DIVISION 3    1997/98
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
 

Leading League goalscorer:
Gary Jones 
(Notts County)
 28  goals

Macclesfield Town played their first match in the Football League, defeating Torquay United 2-1. Later in the season, against Leyton Orient in February, Macclesfield keeper Ryan Price had a memorable few hours. He rushed to the match after the birth of his first child, kept a clean sheet and won the 'Man of the Match' award. The Silkmen were promoted at the end of their first season.

At the other end of the table Doncaster Rovers had a stinker winning just 4 League matches when finishing a distant bottom and being relegated to the Conference. But they were to prove that relegation isn't the end of the world. Eleven seasons later with a brand new ground  they were not only back in the Football League but were just a division lower than the Premier League.

  P W D L F A Pts
    1 Notts County 46 29 12 5 82 43 99 Promoted
    Season Results 2 Macclesfield Town 46 23 13 10 63 44 82 Promoted
    3 Lincoln City 46 20 15 11 60 51 75 Promoted
    4 Colchester United 46 21 11 14 72 60 74 Promoted
    5 Torquay United 46 21 11 14 68 59 74 Play Off
    6 Scarborough 46 19 15 12 67 58 72 Play Off
    Season Results 7 Barnet 46 19 13 14 61 51 70 Play Off
    8 Scunthorpe United 46 19 12 15 56 52 69
    9 Rotherham United 46 16 19 11 67 61 67
    Season Results 10 Peterborough United 46 18 13 15 63 51 67
    11 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 62 47 66

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    12 Mansfield Town 46 16 17 13 64 55 65
    13 Shrewsbury Town 46 16 13 17 61 62 61
    14 Chester City 46 17 10 19 60 61 61
    15 Exeter City 46 15 15 16 68 63 60
    16 Cambridge United 46 14 18 14 63 57 60
    17 Hartlepool United 46 12 23 11 61 53 59
    18 Rochdale 46 17 7 22 56 55 58
    19 Darlington 46 14 12 20 56 72 54
    20 Swansea City 46 13 11 22 49 62 50
    21 Cardiff City 46 9 23 14 48 52 50
    22 Hull City 46 11 8 27 56 83 41
    23 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 6 17 23 38 66 35
    24 Doncaster Rovers 46 4 8 34 30 113 20 Left League
   
   

* Leyton Orient had 3 points deducted for fielding suspended players.

Left League Doncaster were relegated from the League, their place being taken by Conference champions Halifax Town (1997/98 Conference table).

   
   
Play Off Semi-Finals    Play Off
1st Leg
Sun May 10 Barnet 1 - 0 Colchester United
Sun May 10 Scarborough 1 - 3 Torquay United
2nd Leg
Wed May 13 Colchester United 3 - 1 Barnet
Wed May 13 Torquay United 4 - 1 Scarborough
Aggregate scores
Colchester United 3 - 2 Barnet
Torquay United 7 - 2 Scarborough
Play Off Final (at Wembley)
Fri May 22 Colchester United 1 - 0 Torquay United
Colchester were promoted to Division 2