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The Football League
Season 1983–84
Champions Liverpool

The 19831984 season was the 84th completed season of The Football League.

Liverpool had a great first season under the management of Joe Fagan as they wrapped up their third successive league title and the 15th in their history. They overcame strong competition from Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United to lift the championship trophy. Liverpool had an extremely strong season, as they also won the European Cup and the League cup.

Southampton finished second in the league to record their highest-ever final position and achieve a UEFA Cup place, claiming six points from the last two games (both away) to climb up from fifth place.

The First Division relegation places were occupied by Birmingham City, Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The £1 rescue deal of Chelsea by chairman Ken Bates paid off as they won the Second Division title and were promoted to the First Division along with Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.

A terrible season saw Cambridge United finish bottom of the Second Division and go down to the Third Division. They were joined by two clubs who had been enjoying better fortunes only a short time ago — Swansea City, who had finished sixth in the First Division just two years earlier, and Derby County, who had been league champions just nine years earlier. Derby's Peter Taylor retired as manager and his surprise successor was Arthur Cox, who had just taken Newcastle into the First Division.

Dave Bassett agreed to take charge of Crystal Palace at the end of the season, but changed his mind three days later — without signing the contract — and returned to Wimbledon. Palace installed former Manchester United winger Steve Coppell, 29, as their new manager.

Oxford United, Wimbledon and Sheffield United continued their rise through the league by gaining promotion to the Second Division.

Scunthorpe United, Southend United, Port Vale and Exeter City slipped out of the Third Division.

Narrowly avoiding the Third Division drop zone were Plymouth Argyle, who compensated for their dismal league form by reaching the FA Cup semi finals for the first time in their history.

York City, Doncaster Rovers, Reading and Bristol City occupied the Fourth Division promotion places. York City became the first team in English league football to gain more than 100 points in a season, with 101. It was Bristol City's first successful season for a long time and a welcome piece of good news after their recent fall from the First to Fourth Division in successive seasons.

The re-election system voted in favour of the bottom four clubs in the Fourth Division once again.

Final league tables and results[edit]

The tables and results below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website,[1] with home and away statistics separated.

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 1983–84
Champions Liverpool (15th English title)
Relegated Birmingham City
Notts County
Wolverhampton Wanderers
European Cup 1984–85 Liverpool
European Cup Winners' Cup 1984–85 Everton
UEFA Cup 1984–85 Manchester United
Nottingham Forest
Queens Park Rangers
Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1250 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Ian Rush (Liverpool),32 [3]
Biggest home win SouthamptonCoventry City 8–2 (28 Apr 1984)
Biggest away win Aston VillaArsenal 2–6 (29 Oct 1983)
Highest scoring SouthamptonCoventry City 8–2 (28 Apr 1984)
Longest winning run QPR (6 games)
Longest unbeaten run Manchester United (16 games)
Longest losing run Ipswich Town
Notts County (7 games)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 14 5 2 50 12 8 9 4 23 20 73 32 +41 80 European Cup 1984–85 First round [notes 1]
2 Southampton 42 15 4 2 44 17 7 7 7 22 21 66 38 +28 77 UEFA Cup 1984–85 First round
3 Nottingham Forest 42 14 4 3 47 17 8 4 9 29 28 76 45 +31 74 UEFA Cup 1984–85 First round
4 Manchester United 42 14 3 4 43 18 6 11 4 28 23 71 41 +30 74 UEFA Cup 1984–85 First round
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 14 4 3 37 12 8 3 10 30 25 67 37 +30 73 UEFA Cup 1984–85 First round
6 Arsenal 42 10 5 6 41 29 8 4 9 33 31 74 60 +14 63
7 Everton 42 9 9 3 21 12 7 5 9 23 30 44 42 +2 62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1984–85 First round
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 4 6 31 24 6 6 9 33 41 64 65 –1 61 UEFA Cup 1984–85 First round [notes 2]
9 West Ham United 42 10 4 7 39 24 7 5 9 21 31 60 55 +5 60
10 Aston Villa 42 14 3 4 34 22 3 6 12 25 39 59 61 –2 60
11 Watford 42 9 7 5 36 31 7 2 12 32 46 68 77 –9 57
12 Ipswich Town 42 11 4 6 34 23 4 4 13 21 34 55 57 –2 53
13 Sunderland 42 8 9 4 26 18 5 4 12 16 35 42 53 –11 52
14 Norwich City 42 9 8 4 34 20 3 7 11 14 29 48 49 –1 51
15 Leicester City 42 11 5 5 40 30 2 7 12 25 38 65 68 –3 51
16 Luton Town 42 7 5 9 30 33 7 4 10 23 33 53 66 –13 51
17 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 4 7 30 25 4 5 12 18 37 48 62 –14 51
18 Stoke City 42 11 4 6 30 23 2 7 12 14 40 44 63 –19 50
19 Coventry City 42 8 5 8 33 33 5 6 10 24 44 57 77 –20 50
20 Birmingham City 42 7 7 7 19 18 5 5 11 20 32 39 50 –11 48
21 Notts County 42 6 7 8 31 36 4 4 13 19 36 50 72 –22 41
22 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 4 8 9 15 28 2 3 16 12 52 27 80 –53 29
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Liverpool won the European Cup this year for the fourth time in less than a decade, and thus qualified for the following season's competition as defending champions.
    They also won the League cup this year, in a rematch against Everton.
  2. ^ Tottenham qualified for UEFA Cup as winners of this season's competition.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA 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 COV EVE IPS LEI LIV LUT MNU NOR NOT NTC QPR SOT STO SUN TOT WAT WBA WHU WOL
Arsenal 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–3 3–0 4–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–2 3–2 3–1 0–1 3–3 4–1
Aston Villa 2–6 1–0 2–0 0–2 4–0 3–1 1–3 0–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 4–3 1–0 4–0
Birmingham City 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–0
Coventry City 1–4 3–3 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–3 2–1 2–4 1–2 1–2 1–2 2–1
Everton 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 4–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0
Ipswich Town 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 0–3 5–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 3–4 0–3 3–1
Leicester City 3–0 2–0 2–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–3 0–3 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–4 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–3 4–1 1–1 4–1 5–1
Liverpool 2–1 2–1 1–0 5–0 3–0 2–2 2–2 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 3–0 3–0 6–0 0–1
Luton Town 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–4 0–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–5 2–2 2–3 3–2 0–0 3–1 0–1 4–1 2–4 1–2 2–0 0–1 4–0
Manchester United 4–0 1–2 1–0 4–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–3 3–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 4–2 4–1 3–0 0–0 3–0
Norwich City 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 3–3 2–3 0–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 6–1 2–0 1–0 3–0
Nottingham Forest 0–1 2–2 5–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 3–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 5–1 3–1 3–0 5–0
Notts County 0–4 5–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–5 0–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–3 1–3 1–1 6–1 0–0 3–5 1–1 2–2 4–0
Queens Park Rangers 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 4–0 6–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1
Southampton 1–0 2–2 2–1 8–2 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 5–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Stoke City 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–4 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–4 3–1 3–1 4–0
Sunderland 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 3–0 0–1 3–2
Tottenham Hotspur 2–4 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–3 0–1 0–2 1–0
Watford 2–1 3–2 1–0 2–3 4–4 2–2 3–3 0–2 1–2 0–0 1–3 3–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–3 3–1 0–0 0–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–3 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 0–0 0–5 2–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–3
West Ham United 3–1 0–1 4–0 5–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–0 2–2 0–1 3–0 0–1 4–1 2–4 1–0 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–3 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–4 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–5 0–0 0–3

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

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1983–1984

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1983–84
Champions Chelsea (1st title)
Promoted Newcastle United,
Sheffield Wednesday
Relegated Cambridge United,
Derby County,
Swansea City
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1233 (2.67 per match)
Top goalscorer Kerry Dixon (Chelsea), 28 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Chelsea 42 15 4 2 55 17 10 9 2 35 23 90 40 +50 88
2 Sheffield Wednesday 42 16 4 1 47 16 10 6 5 25 18 72 34 +38 88
3 Newcastle United 42 16 2 3 51 18 8 6 7 34 35 85 53 +32 80
4 Manchester City 42 13 3 5 43 21 7 7 7 23 27 66 48 +18 70
5 Grimsby Town 42 13 6 2 36 15 6 7 8 24 32 60 47 +13 70
6 Blackburn Rovers 42 9 11 1 35 19 8 5 8 22 27 57 46 +11 67
7 Carlisle United 42 10 9 2 29 13 6 7 8 19 28 48 41 +7 64
8 Shrewsbury Town 42 13 5 3 34 18 4 5 12 15 35 49 53 –4 61 [notes2 1]
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 11 6 4 42 17 6 3 12 27 43 69 60 +9 60
10 Leeds United 42 13 4 4 33 16 3 8 10 22 40 55 56 –1 60
11 Fulham 42 9 6 6 35 24 6 6 9 25 29 60 53 +7 57
12 Huddersfield Town 42 8 6 7 27 20 6 9 6 29 29 56 49 +7 57
13 Charlton Athletic 42 13 4 4 40 26 3 5 13 13 38 53 64 –11 57
14 Barnsley 42 9 6 6 33 23 6 1 14 24 30 57 53 +4 52
15 Cardiff City 42 11 3 7 32 27 4 3 14 21 39 53 66 –13 51
16 Portsmouth 42 8 3 10 46 32 6 4 11 27 32 73 64 +9 49
17 Middlesbrough 42 9 8 4 26 18 3 5 13 15 29 41 47 –6 49
18 Crystal Palace 42 8 5 8 18 18 4 6 11 24 34 42 52 –10 47
19 Oldham Athletic 42 10 6 5 33 27 3 2 16 14 46 47 73 –26 47
20 Derby County 42 9 5 7 26 26 2 4 15 10 46 36 72 –36 42
21 Swansea City 42 7 4 10 20 28 0 4 17 16 57 36 85 –49 29
22 Cambridge United 42 4 7 10 20 33 0 5 16 8 44 28 77 –49 24
  • Pld = 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

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLB BHA CAM CAR CRL CHA CHE CPA DER FUL GRI HUD LEE MNC MID NEW OLD POR SHW SHR SWA
Barnsley 0–0 3–1 2–0 2–3 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 5–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 3–0 3–2
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 5–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 7–0 1–2 3–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 4–0 0–1 1–3 2–2 1–1
Cambridge United 0–3 2–0 3–4 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–3 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 1–2 1–0 1–1
Cardiff City 0–3 0–1 2–2 5–0 2–0 2–1 3–3 0–2 1–0 0–4 3–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 3–2
Carlisle United 4–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0
Charlton Athletic 3–2 2–0 2–0 5–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–4 3–3 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–4 2–2
Chelsea 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 2–2 5–0 4–0 2–3 3–1 5–0 0–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 2–2 3–2 3–0 6–1
Crystal Palace 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–0
Derby County 0–2 1–1 0–3 1–0 2–3 1–4 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–1
Fulham 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 3–5 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–1 5–1 2–1 2–2 3–0 0–2 1–1 3–0 5–0
Grimsby Town 1–0 3–2 5–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 3–4 1–0 1–1 3–0
Huddersfield Town 0–1 0–2 0–1 3–0 4–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–0
Leeds United 1–2 1–0 3–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 4–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–0
Manchester City 3–2 6–0 4–0 5–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–3 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1
Middlesbrough 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 3–2 3–2 0–0 2–0 4–0 1–0
Newcastle United 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 5–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 3–2 0–1 5–2 1–0 5–0 3–1 3–0 4–2 0–1 0–1 2–0
Oldham Athletic 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–3 0–0 1–1 3–2 3–0 3–0 2–1 0–3 3–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 3–2 1–3 0–1 3–3
Portsmouth 2–1 2–4 5–1 5–0 1–1 0–1 4–0 2–2 0–1 3–0 1–4 4–0 1–1 2–3 1–2 0–1 1–4 3–4 0–1 4–1 5–0
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 4–2 2–1 1–0 5–2 2–0 4–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–2 4–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 6–1
Shrewsbury Town 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–4 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 5–1 1–3 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–0
Swansea City 1–0 0–1 1–3 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 0–3 0–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–2

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

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1983–1984

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1983–84
Champions Oxford United (2nd title)
Promoted Sheffield United,
Wimbledon
Relegated Exeter City,
Port Vale,
Scunthorpe United,
Southend United
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1586 (2.87 per match)
Top goalscorer Keith Edwards (Sheffield United), 33 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Oxford United 46 17 5 1 58 22 11 6 6 33 28 91 50 +41 95
2 Wimbledon 46 15 5 3 58 35 11 4 8 39 41 97 76 +21 87
3 Sheffield United 46 14 7 2 56 18 10 4 9 30 35 86 53 +33 83
4 Hull City 46 16 5 2 42 11 7 9 7 29 27 71 38 +33 83
5 Bristol Rovers 46 16 5 2 47 21 6 8 9 21 33 68 54 +14 79
6 Walsall 46 14 4 5 44 22 8 5 10 24 39 68 61 +7 75
7 Bradford City 46 11 9 3 46 30 9 2 12 27 35 73 65 +8 71
8 Gillingham 46 13 4 6 50 29 7 6 10 24 40 74 69 +5 70
9 Millwall 46 16 4 3 42 18 2 9 12 29 47 71 65 +6 67
10 Bolton Wanderers 46 13 4 6 36 17 5 6 12 20 43 56 60 –4 64
11 Orient 46 13 5 5 40 27 5 4 14 31 54 71 81 –10 63
12 Burnley 46 12 5 6 52 25 4 9 10 24 36 76 61 +15 62
13 Newport County 46 11 9 3 35 27 5 5 13 23 48 58 75 –17 62
14 Lincoln City 46 11 4 8 42 29 6 6 11 17 33 59 62 –3 61
15 Wigan Athletic 46 11 5 7 26 18 5 8 10 20 38 46 56 –10 61
16 Preston North End 46 12 5 6 42 27 3 6 14 24 39 66 66 ±0 56
17 Bournemouth 46 11 5 7 38 27 5 2 16 25 46 63 73 –10 55
18 Rotherham United 46 10 5 8 29 17 5 4 14 28 47 57 64 –7 54
19 Plymouth Argyle 46 11 8 4 38 17 2 4 17 18 45 56 62 –6 51
20 Brentford 46 8 9 6 41 30 3 7 13 28 49 69 79 –10 49
21 Scunthorpe United 46 9 9 5 40 31 0 10 13 14 42 54 73 –19 46
22 Southend United 46 8 9 6 34 24 2 5 16 21 52 55 76 –21 44
23 Port Vale 46 10 4 9 33 29 1 6 16 18 54 51 83 –32 43
24 Exeter City 46 4 8 11 27 39 2 7 14 23 45 50 84 –34 33
  • Pld = 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 maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1983–1984

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1983–84
Champions York City (1st title)
Promoted Bristol City,
Doncaster Rovers,
Reading
Failed re-election None
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1505 (2.73 per match)
Top goalscorer Trevor Senior (Reading), 36 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 York City 46 18 4 1 58 16 13 4 6 38 23 96 39 +57 101
2 Doncaster Rovers 46 15 6 2 46 22 9 7 7 36 32 82 54 +28 85
3 Reading 46 17 6 0 51 14 5 10 8 33 42 84 56 +28 82
4 Bristol City 46 18 3 2 51 17 6 7 10 19 27 70 44 +26 82
5 Aldershot 46 14 6 3 49 29 8 3 12 27 40 76 69 +7 75
6 Blackpool 46 15 4 4 47 19 6 5 12 23 33 70 52 +18 72
7 Peterborough United 46 15 5 3 52 16 3 9 11 20 32 72 48 +24 68
8 Colchester United 46 14 7 2 45 14 3 9 11 24 39 69 53 +16 67
9 Torquay United 46 13 7 3 32 18 5 6 12 27 46 59 64 –5 67
10 Tranmere Rovers 46 11 5 7 33 26 6 10 7 20 27 53 53 ±0 66
11 Hereford United 46 11 6 6 31 21 5 9 9 23 32 54 53 +1 63
12 Stockport County 46 12 5 6 34 25 5 6 12 26 39 60 64 –4 62
13 Chesterfield 46 10 11 2 34 24 5 4 14 25 37 59 61 –2 60
14 Darlington 46 13 4 6 31 19 4 4 15 18 31 49 50 –1 59
15 Bury 46 9 7 7 34 32 6 7 10 27 32 61 64 –3 59
16 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 8 5 35 27 6 3 14 21 40 56 67 –11 59
17 Swindon Town 46 11 7 5 34 23 4 6 13 24 33 58 56 +2 58
18 Northampton Town 46 10 8 5 32 32 3 6 14 21 46 53 78 –25 53
19 Mansfield Town 46 9 7 7 44 27 4 6 13 22 43 66 70 –4 52
20 Wrexham 46 7 6 10 34 33 4 9 10 25 41 59 74 –15 48 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1984–85
First round
[notes3 1]
21 Halifax Town 46 11 6 6 36 25 1 6 16 19 64 55 89 –34 48
22 Rochdale 46 8 9 6 35 31 3 4 16 17 49 52 80 –28 46
23 Hartlepool United 46 7 8 8 31 28 3 2 18 16 57 47 85 –38 40
24 Chester City 46 7 5 11 23 35 0 8 15 22 47 45 82 –37 34
  • Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ Wrexham lost this year’s Welsh Cup final to Shrewsbury Town, but as the latter are an English side, Wrexham went on to represent Wales in the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Fourth Division maps[edit]

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

As winners of the Alliance Premier League, Maidstone United F.C. (1897) won the right (for the 2nd time) to apply for election to the Football League to replace one of the four bottom sides in the 1983–84 Football League Fourth Division. The vote went as follows:

Club Final Position Votes
Chester City 24th (Fourth Division) 52
Halifax Town 21st (Fourth Division) 52
Rochdale 22nd (Fourth Division) 50
Hartlepool United 23rd (Fourth Division) 32
Maidstone United (1897) 1st (Alliance Premier League) 22

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1983–84". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 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.