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The Football League
Season 1989–90
Champions Liverpool
Relegated Colchester United

The 19891990 season was the 90th completed season of The Football League.

Liverpool overhauled a greatly improved Aston Villa side to win their 18th league championship trophy and their fifth major trophy in as many seasons under Kenny Dalglish’s management. To date, this remains their last league title. Gary Lineker’s arrival at Tottenham Hotspur saw the North Londoners occupy third place after a season of improvement.

Luton Town stayed up on goal difference at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday, while Charlton’s four-year spell in the First Division came to an end at the beginning of May. Millwall were rooted to the bottom of the division despite briefly topping the league in September.

Leeds United finally returned to the top flight after an eight-year exile, as Howard Wilkinson’s side lifted the Second Division championship trophy thanks to a superior goal difference over runners-up Sheffield United, won their second successive promotion under Dave Bassett.

Swindon Town won the Second Division playoff final but Sunderland were promoted instead after the Swindon board admitted a series of financial irregularities. Swindon were initially demoted to the Third Division and replaced by Tranmere, the division’s losing Play-Off finalists, but this decision was later reversed on appeal.

A.F.C. Bournemouth, Stoke City and Bradford City occupied the relegation places. Bournemouth did not return to second tier of English football until the 2013-14 season.

The city of Bristol was celebrating after Rovers were crowned champions and City finished runners-up in the Third Division to gain promotion. The third promotion spot was secured by playoff winners Notts County, who beat Leyland DAF Trophy (i.e. FA Trophy) winners Tranmere Rovers at Wembley.

Walsall suffered a second successive relegation and would be joined in the Fourth Division the following season by Blackpool, Cardiff City and Northampton Town.

Exeter City were crowned Fourth Division champions and went up to the Third Division along with runners-up Grimsby Town, third-placed Southend United and playoff winners Cambridge United. Newly promoted Maidstone United (1897) almost ended their first league season with success, but their promotion hopes were ended by playoff failure.

Colchester United were relegated from the league and replaced by Football Conference champions Darlington, who regained their league status just one season after losing it.

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 1989–90
Champions Liverpool 18th English title) [2]
Relegated Charlton Athletic
Millwall
Sheffield Wednesday
European Cup 1990–91 No qualifications [2]
FA Cup winners
1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup
Manchester United (7th FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1990–91 Aston Villa
Matches played 380
Goals scored 987 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Gary Lineker (Tottenham Hotspur), 24 [3]
Biggest home win Liverpool – Crystal Palace 9–0 (12 Sep 1989)
Biggest away win Coventry City – Liverpool 1–6 (5 May 1990)
Highest scoring Liverpool – Crystal Palace 9–0 (12 Sep 1989)
Southampton – Luton Town 6–3 (25 Nov 1989)
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 38 13 5 1 38 15 10 5 4 40 22 78 37 +41 79 Excluded from the 1990–91 European Cup [notes1 1]
2 Aston Villa 38 13 3 3 36 20 8 4 7 21 18 57 38 +19 70 UEFA Cup 1990–91 First round
3 Tottenham Hotspur 38 12 1 6 35 24 7 5 7 24 23 59 47 +12 63
4 Arsenal 38 14 3 2 38 11 4 5 10 16 27 54 38 +16 62
5 Chelsea 38 8 7 4 31 24 8 5 6 27 26 58 50 +8 60
6 Everton 38 14 3 2 40 16 3 5 11 17 30 57 46 +11 59
7 Southampton 38 10 5 4 40 27 5 5 9 31 36 71 63 +8 55
8 Wimbledon 38 5 8 6 22 23 8 8 3 25 17 47 40 +7 55
9 Nottingham Forest 38 9 4 6 31 21 6 5 8 24 26 55 47 +8 54 [4][5]
10 Norwich City 38 7 10 2 24 14 6 4 9 20 28 44 42 +2 53
11 Queens Park Rangers 38 9 4 6 27 22 4 7 8 18 22 45 44 +1 50
12 Coventry City 38 11 2 6 24 25 3 5 11 15 34 39 59 -20 49
13 Manchester United 38 8 6 5 26 14 5 3 11 20 33 46 47 –1 48 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1990–91 First round
14 Manchester City 38 9 4 6 26 21 3 8 8 17 31 43 52 –9 48
15 Crystal Palace 38 8 7 4 27 23 5 2 12 15 43 42 66 –24 48
16 Derby County 38 9 1 9 29 21 4 6 9 14 19 43 40 +3 46
17 Luton Town 38 8 8 3 24 18 2 5 12 19 39 43 57 –14 43
18 Sheffield Wednesday 38 8 6 5 21 17 3 4 12 14 34 35 51 –16 43
19 Charlton Athletic 38 4 6 9 18 25 3 3 13 13 32 31 57 –26 30
20 Millwall 38 4 6 9 23 25 1 5 13 16 40 39 65 –26 26
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Liverpool were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985–86 on for 10 years, because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985, involving Liverpool fans. The ban was eventually lifted for the season 1991–92.
Key
League Champions, excluded from the European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
League Cup winners
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST CHA CHE COV CPA DER EVE LIV LUT MNC MNU MIL NOR NOT QPR SHW SOT TOT WDN
Arsenal 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 1–0 2–0 4–3 3–0 3–0 5–0 2–1 1–0 0–0
Aston Villa 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 6–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–3
Charlton Athletic 0–0 0–2 3–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–4 1–3 1–2
Chelsea 0–0 0–3 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–5 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–2 2–5
Coventry City 0–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–6 1–0 2–1 1–4 3–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–4 1–0 0–0 2–1
Crystal Palace 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–3 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 3–1 2–3 2–0
Derby County 1–3 0–1 2–0 0–1 4–1 3–1 0–1 0–3 2–3 6–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–1
Everton 3–0 3–3 2–1 0–1 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 0–0 3–2 2–1 3–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1
Liverpool 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–1 0–1 9–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–1
Luton Town 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
Manchester City 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–4 3–1 5–1 2–0 1–0 0–3 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1
Manchester United 4–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–2 4–1 1–1 5–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0
Millwall 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 4–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–0
Norwich City 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 4–4 2–2 0–1
Nottingham Forest 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–4 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 4–0 3–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–3 0–1
Queens Park Rangers 2–0 1–1 0–1 4–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–3 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–4 3–1 2–3
Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 2–0 0–1 2–4 0–1
Southampton 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 4–1 6–3 2–1 0–2 1–2 4–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 0–2 3–0 1–4 3–2 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–3 3–2 3–0 2–1 0–1
Wimbledon 1–0 0–2 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–0

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

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1989–1990

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1989–90
Champions Leeds United (3rd title)
Promoted Sheffield United,
Sunderland
Relegated Bournemouth,
Bradford City,
Stoke City
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1523 (2.76 per match)
Top goalscorer Micky Quinn (Newcastle United), 32 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Leeds United 46 16 6 1 46 18 8 7 8 33 34 79 52 +27 85
2 Sheffield United 46 14 5 4 43 27 10 8 5 35 31 78 58 +20 85
3 Newcastle United 46 17 4 2 51 26 5 10 8 29 29 80 55 +25 80
4 Swindon Town 46 12 6 5 49 29 8 8 7 30 30 79 59 +20 74
5 Blackburn Rovers 46 10 9 4 43 30 9 8 6 31 29 74 60 +14 74
6 Sunderland 46 10 8 5 41 32 10 6 7 29 32 70 64 +8 74 [notes3 1]
7 West Ham United 46 14 5 4 50 22 6 7 10 30 35 80 57 +23 72
8 Oldham Athletic 46 15 7 1 50 23 4 7 12 20 34 70 57 +13 71
9 Ipswich Town 46 13 7 3 38 22 6 5 12 29 44 67 51 +16 69
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 12 5 6 37 20 6 8 9 30 40 67 50 +17 67
11 Port Vale 46 11 9 3 37 20 4 7 12 25 37 62 57 +5 61
12 Portsmouth 46 9 8 6 40 34 6 8 9 22 31 62 65 –3 61
13 Leicester City 46 10 8 5 34 29 5 6 12 33 50 67 79 –12 59
14 Hull City 46 7 8 8 27 31 7 8 8 31 34 58 65 –7 58
15 Watford 46 11 6 6 41 28 3 9 11 17 32 58 60 –2 57
16 Plymouth Argyle 46 9 8 6 30 23 5 5 13 28 40 58 63 –5 55
17 Oxford United 46 8 7 8 35 31 7 2 14 22 35 57 66 –9 54
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 6 7 28 27 5 3 15 28 45 56 72 –16 54
19 Barnsley 46 7 9 7 22 23 6 6 11 27 48 49 71 –22 54
20 West Bromwich Albion 46 6 8 9 35 37 6 7 10 32 34 67 71 –4 51
21 Middlesbrough 46 10 3 10 33 29 3 8 12 19 34 52 63 –11 50
22 Bournemouth 46 8 6 9 30 31 4 6 13 27 45 57 76 –19 48
23 Bradford City 46 9 6 8 26 24 0 8 15 18 44 44 68 –24 41
24 Stoke City 46 4 11 8 20 24 2 8 13 15 39 35 63 –28 37
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Sunderland were eventually promoted after prosecutions against Swindon Town.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLB BOU BRA B&H HUL IPS LEE LEI MID NEW OLD OXF PLY PVA POR SHE STO SUN SWI WAT WBA WHU WOL
Barnsley 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–2 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 2–2
Blackburn Rovers 5–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–4 2–4 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 5–4 2–3
Bournemouth 2–1 2–4 1–0 0–2 5–4 3–1 0–1 2–3 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1
Bradford City 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 2–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 3–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–4 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–3 3–0 1–1
Hull City 1–2 2–0 1–4 2–1 0–2 4–3 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 3–2 2–3 0–0 0–2 1–1 2–0
Ipswich Town 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 3–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–3
Leeds United 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 4–3 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–2 3–2 1–0
Leicester City 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 4–3 2–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–5 2–1 2–3 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–0
Middlesbrough 0–1 0–3 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–2 4–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 2–3 2–0 3–3 0–1 3–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 4–2
Newcastle United 4–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 5–2 5–4 2–2 2–1 2–3 3–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–4
Oldham Athletic 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–2 4–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–1 3–3 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–1
Oxford United 2–3 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–4 4–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–2
Plymouth Argyle 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 3–0 3–0 0–3 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–1
Port Vale 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 5–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 3–1
Portsmouth 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 2–3 3–3 2–3 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–3 2–0 3–2 0–0 3–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–3
Sheffield United 1–2 1–2 4–2 1–1 5–4 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 2–0 4–1 3–1 0–2 3–0
Stoke City 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–0
Sunderland 4–2 0–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–4 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–3 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 4–3 1–1
Swindon Town 0–0 4–3 2–3 3–1 1–2 1–3 3–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–0 3–0 3–0 2–2 0–2 6–0 0–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 3–1
Watford 2–2 3–1 2–2 7–2 4–2 3–1 3–3 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 3–1
West Bromwich Albion 7–0 2–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–5 2–2 3–2 0–3 2–3 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 1–2
West Ham United 4–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 3–2 3–2 2–2 2–1 5–0 0–0 5–0 1–1 1–0 2–3 4–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–4 1–2 2–1 1–0 5–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–0

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 play-offs[edit]

The semifinals were decided over two legs. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Two play-offs 1990.

  Semifinals
1st leg – 13 May; 2nd leg – 16 May 1990
Final at Wembley
28 May 1990
                     
3rd  Newcastle United 0 0 0  
6th   Sunderland 0 2 2  
    6th  Sunderland [notes2 1] 0
  3rd  Swindon Town 1
4th   Swindon Town 2 2 4
5th  Blackburn Rovers 1 1 2  
  1. ^ Following successful prosecutions against Swindon Town and the club chairman, Brian Hillier, after they admitted 36 breaches of League rules —
    35 of which are related to illegal payments, Swindon remained in the Second Division and Sunderland took their promotion place (see History of Swindon Town F.C.).

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1989–1990

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1989–90
Champions Bristol Rovers (1st title)
Promoted Bristol City,
Notts County
Relegated Blackpool,
Cardiff City,
Northampton,
Walsall
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1414 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Bob Taylor (Bristol City), 27 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Bristol Rovers 46 15 8 0 43 14 11 7 5 28 21 71 35 +36 93
2 Bristol City 46 15 5 3 40 16 12 5 6 36 24 76 40 +36 91
3 Notts County 46 17 4 2 40 18 8 8 7 33 35 73 53 +20 87 [notes4 1]
4 Tranmere Rovers 46 15 5 3 54 22 8 6 9 32 27 86 49 +37 80
5 Bury 46 11 7 5 35 19 10 4 9 35 30 70 49 +21 74
6 Bolton Wanderers 46 12 7 4 32 19 6 8 9 27 29 59 48 +11 69
7 Birmingham City 46 10 7 6 33 19 8 5 10 27 40 60 59 +1 66
8 Huddersfield Town 46 11 5 7 30 23 6 9 8 31 39 61 62 –1 65
9 Rotherham United 46 12 6 5 48 28 5 7 11 23 34 71 62 +9 64
10 Reading 46 10 9 4 33 21 5 10 8 24 32 57 53 +4 64
11 Shrewsbury Town 46 10 9 4 38 24 6 6 11 21 30 59 54 +5 63
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 8 5 32 24 5 9 9 24 29 56 54 +2 62
13 Brentford 46 11 4 8 41 31 7 3 13 25 35 66 66 ±0 61
14 Leyton Orient 46 9 6 8 28 24 7 4 12 24 32 52 56 –4 58
15 Mansfield Town 46 13 2 8 34 25 3 5 15 16 40 50 65 –15 55
16 Chester City 46 11 7 5 30 23 2 8 13 13 32 43 55 –12 54
17 Swansea City 46 10 6 7 25 27 4 6 13 20 36 45 63 –18 54
18 Wigan Athletic 46 10 6 7 29 22 3 8 12 19 42 48 64 –16 53
19 Preston North End 46 10 7 6 42 30 4 3 16 23 49 65 79 –14 52
20 Fulham 46 8 8 7 33 27 4 7 12 22 39 55 66 –11 51
21 Cardiff City 46 6 9 8 30 35 6 5 12 21 35 51 70 –19 50
22 Northampton 46 7 7 9 27 31 4 7 12 24 37 51 68 –17 47
23 Blackpool 46 8 6 9 29 33 2 10 11 20 40 49 73 –24 46
24 Walsall 46 6 8 9 23 30 3 6 14 17 42 40 72 –30 41
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Notts County were promoted through the play-offs.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated


Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR BLP BOL BRE BRI BRO BRY CAR CHR CRE FUL HUD LEY MAN NOR NTC PRE REA ROT SHR SWA TRA WAL WIG
Birmingham City 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–4 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 4–0 1–2 3–1 0–1 4–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0
Blackpool 3–2 2–1 4–0 1–3 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–3 1–3 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 0–3 4–3 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–2
Brentford 0–1 5–0 1–2 0–2 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 4–3 2–1 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 2–4 4–0 3–1
Bristol City 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 5–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–3 1–3 4–0 3–0
Bristol Rovers 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 4–2 3–2 3–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 6–1
Bury 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–3 0–0 6–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 1–2 4–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–2 2–2
Cardiff City 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–3 1–5 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–3 3–0 3–2 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–1
Chester 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–4 1–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 3–3 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–2
Fulham 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–2 2–5 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 5–2 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 4–0
Huddersfield Town 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–3 4–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0
Leyton Orient 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 3–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 3–1 4–1 1–1 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0
Mansfield Town 5–2 0–3 0–1 2–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–2 1–0
Northampton Town 2–2 4–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1
Notts County 3–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–4 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–2 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1
Preston North End 2–2 2–1 1–4 4–2 2–2 0–1 2–3 4–0 5–0 0–0 1–0 3–3 0–3 4–0 0–0 2–4 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1
Reading 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 6–0 3–2 3–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0
Rotherham United 5–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 1–3 4–0 5–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 5–2 0–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 4–2 3–2 0–0 2–2 1–2
Shrewsbury Town 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–0 0–1 2–3 3–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 3–3 4–2 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–3
Swansea City 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–5 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 3–2 4–2 1–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–6 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–0
Tranmere Rovers 5–1 4–2 1–3 2–2 6–0 1–2 2–4 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 2–0
Walsall 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–2
Wigan Athletic 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 4–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 1–3 3–0

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 play-offs[edit]

The semifinals were decided over two legs. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Three play-offs 1990.

  Semifinals
1st leg – 13 May; 2nd leg – 16 May 1990
Final at Wembley
27 May 1990
                     
3rd   Notts County 1 2 3  
6th  Bolton Wanderers 1 0 1  
    3rd  Notts County 2
  4th  Tranmere Rovers 0
4th  Tranmere Rovers 0 2 2
5th  Bury 0 0 0  

Third Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1989–1990

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1989–90
Champions Exeter City (1st title)
Promoted Cambridge United,
Grimsby Town,
Southend United
New club in the league Maidstone United (1897)
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1436 (2.6 per match)
Top goalscorer Brett Angell (Stockport County), 23 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Exeter City 46 20 3 0 50 14 8 2 13 33 34 83 48 +35 89
2 Grimsby Town 46 14 4 5 41 20 8 9 6 29 27 70 47 +23 79
3 Southend United 46 15 3 5 35 14 7 6 10 26 34 61 48 +13 75
4 Stockport County 46 13 6 4 45 27 8 5 10 23 35 68 62 +4 74
5 Maidstone United (1897) 46 14 4 5 49 21 8 3 12 28 40 77 61 +16 73
6 Cambridge United 46 14 3 6 45 30 7 7 9 31 36 86 66 +20 73 [notes5 1]
7 Chesterfield 46 12 9 2 41 19 7 5 11 22 31 63 50 +13 71
8 Carlisle United 46 15 4 4 38 20 6 4 13 23 40 61 50 +11 71
9 Peterborough United 46 10 8 5 35 23 7 9 7 24 23 59 46 +13 68
10 Lincoln City 46 11 6 6 30 27 7 8 8 18 21 48 48 ±0 68
11 Scunthorpe United 46 9 9 5 42 25 8 6 9 27 29 69 54 +15 66
12 Rochdale 46 11 4 8 28 23 9 2 12 24 32 52 55 –3 66
13 York City 46 10 5 8 29 24 6 11 6 26 29 55 53 +2 64
14 Gillingham 46 9 8 6 28 21 8 3 12 18 27 46 48 –2 62
15 Torquay United 46 12 2 9 33 29 3 10 10 20 37 53 66 –13 57
16 Burnley 46 6 10 7 19 18 8 4 11 26 37 45 55 –10 56
17 Hereford United 46 7 4 12 31 32 8 6 9 25 30 56 62 –6 55
18 Scarborough 46 10 5 8 35 28 5 5 13 25 45 60 73 –13 55
19 Hartlepool United 46 12 4 7 45 33 3 6 14 21 55 66 88 –22 55
20 Doncaster Rovers 46 7 7 9 29 29 7 2 14 24 31 53 60 –17 51
21 Wrexham 46 8 8 7 28 28 5 4 14 23 39 51 67 –16 51 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1990–91
First round
[6]
22 Aldershot 46 8 7 8 28 26 4 7 12 21 43 49 69 –20 50
23 Halifax Town 46 5 9 9 31 29 7 4 12 26 36 57 65 –8 49
24 Colchester United 46 9 3 11 26 25 2 7 14 22 50 48 75 –27 43
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Cambridge United were promoted through play-offs.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Welsh Cup runners-up, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
New club in the league, see Maidstone United (1897)
Relegated to Conference

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BUR CAM CRL CHS COL DON EXE GIL GRI HAL HAR HER LIN MAI PET ROC SCA SCU STD STP TOR WRE YOR
Aldershot 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 4–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 6–1 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–5 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–2
Burnley 0–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–3 1–1
Cambridge United 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 4–0 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 0–3 5–2 5–3 2–1 0–2 5–2 1–1 2–2
Carlisle United 1–3 1–1 3–1 4–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–1
Chesterfield 2–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 4–3 3–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1 3–0 0–0
Colchester United 1–0 1–2 1–2 4–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–3 0–2
Doncaster Rovers 0–1 2–3 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–4 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–3 4–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–2
Exeter City 2–0 2–1 3–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 5–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–1
Gillingham 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 3–3 3–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–3 5–0 0–3 0–2 1–0 0–0
Grimsby Town 2–1 4–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 4–2 0–0 5–1 3–0
Halifax Town 4–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 4–2 2–2
Hartlepool United 2–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 0–2 0–6 0–3 1–2 4–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 2–2 2–1 4–1 3–2 1–1 5–0 1–1 3–0 1–2
Hereford United 4–1 0–1 0–2 2–2 3–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 4–1 2–2 3–0 1–2 1–3 3–1 1–2 0–3 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2
Lincoln City 0–1 1–0 4–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–5 1–3 1–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–0
Maidstone United 5–1 1–2 2–2 5–2 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 5–1 2–0 1–0
Peterborough United 1–1 4–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 4–3 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1
Rochdale 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 5–2 1–0 3–2 1–2 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 0–1
Scarborough 1–0 4–2 1–1 2–1 2–3 2–2 1–2 1–2 0–1 3–1 2–3 4–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 1–3
Scunthorpe United 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–3 0–1 4–0 4–1 5–4 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–3 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 3–1 1–1
Southend United 5–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0
Stockport County 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–4 0–1 6–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 3–2 4–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–2
Torquay United 1–2 0–1 3–0 1–2 1–0 4–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–3 1–0 4–3 1–1 0–3 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–3 3–0 3–0 0–1 1–1
Wrexham 2–2 1–0 2–3 1–0 0–2 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 4–2 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 3–3 0–1 1–1 2–0
York City 2–2 1–3 4–2 0–1 4–0 3–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–3 1–1 1–0

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

Fourth Division play-offs[edit]

The semifinals were decided over two. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Four play-offs 1990.

  Semifinals
1st leg –13 May; 2nd leg –16 May 1990
Final at Wembley
26 May 1990
                     
4th  Stockport County 0 0 0  
7th  Chesterfield 4 2 6  
    7th  Chesterfield 0
  6th  Cambridge United 1
5th  Maidstone United (1897) 1 0 1
6th  Cambridge United 1 2 3  

Fourth Division maps[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1989–90". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b Liverpool were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985–86 on for 10 years, because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985, involving Liverpool
    fans. The ban was eventually lifted for the season 1991–92.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ Because of the 1985 UEFA ban, no English clubs played european matches between the 1985/86 and 1989/90 season, and England was therefore ranked as 25th for the 1990/91-season in Europe which gave England only 1 spot in UEFA Cup.
  5. ^ Nottingham Forest won the 1989 League Cup
  6. ^ Wrexham were runners-up in the Welsh Cup final, and since winners Hereford United are an English club, Wrexham were awarded the right to participate in
    the Cup Winners' Cup.