|DIVISION 4 1986/87|
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Leading League goalscorer:
The battle to avoid becoming the
first club to suffer automatic relegation from the Football League proved
to be a memorable one. Going into the last day three clubs were fighting
the drop with Burnley the favourites to go down. Founder members of the
League and former League champions they were bottom, a point behind
Torquay and two points behind Lincoln with a goal difference inferior to
the two clubs above them. Burnley had to win and hope the other two
didn't. Burnley did win, 2-1 at home to Orient. Torquay drew, scoring an
equaliser in injury time, and Lincoln lost at Swansea. Lincoln finished
bottom on goal difference and dropped into the Conference.
Hartlepool United's Victoria Ground hosts two Football League matches on the same day. Story.
Graham Carr made his name as
manager of champions Northampton Town although in more recent years he has
become better known as the dad of comedian Alan Carr. The Cobblers were to be the only
club in the 1980's to score a century of League goals in a season.
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With promotion and relegation introduced between the Football League and Vauxhall Conference Lincoln City became the first club to be relegated to the Conference, being replaced by Conference champions Scarborough (1986/87 Vauxhall Conference table).