1981–82 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1981–82
Champions Liverpool

The 19811982 season was the 82nd completed season (83rd overall) of The Football League.

First Division[edit]

3 points for a win was introduced for the first time in England. Champions Aston Villa finished a disappointing 11th but made up for this by triumphing in the European Cup at the first attempt.

Liverpool made up for the previous season's slip in league form by winning the league championship for the 13th time in their history, fighting off competition from Ipswich Town, Manchester United and Spurs. Liverpool also won the Football League Cup for the second season in succession. The league triumph was made all the more significant by the fact that they had occupied 10th place on Christmas Day.

Their season of triumph was overshadowed, however, by the death of legendary former manager Bill Shankly, 67, following a heart attack in late September.

Middlesbrough and Wolves were relegated as financial problems at both clubs began to mount. They were joined by Leeds United, who had gradually fallen apart in the eight years since Don Revie's departure.

West Bromwich Albion felt the loss of manager Ron Atkinson and key players Bryan Robson and Remi Moses as they slumped to 19th in the league and narrowly avoided relegation. This was just the beginning of a sharp decline for a club who three seasons earlier had reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals and almost won the league title.

Swansea City were tipped for relegation by most observers as they reached the First Division for the first time in their history, having just completed their third promotion in four seasons. But John Toshack's men had a brilliant first game in the top flight, crushing Leeds United 5-1 and setting the tone for a season which would end with Leeds going down. Swansea, meanwhile, were the most unlikely title contenders, topping the league at several stages of the season before finishing sixth in the final table.

Manchester United paid a British record fee of £1.75million for West Bromwich Albion's 24-year-old England midfielder Bryan Robson. Robson's record-breaking move reflected on how the size of transfer fees had risen dramatically in a relatively short period of time. Less than four years earlier, the British record fee had been the £516,000 that West Bromwich Albion had paid for David Mills. In such a short amount of time, the British record had more than tripled.

Everton, who had struggled in the league for the past few seasons, turned to their former player Howard Kendall and appointed him as manager in hope of restoring the club to its former glory.

Second Division[edit]

Luton Town ended their long absence from the top flight by winning promotion from the Second Division. They were joined by Norwich City and Watford, owned by Elton John and managed by Graham Taylor, who would begin 1982–83 as First Division members for the first time in their history. Cardiff City, Wrexham and Orient were the unfortunate three clubs to lose their Second Division status at the end of the 1981–82 season.

Third Division[edit]

Burnley, Carlisle United and Fulham enjoyed some success after a string of disappointments by winning promotion to the Second Division.

Going down were Wimbledon, Swindon Town, Bristol City and Chester. Bristol had completed a unique succession of three relegations, while Swindon had been League Cup winners little over a decade earlier. Wimbledon, meanwhile, would not be enduring any more disappointing season for many years after 1982.

Joe Royle, the 33-year-old former Everton striker, began his managerial career at Oldham Athletic.

Fourth Division[edit]

Sheffield United began the first phase of their revival by winning the Fourth Division championship, which marked a superb start to the management career of Ian Porterfield. Also promoted were Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Bournemouth.

Crewe Alexandra endured a terrible season and propped up the league with just 27 league points, but the other league members voted in their favour and they maintained their league status.

Final league tables and results[1][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.

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 …

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1981–82
Champions Liverpool (13th English title)
Relegated Leeds United,
Middlesbrough,
Wolverhampton Wanderers
European Cup 1982–83 Liverpool,
Aston Villa
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1982–83
Tottenham Hotspur (7th FA Cup title),
Swansea City (Welsh Cup winners)
UEFA Cup 1982–83 Arsenal,
Ipswich Town,
Manchester United,
Southampton
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1173 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Kevin Keegan (Southampton), 26 [3]
Biggest home win CoventrySunderland 6–1 (27 April 1982)
TottenhamWolverhampton 6–1 (6 February 1982)
Manchester UnitedWolverhampton 5–0 (3 October 1982)
Biggest away win Manchester CityLiverpool 0–5 (10 April 1982)
Highest scoring SouthamptonCoventry 5–5 (4 May 1982)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 14 3 4 39 14 12 6 3 41 18 80 32 +48 87 European Cup 1982–83 First round [notes 1]
2 Ipswich Town 42 17 1 3 47 25 9 4 8 28 28 75 53 +22 83 UEFA Cup 1982–83 First round
3 Manchester United 42 12 6 3 27 9 10 6 5 32 20 59 29 +30 78 UEFA Cup 1982–83 First round
4 Tottenham Hotspur 42 12 4 5 41 26 8 7 6 26 22 67 48 +19 71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1982–83 First round
5 Arsenal 42 13 5 3 27 15 7 6 8 21 22 48 37 +11 71 UEFA Cup 1982–83 First round
6 Swansea City 42 13 3 5 34 16 8 3 10 24 35 58 51 +7 69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1982–83 First round [notes 2]
7 Southampton 42 15 2 4 49 30 4 7 10 23 37 72 67 +5 66 UEFA Cup 1982–83 First round
8 Everton 42 11 7 3 33 21 6 6 9 23 29 56 50 +6 64
9 West Ham United 42 9 10 2 42 29 5 6 10 24 28 66 57 +9 58
10 Manchester City 42 9 7 5 32 23 6 6 9 17 27 49 50 –1 58
11 Aston Villa 42 9 6 6 28 24 6 6 9 27 29 55 53 +2 57 European Cup 1982–83 First round [notes 3]
12 Nottingham Forest 42 7 7 7 19 20 8 5 8 23 28 42 48 –6 57
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 8 7 6 30 24 5 6 10 13 28 43 52 –9 52
14 Coventry City 42 9 4 8 31 24 4 7 10 25 38 56 62 –6 50
15 Notts County 42 8 5 8 32 33 5 3 13 29 36 61 69 –8 47
16 Birmingham City 42 8 6 7 29 25 2 8 11 24 36 53 61 –8 44
17 West Bromwich Albion 42 6 6 9 24 25 5 5 11 22 32 46 57 –11 44
18 Stoke City 42 9 2 10 27 28 3 6 12 17 35 44 63 –19 44
19 Sunderland 42 6 5 10 19 26 5 6 10 19 32 38 58 –20 44
20 Leeds United 42 6 11 4 23 20 4 1 16 16 41 39 61 –22 42
21 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 8 5 8 19 20 2 5 14 13 43 32 63 –31 40
22 Middlesbrough 42 5 9 7 20 24 3 6 12 14 28 34 52 –18 39

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 this season's League Cup Winners.
  2. ^ Swansea City qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup as 1982 Welsh Cup winners.
  3. ^ Aston Villa won the European Cup this year, and thus qualified for the following season's competition as defending champions.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup Winners, see Liverpool
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR B&H COV EVE IPS LEE LIV MNC MNU MID NOT NTC SOT STO SUN SWA TOT WBA WHU WOL
Arsenal 4–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–1
Aston Villa 0–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–4 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 3–2 3–1
Birmingham City 0–1 0–1 1–0 3–3 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 0–1 0–0 4–3 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 3–3 2–2 0–3
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 3–3 4–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 1–0 2–0
Coventry City 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–4 4–0 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–5 4–2 3–0 6–1 3–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 0–0
Everton 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 3–3 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1
Ipswich Town 2–1 3–1 3–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 5–2 2–0 3–3 2–3 2–1 1–0 3–2 1–0
Leeds United 0–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 3–3 3–0
Liverpool 2–0 0–0 3–1 0–1 4–0 3–1 4–0 3–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–1
Manchester City 0–0 1–0 4–2 4–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 0–5 0–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 4–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–1
Manchester United 0–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 5–0
Middlesbrough 1–3 3–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 2–3 0–0
Nottingham Forest 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–1
Notts County 2–1 1–0 1–4 4–1 2–1 2–2 1–4 2–1 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 4–0
Southampton 3–1 0–3 3–1 0–2 5–5 1–0 4–3 4–0 2–3 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–3 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 4–1
Stoke City 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–5 1–3 0–3 2–0 1–2 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–2 3–0 2–1 2–1
Sunderland 0–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–5 0–2 2–3 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–0
Swansea City 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–2 5–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 3–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–4 6–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–4 1–1 1–2 2–3 4–1 1–0 0–0 3–0
West Ham United 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 5–2 1–1 2–0 4–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 4–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–1

Source: [1] Soccerbase
^ 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 1981–1982

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1981–82
Champions Luton Town (1st title)
Promoted Norwich City,
Watford
Relegated Cardiff City,
Orient,
Wrexham
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1171 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Ronnie Moore (Rotherham United), 22 [3]
Biggest home win QPRBolton Wanderers 7–1 (1 May 1982)
RotherhamChelsea 6–0 (31 October 1981)
LutonGrimsby Town 6–0 (17 October 1981)
Biggest away win Cardiff CityNewcastle 0–4 (3 October 1981)
NewcastleQPR 0–4 (5 May 1982)
Highest scoring Cardiff CityCambridge United 5–4 (20 March 1982)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Luton Town 42 16 3 2 48 19 9 10 2 38 27 86 46 +40 88
2 Watford 42 13 6 2 46 16 10 5 6 30 26 76 42 +34 80
3 Norwich City 42 14 3 4 41 19 8 2 11 23 31 64 50 +14 71
4 Sheffield Wednesday 42 10 8 3 31 23 10 2 9 24 28 55 51 +4 70
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 15 4 2 40 9 6 2 13 25 34 65 43 +22 69
6 Barnsley 42 13 4 4 33 14 6 6 9 26 27 59 41 +18 67
7 Rotherham United 42 13 5 3 42 19 7 2 12 24 35 66 54 +12 67
8 Leicester City 42 12 5 4 31 19 6 7 8 25 29 56 48 +8 66
9 Newcastle United 42 14 4 3 30 14 4 4 13 22 36 52 50 +2 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 11 4 6 26 15 5 7 9 21 28 47 43 +4 59
11 Oldham Athletic 42 9 9 3 28 23 6 5 10 22 28 50 51 –1 59
12 Chelsea 42 10 5 6 37 30 5 7 9 23 30 60 60 ±0 57
13 Charlton Athletic 42 11 5 5 33 22 2 7 12 17 43 50 65 –15 51
14 Cambridge United 42 11 4 6 31 19 2 5 14 17 34 48 53 –5 48
15 Crystal Palace 42 9 2 10 25 26 4 7 10 9 19 34 45 –11 48
16 Derby County 42 9 8 4 32 23 3 4 14 21 45 53 68 –15 48
17 Grimsby Town 42 5 8 8 29 30 6 5 10 24 35 53 65 –12 46
18 Shrewsbury Town 42 10 6 5 26 19 1 7 13 11 38 37 57 –20 46
19 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 4 7 28 24 3 3 15 11 37 39 61 –22 46
20 Cardiff City 42 9 2 10 28 32 3 6 12 17 29 45 61 –16 44
21 Wrexham 42 9 4 8 22 22 2 7 12 18 34 40 56 –16 44
22 Orient 42 6 8 7 23 24 4 1 16 13 37 36 61 –25 39

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
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLB BOL CAM CAR CHA CHE CPA DER GRI LEI LUT NEW NOR OLD ORI QPR ROT SHW SHR WAT WRE
Barnsley 0–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 0–2 4–3 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–2
Blackburn Rovers 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 0–2 0–1 4–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 2–1 2–2 3–4 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–3 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0
Cambridge United 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 2–3
Cardiff City 0–0 1–3 2–1 5–4 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–3 0–4 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–2
Charlton Athletic 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 3–4 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–4 0–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 5–2 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Chelsea 1–2 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 4–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–4 2–1 3–1 1–3 2–0
Crystal Palace 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–3 0–2 3–3 1–2 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 2–1
Derby County 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–1
Grimsby Town 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 3–3 3–3 0–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 5–1 0–2 1–1
Leicester City 1–0 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–4 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0
Luton Town 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–2 6–0 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 3–1 0–3 4–1 4–1 0–0
Newcastle United 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–4 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 4–2
Norwich City 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 5–0 2–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 4–2 4–0
Oldham Athletic 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 0–3 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–1
Orient 1–3 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 3–2 1–2 3–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–3 0–0
Queens Park Rangers 1–0 2–0 7–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 0–2 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
Rotherham United 2–4 4–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 6–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 4–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–2 2–0
Sheffield Wednesday 2–2 2–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–3 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–3 2–0 0–0 3–1 0–3
Shrewsbury Town 0–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–1
Watford 3–1 3–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 6–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–3 3–0 1–1 3–0 4–0 1–0 4–0 3–1 2–0
Wrexham 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 4–2 2–3 0–3 0–1 1–3 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–1

Source: [2] Soccerbase
^ 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]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1981–1982

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1981–82
Champions Burnley (1st title)
Promoted Carlisle United,
Fulham
Relegated Bristol City,
Chester,
Swindon Town,
Wimbledon
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1422 (2.58 per match)
Top goalscorer Gordon Davies (Fulham), 24 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Burnley 46 13 7 3 37 20 8 10 5 29 25 66 45 +21 80
2 Carlisle United 46 17 4 2 44 21 6 7 10 21 29 65 50 +15 80
3 Fulham 46 12 9 2 44 22 9 6 8 33 29 77 51 +26 78
4 Lincoln City 46 13 7 3 40 16 8 7 8 26 24 66 40 +26 77
5 Oxford United 46 10 8 5 28 18 9 6 8 35 31 63 49 +14 71
6 Gillingham 46 14 5 4 44 26 6 6 11 20 30 64 56 +8 71
7 Southend United 46 11 7 5 35 23 7 8 8 28 28 63 51 +12 69
8 Brentford 46 8 6 9 28 22 11 5 7 28 25 56 47 +9 68
9 Millwall 46 12 4 7 36 28 6 9 8 26 34 62 62 ±0 67
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 12 5 6 37 24 6 6 11 27 32 64 56 +8 65
11 Chesterfield 46 12 4 7 33 27 6 6 11 24 31 57 58 –1 64
12 Reading 46 11 6 6 43 35 6 5 12 24 40 67 75 –8 62
13 Portsmouth 46 11 10 2 33 14 3 9 11 23 37 56 51 +5 61
14 Preston North End 46 10 7 6 25 22 6 6 11 25 34 50 56 –6 61
15 Bristol Rovers 46 12 4 7 35 28 6 5 12 23 37 58 65 –7 61
16 Newport County 46 9 10 4 28 21 5 6 12 26 33 54 54 ±0 58
17 Huddersfield Town 46 10 5 8 38 25 5 7 11 26 34 64 59 +5 57
18 Exeter City 46 14 4 5 46 34 2 5 16 25 51 71 85 –14 57
19 Doncaster Rovers 46 9 9 5 31 24 4 8 11 24 44 55 68 –13 56
20 Walsall 46 10 7 6 32 23 3 7 13 19 32 51 55 –4 53
21 Wimbledon 46 10 6 7 33 27 4 5 14 28 48 61 75 –14 53
22 Swindon Town 46 9 5 9 37 36 4 8 11 18 35 55 71 –16 52
23 Bristol City 46 7 6 10 24 29 4 7 12 17 36 41 65 –24 46
24 Chester 46 2 10 11 16 30 5 1 17 20 48 36 78 –42 32

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
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BRE BRI BRO BUR CRL CHE CHS DON EXE FUL GIL HUD LIN MIL NPC OXF PLY POR PRE REA STD SWI WAL WDN
Brentford 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 4–2 0–0 2–3
Bristol City 0–1 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 4–1 2–1 0–2 3–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 0–3 0–1 1–3
Bristol Rovers 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 3–2 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–4 2–1 2–2
Burnley 0–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 3–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 3–5 0–2 2–1 2–2
Carlisle United 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1
Chester 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 2–2 0–3 3–2 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1
Chesterfield 0–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 3–5 3–1 2–1 3–0 1–3 1–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0
Doncaster Rovers 1–0 2–2 4–2 0–1 1–1 4–3 0–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 4–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–3
Exeter City 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 5–4 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–3 4–3 4–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–1
Fulham 1–2 2–1 4–2 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–0 3–1 4–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 4–1
Gillingham 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 3–2 3–0 2–3 2–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 4–2 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–4 6–1
Huddersfield Town 1–1 5–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 6–1 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–1
Lincoln City 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 5–1
Millwall 0–1 2–0 0–0 4–3 1–2 2–1 3–2 0–2 5–1 4–3 1–2 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–1
Newport County 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 4–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–0 2–2 0–0
Oxford United 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 3–0 1–0 0–2 5–0 0–1 0–3
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 5–1 0–2 4–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 2–0
Portsmouth 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 5–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0
Preston North End 1–3 1–3 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–2
Reading 4–1 3–1 0–3 1–1 2–2 4–1 0–2 3–3 4–0 0–3 3–2 1–2 3–2 4–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–1
Southend 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–4 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 4–0 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–1 3–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 3–2 2–0
Swindon Town 0–3 0–0 5–2 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–2 3–2 1–4 0–1 1–5 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–0 4–0 0–2 0–0 2–2 4–1
Walsall 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 0–1 3–1 0–3 1–2 0–1 5–0 1–0
Wimbledon 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–3 2–1 3–2 3–2 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0

Source: [3] Soccerbase
^ 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]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1981–1982

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1981–82
Champions Sheffield United (1st title)
Promoted Bournemouth,
Bradford City,
Wigan Athletic
Failed re-election None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1512 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Keith Edwards (Hull City / Sheffield United) 36 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Sheffield United 46 15 8 0 53 15 12 7 4 41 26 94 41 +53 96
2 Bradford City 46 14 7 2 52 23 12 6 5 36 22 88 45 +43 91
3 Wigan Athletic 46 17 5 1 47 18 9 8 6 33 28 80 46 +34 91
4 Bournemouth 46 12 10 1 37 15 11 9 3 25 15 62 30 +32 88
5 Peterborough United 46 16 3 4 46 22 8 7 8 25 35 71 57 +14 82
6 Colchester United 46 12 6 5 47 23 8 6 9 35 34 82 57 +25 72
7 Port Vale 46 9 12 2 26 17 9 4 10 30 32 56 49 +7 70
8 Hull City 46 14 3 6 36 23 5 9 9 34 38 70 61 +9 69
9 Bury 46 13 7 3 53 26 4 10 9 27 33 80 59 +21 68
10 Hereford United 46 10 9 4 36 25 6 10 7 28 33 64 58 +6 67
11 Tranmere Rovers 46 7 9 7 27 25 7 9 7 24 31 51 56 –5 60
12 Blackpool 46 11 5 7 40 26 4 8 11 26 34 66 60 +6 58
13 Darlington 46 10 5 8 36 28 5 8 10 25 34 61 62 –1 58
14 Hartlepool United 46 9 8 6 39 34 4 8 11 34 50 73 84 –11 55
15 Torquay United 46 9 8 6 30 25 5 5 13 17 34 47 59 –12 55
16 Aldershot 46 8 7 8 34 29 5 8 10 23 39 57 68 –11 54
17 York City 46 9 5 9 45 37 5 3 15 24 54 69 91 –22 50
18 Stockport County 46 10 5 8 34 28 2 8 13 14 39 48 67 –19 49
19 Halifax Town 46 6 11 6 28 30 3 11 9 23 42 51 72 –21 49
20 Mansfield Town 46 8 6 9 39 39 5 4 14 24 42 63 81 –18 47
21 Rochdale 46 7 9 7 26 22 3 7 13 24 40 50 62 –12 46
22 Northampton Town 46 9 5 9 32 27 2 4 17 25 57 57 84 –27 42
23 Scunthorpe United 46 7 9 7 26 35 2 6 15 17 44 43 79 –36 42
24 Crewe Alexandra 46 3 6 14 19 32 3 3 17 10 52 29 84 –55 27

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 (none)

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BLP BOU BRA BRY COL CRE DAR HAL HAR HER HUL MAN NOR PET PVA ROC SCU SHE STP TOR TRA WIG YOR
Aldershot 3–2 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 2–3 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1
Blackpool 0–2 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 5–0 1–0 7–1 2–2 1–0 3–1 2–3 1–0 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–1
Bournemouth 2–2 1–0 0–2 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 0–0 5–1
Bradford City 4–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 5–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 3–4 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–2 5–1 3–0 1–1 3–3 6–2
Bury 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 4–3 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 7–1 3–1 3–2 3–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 4–0 5–3 3–1
Colchester United 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–3 4–0 2–0 0–1 5–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 5–2 0–1 3–0 4–0 1–2 4–0
Crewe Alexandra 2–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–3 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–3 0–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–1
Darlington 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–5 2–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 5–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 3–1
Halifax Town 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 3–3 2–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–5 4–1 1–2 0–2 0–0 0–0
Hartlepool United 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 3–2 2–1 3–2 3–0 3–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–3 2–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–2
Hereford United 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–2 4–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–3 1–1 3–0 2–1
Hull City 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–2 2–3 1–0 1–3 2–0 5–2 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 2–0
Mansfield Town 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 2–3 3–2 3–2 2–1 3–3 4–1 1–2 1–3 4–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–0 1–2 0–2
Northampton Town 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–5 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 3–2 2–3 5–0
Peterborough United 7–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 3–1 0–0 4–4 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–1 2–1 0–4 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–3 0–1
Port Vale 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 5–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0
Rochdale 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 5–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0
Scunthorpe United 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 4–4 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–1 2–7 0–3
Sheffield United 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 4–1 7–3 4–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 4–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 4–0
Stockport County 4–2 2–3 1–2 2–3 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–0 3–0 1–2 0–4 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 4–1
Torquay United 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 3–2
Tranmere 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–2
Wigan Athletic 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 3–2 3–2 3–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 4–2
York City 4–0 0–4 0–1 0–3 0–0 3–0 6–0 2–2 4–0 1–2 3–4 1–3 2–1 2–1 4–3 2–0 1–2 3–1 3–4 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–0

Source: [4] Soccerbase
^ 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]

Election/Re-election to the Football League[edit]

This year Runcorn, the winners of the Alliance Premier League, could not apply for election because they did not meet Football League requirements. 2nd placed Enfield could not apply either for the same reasons, so 3rd placed Telford United won the right to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1981–82 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Northampton Town 22nd (Fourth Division) 53
Crewe Alexandra 24th (Fourth Division) 50
Rochdale 21st (Fourth Division) 48
Hartlepool United 23rd (Fourth Division) 48
Telford United 3rd (Alliance Premier League) 13

As a result of this, all four Football League teams were re-elected, and Telford United were denied membership of the League.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "England 1981–82". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ 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.