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Statistics of The Football League in the 1991/1992 season.

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Overview

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First Division

The last-ever league championship before the creation of the Premier League was won by Leeds United who overhauled Manchester United thanks to the efforts of players like future Celtic, Coventry, Southampton and Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan, Lee Chapman, David Batty and future manager Gary McAllister. After runners-up United came newly promoted Sheffield Wednesday, who were quickly emerging as one of the most feared sides in England.

Defending champions Arsenal slipped to fourth place in the 1991-92 season and never made a serious threat to retain their title. The previous season's runners-up Liverpool slipped to sixth in their first full season under the management of Graeme Souness.

Newly promoted West Ham United were relegated in bottom place, with another newly promoted side — Notts County — following days later. The last day of the season saw Luton Town lose their top flight status after 10 seasons. 17 years later they would fall into the Conference.

Second Division

John Lyall took Ipswich Town back to the First Division after a six-year absence for the Suffolk club. The Tractor Boys were followed up by runners-up Middlesbrough, but it was playoff winners Blackburn Rovers whose promotion made the biggest headlines. Bankrolled by millionaire chairman Jack Walker and managed by former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, Rovers beat Leicester 1-0 in the playoff final to end a 26-year exile from the top flight.

The Second Division relegation places were occupied by Port Vale, Plymouth Argyle and Brighton & Hove Albion - the latter team had been playoff losing finalists just 12 months before going down, but their fortunes had been ruined by financial problems.

Third Division

New manager Phil Holder guided Brentford to a surprise Third Division championship success, while Terry Cooper's Birmingham occupied runners-up spot and the playoffs were won by Chris Turner's Peterborough United.

The Third Division drop zone was occupied by Shrewsbury Town, Bury, Torquay United and Darlington.

Fourth Division

Burnley won the Fourth Division title to join Wolverhampton Wanderers as champions of all four divisions of the Football League. 17 years later they would make it back to the top flight after 33 years away. Also going up were Rotherham United, Mansfield Town and play-off winners Blackpool.

On 25 March 1992, Aldershot were declared bankrupt and obliged to resign from the Football League - their record was expunged. In 2008 Aldershot Town restored league football to the town. There was no relegation from the Football League in 1991-92. Carlisle United finished bottom, and Conference champions Colchester United returned to the league after a two-year absence.

League standings

Football League, First Division
Season 1991–92
Champions Leeds United
Relegated Luton Town
Notts County
West Ham United
UEFA Champions League 1992–93 Leeds United
European Cup Winners' Cup 1992–93 Liverpool
UEFA Cup 1992–93 Manchester United
Sheffield Wednesday[1]
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1166 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Ian Wright (Crystal Palace/Arsenal), 29
Biggest home win ?
Biggest away win ?
Highest scoring ?
Longest winning run ?
Longest unbeaten run ?
Longest losing run ?
Highest attendance ?
Lowest attendance ?
Average attendance ?

First Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Leeds United 42 13 8 0 38 13 9 8 4 36 24 74 37 + 37 82 UEFA Champions League 1992–93
First round
2 Manchester United 42 12 7 2 34 13 9 8 4 29 20 63 33 + 30 78 UEFA Cup 1992–93
First Round
[2]
3 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 5 3 39 24 8 7 6 23 25 62 49 + 13 75 UEFA Cup 1992–93
First Round
4 Arsenal 42 12 7 2 51 23 7 8 6 30 24 81 47 + 34 72 [1]
5 Manchester City 42 13 4 4 32 14 7 6 8 29 34 61 48 + 13 70 [1]
6 Liverpool 42 13 5 3 34 17 3 11 7 13 23 47 40 + 7 64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1992–93
First round
7 Aston Villa 42 13 3 5 31 16 4 6 11 17 28 48 34 + 14 60
8 Nottingham Forest 42 10 7 4 36 27 6 4 11 24 31 60 58 + 2 59
9 Sheffield United 42 9 6 6 29 23 7 3 11 36 40 65 63 + 2 57
10 Crystal Palace 42 7 8 6 24 25 7 7 7 29 36 54 61 – 7 57
11 Queens Park Rangers 42 6 10 5 25 21 6 8 7 23 26 48 47 + 1 54
12 Everton 42 8 8 5 28 19 5 6 10 24 32 52 51 + 1 53
13 Wimbledon 42 10 5 6 32 20 3 9 9 21 33 53 53 ± 0 53
14 Chelsea 42 7 8 6 31 30 6 6 9 19 30 50 60 – 10 53
15 Tottenham Hotspur 42 7 3 11 33 35 8 4 9 25 28 58 63 – 5 52
16 Southampton 42 7 5 9 17 28 7 5 9 22 27 39 55 – 16 52
17 Oldham Athletic 42 11 5 5 46 36 3 4 14 17 31 63 67 – 4 51
18 Norwich City 42 8 6 7 29 28 3 6 12 18 35 37 63 – 26 45
19 Coventry City 42 6 7 8 18 15 5 4 12 17 29 35 44 – 9 44
20 Luton Town 42 10 7 4 25 17 0 5 16 14 54 39 71 – 42 42
21 Notts County 42 7 5 9 24 29 3 5 13 16 33 40 62 – 22 40
22 West Ham United 42 6 6 9 22 24 3 5 13 15 35 37 59 – 22 38
  1. ^ a b c English teams were still affected by the 1985 UEFA ban, imposed upon the Heysel Disaster, in that they had to earn back
    additional places to the UEFA Cup. The teams that missed out on this competition due to UEFA regulations are marked here with grey.
  2. ^ Manchester United were this season's League Cup winners.
Key
League Champions, qualified for Champions League
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Previous UEFA Cup spot, not qualified
Relegated

Division Two play-offs

The semifinals were decided over two legs, and only the aggregates are given in the schemata below. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Two play-offs 1992.

Semi-Final   Final
3rd  Derby County 4  
6th  Blackburn Rovers 5     6th  Blackburn Rovers 1
4th  Leicester City 6   4th  Leicester City 0
5th  Cambridge United 1  

Second Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Ipswich Town (C) 46 16 3 4 42 22 8 9 6 28 28 70 50 + 20 84
2 Middlesbrough 46 15 6 2 37 13 8 5 10 21 28 58 41 + 17 80
3 Derby County 46 11 4 8 35 24 12 5 6 34 27 69 51 + 18 78
4 Leicester City 46 14 4 5 41 24 9 4 10 21 31 62 55 + 13 77
5 Cambridge United 46 10 9 4 34 19 9 8 6 31 28 65 47 + 18 74
6 Blackburn Rovers 46 14 5 4 41 21 7 6 10 29 32 70 53 + 17 74 [1]
7 Charlton Athletic 46 9 7 7 25 23 11 4 8 29 25 54 48 + 6 71
8 Swindon Town 46 15 3 5 38 22 3 12 8 31 33 69 55 + 14 69
9 Portsmouth 46 15 6 2 41 12 4 6 13 24 39 65 51 + 14 69
10 Watford 46 9 5 9 25 23 9 6 8 26 25 51 48 + 3 65
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 11 6 6 36 24 7 4 12 25 29 61 53 + 8 64
12 Southend United 46 11 5 7 37 26 6 6 11 26 37 61 61 ± 0 62
13 Bristol Rovers 46 11 9 3 43 29 5 5 13 17 34 60 63 – 3 62
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 9 9 5 37 32 5 10 8 19 24 56 56 ± 0 61
15 Millwall 46 10 4 9 32 32 7 6 10 32 39 64 71 – 7 61
16 Barnsley 46 11 4 8 26 25 5 7 11 19 32 45 57 – 12 59
17 Bristol City 46 10 8 5 30 24 3 7 13 25 47 55 71 – 16 54
18 Sunderland 46 10 8 5 36 23 4 3 16 25 42 61 65 – 4 53
19 Grimsby Town 46 7 5 11 25 28 7 6 10 22 34 47 62 – 15 53
20 Newcastle United 46 9 8 6 38 30 4 5 14 28 54 66 84 – 18 52
21 Oxford United 46 10 6 7 39 30 3 5 15 27 43 66 73 – 7 50
22 Plymouth Argyle 46 11 5 7 26 26 2 4 17 16 38 42 64 – 18 48
23 Brighton & HA 46 7 7 9 36 37 5 4 14 20 40 56 77 – 21 47
24 Port Vale 46 7 8 8 23 25 3 7 13 19 34 42 59 – 17 45
  1. ^ Blackburn Rovers won the play-offs and were promoted.
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Relegated

Division Three playoffs

The semifinals were decided over two legs, and only the aggregates are given in the schemata below. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Three play-offs 1992.

Semi-Final   Final
3rd  Huddersfield Town 3  
6th  Peterborough United 4     6th  Peterborough United 2
4th  Stoke City 1   5th  Stockport County 1
5th  Stockport County 2  

Third Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Brentford (C) 46 17 2 4 55 29 8 5 10 26 26 81 55 + 26 82
2 Birmingham City 46 15 6 2 42 22 8 6 9 27 30 69 52 + 17 81
3 Huddersfield Town 46 15 4 4 36 15 7 8 8 23 23 59 38 + 21 78
4 Stoke City 46 14 5 4 45 24 7 9 7 24 25 69 59 + 10 77
5 Stockport County 46 15 5 3 47 19 7 5 11 28 32 75 49 + 26 76
6 Peterborough United 46 13 7 3 38 20 7 7 9 27 38 65 58 + 13 74 [1]
7 West Bromwich Albion 46 12 6 5 45 25 7 8 8 19 24 64 49 + 15 71
8 Bournemouth 46 13 4 6 33 18 7 7 9 19 30 52 48 + 4 71
9 Fulham 46 11 7 5 29 16 8 6 9 28 37 57 53 + 4 70
10 Leyton Orient 46 12 7 4 36 18 6 4 13 26 34 62 52 + 10 65
11 Hartlepool United 46 12 5 6 30 21 6 6 11 27 36 57 57 ± 0 65
12 Reading 46 9 8 6 33 27 7 5 11 26 35 59 62 – 3 61
13 Bolton Wanderers 46 10 9 4 26 19 4 8 11 31 37 57 56 + 1 59
14 Hull City 46 9 4 10 28 23 7 7 9 26 31 54 54 ± 0 59
15 Wigan Athletic 46 11 6 6 33 21 4 8 11 25 43 58 64 – 6 59
16 Bradford City 46 8 10 5 36 30 5 9 9 26 31 62 61 + 1 58
17 Preston North End 46 12 7 4 42 32 3 5 15 19 40 61 72 – 11 57
18 Chester City 46 10 6 7 34 29 4 8 11 22 30 56 59 – 3 56
19 Swansea City 46 10 9 4 35 24 4 5 14 20 41 55 65 – 10 56
20 Exeter City 46 11 7 5 34 25 3 4 16 23 55 57 80 – 23 53
21 Bury 46 8 7 8 31 31 5 5 13 24 43 55 74 – 19 51
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 7 7 9 30 31 5 4 14 23 37 53 68 – 15 47
23 Torquay United 46 13 3 7 29 19 0 5 18 13 49 42 68 – 26 47
24 Darlington 46 5 5 13 31 39 5 2 16 25 51 56 90 – 34 37
  1. ^ Peterborough United won the play-offs and were promoted.
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Relegated

Division Four playoffs

The semifinals were decided over two legs, and only the aggregates are given in the schemata below. The final consisted of only a single match.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Four play-offs 1992.

Semi-Final   Final
4th  Blackpool 2  
7th  Barnet 1     4th  Blackpool 1
5th  Scunthorpe United 4   5th  Scunthorpe United 1[1]
6th  Crewe Alexandra 2  
  1. ^ The score was 1–1 after extra time. Scunthorpe United won 4–3 on penalties.

Fourth Division

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA W D L GF GA GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Burnley (C) 42 14 4 3 42 16 11 4 6 37 27 79 43 + 36 83
2 Rotherham United 42 12 6 3 38 16 10 5 6 32 21 70 36 + 34 77
3 Mansfield Town 42 13 4 4 43 26 10 4 7 32 27 75 53 + 22 77
4 Blackpool 42 17 3 1 48 13 5 7 9 23 32 71 45 + 36 76
5 Scunthorpe United 42 14 5 2 38 18 7 4 10 25 41 63 59 + 4 72 [1]
6 Crewe Alexandra 42 12 6 3 33 20 8 4 9 33 31 66 51 + 15 70
7 Barnet 42 16 1 4 48 23 5 5 11 33 38 81 61 + 20 69
8 Rochdale 42 12 6 3 34 22 6 7 8 23 31 57 53 + 4 67
9 Cardiff City 42 13 3 5 42 26 4 12 5 24 27 64 53 + 11 66 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1992–93
First round
10 Lincoln City 42 9 5 7 21 24 8 6 7 29 20 50 44 + 6 62
11 Gillingham 42 12 5 4 41 19 3 7 11 22 34 63 53 + 10 57
12 Scarborough 42 12 5 4 39 28 3 7 11 25 40 64 68 – 4 57
13 Chesterfield 42 6 7 8 26 28 8 4 9 23 33 49 61 – 12 53
14 Wrexham 42 11 4 6 31 26 3 5 13 21 47 52 73 – 21 51
15 Walsall 42 5 10 6 28 26 7 3 11 20 32 48 62 – 14 49
16 Northampton 42 5 9 7 25 23 6 4 11 21 33 46 56 – 10 46
17 Hereford United 42 9 4 8 31 24 3 4 14 13 33 44 57 – 13 44
18 Maidstone United 42 6 9 6 24 22 2 9 10 21 34 45 56 – 11 42
19 York City 42 6 9 6 26 23 2 7 12 16 35 42 58 – 16 40
20 Halifax Town 42 7 5 9 23 35 3 3 15 11 40 44 75 – 31 38
21 Doncaster Rovers 42 6 2 13 21 35 3 6 12 19 30 40 65 – 25 35
22 Carlisle United 42 5 9 7 24 27 2 4 15 17 40 41 67 – 26 34
22 Aldershot
  1. ^ Scunthorpe United won the play-offs and were promoted.
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Failed re-election

See also

References


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