1967–68 in English football

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The 1967–68 season was the 88th season of competitive football in England. Defending First Division champions, Manchester United, became the first English team to win the European Cup, while the First Division title went to their cross city rivals City. West Bromwich Albion lifted the FA Cup this season, for the fifth time in their history. Leeds United won their first two major trophies when they lifted the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and Football League Cup at the expense of an Arsenal side who had not played at Wembley for 16 years.

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Honours

CompetitionWinnerRunner-up
First Division Manchester City (2) Manchester United
Second Division Ipswich Town Queens Park Rangers
Third Division Oxford United Bury
Fourth Division Luton Town Barnsley
FA Cup West Bromwich Albion (5) Everton
League Cup Leeds United (1) Arsenal
Charity Shield Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur (shared)
Home Championship Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland

Notes. Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour.

FA Cup

The 1968 FA Cup Final was won by West Bromwich Albion who beat Everton 1–0 in extra time with a goal from Jeff Astle. It was Albion's fifth FA Cup success.

League Cup

Leeds United beat Arsenal 1–0 in the final of the League Cup to win the competition for the first time.

Football League

First Division

For the first time since 1937, Manchester City won the First Division, finishing two points clear of their local rivals Manchester United. Fulham finished in last place and were relegated along with Sheffield United. Coventry City, under Noel Cantwell escaped relegation by one point and would go on to stay in the top division until their eventual relegation at the end of the 2000–01 season.

Manchester United's George Best and Ron Davies of Southampton finished as Division One's joint-top scorers with 28 goals apiece. Best was awarded the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year, as well as the European Footballer of the Year award.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester City 422661086432.00058Qualified for the European Cup [lower-alpha 1]
2 Manchester United 422481089551.61856
3 Liverpool 422211971401.77555Qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup [lower-alpha 2]
4 Leeds United 422291171411.73253
5 Everton 422361367401.67552
6 Chelsea 4218121262680.91248Qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup [lower-alpha 3]
7 Tottenham Hotspur 421991470591.18647
8 West Bromwich Albion 4217121375621.21046Qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
9 Arsenal 4217101560561.07144
10 Newcastle United 4213151454670.80641Qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup [lower-alpha 4]
11 Nottingham Forest 4214111752640.81339
12 West Ham United 4214101873691.05838
13 Leicester City 4213121764690.92838
14 Burnley 4214101864710.90138
15 Sunderland 4213111851610.83637
16 Southampton 4213111866830.79537
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 421482066750.88036
18 Stoke City 421472150730.68535
19 Sheffield Wednesday 4211121951630.81034
20 Coventry City 429151851710.71833
21 Sheffield United 4211102149700.70032Relegated to the Second Division
22 Fulham 421072556980.57127
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. Manchester United qualified for European Cup as the trophy holders.
  2. Leeds United qualified for Inter-Cities Fairs Cup as the trophy holders.
  3. Chelsea qualified for Inter-Cities Fairs Cup ahead Everton, who finished below Liverpool, due to rule "only one club per city".
  4. Newcastle United qualified for Inter-Cities Fairs Cup ahead Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, who finished below Chelsea, due to rule "only one club per city".

Second Division

Bill McGarry's Ipswich Town team won the Second Division by one point from Queens Park Rangers, with both teams promoted. Blackpool finished third on goal average and so missed out. Rotherham United and bottom club Plymouth Argyle were both relegated to the Third Division.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Ipswich Town 422215579441.79559Promoted to the First Division
2 Queens Park Rangers 42258967361.86158
3 Blackpool 422410871431.65158
4 Birmingham City 421914983511.62752
5 Portsmouth 4218131168551.23649
6 Middlesbrough 4217121360541.11146
7 Millwall 4214171162501.24045
8 Blackburn Rovers 4216111556491.14343
9 Norwich City 4216111560650.92343
10 Carlisle United 4214131558521.11541
11 Crystal Palace 4214111756561.00039
12 Bolton Wanderers 4213131660630.95239
13 Cardiff City 4213121760660.90938
14 Huddersfield Town 4213121746610.75438
15 Charlton Athletic 4212131763680.92637
16 Aston Villa 421572054640.84437
17 Hull City 4212131758730.79537
18 Derby County 4213101971780.91036
19 Bristol City 4213101948620.77436
20 Preston North End 4212111943650.66235
21 Rotherham United 4210112142760.55331Relegated to the Third Division
22 Plymouth Argyle 42992438720.52827
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Third Division

In the Third Division, Oxford United won their first divisional title and achieved what was then their highest ever finish in only their sixth season as a league club. Runners-up Bury joined them in promotion. Grimsby Town, Colchester United and Scunthorpe United were relegated, although the biggest story concerned bottom placed Peterborough United who were docked 19 points for offering irregular bonuses to their players and so finished bottom. Had the points been restored the club would have finished in the top half. As a result of the ruling Mansfield Town escaped relegation.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Oxford United 4622131169471.46857Promoted to the Second Division
2 Bury 462481491661.37956
3 Shrewsbury Town 4620151161491.24555
4 Torquay United 4621111481511.58853
5 Reading 462191670601.16751
6 Watford 462181774501.48050
7 Walsall 4619121574611.21350
8 Barrow 462181765541.20450
9 Swindon Town 4616171374511.45149
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 4616161457551.03648
11 Gillingham 4618121659630.93748
12 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4616151556511.09847
13 Stockport County 461991870750.93347
14 Southport 4617121765651.00046
15 Bristol Rovers 461792072780.92343
16 Oldham Athletic 461872160650.92343
17 Northampton Town 4614131958720.80641
18 Orient 4612171746620.74241
19 Tranmere Rovers 4614122062740.83840
20 Mansfield Town 4612132151670.76137
21 Grimsby Town 461492352690.75437Relegated to the Fourth Division
22 Colchester United 469152250870.57533
23 Scunthorpe United 4610122456870.64432
24 Peterborough United 4620101679671.17931 [lower-alpha 1]
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. Peterborough deducted 19 points for making irregular payments to players.

Fourth Division

Luton Town won the Fourth Division and were promoted along with Barnsley, Hartlepools United and Crewe Alexandra. The bottom four clubs were forced to apply to re-election to the Football League as per usual; more unusually however, Port Vale were also made to apply for re-election, as a result of financial irregularities. In the end, all five clubs were re-elected.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Luton Town 462712787441.97766Promoted to the Third Division
2 Barnsley 462413968461.47861
3 Hartlepools United 4625101160461.30460
4 Crewe Alexandra 462018874491.51058
5 Bradford City 4623111272511.41257
6 Southend United 4620141277581.32854
7 Chesterfield 4621111471501.42053
8 Wrexham 4620131372531.35853
9 Aldershot 4618171170551.27353
10 Doncaster Rovers 4618151366561.17951
11 Halifax Town 4615161552491.06146
12 Newport County 4616131758630.92145
13 Lincoln City 461792071681.04443
14 Brentford 461872161640.95343
15 Swansea Town 4616102063770.81842
16 Darlington 4612171747530.88741
17 Notts County 4615112053790.67141
18 Port Vale 4612151961720.84739 [lower-alpha 1] Re-elected
19 Rochdale 4612142051720.70838
20 Exeter City 4611161945650.69238
21 York City 4611142165680.95636Re-elected
22 Chester 469142357780.73132
23 Workington 4610112554870.62131
24 Bradford Park Avenue 464152730820.36623
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. Despite finishing 18th, Port Vale were forced to face the re-election process after having been expelled at the end of the season, as a result of financial irregularities.

Top goalscorers

First Division

Second Division

Third Division

Fourth Division

European football

Manchester United became the first English team to win the European Cup when they beat Benfica 4–1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium with goals from Bobby Charlton (2), George Best and Brian Kidd. Manager Matt Busby was knighted that year for his achievements. A double triumph was secured by Leeds United when they won the Inter Cities Fairs Cup by beating Ferencváros 1–0 on aggregate in the final, which was not completed until September 1968.

Events of the season

Deaths

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