1983–84 in English football

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The 1983–84 season was the 104th season of competitive football in England.

Overview[edit]

First Division[edit]

Liverpool had a great first season under the management of Joe Fagan as they wrapped up their third successive league title and the 15th in their history. They overcame strong competition from Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United to lift the championship trophy. Southampton's second place was their highest ever final position. The relegation places were occupied by Birmingham City, Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

Second Division[edit]

The £1 rescue deal of Chelsea by chairman Ken Bates paid off as they won the Second Division title and were promoted to the First Division along with Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.

A terrible season saw Cambridge United finish bottom of the Second Division and go down to the Third Division. They did not win a single game between 1 October 1983, when they beat Oldham Athletic 2–1 at the Abbey Stadium and 28 April 1984, when they beat Newcastle United 1–0. They were joined by two clubs who had been enjoying better fortunes only a short time ago – Swansea City, who had finished sixth in the First Division just two years earlier but entered and exited administration without arrangements, and Derby County, who had been league champions just nine years earlier. Derby's Peter Taylor, who almost guided the club to the semi-finals in the FA Cup that season, resigned as manager and his successor was Arthur Cox, who had just taken Newcastle into the First Division.

Dave Bassett agreed to take charge of Crystal Palace at the end of the season, but changed his mind three days later – without signing the contract – and returned to Wimbledon. Palace installed former Manchester United winger Steve Coppell, 29, as their new manager.

Third Division[edit]

Oxford United, Wimbledon and Sheffield United continued their rise through the league by gaining promotion to the Second Division.

Scunthorpe United, Southend United, Port Vale and Exeter City slipped out of the Third Division.

Narrowly avoiding the Third Division drop zone were Plymouth Argyle, who compensated for their dismal league form by reaching the FA Cup semi finals for the first time in their history.

Fourth Division[edit]

York City, Doncaster Rovers, Reading and Bristol City occupied the Fourth Division promotion places. York City became the first team in English league football to gain more than 100 points in a season, with 101. It was Bristol City's first successful season for a long time and a welcome piece of good news after their recent fall from the First to Fourth Division in successive seasons.

The re-election system voted in favour of the bottom four clubs in the Fourth Division once again.

FA Cup[edit]

Everton overcame Watford 2–0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup, with goals from Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray.[2] The biggest shock of the season came in the third round, when AFC Bournemouth beat holders Manchester United 2–0.[3]

League Cup[edit]

Liverpool won their fourth successive League Cup, with a 1–0 win over neighbours Everton in a replay.[4]

European football[edit]

Liverpool also won the European Cup, to complete a unique treble of trophies. Keith Burkinshaw resigned after seven years as Tottenham Hotspur manager, and went out on a high after his side won the UEFA Cup.

Diary of the season[edit]

6 June 1983: Resurgent Portsmouth, newly promoted to the Second Division after winning last season's Third Division title, prepare for their latest challenge by paying a club record £180,000 for Coventry City's 21-year-old striker Mark Hateley.

1 July 1983: Joe Fagan, 62, is appointed as the new manager of Liverpool manager on a two-year contract following Bob Paisley's retirement after nine years in charge.[5]

1 August 1983: Gerry Francis, former England midfielder, is appointed player-manager of Exeter City.

4 August 1983: Chelsea, who narrowly avoided relegation to the Third Division last season, pay Reading £175,000 for 21-year-old striker Kerry Dixon.

31 August 1983: Notts County, West Ham United, Aston Villa and Arsenal all win their first two matches of the First Division season to lead the table at the end of August. Leicester City, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion lose their first two matches of the season.[1]

21 September 1983: England lose 1–0 to Denmark in their European Championship qualifier at Wembley, making qualification for the Finals unlikely.

23 September 1983: Newcastle United boost their Second Division promotion push by signing Peter Beardsley, who was rejected by Manchester United the previous season, in a £150,000 deal from Vancouver Whitecaps.

30 September 1983: With six wins from seven matches, West Ham United are top of the First Division at the end of September, with Manchester United, Southampton, Liverpool and Ipswich Town completing the top five. Leicester City's terrible start to the season sees them prop up the top flight with only a single point from their opening seven games. Wolverhampton Wanderers (winless) and Stoke City (one win) complete the bottom three.[1] Sheffield Wednesday head the race for promotion from the Second Division, followed closely behind by recently relegated Manchester City and a Huddersfield Town side who only won promotion from the Fourth Division four seasons ago. Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic and Chelsea have also made a good start to the Second Division campaign.[6]

12 October 1983: England keep their faint hopes of European Championship qualification alive by beating Hungary 3–0 in Budapest in their penultimate qualifying game, but Denmark remain top of the group.

20 October 1983: Coventry City sign 21-year-old full-back Stuart Pearce from Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone.

31 October 1983: October draws to a close with Manchester United top of the First Division. Liverpool continue their push for a third successive league title as they stand second, while newly promoted Queens Park Rangers occupy third place, level on points with West Ham United, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur. Wolverhampton Wanderers, still without a win after 11 games, remain bottom of the table. Leicester City and Notts County complete the bottom three.[1] Sheffield Wednesday are still top of the Second Division, joined in the top three by Newcastle United and Manchester City. Chelsea, Huddersfield Town and Grimsby Town are pushing them hard for promotion.[7]

1 November 1983: Watford sign 20-year-old striker Mo Johnston from Partick Thistle for £200,000.

16 November 1983: England fail to qualify for the European Championships despite a 4–0 away win over Luxembourg in their final qualifying game, as Denmark win 2–0 in Greece to top the group.

23 November 1983: Watford further boost their ranks with the £150,000 signing of 19-year-old defender David Bardsley from Blackpool.

26 November 1983: Kenny Dalglish scores his 100th competitive goal for Liverpool in a 1-1 league draw against Ipswich Town.[8]

30 November 1983: Liverpool's bid a for a third successive league title is now looking stronger, as they finish November as First Division leaders with a one-point lead over West Ham United and Manchester United. Tottenham Hotspur occupy fourth place, while Luton Town are fifth. Wolverhampton Wanderers, with just one win, are still bottom of the table, with Watford (the previous season's runners-up) and Stoke City completing the bottom three.[1] Sheffield Wednesday are still top of the Second Division, while Newcastle United remain in the top three, with Chelsea overtaking Manchester City to move into third.[9]

1 December 1983: Newcastle United further boost their promotion bid with the £150,000 acquisition of QPR defender Glenn Roeder, while Terry Neill makes a last-ditch attempt to reverse Arsenal's dismal league form by signing 21-year-old Manchester City defender Tommy Caton for £500,000.

10 December 1983: Coventry City achieve one of the most surprising results of the season by defeating league champions Liverpool 4–0 at Highfield Road. Striker Terry Gibson scores a hat-trick.[10]

16 December 1983: Terry Neill is sacked after more than seven years as manager of Arsenal, who occupy 16th place in the First Division.

19 December 1983: Arsenal sell misfit striker Lee Chapman to Sunderland for £200,000.

31 December 1983: The year draws to a close with Liverpool still top of the First Division, with a three-point margin over Manchester United. They are followed by two teams who have never won the league title, West Ham United and Southampton. Nottingham Forest are fifth. At the other end of the table, Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to prop up the top flight having still only achieved three wins this season. Stoke City and Notts County complete the bottom three.[1] Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City occupy the top three places in the Second Division, but Newcastle United are close behind along with surprise promotion contenders Grimsby Town and Carlisle United.[11] At the other end of the table, Leeds United and Derby County, both First Division champions during the 1970s, are hovering just above the relegation zone.[11]

7 January 1984: AFC Bournemouth pull off one of the biggest FA Cup upsets of all time with a 2–0 win over holders Manchester United in the third round. Arsenal, Leicester City and QPR lose to Second Division opponents (Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town respectively), while Manchester City are beaten 2-1 by Fourth Division Blackpool.[3]

29 January 1984: Brighton & Hove Albion knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup for the second season running. In other fourth round ties, Third Division Gillingham hold Everton to a 0-0 draw, Shrewsbury Town beat Ipswich Town 2-1 and Southampton win the South Coast derby against Portsmouth 1-0.[3]

31 January 1984: At the end of January, Liverpool are still top of the First Division, two points ahead of Manchester United, with West Ham United, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers completing the top five. Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City and Notts County occupy the bottom three, and Ipswich Town, league runners-up just two seasons earlier, have dropped to 17th. The 1982-83 runners-up Watford have recovered from a poor start to climb to 13th place.[1] Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City continue to lead the way in the Second Division, still pushed hard by Newcastle United, Grimsby Town, Charlton Athletic, Carlisle United and Blackburn Rovers.[12]

14 February 1984: Liverpool reach the final of the Football League Cup for the fourth year in a row after a 4-2 aggregate victory over Third Division Walsall.[4]

18 February 1984: First Division West Bromwich Albion suffer a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Third Division strugglers Plymouth Argyle, who win 1–0 in the fifth round showdown at The Hawthorns.[3]

29 February 1984: England's first international game since their failure to qualify for the European Championship Finals ends in a 2–0 defeat to France in the Parc des Princes. On the club scene, Liverpool continue to top the First Division, with a four-point lead over Manchester United. Nottingham Forest, West Ham United and Southampton complete the top five. Wolverhampton Wanderers remain bottom of the table, 13 points adrift of safety with 14 games to go. Notts County are 11 points adrift of safety, and Stoke City complete the bottom three, just behind West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City and Ipswich Town.[1] Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea are level at the top of the Second Division, while Grimsby Town have crept into the top three at the expense of Manchester City.[13]

10 March 1984: Watford and Everton reach the FA Cup semi-finals.[3] Liverpool pay Ipswich Town £450,000 for midfielder John Wark.[14]

14 March 1984: FA Cup surprise package Plymouth Argyle book a semi-final place by beating Derby County 1–0 in the quarter-final replay at the Baseball Ground, four days after the first match ended in a goalless draw at Home Park.[3]

20 March 1984: Southampton become the fourth team to reach the FA Cup semi-finals, thrashing Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 in a quarter-final replay at The Dell.[3]

21 March 1984: Oxford United, heading for promotion glory under Jim Smith in the Third Division, sign high-scoring Newport County striker John Aldridge for £78,000.

25 March 1984: Liverpool and Everton draw 0–0 in the first all-Merseyside Football League Cup final.[4]

28 March 1984: Liverpool win an unprecedented fourth successive Football League Cup by beating Everton 1–0 in the replay at Maine Road.[4]

31 March 1984: Liverpool remain top of the First Division as March draws to a close, but their lead over Manchester United is now just two points. Nottingham Forest, West Ham United and Southampton complete the top five. Wolverhampton Wanderers are 14 points adrift of safety, behind Notts County and Ipswich Town, who complete the bottom three. Stoke City and Sunderland are barely clear of the drop zone, while Coventry City, who lost five League matches in March, have also been drawn into the relegation battle.[1] Chelsea, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United are level at the top of the Second Division on 66 points, six points ahead of Carlisle United.[15]

14 April 1984: Everton defeat Southampton 1–0 at Highbury in the FA Cup semi-finals to reach their first final for 16 years, while Watford reach the FA Cup final for the first time ever with a 1–0 win over giantkilling Plymouth Argyle at Villa Park.[3] Liverpool's lead at the top of the First Division remains at two points as both they and Manchester United suffer surprise defeats, against Stoke City and Notts County respectively.[1]

23 April 1984: Wolverhampton Wanderers' relegation from the First Division is confirmed as they lose 2-0 at Everton.[1]

28 April 1984: Southampton claim the biggest win of the First Division season with an 8-2 thrashing of Coventry City. Liverpool and Manchester United both drop points in draws at home.[1]

30 April 1984: April ends with the First Division title race now virtually a two-horse race between leaders Liverpool and Manchester United. Liverpool hold a two-point lead with four games remaining. QPR, Southampton and Nottingham Forest complete the top five, ahead of Arsenal and West Ham United. At the other end of the table, Notts County are eight points from safety, and Stoke City, Ipswich Town and out-of-form Birmingham City are amongst the other clubs fighting to avoid relegation alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1] Sheffield Wednesday have sealed their return to the top flight after 14 years away, as have Chelsea after a five-year absence, though the Second Division title has yet to be decided. Newcastle United only need four points from their final three games to be sure of promotion.[16]

7 May 1984: Manchester United's 2–1 defeat by Ipswich Town and Liverpool's 5–0 win over Coventry City give the Anfield club a five-point lead in the First Division with two games left. Notts County draw 0-0 at Sunderland and are relegated, but Stoke City win 1-0 at Luton Town to move level on points with Coventry City and Birmingham City. West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Norwich City and Ipswich Town are still not safe from relegation going in to the last day of fixtures of the season.[1]

9 May 1984: Tottenham Hotspur draw 1–1 with Anderlecht in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final in Brussels.

10 May 1984: Ray Wilkins accepts an offer to join AC Milan from Manchester United in a £1.5 million deal.

12 May 1984: Liverpool claim their third successive league title after drawing 0-0 with Notts County. Birmingham City go down as they draw their final match 0-0 with Southampton while Coventry City and Stoke City both win, and join Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers in relegation.[1] Newcastle United are promoted to the First Division behind champions Chelsea, and Sheffield Wednesday. Kevin Keegan announces his retirement from playing at the age of 33.[17]

16 May 1984: Nottingham Forest beat Manchester United 2-0 to leapfrog their opponents in second place in the First Division on goal difference.[1]

17 May 1984: In the last match of the First Division season, Southampton beat Notts County 3-1 to finish in second place – the highest finish in their history - while Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and QPR complete the top five and qualify for the UEFA Cup.[1]

19 May 1984: Everton win their first major trophy in 14 years by defeating Watford 2–0 in the FA Cup final with goals from Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray. This given them entry to next season's European Cup Winners' Cup.[2]

21 May 1984: PFA Young Player of the Year Paul Walsh joins Liverpool from Luton Town for £700,000 as manager Joe Fagan lines him up as a potential long-term successor to the 33-year-old Kenny Dalglish.

23 May 1984: Tottenham Hotspur draw 1–1 with Anderlecht in the UEFA Cup final second leg at White Hart Lane, and win 4-3 on penalties to lift the trophy.

25 May 1984: Everton pay Sunderland £425,000 for 22-year-old midfielder Paul Bracewell.

30 May 1984: Liverpool lift the European Cup, beating A.S. Roma 4-2 on penalties after a 1–1 draw in Rome. They become the first English team to win three major competitions in the same season.

31 May 1984: Keith Burkinshaw resigns after eight years as manager of Tottenham Hotspur owing to a dispute with the club's board. He is succeeded by Peter Shreeves.

10 June 1984: John Barnes scores a spectacular goal for England in their 2–0 away win over Brazil in a friendly. After Luther Blissett and Mark Chamberlain 18 months previously, he becomes only the third black player to score for the full England team.[18]

12 June 1984: Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness departs for Italian club Sampdoria in a £650,000 deal.

22 June 1984: Coventry City sign 26-year-old goalkeeper Steve Ogrizovic from Shrewsbury Town for £72,000.

28 June 1984: AC Milan sign Portsmouth striker Mark Hateley for £915,000.

Star Players[edit]

Star Managers[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

First Division[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Third Division[edit]

Fourth Division[edit]

Famous debutants[edit]

29 August 1983: Mark Bowen, 19-year-old defender, makes his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in 1–1 draw with Coventry City at White Hart Lane.[20]

12 October 1983: Stuart Pearce, 21-year-old defender, makes his debut for Coventry City in 2–1 win over Queen's Park Rangers at Highfield Road after signing from non-league Wealdstone.[21]

5 November 1983: Tony Adams, 16-year-old defender, makes his debut for Arsenal in a 2-2 draw against Sunderland, 4 weeks before his 17th birthday

13 January 1984: Graeme Hogg, 19-year-old defender, makes his debut for Manchester United in 1–1 draw with Queen's Park Rangers at Loftus Road.[22]

16 May 1984: Clayton Blackmore, 19-year-old winger/defender, makes his debut for Manchester United in 2–0 defeat by Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.[23]

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner Runner-up
First Division Liverpool (15*) Southampton
Second Division Chelsea Sheffield Wednesday
Third Division Oxford United Wimbledon
Fourth Division York City Doncaster Rovers
FA Cup Everton (4) Watford
League Cup Liverpool (4*) Everton
Associate Members Cup AFC Bournemouth Hull City
FA Charity Shield Manchester United Liverpool

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

League table[edit]

First Division[edit]

Liverpool went from strength to strength by becoming only the third English team to win three successive First Division titles and the first to win three major trophies in the season, as they won their fourth European Cup in eight seasons and their fourth Football League Cup in succession. But they were not without their contenders in the title race, which was not won until the beginning of May. Southampton enjoyed their best league season ever, finishing runners-up and reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup (being unlikely contenders for the double until the final weeks of the season), while Nottingham Forest finished third, also taking in a run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Manchester United led the league more than once during the season but their form collapsed in the run-in and they finished fourth, the brightest moment of the season coming when they overhauled a two-goal deficit in the quarter-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup to overcome a Barcelona side containing world superstar Diego Maradona. The top five was completed by newly promoted QPR, whose manager Terry Venables then accepted an offer to manage Barcelona.

After a dismal start to the season which saw many fans calling for the dismissal of manager Howard Kendall, Everton's fortunes took a dramatic upturn following the arrival of striker Andy Gray, which saw any fears of relegation swiftly forgotten as they climbed up the table and eventually finished seventh, and then ended their 14-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup. Everton also reached the final of the Football League Cup, but were beaten in a replay by their Merseyside neighbours.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Keith Burkinshaw stepped down at the end of the campaign after eight years in charge, but went out on a high by winning the UEFA Cup. Watford climbed to a secure mid table finish after the arrival of high scoring striker Mo Johnston lifted them clear of the relegation zone, and they also reached their first ever FA Cup final, but lost to Everton.

Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered a swift return to the Second Division with just six wins all season, and were joined in the drop zone by Notts County and local rivals Birmingham City. Coventry City climbed clear of the drop zone after a turnaround in the final few games which had followed a dramatic slump down the table, while Luton Town's survival was ensured by an excellent first half of the season before a post Christmas slump.

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 22 14 6 73 32 +41 80
2 Southampton 42 22 11 9 66 38 +28 77
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 8 12 76 45 +31 74
4 Manchester United 42 20 14 8 71 41 +30 74
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 22 7 13 67 37 +30 73
6 Arsenal 42 18 9 15 74 60 +14 63
7 Everton 42 16 14 12 44 42 +2 62
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 17 10 15 64 65 −1 61
9 West Ham United 42 17 9 16 60 55 +5 60
10 Aston Villa 42 17 9 16 59 61 −2 60
11 Watford 42 16 9 17 68 77 −9 57
12 Ipswich Town 42 15 8 19 55 57 −2 53
13 Sunderland 42 13 13 16 42 53 −11 52
14 Norwich City 42 12 15 15 48 49 −1 51
15 Leicester City 42 13 12 17 65 68 −3 51
16 Luton Town 42 14 9 19 53 66 −13 51
17 West Bromwich Albion 42 14 9 19 48 62 −14 51
18 Stoke City 42 13 11 18 44 63 −19 50
19 Coventry City 42 13 11 18 57 77 −20 50
20 Birmingham City 42 12 12 18 39 50 −11 48
21 Notts County 42 10 11 21 50 72 −22 41
22 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 6 11 25 27 80 −53 29

Second Division[edit]

A year after narrowly avoiding relegation, Chelsea thrived in the Second Division and won the title on goal difference, thanks largely to the prolific scoring of new striker Kerry Dixon. Sheffield Wednesday finished runners-up to end their 14-year exile from the First Division. The final promotion place went to Newcastle United, whose former England striker Kevin Keegan retired after achieving the objective of promotion that had been his clear target when signing for the Tynesiders two years earlier.

Although the top three all secured promotion before the final game of the campaign, there had been no shortage of competition in the promotion race for much of the season, from the likes of Manchester City, Grimsby Town and Carlisle United.

Cambridge United's six-year stay in the Second Division ended after a terrible season where they secured just four wins. Swansea City fared little better, going down for the second season running - a mere two years after finishing sixth in the First Division - as financial problems mounted. The last relegation place went to Derby County, First Division champions just nine years previously.

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 42 25 13 4 90 40 +50 88
2 Sheffield Wednesday 42 26 10 6 72 34 +38 88
3 Newcastle United 42 24 8 10 85 53 +32 80
4 Manchester City 42 20 10 12 66 48 +18 70
5 Grimsby Town 42 19 13 10 60 47 +13 70
6 Blackburn Rovers 42 17 16 9 57 46 +11 67
7 Carlisle United 42 16 16 10 48 41 +7 64
8 Shrewsbury Town 42 17 10 15 49 53 −4 61
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 17 9 16 69 60 +9 60
10 Leeds United 42 16 12 14 55 56 −1 60
11 Fulham 42 15 12 15 60 53 +7 57
12 Huddersfield Town 42 14 15 13 56 49 +7 57
13 Charlton Athletic 42 16 9 17 53 64 −11 57
14 Barnsley 42 15 7 20 57 53 +4 52
15 Cardiff City 42 15 6 21 53 66 −13 51
16 Portsmouth 42 14 7 21 73 64 +9 49
17 Middlesbrough 42 12 13 17 41 47 −6 49
18 Crystal Palace 42 12 11 19 42 52 −10 47
19 Oldham Athletic 42 13 8 21 47 73 −26 47
20 Derby County 42 11 9 22 36 72 −36 42
21 Swansea City 42 7 8 27 36 85 −49 29
22 Cambridge United 42 4 12 26 28 77 −49 24

Administration entrance and exit without arrangements = Swansea City

Third Division[edit]

Jim Smith, who had guided Birmingham City into the First Division four years earlier, made use of Robert Maxwell's funds to strengthen Oxford United and this policy paid of at the second attempt as he led Oxford United to the Third Division title by a wide margin. Also going up were Wimbledon and Sheffield United, while Hull City failed to follow Wimbledon to a second successive promotion only on goal difference. Walsall's impressive run to the Football League Cup semi-finals, which had dispensed of Arsenal on the way and cost Gunners manager Terry Neill his job after seven years, finished sixth in the league. Millwall, who had achieved a remarkable escape from relegation a year earlier under new manager George Graham, progressed to ninth place in the Third Division.

Despite finishing just two places above the relegation zone, Plymouth Argyle made the headlines by reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Exeter City, Port Vale, Southend United and Scunthorpe United ended the season relegated to the Fourth Division. New owner Anton Johnson made an instrumental move to reverse Southend's decline by appointed England's World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore as manager.

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Oxford United 46 28 11 7 91 50 +41 95
2 Wimbledon 46 26 9 11 97 76 +21 87
3 Sheffield United 46 24 11 11 86 53 +33 83
4 Hull City 46 23 14 9 71 38 +33 83
5 Bristol Rovers 46 22 13 11 68 54 +14 79
6 Walsall 46 22 9 15 68 61 +7 75
7 Bradford City 46 20 11 15 73 65 +8 71
8 Gillingham 46 20 10 16 74 69 +5 70
9 Millwall 46 18 13 15 71 65 +6 67
10 Bolton Wanderers 46 18 10 18 56 60 −4 64
11 Orient 46 18 9 19 71 81 −10 63
12 Burnley 46 16 14 16 76 61 +15 62
13 Newport County 46 16 14 16 58 75 −17 62
14 Lincoln City 46 17 10 19 59 62 −3 61
15 Wigan Athletic 46 16 13 17 46 56 −10 61
16 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 66 66 +0 56
17 Bournemouth 46 16 7 23 63 73 −10 55
18 Rotherham United 46 15 9 22 57 64 −7 54
19 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 12 21 56 62 −6 51
20 Brentford 46 11 16 19 69 79 −10 49
21 Scunthorpe United 46 9 19 18 54 73 −19 46
22 Southend United 46 10 14 22 55 76 −21 44
23 Port Vale 46 11 10 25 51 83 −32 43
24 Exeter City 46 6 15 25 50 84 −34 33

Fourth Division[edit]

York City became the first English league team to amass 100 league points in a season, and in doing so clinching the Fourth Division title and a place in the Third Division. Leeds United legend Billy Bremner took Doncaster Rovers to promotion as runners-up, while Reading climbed out of the league's basement division in third place and the final promotion place went to a Bristol City side on the comeback trail after their recent catastrophic hat-trick of relegations and near brush with closure. Aldershot just missed out on promotion, as did a Blackpool side who had been under threat of closure and loss of league status a year earlier.

Chester propped up the league this season, and had to apply for re-election along with Hartlepool United, Halifax Town and Rochdale. All four clubs retained their league status.

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 York City 46 31 8 7 96 39 +57 101
2 Doncaster Rovers 46 24 13 9 82 54 +28 85
3 Reading 46 22 16 8 84 56 +28 82
4 Bristol City 46 24 10 12 70 44 +26 82
5 Aldershot 46 22 9 15 76 69 +7 75
6 Blackpool 46 21 9 16 70 52 +18 72
7 Peterborough United 46 18 14 14 72 48 +24 68
8 Colchester United 46 17 16 13 69 53 +16 67
9 Torquay United 46 18 13 15 59 64 −5 67
10 Tranmere Rovers 46 17 15 14 53 53 +0 66
11 Hereford United 46 16 15 15 54 53 +1 63
12 Stockport County 46 17 11 18 60 64 −4 62
13 Chesterfield 46 15 15 16 59 61 −2 60
14 Darlington 46 17 8 21 49 50 −1 59
15 Bury 46 15 14 17 61 64 −3 59
16 Crewe Alexandra 46 16 11 19 56 67 −11 59
17 Swindon Town 46 15 13 18 58 56 +2 58
18 Northampton Town 46 13 14 19 53 78 −25 53
19 Mansfield Town 46 13 13 20 66 70 −4 52
20 Wrexham 46 11 15 20 59 74 −15 48
21 Halifax Town 46 12 12 22 55 89 −34 48
22 Rochdale 46 11 13 22 52 80 −28 46
23 Hartlepool United 46 10 10 26 47 85 −38 40
24 Chester City 46 7 13 26 45 82 −37 34

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

National team[edit]

The England national football team had failed to qualify for Euro 84 but the FA kept faith in manager Bobby Robson. England also performed badly at the 1984 British Home Championship, coming joint second with Wales behind Northern Ireland but only scoring two goals in the process. However, a tour to South America during June instigated to replace the European Championship for the England team was more successful, with a notable victory over Brazil in the Maracana Stadium.

American tour[edit]



17 June 1984
Chile  0–0  England
   

Deaths[edit]

  • 4 April 1984: Frank Mitchell, 61, who was born in Australia but spent his whole playing career in England, made 361 Football League appearances between 1946 and 1958 for Birmingham City, Chelsea and Watford.
  • 13 June 1984: Ken Armstrong, 60, wing-half from Chelsea 1955 league title winning team, died in New Zealand, where he had coached the national side for two spells between 1958 and 1980.
  • 18 June 1984: Arthur Chandler, 89, was Leicester City's all time leading goalscorer, finding the net 259 times in the league and 273 in all competitions between 1923 and 1935. He also scored a further 16 league goals for his first club QPR and six for his last club Notts County.

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