1987 1. divisjon
|Dates||2 May 1987 – 10 October 1987|
|European Cup Winners' Cup||Bryne|
|Goals scored||343 (2.6 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Jan Kristian Fjærestad|
|Biggest home win||Moss 5–0 Molde|
(10 July 1987)
Start 6–1 HamKam
(3 October 1987)
Brann 5–0 Tromsø
(10 October 1987)
|Biggest away win||Rosenborg 1–4 Moss|
(20 June 1987)
Mjøndalen 1–4 Bryne
(12 September 1987)
|Highest scoring||Kongsvinger 3–4 Start(20 June 1987)|
Start 6–1 HamKam
(3 October 1987)
Brann 1–0 Vålerengen
(16 May 1987)
Start 0–2 Molde
(15 July 1987)
|Average attendance||3,553 10.0%|
22 rounds were played. Number eleven and twelve were relegated. The winners of the two groups of the 2. divisjon were promoted, as well as the winner of a series of play-off matches between the two second placed teams in the two groups of the 2. divisjon and number ten in the 1. divisjon.
For the first time in the Norwegian top flight, three rather than two points were given for wins. There was also another, more controversial new rule for points: if a match was drawn, two points would be given to the winner of a penalty shootout, and one point to the loser of the shootout. This rule, suggested by Tom A. Schanke and appointed by the Norwegian Football Association in February 1987, was highly controversial and liquidated after the 1987 season. Note that if draws would end as draws with one point to each, as usual, Tromsø IL would have been placed 10th with a possibility of being relegated.
Moss FK, coached by Nils Arne Eggen, won the league for the first and, as of the 2019 season, last time. The victory was not settled until the final round of the league, with Moss beating runners-up Molde FK (who would have grabbed the gold if they defeated Moss) 2-0 at away grounds.
Teams and locations
- Note: Table lists in alphabetical order.
|Mjøndalen||17||Mjøndalen||Nedre Eiker Stadion|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||PKW||PKL||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Moss (C)||22||13||2||1||6||44||30||+14||44||Qualification for the European Cup first round|
|2||Molde||22||11||3||2||6||27||20||+7||41||Qualification for the UEFA Cup first round|
|5||Bryne||22||11||0||1||10||32||27||+5||34||Qualification for the European Cup Winners' Cup preliminary round|
|10||HamKam (R)||22||7||3||2||10||27||34||−7||29||Qualification for the relegation play-offs|
|11||Mjøndalen (R)||22||6||2||3||11||26||34||−8||25||Relegation to the 2. divisjon|
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Results in brackets indicate the results from penalty shoot-outs whenever games were drawn.
|Home \ Away||BRA||BRY||HAM||KON||LIL||MIF||MOL||MOS||ROS||IKS||TRO||VÅL|
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
The qualification matches were contested between Hamarkameratene (10th in the 1. divisjon), Djerv 1919 (2nd in the 2. divisjon - Group A), and Lyn (2nd in the 2. divisjon - Group B). Djerv 1919 won and was promoted to the 1. divisjon.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Djerv 1919 (O, P)||2||2||0||0||4||0||+4||6||Promoted to the 1. divisjon|
|2||Lyn||2||0||1||1||1||2||−1||1||Remained in the 2. divisjon|
|3||HamKam (R)||2||0||1||1||1||4||−3||1||Relegated to the 2. divisjon|
(O) Play-off winner; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
|1||Jan Kristian Fjærestad||Moss||18|
|3||Jan Åge Fjørtoft||Ham-Kam||10|
|Arne Larsen Økland||Bryne|
|Sten Glenn Håberg||Lillestrøm|
2: Team played last season in 2. divisjon.