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Statistics of The Football League in season 1976/1977.

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Overview

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First Division

Liverpool retained their league championship trophy and won their first European Cup to confirm Bob Paisley as a successful replacement for Bill Shankly in his third season at the helm. Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City's long spells in the First Division came to an end with relegation. Stoke sacked their manager Tony Waddington. On the last day of the season, Coventry City and Bristol City played out a controversial 2-2 draw, with play virtually stopping when it was heard that Sunderland had lost to Everton. Both clubs survived while Sunderland was relegated.

After Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty had admitted his affair with the wife of the club's physiotherapist, the club's directors decided that he had broken their moral code and he was sacked.

Second Division

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea and Nottingham Forest gained promotion to the First Division. Brian Clough's Forest would achieve success beyond the dreams of most supporters over the next few seasons. Carlisle United, Plymouth Argyle and Hereford United occupied the three relegation places. Hereford became the first club to finish bottom of the Second Division after winning the Third Division the previous season.

Third Division

Mansfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace were the three teams promoted to the Second Division. Palace's manager was a certain Terry Venables who would enjoy more success at Palace and elsewhere over the next 20 years. Going down were Reading, Northampton Town, Grimsby Town and York City.

Fourth Division

Cambridge United, Exeter City, Colchester United and Bradford City occupied the four promotion places in the league's lowest division. A terrible season for Workington was compounded by their failure to gain re-election to the Football League, a humiliation which saw them slip into the Northern Premier League. In their place were Southern League champions Wimbledon, who would make amazing progress over the next decade.

The British pop star Elton John took over Fourth Division side Watford and installed Graham Taylor as manager. Former Arsenal manager Bertie Mee came out of retirement to work at Watford as assistant to Graham Taylor. John immediately asserted his ambition by promising to bring First Division football to Watford.

League standings

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 23 11 8 62 33 +29 57 European Cup 1977–78
Second round
[1]
2 Manchester City 42 21 14 7 60 34 +26 56 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
3 Ipswich Town 42 22 8 12 66 39 +27 52 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
4 Aston Villa 42 22 7 13 76 50 +26 51 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
5 Newcastle United 42 18 13 11 64 49 +15 49 UEFA Cup 1977–78
First round
6 Manchester United 42 18 11 13 71 62 +9 47 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1977–78
First round
7 West Bromwich Albion 42 16 13 13 62 56 +6 45
8 Arsenal 42 16 11 15 64 59 +5 43
9 Everton 42 14 14 14 62 64 -2 42
10 Leeds United 42 15 12 15 48 51 -3 42
11 Leicester City 42 12 18 12 47 60 -13 42
12 Middlesbrough 42 14 13 15 40 45 -5 41
13 Birmingham City 42 13 12 17 63 61 +2 38
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 12 17 47 52 -5 38
15 Derby County 42 9 19 14 50 55 -5 37
16 Norwich City 42 14 9 19 47 64 -17 37
17 West Ham United 42 11 14 17 46 65 -19 36
18 Bristol City 42 11 13 18 38 48 -10 35
19 Coventry City 42 10 15 17 48 59 -11 35
20 Sunderland 42 11 12 19 46 54 -8 34
21 Stoke City 42 10 14 18 28 51 -23 34
22 Tottenham Hotspur 42 12 9 21 48 72 -24 33
  1. ^ Liverpool were also winners of European Cup this year.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 22 13 7 84 45 +39 57
2 Chelsea 42 21 13 8 73 53 +20 55
3 Nottingham Forest 42 21 10 11 77 43 +34 52
4 Bolton Wanderers 42 20 11 11 75 54 +21 51
5 Blackpool 42 17 17 8 58 42 +16 51
6 Luton Town 42 21 6 15 67 48 +19 48
7 Charlton Athletic 42 16 16 10 71 58 +13 48
8 Notts County 42 19 10 13 65 60 +5 48
9 Southampton 42 17 10 15 72 67 +5 44
10 Millwall 42 15 13 14 57 53 +4 43
11 Sheffield United 42 14 12 16 54 63 -9 40
12 Blackburn Rovers 42 15 9 18 42 54 -12 39
13 Oldham Athletic 42 14 10 18 52 64 -12 38
14 Hull City 42 10 17 15 45 53 -8 37
15 Bristol Rovers 42 12 13 17 53 68 -15 37
16 Burnley 42 11 14 17 46 64 -18 36
17 Fulham 42 11 13 18 54 61 -7 35
18 Cardiff City Wales 42 12 10 20 56 67 -11 34 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1977–78
First round
[1]
19 Orient 42 9 16 17 37 55 -18 34
20 Carlisle United 42 11 12 19 49 75 -26 34
21 Plymouth Argyle 42 8 16 18 46 65 -19 32
22 Hereford United 42 8 15 19 57 78 -21 31
  1. ^ Cardiff City were runners-up in the Welsh Cup final, and since winners Shrewsbury Town are an English club, Cardiff City
    were awarded the right to participate in Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Mansfield Town 46 28 8 10 78 42 +36 64
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 25 11 10 83 40 +43 61
3 Crystal Palace 46 23 13 10 68 40 +28 59
4 Rotherham United 46 22 15 9 69 44 +25 59
5 Wrexham Wales 46 24 10 12 80 54 +26 58
6 Preston North End 46 21 12 13 64 43 +21 54
7 Bury 46 23 8 15 64 59 +5 54
8 Sheffield Wednesday 46 22 9 15 65 55 +10 53
9 Lincoln City 46 19 14 13 77 70 +7 52
10 Shrewsbury Town England 46 18 11 17 65 59 +6 47 [1]
11 Swindon Town 46 15 15 16 68 75 -7 45
12 Gillingham 46 16 12 18 55 64 -9 44
13 Chester City 46 18 8 20 48 58 -10 44
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 13 17 16 51 53 -2 43
15 Walsall 46 13 15 18 57 65 -8 41
16 Peterborough United 46 13 15 18 55 65 -10 41
17 Oxford United 46 12 15 19 55 65 -10 39
18 Chesterfield 46 14 10 22 56 64 -8 38
19 Port Vale 46 11 16 19 47 71 -24 38
20 Portsmouth 46 11 14 21 53 70 -17 36
21 Reading 46 13 9 24 49 73 -24 35
22 Northampton Town 46 13 8 25 60 75 -15 34
23 Grimsby Town 46 12 9 25 45 69 -24 33
24 York City 46 10 12 24 50 89 -39 32
  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
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, not qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Cambridge United 46 26 13 7 87 40 +47 65
2 Exeter City 46 25 12 9 70 46 +24 62
3 Colchester United 46 25 9 12 77 43 +34 59
4 Bradford City 46 23 13 10 78 51 +27 59
5 Swansea City Wales 46 25 8 13 92 68 +24 58
6 Barnsley 46 23 9 14 62 39 +23 55
7 Watford 46 18 15 13 67 50 +17 51
8 Doncaster Rovers 46 21 9 16 71 65 +6 51
9 Huddersfield Town 46 19 12 15 60 49 +11 50
10 Southend United 46 15 19 12 52 45 +7 49
11 Darlington 46 18 13 15 59 64 -5 49
12 Crewe Alexandra 46 19 11 16 47 60 -13 49
13 Bournemouth 46 15 18 13 54 44 +10 48
14 Stockport County 46 13 19 14 53 57 -4 45
15 Brentford 46 18 7 21 77 76 +1 43
16 Torquay United 46 17 9 20 59 67 -8 43
17 Aldershot 46 16 11 19 49 59 -10 43
18 Rochdale 46 13 12 21 50 59 -9 38
19 Newport County Wales 46 14 10 22 42 58 -16 38
20 Scunthorpe United 46 13 11 22 49 73 -24 37
21 Halifax Town 46 11 14 21 47 58 -11 36
22 Hartlepool 46 10 12 24 47 73 -26 32
23 Southport 46 3 19 24 33 77 -44 25
24 Workington 46 4 11 31 41 102 -61 19

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Failed re-election

See also

References


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