DIVISION 4    1971/72
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
      P W D L F A Pts
  Leading League goalscorer:
Peter Price
 (Peterborough United)
 28  goals

Colchester United hit the headlines by winning the Watney Cup. They defeated First Division WBA in the final. The match ended level at 4-4 and penalties were used to decide the outcome. The Watney Cup brought the penalty shoot-out to the British game - but surely it wouldn't catch on!
The Watney Cup

A footballing outpost lost its Football League club when Barrow were voted out of the competition, fifty years after their debut season. It was a sad end for them, losing 1-7 at Exeter in their last match. Despite finishing eight points and two places off bottom spot they lost their place to Hereford United in the second ballot.

  1 Grimsby Town 46 28 7 11 88 56 63 Promoted
    2 Southend United 46 24 12 10 81 55 60 Promoted
    3 Brentford 46 24 11 11 76 44 59 Promoted
    4 Scunthorpe United 46 22 13 11 56 37 57 Promoted
    5 Lincoln City 46 21 14 11 77 59 56
    6 Workington 46 16 19 11 50 34 51
    7 Southport 46 18 14 14 66 46 50
    Season Results 8 Peterborough United 46 17 16 13 82 64 50
    9 Bury 46 19 12 15 73 59 50
    Season Results 10 Cambridge United 46 17 14 15 62 60 48
    Season Results 11 Colchester United 46 19 10 17 70 69 48
    12 Doncaster Rovers 46 16 14 16 56 63 46
    13 Gillingham 46 16 13 17 61 67 45
    14 Newport County 46 18 8 20 60 72 44
    15 Exeter City 46 16 11 19 61 68 43
    16 Reading 46 17 8 21 56 76 42
    17 Aldershot 46 9 22 15 48 54 40
    18 Hartlepool 46 17 6 23 58 69 40
    19 Darlington 46 14 11 21 64 82 39
    20 Chester 46 10 18 18 47 56 38
    Season Results 21 Northampton Town 46 12 13 21 66 79 37 Re-election position
    Season Results 22 Barrow 46 13 11 22 40 71 37 Re-election position Left League
    23 Stockport County 46 9 14 23 55 87 32 Re-election position
    24 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 9 27 43 69 29 Re-election position
   
   

R The four League sides seeking re-election joined with a dozen non-league sides in the vote for League membership. Voting -

49 votes Northampton Town Re-elected to the League
46 Crewe Alexandra Re-elected to the League
46 Stockport County Re-elected to the League
26 Barrow 2nd ballot
26 Hereford United 2nd ballot
1 Bradford PA Not elected to the League
1 Cambridge City Not elected to the League
1 Wimbledon Not elected to the League
0 Bangor City Not elected to the League
0 Bedford Town Not elected to the League
0 Boston United Not elected to the League
0 Hillingdon Borough Not elected to the League
0 Romford Not elected to the League
0 Telford United Not elected to the League
0 Wigan Athletic Not elected to the League
0 Yeovil Town Not elected to the League
2nd ballot
29 votes Hereford United Promoted Elected to the League
20 Barrow  Left League Not re-elected to the League
Click on Southern League 1971/72 for Hereford's final non-league table.