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Statistics of The Football League in season 1994/1995.

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Overview

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Division One

The streamlining of the Premier League meant that just two clubs would be promoted from Division One in 1995. Middlesbrough won the Division One title in their first season under Bryan Robson, while Reading were the club that were to fail to win promotion despite finishing second in the table. Instead, they competed in the playoffs, losing to Bolton Wanderers in the final, who achieved their second promotion in three years under Bruce Rioch - as well as being League Cup runners-up.

1995 saw four clubs relegated from Division One - Swindon Town (relegated for the second straight season), Burnley, Bristol City and Notts County. Sunderland narrowly avoided the drop following the arrival of enthusiastic new manager Peter Reid, who over the next few years would bring dramatic improvements to the Wearsiders.

Division two

There would only be two promotion places in Division Two for 1994-95. They were occupied by champions Birmingham City and playoff winners Huddersfield Town, both enjoying success after seasons of disappointment.

Going down were Cambridge United, Plymouth Argyle, Cardiff City, Chester City and Leyton Orient. This was the first time that five clubs had been relegated from any of the league's four divisions.

Division Three

This season saw three clubs go up from Division Three instead of four clubs. They were champions Carlisle United, runners-up Walsall and playoff winners Chesterfield.

Exeter City, who almost went out of business in mid-season, finished bottom of Division Three but kept their league status because Conference champions Macclesfield Town were unable to meet the league's stadium capacity requirements.

League standings

Endsleigh League Division One

A dream start in management saw Bryan Robson guide Middlesbrough to the Division One title and regain the Premiership place that was lost two years ago. Reading finished second - the highest in their history - but the streamlining of the Premiership prevented them from winning promotion and they lost 4-3 to Bolton Wanderers after extra time in the playoff final, having led 2-0 at half time. Losing semi-finalists were Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers.

Barnsley and Watford were the unlucky sides to narrowly miss out on the playoffs, while an expensively-assembled Derby County side finished a disappointing ninth at the end of what many fans had hoped would be a promotion winning season.

Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland - three famous clubs which had seen better days - narrowly avoided relegation to Division Two, but managerial changes at each of these clubs gave fans hope that a return to the elite might not be far away.

Swindon Town suffered a second successive relegation, joining Bristol City, Burnley and Notts County in Division Two.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Middlesbrough 46 23 13 10 67 40 82
2. Reading 46 23 10 13 58 44 79
3. Bolton 46 21 14 11 67 45 77
4. Wolves 46 21 13 12 77 61 76
5. Tranmere 46 22 10 14 67 58 76
6. Barnsley 46 20 12 14 63 52 72
7. Watford 46 19 13 14 52 46 70
8. Sheffield Utd 46 17 17 12 74 55 68
9. Derby 46 18 12 16 66 51 66
10. Grimsby 46 17 14 15 62 56 65
11. Stoke 46 16 15 15 50 53 63
12. Millwall 46 16 14 16 60 60 62
13. Southend 46 18 8 20 54 73 62
14. Oldham Ath 46 16 13 17 60 60 61
15. Charlton 46 16 11 19 58 66 59
16. Luton 46 15 13 18 61 64 58
17. Port Vale 46 15 13 18 58 64 58
18. Portsmouth 46 15 13 18 53 63 58
19. West Brom 46 16 10 20 51 57 58
20. Sunderland 46 12 18 16 41 45 54
21. Swindon 46 12 12 22 54 73 48
22. Burnley 46 11 13 22 49 74 46
23. Bristol City 46 11 12 23 42 63 45
24. Notts County 46 9 13 24 45 66 40

Endsleigh League Division Two

Birmingham City sealed an immediate return to Division One by lifting the Division Two championship trophy, joined by playoff winners Huddersfield Town. The unlucky sides in the playoffs were Brentford, Crewe Alexandra and Bristol Rovers.

Unfavoured Leyton Orient, Chester City and Cardiff City were (perhaps inevitably) relegated to Division Three. But the other two relegated teams were surprise candidates for the drop. Plymouth Argyle had almost won promotion to Division One a year earlier. Cambridge United had narrowly missed out on a place in the then-new Premier League three years earlier and poor form in the run in sealed their fate after Bournemouth avoided the drop in the final two games of the season after spending most of it in the bottom five.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Birmingham 46 25 14 7 84 37 89
2. Brentford 46 25 10 11 81 39 85
3. Crewe 46 25 8 13 80 68 83
4. Bristol Rovers 46 22 16 8 70 40 82
5. Huddersfield 46 22 15 9 79 49 81
6. Wycombe 46 21 15 10 60 46 78
7. Oxford 46 21 12 13 66 52 75
8. Hull 46 21 11 14 70 57 74
9. York City 46 21 9 16 67 51 72
10. Swansea 46 19 14 13 57 45 71
11. Stockport 46 19 8 19 63 60 65
12. Blackpool 46 18 10 18 64 70 64
13. Wrexham 46 16 15 15 65 64 63
14. Bradford City 46 16 12 18 57 64 60
15. Peterborough 46 14 18 14 54 69 60
16. Brighton 46 14 17 15 54 53 59
17. Rotherham 46 14 14 18 57 61 56
18. Shrewsbury 46 13 14 19 54 62 53
19. Bournemouth 46 13 11 22 49 69 50
20. Cambridge 46 11 15 20 52 69 48
21. Plymouth 46 12 10 24 45 83 46
22. Cardiff 46 9 11 26 46 74 38
23. Chester 46 6 11 29 37 84 29
24. Leyton Orient 46 6 8 32 30 75 26

Endsleigh League Division Three

Ambitious Carlisle United sealed the Division Three title to end eight years of basement division football, joined by runners-up Walsall and playoff winners Chesterfield.

Debt-ridden Exeter City finished joint bottom of the league with Scarborough, but retained their league status due to Conference champions Macclesfield Town lacking a stadium adeqaute for Football League capacity standards.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Carlisle 42 27 10 5 67 31 91
2. Walsall 42 24 11 7 75 40 83
3. Chesterfield 42 23 12 7 62 37 81
4. Bury 42 23 11 8 73 36 80
5. Preston 42 19 10 13 58 41 67
6. Mansfield 42 18 11 13 84 59 65
7. Scunthorpe 42 18 8 16 68 63 62
8. Fulham 42 16 14 12 60 54 62
9. Doncaster 42 17 10 15 58 43 61
10. Colchester 42 16 10 16 56 64 58
11. Barnet 42 15 11 16 56 63 56
12. Lincoln 42 15 11 16 54 55 56
13. Torquay 42 14 13 15 54 57 55
14. Wigan 42 14 10 18 53 60 52
15. Rochdale 42 12 14 16 44 67 50
16. Hereford 42 12 13 17 45 62 49
17. Northampton 42 10 14 18 45 67 44
18. Hartlepool 42 11 10 21 43 69 43
19. Gillingham 42 10 11 21 46 64 41
20. Darlington 42 11 8 23 43 57 41
21. Scarborough 42 8 10 24 49 70 34
22. Exeter 42 8 10 24 36 70 34

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