DIVISION 2   1996/97
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Leading League goalscorer:
Tony Thorpe 
(Luton Town)
 28  goals

Chesterfield came close to becoming the first club from the lower divisions to appear in an F.A. Cup Final. They led Middlesbrough 2-0 at Old Trafford in the semi-final before eventually drawing 3-3, but had a 'goal' controversially disallowed. The replay was a disappointment for them, losing 3-0 at Hillsborough

Amazingly another Division 2 side - Stockport County - provided the opposition to Middlesbrough in the semi-finals of the Coca Cola Cup. Middlesbrough prevailed in that semi as well but lost both finals and were relegated from the Premier League!

  1 Bury 46 24 12 10 62 38 84 Promoted
    2 Stockport County 46 23 13 10 59 41 82 Promoted
    3 Luton Town 46 21 15 10 71 45 78 Play Off
    4 Brentford 46 20 14 12 56 43 74 Play Off
    5 Bristol City 46 21 10 15 69 51 73 Play Off
    6 Crewe Alexandra 46 22 7 17 56 47 73 Promoted
    7 Blackpool 46 18 15 13 60 47 69
    8 Wrexham 46 17 18 11 54 50 69
    9 Burnley 46 19 11 16 71 55 68
    Season Results 10 Chesterfield 46 18 14 14 42 39 68
    11 Gillingham 46 19 10 17 60 59 67
    12 Walsall 46 19 10 17 54 53 67
    13 Watford 46 16 19 11 45 38 67
    14 Millwall 46 16 13 17 50 55 61
    15 Preston North End 46 18 7 21 49 55 61
    16 Bournemouth 46 15 15 16 43 45 60
    17 Bristol Rovers 46 15 11 20 47 50 56
    Season Results 18 Wycombe Wanderers 46 15 10 21 51 56 55
    19 Plymouth Argyle 46 12 18 16 47 58 54
    20 York City 46 13 13 20 47 68 52
    Season Results 21 Peterborough United 46 11 14 21 55 73 47 Relegated
    22 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 13 22 49 74 46 Relegated
    23 Rotherham United 46 7 14 25 39 70 35 Relegated
    24 Notts County 46 7 14 25 33 59 35 Relegated
   
   
Play Off Semi-Finals     Play Off
1st Leg
Sun May 11 Bristol City 1 - 2 Brentford
Sun May 11 Crewe Alexandra 2 - 1 Luton Town
2nd Leg
Wed May 14 Brentford 2 - 1 Bristol City
Wed May 14 Luton Town 2 - 2 Crewe Alexandra
Aggregate scores
Brentford 4 - 2 Bristol City
Crewe Alexandra 4 - 3 Luton Town
Play Off Final (at Wembley)
Sun May 25 Crewe Alexandra 1 - 0 Brentford
Crewe Alexandra were promoted to Division 1