1987–88 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1987–88
Champions Liverpool
Relegated Newport County

The 19871988 season was the 89th completed season of The Football League.

Overview[edit]

First Division[edit]

Liverpool won the league title with a comfortable nine-point margin and just two defeats all season. Second in the league were Manchester United.

The automatically-relegated sides were Watford, Oxford United and Portsmouth. Chelsea were subsequently relegated as well after losing to Middlesbrough in the playoff final.

Second Division[edit]

Millwall lifted the Second Division championship trophy and gained promotion to the First Division for the first time in their history. Runners-up were Aston Villa, managed by Graham Taylor. Middlesbrough won promotion for the second season running after negotiating the relegation/promotion play-offs at the expense of Chelsea.

Huddersfield Town, who suffered a 10-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in November, were relegated. The Second/Third Division relegation/promotion play-offs once again saw a Second Division club suffer relegation, this time it was Sheffield United.

Third Division[edit]

Sunderland won the Third Division and went back up to the Second Division. They were joined by runners-up Brighton & Hove Albion and playoff winners Walsall.

The Third Division relegation places were occupied by Rotherham United, Grimsby Town, York City and Doncaster Rovers.

Fourth Division[edit]

Wolves ended their two-year tenure in the Fourth Division by finishing top of the table and winning promotion to the Third Division. They also won the Sherpa Van Trophy final by defeating Burnley at Wembley.

Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Swansea City were also promoted.

Newport County were relegated for the second successive season. They were replaced in the Football League by Lincoln City.

Scunthorpe United left the Old Showground and moved into Glanford Park.

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.

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1987–88
Champions Liverpool (17th English title)
Relegated Chelsea,
Oxford United,
Portsmouth,
Watford
FA Cup winners Wimbledon (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played 420
Goals scored 1049 (2.5 per match)
Top goalscorer John Aldridge (Liverpool), 26 [2]
Biggest home win ArsenalPortsmouth 6–0 (29 August 1987)
Biggest away win Sheffield WednesdayLiverpool 1–5 (7 May 1988);
SouthamptonEverton 0–4 (3 October 1987)
Highest scoring Luton TownOxford United 7–4 (6 February 1988)
Longest winning run Arsenal (10 games)
Longest unbeaten run Liverpool (29 games)
Longest losing run Derby County (8 games)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 40 15 5 0 49 9 11 7 2 38 15 87 24 +63 90 All English teams excluded from European competition as a result of Heysel
2 Manchester United 40 14 5 1 41 17 9 7 4 30 21 71 38 +33 81
3 Nottingham Forest 40 11 7 2 40 17 9 6 5 27 22 67 39 +28 73
4 Everton 40 14 4 2 34 11 5 9 6 19 16 53 27 +26 70
5 Queens Park Rangers 40 12 4 4 30 14 7 6 7 18 24 48 38 +10 67
6 Arsenal 40 11 4 5 35 16 7 8 5 23 23 58 39 +19 66
7 Wimbledon 40 8 9 3 32 20 6 6 8 26 27 58 47 +11 57 FA Cup winners
8 Newcastle United 40 9 6 5 32 23 5 8 7 23 30 55 53 +2 56
9 Luton Town 40 11 6 3 40 21 3 5 12 17 37 57 58 –1 53 Football League Cup winners
10 Coventry City 40 6 8 6 23 25 7 6 7 23 28 46 53 –7 53
11 Sheffield Wednesday 40 10 2 8 27 30 5 6 9 25 36 52 66 –14 53
12 Southampton 40 6 8 6 27 26 6 6 8 22 27 49 53 –4 50
13 Tottenham Hotspur 40 9 5 6 26 23 3 6 11 12 25 38 48 –10 47
14 Norwich City 40 7 5 8 26 26 5 4 11 14 26 40 52 –12 45
15 Derby County 40 6 7 7 18 17 4 6 10 17 28 35 45 –10 43
16 West Ham United 40 6 9 5 23 21 3 6 11 17 31 40 52 –12 42
17 Charlton Athletic 40 7 7 6 23 21 2 8 10 15 31 38 52 –14 42
18 Chelsea 40 7 11 2 24 17 2 4 14 26 51 50 68 –18 42 [notes 1]
19 Portsmouth 40 4 8 8 21 27 3 6 11 15 39 36 66 –30 35
20 Watford 40 4 5 11 15 24 3 6 11 12 27 27 51 –24 32
21 Oxford United 40 5 7 8 24 34 1 6 13 20 46 44 80 –36 31
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Chelsea lost in the final round of the play-offs and were thus relegated.
Key
Football League Champions
Relegated via the Second Division play-offs
Automatically relegated to the Second Division

First Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ARS CHA CHE COV DER EVE LIV LUT MUN NEW NOR NOT OXF POR QPR SHW SOU TOT WAT WHU WDN
Arsenal 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 6–0 0–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 3–0
Charlton Athletic 0–3 2–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–1
Chelsea 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 4–3 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1
Coventry City 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–3 1–2 1–4 4–0 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–3 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–3
Derby County 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1
Everton 1–2 1–1 4–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 2–2
Liverpool 2–0 3–2 2–1 4–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–0 0–0 5–0 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–1
Luton Town 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 4–0 1–2 1–1 7–4 4–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0
Manchester United 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 3–1 4–1 2–1 4–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 2–1
Newcastle United 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–4 4–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–2
Norwich City 2–4 2–0 3–0 3–1 1–2 0–3 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 4–2 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–1 2–1 0–0 4–1 0–1
Nottingham Forest 0–1 2–2 3–2 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 5–3 5–0 4–0 3–0 3–3 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Oxford United 0–0 2–1 4–4 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 2–5 0–2 1–3 3–0 0–2 4–2 2–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–5
Portsmouth 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1
Queens Park Rangers 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0
Sheffield Wednesday 3–3 2–0 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–5 0–2 2–4 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 0–3 2–3 2–1 1–0
Southampton 4–2 0–1 3–0 1–2 1–2 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–3
Watford 2–0 2–1 0–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–4 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0
West Ham United 0–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–2
Wimbledon 3–1 4–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–1

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Millwall 44 15 3 4 45 23 10 4 8 27 29 72 52 +20 82
2 Aston Villa 44 9 7 6 31 21 13 5 4 37 20 68 41 +27 78
3 Middlesbrough 44 15 4 3 44 16 7 8 7 19 20 63 36 +27 78 [notes2 1]
4 Bradford City 44 14 3 5 49 26 8 8 6 25 28 74 54 +20 77
5 Blackburn Rovers 44 12 8 2 38 22 9 6 7 30 30 68 52 +16 77
6 Crystal Palace 44 16 3 3 50 21 6 6 10 36 38 86 59 +27 75
7 Leeds United 44 14 4 4 37 18 5 8 9 24 33 61 51 +10 69
8 Ipswich Town 44 14 3 5 38 17 5 6 11 23 35 61 52 +9 66
9 Manchester City 44 11 4 7 50 28 8 4 10 30 32 80 60 +20 65
10 Oldham Athletic 44 13 4 5 43 27 5 7 10 29 37 72 64 +8 65
11 Stoke City 44 12 6 4 34 22 5 5 12 16 35 50 57 – 7 62
12 Swindon Town 44 10 7 5 43 25 6 4 12 30 35 73 60 +13 59
13 Leicester City 44 12 5 5 35 20 4 6 12 27 41 62 61 +1 59
14 Barnsley 44 11 4 7 42 32 4 8 10 19 30 61 62 – 1 57
15 Hull City 44 10 8 4 32 22 4 7 11 22 38 54 60 – 6 57
16 Plymouth Argyle 44 12 4 6 44 26 4 4 14 21 41 65 67 – 2 56
17 Bournemouth 44 7 7 8 36 30 6 3 13 20 38 56 68 – 12 49
18 Shrewsbury Town 44 7 8 7 23 22 4 8 10 19 32 42 54 – 12 49
19 Birmingham City 44 7 9 6 20 24 4 6 12 21 42 41 66 – 25 48
20 West Bromwich Albion 44 8 7 7 29 26 4 4 14 21 43 50 69 – 19 47
21 Sheffield United 44 8 6 8 27 28 5 1 16 18 46 45 74 – 29 46 [notes2 2]
22 Reading 44 5 7 10 20 25 5 5 12 24 45 44 70 – 26 42
23 Huddersfield Town 44 4 6 12 20 38 2 4 16 21 62 41 100 – 59 28
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Middlesbrough won the play-offs and were thus promoted.
  2. ^ Sheffield United lost in the first round of the play-offs and were thus relegated.
Key
Division Champions - automatically promoted to First Division
Division runners-up - automatically promoted to First Division
Promoted via the Second Division play-offs
Participated in Second Division play-offs
Relegated via the Third Division play-offs
Automatically relegated to the Third Division

Second Division play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
1st leg – 15 May; 2nd leg – 18 May 1988
Final
1st leg – 25 May; 2nd leg – 28 May 1988
 
5th  Blackburn Rovers 0 1 1  
18th  Chelsea (Div 1) 2 4 6  
  18th  Chelsea (Div 1) 0 1 1
  3rd  Middlesbrough 2 0 2
3rd  Middlesbrough 1 2 3
4th  Bradford City 2 0 2  

Second Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] AST BAR BIR BLB BOU BRA CRY HUD HUL IPS LEE LEI MCI MID MIL OLD PLY REA SHU SHR STK SWI WBA
Aston Villa 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–1 1–1 5–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 5–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0
Barnsley 1–3 2–2 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–3 2–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–3 4–1 1–1 2–1 5–2 1–2 2–1 5–2 0–1 3–1
Birmingham City 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–6 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–1
Blackburn Rovers 3–2 0–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 3–1
Bournemouth 1–2 1–2 4–2 1–1 2–0 2–3 0–2 6–2 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–2 3–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–2
Bradford City 2–4 1–1 4–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–3 0–0 4–1 2–4 2–0 3–1 5–3 3–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 2–0 4–1
Crystal Palace 1–1 3–2 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 5–1 2–3 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 4–1
Huddersfield Town 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–4 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 0–3 0–3 1–3
Hull City 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–4 1–0
Ipswich Town 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–2 4–0 2–3 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 3–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–1
Leeds United 1–3 0–2 4–1 2–2 3–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 5–0 2–1 0–0 4–2 1–0
Leicester City 0–2 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 4–4 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 4–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–2 3–0
Manchester City 0–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 10–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 4–2 1–1 4–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–3 1–3 3–0 1–1 4–2
Middlesbrough 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 6–0 4–0 2–0 2–3 2–1
Millwall 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–4 1–2 0–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 3–2 3–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 2–2 2–0
Oldham Athletic 0–1 1–0 1–2 4–2 2–0 0–2 1–0 3–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 4–2 3–2 2–2 5–1 4–3 2–1
Plymouth Argyle 1–3 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–3 6–1 3–1 0–0 6–3 4–0 3–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–3
Reading 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–3 3–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–0 2–3 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2
Sheffield United 1–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 4–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–2 0–5 1–0 4–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0
Shrewsbury Town 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–3 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–3 2–1 0–1
Stoke City 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0
Swindon Town 0–0 3–0 0–2 1–2 4–2 2–2 2–2 4–1 0–0 4–2 1–2 3–2 3–4 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–2

Source:[citation needed]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Sunderland 46 14 7 2 51 22 13 5 5 41 26 92 48 +44 93
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 15 7 1 37 16 8 8 7 32 31 69 47 +22 84
3 Walsall 46 15 6 2 39 22 8 7 8 29 28 68 50 +18 82 [notes4 1]
4 Notts County 46 14 4 5 53 24 9 8 6 29 25 82 49 +33 81
5 Bristol City 46 14 6 3 51 30 7 6 10 26 32 77 62 +15 75
6 Northampton Town 46 12 8 3 36 18 6 11 6 34 33 70 51 +19 73
7 Wigan Athletic 46 11 8 4 36 23 9 4 10 34 38 70 61 +9 72
8 Bristol Rovers 46 14 5 4 43 19 4 7 12 25 37 68 56 +12 66
9 Fulham 46 10 5 8 36 24 9 4 10 33 36 69 60 +9 66
10 Blackpool 46 13 4 6 45 27 4 10 9 26 35 71 62 +9 65
11 Port Vale 46 12 8 3 36 19 6 3 14 22 37 58 56 +2 65
12 Brentford 46 9 8 6 27 23 7 6 10 26 36 53 59 – 6 62
13 Gillingham 46 8 9 6 45 21 6 8 9 32 40 77 61 +16 59
14 Bury 46 9 7 7 33 26 6 7 10 25 31 58 57 +1 59
15 Chester City 46 9 8 6 29 30 5 8 10 22 32 51 62 – 11 58
16 Preston North End 46 10 6 7 30 23 5 7 11 18 36 48 59 – 11 58
17 Southend United 46 10 6 7 42 33 4 7 12 23 50 65 83 – 18 55
18 Chesterfield 46 10 5 8 25 28 5 5 13 16 42 41 70 – 29 55
19 Mansfield Town 46 10 6 7 25 21 4 6 13 23 38 48 59 – 11 54
20 Aldershot 46 12 3 8 45 32 3 5 15 19 42 64 74 – 10 53
21 Rotherham United 46 8 8 7 28 25 4 8 11 22 41 50 66 – 16 52 [notes4 2]
22 Grimsby Town 46 6 7 10 25 29 6 7 10 23 29 48 58 – 10 50
23 York City 46 4 7 12 27 45 4 2 17 21 46 48 91 – 43 33
24 Doncaster Rovers 46 6 5 12 25 36 2 4 17 15 48 40 84 – 44 33
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Walsall won the play-offs and were thus promoted.
  2. ^ Rotherham United lost in the first round of the play-offs and were thus relegated.
Key
Division Champions - automatically promoted to Second Division
Division Runners-up - automatically promoted to Second Division
Promoted via the Third Division play-offs
Participated in Third Division play-offs
Relegated via the Fourth Division play-offs
Automatically relegated to the Fourth Division

Third Division play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
1st leg – 15 May; 2nd leg – 18 May 1988
Final
1st leg – 25 May; 2nd leg – 28 May 1988
 
21st  Sheffield United (Div 2) 0 1 1  
5th  Bristol City 1 1 2  
  3rd  Walsall 3 0 3
  5th  Bristol City 1 2 3
3rd  Walsall 3 1 4
4th  Notts County 1 1 2  
Replay
30 May 1988
Walsall 4 – 0 Bristol City
Report/Soccerbase [1]
Fellows Park, Walsall
Attendance: 13,007

Fourth Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 15 3 5 47 19 12 6 5 35 24 82 43 +39 90
2 Cardiff City 46 15 6 2 39 14 9 7 7 27 27 66 41 +25 85
3 Bolton Wanderers 46 15 6 2 42 12 7 6 10 24 30 66 42 +24 78
4 Scunthorpe United 46 14 5 4 42 20 6 12 5 34 31 76 51 +25 77
5 Torquay United 46 10 7 6 34 16 11 7 5 32 25 66 41 +25 77
6 Swansea City 46 9 7 7 35 28 11 3 9 27 28 62 56 +6 70 [notes5 1]
7 Peterborough United 46 10 5 8 28 26 10 5 8 24 27 52 53 – 1 70
8 Leyton Orient 46 13 4 6 55 27 6 8 9 30 36 85 63 +22 69
9 Colchester United 46 10 5 8 23 22 9 5 9 24 29 47 51 – 4 67
10 Burnley 46 12 5 6 31 22 8 2 13 26 40 57 62 – 5 67
11 Wrexham 46 13 3 7 46 26 7 3 13 23 32 69 58 +11 66
12 Scarborough 46 12 8 3 38 19 5 6 12 18 29 56 48 +8 65
13 Darlington 46 13 6 4 39 25 5 5 13 32 44 71 69 +2 65
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 2 7 43 20 5 7 11 18 33 61 53 +8 64
15 Cambridge United 46 10 6 7 32 24 6 7 10 18 28 50 52 – 2 61
16 Hartlepool United 46 9 7 7 25 25 6 7 10 25 32 50 57 – 7 59
17 Crewe Alexandra 46 7 11 5 25 19 6 8 9 32 34 57 53 +4 58
18 Halifax Town 46 11 7 5 37 25 3 7 13 17 34 54 59 – 5 55
19 Hereford United 46 8 7 8 25 27 6 5 12 16 32 41 59 – 18 54
20 Stockport County 46 7 7 9 26 26 5 8 10 18 32 44 58 – 14 51
21 Rochdale 46 5 9 9 28 34 6 6 11 19 42 47 76 – 29 48
22 Exeter City 46 8 6 9 33 29 3 7 13 20 39 53 68 – 15 46
23 Carlisle United 46 9 5 9 38 33 3 3 17 19 53 57 86 – 29 44
24 Newport County 46 4 5 14 19 36 2 2 19 16 69 35 105 – 70 25
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Swansea City won the play-offs and were thus promoted.
Key
Division Champions - automatically promoted to Third Division
Division Runners-up - automatically promoted to Third Division
Promoted via the Fourth Division play-offs
Participated in Fourth Division play-offs
Welsh Cup Winners - qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Newly promoted from the Football Conference
Automatically relegated to the Football Conference

Fourth Division play-offs[edit]

Both the semifinals and the finals were decided over two legs
The full results can be found in the main article (see link above).

Semi-finals
1st leg – 15 May; 2nd leg – 18 May 1988
Finals
1st leg – 25 May; 2nd leg – 28 May 1988
 
21st  Rotherham United (Div 3) 0 1 1  
6th  Swansea City 1 1 2  
  6th  Swansea City 2 3 5
  5th  Torquay United 1 3 4
4th  Scunthorpe United 1 1 2
5th  Torquay United 2 1 3  

Goalscorers[edit]

The top goalscorers in each division were:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1987–88". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  3. ^ a b James M Ross (15 July 2011). "Football League Div 1 & 2 Leading Goalscorers 1947-92". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b James M Ross (15 July 2011). "Football League Div 3 & 4 Leading Goalscorers 1947-92". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 January 2012.