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Statistics of The Football League in season 1981/1982.

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First Division

3 points for a win was introduced for the first time in England. Champions Aston Villa finished a disappointing 11th but made up for this by triumphing in the European Cup at the first attempt.

Liverpool made up for the previous season's slip in league form by winning the league championship for the 13th time in their history, fighting off competition from Ipswich Town, Manchester United and Spurs. Liverpool also won the Football League Cup for the second season in succession. The league triumph was made all the more significant by the fact that they had occupied 10th place on Christmas Day!

Their season of triumph was overshadowed, however, by the death of legendary former manager Bill Shankly, 67, following a heart attack in late September.

Middlesbrough and Wolves were relegated as financial problems at both clubs began to mount. They were joined by Leeds United, who had gradually fallen apart in the eight years since Don Revie's departure.

West Bromwich Albion felt the loss of manager Ron Atkinson and key players Bryan Robson and Remi Moses as they slumped to 19th in the league and narrowly avoided relegation. This was just the beginning of a sharp decline for a club who three seasons earlier had reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals and almost won the league title.

Swansea City were tipped for relegation by most observers as they reached the First Division for the first time in their history, having just completed their third promotion in four seasons. But John Toshack's men had a brilliant first game in the top flight, crushing Leeds United 5-1 and setting the tone for a season which would end with Leeds going down. Swansea, meanwhile, were the most unlikely title contenders, topping the league at several stages of the season before finishing sixth in the final table.

Manchester United paid a British record fee of £1.75million for West Bromwich Albion's 24-year-old England midfielder Bryan Robson. Robson's record-breaking move reflected on how the size of transfer fees had risen dramatically in a relatively short period of time. Less than four years earlier, the British record fee had been the £516,000 that West Bromwich Albion had paid for David Mills. In such a short amount of time, the British record had more than tripled.

Everton, who had struggled in the league for the past few seasons, turned to their former player Howard Kendall and appointed him as manager in hope of restoring the club to its former glory.

Second Division

Luton Town and Norwich City ended their long absences from the top flight by winning promotion from the Second Division. They were joined by Watford, owned by Elton John and managed by Graham Taylor, who would begin 1982-83 as First Division members for the first time in their history. Cardiff City, Wrexham and Orient were the unfortunate three clubs to lose their Second Division status at the end of the 1981-82 season.

Third Division

Burnley, Carlisle United and Fulham enjoyed some success after a string of disappointments by winning promotion to the Second Division.

Going down were Wimbledon, Swindon Town, Bristol City and Chester. Bristol had completed a unique succession of three relegations, while Swindon had been League Cup winners little over a decade earlier. Wimbledon, meanwhile, would not be enduring any more disappointing season for many years after 1982.

Joe Royle, the 33-year-old former Everton striker, began his managerial career at Oldham Athletic.

Fourth Division

Sheffield United began the first phase of their revival by winning the Fourth Division championship, which marked a superb start to the management career of Ian Porterfield. Also promoted were Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Bournemouth.

Crewe Alexandra endured a terrible season and propped up the league with just 27 league points, but the other league members voted in their favour and they maintained their league status.

League standings

English Football League,
First Division
Season 1981–82
Promoted Luton Town, Watford, Norwich City
Relegated Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Middlesbrough
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1173 (2.54 per match)
Average goals/game 2.54
Highest scoring 80, Liverpool

First Division

P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 26 9 7 80 32 +48 87 European Cup 1982–83
First round
[1]
2 Ipswich Town 42 26 5 11 75 53 +22 83 UEFA Cup 1982–83
First round
3 Manchester United 42 22 12 8 59 29 +30 78 UEFA Cup 1982–83
First round
4 Tottenham Hotspur 42 20 11 11 67 48 +19 71 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1982–83
First round
5 Arsenal 42 20 11 11 48 37 +11 71 UEFA Cup 1982–83
First round
6 Swansea City Wales 42 21 6 15 58 51 +7 69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1982–83
First round
[2]
7 Southampton 42 19 9 14 72 67 +5 66 UEFA Cup 1982–83
First round
8 Everton 42 17 13 12 56 50 +6 64
9 West Ham United 42 14 16 12 66 57 +9 58
10 Manchester City 42 15 13 14 49 50 -1 58
11 Aston Villa 42 15 12 15 55 53 +2 57 European Cup 1982–83
First round
[3]
12 Nottingham Forest 42 15 12 15 42 48 -6 57
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 13 13 16 43 52 -9 52
14 Coventry City 42 13 11 18 56 62 -6 50
15 Notts County 42 13 8 21 61 69 -8 47
16 Birmingham City 42 10 14 18 53 61 -8 44
17 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 11 20 46 57 -11 44
18 Stoke City 42 12 8 22 44 63 -19 44
19 Sunderland 42 11 11 20 38 58 -20 44
20 Leeds United 42 10 12 20 39 61 -22 42
21 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 10 22 32 63 -31 40
22 Middlesbrough 42 8 15 19 34 52 -18 39
  1. ^ Liverpool were also this season's League Cup Winners.
  2. ^ Swansea City qualified for the European Cup Winners' Cup as 1982 Welsh Cup winners.
  3. ^ Aston Villa won the European Cup this year, and thus qualified for the following season's competition as defending
    champions.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup Winners, see Liverpool
Relegated

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Luton Town 42 25 13 4 86 46 +40 88
2 Watford 42 23 11 8 76 42 +34 80
3 Norwich City 42 22 5 15 64 50 +14 71
4 Sheffield Wednesday 42 20 10 12 55 51 +4 70
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 21 6 15 65 43 +22 69
6 Barnsley 42 19 10 13 59 41 +18 67
7 Rotherham United 42 20 7 15 66 54 +12 67
8 Leicester City 42 18 12 12 56 48 +8 66
9 Newcastle United 42 18 8 16 52 50 +2 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 16 11 15 47 43 +4 59
11 Oldham Athletic 42 15 14 13 50 51 -1 59
12 Chelsea 42 15 12 15 60 60 +0 57
13 Charlton Athletic 42 13 12 17 50 65 -15 51
14 Cambridge United 42 13 9 20 48 53 -5 48
15 Crystal Palace 42 13 9 20 34 45 -11 48
16 Derby County 42 12 12 18 53 68 -15 48
17 Grimsby Town 42 11 13 18 53 65 -12 46
18 Shrewsbury Town 42 11 13 18 37 57 -20 46
19 Bolton Wanderers 42 13 7 22 39 61 -22 46
20 Cardiff City Wales 42 12 8 22 45 61 -16 44
21 Wrexham Wales 42 11 11 20 40 56 -16 44
22 Orient 42 10 9 23 36 61 -25 39
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Relegated

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Burnley 46 21 17 8 66 45 +21 80
2 Carlisle United 46 23 11 12 65 50 +15 80
3 Fulham 46 21 15 10 77 51 +26 78
4 Lincoln City 46 21 14 11 66 40 +26 77
5 Oxford United 46 19 14 13 63 49 +14 71
6 Gillingham 46 20 11 15 64 56 +8 71
7 Southend United 46 18 15 13 63 51 +12 69
8 Brentford 46 19 11 16 56 47 +9 68
9 Millwall 46 18 13 15 62 62 +0 67
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 18 11 17 64 56 +8 65
11 Chesterfield 46 18 10 18 57 58 -1 64
12 Reading 46 17 11 18 67 75 -8 62
13 Portsmouth 46 14 19 13 56 51 +5 61
14 Preston North End 46 16 13 17 50 56 -6 61
15 Bristol Rovers 46 18 9 19 58 65 -7 61
16 Newport County Wales 46 14 16 16 54 54 +0 58
17 Huddersfield Town 46 15 12 19 64 59 +5 57
18 Exeter City 46 16 9 21 71 85 -14 57
19 Doncaster Rovers 46 13 17 16 55 68 -13 56
20 Walsall 46 13 14 19 51 55 -4 53
21 Wimbledon 46 14 11 21 61 75 -14 53
22 Swindon Town 46 13 13 20 55 71 -16 52
23 Bristol City 46 11 13 22 41 65 -24 46
24 Chester City 46 7 11 28 36 78 -42 32
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Relegated

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sheffield United 46 27 15 4 94 41 +53 96
2 Bradford City 46 26 13 7 88 45 +43 91
3 Wigan Athletic 46 26 13 7 80 46 +34 91
4 Bournemouth 46 23 19 4 62 30 +32 88
5 Peterborough United 46 24 10 12 71 57 +14 82
6 Colchester United 46 20 12 14 82 57 +25 72
7 Port Vale 46 18 16 12 56 49 +7 70
8 Hull City 46 19 12 15 70 61 +9 69
9 Bury 46 17 17 12 80 59 +21 68
10 Hereford United 46 16 19 11 64 58 +6 67
11 Tranmere Rovers 46 14 18 14 51 56 -5 60
12 Blackpool 46 15 13 18 66 60 +6 58
13 Darlington 46 15 13 18 61 62 -1 58
14 Hartlepool United 46 13 16 17 73 84 -11 55
15 Torquay United 46 14 13 19 47 59 -12 55
16 Aldershot 46 13 15 18 57 68 -11 54
17 York City 46 14 8 24 69 91 -22 50
18 Stockport County 46 12 13 21 48 67 -19 49
19 Halifax Town 46 9 22 15 51 72 -21 49
20 Mansfield Town 46 13 10 23 63 81 -18 47
21 Rochdale 46 10 16 20 50 62 -12 46
22 Northampton Town 46 11 9 26 57 84 -27 42
23 Scunthorpe United 46 9 15 22 43 79 -36 42
24 Crewe Alexandra 46 6 9 31 29 84 -55 27
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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