1988–89 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1988–89
Champions Arsenal
Relegated Darlington
New club in League Lincoln City

The 198889 season was the 90th completed season of the Football League. [1]


No European qualification took place due to the Heysel Stadium disaster suspension in place.

Prior to the 1986–87 season membership of the Football League was dependent on a system of election by the other member teams. From 1986 that system came to an end, and instead, the club finishing last in the Fourth Division was automatically demoted to Conference. This season the casualty was Darlington.

First Division

Football League, First Division
Champions Arsenal (9th English title)
Relegated Middlesbrough
Newcastle United
West Ham United
1989–90 European Cup No qualifications [2]
FA Cup winners Liverpool
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup No qualifications [2]
1989–90 UEFA Cup No qualifications [2]
Matches played380
Goals scored962 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer A. Smith (Arsenal), 23 [3]
Biggest home win Luton Town  Southampton 6–1 (2 Jan 1989)
Biggest away win Millwall  Tottenham Hotspur 0–5 (29 Apr 1989)
Highest scoring Luton Town  Southampton 6–1 (2 Jan 1989);
Luton Town  Charlton 5–2 (2 May 1989);
Queens Park Rangers  Wimbledon 4–3 (8 Apr 1989);
Coventry  Middlesbrough 3–4 (1 Oct 1988);
Middlesbrough  Nottingham Forest 3–4 (22 Apr 1989)
Longest winning run Liverpool (9 games)
Longest unbeaten run Liverpool (18 games)
Longest losing run Southampton (5 games)


A fiercely-contested title race went right to the wire, with the title-deciding game featuring both contenders not being played until 26 May — six days after the FA Cup final — as the league season was extended following the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April, in which 96 Liverpool fans died. [4] Liverpool went on to lift the trophy in the second all-Merseyside FA Cup final in four seasons, and a strong second half of the season had taken them to the top of the league; they needed only a draw at home to second-placed Arsenal to clinch the title. The Gunners, on the other hand, needed to win by at least two clear goals to beat the Merseysiders to the title, and that was exactly what they did. A late goal from Michael Thomas ended Arsenal's 18-year wait to be champions of England again, the only time the English league has been decided by goals for.

There were no shortage of rivals for the title throughout the season. Millwall, in the First Division for the first time, frequently topped the table during the season's early stages and were consistently in the top five until well after Christmas, and still managed to finish 10th despite not winning any of their final 10 games. Norwich City, who also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, were strong contenders for most of the season and finished fourth. Third placed Nottingham Forest, who won the League Cup and the Full Members Cup (their first pieces of silverware since winning the European Cup in 1980) had a mediocre first half of the season before finding their form after Christmas, although they never looked like serious title contenders. Their East Midlands rivals Derby County were on the fringes of the title race for much of the season, and their fifth place finish was their highest for well over a decade.

Three teams who were among the pre-season title favourites failed to make an impact in the title race. Everton could only manage an eighth place finish, their lowest final position since 1982, although they did well in the cup competitions, finishing runners-up in the FA Cup and Full Members Cup. Tottenham, who had spent millions in the transfer market since Terry Venables became manager, were bottom of the table in late October but enjoyed an upturn in form during the second half of the season to secure sixth place in the final table. Manchester United continued to rebuild under Alex Ferguson, but a failure to convert draws into victories during the first half of the season and a run of bad results during the season's final stages dragged them down to 11th place in the final table; a good run of form after Christmas had projected them into the fringes of the title race, but their season ultimately collapsed after an FA Cup quarter-final exit.

The loss of Paul Gascoigne to Tottenham in the first £2million deal between English clubs gave Newcastle manager Willie McFaul a chance to spend heavily in the transfer market, but his signings failed to gel and he was sacked in October with the Tynesiders bottom of the First Division. His successor Jim Smith was unable to keep Newcastle up, and they went down in bottom place, while Smith's old club QPR finished a steady ninth under new player-manager Trevor Francis. John Lyall's 15-year spell as West Ham manager came to an end after relegation and the decision of the board not to renew his contract. The final relegation place went to Middlesbrough, who had enjoyed good form for a newly promoted side (and one which had been virtually bankrupt and in the Third Division in 1986) until a late slump dropped them back into the Second Division. Aston Villa narrowly avoided the drop after a similar downturn in performances during the season's final stages.

Final table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1 Arsenal 381063351912433817+3776League Champions, excluded from the European Cup [lower-alpha 1]
2 Liverpool 381153331111533217+3776 FA Cup Winners, but excluded from the Cup Winners' Cup
3 Nottingham Forest 3887431169643327+2164 League Cup Winners, excluded from UEFA Cup
4 Norwich City 3887423209462525+362
5 Derby County 3893723188471720+258
6 Tottenham Hotspur 3886531247662922+1457
7 Coventry City 3894628235951919+555
8 Everton 381072331845101727+554
9 Queens Park Rangers 3895523165682021+653
10 Millwall 38103627214872031553
11 Manchester United 38105427133791822+1051
12 Wimbledon 38103630194692027+451
13 Southampton 38676252648727401445
14 Charlton Athletic 386762524451019341442
15 Sheffield Wednesday 38667212546913261742
16 Luton Town 388653221251210311041
17 Aston Villa 387662522271020341140
18 Middlesbrough 386762830351116311739Relegated
19 West Ham United 3836101930721018322538
20 Newcastle United 3836101928441113353131
Source: [5]
  1. 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.

First division Results table

Arsenal 2–32–22–01–22–01–12–02–13–00–01–05–01–32–11–12–22–02–12–2
Aston Villa 0–31–21–11–22–01–12–10–01–12–23–13–11–12–12–01–22–10–10–1
Charlton Athletic 2–32–20–03–01–20–33–01–02–00–32–21–20–11–12–12–22–20–01–0
Coventry City 1–02–13–00–20–11–31–01–03–40–01–22–12–20–35–02–11–11–12–1
Derby County 2–12–10–01–03–20–10–12–21–00–12–00–10–20–11–03–11–11–24–1
Everton 1–31–13–23–11–00–00–21–12–11–14–01–11–14–11–04–11–03–11–1
Liverpool 0–2 1–02–00–01–01–15–01–03–01–11–20–11–02–05–12–01–15–11–1
Luton Town 1–11–15–22–23–01–01–00–21–01–20–01–02–30–00–16–11–34–12–2
Manchester United 1–11–13–00–10–21–23–12–01–03–02–01–22–00–01–12–21–02–01–0
Middlesbrough 0–13–30–01–10–13–30–42–11–04–21–12–33–41–00–13–32–21–01–0
Millwall 1–22–01–01–01–02–11–23–10–02–04–02–32–23–21–01–10–50–10–1
Newcastle United 0–11–20–20–30–12–02–20–00–03–01–10–20–11–21–33–32–21–22–1
Norwich City 0–02–21–31–21–01–00–12–22–10–02–20–22–11–01–11–13–12–11–0
Nottingham Forest 1–44–04–00–01–12–02–10–02–02–24–11–12–00–01–13–01–21–20–1
Queens Park Rangers 0–01–01–02–10–10–00–11–13–20–01–23–01–11–22–00–11–02–14–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–11–03–11–21–11–12–21–00–21–03–01–22–20–30–21–10–20–21–1
Southampton 1–33–12–02–20–01–11–32–12–11–32–21–00–01–11–41–20–24–00–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–32–01–11–11–32–11–20–02–23–22–02–02–11–22–20–01–23–03–2
West Ham United 1–42–21–31–11–10–10–21–01–31–23–02–00–23–30–00–01–20–21–2
Wimbledon 1–51–01–10–14–02–11–24–01–11–11–04–00–24–11–01–02–11–20–1
Source: [ citation needed ]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

First Division maps

Greater London UK location map 2.svg
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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1988–1989

Second Division

Football League, Second Division
Champions Chelsea (2nd title)
Promoted Crystal Palace,
Manchester City
Relegated Birmingham City,
Shrewsbury Town,
Matches played552
Goals scored1,465 (2.65 per match)
Top goalscorer Keith Edwards (Hull City), 26 [3]
Biggest home win West Bromwich Albion  Stoke City 6–0 (18 Dec 1988)
Biggest away win Walsall  Chelsea 0–7 (4 Feb 1989)
Highest scoring Blackburn Rovers  Crystal Palace 5–4 (8 Oct 1988)
Longest winning run7
Longest unbeaten run23
Longest losing run32

Chelsea sealed an instant return to the First Division by sealing the Second Division title and gaining 99 points - the highest total in the club's history. Runners-up Manchester City, with a promising young side including Andy Hinchcliffe, David White and Paul Lake, returned to the elite after two seasons away as runners-up. Steve Coppell's rejuvenation of Crystal Palace finally paid off and five seasons and two near misses with promotion when they triumphed over Blackburn Rovers in the two-legged playoff final and overturned a two-goal deficit in the first leg which had looked to have ended the Lancashire side's 23-year absence from the First Division. Defeat in the semi-finals prevented an instant return to the First Division for Watford, while the other beaten semi-finalists Swindon narrowly missed out on matching the four-season rise from the Fourth Division to the First achieved earlier in the decade by Swansea and Wimbledon.

Despite the loss of manager Ron Atkinson to Atletico Madrid in October, West Bromwich Albion remained in the thick of the promotion race under new player-manager Brian Talbot and looked all set for promotion as late as February when they occupied second place, but a slump in form pushed them down to ninth place - not enough for even a place in the playoffs.

Final table

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Chelsea 461562502514634625+4699Division Champions, promoted
2 Manchester City 461283482811572925+2482Promoted
3 Crystal Palace 46156242178692932+2281Promoted through play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Watford 46145441188783330+2678Participated in play-offs
5 Blackburn Rovers 461643502267102437+1577
6 Swindon Town 46138235157883338+1576
7 Barnsley 46128337218692937+874
8 Ipswich Town 461337422394102938+1073
9 West Bromwich Albion 461373431851172223+2472
10 Leeds United 461265342051082530+967
11 Sunderland 461283402347122037063
12 Bournemouth 461337322055132142962
13 Stoke City 4610943325551324471559
14 Bradford City 468114292256122337756
15 Leicester City 4611663120210112543755
16 Oldham Athletic 4691044932211102640+354
17 Oxford United 461166403436142236854
18 Plymouth Argyle 4611483522381220441154
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 461157362434162142951
20 Portsmouth 461067332136142041951
21 Hull City 467973125451421431647
22 Shrewsbury Town 4641182531471215362742Relegated
23 Birmingham City 4664132133271410434535
24 Walsall 46310102742261514383931
Source: thestatcat.co.uk [6]
  1. Crystal Palace won the play-offs and were promoted.

Second Division play-offs

Both the semifinals and the finals were decided over two legs.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Two play-offs 1989.

1st leg –21 May; 2nd leg –24 May 1989
1st leg –31 May; 2nd leg –3 June 1989
3rd Crystal Palace 0 2 2
6th Swindon Town 1 0 1
3rd Crystal Palace 1 3 4
5th Blackburn Rovers 3 0 3
4th Watford 0 1 1
5th Blackburn Rovers [notes2 1] 0 1 1
  1. Blackburn won on away goals after extra time.

Second Division results

Barnsley 0–00–15–20–02–21–11–10–22–02–23–01–24–31–03–11–01–01–03–01–11–02–22–1
Birmingham City 3–52–00–11–01–21–40–11–01–00–02–30–20–00–00–10–01–20–13–21–21–02–31–4
Blackburn Rovers 2–13–02–02–12–11–15–44–01–02–00–04–03–13–11–23–10–14–32–20–03–02–11–2
Bournemouth 3–20–12–13–02–11–02–05–11–00–02–10–12–22–10–01–00–10–10–12–32–10–12–1
Bradford City 1–22–21–10–10–12–20–11–12–21–12–11–12–00–01–12–11–00–01–02–23–12–12–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–14–03–01–21–30–13–11–10–12–11–12–12–02–12–22–13–11–13–00–22–21–00–1
Chelsea 5–33–11–22–03–12–01–02–13–01–02–11–32–21–15–03–32–02–11–13–22–02–21–1
Crystal Palace 1–14–12–22–32–02–11–13–12–00–04–20–02–01–04–12–01–11–01–02–14–00–21–0
Hull City 0–01–11–34–01–15–23–00–11–11–22–21–01–11–23–01–13–01–40–01–00–00–30–1
Ipswich Town 2–04–02–03–11–12–30–11–21–10–12–01–02–11–22–20–12–05–12–01–23–13–22–1
Leeds United 2–01–02–03–03–31–00–21–22–12–41–11–10–01–12–01–02–34–02–00–01–00–12–1
Leicester City 0–12–04–00–11–01–02–02–20–20–11–20–01–21–01–02–11–12–03–13–31–02–21–1
Manchester City 1–20–01–03–34–02–12–31–14–14–00–04–21–42–12–04–12–22–11–12–12–23–11–1
Oldham Athletic 1–14–01–12–01–12–11–42–32–24–02–21–10–13–02–25–33–02–22–22–23–03–11–3
Oxford United 2–03–01–13–13–43–22–31–01–01–13–21–12–41–10–11–04–13–22–41–11–00–41–1
Plymouth Argyle 1–20–14–31–13–13–00–10–22–00–11–01–10–13–03–10–10–04–01–44–12–01–01–1
Portsmouth 3–01–01–22–11–22–02–31–11–30–14–03–00–11–12–12–02–00–02–00–21–12–20–0
Shrewsbury Town 2–30–01–11–01–31–11–12–11–31–53–33–00–10–02–22–01–21–20–00–10–01–11–1
Stoke City 1–11–00–12–12–12–20–32–14–01–12–32–23–10–01–02–22–20–02–02–10–32–00–0
Sunderland 1–02–22–01–10–01–01–21–12–04–02–12–22–43–21–02–14–02–11–14–00–31–11–1
Swindon Town 0–02–11–13–11–03–01–11–01–02–30–02–11–22–23–01–01–11–03–04–11–01–10–0
Walsall 1–35–01–21–10–11–00–70–01–12–40–30–13–32–21–52–21–11–11–22–02–20–10–0
Watford 4–01–02–21–02–01–11–20–12–03–21–12–11–03–11–13–01–00–03–20–12–35–02–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–10–02–00–01–01–02–35–32–01–22–11–11–03–13–22–23–04–06–00–03–10–00–1
Source: [ citation needed ]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Division maps

Greater London UK location map 2.svg
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Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1988–1989

Third Division

Football League, Third Division
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st title)
Promoted Port Vale,
Sheffield United
Relegated Aldershot,
Southend United
Matches played552
Goals scored1,495 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Steve Bull (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 37 [3]

Wolverhampton Wanderers, spearheaded by high-scoring striker Steve Bull, clinched a second successive promotion - again as champions - as they ran away with the Third Division title just 12 months after finishing champions of the Fourth Division. Bull, who broke the 50-goal barrier in all competitions for the second successive season, then became one of the few Third Division players to be selected for the senior England side when he was capped for his country for the first time. Sheffield United clinched the second promotion place a season after relegation - the fifth time in less than a decade that their manager Dave Bassett had managed a promotion-winning team, following his four promotions with Wimbledon. The final promotion place went to playoff winners Port Vale, who returned to the Second Division for the first time since 1957.

Aldershot's two-season stay in the Third Division ended with relegation in bottom place after a disastrous season. Gillingham, who had almost won promotion two years earlier, as did Chesterfield, and a Southend side whose 54 points was a greater tally than any other team to suffer relegation in Football League history.

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 461841611981053530+4792Division Champions, promoted
2 Sheffield United 46163457219683633+3984Promoted
3 Port Vale 46153546219953227+3084Promoted through play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
4 Fulham 4612744228102112739+275Participated in play-offs
5 Bristol Rovers 469113342110673330+1674
6 Preston North End 461472563158102329+1972
7 Brentford 461454362149103040+568
8 Chester City 461265381875112643+368
9 Notts County 461175372276102732+1067
10 Bolton Wanderers 461283422348111631+464
11 Bristol City 461031032258692130263
12 Swansea City 461184332248111831261 Welsh Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1989–90 First round
13 Bury 4611752722561228451261
14 Huddersfield Town 4610853525711528481060
15 Mansfield Town 461085322249101630459
16 Cardiff City 4610943016461314401257
17 Wigan Athletic 4695928225992731+256
18 Reading 461067372955133143456
19 Blackpool 461067362947122030355
20 Northampton Town 46112104134541425421054
21 Southend United 4610943326361423491954Relegated
22 Chesterfield 469593535521616513549
23 Gillingham 4673132532511722493440
24 Aldershot 4676102929171519493037
Source: [ citation needed ]
  1. Port Vale won the play-offs and were promoted.

Third Division play-offs

Both the semifinals and the finals were decided over two legs.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Three play-offs 1989.

1st leg –21/22 May; 2nd leg –25 May 1989
1st leg –31 May; 2nd leg –3 June 1989
3rd Port Vale 1 3 4
6th Preston North End 1 1 2
3rd Port Vale 1 1 2
5th Bristol Rovers 1 0 1
4th Fulham F.C. 0 0 0
5th Bristol Rovers 1 4 5

Third Division results

Aldershot 1–00–30–00–11–34–10–11–12–01–20–20–10–05–12–32–22–1 1–1 1–02–20–13–11–2
Blackpool 4–0 2–0 0–32–21–12–21–01–11–20–14–12–11–13–10–13–2 1–0 2–41–23–20–02–00–2
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 2–2 4–22–01–1 2–4 4–00–15–03–22–13–10–02–13–31–1 1–0 1–12–00–01–0 1–1 1–2
Brentford 2–11–03–03–02–12–21–10–11–0 0–1 1–01–01–02–02–12–10–23–21–44–01–11–12–2
Bristol City 1–11–21–10–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–14–01–51–06–12–03–10–40–11–12–12–00–22–00–10–1
Bristol Rovers 2–21–02–01–2 1–1 1–3 0–1 4–12–10–02–05–10–01–12–02–21–01–11–11–11–13–20–0
Bury 0–10–0 0–0 3–12–10–01–02–12–13–11–00–60–10–11–10–01–12–11–23–11–01–13–1
Cardiff City 3–20–01–01–0 1–1 2–2 3–02–00–11–21–03–00–01–00–13–00–01–20–02–0 2–2 2–21–1
Chester 1–11–10–03–22–00–22–00–03–17–02–03–00–02–11–01–20–13–00–12–43–11–01–1
Chesterfield 2–10–21–12–21–00–31–24–01–24–13–11–1 1–3 1–1 3–0 1–20–32–42–12–12–01–10–3
Fulham 5–11–11–1 3–3 3–10–21–02–04–12–11–21–21–13–22–11–22–12–12–21–01–01–12–2
Gillingham 1–11–00–10–00–12–33–41–20–20–10–11–23–01–02–11–01–30–12–1 1–1 2–32–11–3
Huddersfield Town 2–11–10–11–20–12–33–21–03–11–12–01–12–01–23–10–02–02–23–23–21–11–10–0
Mansfield Town 1–10–11–11–02–22–11–12–22–0 3–1 3–12–11–01–1 1–1 0–10–32–10–14–00–00–13–1
Northampton Town 6–04–22–31–01–31–22–03–00–23–02–11–21–32–11–31–31–01–31–22–21–01–13–1
Notts County 4–11–12–03–00–01–03–02–0 2–2 4–00–11–23–0 2–1 0–11–40–03–31–41–11–01–01–1
Port Vale 3–01–02–13–20–11–01–36–11–25–03–02–12–01–21–21–01–13–03–32–02–12–10–0
Preston North End 2–2 1–0 3–1 5–32–01–11–03–33–36–01–45–01–02–03–23–01–32–12–03–21–1 2–2 3–3
Reading 3–1 2–11–12–21–23–11–13–13–10–00–11–22–11–01–11–33–02–21–34–02–00–30–2
Sheffield United 1–04–14–02–23–04–12–10–16–11–31–04–25–11–24–01–10–03–11–01–25–12–12–0
Southend United 1–12–12–01–11–22–21–10–01–03–10–0 2–1 2–41–12–11–11–12–12–12–10–21–23–1
Swansea City 1–01–21–01–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–12–02–03–21–03–11–02–00–01–12–02–22–01–22–5
Wigan Athletic 2–12–1 1–1 1–10–13–01–01–03–00–20–13–00–20–01–30–10–2 1–1 3–01–23–01–21–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–02–11–02–02–00–14–02–03–11–05–26–14–16–23–20–03–36–02–12–23–01–12–1
Source: [ citation needed ]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third Division maps

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Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1988–1989

Fourth Division

Football League, Fourth Division
Champions Rotherham United (1st title)
Promoted Crewe Alexandra,
Leyton Orient,
Tranmere Rovers
Relegated to Conference Darlington
New club in the league Lincoln City
Matches played552
Goals scored1,498 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Phil Stant (Hereford United), 28 [3]

Rotherham United sealed an instant return to the Third Division as champions of the Fourth Division, while runners-up Tranmere (who had been in the battle to avoid relegation to the Conference two seasons earlier) managed to climb out of the league's basement division after spending a whole decade there. The final automatic promotion place went to Crewe, who had spent 20 consecutive seasons in the Fourth Division and had to apply for re-election seven times, before the arrival of Dario Gradi as manager in June 1983 had overseen an upturn in fortunes at Gresty Road.

Promotion had seemed out of the question for Leyton Orient, when they stood 15th in the league on 1 March 1989 with barely a quarter of the season left to play. But an excellent finish to the season saw them rise to sixth place in the final table, and they triumphed in the playoffs to clinch the division's fourth and final promotion place.

Darlington were relegated from the league as the Fourth Division's bottom club, after a post-Christmas resurgence by Colchester after the Essex side appointed Jock Wallace as manager, and the league newcomers for 1989-90 were Conference champions Maidstone United.

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Rotherham United 461364441891043217+4182Division Champions, promoted
2 Tranmere Rovers 461562341361162830+1980Promoted
3 Crewe Alexandra 46137342248872524+1978
4 Scunthorpe United 461193402210583735+2077Participated in play-offs
5 Scarborough 46127433239773429+1577
6 Leyton Orient 461625611951082531+3675Promoted through play-offs [lower-alpha 1]
7 Wrexham 46127444287793335+1471Participated in play-offs
8 Cambridge United 461373452557112637+968
9 Grimsby Town 461193331866113241+666
10 Lincoln City [lower-alpha 2] 461265392664132534+464
11 York City 461085432775111936164
12 Carlisle United 4696826256982727+160
13 Exeter City 461445462342171945360
14 Torquay United 4615263223261513371559
15 Hereford United 461184402738122645658
16 Burnley 461265352027141741955
17 Peterborough United 46103102932491023422254
18 Rochdale 46101033226341624562653
19 Hartlepool United 4610673333441517452852
20 Stockport County 4681053120211102332+251
21 Halifax Town 461076422734162748650
22 Colchester United 468783530471225481850
23 Doncaster Rovers 469683232441517462949
24 Darlington 4631282838561225382342Relegated to Conference
Source: [ citation needed ]
  1. Leyton Orient won the play-offs and were promoted.
  2. New club in the league

Fourth Division play-offs

Both the semifinals and the finals were decided over two legs.
The full results can be found at: Football League Division Four play-offs 1989.

1st leg –21 May; 2nd leg –24 May 1989
1st leg –30 May; 2nd leg –3 June 1989
4th Scunthorpe United 1 0 1
7th Wrexham 3 2 5
7th Wrexham 0 1 1
6th Leyton Orient 0 2 2
5th Scarborough 1 0 1
6th Leyton Orient 0 2 2

Fourth Division results

Burnley 2–00–02–01–00–13–03–01–0 2–1 0–03–32–21–41–1 2–1 1–00–10–1 1–0 1–02–21–36–0
Cambridge United 2–13–2 3–1 1–11–30–02–04–12–16–02–12–22–3 2–1 2–01–12–20–31–03–01–12–01–1
Carlisle United 0–01–11–20–1 1–2 0–11–02–13–12–13–02–12–12–21–00–20–10–31–12–11–11–20–0
Colchester United 2–2 1–2 1–12–11–20–14–00–03–21–21–11–01–31–23–01–13–11–21–12–22–32–11–0
Crewe Alexandra 4–02–01–03–12–00–22–12–22–23–02–12–12–01–13–11–31–13–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–2
Darlington 1–11–1 2–3 1–21–11–32–21–10–2 0–0 0–01–32–12–21–21–12–13–31–40–01–22–12–2
Doncaster Rovers 1–01–11–33–10–11–02–12–31–41–03–21–00–12–31–1 1–0 3–12–22–21–20–02–21–2
Exeter City 3–00–33–04–21–22–13–02–14–12–13–11–10–13–15–10–01–02–22–2 3–0 0–10–22–0
Grimsby Town 1–04–00–02–20–00–05–02–13–23–01–12–2 1–0 0–01–30–42–1 1–1 2–01–00–00–12–0
Halifax Town 1–2 0–03–33–20–11–02–00–32–11–02–22–20–15–0 4–1 1–10–25–12–22–02–34–00–0
Hartlepool United 2–23–20–22–10–3 2–1 2–12–22–12–01–11–03–22–10–11–13–10–22–20–12–21–30–1
Hereford United 0–04–22–11–10–11–13–11–02–13–12–01–13–24–04–41–11–31–22–11–12–10–01–2
Leyton Orient 3–01–12–08–00–01–04–04–05–02–04–31–33–11–23–03–12–34–11–23–12–00–14–0
Lincoln City 2–33–00–21–12–23–23–12–0 2–2 2–10–12–00–11–14–10–12–2 1–0 0–01–02–14–32–1
Peterborough United 3–0 1–5 1–43–03–21–12–00–11–22–10–12–10–11–11–00–31–41–21–03–11–11–00–1
Rochdale 2–1 2–10–01–12–12–22–02–10–2 1–1 0–02–20–32–20–00–22–11–0 1–1 2–13–13–32–0
Rotherham United 3–10–02–12–01–21–2 3–0 0–11–02–04–06–04–12–01–13–11–13–32–11–00–02–20–1
Scarborough 1–02–10–10–02–13–22–02–12–33–12–00–20–01–12–13–31–01–01–15–20–00–3 0–0
Scunthorpe United 2–11–01–12–32–25–12–12–0 1–1 0–01–13–12–2 0–0 3–04–00–00–31–11–00–13–14–2
Stockport County 0–0 0–01–11–0 0–1 0–02–04–03–11–13–01–20–01–01–2 3–0 1–32–21–20–01–12–23–2
Torquay United 2–03–11–01–32–11–03–2 0–4 2–20–22–01–03–01–01–01–01–20–10–22–13–20–02–0
Tranmere Rovers 2–11–20–00–0 1–1 2–02–22–03–22–02–11–03–01–01–02–00–01–12–11–03–0 2–1 0–1
Wrexham 4–23–12–12–2 0–0 3–31–13–01–23–04–31–10–13–01–12–11–40–12–02–01–0 3–3 2–1
York City 0–01–21–12–03–04–11–13–10–35–32–34–11–12–15–13–31–1 0–0 1–22–01–10–11–0
Source: [ citation needed ]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fourth Division maps

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