A.F.L. Season 166

Season Summary

A.F.L. Season 166
Champions Arsenal
Relegated Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Swansea City
1st Division West Bromwich Albion
Also Promoted Southampton
Bolton Wanderers
Relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers
Doncaster Rovers
Bradford City
2nd Division Sheffield Wednesday
Also Promoted Cardiff City
Preston North End
Relegated Wycombe Wanderers
Coventry City
Exeter City
3rd Division Leyton Orient
Also Promoted Walsall
Notts County
Relegated Dagenham & Redbridge
Darlington
A.F.L. Cup Liverpool
Premier Cup Manchester United
Season 165 Season 167

In one of the most exciting finishes in the Premier Division in recent years, Arsenal snatched the title from Liverpool in the last two matches of the season. The early pace-setters were reigning champions Chelsea, Arsenal and the surprise package Wigan, who led the table at just after the halfway stage. At this point, however, Liverpool took command and moved out to a nine point lead over Arsenal, which they held until matchday 30, when they were beaten 4–2 at Arsenal. This was the turning point of the season, and Arsenal, despite some indifferent results (2–2 v Tottenham, 0–0 at Hull), managed to pull to within 1 point of the Merseysiders with two matches left to play In the penultimate matchday, Arsenal comfortably beat relegation-threatened Reading 4–0 whilst Liverpool were held to a 3–3 draw at home by Tottenham; Arsenal were now a point ahead. Despite only managing a draw in their final game, at Birmingham, Liverpool could not beat Blackpool and Arsenal denied Liverpool their first title for 14 seasons. The Merseysiders did manage the consolation of beating Norwich to win the A.F.L. Cup final, and also tasted success in the E.F.U. Europa Cup, defeating Ajax 4–2 in the final.

Tottenham put up a good challenge but left it slightly too late to be serious title contenders. Manchester United and Chelsea were too inconsistent to be of any danger, despite a bright start by the latter team, and Sunderland had a good season, reaching third place at one stage, and although they fell away later on they managed to clinch a place in the Europa Cup next season.

At the bottom end, Swansea looked to be going down from an early stage and never recovered. The writing was on the wall in matchday 28 when they suffered a 6–0 defeat at the hands of then title contenders Liverpool. Joining them were Birmingham and Blackburn Rovers who were involved in a relegation battle with Reading, who managed to avoid the drop at the last moment.

In the First Division, West Bromwich Albion won a tight race with Southampton, who were also promoted in second place. Bolton returned to the Premier Division after winning the play-offs. Aston Villa, who were strongly expected to return to the Premier in one season, finished a disappointing fifteenth, and even looked in danger of relegation at various points during the season. At the bottom end, the surprise was the relegation of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were in the Premier only last season, to the Second Division. They were joined by Yorkshire clubs Bradford and Doncaster.

In Division 2 Sheffield Wednesday returned to the First Division along with Cardiff City. The other Sheffield team, United, finished third but lost out on promotion to Preston in the play-off final. Coventry City were surprisingly relegated along with Exeter and Wycombe, and will be Leyton Orient and Walsall came up from the Third along with fourth-placed Notts County who won the play-offs. Dagenham and Redbridge dropped out of the A.F.L. along with Darlington and will be replaced by Torquay United and Burton Albion.

Premier Division

Premier Division
Season 166
Champions Arsenal
Relegated Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Swansea City
Euro-League Arsenal
Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United
Europa Cup Chelsea
Sunderland
Matches played 380
Goals 1,243 (3.27 per match)
Biggest home win Liverpool 6–0 Swansea
Biggest away win Swansea 0–5 Man Utd
Highest scoring Tottenham 4–4 Fulham
Fulham 3–5 Liverpool
Home goals 688
Away goals 555
Home wins 167
Away wins 121
Draws 92

Final Table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1 Arsenal (C)3824778436 +4879
2 Liverpool (Q)3823969252 +4078
3 Tottenham Hotspur (Q)3822978754 +3375
4 Manchester United (Q)38225117644 +3271
5 Chelsea (Q) 38 17 13 8 70 47 +23 64
6 Sunderland (Q) 38 18 9 11 68 51 +17 63
7 Wigan Athletic38186146856 +1260
8 Manchester City38178136656 +1059
9 Newcastle United381610126554 +1158
10 Norwich City38167156666055
11 Fulham381310155665-949
12 Everton381212145261-948
13 Hull City381012165377-2442
14 Queen's Park Rangers38118194968-1941
15 Blackpool38911184463-1938
16 Reading38910195274-2237
17 West Ham United38715165371-1836
18 Birmingham City (R)3897224880-3234
19 Blackburn Rovers (R)3896234589-4433
20 Swansea City (R)38610224979-3028

Qualified for Euro-League Group Stage
Qualified for Euro-League Qualifying Round
Qualified for Europa Cup Round of 32
Relegated to Division 1

Results

Home-AwayARSBIRBLBBLPCHEEVEFULHULLIVMNCMNUNECNRWQPRREASUNSWATOTWHAWIG
Arsenal-----00210120002021423032405021401230220020
Birmingham11-----130120002212122102141202302032142214
Blackburn1403-----3312202222040121212120310203242231
Blackpool121200-----10232333001103130001201413312220
Chelsea22504030-----111111334033324141101232034032
Everton1333431020-----2133330102214031020233121210
Fulham231030000041-----12350201321211212121251103
Hull00312012003000-----042424130303003343143311
Liverpool2121414040101051-----3131213221411160331013
Man City322030311200300211-----20003140131222231312
Man Utd43214131134121510123-----214101101100103101
Newcastle0152111022001130101102-----4010404100322220
Norwich144140320001304132220123-----41332151331022
Q.P.R.02134212112212102121002203-----321331123101
Reading0430212200212323112202341243-----2041140021
Sunderland034140110211233133010420414011-----00204022
Swansea14123123110101101234051210222201-----110023
Tottenham1241011012424411223232301000313110-----2010
West Ham211130112422121230231111011132124324-----14
Wigan21424121211232013403314000320012022242-----

* Home team score shown first

League Positions Chart


Premier Cup

Round One   Quarter-finals   Semi-finals   Final
1 Chelsea 6  
16 Birmingham 0       Chelsea 5  
8 Reading 4     Reading 1  
9 West Ham 2         Chelsea 2  
4 Arsenal 2         Arsenal 0  
13 Norwich 1       Arsenal 3
5 Man City 4     Man City 2  
12 Wolves 2         Chelsea 1
2 Man Utd 3         Man Utd 2
15 Blackburn 0       Man Utd 2  
7 Fulham 1     Everton 1  
10 Everton 3         Man Utd 2
3 Wigan 2         Liverpool 0  
14 Newcastle 1       Wigan 1
6 Liverpool 2     Liverpool 2  
11 Tottenham 0  

A.F.L. Cup

Second Round   Third Round   Quarter-final   Semi-final   Final
Q.P.R.   4  
Leicester   0     Q.P.R.   0  
Crewe   1   Chelsea   1  
Chelsea   3       Chelsea 1 2  
Reading   4       Liverpool 1 3  
Derby   1     Reading   0
Liverpool   2   Liverpool   1  
West Brom   1       Liverpool 3  
Blackburn   3       Everton 2  
Wolves   0     Blackburn   0  
Everton   4   Everton   2  
Watford   1       Everton   2
Barnsley   3       Fulham   0  
Fulham   4     Fulham   3
Ipswich   4   Ipswich   0  
Peterborough   2       Liverpool 1
Sunderland   1       Norwich 0
Newcastle   0     Sunderland   4  
West Ham   2   West Ham   2  
Bolton   1       Sunderland   4  
Doncaster   3       Hull   3  
Hull   4     Hull   3
Cardiff 2 1   Charlton   1  
Charlton 2 4       Sunderland 1
Scunthorpe 2 1       Norwich 3  
Brighton 2 3     Brighton   4  
Leeds   1   Leeds   2  
Sheff Wed   0       Brighton   1
Wigan   0       Norwich   2  
Swansea   1     Swansea 0 1
Stoke   0   Norwich 0 2  
Norwich   1  

Other Divisions

Division 1

Pos  Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   West Bromwich Alb (P) 42 21 12 9 84 53 +31 75
2   Southampton (P) 42 22 8 12 80 60 +20 74
3   Bolton Wanderers (P) 42 20 11 11 82 54 +28 71
4   Barnsley 42 21 7 14 73 60 +13 70
5   Middlesbrough 42 19 12 11 78 64 +14 69
6   Leicester City 42 18 11 13 66 53 +13 65
7   Burnley 42 18 10 14 68 67 +1 64
8   Bristol City 42 19 6 17 75 72 +3 63
9   Charlton Athletic 42 16 13 13 76 72 +4 61
10   Nottingham Forest 42 16 13 13 73 75 -2 61
11   Ipswich Town 42 17 8 17 73 64 +9 59
12   Portsmouth 42 16 10 16 70 76 -6 58
13   Leeds United 42 16 10 16 63 70 -7 58
14   Brighton & H A 42 16 9 17 60 67 -7 57
15   Aston Villa 42 15 9 18 70 74 -4 54
16   Stoke City 42 14 10 18 76 79 -3 52
17   Watford 42 14 10 18 58 66 -8 52
18   Derby County 42 15 5 22 61 75 -14 50
19   Huddersfield Town 42 11 14 17 61 79 -18 47
20   Wolverhampton Wand (R) 42 11 11 20 64 71 -7 44
21   Doncaster Rovers (R) 42 11 6 25 46 76 -30 39
22   Bradford City (R) 42 10 7 25 45 75 -30 37

Automatically promoted to Premier Division
Qualified for promotion play-offs
Relegated to Division 2

Division 2

Pos  Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Sheffield Wednesday (P) 42 22 12 8 87 53 +34 78
2   Cardiff City (P) 42 23 8 11 71 53 +18 77
3   Sheffield United 42 22 9 11 75 53 +22 75
4   Oldham Athletic 42 22 7 13 61 45 +16 73
5   Preston North End (P) 42 18 12 12 63 60 +3 66
6   Millwall 42 17 13 12 65 52 +13 64
7   Peterborough United 42 17 12 13 70 58 +12 63
8   Plymouth Argyle 42 19 6 17 58 57 +1 63
9   Bristol Rovers 42 17 9 16 65 60 +5 60
10   Crystal Palace 42 16 11 15 74 60 +14 59
11   Bury 42 16 10 16 71 65 +6 58
12   Carlisle United 42 16 9 17 76 70 +6 57
13   Stevenage 42 16 9 17 54 77 -23 57
14   Milton Keynes Dons 42 13 16 13 53 59 -6 55
15   Yeovil Town 42 14 13 15 58 73 -15 55
16   Scunthorpe United 42 16 5 21 49 57 -8 53
17   AFC Bournemouth 42 12 16 14 68 65 +3 52
18   Swindon Town 42 14 8 20 59 71 -12 50
19   Tranmere Rovers 42 12 8 22 65 76 -11 44
20   Wycombe Wanderers (R) 42 10 10 22 59 85 -26 40
21   Coventry City (R) 42 10 9 23 68 86 -18 39
22   Exeter City (R) 42 8 12 22 37 71 -34 36

Automatically promoted to Division 1
Qualified for promotion play-offs
Relegated to Division 3

Division 3

Pos  Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Leyton Orient (P) 42 25 7 10 78 51 +27 82
2   Walsall (P) 42 23 11 8 69 39 +30 80
3   Shrewsbury Town 42 23 4 15 79 57 +22 73
4   Notts County (P) 42 21 10 11 70 50 +20 73
5   Cheltenham Town 42 19 10 13 63 52 +11 67
6   Accrington Stanley 42 18 10 14 65 60 +5 64
7   Rotherham United 42 19 7 16 62 58 +4 64
8   Fleetwood Town 42 17 11 14 56 53 +3 62
9   Rochdale 42 19 5 18 55 57 -2 62
10   Hereford United 42 18 8 16 58 68 -10 62
11   Crewe Alexandra 42 17 10 15 73 60 +13 61
12   Hartlepool United 42 18 6 18 66 72 -6 60
13   Northampton Town 42 18 4 20 60 64 -4 58
14   Crawley Town 42 17 6 19 72 65 +7 57
15   Colchester United 42 16 8 18 67 61 +6 56
16   Aldershot 42 15 9 18 55 49 +6 54
17   Brentford 42 16 6 20 54 64 -10 54
18   Gillingham 42 12 12 18 47 61 -14 48
19   Lincoln City 42 11 14 17 52 66 -14 47
20   Port Vale 42 12 7 23 50 76 -26 43
21   Dagenham & Redbr (R) 42 9 11 22 44 71 -27 38
22   Darlington (R) 42 7 8 27 28 69 -41 29

Automatically promoted to Division 2
Qualified for promotion play-offs
Relegated from A.F.L.

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