1973–74 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1973–74
Champions Leeds United

The 19731974 season was the 75th completed season of The Football League.

Don Revie marked his last season as Leeds United's manager by guiding them to league championship glory, before taking over from Sir Alf Ramsey as the England national football team manager, with England having failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup. Revie's conquering side had a two-horse race with Liverpool all season but won in the end, taking the title for the second time in their history by five points. Newly promoted Burnley adapted well to life back in the top flight, finishing in sixth place.

Manchester United were relegated from the First Division just six years after winning the European Cup at the end of a traumatic season. Their 36-year stay at the top was finally ended by a 1-0 home defeat against Manchester City. Former United striker Denis Law scored City's winning goal. But Birmingham City's win on that same afternoon would have sent United down even if they had beaten City. Despite this the board kept faith in manager Tommy Docherty as the man to regain the club's top flight place.

Joining United in the Second Division were Norwich City and Southampton. This was the first season in which the League introduced three relegation places from the top division.

Former Leeds player Jack Charlton had a fine debut in management by guiding Middlesbrough to the Second Division title and a place in the First Division. Second in the table were Luton Town, who finished 15 points behind the runaway champions. Third-placed Carlisle United, managed by Alan Ashman (who won the FA Cup with West Bromwich Albion in 1968), gained a place in the First Division for the first, and so far only, time in their history, completing a rapid rise from the Fourth Division to the First Division. Crystal Palace, Preston North End and Swindon Town were all relegated.

Promotion from the Third Division was secured by champions Oldham Athletic, Bristol Rovers and York City, which at the time represented York's highest ever League finish. Cambridge United, Shrewsbury Town, Southport and Rochdale were all relegated.

Peterborough United won Division Four and were promoted along with Gillingham, Colchester United and Bury. The league's re-election system voted in favour of the bottom four league clubs and there were no departures or arrivals in the league in 1974.

Final league tables and results[edit]

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[2] with home and away statistics separated.

Beginning with the season 1894–95, clubs finishing level on points were separated according to goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), or more properly put, goal ratio. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season.

Since the goal average was used for this purpose for such a long time, it is presented in the tables below even for the seasons prior to 1894–95, and since the goal difference is a more informative piece of information for a modern reader than the goal average, the goal difference is added in this presentation after the goal average.

Re-election: During the first five seasons of the league, that is, until the season 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league. From the 1922–23 season on it was required of the bottom two teams of both Third Division North and Third Division South. Since the Fourth Division was established in the 1958–59 season, the re-election process has concerned the bottom four clubs in that division.[2]

Match results are drawn from Rothmans for all divisions.[2]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1973–74
Champions Leeds United (2nd English title)
Relegated Manchester United,
Norwich City,
Southampton
European Cup 1974–75 Leeds United
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1974–75
Liverpool (2nd FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1974–75 Derby County
Ipswich Town,
Stoke City,
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1107 (2.4 per match)
Top goalscorer Mick Channon (Southampton), 21 [3]
Biggest home win IpswichSouthampton 7–0 (2 Feb 1974)
Biggest away win NorwichArsenal 0–4 (15 Sep 1973)
Highest scoring DerbySouthampton 6–2 (22 Sep 1973)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Leeds United 42 12 8 1 38 18 12 6 3 28 13 66 31 2.129 +35 62 European Cup 1974–75
First round
2 Liverpool 42 18 2 1 34 11 4 11 6 18 20 52 31 1.677 +21 57 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1974–75
First round
3 Derby County 42 13 7 1 40 16 4 7 10 12 26 52 42 1.238 +10 48 UEFA Cup 1974–75
First round
4 Ipswich Town 42 10 7 4 38 21 8 4 9 29 37 67 58 1.155 +9 47 UEFA Cup 1974–75
First round
5 Stoke City 42 13 6 2 39 15 2 10 9 15 27 54 42 1.286 +12 46 UEFA Cup 1974–75
First round
6 Burnley 42 10 9 2 29 16 6 5 10 27 37 56 53 1.057 +3 46
7 Everton 42 12 7 2 29 14 4 5 12 21 34 50 48 1.042 +2 44
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 8 10 3 30 17 5 7 9 26 35 56 52 1.077 +4 43
9 Leicester City 42 10 7 4 35 17 3 9 9 16 24 51 41 1.244 +10 42
10 Arsenal 42 9 7 5 23 16 5 7 9 26 35 49 51 0.961 –2 42
11 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 4 8 26 27 5 10 6 19 23 45 50 0.900 –5 42
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 11 6 4 30 18 2 9 10 19 31 49 49 1.000 ±0 41 UEFA Cup 1974–75
First round
[nb 1]
13 Sheffield United 42 7 7 7 25 22 7 5 9 19 27 44 49 0.898 –5 40
14 Manchester City 42 10 7 4 25 17 4 5 12 14 29 39 46 0.848 –7 40
15 Newcastle United 42 9 6 6 28 21 4 6 11 21 27 49 48 1.021 +1 38
16 Coventry City 42 10 5 6 25 18 4 5 12 18 36 43 54 0.796 –11 38
17 Chelsea 42 9 4 8 36 29 3 9 9 20 31 56 60 0.933 –4 37
18 West Ham United 42 7 7 7 36 32 4 8 9 19 28 55 60 0.917 –5 37
19 Birmingham City 42 10 7 4 30 21 2 6 13 22 43 52 64 0.813 –12 37
20 Southampton 42 8 10 3 30 20 3 4 14 17 48 47 68 0.691 –21 36
21 Manchester United 42 7 7 7 23 20 3 5 13 15 28 38 48 0.792 –10 32
22 Norwich City 42 6 9 6 25 27 1 6 14 12 35 37 62 0.597 –25 29

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

  1. ^ Wolverhampton Wanderers were winners of this season's League Cup.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS BIR BUR CHE COV DER EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MNC MNU NEW NOR QPR SHE SOT STO TOT WHU WOL
Arsenal 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–2
Birmingham City 3–1 2–2 2–4 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–3 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 2–1
Burnley 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–1
Chelsea 1–3 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–2 3–2 0–1 1–0 1–3 1–0 3–0 3–3 1–2 4–0 0–1 0–0 2–4 2–2
Coventry City 3–3 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0
Derby County 1–1 1–1 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 4–1 6–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0
Everton 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1
Ipswich Town 2–2 3–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 7–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 2–0
Leeds United 3–1 3–0 1–4 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 4–1
Leicester City 2–0 3–3 2–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 2–1 5–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–2
Liverpool 0–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–0
Manchester City 1–2 3–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1
Manchester United 1–1 1–0 3–3 2–2 2–3 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–0
Newcastle United 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 5–1 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–3 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–0
Norwich City 0–4 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–4 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 1–1
Queens Park Rangers 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–3 3–1 0–0 0–0
Sheffield United 5–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–2 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–0
Southampton 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1
Stoke City 0–0 5–2 4–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 2–3
Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 4–2 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–3
West Ham United 1–3 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–3 0–0 4–3 3–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 4–2 2–3 2–2 4–1 0–2 0–1 0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–4 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ 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 1973–1974


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1973–74
Champions Middlesbrough (3rd title)
Promoted Carlisle United,
Luton Town
Relegated Crystal Palace,
Preston North End,
Swindon Town
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1106 (2.39 per match)
Top goalscorer Duncan McKenzie (Nottingham Forest), 26 [3]
Biggest home win MiddlesbroughSheffield Wednesday 8–0 (20 Apr 1974)
Biggest away win Notts CountySheffield Wednesday 1–5 (9 Mar 1974)
FulhamMiddlesbrough 0–4 (9 Mar 1974)
West BromMiddlesbrough 0–4 (16 mar 1974)
Highest scoring MiddlesbroughSheffield Wednesday 8–0 (20 Apr 1974)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Middlesbrough 42 16 4 1 40 8 11 7 3 37 22 77 30 2.567 +47 65
2 Luton Town 42 12 5 4 42 25 7 7 7 22 26 64 51 1.255 +13 50
3 Carlisle United 42 13 5 3 40 17 7 4 10 21 31 61 48 1.271 +13 49
4 Orient 42 9 8 4 28 17 6 10 5 27 25 55 42 1.310 +13 48
5 Blackpool 42 11 5 5 35 17 6 8 7 22 23 57 40 1.425 +17 47
6 Sunderland 42 11 6 4 32 15 8 3 10 26 29 58 44 1.318 +14 47
7 Nottingham Forest 42 12 6 3 40 19 3 9 9 17 24 57 43 1.326 +14 45
8 West Bromwich Albion 42 8 9 4 28 24 6 7 8 20 21 48 45 1.067 +3 44
9 Hull City 42 9 9 3 25 15 4 8 9 21 32 46 47 0.979 –1 43
10 Notts County 42 8 6 7 30 35 7 7 7 25 25 55 60 0.917 –5 43
11 Bolton Wanderers 42 12 5 4 30 17 3 7 11 14 23 44 40 1.100 +4 42
12 Millwall 42 10 6 5 28 16 4 8 9 23 35 51 51 1.000 ±0 42
13 Fulham 42 11 4 6 26 20 5 6 10 13 23 39 43 0.907 –4 42
14 Aston Villa 42 8 9 4 33 21 5 6 10 15 24 48 45 1.067 +3 41
15 Portsmouth 42 9 8 4 26 16 5 4 12 19 46 45 62 0.726 –17 40
16 Bristol City 42 9 5 7 25 20 5 5 11 22 34 47 54 0.870 –7 38
17 Cardiff City 42 8 7 6 27 20 2 9 10 22 42 49 62 0.790 –13 36 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1974–75
First round
18 Oxford United 42 8 8 5 27 21 2 8 11 8 25 35 46 0.761 –11 36
19 Sheffield Wednesday 42 9 6 6 33 24 3 5 13 18 39 51 63 0.810 –12 35
20 Crystal Palace 42 6 7 8 24 24 5 5 11 19 32 43 56 0.768 –13 34
21 Preston North End 42 7 8 6 24 23 2 6 13 16 39 40 62 0.645 –22 31 [nb 1]
22 Swindon Town 42 6 7 8 22 27 1 4 16 14 45 36 72 0.500 –36 25

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

  1. ^ Preston North End had one point deducted for fielding an ineligible player.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AST BLP BOL BRI CAR CRL CPA FUL HUL LUT MID MIL NOT NTC ORI OXF POR PRE SHW SUN SWI WBA
Aston Villa 0–1 1–1 2–2 5–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–3
Blackpool 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 5–0 3–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 2–3
Bolton Wanderers 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 4–0 0–2 4–2 1–0 2–0 1–1
Bristol City 0–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 5–2 1–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1
Cardiff City 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–0 3–2 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 4–1 2–1 0–1
Carlisle United 2–0 2–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–0 5–1 0–1
Crystal Palace 0–0 1–2 0–0 3–1 3–3 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 2–3 1–1 0–1 1–4 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 4–2 1–0
Fulham 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–3 0–0 2–1 0–4 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–3 3–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 0–2 4–1 0–0
Hull City 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0
Luton Town 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 6–1 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 3–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 3–3 4–2 2–1 3–4 2–1 0–2
Middlesbrough 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–2 1–0 3–0 3–0 8–0 2–1 2–1 0–0
Millwall 1–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 5–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–0
Nottingham Forest 1–2 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 4–0 5–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–4
Notts County 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–3 1–3 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–2 3–3 0–1 2–4 0–0 4–0 2–1 1–5 1–4 2–0 1–0
Orient 1–1 3–2 3–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–0
Oxford United 2–1 2–2 0–2 5–0 4–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0
Portsmouth 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1
Preston North End 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–4 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1
Sheffield Wednesday 2–4 0–0 1–0 3–1 5–0 1–0 4–0 0–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 3–1
Sunderland 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 4–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 4–1 1–1
Swindon Town 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–3 0–0 1–4 2–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 0–2 1–0
West Bromwich Albion 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–4 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ 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 1973–1974


Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1973–74
Champions Oldham Athletic (1st title)
Promoted Bristol Rovers,
York City
Relegated Cambridge United,
Rochdale,
Shrewsbury Town,
Southport
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1362 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Billy Jennings (Watford), 26 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Oldham Athletic 46 13 6 4 50 23 12 6 5 33 24 83 47 1.766 +36 62
2 Bristol Rovers 46 15 6 2 37 15 7 11 5 28 18 65 33 1.970 +32 61
3 York City 46 13 8 2 37 15 8 11 4 30 23 67 38 1.763 +29 61
4 Wrexham 46 15 6 2 44 15 7 6 10 19 28 63 43 1.465 +20 56
5 Chesterfield 46 14 6 3 31 16 7 8 8 24 26 55 42 1.310 +13 56
6 Grimsby Town 46 14 6 3 48 21 4 9 10 19 29 67 50 1.340 +17 51
7 Watford 46 12 6 5 34 21 7 6 10 30 35 64 56 1.143 +8 50
8 Aldershot 46 13 6 4 47 22 6 5 12 18 30 65 52 1.250 +13 49
9 Halifax Town 46 9 11 3 23 15 5 10 8 25 36 48 51 0.941 –3 49
10 Huddersfield Town 46 14 5 4 37 16 3 8 12 19 39 56 55 1.018 +1 47
11 Bournemouth 46 11 5 7 25 23 5 10 8 29 35 54 58 0.931 –4 47
12 Southend United 46 10 7 6 40 30 6 7 10 22 32 62 62 1.000 ±0 46
13 Blackburn Rovers 46 13 4 6 38 21 5 6 12 24 43 62 64 0.969 –2 46
14 Charlton Athletic 46 13 5 5 43 29 6 3 14 23 44 66 73 0.904 –7 46
15 Walsall 46 11 7 5 37 19 5 6 12 20 29 57 48 1.188 +9 45
16 Tranmere Rovers 46 10 8 5 31 15 5 7 11 19 29 50 44 1.136 +6 45
17 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 6 4 37 17 4 4 15 22 37 59 54 1.093 +5 44
18 Hereford United 46 10 5 8 31 25 4 10 9 22 32 53 57 0.930 –4 43
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 10 3 10 31 31 6 8 9 21 27 52 58 0.897 –4 43
20 Port Vale 46 12 6 5 37 23 2 8 13 15 35 52 58 0.897 –4 42
21 Cambridge United 46 11 7 5 36 27 2 2 19 12 54 48 81 0.593 –23 35
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 7 7 9 24 24 3 4 16 17 38 41 62 0.661 –21 31
23 Southport 46 4 14 5 19 20 2 2 19 16 62 35 82 0.427 –47 28
24 Rochdale 46 1 12 10 24 38 1 5 17 14 56 38 94 0.404 –56 21

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

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BLB BOU B&H BRO CAM CHA CHS GRI HAL HER HUD OLD PLY PVA ROC SHR STD SOU TRA WAL WAT WRE YOR
Aldershot 4–0 1–3 0–1 2–3 6–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 4–0 2–2 3–3 4–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 5–1 2–2
Blackburn Rovers 1–2 4–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–2 5–0 1–2 4–0
Bournemouth 3–0 1–2 0–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–3 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–3
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–1 3–0 0–2 2–8 4–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–3 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0
Bristol Rovers 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–0
Cambridge United 1–2 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 4–2 3–3 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–0
Charlton Athletic 2–0 4–3 0–0 0–4 1–1 2–0 3–3 2–1 5–2 2–0 2–1 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 3–3 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–3 0–0 2–4
Chesterfield 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 4–2 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 0–2
Grimsby Town 1–0 4–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 5–0 1–1 4–1 1–3 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 5–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–2
Halifax Town 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 2–1
Hereford United 0–2 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 3–4 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–0
Huddersfield Town 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 5–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–1
Oldham Athletic 2–0 2–3 4–2 0–1 1–1 6–1 0–2 0–0 3–1 3–2 1–1 6–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 6–0 2–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 2–1
Plymouth Argyle 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 5–0 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–2
Port Vale 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 4–2 3–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–2
Rochdale 2–2 1–2 3–3 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–3 0–0 1–3
Shrewsbury Town 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 2–0 3–3 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–0 3–2 0–1 0–2
Southend 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–3 4–1 1–2 2–1 5–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 3–3
Southport 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Tranmere 0–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 0–0 5–2 2–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–0
Walsall 3–2 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 3–0 0–0
Watford 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–3 2–1 4–0 1–0 1–0 4–0 4–2 1–3 2–0 1–1
Wrexham 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–1 5–0 0–0 1–2 5–2 0–0 3–0 3–1 5–1 3–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
York City 3–1 1–0 4–1 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–0

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ 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]

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Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1973–1974


Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1973–74
Champions Peterborough United (2nd title)
Promoted Bury,
Colchester United,
Gillingham
Failed re-election None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1362 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer Brian Yeo (Gillingham), 31 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Peterborough United 46 19 4 0 49 10 8 7 8 26 28 75 38 1.974 +37 65
2 Gillingham 46 16 5 2 51 16 9 7 7 39 33 90 49 1.837 +41 62
3 Colchester United 46 16 5 2 46 14 8 7 8 27 22 73 36 2.028 +37 60
4 Bury 46 18 3 2 51 14 6 8 9 30 35 81 49 1.653 +32 59
5 Northampton Town 46 14 7 2 39 14 6 6 11 24 34 63 48 1.313 +15 53
6 Reading 46 11 9 3 37 13 5 10 8 21 24 58 37 1.568 +21 51
7 Chester 46 13 6 4 31 19 4 9 10 23 36 54 55 0.982 –1 49
8 Bradford City 46 14 7 2 45 20 3 7 13 13 32 58 52 1.115 +6 48
9 Newport County 46 13 6 4 39 23 3 8 12 17 42 56 65 0.862 –9 45 [nb 1]
10 Exeter City 45 12 5 6 37 20 6 3 13 21 35 58 55 1.055 +3 44 [nb 2]
11 Hartlepool 46 11 4 8 29 16 5 8 10 19 31 48 47 1.021 +1 44
12 Lincoln City 46 10 8 5 40 30 6 4 13 23 37 63 67 0.940 –4 44
13 Barnsley 46 15 5 3 42 16 2 5 16 16 48 58 64 0.906 –6 44
14 Swansea City 46 11 6 6 28 15 5 5 13 17 31 45 46 0.978 –1 43
15 Rotherham United 46 10 9 4 33 22 5 4 14 23 36 56 58 0.966 –2 43
16 Torquay United 46 11 7 5 37 23 2 10 11 15 34 52 57 0.912 –5 43
17 Mansfield Town 46 13 8 2 47 24 0 9 14 15 45 62 69 0.899 –7 43
18 Scunthorpe United 45 12 7 3 33 17 2 5 16 14 47 47 64 0.734 –17 42 [nb 1]
19 Brentford 46 9 7 7 31 20 3 9 11 17 30 48 50 0.960 –2 40
20 Darlington 46 9 8 6 29 24 4 5 14 11 38 40 62 0.645 –22 39
21 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 5 7 28 30 3 5 15 15 41 43 71 0.606 –28 38
22 Doncaster Rovers 46 10 7 6 32 22 2 4 17 15 58 47 80 0.588 –33 35
23 Workington 46 10 8 5 33 26 1 5 17 10 48 43 74 0.581 –31 35
24 Stockport County 46 4 12 7 22 25 3 8 12 22 44 44 69 0.638 –25 34

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

  1. ^ Newport County had one point deducted for fielding an ineligible player.
  2. ^ Scunthorpe United v. Exeter was never played; Exeter failed to turn up and Scunthorpe were awarded the points.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

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

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BRA BRE BRY CHR COL CRE DAR DON EXE GIL HAR LIN MAN NPC NOR PET REA ROT SCU STP SWA TOR WRK
Barnsley 2–2 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 3–2 1–0 5–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 4–0
Bradford City 3–0 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 4–3 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 3–2
Brentford 5–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–3 1–2 2–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–1
Bury 2–0 3–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 3–1 0–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 5–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 4–0 3–1
Chester 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–4 1–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–4 3–1 2–3 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0
Colchester United 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 3–0 4–1 1–0 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–5 1–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 4–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–8 1–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–0
Darlington 4–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–3 1–0 0–1 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–0
Doncaster Rovers 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–1 5–2
Exeter City 6–1 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 4–2 1–1
Gillingham 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 0–1 5–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 7–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–0
Hartlepool United 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–3 2–1 0–2 4–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 3–0
Lincoln City 1–1 0–1 3–2 4–3 2–2 0–1 4–2 2–1 3–3 2–1 2–3 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 2–0
Mansfield Town 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–3 2–2 2–0 4–3 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 5–0 2–1 2–1 2–0
Newport County 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–3 4–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–3 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 4–0
Northampton Town 2–1 3–0 0–0 3–1 3–3 0–0 1–1 5–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
Peterborough United 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 5–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 2–0
Reading 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 5–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 4–0 2–0
Rotherham United 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–1
Scunthorpe United 3–0 2–1 4–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–3 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1
Stockport County 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 0–3 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–1
Swansea City 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–3 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 4–2 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0
Torquay United 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–2 0–4 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 4–0 3–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–0
Workington 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–4 0–0 5–2 3–1 3–1 3–3 0–2 1–1 0–0 3–2 1–0 4–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–1

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ 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 1973–1974


See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1973–74". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b c Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.