1970–71 Football League

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Season 1970–71
Champions Arsenal
New Club in League Cambridge United
1971–72

The 1970–71 season was the 72nd completed season of The Football League.

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Arsenal won the league championship at the home of their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, with Ray Kennedy scoring the winner. This would soon be followed by their FA Cup final tie with Liverpool. They narrowly overcame Leeds to win the league, with a 12-point gap separating Leeds United from third-placed Tottenham. Wolves and Liverpool joined these two teams in the UEFA Cup. Chelsea missed out on the top five on goal average but compensated for this shortcoming by beating Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners' Cup.

Burnley and Blackpool (who won this year's Anglo-Italian Cup) were relegated to the Second Division. Burnley returned from 1973/74 to 1975/76 but it took Blackpool until the 2009–10 season to regain their top flight status after a 3–2 victory over Cardiff City in the Playoff Final (only to be relegated back after the 2010–11 season).

Wilf McGuinness was sacked after 18 unsuccessful months as manager of Manchester United. Sir Matt Busby was re-appointed as manager on a temporary basis, but never considered returning to his old job on a permanent basis. Leicester City manager Frank O'Farrell was appointed at the end of the season.

Leicester City and Sheffield United were promoted to the First Division. Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, two of the most famous and historic names in English football, were relegated to the Third Division.

Preston North End and Fulham finally had something to shout about by getting promoted to the Second Division. Halifax Town achieved its best ever league position, missing out on the Second Division by one place. Reading, Bury, Doncaster Rovers and Gillingham slid into the Fourth Division.

Notts County, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, Oldham Athletic and York City were promoted to the Third Division. The Football League voted for the league's four bottom clubs to maintain their status.

Final league tables and results

Beginning with the season 1894–95, clubs finishing level on points were separated according to goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), or more properly put, goal ratio. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season. [1]

Since the Fourth Division was established in the 1958–59 season, the bottom four teams of that division have been required to apply for re-election. [2]

First Division

Football League
First Division
Season1970–71
Champions Arsenal (8th English title)
Relegated Burnley
Blackpool
1971–72 European Cup Arsenal
FA Cup winners Arsenal (4th FA Cup title) (first Arsenal double)
1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup Liverpool (Runners up of FA Cup 1970–71),
Chelsea (defending champions)
1971–72 UEFA Cup Leeds United,
Southampton,
Tottenham Hotspur,
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Matches played462
Goals scored1,089 (2.36 per match)
Top goalscorer T. Brown (West Bromwich Albion), 28 [3]
Biggest home win SouthamptonCrystal Palace 6–0 (4 Mar 1971)
Biggest away win BurnleyManchester City 0–4 (19 Dec 1970)
Highest scoring ArsenalWest Bromwich Albion 6–2 (19 Sept 1970)
Derby CountyManchester United 4–4 (26 Dec 1970)
Crystal PalaceManchester United 3–5 (17 Apr 1971)
Longest winning run Arsenal (9)
Longest unbeaten run Leeds United (16)
Longest losing run Blackpool (7)
1971–72
PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 Arsenal (C)42297671292.44865 1971–72 European Cup
2 Leeds United 422710572302.40064 1971–72 UEFA Cup
3 Tottenham Hotspur 421914954331.63652
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 422281264541.18552
5 Liverpool 421717842241.75051 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup
6 Chelsea 421815952421.23851
7 Southampton 4217121356441.27346 1971–72 UEFA Cup
8 Manchester United 4216111565660.98543
9 Derby County 4216101656541.03742
10 Coventry City 4216101637380.97442
11 Manchester City 4212171347421.11941
12 Newcastle United 4214131544460.95741
13 Stoke City 4212131744480.91737
14 Everton 4212131754600.90037
15 Huddersfield Town 4211141740490.81636
16 Nottingham Forest 421482042610.68936
17 West Bromwich Albion 4210151758750.77335
18 Crystal Palace 4212111939570.68435
19 Ipswich Town 4212102042480.87534
20 West Ham United 4210141847600.78334
21 Burnley (R)427132229630.46027Relegation to 1971–72 Second Division
22 Blackpool (R)424152334660.51523
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

Results

Home \ Away ARS BLP BUR CHE COV CRY DER EVE HUD IPS LEE LIV MCI MUN NEW NOT SOU STK TOT WBA WHU WOL
Arsenal 1–01–0 2–0 1–01–12–04–01–03–20–02–01–04–01–04–00–01–0 2–0 6–22–02–1
Blackpool 0–11–13–41–03–10–10–2 2–2 0–21–10–03–31–10–12–30–31–10–03–11–10–2
Burnley 1–21–00–00–02–11–22–2 2–3 2–2 0–3 1–20–40–21–12–10–11–10–01–11–02–3
Chelsea 2–1 2–00–12–11–12–12–20–02–13–11–01–11–21–02–02–22–10–24–12–12–2
Coventry City 1–32–03–00–12–10–03–10–01–00–11–02–12–12–02–01–01–00–0 1–1 0–1 0–1
Crystal Palace 0–21–00–20–01–20–02–00–31–01–11–00–13–51–02–03–13–20–33–01–11–1
Derby County 2–02–01–01–23–41–03–13–22–00–20–00–04–41–2 1–2 0–02–01–12–02–41–2
Everton 2–20–01–13–03–03–11–1 2–1 2–00–1 0–0 0–11–03–11–04–12–00–03–30–11–2
Huddersfield Town 2–1 3–0 0–1 0–11–00–20–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–10–03–10–11–12–11–11–2
Ipswich Town 0–12–13–00–00–21–20–10–02–02–41–02–04–01–00–01–32–01–22–22–12–3
Leeds United 1–0 3–1 4–0 1–02–02–11–0 3–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 3–02–01–04–11–21–23–03–0
Liverpool 2–02–22–01–00–01–12–0 3–2 4–02–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–13–01–00–00–01–11–02–0
Manchester City 0–22–00–01–11–11–01–13–0 1–1 2–00–22–2 3–4 1–11–31–14–10–14–12–00–0
Manchester United 1–31–11–10–02–00–11–22–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 0–2 1–4 1–02–05–12–22–12–11–11–0
Newcastle United 1–11–23–10–10–02–03–12–12–00–01–10–00–01–01–12–20–21–03–01–13–2
Nottingham Forest 0–33–11–01–12–03–1 2–4 3–21–30–10–00–10–11–22–12–00–00–13–31–04–1
Southampton 1–21–12–00–03–06–04–02–21–01–00–31–01–11–02–04–12–10–01–01–21–2
Stoke City 5–01–10–01–22–10–01–01–13–10–03–00–12–01–23–00–00–00–1 2–0 2–1 1–0
Tottenham Hotspur 0–1 3–04–02–11–02–02–12–11–12–00–21–02–02–21–20–11–33–02–22–20–0
West Bromwich Albion 2–21–11–02–2 0–0 0–02–13–02–10–12–21–10–04–31–20–11–0 5–2 3–12–1 2–4
West Ham United 0–02–13–12–21–20–01–41–20–12–22–31–20–02–10–22–01–11–02–22–13–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–31–01–01–0 0–0 2–12–42–03–10–02–31–03–03–23–24–00–1 1–1 0–3 2–1 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1970–1971

Top scorers

Goalscorers are listed order of total goals, then according to the number of league goals, then of FA cup goals, then of League Cup goals. A dash means the team of the player in question did not participate in European competitions. [4]

RankScorerClubLeague goals FA Cup goals League Cup goals Texaco Cup goalsEuro competitionsTotal
1 Flag of England.svg Martin Chivers Tottenham 2117534
2 Flag of England.svg Tony Brown West Bromwich Albion 2820030
3 Flag of England.svg Ray Kennedy Arsenal 1922326
4 Flag of England.svg Bobby Gould Wolverhampton Wanderers 1720524
5 Flag of England.svg Allan Clarke Leeds United 1910323
6 Flag of England.svg Joe Royle Everton 1720423
7 Flag of England.svg Ian Storey-Moore Nottingham Forest 1821122
8 Ulster Banner.svg George Best Manchester United 181221
9 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ron Davies Southampton 1740021
10 Flag of England.svg John Radford Arsenal 1521321
11 Flag of England.svg Mick Channon Southampton 1811020
12 Flag of Scotland.svg Hugh Curran Wolverhampton Wanderers 1600420
13 Flag of England.svg Francis Lee Manchester City 1401419
14 Flag of England.svg Colin Bell Manchester City 1340219
15 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Toshack Liverpool / Cardiff City 5 + 8100 + 519
16 Flag of Scotland.svg Peter Lorimer Leeds United 1220519
17 Flag of England.svg Martin Peters Tottenham Hotspur 924419
18 Flag of England.svg John Ritchie Stoke City 1340017
19 Flag of Scotland.svg Alan Gilzean Tottenham Hotspur 944017
20 Flag of Scotland.svg Denis Law Manchester United 150116
= Flag of England.svg Geoff Hurst West Ham United 150116
22 Flag of Ireland.svg Johnny Giles Leeds United 1320116
23 Flag of England.svg Jeff Astle West Bromwich Albion 1311015
= Flag of Scotland.svg John O’Hare Derby County 131115
25 Flag of England.svg Alun Evans Liverpool 1011315
26 Flag of England.svg John Tudor Newcastle United / Sheffield United 5 + 900014
27 Flag of England.svg Keith Weller Chelsea 1301014
28 Flag of Ireland.svg Terry Conroy Stoke City 1121014
29 Flag of Scotland.svg George Graham Arsenal 1111114
30 Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin Coventry City / Nottingham Forest 1 + 9200214
31 Flag of England.svg Pop Robson Newcastle United / West Ham United 3 + 90 + 10013
32 Ulster Banner.svg Derek Dougan Wolverhampton Wanderers 1200113
33 Flag of England.svg Alan Birchenall Crystal Palace 101213
34 Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt Coventry City 1011113
35 Flag of England.svg Brian Kidd Manchester United 80513
36 Flag of England.svg Kevin Hector Derby County 110112
37 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg / Flag of England.svg Colin Viljoen Ipswich Town 102012
38 Flag of England.svg Alan Hinton Derby County 101112
39 Flag of Scotland.svg Gerry Queen Crystal Palace 90312
40 Flag of Scotland.svg Peter Cormack Nottingham Forest 811212
41 Flag of England.svg Frank Worthington Huddersfield Town 92011
42 Flag of England.svg Micky Burns Blackpool 100010
43 Flag of England.svg Frank James Clarke Ipswich Town 82010
44 Flag of England.svg Jimmy Greenhoff Stoke City 730010
45 Flag of England.svg Charlie George Arsenal 550010

Second Division

Football League
Second Division
Season1970–71
Champions Leicester City (5th title)
Promoted Sheffield United
Relegated Blackburn Rovers,
Bolton Wanderers
Matches played462
Goals scored1,141 (2.47 per match)
Top goalscorer John Hickton (Middlesbrough), 25 [3]
Biggest home win Carlisle UnitedPortsmouth 6–0 (5 Dec 1970)
Biggest away win PortsmouthSheffield United 0–4 (30 Sept 1970)
Sheffield WednesdayLuton Town 0–4(10 Oct 1970)
Bristol CityOxford United 0–4 (10 Oct 1970)
SunderlandCardiff City 0–4 (13 Feb 1971)
WatfordNorwich City 0–4 (16 Jan 1971)
Highest scoring MiddlesbroughQueens Park Rangers 6–2 (26 Sept 1970)
Hull CitySheffield Wednesday 4–4 (26 Dec 1970)
1971–72
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Leicester City 4212723014116427161.90059Division Champions, promoted
2 Sheffield United 421461491878624211.87256Promoted
3 Cardiff City 421272391686725251.56153 Welsh Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1971–72 First round
4 Carlisle United 4216323913410726301.51253
5 Hull City 421155311688523251.31751
6 Luton Town 421272401866922251.44249
7 Middlesbrough 421362371648923271.39548
8 Millwall 4213533612641123301.40547
9 Birmingham City 4212723012551128361.20846
10 Norwich City 4211823420461120321.03844
11 Queens Park Rangers 4211553922561019311.09443
12 Swindon Town 4212723814351323371.19642
13 Sunderland 4211643421461118330.96342
14 Oxford United 42885232366918250.85442
15 Sheffield Wednesday 4210743227251419420.73936
16 Portsmouth 4294832281101014330.75434
17 Orient 4251151615451213360.56934
18 Watford 426781822461120380.63333
19 Bristol City 429663028151516360.71931
20 Charlton Athletic 427682830181213350.63130
21 Blackburn Rovers 425882028171317410.53627Relegated
22 Bolton Wanderers 4265102231151513430.47324
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away BIR BLB BOL BRI CAR CRL CHA HUL LEI LUT MID MIL NWC ORI OXF POR QPR SHU SHW SUN SWI WAT
Birmingham 1–04–02–02–01–01–10–00–01–10–13–12–21–01–11–12–10–11–03–12–12–0
Blackburn Rovers 2–20–22–21–10–21–00–12–21–01–10–22–10–00–01–10–21–33–20–11–02–3
Bolton Wanderers 3–01–11–00–20–34–00–00–34–20–31–10–10–10–21–12–22–12–11–30–30–1
Bristol City 2–11–11–1 1–0 2–12–23–30–13–20–23–20–10–00–42–00–00–11–24–32–13–0
Cardiff City 2–04–11–0 1–0 4–01–15–12–20–03–42–21–11–01–01–01–01–14–03–11–10–1
Carlisle United 0–31–01–02–11–11–12–00–11–01–03–04–22–03–26–03–01–03–00–02–12–1
Charlton Athletic 1–12–44–11–12–11–10–10–11–11–0 1–3 2–12–02–02–20–30–22–31–12–11–2
Hull City 0–10–01–01–01–11–22–03–00–21–02–01–05–20–10–11–1 1–1 4–4 4–02–01–0
Leicester City 1–41–11–04–00–12–21–00–01–03–22–12–14–00–02–00–00–01–01–03–11–1
Luton Town 3–22–02–03–03–03–31–13–11–31–01–10–04–04–02–10–02–12–21–21–1 1–0
Middlesbrough 0–01–11–01–01–12–13–01–01–02–11–05–00–10–23–26–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–02–2
Millwall 2–12–02–02–02–12–1 2–0 4–00–04–01–02–2 0–1 1–20–03–01–21–00–02–23–0
Norwich City 2–22–12–13–21–21–12–00–22–21–11–11–04–21–11–13–01–00–03–01–02–1
Orient 0–21–13–11–10–01–10–00–10–11–20–0 0–0 1–00–01–10–13–11–11–01–01–1
Oxford United 1–02–11–11–01–01–12–10–31–02–12–22–31–10–11–11–31–21–10–0 0–0 2–1
Portsmouth 1–04–14–01–11–31–42–02–21–20–11–10–20–21–11–02–01–52–02–10–25–0
Queens Park Rangers 5–22–04–02–10–11–11–41–11–30–11–12–00–15–12–02–02–21–02–04–21–1
Sheffield United 3–05–02–23–35–12–23–0 1–2 2–12–1 1–1 2–00–03–13–02–01–1 3–2 1–02–13–0
Sheffield Wednesday 3–31–11–12–01–23–01–0 1–1 0–31–5 3–0 1–02–02–11–13–11–0 0–0 1–22–22–1
Sunderland 2–13–24–11–00–42–03–00–10–00–0 2–2 0–12–11–00–10–03–10–03–15–23–3
Swindon Town 1–23–03–12–12–20–01–11–10–10–03–03–03–21–1 3–0 2–11–03–03–02–01–1
Watford 2–12–11–10–30–10–01–11–20–1 0–1 1–00–42–00–02–10–01–20–03–01–11–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Greater London UK location map 2.svg
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Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1970–1971

Top scorers

Goalscorers are listed order of total goals, then according to the number of league goals, then of FA cup goals, then of League Cup goals. A dash means the team of the player in question did not participate in European competitions. [4]

RankScorerClubLeague goals FA Cup goals League Cup goalsTotal
1 Flag of England.svg Malcolm Macdonald Luton Town 244230
2 Flag of England.svg John Hickton Middlesbrough 250227
3 Flag of England.svg Bob Hatton Carlisle United 182424
4 Flag of England.svg Chris Chilton Hull City 212023
5 Flag of England.svg Rodney Marsh Queens Park Rangers 211123
6 Flag of England.svg Phil Summerill Birmingham City 161421
7 Flag of England.svg Don Rogers Swindon Town 160420
8 Flag of England.svg Alan Warboys Cardiff City /
Sheffield Wednesday
13 + 60019
9 Flag of England.svg Barry Bridges Millwall /
Queens Park Rangers
15 + 200 + 118
10 Flag of Scotland.svg Alistair Brown Leicester City 152017
11 Flag of Scotland.svg Ken Foggo Norwich City 151117
12 Flag of England.svg Derek Possee Millwall 141217
13 Flag of England.svg Peter Silvester Norwich City 150116
14 Flag of England.svg David Watson Sunderland /
Rotherham United
4 + 90 + 3016
15 Flag of England.svg Ron Wigg Watford 132116
16 Flag of England.svg Ken Wagstaff Hull City 124016
17 Flag of England.svg Alan Woodward Sheffield United 150015
= Flag of England.svg Mick Prendergast Sheffield Wednesday 150015
= Flag of England.svg Trevor Francis Birmingham City 150015
= Flag of England.svg Brian Clark Cardiff City 150015
21 Flag of England.svg Peter Noble Swindon Town 141015
22 Flag of Scotland.svg Hughie McIlmoyle Middlesbrough 131115
23 Flag of England.svg Bill Dearden Sheffield United 140014
24 Flag of England.svg Ray Hiron Portsmouth 131014
25 Flag of England.svg Arthur Horsfield Swindon Town 111214
26 Flag of England.svg Bob Latchford Birmingham City 130013
27 Flag of England.svg Bobby Owen Carlisle United 112013
28 Flag of England.svg Derrick Downing Middlesbrough 111113
29 Flag of Ireland.svg Don Givens Luton Town 110213
30 Flag of England.svg Malcolm Partridge Leicester City /
Mansfield Town
3 + 33413
31 Flag of England.svg John Galley Bristol City 120012
32 Flag of Scotland.svg Dennis Martin Carlisle United 101112
33 Flag of England.svg Terry Venables Queens Park Rangers 100111
34 Flag of England.svg John Farrington Leicester City 80311
= Flag of England.svg Chris Garland Bristol City 80311
36 Flag of England.svg Joe Baker Sunderland 100010
= Flag of England.svg Harry Cripps Millwall 100010
38 Flag of England.svg Tony Currie Sheffield United 90110
= Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Kerr Sunderland 90110
40 Flag of England.svg Mike Trebilcock Portsmouth 82010

Third Division

Football League
Third Division
Season1970–71
Champions Preston North End (1st title)
Promoted Fulham
Relegated Bury,
Doncaster Rovers,
Gillingham,
Reading
Matches played552
Goals scored1,372 (2.49 per match)
Top goalscorer Gerry Ingram (Preston North End), 22
Dudley Roberts (Mansfield Town), 22 [3]
Biggest home win ChesterfieldHalifax Town 5–0 (10 Oct 1970)
ChesterfieldTorquay United 5–0 (24 pr 1971)
FulhamBradford City 5–0 (2 Sep 1970)
Swansea CityReading 5–0 (27 Mar 1971)
Swansea CityShrewsbury Town 5–0 (1 Sep 1970)
Tranmere RoversRotherham United 5–0 (4 Dec 1970)
Biggest away win Mansfield TownPlymouth Argyle 1–5 (4 Sep 1970)
ReadingBury 1–5 (5 Dec 1970)
BarnsleyBristol Rovers 0–4 (2 Jan 1971)
Torquay UnitedReading 0–4 (19 Feb 1971)
Highest scoring Shrewsbury TownPort Vale 7–3 (12 Sept 1970)
1971–72
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Preston North End 461580421679721231.61561Division Champions, promoted
2 Fulham 461562391296829291.65960Promoted
3 Halifax Town 4616254622610728331.34556
4 Aston Villa 461373271368927331.17453
5 Chesterfield 4613824512491021261.73751
6 Bristol Rovers 461157382488731261.38051
7 Mansfield Town 4613734428581020341.03251
8 Rotherham United 46121013819561226411.06750
9 Wrexham 4612834325651229401.10849
10 Torquay United 4612653726751117310.94749
11 Swansea City 4611574125411818311.05446
12 Barnsley 4612653019551319330.94245
13 Shrewsbury Town 4611663728571121340.93545
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 4681052820661122271.06444
15 Plymouth Argyle 4661253933671024301.00043
16 Rochdale 468872926671032420.89743
17 Port Vale 4611662918461323410.88142
18 Tranmere Rovers 46811427182111018370.81842
19 Bradford City 467610232568926370.79040
20 Walsall 46101123027410921300.89539
21 Reading 4610763233441516520.56539Relegated
22 Bury 467973023541422370.86737
23 Doncaster Rovers 4685102827541417390.68235
24 Gillingham 466982229441520380.62733
Source: rsssf.com

Results

Home \ Away AST BAR BRA B&HA BRR BRY CHF DON FUL GIL HAL MAN PLY PTV PNE REA ROC ROT SHR SWA TOR TRA WAL WRE
Aston Villa 0–01–00–01–11–00–03–21–02–11–10–11–1 1–0 2–02–11–01–02–03–00–11–0 0–0 3–4
Barnsley 1–1 2–0 1–00–4 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–13–1 2–2 1–02–01–0 0–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 2–10–02–00–01–23–1
Bradford City 1–0 1–0 2–31–1 1–3 1–0 3–0 2–30–1 0–1 1–10–11–1 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–00–22–01–10–01–3
Brighton & Hove Albion 1–01–21–20–01–01–23–03–23–10–22–01–10–00–02–01–11–11–22–20–00–02–22–0
Bristol Rovers 1–23–04–21–30–13–22–00–12–01–02–0 1–3 3–00–04–02–20–22–20–0 1–1 0–13–03–2
Bury 3–1 0–0 1–10–23–01–1 2–3 2–02–1 1–1 0–03–02–30–15–10–20–11–11–11–00–01–11–2
Chesterfield 2–34–20–12–12–00–04–00–02–05–0 2–2 2–03–00–04–01–11–12–00–05–02–01–11–0
Doncaster Rovers 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–00–12–02–10–12–2 1–2 1–20–01–21–12–01–2 0–2 1–11–20–12–21–22–1
Fulham 0–21–15–01–02–12–12–01–11–03–10–01–14–10–11–12–01–00–04–14–02–01–01–0
Gillingham 0–02–12–11–11–41–21–10–11–32–12–20–21–12–10–00–02–10–20–01–20–02–11–2
Halifax Town 2–14–1 1–2 0–10–0 3–0 1–0 4–0 2–12–10–14–12–01–04–0 1–4 1–3 2–02–22–04–32–12–0
Mansfield Town 2–01–23–51–04–11–0 2–2 2–11–02–03–21–52–03–10–03–21–11–12–00–06–22–21–1
Plymouth Argyle 1–12–11–31–1 0–0 3–41–11–11–12–11–10–02–11–14–02–24–14–42–3 1–2 0–13–12–2
Port Vale 2–0 1–10–02–12–00–00–21–00–11–10–12–02–11–03–14–11–00–14–00–12–2 1–1 0–3
Preston North End 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–13–22–01–0 4–0 1–11–01–12–11–01–04–13–1 3–0 2–01–12–21–11–03–2
Reading 3–52–01–10–30–21–51–11–01–13–21–11–00–22–11–01–14–22–13–12–11–11–20–0
Rochdale 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–31–12–02–0 1–0 1–20–1 0–3 1–11–10–31–21–2 4–3 1–20–02–00–02–04–1
Rotherham United 1–11–0 1–1 2–01–13–21–2 2–0 1–10–0 2–2 2–11–12–11–12–15–11–12–03–12–01–01–1
Shrewsbury Town 2–11–01–10–11–42–01–10–30–10–02–25–11–17–30–13–10–24–21–01–03–11–11–0
Swansea City 1–20–22–01–01–33–01–01–14–11–03–12–40–20–22–25–04–21–15–00–10–01–1 3–0
Torquay United 1–10–11–11–0 1–1 2–11–12–13–12–32–00–0 2–1 1–13–10–43–03–11–02–14–21–21–2
Tranmere Rovers 1–12–23–13–00–20–00–01–00–31–00–14–11–01–13–30–00–25–01–00–00–00–01–1
Walsall 3–0 1–21–21–01–23–02–11–23–23–00–00–11–0 3–1 0–11–20–30–10–10–11–42–03–1
Wrexham 2–31–02–01–11–03–20–30–02–23–42–24–04–01–11–12–03–11–12–1 1–1 1–04–12–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Top scorers

Goalscorers are listed order of total goals, then according to the number of league goals, then of FA cup goals, then of League Cup goals. A dash means the team of the player in question did not participate in European competitions. [4]

RankScorerClubLeague goals FA Cup goals League Cup goalsTotal
1 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dave Gwyther Swansea City 187227
2 Flag of England.svg Dudley Roberts Mansfield Town 221124
3 Flag of England.svg Gerry Ingram Preston North End 220224
4 Flag of England.svg John Rudge Torquay United 182121
5 Flag of England.svg George Andrews Shrewsbury Town 182020
6 Flag of England.svg Ernie Moss Chesterfield 163120
7 Flag of England.svg Kevin Randall Chesterfield 190019
8 Flag of England.svg George Jones Bury 181019
9 Flag of England.svg Bill Atkins Halifax Town 180119
10 Flag of England.svg Robin Stubbs Bristol Rovers 171119
11 Flag of England.svg Bruce Bannister Bradford City 163019
12 Flag of England.svg Albert Kinsey Wrexham 160117
13 Flag of England.svg Les Barrett Fulham 150217
14 Flag of England.svg John James Port Vale 150015
15 Flag of England.svg Reg Jenkins Rochdale 130215
= Flag of England.svg Steve Earle Fulham 130215
17 Flag of England.svg John Stenson Mansfield Town 121215
18 Flag of England.svg Ray Graydon Bristol Rovers 130114
= Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Arfon Griffiths Wrexham 130114
20 Flag of England.svg Alf Arrowsmith Rochdale 122014
21 Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Cumming Reading 113014
22 Flag of England.svg Colin Taylor Walsall 130013
23 Flag of England.svg Harold Jarman Bristol Rovers 121013
= Flag of England.svg Dick Habbin Reading 121013
25 Flag of England.svg Bobby Ham Preston North End /
Bradford City
10 + 200 + 113
26 Flag of Scotland.svg Kit Napier Brighton & Hove Albion 112013
27 Flag of Scotland.svg Tom White Bury 111113
28 Flag of England.svg Ken Beamish Tranmere Rovers 100313
29 Flag of Scotland.svg Andy Lochhead Aston Villa 90413
30 Flag of England.svg Mike Green Gillingham 111012
31 Flag of England.svg Alf Wood Shrewsbury Town 110112
32 Flag of England.svg Ian Hamilton Aston Villa 90312
33 Flag of Scotland.svg Pat McMahon Aston Villa 80412
34 Flag of England.svg Dave Lennard Halifax Town 110011
= Flag of England.svg Don Hutchins Plymouth Argyle 110011
36 Flag of Scotland.svg George Johnston Fulham /
Walsall
9 + 11011
37 Flag of England.svg Geoff Vowden Aston Villa /
Birmingham City
5 + 300 + 311
38 Flag of England.svg Ronnie Moore Tranmere Rovers 100010
= Flag of England.svg Brian Yeo Gillingham 100010
40 Flag of England.svg David Cross Rochdale 91010
= Flag of England.svg Neil Hague Rotherham United 91010
42 Flag of England.svg Leslie Lea Barnsley 91010
43 Flag of England.svg Steve Briggs Doncaster Rovers 90110
= Flag of England.svg Keith Brierley Halifax Town 90110
45 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Brian Evans Swansea City 73010

Fourth Division

Football League
Fourth Division
Season1970–71
Champions Notts County (1st title)
Promoted Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic,
Oldham Athletic,
York City
Failed re-electionnone
New club in the league Cambridge United
Matches played552
Goals scored1,527 (2.77 per match)
Top goalscorer Ted MacDougall (Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic), 42 [3]
1971–72
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Notts County 4619405912115730242.47269Division Champions, promoted
2 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 461652511587830311.76160Promoted
3 Oldham Athletic 4614635729105831341.39759
4 York City 4616614514741233401.44456
5 Chester 4617244218751127371.25555
6 Colchester United 4614634419761026351.29654
7 Northampton Town 4615443924491024351.06851
8 Southport 4615264224641321331.10548
9 Exeter City 4612744023571127450.98548
10 Workington 4613732813551320360.98048
11 Stockport County 4612832817461321480.75446
12 Darlington 4615354222281316351.01845
13 Aldershot 4681053223671034480.93045
14 Brentford 4613374527551321351.06544
15 Crewe Alexandra 4613194935571126410.98744
16 Peterborough United 4614364623441524480.98643
17 Scunthorpe United 469773623661120380.91843
18 Southend United 4681143224641321420.80343
19 Grimsby Town 4613463726531520450.80343
20 Cambridge United [lower-alpha 1] 469953127641320390.77343
21 Lincoln City 4611484533291225380.98639Re-elected
22 Newport County 4683123236251623490.64728
23 Hartlepool 466107282722196470.45928
24 Barrow 4655132538231826520.56722
Source: rsssf.com
Notes:
  1. New club in the league

Results

Home \ Away ALD BRW B&BA BRE CAM CHE COL CRE DAR EXE GRI HAR LIN NPC NOR NTC OLD PET SCU STD SOU STP WRK YOR
Aldershot 3–02–01–02–21–00–10–02–22–23–21–00–21–11–10–11–12–20–12–22–15–01–10–1
Barrow 1–11–20–12–11–40–20–11–11–10–13–01–43–12–11–21–12–31–22–00–22–20–30–2
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1–10–01–03–03–14–12–21–04–12–13–03–02–24–21–15–01–00–24–00–12–01–04–0
Brentford 2–32–11–21–21–21–03–11–05–02–01–02–10–33–02–21–11–10–14–20–13–03–06–4
Cambridge United 1–13–30–21–01–12–11–02–02–02–32–01–13–20–22–13–11–11–10–30–01–11–21–1
Chester 1–22–14–21–22–12–11–02–13–15–00–11–02–12–22–10–12–02–02–01–03–01–01–1
Colchester United 5–24–11–14–02–10–13–02–01–11–01–01–14–21–12–31–23–02–01–11–01–12–11–0
Crewe Alexandra 0–31–03–35–31–26–30–33–04–14–01–03–12–03–01–20–11–33–11–21–02–31–03–4
Darlington 1–23–11–02–12–05–10–00–13–25–12–03–22–10–02–33–11–03–00–41–11–00–12–0
Exeter City 4–14–20–01–01–03–12–26–22–14–01–10–01–11–10–10–23–21–12–02–12–10–10–2
Grimsby Town 0–23–11–01–52–02–23–12–01–11–21–11–12–00–22–14–12–11–02–01–21–21–03–1
Hartlepool 1–12–12–10–00–00–21–20–22–23–02–20–02–22–22–10–11–21–10–11–23–01–12–1
Lincoln City 4–40–31–22–00–12–01–22–22–14–13–02–01–11–30–12–12–14–11–23–01–13–14–5
Newport County 1–23–20–20–12–00–11–31–33–10–10–12–02–20–12–11–42–02–33–02–23–12–20–3
Northampton Town 2–01–02–31–02–13–12–11–12–02–20–42–02–11–01–11–32–01–00–22–11–15–03–2
Notts County 3–03–12–10–04–12–14–05–13–01–11–03–00–02–01–02–06–03–02–13–15–12–22–1
Oldham Athletic 5–22–12–25–14–11–14–05–33–12–11–02–04–24–01–11–33–01–12–02–41–11–31–1
Peterborough United 1–04–03–11–22–31–01–23–10–11–31–15–01–12–11–01–12–11–24–01–05–13–12–1
Scunthorpe United 2–11–11–11–10–00–22–01–10–03–01–22–13–10–12–20–12–35–23–02–01–24–00–1
Southend United 2–22–31–24–31–11–11–10–20–00–01–12–01–13–01–01–03–01–22–21–12–11–11–0
Southport 3–31–00–12–00–12–02–11–00–30–21–05–01–06–12–10–21–43–25–13–01–01–02–2
Stockport County 1–02–01–11–00–10–10–02–21–10–31–02–14–33–21–11–01–10–02–00–03–01–01–0
Workington 4–02–11–01–13–11–01–11–10–01–01–00–12–12–12–00–10–02–10–01–12–10–11–0
York City 3–14–31–10–03–01–11–11–02–02–24–14–02–01–04–10–00–12–12–03–02–02–11–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Top scorers

Goalscorers are listed order of total goals, then according to the number of league goals, then of FA cup goals, then of League Cup goals. A dash means the team of the player in question did not participate in European competitions. [4]

RankScorerClubLeague goals FA Cup goals League Cup goalsTotal
1 Flag of Scotland.svg Ted MacDougall Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 427049
2 Flag of England.svg Ray Crawford Colchester United 257032
3 Flag of England.svg Paul Aimson York City 265031
4 Flag of England.svg Jim Fryatt Oldham Athletic 240226
5 Flag of England.svg Jack Howarth Aldershot 213125
6 Flag of England.svg Phil Boyer Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic /
York City
11 + 90 + 10 + 324
7 Flag of England.svg David Shaw [notes2 1] Oldham Athletic 230023
8 Flag of England.svg Tony Hateley Notts County 221023
9 Flag of Ireland.svg Pat Morrissey Crewe Alexandra 201122
10 Flag of Scotland.svg Billy Best Southend United 193022
11 Flag of England.svg Alan Banks Exeter City 210021
12 Flag of England.svg Phil Hubbard Lincoln City 181019
13 Flag of England.svg Joe Gadston Exeter City 180119
14 Flag of England.svg Colin Garwood Peterborough United 171018
= Flag of England.svg Alan Harding Darlington 171018
16 Flag of England.svg John Fairbrother Northampton Town 151218
17 Flag of England.svg Bobby Svarc Lincoln City /
Barrow
11 + 34018
18 Flag of England.svg Ivan Hollett Cambridge United /
Crewe Alexandra
11 + 60017
19 Flag of England.svg Alan Tarbuck Chester 161017
= Ulster Banner.svg Sammy McMillan Stockport County 161017
= Flag of England.svg Eddie Loyden Chester 161017
22 Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby Ross Brentford 151016
23 Flag of England.svg Allan Gauden Darlington 132116
24 Flag of England.svg Derek Trevis Lincoln City 131216
25 Flag of England.svg Percy Freeman Lincoln City 104216
26 Flag of England.svg Dennis Brown Aldershot 141015
= Flag of England.svg Roger Cross Brentford 141015
28 Flag of England.svg Fred Large Northampton Town 140115
29 Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Brown Newport County 130215
30 Flag of Scotland.svg Don Masson Notts County 140014
= Flag of England.svg Eddie Garbett Barrow 140014
32 Ulster Banner.svg Alan McNeill Oldham Athletic 131014
= Flag of England.svg Kevin McMahon York City 131014
= Flag of England.svg Peter Graham Darlington 131014
= Flag of England.svg Stan Bowles Crewe Alexandra 131014
36 Flag of England.svg Richie Barker Notts County 130013
37 Flag of England.svg Bob Moss Peterborough United 112013
38 Flag of Scotland.svg John Docherty Brentford 103013
39 Flag of England.svg Tommy Robson Peterborough United 120012
= Flag of England.svg Eric Redrobe Southport 120012
41 Flag of England.svg Nigel Cassidy Oxford United /
Scunthorpe United
4 + 71012
42 Flag of England.svg Charlie Crickmore Notts County 102012
43 Flag of England.svg Bill Garner Southend United 84012
44 Flag of England.svg Les Bradd Notts County 110011
= Flag of England.svg Terry Heath Scunthorpe United 110011
= Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Irvine Barrow 110011
= Flag of Scotland.svg Matt Tees Grimsby Town /
Luton Town
9 + 20011
48 Flag of England.svg Jim Hall Peterborough United 101011
= Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Keith Webber Chester 101011
50 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Bryceland Oldham Athletic 100111
= Flag of England.svg Kevin Keegan Scunthorpe United 100111
52 Flag of England.svg Stuart Brace Grimsby Town 100010
= Flag of England.svg Alan Bradshaw Crewe Alexandra 100010
54 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rod Jones Newport County 91010
= Flag of England.svg Eddie Rowles Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 91010
56 Flag of England.svg Keith Bebbington Oldham Athletic 90110
57 Flag of England.svg Tommy Spratt Workington 82010
  1. Rothmans apparently has an error in the goals of David Shaw, but it is not possible to identify the error clearly.

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References

  1. "England 1970–71". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  2. Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Rothmans Football Yearbook 1971–72, p. 465–468. The Queen Anne Press Limited. Compiled by Tony Williams and Roy Peskett. Editorial Board: Denis Howell, Sir Matt Busby, David Coleman, Jimmy Hill, Tony Williams and Roy Peskett.
  5. Rothmans Football Yearbook 1971–72, p. 148. The Queen Anne Press Limited. Compiled by Tony Williams and Roy Peskett. Editorial Board: Denis Howell, Sir Matt Busby, David Coleman, Jimmy Hill, Tony Williams and Roy Peskett.