1985–86 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1985–86
Champions Liverpool

The 19851986 season was the 86th completed season of The Football League.

Season Overview[edit]

First Division[edit]

In a two horse race, Liverpool pipped Everton to the First Division title, whilst also overcoming the blue half of the city in the Fa Cup Final, thereby completing an historic double.

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] 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.[2]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1985–86
Champions Liverpool (16th English title)
Relegated Birmingham City
Ipswich Town
West Bromwich Albion
FA Cup winners Liverpool (3rd FA Cup title)
European Cup 1986–87 No qualifications [notes 1][3]
European Cup Winners' Cup 1986–87 No qualifications[notes 1]
UEFA Cup 1986–87 No qualifications[notes 1]
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1288 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Gary Lineker (Everton), 30 [4]
Biggest home win West Ham UnitedNewcastle United 8–1 (21 Apr 1986);
Luton TownSouthampton 7–0 (19 Oct 1985)
Biggest away win Sheffield WednesdayEverton 1–5 (3 Sep 1985);
West BromManchester United 1–5 (21 Sep 1985);
ChelseaWatford 1–5 (5 May 1986);
ChelseaWest Ham 0–4 (29 Mar 1986)
Highest scoring West Ham UnitedNewcastle United 8–1 (21 Apr 1986)
Longest winning run Manchester United (10 games)
Longest unbeaten run West Ham United (18 games)
Longest losing run West Bromwich Albion (9 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 58 14 10 6 5 31 23 89 37 +52 88 Excluded from the European Cup 1986–87[3] [notes 1] [notes 2]
2 Everton 42 16 3 2 54 18 10 5 6 33 23 87 41 +46 86 Excluded from the 1986–87 European Cup Winners' Cup[notes 1] [notes 3]
3 West Ham United 42 17 2 2 48 16 9 4 8 26 24 74 40 +34 84 Excluded from the UEFA Cup 1986–87[notes 1]
4 Manchester United 42 12 5 4 35 12 10 5 6 35 24 70 36 +34 76 Excluded from the UEFA Cup 1986–87[notes 1]
5 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 6 2 36 23 8 4 9 27 31 63 54 +9 73 Excluded from the UEFA Cup 1986–87[notes 1]
6 Chelsea 42 12 4 5 32 27 8 7 6 25 29 57 56 +1 71
7 Arsenal 42 13 5 3 29 15 7 4 10 20 32 49 47 +2 69
8 Nottingham Forest 42 11 5 5 38 25 8 6 7 31 28 69 53 +16 68
9 Luton Town 42 12 6 3 37 15 6 6 9 24 29 61 44 +17 66
10 Tottenham Hotspur 42 12 2 7 47 25 7 6 8 27 27 74 52 +22 65
11 Newcastle United 42 12 5 4 46 31 5 7 9 21 41 67 72 –5 63
12 Watford 42 11 6 4 40 22 5 5 11 29 40 69 62 +7 59
13 Queens Park Rangers 42 12 3 6 33 20 3 4 14 20 44 53 64 –11 52
14 Southampton 42 10 6 5 32 18 2 4 15 19 44 51 62 –11 46
15 Manchester City 42 7 7 7 25 26 4 5 12 18 31 43 57 –14 45
16 Aston Villa 42 7 6 8 27 28 3 8 10 24 39 51 67 –16 44
17 Coventry City 42 6 5 10 31 35 5 5 11 17 36 48 71 –23 43
18 Oxford United 42 7 7 7 34 27 3 5 13 28 53 62 80 –18 42 Excluded from the UEFA Cup 1986–87[notes 1] [notes 4]
19 Leicester City 42 7 8 6 35 35 3 4 14 19 41 54 76 –22 42
20 Ipswich Town 42 8 5 8 20 24 3 3 15 12 31 32 55 –23 41
21 Birmingham City 42 5 2 14 13 25 3 3 15 17 48 30 73 –43 29
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 3 8 10 21 36 1 4 16 14 53 35 89 –54 24
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ English teams were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985–86 on until the season 1990–91 because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985, involving Liverpool fans.
  2. ^ Liverpool won the 1986 FA Cup as well.
  3. ^ Everton were the runners-up in the FA Cup, and Liverpool having won the Double, they should have claimed a place in the European Cup Winners' Cup.
  4. ^ Oxford United were the 1986 League Cup winners and claimed what should have been a UEFA Cup 1984–85 spot.
Key
League Champions, excluded from the European Cup
FA Cup runners-up, but excluded from the Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Cup spot, but excluded
League Cup winners, excluded from UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR CHE COV EVE IPS LEI LIV LUT MNC MNU NEW NOT OXF QPR SHW SOT TOT WAT WBA WHU
Arsenal 3–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 0–2 2–2 1–0
Aston Villa 1–4 0–3 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 4–1 1–1 2–1
Birmingham City 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 1–0
Chelsea 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 1–4 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–5 3–0 0–4
Coventry City 0–2 3–3 4–4 1–1 1–3 0–1 3–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–0 5–2 2–1 0–1 3–2 2–3 0–2 3–0 0–1
Everton 6–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–3 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 4–3 3–1 6–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 3–1
Ipswich Town 1–2 0–3 0–1 0–2 1–0 3–4 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Leicester City 2–2 3–1 4–2 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–3 4–4 1–4 2–3 2–2 1–4 2–2 2–2 0–1
Liverpool 2–0 3–0 5–0 1–1 5–0 0–2 5–0 1–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 6–0 4–1 2–2 1–0 4–1 3–1 4–1 3–1
Luton Town 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 7–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 0–0
Manchester City 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–0 1–2 0–3 2–0 1–3 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–2
Manchester United 0–1 4–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–3 3–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–0
Newcastle United 1–0 2–2 4–1 1–3 3–2 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–4 0–3 3–0 3–1 4–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 1–2
Nottingham Forest 3–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 5–2 0–0 3–1 4–3 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 4–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 2–1 2–1
Oxford United 3–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–3 5–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 3–3 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–2
Queens Park Rangers 0–1 0–1 3–1 6–0 0–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–5 2–1 1–0 0–1
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 2–0 5–1 1–1 2–2 1–5 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 3–2 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–2
Southampton 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 2–3 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 4–2 2–0 4–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 1–2 1–3 0–2 0–0 5–1 0–3 5–1 1–1 5–1 5–3 4–0 5–0 1–0
Watford 3–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 3–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 2–3 1–2 3–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 5–1 0–2
West Bromwich Albion 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–3 1–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–3
West Ham United 0–0 4–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 8–1 4–2 3–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 4–0

Source:[citation needed]
^ 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 1985–1986

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1985–86
Champions Norwich City (2nd title)
Promoted Charlton Athletic,
Wimbledon
Relegated Carlisle United,
Fulham,
Middlesbrough
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1264 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Kevin Drinkell (Norwich City), 22 [4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Norwich City 42 16 4 1 51 15 9 5 7 33 22 84 37 +47 84
2 Charlton Athletic 42 14 5 2 44 15 8 6 7 34 30 78 45 +33 77
3 Wimbledon 42 13 6 2 38 16 8 7 6 20 21 58 37 +21 76
4 Portsmouth 42 13 4 4 43 17 9 3 9 26 24 69 41 +28 73
5 Crystal Palace 42 12 3 6 29 22 7 6 8 28 30 57 52 +5 66
6 Hull City 42 11 7 3 39 19 6 6 9 26 36 65 55 +10 64
7 Sheffield United 42 10 7 4 36 24 7 4 10 28 39 64 63 +1 62
8 Oldham Athletic 42 13 4 4 40 28 4 5 12 22 33 62 61 +1 60
9 Millwall 42 12 3 6 39 24 5 5 11 25 41 64 65 –1 59
10 Stoke City 42 8 11 2 29 16 6 4 11 19 34 48 50 –2 57
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 10 5 6 42 30 6 3 12 22 34 64 64 +0 56
12 Barnsley 42 9 6 6 29 26 5 8 8 18 24 47 50 –3 56
13 Bradford City 42 14 1 6 36 24 2 5 14 15 39 51 63 –12 54
14 Leeds United 42 9 7 5 30 22 6 1 14 26 50 56 72 –16 53
15 Grimsby Town 42 11 4 6 35 24 3 6 12 23 38 58 62 –4 52
16 Huddersfield Town 42 10 6 5 30 23 4 4 13 21 44 51 67 –16 52
17 Shrewsbury Town 42 11 5 5 29 20 3 4 14 23 44 52 64 –12 51
18 Sunderland 42 10 5 6 33 29 3 6 12 14 32 47 61 –14 50
19 Blackburn Rovers 42 10 4 7 30 20 2 9 10 23 42 53 62 –9 49
20 Carlisle United 42 10 2 9 30 28 3 5 13 17 43 47 71 –24 46
21 Middlesbrough 42 8 6 7 26 23 4 3 14 18 30 44 53 –9 45
22 Fulham 42 8 3 10 29 32 2 3 16 16 37 45 69 –24 36
  • Pld = 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 BRA B&H CRL CHA CPA FUL GRI HUD HUL LEE MID MIL NOR OLD POR SHE SHR STO SUN WDN
Barnsley 1–1 2–2 3–2 1–2 2–1 2–4 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–4 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1
Blackburn Rovers 0–3 3–0 1–4 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 6–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–0
Bradford City 2–0 3–2 3–2 1–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 0–1 3–0 4–2 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–4 3–1 3–1 2–0 1–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 3–1 2–1 6–1 3–5 2–0 2–3 2–2 4–3 3–1 0–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–0 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–0
Carlisle United 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–4 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 3–0 1–2 2–3
Charlton Athletic 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 1–2 4–0 2–0 3–3 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 2–1 0–0
Crystal Palace 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–3 0–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–3
Fulham 2–0 3–3 4–1 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–3 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–3 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–2
Grimsby Town 1–2 5–2 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 5–1 1–0 1–4 1–0 0–1 3–1 3–3 1–1 0–1
Huddersfield Town 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–3 0–2 0–0 1–3 2–2 2–1 3–1 0–3 4–3 0–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1
Hull City 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–2 5–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 4–2 2–2 0–0 4–3 0–2 1–1 1–1
Leeds United 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–3 2–0 1–2 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 0–0
Middlesbrough 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
Millwall 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–2 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 5–0 3–1 3–0 4–2 0–1 0–4 3–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 0–1
Norwich City 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 4–3 2–1 3–2 4–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 6–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2
Oldham Athletic 1–1 3–1 0–1 4–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 1–5 4–3 2–4 2–2 2–1
Portsmouth 1–1 3–0 4–0 1–2 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 4–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–3 4–0 3–0 3–0 1–1
Sheffield United 3–1 3–3 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 0–1 1–3 2–5 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–0
Shrewsbury Town 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 1–1
Stoke City 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 6–2 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–0 0–0
Sunderland 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 4–2 3–3 1–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–3 1–3 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1
Wimbledon 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 4–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 3–1 0–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 5–0 2–1 1–0 3–0

Source:[citation needed]
^ 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 1985–1986

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1985–86
Champions Reading (1st title)
Promoted Derby County,
Plymouth Argyle
Relegated Cardiff City,
Lincoln City,
Wolverhampton Wanderers,
Swansea City
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1550 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorer Trevor Senior (Reading), 27 [4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Reading 46 16 3 4 39 22 13 4 6 28 29 67 51 +16 94
2 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 3 3 56 20 9 6 8 32 33 88 53 +35 87
3 Derby County 46 13 7 3 45 20 10 8 5 35 21 80 41 +39 84
4 Wigan Athletic 46 17 4 2 54 17 6 10 7 28 31 82 48 +34 83
5 Gillingham 46 14 5 4 48 17 8 8 7 33 37 81 54 +27 79
6 Walsall 46 15 7 1 59 23 7 2 14 31 41 90 64 +26 75
7 York City 46 16 4 3 49 17 4 7 12 28 41 77 58 +19 71
8 Notts County 46 12 6 5 42 26 7 8 8 29 34 71 60 +11 71
9 Bristol City 46 14 5 4 43 19 4 9 10 26 41 69 60 +9 68
10 Brentford 46 8 8 7 29 29 10 4 9 29 32 58 61 –3 66
11 Doncaster Rovers 46 7 10 6 20 21 9 6 8 25 31 45 52 –7 64
12 Blackpool 46 11 6 6 38 19 6 6 11 28 36 66 55 +11 63
13 Darlington 46 10 7 6 39 33 5 6 12 22 45 61 78 –17 58
14 Rotherham United 46 13 5 5 44 18 2 7 14 17 41 61 59 +2 57
15 Bournemouth 46 9 6 8 41 31 6 3 14 24 41 65 72 –7 54
16 Bristol Rovers 46 9 8 6 27 21 5 4 14 24 54 51 75 –24 54
17 Chesterfield 46 10 6 7 41 30 3 8 12 20 34 61 64 –3 53
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 10 4 9 35 30 5 4 14 19 38 54 68 –14 53
19 Newport County 46 7 8 8 35 33 4 10 9 17 32 52 65 –13 51
20 Bury 46 11 7 5 46 26 1 6 16 17 41 63 67 –4 49
21 Lincoln City 46 7 9 7 33 34 3 7 13 22 43 55 77 –22 46
22 Cardiff City 46 7 5 11 22 29 5 4 14 31 54 53 83 –30 45
23 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 6 6 11 29 47 5 4 14 28 51 57 98 –41 43
24 Swansea City 46 9 6 8 27 27 2 4 17 16 60 43 87 –44 43
  • Pld = 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 1985–1986

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1985–86
Champions Swindon Town (1st title)
Promoted Chester City,
Mansfield Town,
Port Vale
Failed re-election None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1576 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Taylor (Rochdale), 25
Richard Cadette (Southend United), 25 [4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Swindon Town 46 20 2 1 52 19 12 4 7 30 24 82 43 +39 102
2 Chester City 46 15 5 3 44 16 8 10 5 39 34 83 50 +33 84
3 Mansfield Town 46 13 8 2 43 17 10 4 9 31 30 74 47 +27 81
4 Port Vale 46 13 9 1 42 11 8 7 8 25 26 67 37 +30 79
5 Orient 46 11 6 6 39 21 9 6 8 40 43 79 64 +15 72
6 Colchester United 46 12 6 5 51 22 7 7 9 37 41 88 63 +25 70
7 Hartlepool United 46 15 6 2 41 20 5 4 14 27 47 68 67 +1 70
8 Northampton Town 46 9 7 7 44 29 9 3 11 35 29 79 58 +21 64
9 Southend United 46 13 4 6 43 27 5 6 12 26 40 69 67 +2 64
10 Hereford United 46 15 6 2 55 30 3 4 16 19 43 74 73 +1 64
11 Stockport County 46 9 9 5 35 28 8 4 11 28 43 63 71 –8 64
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 6 7 35 26 8 3 12 19 35 54 61 –7 63
13 Wrexham 46 11 5 7 34 24 6 4 13 34 56 68 80 –12 60 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1986–87
First round
[notes2 1]
14 Burnley 46 11 3 9 35 30 5 8 10 25 35 60 65 –5 59
15 Scunthorpe United 46 11 7 5 33 23 4 7 12 17 32 50 55 –5 59
16 Aldershot 46 12 5 6 45 25 5 2 16 21 49 66 74 –8 58
17 Peterborough United 46 9 11 3 31 19 4 6 13 21 45 52 64 –12 56
18 Rochdale 46 12 7 4 41 29 2 6 15 16 48 57 77 –20 55
19 Tranmere Rovers 46 9 1 13 46 41 6 8 9 28 32 74 73 +1 54
20 Halifax Town 46 10 8 5 35 27 4 4 15 25 44 60 71 –11 54
21 Exeter City 46 10 4 9 26 25 3 11 9 21 34 47 59 –12 54
22 Cambridge United 46 12 2 9 45 38 3 7 13 20 42 65 80 –15 54
23 Preston North End 46 7 4 12 32 41 4 6 13 22 48 54 89 –35 43
24 Torquay United 46 8 5 10 29 32 1 5 17 14 56 43 88 –45 37
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Wrexham were Welsh Cup winners and thus qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup and also participated in the competition, unlike the English sides.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Fourth Division maps[edit]

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

As winners of the Alliance Premier League, Enfield won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1985–86 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Exeter City 21st (Fourth Division) 64
Preston North End 23rd (Fourth Division) 62.5
Cambridge United 22nd (Fourth Division) 61
Torquay United 24th (Fourth Division) 61
Enfield 1st (Alliance Premier League) 7.5

As a result of this, all four Football League teams were re-elected, and Enfield were denied membership of the Football League. This was the last season where teams who won the Conference National had to apply for election to the Football League; from the 1986–87 season the winning team was automatically promoted, provided that they met the criteria set by the Football League.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1985–86". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ a b English teams were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985–86 on until the season 1990–91 because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985, involving
    Liverpool fans.
  4. ^ 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.

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