1983–84 Football League: Wikis

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Statistics of The Football League in season 1983/1984.

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Overview

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First Division

Liverpool had a great first season under the management of Joe Fagan as they wrapped up their third successive league title and the 15th in their history. They overcame strong competition from Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United to lift the championship trophy. Liverpool had an extremely strong season, as they also won the European Cup and the League cup.

Southampton finished second in the league to record their highest-ever final position and achieve a UEFA Cup place, claiming six points from the last two games (both away) to climb up from fifth place.

The First Division relegation places were occupied by Birmingham City, Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Second Division

The £1 rescue deal of Chelsea by chairman Ken Bates paid off as they won the Second Division title and were promoted to the First Division along with Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United.

A terrible season saw Cambridge United finish bottom of the Second Division and go down to the Third Division. They were joined by two clubs who had been enjoying better fortunes only a short time ago - Swansea City, who had finished sixth in the First Division just two years earlier, and Derby County, who had been league champions just nine years earlier. Derby's Peter Taylor retired as manager and his surprise successor was Arthur Cox, who had just taken Newcastle into the First Division.

Dave Bassett agreed to take charge of Crystal Palace at the end of the season, but changed his mind three days later - without signing the contract - and returned to Wimbledon. Palace installed former Manchester United winger Steve Coppell, 29, as their new manager.

Third Division

Oxford United, Wimbledon and Sheffield United continued their rise through the league by gaining promotion to the Second Division.

Scunthorpe United, Southend United, Port Vale and Exeter City slipped out of the Third Division.

Narrowly avoiding the Third Division drop zone were Plymouth Argyle, who compensated for their dismal league form by reaching the FA Cup semi finals for the first time in their history.

Fourth Division

York City, Doncaster Rovers, Reading and Bristol City occupied the Fourth Division promotion places. York City became the first team in English league football to gain more than 100 points in a season, with 101. It was Bristol City's first successful season for a long time and a welcome piece of good news after their recent fall from the First to Fourth Division in successive seasons.

The re-election system voted in favour of the bottom four clubs in the Fourth Division once again.

League standings

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 22 14 6 73 32 +41 80 European Cup 1984–85
First round
[1]
2 Southampton 42 22 11 9 66 38 +28 77 UEFA Cup 1984–85
First round
3 Nottingham Forest 42 22 8 12 76 45 +31 74 UEFA Cup 1984–85
First round
4 Manchester United 42 20 14 8 71 41 +30 74 UEFA Cup 1984–85
First round
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 22 7 13 67 37 +30 73 UEFA Cup 1984–85
First round
6 Arsenal 42 18 9 15 74 60 +14 63
7 Everton 42 16 14 12 44 42 +2 62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1984–85
First round
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 17 10 15 64 65 -1 61 UEFA Cup 1984–85
First round
[2]
9 West Ham United 42 17 9 16 60 55 +5 60
10 Aston Villa 42 17 9 16 59 61 -2 60
11 Watford 42 16 9 17 68 77 -9 57
12 Ipswich Town 42 15 8 19 55 57 -2 53
13 Sunderland 42 13 13 16 42 53 -11 52
14 Norwich City 42 12 15 15 48 49 -1 51
15 Leicester City 42 13 12 17 65 68 -3 51
16 Luton Town 42 14 9 19 53 66 -13 51
17 West Bromwich Albion 42 14 9 19 48 62 -14 51
18 Stoke City 42 13 11 18 44 63 -19 50
19 Coventry City 42 13 11 18 57 77 -20 50
20 Birmingham City 42 12 12 18 39 50 -11 48
21 Notts County 42 10 11 21 50 72 -22 41
22 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 6 11 25 27 80 -53 29
  1. ^ Liverpool won the European Cup this year for the fourth time in less than a decade, and thus qualified for the following
    season's competition as defending champions. They also won the League cup this year, in a rematch against Everton.
  2. ^ Tottenham qualified for UEFA Cup as winners of this season's competition.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup Winners, see Liverpool
Relegated

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Chelsea 42 25 13 4 90 40 +50 88
2 Sheffield Wednesday 42 26 10 6 72 34 +38 88
3 Newcastle United 42 24 8 10 85 53 +32 80
4 Manchester City 42 20 10 12 66 48 +18 70
5 Grimsby Town 42 19 13 10 60 47 +13 70
6 Blackburn Rovers 42 17 16 9 57 46 +11 67
7 Carlisle United 42 16 16 10 48 41 +7 64
8 Shrewsbury Town England 42 17 10 15 49 53 -4 61 [1]
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 17 9 16 69 60 +9 60
10 Leeds United 42 16 12 14 55 56 -1 60
11 Fulham 42 15 12 15 60 53 +7 57
12 Huddersfield Town 42 14 15 13 56 49 +7 57
13 Charlton Athletic 42 16 9 17 53 64 -11 57
14 Barnsley 42 15 7 20 57 53 +4 52
15 Cardiff City Wales 42 15 6 21 53 66 -13 51
16 Portsmouth 42 14 7 21 73 64 +9 49
17 Middlesbrough 42 12 13 17 41 47 -6 49
18 Crystal Palace 42 12 11 19 42 52 -10 47
19 Oldham Athletic 42 13 8 21 47 73 -26 47
20 Derby County 42 11 9 22 36 72 -36 42
21 Swansea City 42 7 8 27 36 85 -49 29
22 Cambridge United 42 4 12 26 28 77 -49 24
  1. ^ Shrewsbury Town were winners of the Welsh Cup winners this season, but as they are an English club, they did not
    earn a place in the Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions
Welsh Cup winners, not qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Promoted
Relegated

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Oxford United 46 28 11 7 91 50 +41 95
2 Wimbledon 46 26 9 11 97 76 +21 87
3 Sheffield United 46 24 11 11 86 53 +33 83
4 Hull City 46 23 14 9 71 38 +33 83
5 Bristol Rovers 46 22 13 11 68 54 +14 79
6 Walsall 46 22 9 15 68 61 +7 75
7 Bradford City 46 20 11 15 73 65 +8 71
8 Gillingham 46 20 10 16 74 69 +5 70
9 Millwall 46 18 13 15 71 65 +6 67
10 Bolton Wanderers 46 18 10 18 56 60 -4 64
11 Orient 46 18 9 19 71 81 -10 63
12 Burnley 46 16 14 16 76 61 +15 62
13 Newport County Wales 46 16 14 16 58 75 -17 62
14 Lincoln City 46 17 10 19 59 62 -3 61
15 Wigan Athletic 46 16 13 17 46 56 -10 61
16 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 66 66 +0 56
17 Bournemouth 46 16 7 23 63 73 -10 55
18 Rotherham United 46 15 9 22 57 64 -7 54
19 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 12 21 56 62 -6 51
20 Brentford 46 11 16 19 69 79 -10 49
21 Scunthorpe United 46 9 19 18 54 73 -19 46
22 Southend United 46 10 14 22 55 76 -21 44
23 Port Vale 46 11 10 25 51 83 -32 43
24 Exeter City 46 6 15 25 50 84 -34 33
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Relegated

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 York City 46 31 8 7 96 39 +57 101
2 Doncaster Rovers 46 24 13 9 82 54 +28 85
3 Reading 46 22 16 8 84 56 +28 82
4 Bristol City 46 24 10 12 70 44 +26 82
5 Aldershot 46 22 9 15 76 69 +7 75
6 Blackpool 46 21 9 16 70 52 +18 72
7 Peterborough United 46 18 14 14 72 48 +24 68
8 Colchester United 46 17 16 13 69 53 +16 67
9 Torquay United 46 18 13 15 59 64 -5 67
10 Tranmere Rovers 46 17 15 14 53 53 +0 66
11 Hereford United 46 16 15 15 54 53 +1 63
12 Stockport County 46 17 11 18 60 64 -4 62
13 Chesterfield 46 15 15 16 59 61 -2 60
14 Darlington 46 17 8 21 49 50 -1 59
15 Bury 46 15 14 17 61 64 -3 59
16 Crewe Alexandra 46 16 11 19 56 67 -11 59
17 Swindon Town 46 15 13 18 58 56 +2 58
18 Northampton Town 46 13 14 19 53 78 -25 53
19 Mansfield Town 46 13 13 20 66 70 -4 52
20 Wrexham Wales 46 11 15 20 59 74 -15 48 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1984–85
First round
[1]
21 Halifax Town 46 12 12 22 55 89 -34 48
22 Rochdale 46 11 13 22 52 80 -28 46
23 Hartlepool United 46 10 10 26 47 85 -38 40
24 Chester City 46 7 13 26 45 82 -37 34
  1. ^ Wrexham lost this year’s Welsh Cup final to Shrewsbury Town, but as the latter are an English side, Wrexham went on
    to represent Wales in the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
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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