1987 Norwegian First Division

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The 1987 season of the Norwegian First Division (1. divisjon), the highest football (soccer) league in Norway, began on 2 May 1987 and ended on 10 October 1987.

22 rounds were played. Number eleven and twelve were relegated. The winners of the two groups of the Second Division were promoted, as well as the winner of a series of play-off matches between the two second placed teams in the two groups of the Second Division and number ten in the First Division.

For the first time in the Norwegian Premier League, three rather than two points were given for wins. There was also another, more controversial new rule for points: if a match was drawn, two points would be given to the winner of a penalty shootout, and one point to the loser of the shootout. This rule, suggested by Tom A. Schanche and appointed by the Norwegian Football Association in February 1987, was highly controversial and liquidated after the 1987 season.[1] Note that if draws would end as draws with one point to each, as usual, Tromsø IL would have been placed 10th with a possibility of being relegated.

Moss FK, coached by Nils Arne Eggen, won the league for the first and, so far, last time. The victory was not settled until the final round of the league, with Moss beating runners-up Molde FK (who would have grabbed the gold if they defeated Moss) 2-0 at away grounds.

League table[edit]

Pos Team P W Dw Dl L F A GD Pts
1 Moss 22 13 2 1 6 44 30 14 44
2 Molde 22 11 3 2 6 27 20 7 41
3 Kongsvinger 22 9 4 4 5 32 22 10 39
4 Rosenborg 22 8 4 7 3 33 25 8 39
5 Bryne 22 11 0 1 10 32 27 5 34
6 Tromsø 22 5 7 2 8 19 31 -12 31
7 Vålerengen 22 8 1 4 9 26 27 -1 30
8 Brann 22 7 3 3 9 25 28 -3 30
9 Lillestrøm 22 7 3 2 10 22 21 1 29
10 Ham Kam 22 7 3 2 10 27 34 -7 29
11 Mjøndalen 22 6 2 3 11 26 34 -8 25
12 Start 22 6 2 3 11 30 44 -14 25

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Qualified for the European Cup
Qualified for the UEFA Cup
Qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Relegation Playoff
Relegated to the Second Division

Top goalscorers[edit]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Table[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Djerv 1919 2 2 0 0 4 0 4 6
2 Lyn 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
3 Hamarkameratene 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 1

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lote, Arve (2 March 2012). "Aldri har det vært mer nettsus i Norge". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2 March 2012.