|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 in just their second season in the fourth tier, 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. Turf Moor had 15,781 present for the visit of Orient compared with an average League gate before that match of less than 2800. They were still cashing in on that day 25 years later with a reprint of the match programme (above). You would have thought that they had won the League championship again!
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).