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The Football League
Season 1976–77
Champions Liverpool

The 19761977 season was the 78th completed season of The Football League.

As of this season, goal difference (GD in league tables) was used to separate the clubs finishing level on points. The earlier system, used from the season 1894–95 until the 1975–76 had been the so-called 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 earlier system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. Now the system would favour the teams that had scored more goals, and it was hoped that more goals would be seen as a result of this new system.

First Division[edit]

Liverpool retained their league championship trophy and won their first European Cup to confirm Bob Paisley as a successful replacement for Bill Shankly in his third season at the helm. Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City's long spells in the First Division came to an end with relegation. Stoke sacked their manager Tony Waddington. On the last day of the season, Coventry City and Bristol City played out a controversial 2–2 draw, with play virtually stopping when it was heard that Sunderland had lost to Everton. Both clubs survived while Sunderland was relegated.

After Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty had admitted his affair with the wife of the club's physiotherapist, the club's directors decided that he had broken their moral code and he was sacked.

Second Division[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea and Nottingham Forest gained promotion to the First Division. Brian Clough's Forest would achieve success beyond the dreams of most supporters over the next few seasons. Carlisle United, Plymouth Argyle and Hereford United occupied the three relegation places. Hereford became the first club to finish bottom of the Second Division after winning the Third Division the previous season.

Third Division[edit]

Mansfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace were the three teams promoted to the Second Division. Palace's manager was a certain Terry Venables who would enjoy more success at Palace and elsewhere over the next 20 years. Going down were Reading, Northampton Town, Grimsby Town and York City.

Fourth Division[edit]

Cambridge United, Exeter City, Colchester United and Bradford City occupied the four promotion places in the league's lowest division. A terrible season for Workington was compounded by their failure to gain re-election to the Football League, a humiliation which saw them slip into the Northern Premier League. In their place were Southern League champions Wimbledon, who would make amazing progress over the next decade.

The British pop star Elton John took over Fourth Division side Watford and installed Graham Taylor as manager. Former Arsenal manager Bertie Mee came out of retirement to work at Watford as assistant to Graham Taylor. John immediately asserted his ambition by promising to bring First Division football to Watford.

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] 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 this season.

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]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1976–77
Champions Liverpool (10th English title)
Relegated Stoke City
Sunderland,
Tottenham Hotspur
European Cup 1977–78 Liverpool
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1977–78
Manchester United (4th FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1977–78 Aston Villa,
Ipswich Town
Manchester City,
Newcastle United
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1183 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorer Andy Gray (Aston Villa), 25
Malcolm Macdonald (Arsenal), 25 [3]
Biggest home win IpswichWest Brom 7–0 (6 Nov 1976)
Biggest away win LeicesterWest Brom 0–5 (7 Mar 1977)
Highest scoring DerbyTottenham 8–2 (16 Oct 1976)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 18 3 0 47 11 5 8 8 15 22 62 33 +29 57 European Cup 1977–78
Second round
[notes 1]
2 Manchester City 42 15 5 1 38 13 6 9 6 22 21 60 34 +26 56 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
3 Ipswich Town 42 15 4 2 41 11 7 4 10 25 28 66 39 +27 52 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
4 Aston Villa 42 17 3 1 55 17 5 4 12 21 33 76 50 +26 51 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
5 Newcastle United 42 14 6 1 40 15 4 7 10 24 34 64 49 +15 49 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
6 Manchester United 42 12 6 3 41 22 6 5 10 30 40 71 62 +9 47 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1977–78
First round
7 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 6 5 38 22 6 7 8 24 34 62 56 +6 45
8 Arsenal 42 11 6 4 37 20 5 5 11 27 39 64 59 +5 43
9 Everton 42 9 7 5 35 24 5 7 9 27 40 62 64 –2 42
10 Leeds United 42 8 8 5 28 26 7 4 10 20 25 48 51 –3 42
11 Leicester City 42 8 9 4 30 28 4 9 8 17 32 47 60 –13 42
12 Middlesbrough 42 11 6 4 25 14 3 7 11 15 31 40 45 –5 41
13 Birmingham City 42 10 6 5 38 25 3 6 12 25 36 63 61 +2 38
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 7 4 31 21 3 5 13 16 31 47 52 –5 38
15 Derby County 42 9 9 3 36 18 0 10 11 14 37 50 55 –5 37
16 Norwich City 42 12 4 5 30 23 2 5 14 17 41 47 64 –17 37
17 West Ham United 42 9 6 6 28 23 2 8 11 18 42 46 65 –19 36
18 Bristol City 42 8 7 6 25 19 3 6 12 13 29 38 48 –10 35
19 Coventry City 42 7 9 5 34 26 3 6 12 14 33 48 59 –11 35
20 Sunderland 42 9 5 7 29 16 2 7 12 17 38 46 54 –8 34
21 Stoke City 42 9 8 4 21 16 1 6 14 7 35 28 51 –23 34
22 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 7 5 26 20 3 2 16 22 52 48 72 –24 33

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

  1. ^ Liverpool were also winners of European Cup this year.
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 AST BIR BRI COV DER EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MNC MNU MID NEW NOR QPR STO SUN TOT WBA WHU
Arsenal 3–0 4–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–4 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 5–3 1–0 3–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–3
Aston Villa 5–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 5–2 2–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 4–0 4–0
Birmingham City 3–3 2–1 3–0 3–1 5–1 1–1 2–4 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–3 3–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–0
Bristol City 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 1–1
Coventry City 1–2 2–3 2–1 2–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 4–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 5–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1
Derby County 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–3 4–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 8–2 2–2 1–1
Everton 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 3–2
Ipswich Town 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 5–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 3–1 7–0 4–1
Leeds United 2–1 1–3 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1
Leicester City 4–1 1–1 2–6 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–5 2–0
Liverpool 2–0 3–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 5–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0
Manchester City 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 5–0 1–0 4–2
Manchester United 3–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–3 2–3 2–2 0–2
Middlesbrough 3–0 3–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Newcastle United 0–2 3–2 3–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 5–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0
Norwich City 1–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–0
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1
Stoke City 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 3–3 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–1
Sunderland 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 6–1 6–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–3 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–3 0–0 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 4–0 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 4–2 3–0
West Ham United 0–2 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 1–0 4–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–3 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 1976–1977


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1976–77
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (2nd title)
Promoted Chelsea,
Nottingham Forest
Relegated Carlisle United,
Hereford United,
Plymouth Argyle
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1290 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Mickey Walsh (Blackpool), 26 [3]
Biggest home win BlackburnNotts County 6–1 (9 Oct 1976)
FulhamOrient 6–1 (7 Mar 1977)
Nottingham ForestSheffield United 6–1 (9 Oct 1976)
FulhamOldham 5–0 (4 Dec 1976)
LutonCarlisle 5–0 (26 Mar 1977)
Biggest away win CarlisleSouthampton 0–6 (22 Jan 1977)
Highest scoring CharltonSouthampton 6–2 (24 Sep 1976)
BurnleyCharlton 4–4 (16 Oct 1976)
OldhamHereford 3–5 (16 Apr 1977)
WolverhamptonSouthampton 2–6 (5 Oct 1976)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 15 3 3 48 21 7 10 4 36 24 84 45 +39 57
2 Chelsea 42 15 6 0 51 22 6 7 8 22 31 73 53 +20 55
3 Nottingham Forest 42 14 3 4 53 22 7 7 7 24 21 77 43 +34 52
4 Bolton Wanderers 42 15 2 4 46 21 5 9 7 29 33 75 54 +21 51
5 Blackpool 42 11 7 3 29 17 6 10 5 29 25 58 42 +16 51
6 Luton Town 42 13 5 3 39 17 8 1 12 28 31 67 48 +19 48
7 Charlton Athletic 42 14 5 2 52 27 2 11 8 19 31 71 58 +13 48
8 Notts County 42 11 5 5 29 20 8 5 8 36 40 65 60 +5 48
9 Southampton 42 12 6 3 40 24 5 4 12 32 43 72 67 +5 44
10 Millwall 42 9 6 6 31 22 6 7 8 26 31 57 53 +4 43
11 Sheffield United 42 9 8 4 32 25 5 4 12 22 38 54 63 –9 40
12 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 4 5 31 18 3 5 13 11 36 42 54 –12 39
13 Oldham Athletic 42 11 6 4 37 23 3 4 14 15 41 52 64 –12 38
14 Hull City 42 9 8 4 31 17 1 9 11 14 36 45 53 –8 37
15 Bristol Rovers 42 8 9 4 32 27 4 4 13 21 41 53 68 –15 37
16 Burnley 42 8 9 4 27 20 3 5 13 19 44 46 64 –18 36
17 Fulham 42 9 7 5 39 25 2 6 13 15 36 54 61 –7 35
18 Cardiff City 42 7 6 8 30 30 5 4 12 26 37 56 67 –11 34 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1977–78
First round
[notes2 1]
19 Orient 42 4 8 9 18 23 5 8 8 19 32 37 55 –18 34
20 Carlisle United 42 7 7 7 31 33 4 5 12 18 42 49 75 –26 34
21 Plymouth Argyle 42 5 9 7 27 25 3 7 11 19 40 46 65 –19 32
22 Hereford United 42 6 9 6 28 30 2 6 13 29 48 57 78 –21 31

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

  1. ^ Cardiff City were runners-up in the Welsh Cup final, and since winners Shrewsbury Town are an English club, Cardiff City
    were awarded the right to participate in Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLB BLP BOL BRO BUR CRL CAR CHA CHE FUL HER HUL LUT MIL NOT NTC OLD ORI PLY SHE SOT WOL
Blackburn Rovers 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–3 6–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–2
Blackpool 1–1 1–0 4–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 3–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–2
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 0–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–4 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 5–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 1–2 3–0 0–1
Bristol Rovers 0–0 1–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–3 3–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 5–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–5
Burnley 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–4 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–3 0–1 3–1 1–0 3–3 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–0
Cardiff City 2–1 2–2 3–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–0 3–1 1–1 4–2 0–0 0–3 2–3 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 2–2
Carlisle United 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–3 2–1 4–3 4–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 4–1 0–6 2–1
Charlton Athletic 4–0 1–2 1–1 4–3 5–2 0–2 1–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–3 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 6–2 1–1
Chelsea 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 5–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–3 1–1 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–3
Fulham 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–1 0–0 1–2 2–3 2–2 1–5 5–0 6–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 0–0
Hereford United 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–4 0–0 2–3 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–6
Hull City 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–1 4–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–0
Luton Town 2–0 0–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–1 5–0 2–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 4–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–4 2–0
Millwall 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 4–2 0–2 2–5 2–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 1–1
Nottingham Forest 3–0 3–0 3–1 4–2 5–2 0–1 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 4–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 3–0 1–1 6–1 2–1 1–3
Notts County 0–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 5–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–4 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–1
Oldham Athletic 2–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 3–1 3–2 4–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–5 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–2
Orient 0–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–3 2–4
Plymouth Argyle 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 2–3 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0
Sheffield United 1–1 1–5 2–3 2–3 1–0 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–2
Southampton 2–0 3–3 1–3 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 4–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 1–1 1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 4–1 4–0 3–0 1–1 5–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 5–0 1–0 4–0 2–1 2–6

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 1976–1977


Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1976–77
Champions Mansfield Town (1st title)
Promoted Brighton & Hove Albion,
Crystal Palace
Relegated Grimsby Town,
Northampton Town,
Reading,
York City
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1426 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Peter Ward (Brighton & Hove Albion), 32 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Mansfield Town 46 17 6 0 52 13 11 2 10 26 29 78 42 +36 64
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 19 3 1 63 14 6 8 9 20 26 83 40 +43 61
3 Crystal Palace 46 17 5 1 46 15 6 8 9 22 25 68 40 +28 59
4 Rotherham United 46 11 9 3 30 15 11 6 6 39 29 69 44 +25 59
5 Wrexham 46 15 6 2 47 22 9 4 10 33 32 80 54 +26 58
6 Preston North End 46 15 4 4 48 21 6 8 9 16 22 64 43 +21 54
7 Bury 46 15 2 6 41 21 8 6 9 23 38 64 59 +5 54
8 Sheffield Wednesday 46 15 4 4 39 18 7 5 11 26 37 65 55 +10 53
9 Lincoln City 46 12 9 2 50 30 7 5 11 27 40 77 70 +7 52
10 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 7 3 40 21 5 4 14 25 38 65 59 +6 47 [notes3 1]
11 Swindon Town 46 12 6 5 48 33 3 9 11 20 42 68 75 –7 45
12 Gillingham 46 11 8 4 31 21 5 4 14 24 43 55 64 –9 44
13 Chester 46 14 3 6 28 20 4 5 14 20 38 48 58 –10 44
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 10 7 6 31 23 3 10 10 20 30 51 53 –2 43
15 Walsall 46 8 7 8 39 32 5 8 10 18 33 57 65 –8 41
16 Peterborough United 46 11 4 8 33 28 2 11 10 22 37 55 65 –10 41
17 Oxford United 46 9 8 6 34 29 3 7 13 21 36 55 65 –10 39
18 Chesterfield 46 10 6 7 30 20 4 4 15 26 44 56 64 –8 38
19 Port Vale 46 9 7 7 29 28 2 9 12 18 43 47 71 –24 38
20 Portsmouth 46 8 9 6 28 26 3 5 15 25 44 53 70 –17 36
21 Reading 46 10 5 8 29 24 3 4 16 20 49 49 73 –24 35
22 Northampton Town 46 9 4 10 33 29 4 4 15 27 46 60 75 –15 34
23 Grimsby Town 46 10 6 7 29 22 2 3 18 16 47 45 69 –24 33
24 York City 46 7 8 8 25 34 3 4 16 25 55 50 89 –39 32

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

  1. ^ Shrewsbury Town were winners of the Welsh Cup winners this season, but as they are an English club, they did not
    earn a place in the Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, not qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] B&H BRY CHE CHS CPA GIL GRI LIN MAN NOR OXF PET POR PVA PRE REA ROT SHW SHR SWI TRA WAL WRE YOR
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 4–0 4–0 1–1 7–0 0–2 7–2
Bury 3–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 4–2
Chester 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0
Chesterfield 1–1 7–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–1 1–4 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 4–0 1–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–6 2–0
Crystal Palace 3–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 5–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0
Gillingham 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
Grimsby Town 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 2–4 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–0
Lincoln City 2–2 2–3 3–3 3–2 3–2 4–0 2–0 3–2 5–4 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 4–1 1–1 2–0
Mansfield Town 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 4–1
Northampton Town 0–2 3–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 3–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–4 0–2 5–3 1–1 3–4 0–1 0–2 3–0
Oxford United 1–0 2–2 2–0 3–2 0–1 3–1 5–2 1–2 0–3 1–0 2–3 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–2
Peterborough United 2–0 0–1 3–2 0–3 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 3–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–5 0–2 3–0
Portsmouth 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 3–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–2 5–1 0–3 2–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 3–1
Port Vale 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–4 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–4 2–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–2
Preston North End 1–1 0–1 3–4 2–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 6–2 0–0 4–0 3–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 4–2
Reading 2–3 1–3 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–4 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1
Rotherham United 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1
Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 1–0 3–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–3 0–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 3–2
Shrewsbury Town 1–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 4–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 3–2 2–1
Swindon Town 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 0–1 5–1 1–0 0–4 4–3 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–4 5–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 5–1
Tranmere 1–3 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–4
Walsall 1–0 3–3 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–2 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 6–1 0–1 5–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–3 1–2
Wrexham 0–0 0–0 4–2 3–1 2–4 2–1 3–2 3–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 6–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–1
York City 0–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–4 2–1 2–1 1–4 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 4–2 1–0 0–0 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.

Third Division maps[edit]


Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1976–77
Champions Cambridge United (1st title)
Promoted Bradford City,
Colchester United,
Exeter City
Failed re-election Workington
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1423 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Brian Joicey (Barnsley), 25 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Cambridge United 46 16 5 2 57 18 10 8 5 30 22 87 40 +47 65
2 Exeter City 46 17 5 1 40 13 8 7 8 30 33 70 46 +24 62
3 Colchester United 46 19 2 2 51 14 6 7 10 26 29 77 43 +34 59
4 Bradford City 46 16 7 0 51 18 7 6 10 27 33 78 51 +27 59
5 Swansea City 46 18 3 2 60 30 7 5 11 32 38 92 68 +24 58
6 Barnsley 46 16 5 2 45 18 7 4 12 17 21 62 39 +23 55
7 Watford 46 15 7 1 46 13 3 8 12 21 37 67 50 +17 51
8 Doncaster Rovers 46 16 2 5 47 25 5 7 11 24 40 71 65 +6 51
9 Huddersfield Town 46 15 5 3 36 15 4 7 12 24 34 60 49 +11 50
10 Southend United 46 11 9 3 35 19 4 10 9 17 26 52 45 +7 49
11 Darlington 46 13 5 5 37 25 5 8 10 22 39 59 64 –5 49
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 16 6 1 36 15 3 5 15 11 45 47 60 –13 49
13 Bournemouth 46 13 8 2 39 13 2 10 11 15 31 54 44 +10 48
14 Stockport County 46 10 10 3 29 19 3 9 11 24 38 53 57 –4 45
15 Brentford 46 14 3 6 48 27 4 4 15 29 49 77 76 +1 43
16 Torquay United 46 12 5 6 33 22 5 4 14 26 45 59 67 –8 43
17 Aldershot 46 10 8 5 29 19 6 3 14 20 40 49 59 –10 43
18 Rochdale 46 8 7 8 32 25 5 5 13 18 34 50 59 –9 38
19 Newport County 46 11 6 6 33 21 3 4 16 9 37 42 58 –16 38
20 Scunthorpe United 46 11 6 6 32 24 2 5 16 17 49 49 73 –24 37
21 Halifax Town 46 11 6 6 36 18 0 8 15 11 40 47 58 –11 36
22 Hartlepool 46 8 9 6 30 20 2 3 18 17 53 47 73 –26 32
23 Southport 46 3 12 8 17 28 0 7 16 16 49 33 77 –44 25
24 Workington 46 3 7 13 23 42 1 4 18 18 60 41 102 –61 19

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

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BAR BOU BRA BRE CAM COL CRE DAR DON EXE HAL HAR HUD NPC ROC SCU STD SOU STP SWA TOR WAT WRK
Aldershot 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 2–0
Barnsley 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–4 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 5–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 4–0
Bournemouth 4–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 5–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1
Bradford City 3–1 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 3–3 4–1 3–2 0–0 4–1
Brentford 0–1 0–1 3–2 4–0 0–2 1–4 0–0 0–3 2–2 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 4–2 1–0 3–0 4–0 4–0 3–2 3–0 5–0
Cambridge United 4–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 5–1 2–2 2–3 4–1 4–0 4–1
Colchester United 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–2 4–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 6–2 3–1 5–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–0 3–1
Crewe Alexandra 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1
Darlington 2–1 2–1 4–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 4–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 5–2 0–0 2–1 0–2 0–4 2–1 0–0 3–2
Doncaster Rovers 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–3 5–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 4–0 0–3 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–3 3–1 1–0 2–1 0–4 1–0 6–3
Exeter City 3–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 0–0
Halifax Town 2–0 0–1 2–3 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 6–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 6–1
Hartlepool United 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–0 2–0
Huddersfield Town 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–1
Newport County 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 4–2 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–0 1–0
Rochdale 2–1 2–3 0–0 0–1 2–3 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 4–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 5–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–3
Scunthorpe United 1–3 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 3–0 1–1 4–1 2–1 2–0 0–4 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–3 0–0 0–0 3–1
Southend 5–0 1–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 1–2 0–3 2–1 2–0
Southport 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–4 1–2 0–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–1
Stockport County 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–2 1–0
Swansea City 4–2 2–1 3–0 2–3 5–3 3–1 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 4–2 2–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 4–4 4–1 1–4 4–0
Torquay United 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 5–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 3–1 3–1
Watford 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 5–1 4–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0
Workington 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–4 1–0 2–3 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–4 0–1

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 1976–1977


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1976–77". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b 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.