1990–91 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1990–91
Champions Arsenal

The 19901991 season was the 91st completed season of The Football League.

Overview[edit]

The First Division[edit]

Arsenal took their second league title in three seasons despite a season during which it often looked as though the good points would be outnumbered by the bad points. A player brawl in a league fixture against Manchester United in October saw Arsenal have two points deducted, and a few weeks later captain Tony Adams was given a four-month prison sentence for drink-driving (he ended up serving 8 weeks). But Arsenal managed to keep up a great run of form throughout the season and were crowned league champions having lost just one league game all season long.

Runners-up spot was achieved by Liverpool, who had led the table for much of the first half of the season but had been shell-shocked in February by the sudden resignation of manager Kenny Dalglish. Rangers boss Graeme Souness was brought in as his successor but was unable to bring a major trophy to Anfield. Third place in the league went to Crystal Palace, who occupied their highest-ever finish, but were denied qualification for the UEFA Cup due to Liverpool being readmitted to European competition a year earlier than anticipated.

Newly promoted Leeds United had a good season back in the First Division as they finished fourth but never really looked like challenging for the title. They did, however, reach the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they lost to Manchester United.

Down at the bottom end of the table, Derby County went down in bottom place with just five wins all season despite the 17 league goals of Welsh striker Dean Saunders, who was then sold to Liverpool. The final relegation place went to Sunderland on the last day of the season.

On 1 November, Everton had sacked manager Colin Harvey after three-and-a-half years at the helm. Manchester City’s Howard Kendall returned to Everton for his second spell as manager, with Harvey returning as assistant.

15 November saw two First Division clubs appoint player-managers. Peter Reid, 34, stepped up to the manager’s seat at Manchester City. Terry Butcher, still only 31, was recruited from Glasgow Rangers to take over from John Sillett at Coventry City, making him the youngest manager in the Football League.

Bobby Campbell quit his managerial duties at Chelsea at the end of his fourth season in charge, becoming personal assistant to chairman Ken Bates and handing over managerial duties to Ian Porterfield.

Jimmy Ryan was sacked by Luton Town just after achieving a second successive last-day escape from relegation. He was replaced by David Pleat, who had previously been at Kenilworth Road from 1978 to 1986.

Jozef Venglos left Aston Villa after one season to be succeeded by Sheffield Wednesday’s Ron Atkinson, who himself was succeeded by Trevor Francis.

Queen's Park Rangers sacked Don Howe at the end of the season, replacing him with Gerry Francis from Bristol Rovers.

Southampton’s Chris Nicholl was dismissed at the end of his sixth season with the club, being replaced by Crystal Palace coach Ian Branfoot.

The Second Division[edit]

Joe Royle’s cavalier Oldham Athletic side dramatically won the Second Division championship — an injury-time penalty completing a 3–2 come-from-behind win against Sheffield Wednesday in their final game, edging them the title from previous leaders West Ham United, who would be promoted as runners-up. Joining them were League Cup winners Sheffield Wednesday, who finished in third place. Neil Warnock guided Notts County to a second successive victory in the promotion play-offs.

Hull City struggled throughout the 1990–91 season and not even the appointment of new manager Terry Dolan could save their Second Division status. They were joined on the last day of the season by West Bromwich Albion, who went down to the Third Division for the first time in their history. Leicester City were saved from suffering the same humiliation by winning their final game of the season. Albion had sacked player-manager Brian Talbot in January following an FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league Woking, but his successor Bobby Gould was unable to save Albion from the dreaded drop.

Newly promoted Bristol Rovers attained their highest league finish in years, finishing 13th. But manager Gerry Francis then resigned to take over at Queen’s Park Rangers, handing over the reins to Martin Dobson, who was just weeks into his job as Northwich Victoria manager.

Jim Smith left Newcastle United in March after more than two years at the helm, making a swift return to management with Portsmouth as successor to Frank Burrows, while Ossie Ardiles was the new man in charge on Tyneside after leaving Swindon Town. 33-year-old Glenn Hoddle was named as Swindon’s new manager.

Colin Todd departed from Middlesbrough after their failure to succeed in the play-offs, being replaced by Lennie Lawrence who called time on nine years with Charlton Athletic, who appointed Alan Curbishley and Steve Gritt as joint player-managers.

David Pleat was sacked by Leicester City in February, with Gordon Lee taking charge until the end of the season and being replaced by Brian Little.

The Third Division[edit]

Champions Cambridge United, runners-up Southend United and third-placed Grimsby Town occupied the automatic promotion places and all achieved second successive promotions. The fourth promotion place went to playoff winners Tranmere Rovers, who ended a 53-year absence from the Second Division and made it clear they were prepared to stay there when they signed ex-Liverpool striker John Aldridge.

Going down to the Fourth Division were Crewe Alexandra, Rotherham United and Mansfield Town.

Dave Mackay was sacked by Birmingham City in January, with Lou Macari taking over until the end of the season before replacing Alan Ball at Stoke City. Birmingham then turned to Exeter’s Terry Cooper, who replaced him with Alan Ball.

Reading sacked Ian Porterfield after 18 months in charge, and signed Newcastle striker Mark McGhee as player-manager.

Leyton Orient manager Frank Clark stepped up to the role of Managing Director at the end of the season, with Peter Eustace being appointed Head Coach.

The Fourth Division[edit]

Brian Little’s Darlington won the Fourth Division championship to earn a second successive promotion, while the other four promotion places went to Stockport County, Hartlepool United, Peterborough United and Torquay United. Torquay were the eventual winners, beating Blackpool in a penalty shootout.

Wrexham finished bottom of the league for the first time since 1965–66, but due to League expansion they avoided relegation into the Conference.

Brian Little left Darlington just after their promotion success, taking over at Leicester City, leaving Frank Gray to pick up the pieces at the Feethams.

Manager Cyril Knowles departed from Hartlepool on sick leave three months before their promotion, with player-coach Alan Murray overseeing the final stages of the campaign. Murray took over on a permanent basis when Knowles confirmed that he would be unable to return to the club following brain surgery.

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,[1] with home and away statistics separated.

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1990–91
Champions Arsenal (10th English title)
Relegated Derby County
Sunderland
European Cup 1991–92 Arsenal
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
Tottenham Hotspur (8th FA Cup title)
Manchester United (defending champions)
UEFA Cup 1991–92 Liverpool [2]
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1051 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorer Alan Smith (Arsenal), 22 [3]
Biggest home win Nottingham Forest – Chelsea 7–0 (20 Apr 1991)
Biggest away win Derby County – Liverpool 1–7 (23 Mar 1991)
Highest scoring Derby County – Chelsea 4–6 (15 Dec 1990)
Longest winning run Liverpool (8 games)
Longest unbeaten run Arsenal (23 games)
Longest losing run Queens Park Rangers (8 games)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Arsenal 38 15 4 0 51 10 9 9 1 23 8 74 18 +56 83 European Cup 1991–92
First round
2 Liverpool 38 14 3 2 42 13 9 4 6 35 27 77 40 +37 76 UEFA Cup 1991–92
First round
3 Crystal Palace 38 11 6 2 26 17 9 3 7 24 24 50 41 +9 69 [2]
4 Leeds United 38 12 2 5 46 23 7 5 7 19 24 65 47 +18 64 [2]
5 Manchester City 38 12 3 4 35 25 5 8 6 29 28 64 53 +11 62
6 Manchester United 38 11 4 4 34 17 5 8 6 24 28 58 45 +13 59 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
First round
[notes 1]
7 Wimbledon 38 8 6 5 28 22 6 8 5 25 24 53 46 +7 56
8 Nottingham Forest 38 11 4 4 42 21 3 8 8 23 29 65 50 +15 54
9 Everton 38 9 5 5 26 15 4 7 8 24 31 50 46 +4 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 9 2 35 22 3 7 9 16 28 51 50 +1 49 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1991–92
Qualifying round
[notes 2]
11 Chelsea 38 10 6 3 33 25 3 4 12 25 44 58 69 – 11 49
12 Queens Park Rangers 38 8 5 6 27 22 4 5 10 17 31 44 53 – 9 46
13 Sheffield United 38 9 3 7 23 23 4 4 11 13 32 36 55 – 19 46
14 Southampton 38 9 6 4 33 22 3 3 13 25 47 58 69 – 11 45
15 Norwich City 38 9 3 7 27 32 4 3 12 14 32 41 64 – 23 45
16 Coventry City 38 10 6 3 30 16 1 5 13 12 33 42 49 – 7 44
17 Aston Villa 38 7 9 3 29 25 2 5 12 17 33 46 58 – 12 41
18 Luton Town 38 7 5 7 22 18 3 2 14 20 43 42 61 – 19 37
19 Sunderland 38 6 6 7 15 16 2 4 13 23 44 38 60 – 22 34
20 Derby County 38 3 8 8 25 36 2 1 16 12 39 37 75 – 38 24
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  • Arsenal deducted two points; Manchester United deducted one point due to a brawl in a game between both teams.
  1. ^ Manchester United qualified as defending champions of the Cup Winners' Cup.
  2. ^ Tottenham Hotspur were this season's FA Cup winners.
Key
League Champions, qualified for the European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST CHE COV CPA DER EVE LEE LIV LUT MNC MNU NOR NOT QPR SHE SOT SUN TOT WDN
Arsenal 5–0 4–1 6–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–2
Aston Villa 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–5 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–2 1–2
Chelsea 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 4–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–2 3–2 0–0
Coventry City 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 0–0
Crystal Palace 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 1–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–3
Derby County 0–2 0–2 4–6 1–1 0–2 2–3 0–1 1–7 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 6–2 3–3 0–1 1–1
Everton 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–3 2–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–2
Leeds United 2–2 5–2 4–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 4–5 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–0 3–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 5–0 0–2 3–0
Liverpool 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 3–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–1
Luton Town 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 3–4 1–2 0–0 0–1
Manchester City 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–3 0–3 3–0 3–3 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–3 3–2 2–1 1–1
Manchester United 0–1 1–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–1
Norwich City 0–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 0–3 2–6 1–0 3–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 0–4
Nottingham Forest 0–2 2–2 7–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 4–3 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 6–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–2 0–0 0–1
Sheffield United 0–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 4–1 0–2 2–2 1–2
Southampton 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–1 2–3 0–1 3–4 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–1
Sunderland 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 3–3 0–0 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 3–3 4–2
Wimbledon 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 5–1

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]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1990–1991

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1990–91
Champions Oldham Athletic (1st title)
Promoted Notts County,
Sheffield Wednesday,
West Ham United
Relegated Hull City,
West Bromwich Albion
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1481 (2.68 per match)
Top goalscorer Teddy Sheringham (Millwall), 38 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Oldham Athletic 46 17 5 1 55 21 8 8 7 28 32 83 53 +30 88
2 West Ham United 46 15 6 2 41 18 9 9 5 19 16 60 34 +26 87
3 Sheffield Wednesday 46 12 10 1 43 23 10 6 7 37 28 80 51 +29 82 [notes2 1][2]
4 Notts County 46 14 4 5 45 28 9 7 7 31 27 76 55 +21 80 [notes2 2]
5 Millwall 46 11 6 6 43 28 9 7 7 27 23 70 51 +19 73
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 12 4 7 37 31 9 3 11 26 38 63 69 – 6 70
7 Middlesbrough 46 12 4 7 36 17 8 5 10 30 30 66 47 +19 69
8 Barnsley 46 13 7 3 39 16 6 5 12 24 32 63 48 +15 69
9 Bristol City 46 14 5 4 44 28 6 2 15 24 43 68 71 – 3 67
10 Oxford United 46 10 9 4 41 29 4 10 9 28 37 69 66 +3 61
11 Newcastle United 46 8 10 5 24 22 6 7 10 25 34 49 56 – 7 59
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 11 6 6 45 35 2 13 8 18 28 63 63 ±0 58
13 Bristol Rovers 46 11 7 5 29 20 4 6 13 27 39 56 59 – 3 58
14 Ipswich Town 46 9 8 6 32 28 4 10 9 28 40 60 68 – 8 57
15 Port Vale 46 10 4 9 32 24 5 8 10 24 40 56 64 – 8 57
16 Charlton Athletic 46 8 7 8 27 25 5 10 8 30 36 57 61 – 4 56
17 Portsmouth 46 10 6 7 34 27 4 5 14 24 43 58 70 – 12 53
18 Plymouth Argyle 46 10 10 3 36 20 2 7 14 18 48 54 78 – 24 53
19 Blackburn Rovers 46 8 6 9 26 27 6 4 13 25 39 51 66 – 15 52
20 Watford 46 5 8 10 24 32 7 7 9 21 27 45 59 – 14 51
21 Swindon Town 46 8 6 9 31 30 4 8 11 34 43 65 73 – 8 50
22 Leicester City 46 12 4 7 41 33 2 4 17 19 50 60 83 – 23 50
23 West Bromwich Albion 46 7 11 5 26 21 3 7 13 26 40 52 61 – 9 48
24 Hull City 46 6 10 7 35 32 4 5 14 22 53 57 85 – 28 45
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Sheffield Wednesday were promoted to the First Division. They were also this season's League Cup winners but did not
    earn a place in the UEFA Cup.
  2. ^ Notts County won the play-offs and were promoted.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
League Cup winners, not qualified for UEFA Cup, but promoted
Participated in play-offs
Promoted through play-offs
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLB B&H BRI BRO CHA HUL IPS LEI MID MIL NEW NTC OLD OXF PLY PVA POR SHW SWI WAT WBA WHU WOL
Barnsley 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 5–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 5–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1
Blackburn Rovers 1–2 1–2 0–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–3 3–1 1–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 3–1 2–1 3–0 2–4 0–0 4–2 0–0 1–2 0–3 3–2 1–2 3–2 0–4 3–3 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Bristol City 1–0 4–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 4–1 4–2 1–0 3–0 1–4 1–0 3–2 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–4 3–2 2–0 1–1 1–1
Bristol Rovers 2–1 1–2 1–3 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1
Charlton Athletic 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 3–3 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–0
Hull City 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 3–3 5–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 3–3 2–0 3–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2
Ipswich Town 2–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 2–1 4–4 2–0 3–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0
Leicester City 2–1 1–3 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–2 0–1 1–2 4–3 1–2 5–4 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–4 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–0
Middlesbrough 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 6–0 2–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–2 3–2 0–0 2–0
Millwall 4–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 4–1 1–2 2–0 4–2 1–0 0–2 4–1 1–1 2–1
Newcastle United 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 3–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0
Notts County 2–3 4–1 2–1 3–2 3–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 0–2 3–2 0–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 4–3 0–1 1–1
Oldham Athletic 2–0 1–1 6–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 5–3 2–0 3–1 3–2 3–2 4–1 2–1 1–1 4–1
Oxford United 2–0 0–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–5 0–0 0–0 3–3 5–1 0–0 5–2 1–0 2–2 2–4 0–1 1–3 2–1 1–1
Plymouth Argyle 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 4–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0
Port Vale 0–1 3–0 0–1 3–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 3–1 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 5–1 3–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–2
Portsmouth 0–0 3–2 1–0 4–1 3–1 0–1 5–1 1–1 3–1 0–3 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–4 1–1 3–1 2–4 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0
Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 5–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–2
Swindon Town 1–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 5–2 1–3 0–0 3–2 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–0
Watford 0–0 0–3 0–1 2–3 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–2 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1
West Ham United 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 7–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–5 2–3 2–3 4–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 0–2 2–3 3–3 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 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.

Second Division play-offs[edit]

The semifinals were decided over two legs, and only the aggregates are given in the schemata below. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Two play-offs 1991.

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 19; 2nd leg – May 22, 1991
Final at Wembley
June 2, 1991
                     
4th  Notts County 1 1 2  
7th  Middlesbrough 1 0 1  
    4th  Notts County 3
  6th  Brighton & Hove Albion 1
5th  Millwall 1 1 2
6th  Brighton & Hove Albion 4 2 5  

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1990–1991

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1990–91
Champions Cambridge United (1st title)
Promoted Grimsby Town,
Southend United,
Tranmere Rovers
Relegated Crewe Alexandra,
Mansfield Town,
Rotherham United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1363 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Brett Angell (Southend United), 26;
Tony Philliskirk (Bolton Wanderers), 26 [3]

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR BOL BOU BRA BRE BRY CAM CHR CRE EXE FUL GRI HUD LEY MAN PRE REA ROT SHR STD STO SWA TRA WIG
Birmingham City 1–3 0–0 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 4–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 2–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–1
Bournemouth 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 4–2 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–3
Bradford City 2–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 0–2 2–2 4–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–4 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–1
Brentford 2–2 4–2 0–0 6–1 2–2 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–0
Bury 0–1 2–2 2–4 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–2
Cambridge United 0–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 3–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 4–1 3–1 1–4 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–3
Chester 0–1 0–2 0–0 4–2 1–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–2
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–0 3–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–3 1–0
Exeter City 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–3 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
Fulham 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 4–1 2–1 3–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2
Grimsby Town 0–0 0–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 4–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 4–3
Huddersfield Town 0–1 4–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 4–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–0
Leyton Orient 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–0 3–2 0–1 0–2 3–0 4–0 1–1
Mansfield Town 1–2 4–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–3 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–1
Preston North End 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 5–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 4–3 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–4 2–1
Reading 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 3–3 2–0 1–2 2–4 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–1
Rotherham United 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–3 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–4 3–1 1–4 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 5–1
Shrewsbury Town 4–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 3–0 0–3 0–1 5–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–0
Southend United 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 0–2
Stoke City 0–1 2–2 1–3 2–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0
Swansea City 2–0 1–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 5–0 0–1 1–4 2–1 1–1 1–6
Tranmere Rovers 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 6–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–1
Wigan Athletic 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 4–1 4–0 2–4 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.

Third Division play-offs[edit]

The semifinals were decided over two legs, and only the aggregates are given in the schemata below. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Three play-offs 1991.

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 19; 2nd leg – May 22, 1991
Final at Wembley
June 1, 1991
                     
4th  Bolton Wanderers 1 1 2  
7th  Bury 1 0 1  
    4th  Bolton Wanderers 0
  5th  Tranmere Rovers (a.e.t.) 1
5th  Tranmere Rovers 2 1 3
6th  Brentford 2 0 2  

Third Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1990–1991

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1990–91
Champions Darlington (1st title)
Promoted Hartlepool United,
Peterborough United,
Stockport County,
Torquay United
Relegated to Conference None
New club in the league Maidstone United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1415 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Norris (Halifax Town), 35 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Darlington 46 13 8 2 36 14 9 9 5 32 24 68 38 +30 83
2 Stockport County 46 16 6 1 54 19 7 7 9 30 28 84 47 +37 82
3 Hartlepool United 46 15 5 3 35 15 9 5 9 32 33 67 48 +19 82
4 Peterborough United 46 13 9 1 38 15 8 8 7 29 30 67 45 +22 80
5 Blackpool 46 17 3 3 55 17 6 7 10 23 30 78 47 +31 79
6 Burnley 46 17 5 1 46 16 6 5 12 24 35 70 51 +19 79
7 Torquay United 46 14 7 2 37 13 4 11 8 27 34 64 47 +17 72 [notes4 1]
8 Scunthorpe United 46 17 4 2 51 20 3 7 13 20 42 71 62 +9 71
9 Scarborough 46 13 5 5 36 21 6 7 10 23 35 59 56 +3 69
10 Northampton 46 14 5 4 34 21 4 8 11 23 37 57 58 – 1 67
11 Doncaster Rovers 46 12 5 6 36 22 5 9 9 20 24 56 46 +20 65
12 Rochdale 46 10 9 4 29 22 5 8 10 21 31 50 53 – 3 62
13 Cardiff City 46 10 6 7 26 23 5 9 9 17 31 43 54 – 11 60
14 Lincoln City 46 10 7 6 32 27 4 10 9 18 34 50 61 – 11 59
15 Gillingham 46 9 9 5 35 27 3 9 11 22 33 57 60 54
16 Walsall 46 7 12 4 25 17 5 5 13 23 34 48 51 – 3 53
17 Hereford United 46 9 10 4 32 19 4 4 15 21 39 53 58 – 5 53
18 Chesterfield 46 8 12 3 33 26 5 2 16 14 36 47 62 – 15 53
19 Maidstone United 46 9 5 9 42 34 4 7 12 24 37 66 71 – 5 51
20 Carlisle United 46 12 3 8 30 30 1 6 16 17 59 47 89 – 42 48
21 York City 46 8 6 9 21 23 3 7 13 24 34 45 57 – 12 46
22 Halifax Town 46 9 6 8 34 29 3 4 16 25 50 59 79 – 20 46
23 Aldershot 46 8 7 8 38 43 2 4 17 23 58 61 102 – 41 41
24 Wrexham 46 8 7 8 33 34 2 3 18 15 40 48 74 – 26 40
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Torquay United 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, see Darlington
Relegated to Conference (none)

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BLP BUR CAR CRL CHS DAR DON GIL HAL HAR HER LIN MAI NOR PET ROC SCA SCU STP TOR WAL WRE YOR
Aldershot 1–4 1–2 0–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–5 1–0 0–3 4–3 3–3 5–0 2–2 2–2 3–2 2–2 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–1
Blackpool 4–2 1–2 3–0 6–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0 5–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–0
Burnley 3–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–0
Cardiff City 1–3 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–3 3–3 0–2 1–0 2–1
Carlisle United 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–2 2–3 0–4 0–3 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 4–1 0–3 1–0 3–1 0–3 2–0 1–0
Chesterfield 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 4–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–2
Darlington 3–1 1–1 3–1 4–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Doncaster Rovers 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 2–3 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2
Gillingham 1–1 2–2 3–2 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–0 2–3 0–0
Halifax Town 3–0 5–3 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–4 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–1 5–2 2–0 2–1
Hartlepool United 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–2 4–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–1
Hereford United 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 4–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 4–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 3–3 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–0
Lincoln City 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 6–2 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 1–2 0–3 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–1
Maidstone United 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–1 3–1 5–1 1–4 1–1 4–1 1–3 2–0 0–1 0–1 6–1 2–3 2–2 1–3 0–2 5–4
Northampton Town 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–4 5–0 1–0 2–1
Peterborough United 3–2 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 2–0
Rochdale 4–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–3 1–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–0 2–1
Scarborough 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 4–2 2–2
Scunthorpe United 6–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 4–4 2–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–1
Stockport County 3–2 0–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–3 4–2 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–2 5–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–0
Torquay United 5–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1
Walsall 2–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–2 2–2 1–0 1–1
Wrexham 4–2 0–1 2–4 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–4
York City 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–3 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–4 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–0

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 play-offs[edit]

The semifinals were decided over two legs, and only the aggregates are given in the schemata below. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Four play-offs 1991.

  Semifinals
1st leg – May 19; 2nd leg – May 22, 1991
Final at Wembley
May 31, 1991
                     
5th  Blackpool 1 2 3  
8th  Scunthorpe United 1 1 2  
    5th  Blackpool 2 (4)
  7th  Torquay United (pen.) 2 (5)
6th  Burnley 0 1 1
7th  Torquay United 2 0 2  

Fourth Division maps[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1990–91". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d Because of the 1985 UEFA ban, no English clubs played in European competition between the 1985–86 and 1989–90 seasons, and England were therefore ranked 33rd in the UEFA coefficients for the 1991–92 season in Europe, which gave England only one UEFA Cup spot.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.