AFL Premier League - Season 158

The league title was won by Manchester City for the second season in succession, their tenth Premier Division title overall. Despite an average start they took the lead after ten games and never looked back. Chelsea put up a spirited chase, and almost caught them, but City held on to take the title with a five point margin. Liverpool were far behind in third place, whilst Wigan played very well in the latter stages to clinch fourth place. Reading had a successful first season in the top flight, finishing mid-table.

At the bottom it was an exciting finish as six clubs were all involved in the relegation battle on the last day of the season. At that point the bottom of the table looked like this:

Pos Bottom 6
Pld
GD
Pts
15 Newcastle
37
-20
34
16 Barnsley
37
-27
33
17 Watford
37
-28
32
18 Charlton
37
-37
32
19 Portsmouth
37
-21
31
20 Coventry
37
-21
31

Coventry lost 4-1 at Aston Villa and Charlton lost 3-1 at home to West Ham, so they both went down. Barnsley won 2-1 at Blackburn and were safe. Newcastle lost 3-0 at home to Middlesbrough, which left them vulnerable to relegation, depending on other results. However, Portsmouth only managed to draw 1-1 at home to Liverpool, which meant the Magpies were safe, but this was enough to save Pompey from the drop and Watford, who lost 3-1 at home to Reading, went down instead. These clubs will be replaced by Sunderland, Sheffield United and Everton, the three clubs that were relegated the previous season.

AFL Premier League Table and Results - Season 158

P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
1
Man City
38
27
8
3
95
47
+48
89
2
Chelsea
38
25
9
4
91
36
+55
84
3
Liverpool
38
20
10
8
74
49
+25
70
4
Wigan
38
18
12
8
75
49
+26
66
5
Aston V
38
18
5
15
75
56
+19
59
6
Arsenal
38
17
8
13
53
47
+6
59
7
Middlesbrough
38
17
4
17
64
70
-6
55
8
Man Utd
38
14
12
12
62
53
+9
54
9
Fulham
38
14
11
13
63
60
+3
53
10
Reading
38
13
14
11
60
71
-11
53
11
West Ham
38
14
10
14
68
71
-3
52
12
Tottenham
38
13
12
13
70
70
0
51
13
Bolton
38
13
12
13
65
67
-2
51
14
Blackburn
38
12
11
15
61
67
-6
47
15
Barnsley
38
8
12
18
44
70
-26
36
16
Newcastle
38
8
10
20
54
77
-23
34
17
Portsmouth
38
8
8
22
51
72
-21
32
18
Watford
38
7
11
20
43
73
-30
32
19
Charlton
38
8
8
22
42
81
-39
32
20
Coventry
38
6
13
19
43
67
-24
31

Results

ARL
ASV
BNS
BLB
BOL
CHA
CHS
COV
FUL
LIV
MAC
MAU
MID
NEC
POM
REA
TOT
WAT
WEH
WIG
Arsenal
---
1-0
1-1
0-1
1-0
3-0
1-2
3-1
1-1
0-3
0-0
0-0
1-0
1-0
3-1
2-0
2-2
4-0
2-1
1-2
Aston V
2-0
---
0-1
2-1
1-1
5-0
0-3
4-1
2-0
1-4
2-3
4-1
0-2
5-1
4-2
4-1
4-0
5-1
2-0
1-1
Barnsley
0-3
0-1
---
1-2
3-0
1-1
1-5
2-2
1-2
1-3
1-3
0-4
1-2
3-2
0-0
1-1
0-4
0-2
0-2
3-3
Blackburn
0-1
2-1
1-2
---
2-3
0-0
1-1
2-1
0-2
2-0
3-3
2-2
1-2
1-1
2-2
4-1
2-2
1-1
3-2
0-0
Bolton
2-3
2-4
1-1
3-1
---
2-1
1-3
3-1
3-3
3-3
1-4
2-0
2-1
2-1
2-0
1-2
2-2
1-1
4-1
0-3
Charlton
1-4
1-0
1-0
3-4
1-1
---
1-2
0-3
2-1
2-1
1-1
2-4
3-0
3-2
2-3
2-2
0-2
2-0
1-3
1-4
Chelsea
4-1
4-0
4-0
3-1
3-3
3-1
---
0-0
3-0
1-2
3-0
1-1
4-1
5-1
1-2
5-1
1-1
4-0
3-0
0-0
Coventry
0-1
0-1
0-0
2-3
1-3
0-0
1-3
---
2-1
0-3
1-1
1-3
4-1
1-2
2-2
0-2
3-0
2-1
4-2
2-3
Fulham
0-1
2-2
4-1
3-0
2-1
0-1
1-3
1-1
---
2-2
1-3
2-0
4-3
1-0
2-1
1-1
2-0
2-2
3-3
1-5
Liverpool
2-2
1-2
2-1
1-0
2-2
2-1
2-0
1-1
4-1
---
1-1
2-2
3-0
0-1
1-0
2-1
4-1
1-1
2-3
2-0
Man City
4-0
4-3
1-1
3-2
3-1
5-2
0-1
1-0
1-0
3-1
---
2-1
4-0
1-1
3-2
4-1
4-1
5-1
3-1
4-2
Man Utd
2-2
2-0
0-1
1-0
1-3
0-0
0-2
1-1
2-2
1-2
2-0
---
0-1
3-1
4-1
3-3
3-1
1-0
4-0
1-0
Middlesbro'
2-1
3-1
4-2
3-2
3-0
3-0
1-3
4-2
0-2
3-1
2-4
2-4
---
4-1
0-2
0-1
1-3
1-1
2-2
0-3
Newcastle
3-0
2-2
1-3
2-3
2-4
2-1
1-2
0-0
1-3
0-1
2-2
3-1
0-3
---
2-1
1-2
2-2
1-2
2-2
3-1
Portsmouth
2-2
0-2
0-3
0-1
3-0
4-0
1-1
4-0
3-3
1-1
1-2
0-2
2-2
1-2
---
2-3
2-0
2-3
0-1
0-3
Reading
2-1
1-4
2-2
3-2
1-0
1-1
1-1
0-0
0-4
1-4
1-3
3-0
1-1
3-2
2-0
---
1-4
3-0
2-2
2-2
Tottenham
2-0
4-3
2-1
2-2
1-1
5-1
4-1
4-1
0-3
2-3
0-2
1-1
4-2
2-2
4-0
1-1
---
1-1
0-3
0-3
Watford
0-3
2-1
1-2
2-2
0-0
2-1
0-1
4-1
0-0
1-2
1-2
2-2
1-2
2-2
3-0
1-3
0-2
---
0-2
2-3
West Ham
2-1
2-0
2-2
4-2
0-3
4-2
1-2
1-1
4-1
2-2
1-2
3-2
0-2
2-2
1-2
2-2
2-2
2-1
---
1-2
Wigan
2-0
0-0
1-1
2-3
2-2
2-0
3-3
0-0
1-0
3-1
2-4
1-1
0-1
2-0
3-2
2-2
4-2
4-1
1-2
---

A.F.L. Cup

Manchester City did the "double", as they also won the A.F.L. Cup, beating West Bromwich, of Division 2, 2-0 in the final.

Fourth Round   Fifth Round   Quarter-final   Semi-final   Final
Man City   4  
Man Utd   1     Man City   3  
Liverpool   1   Newcastle   0  
Newcastle   2       Man City   5  
Plymouth   2       Plymouth   1  
Luton   1     Plymouth 1 1
Birmingham   1   Coventry 1 0  
Coventry   2       Man City 3  
Chelsea   2       Bolton 2  
Fulham   3     Fulham 1 2  
Portsmouth   4   Portsmouth 1 0  
Middlesbrough   1       Fulham 3 1
Tranmere   1       Bolton 3 3  
Bolton   4     Bolton (P) 1 2
Charlton   5   Charlton 1 2  
Brighton   1       Man City 2
Aston V   1       West Brom 0
Wigan   2     Wigan   0  
West Ham   4   West Ham   1  
Leicester   0       West Ham 0 1  
Huddersfield   2       Leyton Orient 0 0  
Cardiff   4     Cardiff   1
Leyton Orient   2   Leyton Orient   2  
Barnsley   0       West Ham 0
West Brom   3       West Brom 3  
Blackburn   1     West Brom   2  
Watford 2 1   Tottenham   1  
Tottenham 2 2       West Brom   3
Bradford 2 1       Reading   2  
Sheff Utd 2 3     Sheff Utd   1
Reading   2   Reading   2  
Arsenal   0  

Other divisions

Division 1

 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Diff
Pts
1
  Sunderland
46
26
10
10
85
50
+35
88
2
  Sheffield United
46
26
10
10
79
56
+23
88
3
  Everton
46
25
9
12
90
53
+37
84
4
  Wolverhampton Wand
46
23
9
14
72
51
+21
78
5
  Birmingham City
46
21
13
12
81
57
+24
76
6
  Stoke City
46
21
9
16
67
65
+2
72
7
  Ipswich Town
46
20
9
17
76
64
+12
69
8
  Plymouth Argyle
46
21
6
19
71
78
-7
69
9
  Leicester City
46
19
11
16
77
64
+13
68
10
  Tranmere Rovers
46
19
11
16
67
63
+4
68
11
  Cardiff City
46
20
7
19
68
55
+13
67
12
  Derby County
46
18
13
15
72
60
+12
67
13
  Q.P.R.
46
19
10
17
64
68
-4
67
14
  Sheffield Wednesday
46
19
7
20
68
61
+7
64
15
  Leeds United
46
18
9
19
72
81
-9
63
16
  Colchester United
46
15
11
20
64
82
-18
56
17
  Crystal Palace
46
13
16
17
67
69
-2
55
18
  Norwich City
46
13
15
18
67
75
-8
54
19
  Preston North End
46
13
15
18
58
66
-8
54
20
  Southend United
46
15
8
23
62
88
-26
53
21
  Swindon Town
46
12
13
21
53
73
-20
49
22
  Luton Town
46
12
10
24
66
89
-23
46
23
  Southampton
46
11
8
27
58
96
-38
41
24
  Bradford City
46
8
11
27
47
87
-40
35

Division 2

 
P
W
D
L
F
A
Diff
Pts
1
  Swansea City
46
24
12
10
77
50
+27
84
2
  Hull City
46
24
11
11
80
50
+30
83
3
  West Bromwich Alb
46
24
9
13
86
71
+15
81
4
  Leyton Orient
46
23
12
11
77
64
+13
81
5
  Burnley
46
23
7
16
77
56
+21
76
6
  Huddersfield Town
46
22
10
14
77
63
+14
76
7
  Doncaster Rovers
46
22
5
19
74
68
+6
71
8
  Millwall
46
21
6
19
73
67
+6
69
9
  Blackpool
46
19
12
15
65
71
-6
69
10
  Scunthorpe United
46
20
8
18
73
65
+8
68
11
  Bristol City
46
20
7
19
76
65
+11
67
12
  Carlisle United
46
19
7
20
72
72
0
64
13
  Northampton Town
46
19
7
20
58
77
-19
64
14
  Port Vale
46
16
13
17
68
67
+1
61
15
  Stockport County
46
16
12
18
61
62
-1
60
16
  Brighton & H A
46
15
14
17
69
76
-7
59
17
  Chesterfield
46
17
6
23
64
70
-6
57
18
  Brentford
46
14
14
18
65
73
-8
56
19
  Rotherham United
46
16
7
23
62
80
-18
55
20
  Nottingham Forest
46
15
9
22
70
74
-4
54
21
  Gillingham
46
16
6
24
61
70
-9
54
22
  Crewe Alexandra
46
14
7
25
62
85
-23
49
23
  Oldham Athletic
46
12
10
24
56
79
-23
46
24
  AFC Bournemouth
46
11
9
26
54
82
-28
42

Division 3

 
P
W
D
L
F
A
GD
Pts
1
Wycombe Wanderers
46
28
5
13
99
58
+41
89
2
Walsall
46
26
9
11
74
63
+11
87
3
Milton Keynes Dons
46
24
11
11
88
63
+25
83
4
Yeovil Town
46
22
9
15
75
60
+15
75
5
Hartlepool United
46
20
14
12
79
66
+13
74
6
Peterborough United
46
21
9
16
71
53
+18
72
7
Shrewsbury Town
46
21
9
16
71
66
+5
72
8
Hereford United
46
20
11
15
68
72
-4
71
9
Barnet
46
20
9
17
76
61
+15
69
10
Lincoln City
46
17
17
12
61
53
+8
68
11
Grimsby Town
46
19
8
19
65
80
-15
65
12
Torquay United
46
18
9
19
71
67
+4
63
13
Rochdale
46
18
9
19
66
70
-4
63
14
Wrexham
46
18
9
19
74
89
-15
63
15
Exeter City
46
16
14
16
70
65
+5
62
16
Accrington Stanley
46
17
11
18
64
65
-1
62
17
Bristol Rovers
46
14
17
15
68
63
+5
59
18
Bury
46
16
11
19
74
71
+3
59
19
Chester City
46
15
9
22
64
80
-16
54
20
Darlington
46
14
6
26
59
85
-26
48
21
Scarborough
46
12
10
24
65
84
-19
46
22
Mansfield Town
46
12
10
24
58
80
-22
46
23
Notts County
46
13
7
26
54
77
-23
46
24
Cambridge United
46
8
13
25
48
71
-23
37

 

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