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Statistics of The Football League in season 1984/1985.

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Overview

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First Division

Howard Kendall's Everton side beat neighbours Liverpool to the league championship, while Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United followed closely behind. The blue half of Merseyside also collected the Cup Winners' Cup. Stoke City finished bottom of the First Division with just three league wins all season and just 17 points - a record low under the 3 points for a win system in any division, which would stand for twenty-one years. Norwich City and Sunderland - the two League Cup finalists - occupied the two other relegation places.

Liverpool manager Joe Fagan retired after the season and striker Kenny Dalglish was appointed player-manager.

Second Division

Jim Smith's Oxford United side won a successive promotion as Second Division champions and reached the First Division after just 23 years as Football League members. Following them into the big time were Birmingham City and Manchester City.

Slipping out of the league's second tier were Cardiff City, joined by Notts County and Wolverhampton Wanderers - both relegated for the second season in succession. Veteran manager Tommy Docherty had tried his hand at reversing financially-troubled Wolves' rapid decline at the Molineux, but without success.

Third Division

Bradford City's Third Division championship glory was overshadowed on the final day of the season when a fire at their Valley Parade ground killed 56 spectators - including two followers of their opponents Lincoln City.

The other two promotion places in the Third Division were occupied by Millwall and Hull City.

Going down from the Third Division were Cambridge United (who won just four games all season), Orient, Burnley and Preston North End. Burnley and Preston were founder members of the Football League who had reached great heights in the past - just 25 years ago Burnley had been league champions. But those successes were now very much a distant memory as both clubs slid into the league's fourth tier for the first time.

Swansea City, who had finished sixth in the First Division just three years earlier, continued to suffer as a result of their financial problems as they narrowly avoided a third successive relegation.

Fourth Division

Chesterfield, Blackpool, Darlington and Bury were promoted to the Third Division after occupying the Fourth Division's top four places.

The bottom four clubs, Halifax Town, Stockport County, Northampton Town (who had spent a season in the First Division some 20 years earlier) and Torquay United, all retained their league status after a successful re-election campaign at the expense of Gola League champions Maidstone United.

League standings

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Everton 42 28 6 8 88 43 +45 90 Excluded from
the European Cup 1985–86[1]
2 Liverpool 42 22 11 9 68 35 +33 77 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1985–86[1]
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 23 8 11 78 51 +27 77 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1985–86[1]
4 Manchester United 42 22 10 10 77 47 +30 76 Excluded from
the 1985–86 European Cup Winners' Cup[1]
5 Southampton 42 19 11 12 56 47 +9 68 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1985–86[1]
6 Chelsea 42 18 12 12 63 48 +15 66
7 Arsenal 42 19 9 14 61 49 +12 66
8 Sheffield Wednesday 42 17 14 11 58 45 +13 65
9 Nottingham Forest 42 19 7 16 56 48 +8 64
10 Aston Villa 42 15 11 16 60 60 +0 56
11 Watford 42 14 13 15 81 71 +10 55
12 West Bromwich Albion 42 16 7 19 58 62 -4 55
13 Luton Town 42 15 9 18 57 61 -4 54
14 Newcastle United 42 13 13 16 55 70 -15 52
15 Leicester City 42 15 6 21 65 73 -8 51
16 West Ham United 42 13 12 17 51 68 -17 51
17 Ipswich Town 42 13 11 18 46 57 -11 50
18 Coventry City 42 15 5 22 47 64 -17 50
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 11 18 53 72 -19 50
20 Norwich City 42 13 10 19 46 64 -18 49 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1985–86[1][2]
21 Sunderland 42 10 10 22 40 62 -22 40
22 Stoke City 42 3 8 31 24 91 -67 17
  1. ^ a b c d e f English teams were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985-86 on until the season
    1990-91 because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985, involving Liverpool fans.
  2. ^ Norwich City were 1985 League Cup winners and should have qualified for the UEFA Cup. They were nevertheless relegated.
Key
League Champions, excluded from European Cup
FA Cup winners, excluded from Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Cup spot, but excluded
League Cup winners, excluded from UEFA Cup, relegated
Relegated

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Oxford United 42 25 9 8 84 36 +48 84
2 Birmingham City 42 25 7 10 59 33 +26 82
3 Manchester City 42 21 11 10 66 40 +26 74
4 Portsmouth 42 20 14 8 69 50 +19 74
5 Blackburn Rovers 42 21 10 11 66 41 +25 73
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 20 12 10 54 34 +20 72
7 Leeds United 42 19 12 11 66 43 +23 69
8 Shrewsbury Town England 42 18 11 13 66 53 +13 65 [1]
9 Fulham 42 19 8 15 68 64 +4 65
10 Grimsby Town 42 18 8 16 72 64 +8 62
11 Barnsley 42 14 16 12 42 42 +0 58
12 Wimbledon 42 16 10 16 71 75 -4 58
13 Huddersfield Town 42 15 10 17 52 64 -12 55
14 Oldham Athletic 42 15 8 19 49 67 -18 53
15 Crystal Palace 42 12 12 18 46 65 -19 48
16 Carlisle United 42 13 8 21 50 67 -17 47
17 Charlton Athletic 42 11 12 19 51 63 -12 45
18 Sheffield United 42 10 14 18 54 66 -12 44
19 Middlesbrough 42 10 10 22 41 57 -16 40
20 Notts County 42 10 7 25 45 73 -28 37
21 Cardiff City Wales 42 9 8 25 47 79 -32 35
22 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 8 9 25 37 79 -42 33
  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, and besides, English clubs were banned anyway.
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, not qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Bradford City 46 28 10 8 77 45 +32 94
2 Millwall 46 26 12 8 73 42 +31 90
3 Hull City 46 25 12 9 78 49 +29 87
4 Gillingham 46 25 8 13 80 62 +18 83
5 Bristol City 46 24 9 13 74 47 +27 81
6 Bristol Rovers 46 21 12 13 66 48 +18 75
7 Derby County 46 19 13 14 65 54 +11 70
8 York City 46 20 9 17 70 57 +13 69
9 Reading 46 19 12 15 68 62 +6 69
10 Bournemouth 46 19 11 16 57 46 +11 68
11 Walsall 46 18 13 15 58 52 +6 67
12 Rotherham United 46 18 11 17 55 55 +0 65
13 Brentford 46 16 14 16 62 64 -2 62
14 Doncaster Rovers 46 17 8 21 72 74 -2 59
15 Plymouth Argyle 46 15 14 17 62 65 -3 59
16 Wigan Athletic 46 15 14 17 60 64 -4 59
17 Bolton Wanderers 46 16 6 24 69 75 -6 54
18 Newport County Wales 46 13 13 20 55 67 -12 52
19 Lincoln City 46 11 18 17 50 51 -1 51
20 Swansea City Wales 46 12 11 23 53 80 -27 47
21 Burnley 46 11 13 22 60 73 -13 46
22 Orient 46 11 13 22 51 76 -25 46
23 Preston North End 46 13 7 26 51 100 -49 46
24 Cambridge United 46 4 9 33 37 95 -58 21
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Relegated

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chesterfield 46 26 13 7 64 35 +29 91
2 Blackpool 46 24 14 8 73 39 +34 86
3 Darlington 46 24 13 9 66 49 +17 85
4 Bury 46 24 12 10 76 50 +26 84
5 Hereford United 46 22 11 13 65 47 +18 77
6 Tranmere Rovers 46 24 3 19 83 66 +17 75
7 Colchester United 46 20 14 12 87 65 +22 74
8 Swindon Town 46 21 9 16 62 58 +4 72
9 Scunthorpe United 46 19 14 13 83 62 +21 71
10 Crewe Alexandra 46 18 12 16 65 69 -4 66
11 Peterborough United 46 16 14 16 54 53 +1 62
12 Port Vale 46 14 18 14 61 59 +2 60
13 Aldershot 46 17 8 21 56 63 -7 59
14 Mansfield Town 46 13 18 15 41 38 +3 57
15 Wrexham Wales 46 15 9 22 67 70 -3 54
16 Chester City 46 15 9 22 60 72 -12 54
17 Rochdale 46 13 14 19 55 69 -14 53
18 Exeter City 46 13 14 19 57 79 -22 53
19 Hartlepool United 46 14 10 22 54 67 -13 52
20 Southend United 46 13 11 22 58 83 -25 50
21 Halifax Town 46 15 5 26 42 69 -27 50
22 Stockport County 46 13 8 25 58 79 -21 47
23 Northampton Town 46 14 5 27 53 74 -21 47
24 Torquay United 46 9 14 23 38 63 -25 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

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