DIVISION 4    1987/88
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
 

Leading League goalscorer:
Steve Bull
 (Wolves)
 34  goals



Scarborough could have hardly hoped for more prestigious opponents to make their League debut against than Wolves but the match was spoiled by crowd trouble caused by the visiting fans. The match - played on Saturday August 15th 1987 - ended in a 2-2 draw.

For Newport County is was a case of 60 and out. After 60 seasons of League football the Welsh club became the second side to be relegated to the Conference. In the programme notes they hoped that they would soon be back in the Football League but in reality they didn't survive their first season in the Conference, being expelled for financial problems and then they went bust. In future years a club of the same name was reformed.

 

  P W D L F A Pts
    1 Wolverhampton W.  46 27 9 10 82 43 90 Promoted
    2 Cardiff City  46 24 13 9 66 41 85 Promoted
    3 Bolton Wanderers  46 22 12 12 66 42 78 Promoted
    4 Scunthorpe United 46 20 17 9 76 51 77 Play Off
    5 Torquay United 46 21 14 11 66 41 77 Play Off
    6 Swansea City  46 20 10 16 62 56 70 Promoted
    Season Results 7 Peterborough United 46 20 10 16 52 53 70
    8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 85 63 69
    9 Colchester United 46 19 10 17 47 51 67
    10 Burnley 46 20 7 19 57 62 67
    11 Wrexham 46 20 6 20 69 58 66
    12 Scarborough 46 17 14 15 56 48 65
    13 Darlington 46 18 11 17 71 69 65
    14 Tranmere Rovers 46 19 9 18 61 53 64 *
    15 Cambridge United 46 16 13 17 50 52 61
    16 Hartlepool United 46 15 14 17 50 57 59
    17 Crewe Alexandra 46 13 19 14 57 53 58
    18 Halifax Town 46 14 14 18 54 59 55 **
    19 Hereford United 46 14 12 20 41 59 54
    20 Stockport County 46 12 15 19 44 58 51
    21 Rochdale 46 11 15 20 47 76 48
    22 Exeter City 46 11 13 22 53 68 46
    23 Carlisle United 46 12 8 26 57 86 44
    24 Newport County  46 6 7 33 35 105 25 Left League
 

* Tranmere had 2 points deducted after calling off their scheduled home match with Bolton in September after a dispute over the number of police needed to be on duty at the match (full details - points deductions).

** Halifax Town 1 point deducted for fielding an unregistered player.

Left League Newport County relegated, replaced by Vauxhall Conference champions Lincoln City (1987/88 Conference table).

   
   

Play Off Unlike current play-offs, in seasons 1986/87 and 1987/88 the four teams in each divisional play-off comprised 3 clubs from the lower division who were competing for promotion plus one from the higher division who were aiming to avoid relegation.

Divisions 3 & 4 Play Off Semi-Finals
Competing clubs - Rotherham United from Division 3 plus Scunthorpe, Swansea & Torquay from Division 4
1st Leg
Sun May 15 Swansea City 1 - 0 Rotherham United
Sun May 15 Torquay United 2 - 1 Scunthorpe United
2nd Leg
Wed May 18 Rotherham United 1 - 1 Swansea City
Wed May 18 Scunthorpe United 1 - 1 Torquay United
Aggregate scores
Swansea City 2 - 1 Rotherham United
Torquay United 3 - 2 Scunthorpe United
Play Off Final  
1st Leg
Wed May 25 Swansea City 2 - 1 Torquay United
2nd Leg
Sat May 28 Torquay United 3 - 3 Swansea City
Aggregate score
Swansea City 5 - 4 Torquay United
Swansea promoted to Division 3, Rotherham United relegated to Division 4.