1971–72 Northern Premier League

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Northern Premier League
Season 1971–72
Champions Stafford Rangers
Promoted None
Relegated Chorley
Kirkby Town
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1,585 (2.87 per match)
Biggest home win Chorley 8-0 Matlock Town[1]
(14 August 1971)
Biggest away win Ellesmere Port Town 1–8 Scarborough[1]
(26 March 1972)
Highest scoring Ellesmere Port Town 1–8 Scarborough[1]
(26 March 1972)

The 1971–72 Northern Premier League was the fourth season of the Northern Premier League, a regional football league in Northern England, and the northern areas of the Midlands. The season began on 14 August 1971 and concluded on 5 May 1972.[1]

New teams[edit]

The League featured two new teams:

Final table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv 1 Pts 2 Qualification or relegation
1 Stafford Rangers (C) 46 30 11 5 91 32 2.84 71
2 Boston United 46 28 13 5 87 37 2.35 69
3 Wigan Athletic 46 27 10 9 70 43 1.63 64
4 Scarborough 46 21 15 10 75 46 1.63 57
5 Northwich Victoria 46 20 14 12 65 59 1.10 54
6 Macclesfield Town 46 18 15 13 61 50 1.22 51
7 Gainsborough Trinity 46 21 9 16 93 79 1.18 51
8 South Shields (2) 46 18 14 14 75 57 1.32 50
9 Bangor City 46 20 8 18 93 74 1.26 48
10 Altrincham 46 18 11 17 72 58 1.24 47
11 Skelmersdale United 46 19 9 18 61 58 1.05 47
12 Matlock Town 46 20 7 19 67 75 0.89 47
13 Chorley (R) 46 17 12 17 66 59 1.12 46 Relegated to Cheshire County League
14 Lancaster City 46 15 14 17 85 84 1.01 44
15 Great Harwood 46 15 14 17 60 74 0.81 44
16 Ellesmere Port Town 46 17 9 20 67 71 0.94 43
17 Morecambe 46 15 10 21 51 64 0.80 40
18 Bradford Park Avenue 46 13 13 20 54 71 0.76 39
19 Netherfield 46 16 5 25 51 73 0.70 37
20 Fleetwood 46 11 15 20 43 67 0.64 37
21 South Liverpool 46 12 12 22 61 73 0.84 36
22 Runcorn 46 8 14 24 48 80 0.60 30
23 Goole Town 46 9 10 27 51 97 0.53 28
24 Kirkby Town (R) 46 6 12 28 38 104 0.37 24 Relegated to Lancashire Combination

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system up until the 1982–83 season: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ALT BAN BOS BPA CHO EPT FLE GAI GOO GHA KIR LNC MAC MAT MOR NET NOR RUN SCA SKU SLI SSH STA WIG
Altrincham 2–0 1–3 2–1 4–1 4–2 2–0 0–1 1–3 4–5 0–0 5–2 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 0–0 1–3
Bangor City 1–0 1–3 3–1 0–1 5–0 5–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 4–0 3–3 6–2 2–0 3–2 4–1 0–0 4–2 2–3 2–2 3–2 2–3 1–5 1–0
Boston United 2–1 4–3 5–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 4–0 4–1 1–1 5–3 0–0 1–0 5–0 0–0 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–0
Bradford Park Avenue 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–2 5–2 0–1 1–0 3–3 1–0 2–4 0–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 0–0
Chorley 1–1 3–1 0–1 4–1 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–2 2–0 3–2 2–2 8–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–0
Ellesmere Port Town 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–3 1–2 1–0 0–1 5–2 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–2 5–1 2–1 3–0 0–2 4–1 1–8 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 0–1
Fleetwood Town 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–4 2–0 0–3 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1
Gainsborough Trinity 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 4–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 3–2 6–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 4–2 3–2 4–2 3–0 2–3 0–3 0–1
Goole Town 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 2–1 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–3 0–1 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–4 0–2 3–4 0–3
Great Harwood 2–1 4–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 2–4 2–0 1–5 3–3 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–3
Kirkby Town 2–3 1–3 1–5 2–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 0–5 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–3
Lancaster City 2–0 3–0 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 5–5 4–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–5
Macclesfield Town 0–3 0–0 0–0 3–1 4–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–0
Matlock Town 2–3 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 5–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–0 0–3 1–3
Morecambe 2–3 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–4 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–2 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 4–2 0–2 1–0 2–3
Netherfield 2–0 1–3 0–6 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–1 4–2 3–1 3–0 5–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 4–3 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 0–3
Northwich Victoria 3–2 0–5 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 3–2 2–3 3–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–2
Runcorn 4–4 0–2 0–1 2–2 1–3 1–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–3 1–2
Scarborough 1–1 3–2 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–3 0–1 3–0 3–1 5–0 1–1 4–2 1–0 1–2 2–2
Skelmersdale United 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–3 3–0 2–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 4–1
South Liverpool 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 2–3 1–4 2–0 1–3
South Shields 0–1 4–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 7–1 3–1 0–1 4–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 5–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–1
Stafford Rangers 1–1 3–1 4–0 3–2 4–1 1–0 5–0 3–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 4–2 3–0
Wigan Athletic 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–3 2–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–0

Updated to games played on 5 May 1972.
Source: Northern Premier Division results grid
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium
Altrincham Moss Lane
Bangor City Farrar Road
Boston United York Street
Bradford Park Avenue Park Avenue
Chorley Victory Park
Ellesmere Port Town Ellesmere Port
Fleetwood Highbury
Gainsborough Trinity The Northolme
Goole Town Victoria Pleasure Ground
Great Harwood The Showground
Kirkby Town Simonswood Lane
Lancaster City Great Axe
Macclesfield Town Moss Rose
Matlock Town Causeway Lane
Morecambe Christie Park
Netherfield Parkside
Northwich Victoria Drill Field
Runcorn Canal Street
Scarborough Athletic Ground
Skelmersdale United White Moss Park
South Liverpool Holly Park
South Shields Simonside Hall
Stafford Rangers Marston Road
Wigan Athletic Springfield Park

Promotion and relegation[edit]

In the fourth season of the Northern Premier League none of the teams were put forward for election to the Football League nor automatically promoted. Conversely, none of the sides were relegated, but Chorley and Kirkby Town left the League at the end of the season. They were replaced by newly admitted:

Cup Results[edit]

Challenge Cup:

  • Wigan Athletic 4–2 agg. Gainsborough Trinity

Northern Premier League Shield: Between Champions of NPL Premier Division and Winners of the NPL Cup.

  • Wigan Athletic bt. Stafford Rangers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Football Archive 71-72". Football Archive. 

External links[edit]