1982–83 Football League: Wikis

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Statistics of The Football League in season 1982/1983.

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Overview

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First Division

Bob Paisley's last season as Liverpool manager ended on a high as they topped the First Division with a comfortable lead. Bob Paisley retired as Liverpool manager with a record 21 prizes in nine years. His successor was long-serving coach Joe Fagan. Newly promoted Watford were the shock of the season, finishing in second place in their first ever season in the top flight.

Manchester City were relegated despite a four-year spending spree totalling around £5million. Swansea City were also relegated after only their second season as a First Division club. They had finished sixth a year earlier and at several stages had topped the league table. Brighton & Hove Albion joined them on the way down.

Second Division

Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City won promotion to the First Division. Rotherham United, Burnley and Bolton Wanderers were relegated to the Third Division. It was another blow for Bolton, who had been relegated from the First Division three years earlier.

Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers both came within hours of going bankrupt but were both saved by respective new owners.

Third Division

Portsmouth's revival continued as they ran away with the Third Division championship, followed closely behind by runners-up Cardiff City and third-placed Huddersfield Town. Newport County finished 4th, their highest post-war position in the Football League. Occupying the four relegation places were Reading, Wrexham, Doncaster Rovers and Chesterfield.

Fourth Division

Wimbledon were crowned Fourth Division champions and the efforts of manager Dave Bassett were bound to ensure that this would not be their last promotion. Hull City, Port Vale and Scunthorpe United occupied the other three promotion places. The re-election system once again went in favour of the bottom four sides in the Fourth Division, but had things gone differently then Blackpool could have gone out of the Football League little over a decade after they had been a First Division side.

At the end of the season, Fourth Division strugglers Crewe Alexandra appointed Milan-born ex-Wimbledon manager Dario Gradi as their new manager.

League standings

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 24 10 8 87 37 +50 82 European Cup 1983–84
First round
[1]
2 Watford 42 22 5 15 74 57 +17 71 UEFA Cup 1983–84
First round
3 Manchester United 42 19 13 10 56 38 +18 70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1983–84
First round
4 Tottenham Hotspur 42 20 9 13 65 50 +15 69 UEFA Cup 1983–84
First round
5 Nottingham Forest 42 20 9 13 62 50 +12 69 UEFA Cup 1983–84
First round
6 Aston Villa 42 21 5 16 62 50 +12 68 UEFA Cup 1983–84
First round
7 Everton 42 18 10 14 66 48 +18 64
8 West Ham United 42 20 4 18 68 62 +6 64
9 Ipswich Town 42 15 13 14 64 50 +14 58
10 Arsenal 42 16 10 16 58 56 +2 58
11 West Bromwich Albion 42 15 12 15 51 49 +2 57
12 Southampton 42 15 12 15 54 58 -4 57
13 Stoke City 42 16 9 17 53 64 -11 57
14 Norwich City 42 14 12 16 52 58 -6 54
15 Notts County 42 15 7 20 55 71 -16 52
16 Sunderland 42 12 14 16 48 61 -13 50
17 Birmingham City 42 12 14 16 40 55 -15 50
18 Luton Town 42 12 13 17 65 84 -19 49
19 Coventry City 42 13 9 20 48 59 -11 48
20 Manchester City 42 13 8 21 47 70 -23 47
21 Swansea City Wales 42 10 11 21 51 69 -18 41 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1983–84
Preliminary round
[2]
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 9 13 20 38 68 -30 40
  1. ^ Liverpool were also this season's League Cup winners.
  2. ^ Swansea City qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup as 1983 Welsh Cup winners. Nevertheless, they were
    relegated to 2nd division.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup, relegated
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup Winners, see Liverpool
Relegated

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Queens Park Rangers 42 26 7 9 77 36 +41 85
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 20 15 7 68 44 +24 75
3 Leicester City 42 20 10 12 72 44 +28 70
4 Fulham 42 20 9 13 64 47 +17 69
5 Newcastle United 42 18 13 11 75 53 +22 67
6 Sheffield Wednesday 42 16 15 11 60 47 +13 63
7 Oldham Athletic 42 14 19 9 64 47 +17 61
8 Leeds United 42 13 21 8 51 46 +5 60
9 Shrewsbury Town 42 15 14 13 48 48 +0 59
10 Barnsley 42 14 15 13 57 55 +2 57
11 Blackburn Rovers 42 15 12 15 58 58 +0 57
12 Cambridge United 42 13 12 17 42 60 -18 51
13 Derby County 42 10 19 13 49 58 -9 49
14 Carlisle United 42 12 12 18 68 70 -2 48
15 Crystal Palace 42 12 12 18 43 52 -9 48
16 Middlesbrough 42 11 15 16 46 67 -21 48
17 Charlton Athletic 42 13 9 20 63 86 -23 48
18 Chelsea 42 11 14 17 51 61 -10 47
19 Grimsby Town 42 12 11 19 45 70 -25 47
20 Rotherham United 42 10 15 17 45 68 -23 45
21 Burnley 42 12 8 22 56 66 -10 44
22 Bolton Wanderers 42 11 11 20 42 61 -19 44
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Relegated

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Portsmouth 46 27 10 9 74 41 +33 91
2 Cardiff City Wales 46 25 11 10 76 50 +26 86
3 Huddersfield Town 46 23 13 10 84 49 +35 82
4 Newport County Wales 46 23 9 14 76 54 +22 78
5 Oxford United 46 22 12 12 71 53 +18 78
6 Lincoln City 46 23 7 16 77 51 +26 76
7 Bristol Rovers 46 22 9 15 84 58 +26 75
8 Plymouth Argyle 46 19 8 19 61 66 -5 65
9 Brentford 46 18 10 18 88 77 +11 64
10 Walsall 46 17 13 16 64 63 +1 64
11 Sheffield United 46 19 7 20 62 64 -2 64
12 Bradford City 46 16 13 17 68 69 -1 61
13 Gillingham 46 16 13 17 58 59 -1 61
14 Bournemouth 46 16 13 17 59 68 -9 61
15 Southend United 46 15 14 17 66 65 +1 59
16 Preston North End 46 15 13 18 60 69 -9 58
17 Millwall 46 14 13 19 64 77 -13 55
18 Wigan Athletic 46 15 9 22 60 72 -12 54
19 Exeter City 46 14 12 20 81 104 -23 54
20 Orient 46 15 9 22 64 88 -24 54
21 Reading 46 12 17 17 64 79 -15 53
22 Wrexham Wales 46 12 15 19 56 76 -20 51
23 Doncaster Rovers 46 9 11 26 57 97 -40 38
24 Chesterfield 46 8 13 25 43 68 -25 37
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Relegated

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Wimbledon 46 29 11 6 96 45 +51 98
2 Hull City 46 25 15 6 75 34 +41 90
3 Port Vale 46 26 10 10 67 34 +33 88
4 Scunthorpe United 46 23 14 9 71 42 +29 83
5 Bury 46 23 12 11 74 46 +28 81
6 Colchester United 46 24 9 13 75 55 +20 81
7 York City 46 22 13 11 88 58 +30 79
8 Swindon Town 46 19 11 16 61 54 +7 68
9 Peterborough United 46 17 13 16 58 52 +6 64
10 Mansfield Town 46 16 13 17 61 70 -9 61
11 Halifax Town 46 16 12 18 59 66 -7 60
12 Torquay United 46 17 7 22 56 65 -9 58
13 Chester City 46 15 11 20 55 60 -5 56
14 Bristol City 46 13 17 16 59 70 -11 56
15 Northampton Town 46 14 12 20 65 75 -10 54
16 Stockport County 46 14 12 20 60 79 -19 54
17 Darlington 46 13 13 20 61 71 -10 52
18 Aldershot 46 12 15 19 61 82 -21 51
19 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 11 22 49 71 -22 50
20 Rochdale 46 11 16 19 55 73 -18 49
21 Blackpool 46 13 12 21 55 74 -19 49*
22 Hartlepool United 46 13 9 24 46 76 -30 48
23 Crewe Alexandra 46 11 8 27 53 71 -18 41
24 Hereford United 46 11 8 27 42 79 -37 41
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
* Two points deducted.

See also

References


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