1972–73 Cambridge United F.C. season

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Cambridge United
1972–73 season
Manager England Bill Leivers
Football League Fourth Division 3rd
FA Cup First round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer Brian Greenhalgh (18)

The 1972–73 season was Cambridge United's 3rd season in the Football League.

Cambridge had a fine season finishing in 3rd position and thus gaining promotion to the Third Division after only three seasons in the Football League.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Southport (C) 46 26 10 10 71 48 1.479 62 Promoted to the Third Division
2 Hereford United (P) 46 23 12 11 56 38 1.474 58
3 Cambridge United (P) 46 20 17 9 67 57 1.175 57 Promoted to the Third Division
4 Aldershot (P) 46 22 12 12 60 38 1.579 56 Promoted to the Third Division
5 Newport County 46 22 12 12 64 44 1.455 56
6 Mansfield Town 46 20 14 12 78 51 1.529 54
7 Reading 46 17 18 11 51 38 1.342 52
8 Exeter City 46 18 14 14 57 51 1.118 50
9 Gillingham 46 19 11 16 63 58 1.086 49
10 Lincoln City 46 16 16 14 64 57 1.123 48
11 Stockport County 46 18 12 16 53 53 1.000 48
12 Bury 46 14 18 14 58 51 1.137 46
13 Workington 46 17 12 17 59 61 0.967 46
14 Barnsley 46 14 16 16 58 60 0.967 44
15 Chester 46 14 15 17 61 52 1.173 43
16 Bradford City 46 16 11 19 61 65 0.938 43
17 Doncaster Rovers 46 15 12 19 49 58 0.845 42
18 Torquay United 46 12 17 17 44 47 0.936 41
19 Peterborough United 46 14 13 19 71 76 0.934 41
20 Hartlepool 46 12 17 17 34 49 0.694 41
21 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 18 19 38 61 0.623 36 Re-elected
22 Colchester United 46 10 11 25 48 76 0.632 31
23 Northampton Town 46 10 11 25 40 73 0.548 31
24 Darlington 46 7 15 24 42 85 0.494 29

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Fourth Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 12 August 1972 Darlington H 0 – 3 3,478
2 19 August 1972 Barnsley A 1 – 3 2,808 Walker
3 26 August 1972 Doncaster Rovers H 3 – 1 2,941 Brookes (o.g.), Collins, Phillips
4 30 August 1972 Mansfield Town A 1 – 3 5,216 Lill
5 2 September 1972 Exeter City A 1 – 3 3,249 Pointer
6 9 September 1972 Hartlepool United H 1 – 1 2,647 Lill
7 16 September 1972 Newport County A 2 – 0 3,564 Lill, Greenhalgh
8 20 September 1972 Stockport County H 1 – 0 2,952 Robinson
9 23 September 1972 Peterborough United H 3 – 1 4,378 Lill, Greenhalgh, Collins
10 26 September 1972 Gillingham A 2 – 1 2,173 Collins, Greenhalgh
11 30 September 1972 Northampton Town A 2 – 2 3,439 Collins, Watson
12 7 October 1972 Bradford City H 2 – 1 3,960 Collins, Greenhalgh
13 11 October 1972 Hereford United H 1 – 0 4,112 Phillips
14 13 October 1972 Southport A 1 – 1 4,108 Phillips
15 20 October 1972 Colchester United H 3 – 0 4,465 Noble (o.g.), Collins, Ross
16 25 October 1972 Crewe Alexandra A 1 – 1 1,701 Walton
17 28 October 1972 Chester A 1 – 1 3,605 Ross
18 4 November 1972 Gillingham H 3 – 1 4,656 Collins, Lill, Walton
19 10 November 1972 Stockport County A 2 – 2 3,165 Lill (2)
20 25 November 1972 Workington A 1 – 5 1,112 Eades
21 2 December 1972 Torquay United H 0 – 0 3,244
22 9 December 1972 Northampton Town H 3 – 1 3,539 Lill, Greenhalgh (2)
23 16 December 1972 Bury H 1 – 1 2,337 Greenhalgh
24 23 December 1972 Aldershot H 2 – 2 3,918 Collins, Greenhalgh
25 26 December 1972 Peterborough United A 1 – 1 7,577 Greenhalgh
26 30 December 1972 Barnsley H 1 – 1 3,864 Lill
27 6 January 1973 Doncaster Rovers A 0 – 0 1,735
28 20 January 1973 Exeter City H 1 – 3 3,979 Watson
29 27 January 1973 Hartlepool United A 0 – 0 3,036
30 31 January 1973 Crewe Alexandra H 1 – 0 3,074 Greenhalgh
31 3 February 1973 Hereford United A 1 – 2 8,907 Greenhalgh
32 10 February 1973 Newport County H 3 – 1 3,496 Watson, Lill, Phillips
33 17 February 1973 Darlington A 3 – 3 1,412 Lill, Ross, Watson
34 24 February 1973 Bury H 2 – 2 3,768 Greenhalgh (2)
35 2 March 1973 Bradford City A 1 – 0 5,031 Ross
36 7 March 1973 Lincoln City H 2 – 1 3,736 Watson, Phillips
37 10 March 1973 Southport H 2 – 2 5,504 Ross (2)
38 16 March 1973 Colchester United A 1 – 0 3,888 Ross
39 21 March 1973 Reading A 0 – 1 5,589
40 24 March 1973 Chester H 1 – 0 3,935 Lill
41 31 March 1973 Workington H 1 – 0 4,028 Greenhalgh
42 7 April 1973 Torquay United A 2 – 1 4,014 Greenhalgh (2)
43 14 April 1973 Reading H 1 – 0 6,033 Ross
44 21 April 1973 Lincoln City A 1 – 2 4,801 Greenhalgh
45 24 April 1973 Aldershot A 1 – 1 10,800 Greenhalgh
46 28 April 1973 Mansfield Town H 3 – 2 11,542 Ross, Walton (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 18 November 1972 Bournemouth A 1 – 5 10,034 Collins

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 16 August 1972 Brentford A 0 – 1 7,750

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
DF England Vic Akers 32 0 1 0 1 0 34 0
DF England Jack Bannister 16 0 0 0 1 0 17 0
DF England Martin Binks 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW England John Collins 35(3) 8 1 1 0 0 36(3) 9
FW England Bryan Conlon 4(1) 0 0 0 1 0 5(1) 0
DF Northern Ireland Terry Eades 38 1 1 0 1 0 40 1
MF England Chris Foote 19(6) 0 1 0 1 0 21(6) 0
FW England Brian Greenhalgh 45 18 1 0 1 0 47 18
DF Scotland Alan Guild 41(1) 0 1 0 0 0 42(1) 0
MF England David Lill 45 12 1 0 1 0 47 12
FW England Peter Phillips 6(12) 5 0 0 0 0 6(12) 5
MF England Keith Pointer 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
DF Wales Graham Rathbone 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
FW England Terry Robinson 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
MF Scotland Bobby Ross 32 9 1 0 0 0 33 9
FW England Dave Simmons 0(3) 0 0 0 0 0 0(3) 0
GK England Graham Smith 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
DF England Jimmy Thompson 45 0 1 0 1 0 47 0
GK England Peter Vasper 34 0 1 0 1 0 36 0
MF England Dennis Walker 4 1 1 0 0 0 5 1
MF England Ronnie Walton 37 5 1 0 1 0 39 5
MF England Graham Watson 39 4 0 0 0 0 39 4

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