DIVISION 4    1958/59
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
      P W D L F A Pts
  Leading League goalscorer:
Arthur Rowley
 (Shrewsbury Town)
 37  goals

On Wednesday 22nd April 1959 Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vic Rouse became the first player from the Fourth Division to win a full international cap when appearing for Wales against Northern Ireland in Belfast. Wales lost the Home International match 4-1 and that proved to be his one and only senior appearance for his country.

An amazing signing for Watford. Cliff Holton turned down both Aston Villa and Liverpool to move to Fourth Division Watford from Arsenal for what was then a record fee paid by Watford of 10,000. The Watford Supporters Club chipped in 3,000 of that total. In front of 14,156 - the best crowd at Vicarage Road for two years - he made his Watford debut against Gateshead on October 25th 1958. Watford won that one 5-1 and although the centre-forward didn't score in that match he scored his first two goals for the Hornets the following Saturday in the 5-3 victory at Oldham Athletic.

Hartlepools United (they had that extra s in those days!) recorded their record League score and became to the first club to score double figures in a Fourth Division match when they beat Barrow 10-1 on April 4th 1959.

 

  1 Port Vale 46 26 12 8 110 58 64 Promoted
    2 Coventry City 46 24 12 10 84 47 60 Promoted
    3 York City 46 21 18 7 73 52 60 Promoted
    4 Shrewsbury Town 46 24 10 12 101 63 58 Promoted
    5 Exeter City 46 23 11 12 87 61 57
    6 Walsall 46 21 10 15 95 64 52
    7 Crystal Palace 46 20 12 14 90 71 52
    Season Results 8 Northampton Town 46 21 9 16 85 78 51
    9 Millwall 46 20 10 16 76 69 50
    10 Carlisle United 46 19 12 15 62 65 50
    11 Gillingham 46 20 9 17 82 77 49
    12 Torquay United 46 16 12 18 78 77 44
    13 Chester 46 16 12 18 72 84 44
    14 Bradford Park Avenue 46 18 7 21 75 77 43
    15 Watford 46 16 10 20 81 79 42
    16 Darlington 46 13 16 17 66 68 42
    17 Workington 46 12 17 17 63 78 41
    18 Crewe Alexandra 46 15 10 21 70 82 40
    19 Hartlepools United 46 15 10 21 74 88 40
    20 Gateshead 46 16 8 22 56 85 40
    21 Oldham Athletic 46 16 4 26 59 84 36 Re-election position
    22 Aldershot 46 14 7 25 63 97 35 Re-election position
    23 Barrow 46 9 10 27 51 104 28 Re-election position
    24 Southport 46 7 12 27 41 86 26 Re-election position
   
   

R The bottom four clubs in Division 4 were required to seek re-election to the League. They were joined in the vote for League membership by 14 non-league clubs. Voting -

46 votes Oldham Athletic Re-elected to the League
34 Southport Re-elected to the League
32 Barrow Re-elected to the League
31 Aldershot Re-elected to the League
26 Peterborough United Not elected to the League
7 Headington United Not elected to the League
7 Worcester City Not elected to the League
3 Wigan Athletic Not elected to the League
2 Cambridge City Not elected to the League
1 Gloucester City Not elected to the League
1 Kettering Town Not elected to the League
1 Scarborough Not elected to the League
1 South Shields Not elected to the League
0 Bedford Town Not elected to the League
0 Hereford United Not elected to the League
0 King's Lynn Not elected to the League
0 Morecambe Not elected to the League
0 Yeovil Town Not elected to the League