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Statistics of The Football League in season 1987/1988.

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Overview

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First Division

Liverpool won the league title with a comfortable nine-point margin and just two defeats all season. Their key players were two new signings - winger John Barnes and forward Peter Beardsley - who, along with John Aldridge, helped defy any doubts that people might have had as to whether Liverpool could challenge for honours after Ian Rush's departure. Second in the league were Manchester United, rejuvenated under Alex Ferguson - who had bought some impressive new players including Brian McClair and Steve Bruce.

The first relegation places went to Watford and Oxford United, who both lost far too many games and picked up far too few points to have any realistic hope of avoiding relegation. Next to go down were Portsmouth, whose First Division comeback lasted just one season. Chelsea then became the first top division club in 90 years to lose their status after playoffs. They lost to Second Division Middlesbrough in the playoff final and surrendered their First Division place to the Teessiders.

Second Division

John Docherty's impressive Millwall side lifted the Second Division championship trophy and gained promotion to the First Division for the first time in their history. Runners-up were Aston Villa, managed by Graham Taylor and boasting a squad of strong players like David Platt and Gordon Cowans. Middlesbrough won promotion for the second season running after negotiating the relegation/promotion playoffs at the expense of Chelsea.

Huddersfield Town, who had suffered a 10-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in November, were the Second Division's biggest flops during 1987-88 as they went down in bottom place. The Second/Third Division relegation/promotion playoffs once again saw a Second Division club suffer relegation, this time it was Sheffield United.

Third Division

Sunderland's first season in the Third Division ended in glory as they lifted the championship and went back up to the Second Division. They were joined by runners-up Brighton & Hove Albion and playoff winners Walsall.

The Third Division relegation places were occupied by Rotherham United, Grimsby Town, York City and Doncaster Rovers.

Fourth Division

Wolves ended their two-year tenure in the Fourth Division by finishing top of the table and winning promotion to the Third Division, one season after being rescued by new owner Jack Hayward and new manager Graham Turner. They completed an outstanding season by winning the Sherpa Van Trophy final at a packed Wembley against Burnley. Earlier the campaign had begun on a sour note, when Football League newcomers Scarborough hosted Wolves on the opening day in a match that was marred by crowd trouble.

Bolton Wanderers, another fallen giant, also ensured their Fourth Division tenure was short lived by winning automatic promotion. Swansea City were promoted via the playoffs just two years after almost going out of existence, while their South Wales neighbours Cardiff City were also promoted.

After having spent several seasons as the highest placed Welsh team, financially troubled Newport County were relegated for the second successive season. This time they lost their Football League status after 60 consecutive seasons in the Football League. Lincoln City won the Conference title to take their place. Less than a year later Newport were to go out of business before reforming.

Scunthorpe United left the Old Showground and moved into Glanford Park, thus becoming the first English club in more than 30 years to move to a new stadium.

League standings

First Division

P W D L F A GA Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 40 26 12 2 87 24 +63 90 Excluded from
the European Cup 1988–89[1]
2 Manchester United 40 23 12 5 71 38 +33 81 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1988–89[1]
3 Nottingham Forest 40 20 13 7 67 39 +28 73 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1988–89[1]
4 Everton 40 19 13 8 53 27 +26 70 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1988–89[1]
5 Queens Park Rangers 40 19 10 11 48 38 +10 67
6 Arsenal 40 18 12 10 58 39 +19 66
7 Wimbledon 40 14 15 11 58 47 +11 57 Excluded from
the 1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup[1]
8 Newcastle United 40 14 14 12 55 53 +2 56
9 Luton Town 40 14 11 15 57 58 -1 53 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1988–89[2][1]
10 Coventry City 40 13 14 13 46 53 -7 53
11 Sheffield Wednesday 40 15 8 17 52 66 -14 53
12 Southampton 40 12 14 14 49 53 -4 50
13 Tottenham Hotspur 40 12 11 17 38 48 -10 47
14 Norwich City 40 12 9 19 40 52 -12 45
15 Derby County 40 10 13 17 35 45 -10 43
16 West Ham United 40 9 15 16 40 52 -12 42
17 Charlton Athletic 40 9 15 16 38 52 -14 42
18 Chelsea 40 9 15 16 50 68 -18 42
19 Portsmouth 40 7 14 19 36 66 -30 35
20 Watford 40 7 11 22 27 51 -24 32
21 Oxford United 40 6 13 21 44 80 -36 31
  1. ^ a b c d e f English teams were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985-86 on until the season
    1990-91 because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985, involving Liverpool fans.
  2. ^ Luton Town were 1988 League Cup winners and should have qualified for the UEFA Cup.
Key
League Champions, excluded from the European Cup
FA Cup winners, but excluded from the Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Cup spot, but excluded
League Cup winners, excluded from UEFA Cup
Into play-offs
Relegated

Second Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Millwall 44 25 7 12 72 52 +20 82
2 Aston Villa 44 22 12 10 68 41 +27 78
3 Middlesbrough 44 22 12 10 63 36 +27 78
4 Bradford City 44 22 11 11 74 54 +20 77
5 Blackburn Rovers 44 21 14 9 68 52 +16 77
6 Crystal Palace 44 22 9 13 86 59 +27 75
7 Leeds United 44 19 12 13 61 51 +10 69
8 Ipswich Town 44 19 9 16 61 52 +9 66
9 Manchester City 44 19 8 17 80 60 +20 65
10 Oldham Athletic 44 18 11 15 72 64 +8 65
11 Stoke City 44 17 11 16 50 57 -7 62
12 Swindon Town 44 16 11 17 73 60 +13 59
13 Leicester City 44 16 11 17 62 61 +1 59
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 61 62 -1 57
15 Hull City 44 14 15 15 54 60 -6 57
16 Plymouth Argyle 44 16 8 20 65 67 -2 56
17 Bournemouth 44 13 10 21 56 68 -12 49
18 Shrewsbury Town 44 11 16 17 42 54 -12 49
19 Birmingham City 44 11 15 18 41 66 -25 48
20 West Bromwich Albion 44 12 11 21 50 69 -19 47
21 Sheffield United 44 13 7 24 45 74 -29 46
22 Reading 44 10 12 22 44 70 -26 42
23 Huddersfield Town 44 6 10 28 41 100 -59 28
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Relegated

Third Division

P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Sunderland 46 27 12 7 92 48 +44 93
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 23 15 8 69 47 +22 84
3 Walsall 46 23 13 10 68 50 +18 82
4 Notts County 46 23 12 11 82 49 +33 81
5 Bristol City 46 21 12 13 77 62 +15 75
6 Northampton Town 46 18 19 9 70 51 +19 73
7 Wigan Athletic 46 20 12 14 70 61 +9 72
8 Bristol Rovers 46 18 12 16 68 56 +12 66
9 Fulham 46 19 9 18 69 60 +9 66
10 Blackpool 46 17 14 15 71 62 +9 65
11 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 58 56 +2 65
12 Brentford 46 16 14 16 53 59 -6 62
13 Gillingham 46 14 17 15 77 61 +16 59
14 Bury 46 15 14 17 58 57 +1 59
15 Chester City 46 14 16 16 51 62 -11 58
16 Preston North End 46 15 13 18 48 59 -11 58
17 Southend United 46 14 13 19 65 83 -18 55
18 Chesterfield 46 15 10 21 41 70 -29 55
19 Mansfield Town 46 14 12 20 48 59 -11 54
20 Aldershot 46 15 8 23 64 74 -10 53
21 Rotherham United 46 12 16 18 50 66 -16 52
22 Grimsby Town 46 12 14 20 48 58 -10 50
23 York City 46 8 9 29 48 91 -43 33
24 Doncaster Rovers 46 8 9 29 40 84 -44 33
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Into play-offs
Relegated

Fourth Division

P W D L F A GA Pts Notes
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 27 9 10 82 43 +39 90
2 Cardiff City Wales 46 24 13 9 66 41 +25 85
3 Bolton Wanderers 46 22 12 12 66 42 +24 78
4 Scunthorpe United 46 20 17 9 76 51 +25 77
5 Torquay United 46 21 14 11 66 41 +25 77
6 Swansea City Wales 46 20 10 16 62 56 +6 70
7 Peterborough United 46 20 10 16 52 53 -1 70
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 85 63 +22 69
9 Colchester United 46 19 10 17 47 51 -4 67
10 Burnley 46 20 7 19 57 62 -5 67
11 Wrexham Wales 46 20 6 20 69 58 +11 66
12 Scarborough 46 17 14 15 56 48 +8 65
13 Darlington 46 18 11 17 71 69 +2 65
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 19 9 18 61 53 +8 64
15 Cambridge United 46 16 13 17 50 52 -2 61
16 Hartlepool United 46 15 14 17 50 57 -7 59
17 Crewe Alexandra 46 13 19 14 57 53 +4 58
18 Halifax Town 46 14 14 18 54 59 -5 55
19 Hereford United 46 14 12 20 41 59 -18 54
20 Stockport County 46 12 15 19 44 58 -14 51
21 Rochdale 46 11 15 20 47 76 -29 48
22 Exeter City 46 11 13 22 53 68 -15 46
23 Carlisle United 46 12 8 26 57 86 -29 44
24 Newport County Wales 46 6 7 33 35 105 -70 25
Key
Division Champions
Promoted
Welsh Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Into play-offs
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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