Football League Third Division North: Wikis


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The Third Division North of The Football League was a level in English association football, which ran parallel to Third Division South from 1921 to 1958.

The Third Division South had been formed the previous season (as simply the Third Division) with 22 teams mostly from the Southern League. It was decided that this gave the league too much of a southern bias, so the Third Division North was created to redress the balance. However, there was not a northern equivalent of the Southern League, so only 20 teams could be found, taken from several regional leagues: the Midland League, the Central League, the North Eastern League, the Lancashire Combination and the Birmingham Combination. A further two teams were added in 1923 to take the total to 22.

Only one promotion place was available each season from the Third Division North to the Second Division, which made it very difficult to win promotion. Eight teams were ever-present in the division for the 30 years of its existence. Of the teams present in Third Division North, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County made it all the way to the Championship.

In 1958 the two regional Third Divisions were merged together, to create the new Third Division and Fourth Division.

From 1934 to the war's outbreak there was a short-lived knockout Football League Third Division North Cup.

From 1954/55 season until 1957/58 season, there was a series of games between teams representing the Third Division North and the Third Division South. Football League Third Division North vs. South Representative Games.


1922 Stockport County
1923 Nelson
1924 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1925 Darlington
1926 Grimsby Town
1927 Stoke City
1928 Bradford Park Avenue
1929 Bradford City
1930 Port Vale
1931 Chesterfield
1932 Lincoln City
1933 Hull City
1934 Barnsley
1935 Doncaster Rovers
1936 Chesterfield
1937 Stockport County
1938 Tranmere Rovers
1939 Barnsley
1947 Doncaster Rovers
1948 Lincoln City
1949 Hull City
1950 Doncaster Rovers
1951 Rotherham United
1952 Lincoln City
1953 Oldham Athletic
1954 Port Vale
1955 Barnsley
1956 Grimsby Town
1957 Derby County
1958 Scunthorpe United

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