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 1989-90 season

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Exeter City 46 28 5 13 83 48 35 89
Grimsby Town 46 22 13 11 70 47 23 79
Southend United 46 22 9 15 61 48 13 75
Stockport County 46 21 11 14 68 62 6 74
Maidstone United 46 22 7 17 77 61 16 73
Cambridge United 46 21 10 15 76 66 10 73
Chesterfield 46 19 14 13 63 50 13 71
Carlisle United 46 21 8 17 61 60 1 71
Peterborough United 46 17 17 12 59 46 13 68
Lincoln City 46 18 14 14 48 48 0 68
Scunthorpe United 46 17 15 14 69 54 15 66
Rochdale 46 20 6 20 52 55 -3 66
York City 46 16 16 14 55 53 2 64
Gillingham 46 17 11 18 46 48 -2 62
Torquay United 46 15 12 19 53 66 -13 57
Burnley 46 14 14 18 45 55 -10 56
Hereford United 46 15 10 21 56 62 -6 55
Scarborough 46 15 10 21 60 73 -13 55
Hartlepool United 46 15 10 21 66 88 -22 55
Doncaster Rovers 46 14 9 23 53 60 -7 51
Wrexham 46 13 12 21 51 67 -16 51
Aldershot 46 12 14 20 49 69 -20 50
Halifax Town 46 12 13 21 57 65 -8 49
Colchester United 46 11 10 25 48 75 -27 43

League Division Four Play-Offs

13 May 1990     Cambridge United 1-1 Maidstone United
13 May 1990     Chesterfield 4-0 Stockport County
16 May 1990     Maidstone United 0-2 Cambridge United
16 May 1990     Stockport County 0-2 Chesterfield
26 May 1990     Cambridge United 1-0 Chesterfield
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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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