Historic league table generator

Choose any day in Football League or Premier League history to see the league table as it stood at the end of that day's play.

Dates after the end of a season will return the end of season table for the most recently completed season.

League & table info

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League Division Four end of season table for 1987-88 season

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 27 9 10 82 43 39 90
Cardiff City 46 24 13 9 66 41 25 85
Bolton Wanderers 46 22 12 12 66 42 24 78
Scunthorpe United 46 20 17 9 76 51 25 77
Torquay United 46 21 14 11 66 41 25 77
Swansea City 46 20 10 16 62 56 6 70
Peterborough United 46 20 10 16 52 53 -1 70
Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 85 63 22 69
Colchester United 46 19 10 17 47 51 -4 67
Burnley 46 20 7 19 57 62 -5 67
Wrexham 46 20 6 20 69 58 11 66
Scarborough 46 17 14 15 56 48 8 65
Darlington 46 18 11 17 71 69 2 65
Tranmere Rovers 46 19 9 18 61 53 8 64
Cambridge United 46 16 13 17 50 52 -2 61
Hartlepool United 46 15 14 17 50 57 -7 59
Crewe Alexandra 46 13 19 14 57 53 4 58
Halifax Town 46 14 14 18 54 59 -5 55
Hereford United 46 14 12 20 41 59 -18 54
Stockport County 46 12 15 19 44 58 -14 51
Rochdale 46 11 15 20 47 76 -29 48
Exeter City 46 11 13 22 53 68 -15 46
Carlisle United 46 12 8 26 57 86 -29 44
Newport County 46 6 7 33 35 105 -70 25
10 Aug 1987     Tranmere Rovers deducted 2 pts for failing to fulfil a fixture.
30 Nov 1987     Halifax Town deducted 1 pt for fielding an ineligible player.

League Division Three and Four Play-Offs

15 May 1988     Swansea City 1-0 Rotherham United
15 May 1988     Torquay United 2-1 Scunthorpe United
18 May 1988     Rotherham United 1-1 Swansea City
18 May 1988     Scunthorpe United 1-1 Torquay United
25 May 1988     Swansea City 2-1 Torquay United
28 May 1988     Torquay United 3-3 Swansea City
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League table information

Historical variations in league table calculations, and treatment in the 11v11 league table generator.

Historic varations at a glance

Points for a win

Until 1981 English Football Association (FA) leagues awarded 2 points for a win.

Starting with the 1981-82 season, 3 points were awarded to encourage more competitive play.

Discriminating point ties

Teams tied on points are disciminated by goal difference or goal average (depending on FA rules in force at the time), then by goals scored.

Goal average

From seasons 1896-97 to 1995-96, FA leagues used goal average (GAve) to resolve point ties.

Goal "average" (actually a ratio, not an average) is the result of dividing goals for by goals against (GF/GA) to three decimal places.

Goal average and zeros

Where GF > 0 and GA = 0 then GAve = infinity (∞), which (perhaps anomalously) gives a team with 10 goals for and 1 against a worse GAve (10/1 = 10) than a team with 1 for and 0 against (1/0 = ∞).

When GF = 0 and GA > 0, mathematically the value of GF/GA is undefined.

When GF = 0 GA = 0, mathematically the value of GF/GA is indeterminate.

11v11 treatment of zeros in goal average calculations

It is unclear how the Football Leagues treated division of or by 0.

For pragmatic reasons, and in the absence of additional information, 11v11 assumes:

  • When GF = 0 and GA > 0, GAve = -GA (favours teams who have conceded fewer goals)
  • When GF = 0 and GA = 0, GAve = 1 (consistent with GF = n and GA = n)

Additionally:

  • When GF > 0 and GA = 0, GAve of ∞ is represented as 100 (cannot sort on ∞)

Goal difference

Goal difference (GD) is the difference between goals scored and conceded (GF-GA), and replaced goal average in FA leagues starting with the 1976-77 season.

When teams remain tied

For some leagues, if ties are not resolved according to the rules in place at the time, relative position is calculated by considering only those matches the tied teams played against each other, applying the same rules to resolve ties. Effectively these matches are treated as a sort of "mini-league".

Alternatively position may be assigned alphabetically by team name.

Playoffs

League playoffs were introduced for the 1987 season.

For the first 2 seasons they were played between teams in adjacent leagues, but from the 1989 season they were played within each league.

Additional information

Resolving points ties prior to 1896-97

There is some uncertainly regarding how points ties were resolved prior to the 1896-97 season. It may have been goal average, or possibly this situation had not previously arisen.

The 11v11 league table generator uses GAve + GF in the absence of any definitive information to the contrary. [if was never an issue, this not needed]

Calculating position before the league ends using goal average

Using goal average makes tie resolution almost impossible for early-season tables.

This is because teams are most likely to tie when only a few games have been played, but will not usually have played the teams they tie with at that stage in the season, making it impossible to use their mutual encounters to resovle the tie.

It is noteworthy that until SSSS league tables were not published until a few weeks into the season, presumably to avoid the problems of resolving early-season points + GAve + GF ties when so few points or goals had been scored.

Users should note these points so that they are able to interpret early- and mid-season tables appropriately.

Historic league details at a glance

League Seasons Win points Tie resolution Playoffs
Premier League 1993 on 3 GD + GF + team name
League Championship 2005 on 3 GD + GF + team name LC
League One 2005 on 3 GD + GF + team name L1
League Two 2005 on 3 GD + GF + team name L2
League Division 1 1993-2004 3 GD + GF + team name LD1
League Division 2 1993-2004 3 GD + GF + team name LD2
League Division 3 1993-2004 3 GD + GF + team name LD3
League Division One 1889-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs One & Two
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name
League Division Two 1893-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs One & Two
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name LD Two
League Division Three 1959-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs Two & Three
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name LD Three
League Division Four 1959-1976 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
1977-1981 2 GD + GF + team name
1982-1986 3 GD + GF + team name
1987-1988 3 GD + GF + team name LDs Three & Four
1989-1992 3 GD + GF + team name LD Four
Division Three (North) 1922-1958 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
Division Three (South) 1921-1958 2 GAve + GF, then mini-league
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