1977–78 Football League: Wikis

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Statistics of The Football League in season 1977/1978.

Contents

Overview

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First Division

Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest side took on the First Division by storm, by winning the League Cup on 22 March and confirming themselves as league champions the following month. They joined a small and exclusive company of clubs to have won the league championship one season after promotion.

Manchester United broke the British transfer fee record on 9 February by paying Leeds United £495,000 for Scottish defender Gordon McQueen.

West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leicester City were all relegated.

Second Division

Bolton Wanderers, Southampton F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur were all promoted, while Blackpool F.C., Mansfield Town and Hull City were all relegated

Third Division

Wrexham, Cambridge United and Preston North End were all promoted, while Portsmouth F.C., Port Vale, Bradford City and Hereford United were all relegated.

Fourth Division

Wimbledon play their first season in the Football League, replacing Workington. Watford F.C., Southend United, Swansea City and Brentford F.C. were all promoted, while Southport F.C. were relegated.

League standings

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Nottingham Forest 42 25 14 3 69 24 +45 64 European Cup 1978–79
First round
[1]
2 Liverpool 42 24 9 9 65 34 +31 57 European Cup 1978–79
First round
[2]
3 Everton 42 22 11 9 76 45 +31 55 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
4 Manchester City 42 20 12 10 74 51 +23 52 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
5 Arsenal 42 21 10 11 60 37 +23 52 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 18 14 10 62 53 +9 50 UEFA Cup 1978–79
First round
7 Coventry City 42 18 12 12 75 62 +13 48
8 Aston Villa 42 18 10 14 57 42 +15 46
9 Leeds United 42 18 10 14 63 53 +10 46
10 Manchester United 42 16 10 16 67 63 +4 42
11 Birmingham City 42 16 9 17 55 60 -5 41
12 Derby County 42 14 13 15 54 59 -5 41
13 Norwich City 42 11 18 13 52 66 -14 40
14 Middlesbrough 42 12 15 15 42 54 -12 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 12 12 18 51 64 -13 36
16 Chelsea 42 11 14 17 46 69 -23 36
17 Bristol City 42 11 13 18 49 53 -4 35
18 Ipswich Town 42 11 13 18 47 61 -14 35 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1978–79
First round
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 9 15 18 47 64 -17 33
20 West Ham United 42 12 8 22 52 69 -17 32
21 Newcastle United 42 6 10 26 42 78 -36 22
22 Leicester City 42 5 12 25 26 70 -44 22
  1. ^ Nottingham Forest also won the League cup this year.
  2. ^ Liverpool won the European Cup, now for the second year running, and thus qualified for the following season's
    competition.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
League cup winners, see Nottingham Forest
Qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 42 24 10 8 63 33 +30 58
2 Southampton 42 22 13 7 70 39 +31 57
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 20 16 6 83 49 +34 56
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 22 12 8 63 38 +25 56
5 Blackburn Rovers 42 16 13 13 56 60 -4 45
6 Sunderland 42 14 16 12 67 59 +8 44
7 Stoke City 42 16 10 16 53 49 +4 42
8 Oldham Athletic 42 13 16 13 54 58 -4 42
9 Crystal Palace 42 13 15 14 50 47 +3 41
10 Fulham 42 14 13 15 49 49 +0 41
11 Burnley 42 15 10 17 56 64 -8 40
12 Sheffield United 42 16 8 18 62 73 -11 40
13 Luton Town 42 14 10 18 54 52 +2 38
14 Orient 42 10 18 14 43 49 -6 38
15 Notts County 42 11 16 15 54 62 -8 38
16 Millwall 42 12 14 16 49 57 -8 38
17 Charlton Athletic 42 13 12 17 55 68 -13 38
18 Bristol Rovers 42 13 12 17 61 77 -16 38
19 Cardiff City Wales 42 13 12 17 51 71 -20 38
20 Blackpool 42 12 13 17 59 60 -1 37
21 Mansfield Town 42 10 11 21 49 69 -20 31
22 Hull City 42 8 12 22 34 52 -18 28
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Relegated

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wrexham Wales 46 23 15 8 78 45 +33 61 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1978–79
First round
[1]
2 Cambridge United 46 23 12 11 72 51 +21 58
3 Preston North End 46 20 16 10 63 38 +25 56
4 Peterborough United 46 20 16 10 47 33 +14 56
5 Chester City 46 16 22 8 59 56 +3 54
6 Walsall 46 18 17 11 61 50 +11 53
7 Gillingham 46 15 20 11 67 60 +7 50
8 Colchester United 46 15 18 13 55 44 +11 48
9 Chesterfield 46 17 14 15 58 49 +9 48
10 Swindon Town 46 16 16 14 67 60 +7 48
11 Shrewsbury Town 46 16 15 15 63 57 +6 47
12 Tranmere Rovers 46 16 15 15 57 52 +5 47
13 Carlisle United 46 14 19 13 59 59 +0 47
14 Sheffield Wednesday 46 15 16 15 50 52 -2 46
15 Bury 46 13 19 14 62 56 +6 45
16 Lincoln City 46 15 15 16 53 61 -8 45
17 Exeter City 46 15 14 17 49 59 -10 44
18 Oxford United 46 13 14 19 64 67 -3 40
19 Plymouth Argyle 46 11 17 18 61 68 -7 39
20 Rotherham United 46 13 13 20 51 68 -17 39
21 Port Vale 46 8 20 18 46 67 -21 36
22 Bradford City 46 12 10 24 56 86 -30 34
23 Hereford United 46 9 14 23 34 60 -26 32
24 Portsmouth 46 7 17 22 41 75 -34 31
  1. ^ Wrexham qualified for European Cup Winners' Cup as Welsh Cup winners.
Key
Division Champions, Welsh Cup Champions, promoted, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Promoted
Relegated

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Watford 46 30 11 5 85 38 +47 71
2 Southend United 46 25 10 11 66 39 +27 60
3 Swansea City Wales 46 23 10 13 87 47 +40 56
4 Brentford 46 21 14 11 86 54 +32 56
5 Aldershot 46 19 16 11 67 47 +20 54
6 Grimsby Town 46 21 11 14 57 51 +6 53
7 Barnsley 46 18 14 14 61 49 +12 50
8 Reading 46 18 14 14 55 52 +3 50
9 Torquay United 46 16 15 15 57 56 +1 47
10 Northampton Town 46 17 13 16 63 68 -5 47
11 Huddersfield Town 46 15 15 16 63 55 +8 45
12 Doncaster Rovers 46 14 17 15 52 65 -13 45
13 Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 66 67 -1 44
14 Scunthorpe United 46 14 16 16 50 55 -5 44
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 15 14 17 50 69 -19 44
16 Newport County Wales 46 16 11 19 65 73 -8 43
17 Bournemouth 46 14 15 17 41 51 -10 43
18 Stockport County 46 16 10 20 56 56 +0 42
19 Darlington 46 14 13 19 52 59 -7 41
20 Halifax Town 46 10 21 15 52 62 -10 41
21 Hartlepool United 46 15 7 24 51 84 -33 37
22 York City 46 12 12 22 50 69 -19 36
23 Southport 46 6 19 21 52 76 -24 31
24 Rochdale 46 8 8 30 43 85 -42 24
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Failed re-election

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

See also

References


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