1988–89 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1988–89
Champions Arsenal
Relegated Darlington

The 19881989 season was the 89th completed season of the Football League.[1]

No European qualification took place due to the Heysel Stadium disaster suspension in place.

As of the 1986–87 season, there were no more re-election procedures, but instead, the club finishing last in the Fourth Division was demoted to Conference. This season the casualty was Darlington.

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1988–89
Champions Arsenal (9th English title)
Relegated Middlesbrough
Newcastle United
West Ham United
European Cup 1989–90 No qualifications[2]
European Cup Winners' Cup 1989–90 No qualifications[2]
UEFA Cup 1989–90 No qualifications[2]
Matches played 380
Goals scored 926 (2.44 per match)
Top goalscorer A. Smith (Arsenal), 23 [3]
Biggest home win Luton Town – Southampton 6–1 (2 Jan 1989)
Biggest away win Millwall – Tottenham Hotspur 0–5 (29 Apr 1989)
Highest scoring Luton Town – Southampton 6–1 (2 Jan 1989);
Luton Town – Charlton 5–2 (2 May 1989);
Queens Park Rangers – Wimbledon 4–3 (8 Apr 1989);
Coventry –Middlesbrough 3–4 (1 Oct 1988);
Middlesbrough – Nottingham Forest 3–4 (22 Apr 1989)
Longest winning run Liverpool (9 games)
Longest unbeaten run Liverpool (18 games)
Longest losing run Southampton (5 games)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Arsenal 38 10 6 3 35 19 12 4 3 38 17 73 36 37 76 Champions[notes 1]
2 Liverpool 38 11 5 3 33 11 11 5 3 32 17 65 28 37 76

FA Cup Winners

3 Nottingham Forest 38 8 7 4 31 16 9 6 4 33 27 64 43 21 64 League Cup Winners
4 Norwich City 38 8 7 4 23 20 9 4 6 25 25 48 45 3 62
5 Derby County 38 9 3 7 23 18 8 4 7 17 20 40 38 2 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 6 5 31 24 7 6 6 29 22 60 46 14 57
7 Coventry City 38 9 4 6 28 23 5 9 5 19 19 47 42 5 55
8 Everton 38 10 7 2 33 18 4 5 10 17 27 50 45 5 54
9 Queens Park Rangers 38 9 5 5 23 16 5 6 8 20 21 43 37 6 53
10 Millwall 38 10 3 6 27 21 4 8 7 20 31 47 52 - 5 53
11 Manchester United 38 10 5 4 27 13 3 7 9 18 22 45 35 10 51
12 Wimbledon 38 10 3 6 30 19 4 6 9 20 27 50 46 4 51
13 Southampton 38 6 7 6 25 26 4 8 7 27 40 52 66 –14 45
14 Charlton Athletic 38 6 7 6 25 24 4 5 10 19 34 44 58 –14 42
15 Sheffield Wednesday 38 6 6 7 21 25 4 6 9 13 26 34 51 –17 42
16 Luton Town 38 8 6 5 32 21 2 5 12 10 31 42 52 –10 41
17 Aston Villa 38 7 6 6 25 22 2 7 10 20 34 45 56 –11 40
18 Middlesbrough 38 6 7 6 28 30 3 5 11 16 31 44 61 –17 39
19 West Ham United 38 3 6 10 19 30 7 2 10 18 32 37 62 –25 38
20 Newcastle United 38 3 6 10 19 28 4 4 11 13 35 32 63 –31 31
  • Pld = Matches ; 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.
Key
League Champions, excluded from the European Cup
FA Cup Winners, but excluded from the Cup Winners' Cup
League Cup winners, excluded from UEFA Cup
Relegated


First division Results table[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST CHA COV DER EVE LIV LUT MNU MID MIL NEW NOR NOT QPR SHW SOT TOT WHU WDN
Arsenal 2–3 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 5–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–2
Aston Villa 0–3 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–1
Charlton Athletic 2–3 2–2 0–0 3–0 1–2 0–3 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–3 2–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 1–0
Coventry City 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–0 3–4 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 0–3 5–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1
Derby County 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 4–1
Everton 1–3 1–1 3–2 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 3–1 1–1
Liverpool 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 5–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1
Luton Town 1–1 1–1 5–2 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–0 0–1 6–1 1–3 4–1 2–2
Manchester United 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–0
Middlesbrough 0–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–3 0–4 2–1 1–0 4–2 1–1 2–3 3–4 1–0 0–1 3–3 2–2 1–0 1–0
Millwall 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 4–0 2–3 2–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 0–5 0–1 0–1
Newcastle United 0–1 1–2 0–2 0–3 0–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 1–3 3–3 2–2 1–2 2–1
Norwich City 0–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–0
Nottingham Forest 1–4 4–0 4–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 1–2 0–1
Queens Park Rangers 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 4–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1
Southampton 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–4 1–2 0–2 4–0 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 3–0 3–2
West Ham United 1–4 2–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–2 3–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–2
Wimbledon 1–5 1–0 1–1 0–1 4–0 2–1 1–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–2 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–1

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]

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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1988–1989

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1988–89
Champions Chelsea (2nd title)
Promoted Crystal Palace,
Manchester City
Relegated Birmingham City,
Shrewsbury Town,
Walsall
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1465 (2.65 per match)
Top goalscorer Keith Edwards (Hull City), 26 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Chelsea 46 15 6 2 50 25 14 6 3 46 25 96 50 +46 99
2 Manchester City 46 12 8 3 48 28 11 5 7 29 25 77 53 +24 82
3 Crystal Palace 46 15 6 2 42 17 8 6 9 29 32 71 49 +22 81 [notes3 1]
4 Watford 46 14 5 4 41 18 8 7 8 33 30 74 48 +26 78
5 Blackburn Rovers 46 16 4 3 50 22 6 7 10 24 37 74 59 +15 77
6 Swindon Town 46 13 8 2 35 15 7 8 8 33 38 68 53 +15 76
7 Barnsley 46 12 8 3 37 21 8 6 9 29 37 66 58 +8 74
8 Ipswich Town 46 13 3 7 42 23 9 4 10 29 38 71 61 +10 73
9 West Bromwich Albion 46 13 7 3 43 18 5 11 7 22 23 65 41 +24 72
10 Leeds United 46 12 6 5 34 20 5 10 8 25 30 59 50 +9 67
11 Sunderland 46 12 8 3 40 23 4 7 12 20 37 60 60 ±0 63
12 Bournemouth 46 13 3 7 32 20 5 5 13 21 42 53 62 –9 62
13 Stoke City 46 10 9 4 33 25 5 5 13 24 47 57 72 –15 59
14 Bradford City 46 8 11 4 29 22 5 6 12 23 37 52 59 –7 56
15 Leicester City 46 11 6 6 31 20 2 10 11 25 43 56 63 –7 55
16 Oldham Athletic 46 9 10 4 49 32 2 11 10 26 40 75 72 +3 54
17 Oxford United 46 11 6 6 40 34 3 6 14 22 36 62 70 –8 54
18 Plymouth Argyle 46 11 4 8 35 22 3 8 12 20 44 55 66 –11 54
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 11 5 7 36 24 3 4 16 21 42 57 66 –9 51
20 Portsmouth 46 10 6 7 33 21 3 6 14 20 41 53 62 –9 51
21 Hull City 46 7 9 7 31 25 4 5 14 21 43 52 68 –16 47
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 4 11 8 25 31 4 7 12 15 36 40 67 –27 42
23 Birmingham City 46 6 4 13 21 33 2 7 14 10 43 31 76 –45 35
24 Walsall 46 3 10 10 27 42 2 6 15 14 38 41 80 –39 31
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Crystal Palace won the play-offs and were promoted.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Second Division play-offs[edit]

Both the semifinals and the finals were decided over two legs.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Two play-offs 1989.

Semi-finals
1st leg –21 May; 2nd leg –24 May 1989
Finals
1st leg –31 May; 2nd leg –3 June 1989
 
3rd  Crystal Palace 0 2 2  
6th  Swindon Town 1 0 1  
  3rd  Crystal Palace 1 3 4
  5th  Blackburn Rovers 3 0 3
4th  Watford 0 1 1
5th  Blackburn Rovers[notes2 1] 0 1 1  
  1. ^ Blackburn won on away goals after extra time.

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BIR BLB BOU BRA B&H CHE CPA HUL IPS LEE LEI MNC OLD OXF PLY POR SHR STO SUN SWI WAL WAT WBA
Barnsley 0–0 0–1 5–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 3–0 1–2 4–3 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–1
Birmingham City 3–5 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–4 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 3–2 1–2 1–0 2–3 1–4
Blackburn Rovers 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 5–4 4–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 4–0 3–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 4–3 2–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–2
Bournemouth 3–2 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 5–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–3 2–1 0–1 2–1
Bradford City 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 4–0 3–0 1–2 1–3 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–2 1–0 0–1
Chelsea 5–3 3–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 5–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–2 1–1
Crystal Palace 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 4–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–0 0–2 1–0
Hull City 0–0 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1 5–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 3–0 1–4 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–3 0–1
Ipswich Town 2–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 2–0 5–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–2 2–1
Leeds United 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–3 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–3 4–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1
Leicester City 0–1 2–0 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–3 1–0 2–2 1–1
Manchester City 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–3 4–0 2–1 2–3 1–1 4–1 4–0 0–0 4–2 1–4 2–1 2–0 4–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 1–1
Oldham Athletic 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–4 2–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–2 5–3 3–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–0 3–1 1–3
Oxford United 2–0 3–0 1–1 3–1 3–4 3–2 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–4 1–1 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–2 2–4 1–1 1–0 0–4 1–1
Plymouth Argyle 1–2 0–1 4–3 1–1 3–1 3–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 4–0 1–4 4–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Portsmouth 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 4–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–0
Shrewsbury Town 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–5 3–3 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1
Stoke City 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–3 2–1 4–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–3 2–0 0–0
Sunderland 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–2 2–4 3–2 1–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–3 1–1 1–1
Swindon Town 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–3 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–0
Walsall 1–3 5–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–7 0–0 1–1 2–4 0–3 0–1 3–3 2–2 1–5 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–0
Watford 4–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–3 5–0 2–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 5–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 3–0 4–0 6–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–1

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]

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Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1988–1989

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1988–89
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st title)
Promoted Port Vale,
Sheffield United
Relegated Aldershot,
Chesterfield,
Gillingham,
Southend United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1495 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Bull (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 37 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 4 1 61 19 8 10 5 35 30 96 49 +47 92
2 Sheffield United 46 16 3 4 57 21 9 6 8 36 33 93 54 +39 84
3 Port Vale 46 15 3 5 46 21 9 9 5 32 27 78 48 +30 84 [notes4 1]
4 Fulham 46 12 7 4 42 28 10 2 11 27 39 69 67 +2 75
5 Bristol Rovers 46 9 11 3 34 21 10 6 7 33 30 67 51 +16 74
6 Preston North End 46 14 7 2 56 31 5 8 10 23 29 79 60 +19 72
7 Brentford 46 14 5 4 36 21 4 9 10 30 40 66 61 +5 68
8 Chester City 46 12 6 5 38 18 7 5 11 26 43 64 61 +3 68
9 Notts County 46 11 7 5 37 22 7 6 10 27 32 64 54 +10 67
10 Bolton Wanderers 46 12 8 3 42 23 4 8 11 16 31 58 54 +4 64
11 Bristol City 46 10 3 10 32 25 8 6 9 21 30 53 55 –2 63
12 Swansea City 46 11 8 4 33 22 4 8 11 18 31 51 53 –2 61 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1989–90
First round
13 Bury 46 11 7 5 27 22 5 6 12 28 45 55 67 –12 61
14 Huddersfield Town 46 10 8 5 35 25 7 1 15 28 48 63 73 –10 60
15 Mansfield Town 46 10 8 5 32 22 4 9 10 16 30 48 52 –4 59
16 Cardiff City 46 10 9 4 30 16 4 6 13 14 40 44 56 –12 57
17 Wigan Athletic 46 9 5 9 28 22 5 9 9 27 31 55 53 +2 56
18 Reading 46 10 6 7 37 29 5 5 13 31 43 68 72 –4 56
19 Blackpool 46 10 6 7 36 29 4 7 12 20 30 56 59 –3 55
20 Northampton Town 46 11 2 10 41 34 5 4 14 25 42 66 76 –10 54
21 Southend United 46 10 9 4 33 26 3 6 14 23 49 56 75 –19 54
22 Chesterfield 46 9 5 9 35 35 5 2 16 16 51 51 86 –35 49
23 Gillingham 46 7 3 13 25 32 5 1 17 22 49 47 81 –34 40
24 Aldershot 46 7 6 10 29 29 1 7 15 19 49 48 78 –30 37
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Port Vale won the play-offs and were promoted.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Third Division play-offs[edit]

Both the semifinals and the finals were decided over two legs.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Three play-offs 1989.

Semi-finals
1st leg –21/22 May; 2nd leg –25 May 1989
Finals
1st leg –31 May; 2nd leg –3 June 1989
 
3rd  Port Vale 1 3 4  
6th  Preston North End 1 1 2  
  3rd  Port Vale 1 1 2
  5th  Bristol Rovers 1 0 1
4th  Fulham F.C. 0 0 0
5th  Bristol Rovers 1 4 5  

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BLP BOL BRE BRI BRO BRY CAR CHR CHS FUL GIL HUD MAN NOR NTC PVA PRE REA SHE STD SWA WIG WOL
Aldershot 1–0 0–3 0–0 0–1 1–3 4–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 5–1 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 1–2
Blackpool 4–0 2–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 3–2 1–0 2–4 1–2 3–2 0–0 2–0 0–2
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 2–2 4–2 2–0 1–1 2–4 4–0 0–1 5–0 3–2 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 3–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–2
Brentford 2–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–2 1–4 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2
Bristol City 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 4–0 1–5 1–0 6–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–1
Bristol Rovers 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 5–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0
Bury 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–6 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 3–1
Cardiff City 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1
Chester 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 7–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 3–0 0–1 2–4 3–1 1–0 1–1
Chesterfield 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–2 4–0 1–2 4–1 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 1–2 0–3 2–4 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–3
Fulham 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 3–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 4–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2
Gillingham 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–3 3–4 1–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 1–3
Huddersfield Town 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 3–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 3–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–0
Mansfield Town 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–3 2–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 0–1 3–1
Northampton Town 6–0 4–2 2–3 1–0 1–3 1–2 2–0 3–0 0–2 3–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–3 1–3 1–0 1–3 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–1
Notts County 4–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–4 0–0 3–3 1–4 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1
Port Vale 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 6–1 1–2 5–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–0
Preston North End 2–2 1–0 3–1 5–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–3 3–3 6–0 1–4 5–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 3–3
Reading 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 3–0 2–2 1–3 4–0 2–0 0–3 0–2
Sheffield United 1–0 4–1 4–0 2–2 3–0 4–1 2–1 0–1 6–1 1–3 1–0 4–2 5–1 1–2 4–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–2 5–1 2–1 2–0
Southend United 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 3–1
Swansea City 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–5
Wigan Athletic 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 3–0 0–2 0–0 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 1–2 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 4–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 5–2 6–1 4–1 6–2 3–2 0–0 3–3 6–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–1

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

Third Division maps[edit]

Magnify-clip.png
Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1988–1989

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1988–89
Champions Rotherham United (1st title)
Promoted Crewe Alexandra,
Leyton Orient,
Tranmere Rovers
Relegated to Conference Darlington
New club in the league Lincoln City
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1498 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Phil Stant (Hereford United), 28 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Rotherham United 46 13 6 4 44 18 9 10 4 32 17 76 35 +41 82
2 Tranmere Rovers 46 15 6 2 34 13 6 11 6 28 30 62 43 +19 80
3 Crewe Alexandra 46 13 7 3 42 24 8 8 7 25 24 67 48 +19 78
4 Scunthorpe United 46 11 9 3 40 22 10 5 8 37 35 77 57 +20 77
5 Scarborough 46 12 7 4 33 23 9 7 7 34 29 67 52 +15 77
6 Leyton Orient 46 16 2 5 61 19 5 10 8 25 31 86 50 +36 75 [notes5 1]
7 Wrexham 46 12 7 4 44 28 7 7 9 33 35 77 63 +14 71
8 Cambridge United 46 13 7 3 45 25 5 7 11 26 37 71 62 +9 68
9 Grimsby Town 46 11 9 3 33 18 6 6 11 32 41 65 59 +6 66
10 Lincoln City 46 12 6 5 39 26 6 4 13 25 34 64 60 +4 64
11 York City 46 10 8 5 43 27 7 5 11 19 36 62 63 –1 64
12 Carlisle United 46 9 6 8 26 25 6 9 8 27 27 53 52 +1 60
13 Exeter City 46 14 4 5 46 23 4 2 17 19 45 65 68 –3 60
14 Torquay United 46 15 2 6 32 23 2 6 15 13 37 45 60 –15 59
15 Hereford United 46 11 8 4 40 27 3 8 12 26 45 66 72 –6 58
16 Burnley 46 12 6 5 35 20 2 7 14 17 41 52 61 –9 55
17 Peterborough United 46 10 3 10 29 32 4 9 10 23 42 52 74 –22 54
18 Rochdale 46 10 10 3 32 26 3 4 16 24 56 56 82 –26 53
19 Hartlepool United 46 10 6 7 33 33 4 4 15 17 45 50 78 –28 52
20 Stockport County 46 8 10 5 31 20 2 11 10 23 32 54 52 +2 51
21 Halifax Town 46 10 7 6 42 27 3 4 16 27 48 69 75 –6 50
22 Colchester United 46 8 7 8 35 30 4 7 12 25 48 60 78 –18 50
23 Doncaster Rovers 46 9 6 8 32 32 4 4 15 17 46 49 78 –29 49
24 Darlington 46 3 12 8 28 38 5 6 12 25 38 53 76 –23 42
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Leyton Orient won the play-offs and were promoted.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
New club in the league
Relegated to Conference


Fourth Division play-offs[edit]

Both the semifinals and the finals were decided over two legs.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Four play-offs 1989.

Semi-finals
1st leg –21 May; 2nd leg –24 May 1989
Finals
1st leg –30 May; 2nd leg –3 June 1989
 
4th  Scunthorpe United 1 0 1  
7th  Wrexham 3 2 5  
  7th  Wrexham 0 1 1
  6th  Leyton Orient 0 2 2
5th  Scarborough 1 0 1
6th  Leyton Orient 0 2 2  

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BUR CAM CRL COL CRE DAR DON EXE GRI HAL HAR HER LEY LIN PET ROC ROT SCA SCU STP TOR TRA WRE YOR
Burnley 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–3 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–3 6–0
Cambridge United 2–1 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–1 6–0 2–1 2–2 2–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–1
Carlisle United 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0
Colchester United 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 4–0 0–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–3 2–1 1–0
Crewe Alexandra 4–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–2
Darlington 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 3–3 1–4 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2
Doncaster Rovers 1–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 1–4 1–0 3–2 1–0 0–1 2–3 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–2
Exeter City 3–0 0–3 3–0 4–2 1–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 4–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 5–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 3–0 0–1 0–2 2–0
Grimsby Town 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 5–0 2–1 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–3 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0
Halifax Town 1–2 0–0 3–3 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–1 5–0 4–1 1–1 0–2 5–1 2–2 2–0 2–3 4–0 0–0
Hartlepool United 2–2 3–2 0–2 2–1 0–3 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–2 0–1 2–2 1–3 0–1
Hereford United 0–0 4–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 4–4 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–2
Leyton Orient 3–0 1–1 2–0 8–0 0–0 1–0 4–0 4–0 5–0 2–0 4–3 1–3 3–1 1–2 3–0 3–1 2–3 4–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 0–1 4–0
Lincoln City 2–3 3–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 3–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 4–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 4–3 2–1
Peterborough United 3–0 1–5 1–4 3–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–4 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1
Rochdale 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–3 2–0
Rotherham United 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 6–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–1
Scarborough 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–2 0–0 0–3 0–0
Scunthorpe United 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 5–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–0 3–0 4–0 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 4–2
Stockport County 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–3 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–2
Torquay United 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 2–0
Tranmere Rovers 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–1
Wrexham 4–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 3–3 1–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 4–3 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–4 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–3 2–1
York City 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 3–0 4–1 1–1 3–1 0–3 5–3 2–3 4–1 1–1 2–1 5–1 3–3 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0

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

Fourth Division maps[edit]

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Locations of the Football League Fourth Division London teams 1988–1989

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1988–89". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c 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.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.