1976–77 Football League First Division

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Football League First Division
Season1976–77
ChampionsLiverpool (10th English title)
RelegatedStoke City
Sunderland,
Tottenham Hotspur
1977–78 European CupLiverpool
FA Cup winners
1977–78 European Cup Winners' Cup
Manchester United (4th FA Cup title)
1977–78 UEFA CupAston Villa,
Ipswich Town
Manchester City,
Newcastle United
Matches played462
Goals scored1,183 (2.56 per match)
Top goalscorerAndy Gray (Aston Villa), 25
Malcolm Macdonald (Arsenal), 25 [1]
Biggest home winIpswichWest Brom 7–0 (6 Nov 1976)
Biggest away winLeicesterWest Brom 0–5 (7 Mar 1977)
Highest scoringDerbyTottenham 8–2 (16 Oct 1976)

Statistics of Football League First Division in the 1976–77 season.

Overview[edit]

Liverpool retained their league championship trophy and won their first European Cup to confirm Bob Paisley as a successful replacement for Bill Shankly in his third season at the helm. Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City's long spells in the First Division came to an end with relegation. Stoke sacked their manager Tony Waddington. On the last day of the season, Coventry City and Bristol City played out a controversial 2–2 draw, with play virtually stopping when it was heard that Sunderland had lost to Everton. Both clubs survived while Sunderland were relegated.

After Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty had admitted his affair with the wife of the club's physiotherapist, the club's directors decided that he had broken their moral code and he was sacked.

League standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Liverpool (C) 42 18 3 0 47 11 5 8 8 15 22 1.879 57 Qualified for European Cup
2 Manchester City 42 15 5 1 38 13 6 9 6 22 21 1.765 56 Qualified for UEFA Cup
3 Ipswich Town 42 15 4 2 41 11 7 4 10 25 28 1.692 52
4 Aston Villa 42 17 3 1 55 17 5 4 12 21 33 1.520 51 League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
5 Newcastle United 42 14 6 1 40 15 4 7 10 24 34 1.306 49 Qualified for UEFA Cup
6 Manchester United 42 12 6 3 41 22 6 5 10 30 40 1.145 47 FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
7 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 6 5 38 22 6 7 8 24 34 1.107 45
8 Arsenal 42 11 6 4 37 20 5 5 11 27 39 1.085 43
9 Everton 42 9 7 5 35 24 5 7 9 27 40 0.969 42
10 Leeds United 42 8 8 5 28 26 7 4 10 20 25 0.941 42
11 Leicester City 42 8 9 4 30 28 4 9 8 17 32 0.783 42
12 Middlesbrough 42 11 6 4 25 14 3 7 11 15 31 0.889 41
13 Birmingham City 42 10 6 5 38 25 3 6 12 25 36 1.033 38
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 7 4 31 21 3 5 13 16 31 0.904 38
15 Derby County 42 9 9 3 36 18 0 10 11 14 37 0.909 37
16 Norwich City 42 12 4 5 30 23 2 5 14 17 41 0.734 37
17 West Ham United 42 9 6 6 28 23 2 8 11 18 42 0.708 36
18 Bristol City 42 8 7 6 25 19 3 6 12 13 29 0.792 35
19 Coventry City 42 7 9 5 34 26 3 6 12 14 33 0.814 35
20 Sunderland 42 9 5 7 29 16 2 7 12 17 38 0.852 34 Relegated
21 Stoke City 42 9 8 4 21 16 1 6 14 7 35 0.549 34
22 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 7 5 26 20 3 2 16 22 52 0.667 33
Source:[citation needed]
(C) League Champions.

Stats[edit]

Record

  • Most wins: Liverpool (23)
  • Fewest losses: Manchester City (7)
  • Most goals scored: Aston Villa (76)
  • Fewest goals conceded: Liverpool (33)
  • Best goal difference ratio: Liverpool (+29)
  • Most draws: Derby County (19)
  • Fewest draws: Aston Villa (7)
  • Most losses: Tottenham Hotspur
  • Fewest wins: Derby County (9)
  • Fewest goals scored: Stoke City (28)
  • Most goals conceded: Tottenham Hotspur (72)
  • Worst goal difference ratio: Tottenham Hotspur (–24)

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ARS AST BIR BRI COV DER EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MCI MUN MID NEW NWC QPR STK SUN TOT WBA WHU
Arsenal 3–0 4–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–4 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 5–3 1–0 3–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–3
Aston Villa 5–1 1–2 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–0 5–2 2–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 4–0 4–0
Birmingham 3–3 2–1 3–0 3–0 5–1 1–1 2–4 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–3 3–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–0
Bristol City 2–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 1–2 1–1
Coventry City 1–2 2–3 2–1 2–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 4–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 5–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1
Derby County 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–3 4–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 8–2 2–2 1–1
Everton 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 3–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 3–2
Ipswich Town 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 5–0 2–2 0–1 3–1 3–1 7–0 4–1
Leeds United 2–1 1–3 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1
Leicester City 4–1 1–1 2–6 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–5 2–0
Liverpool 2–0 3–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 5–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0
Manchester City 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 5–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 5–0 1–0 4–2
Manchester United 3–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 3–1 4–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 3–3 2–3 2–2 0–2
Middlesbrough 3–0 3–2 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1
Newcastle United 0–2 3–2 3–2 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 5–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–0
Norwich City 1–3 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 1–0
Queens Park Rangers 2–1 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–0 0–0 3–2 1–1 0–0 4–0 3–0 1–2 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1
Stoke City 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 3–3 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–1
Sunderland 2–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 2–1 4–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 6–1 6–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–2 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–3 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–3 0–0 0–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 4–0 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–2 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 4–2 3–0
West Ham United 0–2 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 1–0 4–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 5–3 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Team locations[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1976–1977

References[edit]

  1. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31.