1990–91 in English football

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The 1990–91 season was the 111th season of competitive football in England.

Overview[edit]

First Division[edit]

Arsenal won the First Division after losing just one of their league matches all season. Liverpool finished runners-up. Third place went to Crystal Palace.

Newly promoted Leeds United had a good season back in the First Division as they finished fourth, and also reached the semi-finals of the League Cup.

At the bottom of the table, Derby County went down in last place with just five wins all season despite the 17 league goals of Welsh striker Dean Saunders, who was then sold to Liverpool. The other relegation place went to Sunderland.

Second Division[edit]

Joe Royle's Oldham Athletic side won the Second Division championship ahead of West Ham United, who were promoted as runners-up. Joining them in promotion were League Cup winners Sheffield Wednesday, who finished in third place. Neil Warnock guided Notts County to a second successive victory in the promotion play-offs.

Hull City and West Bromwich Albion were relegated.

Third Division[edit]

Champions Cambridge United, runners-up Southend United and third-placed Grimsby Town occupied the automatic promotion places and all achieved second successive promotions. The fourth promotion place went to play-off winners Tranmere Rovers.

Going down to the Fourth Division were Crewe Alexandra, Rotherham United and Mansfield Town.

Fourth Division[edit]

Brian Little's Darlington won the Fourth Division championship to earn a second successive promotion, while the other four promotion places went to Stockport County, Hartlepool United, Peterborough United and Torquay United. Torquay were the play-off winners, beating Blackpool in a penalty shoot-out in the final.[citation needed]

Wrexham finished bottom of the league, but avoided relegation into the Conference as the Football League increased in size from 92 to 93 teams for 1991-92.

FA Cup[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur beat Nottingham Forest 2–1 after extra time in the FA Cup final. The decisive goal was an own goal by Forest defender Des Walker. Tottenham's triumph was overshadowed by a knee injury to star midfielder Paul Gascoigne in the opening 15 minutes.

League Cup[edit]

Sheffield Wednesday earned a shock 1–0 victory over their manager Ron Atkinson's old club Manchester United in the final thanks to a goal from John Sheridan.

Top goalscorers[edit]

First Division[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Third Division[edit]

Fourth Division[edit]

Diary of the season[edit]

2 July 1990 - Leeds United prepare for their First Division comeback by signing midfielder Gary McAllister from Leicester City for £1million.

3 July 1990 - Chelsea pay a club record £1.6million for Wimbledon winger Dennis Wise.

5 July 1990 - Chelsea sign Norwich City midfielder Andy Townsend for £1.2million.

4 July 1990 - England's World Cup hopes are ended in a semi-final defeat by West Germany, with Chris Waddle and Stuart Pearce both missing penalties.

16 July 1990 - Graham Taylor, manager of Aston Villa, is appointed as successor to Bobby Robson as the England manager.

18 July 1990 - Derby County sign defender Paul Blades from Norwich City for £700,000.

19 July 1990 - England striker Mark Hateley ends six years overseas and joins Scottish league champions Rangers in a £1million move from AS Monaco. He had played on the continent since his move from Portsmouth to AC Milan in 1984.

20 July 1990 – Manchester City pay a club record £1 million for Watford goalkeeper Tony Coton.[2]

22 July 1990 - Czech national coach Jozef Venglos is appointed as the new manager of Aston Villa, and becomes the first foreign manager in the First Division.

31 July 1990 - Aldershot F.C. in the Fourth Division are wound up in the High Court with debts of nearly £500,000.

1 August 1990 –

    • - The Football League confirms that it will revert to a 22-club First Division for the 1991–92 season, while total league membership will be increased to 94 clubs for the 1992–93 season, with the Second, Third and Fourth Divisions each having 24 clubs.

6 August 1990 - Arsenal sign Swedish winger Anders Limpar from Italian side Cremonese for £1million.

7 August 1990 – Aldershot are saved from closure by a £200,000 rescue package put together by 19-year-old property developer Spencer Trethewy.[3]

15 August 1990 - Crystal Palace sign Wimbledon defender Eric Young for £850,000.

16 August 1990 - Crystal Palace further strengthen their defence with a £400,000 move for Charlton Athletic, their Selhurst Park tenants, for John Humphrey.

18 August 1990 – Liverpool and Manchester United share the Charity Shield after a 1–1 draw at Wembley.

23 August 1990 – Oldham Athletic pay a club record £460,000 for Nottingham Forest striker David Currie. Leeds United are warned that they face expulsion from the Football League if measures aimed by the Football Association at curbing incidents of hooliganism involving the clubs fans fail.[4]

24 August 1990 - Everton sign midfielder Mike Milligan from Oldham Athletic for £1million.

25 August 1990 – Liverpool begin the new First Division season with a 3–1 away win against recently promoted Sheffield United.[5] Walsall move into their new Bescot Stadium and draw 2–2 with Torquay United in the Fourth Division in their first competitive game at the new stadium.[citation needed]

31 August 1990 – The first month of the English league season ends with Arsenal and Liverpool sharing the lead in the First Division after two games.[5] The Second Division leaders are Oldham Athletic.[6]

1 September 1990 – Newly promoted First Division side Sunderland achieve a shock 2–1 league win over FA Cup holders Manchester United at Roker Park.[5]

12 September 1990 – England beat Hungary 1–0 in a friendly at Wembley, the first game under Graham Taylor's management.[citation needed]

16 September 1990 – Peter Beardsley scores a hat-trick for Liverpool in their 4–0 league win over Manchester United at Anfield.[7]

25 September 1990 – Ian Wright and Mark Bright both score hat-tricks for Crystal Palace in their 8–0 home win over Southend United in the League Cup second round first leg at Selhurst Park.[8]

26 September 1990 – Paul Gascoigne scores four goals for Tottenham in their 5–0 win over Hartlepool United (managed by former Tottenham defender Cyril Knowles) in the League Cup second round first leg at White Hart Lane.[9]

30 September 1990 – Liverpool, with a 100% record after seven games, are First Division leaders by six points at the end of September. The bottom two places are occupied by Sheffield United and Derby County, who have both yet to win a league game this season.[5] In the Second Division, Oldham Athletic lead the way with 20 points from their opening eight games. The other two automatic promotion places are occupied by Sheffield Wednesday and Notts County, and the playoff zone is occupied by West Ham United, Bristol City (in contention for a second successive promotion), Swindon Town and Brighton.[10]

4 October 1990 – Peter Taylor, former managerial partner of Brian Clough, dies suddenly of pulmonary fibrosis whilst on holiday in Costa De Los Pinos, Majorca, at the age of 62.

6 October 1990 – In the biggest Second Division win of the season, West Ham United beat Hull City 7–1 at Upton Park.[11]

12 October 1990 – West Ham United strengthen their promotion bid with a £600,000 move for Luton Town defender Tim Breacker.[12]

20 October 1990 – 21 of the 22 players on the pitch brawl in Arsenal's 1–0 league win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.[13] In their ninth league game of the season, Liverpool drop points for the first time when Norwich City hold them to a 1–1 draw at Carrow Road.[5]

27 October 1990 – The Manchester derby at Maine Road ends in a 3–3 draw between City and United.[5]

31 October 1990 – Everton sack manager Colin Harvey after their worst start to a league season leaves them third from bottom in the First Division. Below them are Derby County and winless Sheffield United, while Liverpool remain top with nine wins from their opening 10 games. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace are their nearest contenders, and the top four are all still undefeated in the league.[5] The Second Division promotion race is heating up, with Oldham Athletic still top of the table and West Ham United having crept up to second place. Sheffield Wednesday occupy the third and final automatic promotion place. Millwall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Barnsley and Middlesbrough have all climbed into the relegation zone this month. Charlton Athletic's hopes of an immediate return to the First Division appear to be over as they occupy second from bottom place in the Second Division with eight defeats from their opening 13 games.[14]

1 November 1990 – Spencer Trethewy is dismissed from the Aldershot board of directors just three months after saving the club from closure, after it is revealed that he was unable to pay back the £200,000 he borrowed to keep the Hampshire based club afloat.[3]

7 November 1990 – Howard Kendall leaves Manchester City to begin his second spell as Everton manager.[15] 34-year-old midfielder Peter Reid is put in temporary charge of Manchester City.

12 November 1990 – Arsenal are deducted two points and Manchester United lose one point as punishment for last month's player brawl.[citation needed]

14 November 1990 - Coventry City sack manager John Sillett after more than four years in charge.

15 November 1990 - Peter Reid is appointed player-manager of Manchester City. Terry Butcher returns to England after more than four years with Rangers to become player-manager at Coventry City. 31-year-old Butcher, who was released from his Rangers contract for a fee of £350,000, is the youngest manager in all four divisions of the English league.

27 November 1990 - Liverpool sign 19-year-old midfielder Don Hutchison from Fourth Division Hartlepool United for £175,000.

28 November 1990 - Manchester United beat Arsenal 6-2 at Highbury in a League Cup fourth round tie, in which 19-year-old winger Lee Sharpe scores a hat-trick.

29 November 1990 - Manchester United offer a professional contract to trainee winger Ryan Giggs on his 17th birthday.

30 November 1990 – Liverpool remain unbeaten and top of the First Division as November draws to a close, four points ahead of an Arsenal side who are also unbeaten. Sheffield United are still looking for their first league win of the season after 14 games, while Derby County have climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of Queens Park Rangers.[5] In the Second Division, West Ham United have taken over from Oldham Athletic as Second Division leaders, while Sheffield Wednesday occupy third place. The playoff zone is occupied by Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Millwall and Notts County. Newly promoted Bristol Rovers stand just two points outside the playoff zone in 10th place, sparking hopes that manager Gerry Francis could soon deliver First Division football to the club for the first time ever.[16]

2 December 1990 – Arsenal end Liverpool's unbeaten League run by beating them 3–0 at Highbury.[5]

4 December 1990 – Luton Town win the Soccer Six at the G-Mex Centre, beating Liverpool 4–0 in the final.[17]

13 December 1990 – Southampton pay £1million for a player for the first time in their history by signing midfielder Alan McLoughlin from Swindon Town.[18]

19 December 1990 - Arsenal captain Tony Adams is sentenced to four months in prison for drink-driving after being more than three times over the legal alcohol limit when he crashed his car in Southend-on-Sea seven months ago.

22 December 1990 – Sheffield United beat Nottingham Forest to win their first First Division game of the season at the seventeenth attempt, but remain bottom of the table.[5]

31 December 1990 – The year ends with Arsenal, still unbeaten but having had two points deducted, one point behind of Liverpool at the top of the First Division. Crystal Palace and Leeds United occupy third and fourth respectively, while Sheffield United remain bottom of the table and Sunderland have slipped into the bottom two.[5] West Ham United stand top of the Second Division, followed in second place by Oldham Athletic and in third place by Sheffield Wednesday. Middlesbrough, Notts County, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bristol City occupy the playoff zone. Newcastle United, who began the season among the favourites for promotion, occupy a lowly 16th place and are just four points above the relegation zone that threatens them with Third Division football for the first time.[19]

8 January 1991 - Liverpool sign winger Jimmy Carter from Milwall for £800,000.

10 January 1991 – Viv Anderson joins Second Division promotion chasers Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer from Manchester United.[20]

15 January 1991 - Liverpool sign 17-year-old midfielder Jamie Redknapp from AFC Bournemouth for £350,000.

17 January 1991 – Sheffield United pay a club record £450,000 for Crystal Palace midfielder Glyn Hodges.[12]

27 January 1991 – Woking's FA Cup dream comes to an end in the fourth round when they lose 1–0 to Everton at Goodison Park.[citation needed]

29 January 1991 – David Pleat is sacked after three years as manager of Leicester City, the Second Division strugglers.[21] His assistant Gordon Lee, the former Everton manager, is placed in temporary charge.[22]

30 January 1991 - Liverpool sign striker David Speedie from Coventry City for £675,000.

31 January 1991 – Arsenal are one point ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand, at the top of the First Division. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are still in contention for a first-ever league title, six points off the top, while Sheffield United remain bottom.[5] West Ham United, Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday continue to occupy the top three places in the Second Division. Notts County, Middlesbrough, Brighton and Millwall occupy the playoff zone.[23]

1 February 1991 – Paul Birch leaves Aston Villa after 10 years to join Wolverhampton Wanderers for £400,000.[18]

2 February 1991 – Arsenal suffer their first league defeat of the season in their 24th game, going down 2–1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.[5]

12 February 1991 – Aston Villa sign defender Neil Cox from Scunthorpe United for £400,000, a record fee for a Fourth Division player.[24]

17 February 1991 - Liverpool and Everton draw 0-0 in an all Merseyside FA Cup fifth round tie at Anfield.

20 February 1991 – Sheffield Wednesday sign 19-year-old striker Gordon Watson from Charlton Athletic for £250,000. The FA Cup fourth round replay between Liverpool ends in a dramatic 4-4 draw at Goodison Park, forcing a second replay.[24]

21 February 1991 - In a record fee for a non-league player, Barnet striker Andy Clarke joins Wimbledon for £250,000.

22 February 1991 – Kenny Dalglish announces his resignation as Liverpool manager. Long-serving coach Ronnie Moran is appointed caretaker manager.[citation needed]

27 February 1991 - Everton beat Liverpool 1-0 in the second replay of the FA Cup fifth round tie at Goodison Park, ending Liverpool's hopes of a unique second double.

28 February 1991 – February draws to a close with Arsenal now ahead of Liverpool at the top of the First Division on goal difference, while Crystal Palace are five points behind. At the other end of the table, a splendid run of form has moved Sheffield United six points clear of bottom-placed Derby County. The Blades are level on goal difference with Coventry City, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers.[5] West Ham United, Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday continue to lead the way in the Second Division. Middlesbrough, Notts County, Brighton and Millwall occupy the playoff zone, with Bristol City continuing to turn up the heat on them in their bid for a second successive promotion.[25]

March - Liverpool captain Alan Hansen retires after 14 years at the club, having been out of action for almost a year due to injury.

2 March 1991 - Ryan Giggs makes his first team debut for Manchester United as a substitute in a league match at Old Trafford, which ends in a 2-0 defeat to Everton.

3 March 1991 – Arsenal move three points clear at the top of the First Division by beating Liverpool 1–0 at Anfield thanks to a goal by Paul Merson.[26]

20 March 1991 – Swindon Town sell defender Paul Bodin to Crystal Palace for £550,000.[18]

22 March 1991 - Coventry City sign striker Robert Rosario from Norwich City for £600,000.

23 March 1991 – Liverpool beat Derby County 7–1 at the Baseball Ground. It is the first time an away team has scored as many as seven goals in a First Division match since 1963.[5]

26 March 1991 - Manchester United sign Soviet winger Andrei Kanchelskis, 22, from FC Shakhtar Donetsk for £1million. Ossie Ardiles leaves Swindon Town to become the new manager of Newcastle United following the resignation of Jim Smith.

28 March 1991 – The 90-day inquest into the Hillsborough disaster records a verdict of accidental death on the 95 Liverpool fans who died as a result of their injuries at the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989.[27]

30 March 1991 – Manchester United centre-back Steve Bruce scores twice in a 3–0 away league win over his old club Norwich City, becoming the first defender to score ten league goals this season.[28]

31 March 1991 – March draws to a close with Arsenal leading Liverpool by two points. Sheffield United's incredible revival has continued as they now stand 12th in the table, but Derby County are twelve points adrift of safety, and Sunderland occupy the other relegation place.[5] Oldham Athletic and West Ham United lead the Second Division level on 70 points, with Brighton, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Bristol City occupying the playoff zone. Ossie Ardiles becomes manager of Newcastle United, who are just six points outside the playoff zone with two games in hand.[29]

1 April 1991 – Liverpool's hopes of retaining their league title are damaged by a 1–0 away defeat to Southampton.[5]

7 April 1991 – Crystal Palace win the Full Members Cup after a 4-1 victory over Everton in the Wembley final.[30]

13 April 1991 – Liverpool's title challenge is kept alive with a thrilling 5–4 away win over Leeds United, but the Reds are five points behind Arsenal with five games left. Leeds striker Lee Chapman finds himself in the unusual position of scoring a hat-trick despite being on the losing side.[5][31]

14 April 1991 – Tottenham Hotspur end Arsenal's hopes of the double and boost their own hopes of an eighth FA Cup triumph with a 3–1 win in the first FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley. Nottingham Forest win the other semi-final, crushing West Ham United 4–0 at Villa Park.

16 April 1991 – Graeme Souness is named as Liverpool's new manager, departing from Rangers, where he is succeeded by Walter Smith.[citation needed]

20 April 1991 – Nottingham Forest record the biggest First Division win of the season by beating Chelsea 7–0 at the City Ground.[32] Derby County lose to Manchester City and are relegated.[5]

21 April 1991 – Sheffield Wednesday, chasing promotion to the First Division, achieve a 1–0 win over Manchester United in the League Cup final to end a 56-year trophy drought.[citation needed]

30 April 1991 – April draws to a close with Arsenal three points ahead of Liverpool with three matches left, while Crystal Palace's title dreams have ended. Sunderland, Luton Town and last season's runners-up Aston Villa still fighting to avoid relegation alongside Derby County.[5]

1 May 1991 – England beat Turkey 1–0 in Izmir in their fourth European Championship qualifying game.[citation needed]

4 May 1991 – Arsenal edge closer to the title by drawing 0–0 with Sunderland, while Liverpool are beaten 4–2 by Chelsea.[5]

6 May 1991 – Liverpool are beaten 2–1 by Nottingham Forest, handing the title to Arsenal,[5] who beat Manchester United 3–1. Alan Smith scores a hat-trick.[33]

11 May 1991 – Sunderland are relegated to the Second Division as they lose to Manchester City and Luton Town beat Derby County 2–0. It is the second season running that Luton have survived on the last day of the season with victory over Derby.[5] Arsenal end their championship campaign with a 6–1 demolition of Coventry City at Highbury, with Anders Limpar scoring a hat-trick.[33]

The Second Division campaign ended with Oldham Athletic, already promoted to the First Division for the first time since 1923, crowned as champions thanks to an injury-time final-day Neil Redfearn penalty earning them a 3-2 comeback victory over Sheffield Wednesday. West Ham United, last day losers to 4th-place Notts County, had to settle for second. Sheffield Wednesday took the third automatic promotion spot. Hull City's relegation was confirmed 2 weeks ago, while West Bromwich Albion are relegated alongside them to fall into the Third Division for the first time in their history.[34]

13 May 1991 - Gerry Francis resigns after four years as manager of Bristol Rovers, despite having guided the club a mid table finish in the Second Division a year after winning promotion.

15 May 1991 – Manchester United mark the return to European football by English clubs with a 2–1 win over Barcelona in the European Cup Winners' Cup final in Rotterdam. Mark Hughes scores both goals.[citation needed]

18 May 1991 – Tottenham Hotspur win the FA Cup for the eighth time, beating Nottingham Forest 2–1 after extra time in the final. Paul Gascoigne suffers cruciate knee ligament damage, causing his proposed £8.5million move to Lazio to be put on hold.[35]

21 May 1991 - QPR manager Don Howe is sacked after 18 months in charge at Loftus Road.

28 May 1991 - Jozef Venglos leaves Aston Villa after just one season as manager.

30 May 1991 – Brian Little, whose Darlington side have just secured their second successive promotion and won the Fourth Division title, is appointed as Leicester City's new manager.[36]

31 May 1991 - Ron Atkinson, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, turns down an offer to become the new Aston Villa manager.

1 June 1991 - Gerry Francis, who was captain of QPR during the 1970s, returns to Loftus Road as manager. Jim Smith is appointed manager of Portsmouth.

2 June 1991 – Notts County beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3–1 in the Second Division play-off final to earn a return to the First Division.[citation needed]

6 June 1991 – David Pleat is appointed Luton Town manager for the second time.[21]Leeds United pay a club record £1.6million for Southampton striker Rod Wallace.

7 June 1991 - Ron Atkinson becomes the new Aston Villa manager after accepting an improved offer.

18 June 1991 - Veteran striker Trevor Francis is appointed player-manager of Sheffield Wednesday.

25 June 1991 - Blackburn Rovers, now bankrolled by the wealth of local steel baron Jack Walker, pay a club record £700,000 for Barnsley midfielder Steve Agnew.

27 June 1991 – Former Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Andy Goram becomes Scotland's first £1million goalkeeper after a move from Hibernian to Glasgow Rangers.[37]

Deaths[edit]

July 1990 - Eric Anderson, 59, played for Liverpool and Barnsley as a forward during the 1950s.

23 July 1990 - Dave Deacon, 61, played 66 league games for Ipswich Town, many of them under the management of Alf Ramsey, and later played for Cambridge United when they were still a non-league team.

9 August 1990 - Joe Mercer, 76, who won a total of three league titles as a player with Everton (1939) and Arsenal (1948 and 1953), and was later manager of Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Coventry City, as well as an interim spell as manager of the England national football team in 1974.

15 August 1990 - Billy Hume, 54, spent most of his career in his native Scotland but made 10 appearances as a forward for Birmingham City between 1958 and 1960.

17 August 1990 - Ian Handysides, 27, former Birmingham City, Walsall and Wolves forward, died of cancer after a two-year battle against the illness.

20 August 1990 -

8 September 1990 - David Longhurst, 25, York City striker, died after collapsing during a Fourth Division fixture at home to Doncaster Rovers.

5 October 1990 - Peter Taylor, 62, most famous for serving as assistant manager to Brian Clough at Hartlepool United, Derby County, Brighton and Nottingham Forest between 1965 and 1982. Also had a spell as manager of non-league Burton Albion before linking up with Clough, and later returned to Derby as manager from 1982 to 1984.

28 November 1990 - Ted Catlin, 79, played more than 200 games at left-back for Sheffield Wednesday during the 1930s and picked up an FA Cup winner's medal in 1935, also winning five caps for England.

December 1990 - Pat Jones, 70, played 425 league games for Plymouth Argyle as a full-back between 1946 and 1957.

22 December 1990 - Robin Friday, 38, who was found dead from heart attack in his London flat, was a striker for Reading and Cardiff City during the 1970s.

24 December 1990 - Don Dearson, 76, played 131 league games for Birmingham City during a career which was disrupted by the Second World War, before spending the final few seasons of his career with Coventry City and Walsall.

25 January 1991 - Frank Soo, 76, played 173 league games at half-back for Stoke City before the Second World War and 71 times for Luton Town in the early postwar league campaigns. He later managed 12 different British and overseas club sides and had a brief spell in charge of the Norway national football team.

April 1991 - Bobby Baxter, 80, played 247 league games for Middlesbrough during the 1930s before completing his league career in his native Scotland with Hearts in the immediate postwar era.

May 1991 - Harold Hobbis, 78, made 248 league appearances for Charlton Athletic as a winger between 1931 and 1948, and scored one goal in two pre-war appearances for the England team.

22 May 1991 - Stan Mortensen, 69, former Blackpool forward who scored over 200 goals for the club all competitions, winning the FA Cup in 1953 and also scoring 23 goals in 25 games for the England team.

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner Runner-up
First Division Arsenal (10) Liverpool
Second Division Oldham Athletic West Ham United
Third Division Cambridge United Southend United
Fourth Division Darlington Stockport County
FA Cup Tottenham Hotspur (8*) Nottingham Forest
League Cup Sheffield Wednesday (1) Manchester United
Charity Shield Liverpool (10) & Manchester United (10)

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

Arsenal qualified for the European Cup, Liverpool for the UEFA Cup, and Tottenham Hotspur and holders Manchester United for the European Cup Winners' Cup.

League tables[edit]

First Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal (C) 38 24 13 1 74 18 +56 83
2 Liverpool 38 23 7 8 77 40 +37 76
3 Crystal Palace 38 20 9 9 50 41 +9 69
4 Leeds United 38 19 7 12 65 47 +18 64
5 Manchester City 38 17 11 10 64 53 +11 62
6 Manchester United 38 16 12 10 58 45 +13 59
7 Wimbledon 38 14 14 10 53 46 +7 56
8 Nottingham Forest 38 14 12 12 65 50 +15 54
9 Everton 38 13 12 13 50 46 +4 51
10 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 16 11 51 50 +1 49
11 Chelsea 38 13 10 15 58 69 –11 46
12 Queens Park Rangers 38 12 10 16 44 53 –9 46
13 Sheffield United 38 13 7 18 36 55 –19 46
14 Southampton 38 12 9 17 58 69 –11 45
15 Norwich City 38 13 6 19 41 64 –21 45
16 Coventry City 38 11 11 16 42 49 –7 44
17 Aston Villa 38 9 14 15 46 58 –12 41
18 Luton Town 38 10 7 21 42 61 –19 37
19 Sunderland (R) 38 8 10 20 38 60 –22 34
20 Derby County (R) 38 5 9 24 37 75 –38 24

Note: Arsenal deducted two points for on-field brawl and Manchester United deducted one point also for on-field brawl in a league match between the two teams at Old Trafford on 20 October 1990.

Second Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Oldham Athletic (C, P) 46 25 13 8 83 53 +30 88
2 West Ham United (P) 46 24 15 7 60 34 +26 87
3 Sheffield Wednesday (P) 46 22 16 8 80 51 +29 82
4 Notts County (P) 46 23 11 12 76 55 +21 80
5 Millwall 46 20 13 13 70 51 +19 73
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 21 7 18 63 69 –6 70
7 Middlesbrough 46 20 9 17 66 47 +19 69
8 Barnsley 46 19 12 15 63 48 +15 69
9 Bristol City 46 20 7 19 68 71 –3 67
10 Oxford United 46 14 19 13 69 66 +3 61
11 Newcastle United 46 14 17 15 49 56 –7 59
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 13 19 14 63 63 0 58
13 Bristol Rovers 46 15 13 18 56 59 –3 58
14 Ipswich Town 46 13 18 15 60 68 –8 57
15 Port Vale 46 15 12 19 56 64 –8 57
16 Charlton Athletic 46 13 17 16 57 61 –4 56
17 Portsmouth 46 14 11 21 58 70 –12 53
18 Plymouth Argyle 46 12 17 17 54 78 –24 53
19 Blackburn Rovers 46 14 10 22 51 66 –15 52
20 Watford 46 12 15 19 45 59 –14 51
21 Swindon Town 46 12 14 20 65 73 –8 50
22 Leicester City 46 14 8 24 60 83 –23 50
23 West Bromwich Albion (R) 46 10 18 18 52 61 –9 48
24 Hull City (R) 46 10 15 21 57 85 –28 45

Third Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Cambridge United (C, P) 46 25 11 10 75 45 +25 86
2 Southend United (P) 46 26 7 13 67 51 +16 85
3 Grimsby Town (P) 46 24 11 11 66 34 +32 83
4 Bolton Wanderers 46 24 11 11 64 50 +14 83
5 Tranmere Rovers (P) 46 23 9 14 64 46 +18 78
6 Brentford 46 21 13 12 59 47 +12 76
7 Bury 46 20 13 13 59 47 +12 76
8 Bradford City 46 20 10 16 62 54 +8 70
9 Bournemouth 46 19 13 14 58 58 0 70
10 Wigan Athletic 46 20 9 17 61 54 +7 69
11 Huddersfield Town 46 18 13 15 57 51 +6 67
12 Birmingham City 46 16 17 13 45 49 –4 65
13 Leyton Orient 46 18 10 18 55 58 –3 64
14 Stoke City 46 16 12 18 55 59 –4 60
15 Reading 46 17 8 21 53 66 –13 59
16 Exeter City 46 16 9 21 58 52 +6 57
17 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 54 67 –13 56
18 Shrewsbury Town 46 14 10 22 61 68 –7 52
19 Chester City 46 14 9 23 46 58 –14 51
20 Swansea City 46 13 9 24 49 72 –23 48
21 Fulham 46 10 16 20 41 56 –15 46
22 Crewe Alexandra (R) 46 11 11 24 62 80 –18 44
23 Rotherham United (R) 46 10 12 24 50 87 –37 42
24 Mansfield Town (R) 46 8 14 24 42 63 –21 38

Fourth Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Darlington (C, P) 46 22 17 7 68 38 +30 83
2 Stockport County (P) 46 23 13 10 84 47 +37 82
3 Hartlepool United (P) 46 24 10 12 67 48 +19 82
4 Peterborough United (P) 46 21 17 8 67 45 +22 80
5 Blackpool 46 23 10 13 78 47 +31 79
6 Burnley 46 23 10 13 70 51 +19 79
7 Torquay United (P) 46 18 18 10 64 47 +17 72
8 Scunthorpe United 46 20 11 15 71 62 +9 71
9 Scarborough 46 19 12 15 59 56 +3 69
10 Northampton Town 46 18 13 15 57 58 –1 67
11 Doncaster Rovers 46 17 14 15 56 46 +10 65
12 Rochdale 46 15 17 14 50 53 –3 62
13 Cardiff City 46 15 15 16 43 54 –11 60
14 Lincoln City 46 14 17 15 50 61 –11 59
15 Gillingham 46 12 18 16 57 60 –3 54
16 Walsall 46 12 17 17 48 51 –3 53
17 Hereford United 46 13 14 19 53 58 –5 53
18 Chesterfield 46 13 14 19 47 62 –15 53
19 Maidstone United 46 13 12 21 66 71 –5 51
20 Carlisle United 46 13 9 24 47 89 –42 48
21 York City 46 11 13 22 45 57 –12 46
22 Halifax Town 46 12 10 24 59 79 –20 46
23 Aldershot 46 10 11 25 61 101 –40 41
24 Wrexham 46 10 10 26 48 74 –26 40

Retirements[edit]

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