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–3 5–3 2–0 1–0 8–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 2–2 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–3 0–1 1–3 1–2
West Ham United 1–3 2–0 5–0 2–1 0–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 4–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 3–0 2–1 0–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ 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 1982–1983

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1982–83
Champions Queens Park Rangers (1st title)
Promoted Leicester City,
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Relegated Bolton Wanderers,
Burnley,
Rotherham United
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1244 (2.69 per match)
Top goalscorer Gary Lineker (Leicester City), 26 [1]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 3 2 51 16 10 4 7 26 20 77 36 +41 85
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 14 5 2 42 16 6 10 5 26 28 68 44 +24 75
3 Leicester City 42 11 4 6 36 15 9 6 6 36 29 72 44 +28 70
4 Fulham 42 13 5 3 36 20 7 4 10 28 27 64 47 +17 69
5 Newcastle United 42 13 6 2 43 21 5 7 9 32 32 75 53 +22 67
6 Sheffield Wednesday 42 9 8 4 33 23 7 7 7 27 24 60 47 +13 63
7 Oldham Athletic 42 8 10 3 38 24 6 9 6 26 23 64 47 +17 61
8 Leeds United 42 7 11 3 28 22 6 10 5 23 24 51 46 +5 60
9 Shrewsbury Town 42 8 9 4 20 15 7 5 9 28 33 48 48 ±0 59
10 Barnsley 42 9 8 4 37 28 5 7 9 20 27 57 55 +2 57
11 Blackburn Rovers 42 11 7 3 38 21 4 5 12 20 37 58 58 ±0 57
12 Cambridge United 42 11 7 3 26 17 2 5 14 16 43 42 60 –18 51
13 Derby County 42 7 10 4 27 24 3 9 9 22 34 49 58 –9 49
14 Carlisle United 42 10 6 5 44 28 2 6 13 24 42 68 70 –2 48
15 Crystal Palace 42 11 7 3 31 17 1 5 15 12 35 43 52 –9 48
16 Middlesbrough 42 8 7 6 27 29 3 8 10 19 38 46 67 –21 48
17 Charlton Athletic 42 11 3 7 40 31 2 6 13 23 55 63 86 –23 48
18 Chelsea 42 8 8 5 31 22 3 6 12 20 39 51 61 –10 47
19 Grimsby Town 42 9 7 5 32 26 3 4 14 13 44 45 70 –25 47
20 Rotherham United 42 6 7 8 22 29 4 8 9 23 39 45 68 –23 45
21 Burnley 42 10 4 7 38 24 2 4 15 18 42 56 66 –10 44
22 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 2 9 30 26 1 9 11 12 35 42 61 –19 44
  • 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] BAR BLB BOL BUR CAM CRL CHA CHE CRY DER FUL GRI LEE LEI MID NEW OLD QPR ROT SHW SHR WOL
Barnsley 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–3 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–3 4–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–5 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–3 3–0 2–3 1–0 2–2
Bolton Wanderers 0–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–3 3–2 2–2 0–2 1–4 0–1
Burnley 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 7–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–4 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–2 0–1
Cambridge United 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–4 1–4 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1
Carlisle United 1–1 3–1 5–0 1–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 3–2 2–3 2–2 0–1 1–3 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–2 2–3 0–2
Charlton Athletic 3–2 3–0 4–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 5–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–3 2–0 4–1 1–3 1–5 0–3 0–1 3–3
Chelsea 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–1 6–0 4–2 3–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 5–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0
Crystal Palace 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–4
Derby County 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–3 0–4 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–3 1–1
Fulham 1–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 4–0 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–3
Grimsby Town 1–2 5–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–1
Leeds United 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–0
Leicester City 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–0 6–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 0–2 3–2 5–0
Middlesbrough 2–0 1–5 1–0 1–4 0–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–3 1–4 1–4 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0
Newcastle United 1–2 3–2 2–2 3–0 2–0 2–2 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–4 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 4–0 1–1
Oldham Athletic 1–1 0–0 2–3 3–0 3–0 4–3 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–1
Queens Park Rangers 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 5–1 1–2 0–0 4–1 3–1 4–0 1–0 2–2 6–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 0–2 4–0 2–1
Rotherham United 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–5 1–3 0–0 0–3 0–3 1–1
Sheffield Wednesday 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 5–4 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0
Shrewsbury Town 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 5–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–4 3–0 3–0 0–3 4–0 2–2 0–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 2–2

Source:[citation needed]
^ 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 1982–1983

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1982–83
Champions Portsmouth (2nd title)
Promoted Cardiff City,
Huddersfield Town
Relegated Chesterfield,
Doncaster Rovers,
Reading,
Wrexham
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1617 (2.93 per match)
Top goalscorer Kerry Dixon (Reading), 26 [1]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Portsmouth 46 16 4 3 43 19 11 6 6 31 22 74 41 +33 91
2 Cardiff City 46 17 5 1 45 14 8 6 9 31 36 76 50 +26 86
3 Huddersfield Town 46 15 8 0 56 18 8 5 10 28 31 84 49 +35 82
4 Newport County 46 13 7 3 40 20 10 2 11 36 34 76 54 +22 78
5 Oxford United 46 12 9 2 41 23 10 3 10 30 30 71 53 +18 78
6 Lincoln City 46 17 1 5 55 22 6 6 11 22 29 77 51 +26 76
7 Bristol Rovers 46 16 4 3 55 21 6 5 12 29 37 84 58 +26 75
8 Plymouth Argyle 46 15 2 6 37 23 4 6 13 24 43 61 66 –5 65
9 Brentford 46 14 4 5 50 28 4 6 13 38 49 88 77 +11 64
10 Walsall 46 14 5 4 38 19 3 8 12 26 44 64 63 +1 64
11 Sheffield United 46 16 3 4 44 20 3 4 16 18 44 62 64 –2 64
12 Bradford City 46 11 7 5 41 27 5 6 12 27 42 68 69 –1 61
13 Gillingham 46 12 4 7 37 29 4 9 10 21 30 58 59 –1 61
14 Bournemouth 46 11 7 5 35 20 5 6 12 24 48 59 68 –9 61
15 Southend United 46 10 8 5 41 28 5 6 12 25 37 66 65 +1 59
16 Preston North End 46 11 10 2 35 17 4 3 16 25 52 60 69 –9 58
17 Millwall 46 12 7 4 41 24 2 6 15 23 53 64 77 –13 55
18 Wigan Athletic 46 10 4 9 35 33 5 5 13 25 39 60 72 –12 54
19 Exeter City 46 12 4 7 49 43 2 8 13 32 61 81 104 –23 54
20 Orient 46 10 6 7 44 38 5 3 15 20 50 64 88 –24 54
21 Reading 46 10 8 5 37 28 2 9 12 27 51 64 79 –15 53
22 Wrexham 46 11 6 6 40 26 1 9 13 16 50 56 76 –20 51
23 Doncaster Rovers 46 6 8 9 38 44 3 3 17 19 53 57 97 –40 38
24 Chesterfield 46 6 6 11 28 28 2 7 14 15 40 43 68 –25 37
  • 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

Third Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1982–1983

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1982–83
Champions Wimbledon (1st title)
Promoted Hull City,
Port Vale,
Scunthorpe United
Failed re-election None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1502 (2.72 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Cammack (Scunthorpe United), 25 [1]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wimbledon 46 17 4 2 57 23 12 7 4 39 22 96 45 +51 98
2 Hull City 46 14 8 1 48 14 11 7 5 27 20 75 34 +41 90
3 Port Vale 46 15 4 4 37 16 11 6 6 30 18 67 34 +33 88
4 Scunthorpe United 46 13 7 3 41 17 10 7 6 30 25 71 42 +29 83
5 Bury 46 15 4 4 43 20 8 8 7 31 26 74 46 +28 81
6 Colchester United 46 17 5 1 51 19 7 4 12 24 36 75 55 +20 81
7 York City 46 18 4 1 59 19 4 9 10 29 39 88 58 +30 79
8 Swindon Town 46 14 3 6 45 27 5 8 10 16 27 61 54 +7 68
9 Peterborough United 46 13 6 4 38 23 4 7 12 20 29 58 52 +6 64
10 Mansfield Town 46 11 6 6 32 26 5 7 11 29 44 61 70 –9 61
11 Halifax Town 46 9 8 6 31 23 7 4 12 28 43 59 66 –7 60
12 Torquay United 46 12 3 8 38 30 5 4 14 18 35 56 65 –9 58
13 Chester City 46 8 6 9 28 24 7 5 11 27 36 55 60 –5 56
14 Bristol City 46 10 8 5 32 25 3 9 11 27 45 59 70 –11 56
15 Northampton Town 46 10 8 5 43 29 4 4 15 22 46 65 75 –10 54
16 Stockport County 46 11 8 4 41 31 3 4 16 19 48 60 79 –19 54
17 Darlington 46 8 5 10 27 30 5 8 10 34 41 61 71 –10 52
18 Aldershot 46 11 5 7 40 35 1 10 12 21 47 61 82 –21 51
19 Tranmere Rovers 46 8 8 7 30 29 5 3 15 19 42 49 71 –22 50
20 Rochdale 46 11 8 4 38 25 0 8 15 17 48 55 73 –18 49
21 Blackpool 46 10 8 5 32 23 3 4 16 23 51 55 74 –19 49 [notes2 1]
22 Hartlepool United 46 11 5 7 30 24 2 4 17 16 52 46 76 –30 48
23 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 5 9 35 32 2 3 18 18 39 53 71 –18 41
24 Hereford United 46 8 6 9 19 23 3 2 18 23 56 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
  1. ^ Blackpool had two points deducted.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Fourth Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Fourth Division London teams 1982–1983

Election/Re-election to the Football League[edit]

This year Enfield, the winners of the Alliance Premier League, could not apply for election because they did not meet Football League requirements, so 2nd placed Maidstone United (1897) won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1982–83 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Blackpool 21st (Fourth Division) 52
Crewe Alexandra 23rd (Fourth Division) 49
Hereford United 24th (Fourth Division) 49
Hartlepool United 22nd (Fourth Division) 36
Maidstone United (1897) 2nd (Alliance Premier League) 26

As a result of this, all four Football League teams were re-elected, and Maidstone United (1897) were denied membership of the League.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.