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      DIVISION 3    1988/89
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Leading League goalscorer:
Steve Bull
 (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
 37  goals

Mid-table Bristol City had the luck of the League Cup draw getting to the semis without meeting a top-flight club. But in the last four they were up against high-flying Division 1 side Nottingham Forest with Cloughies side edging out City 2-1 on aggregate on their way to winning the competition.

  P W D L F A Pts
    Season Results 1 Wolverhampton W. 46 26 14 6 96 49 92 Promoted
    Season Results 2 Sheffield United 46 25 9 12 93 54 84 Promoted
    3 Port Vale 46 24 12 10 78 48 84 Promoted
    Season Results 4 Fulham 46 22 9 15 69 67 75 Play Off
    5 Bristol Rovers 46 19 17 10 67 51 74 Play Off
    6 Preston North End 46 19 15 12 79 60 72 Play Off
    7 Brentford 46 18 14 14 66 61 68
    8 Chester City 46 19 11 16 64 61 68
    9 Notts County 46 18 13 15 64 54 67
    10 Bolton Wanderers 46 16 16 14 58 54 64
    11 Bristol City 46 18 9 19 53 55 63
    12 Swansea City 46 15 16 15 51 53 61
    13 Bury 46 16 13 17 55 67 61
    14 Huddersfield Town 46 17 9 20 63 73 60
    15 Mansfield Town 46 14 17 15 48 52 59
    16 Cardiff City 46 14 15 17 44 56 57
    17 Wigan Athletic 46 14 14 18 55 53 56
    18 Reading 46 15 11 20 68 72 56
    19 Blackpool 46 14 13 19 56 59 55
    Season Results 20 Northampton Town 46 16 6 24 66 76 54
    21 Southend United 46 13 15 18 56 75 54 Relegated
    22 Chesterfield 46 14 7 25 51 86 49 Relegated
    23 Gillingham 46 12 4 30 47 81 40 Relegated
    24 Aldershot 46 8 13 25 48 78 37 Relegated
   
   
Play Off Semi-Finals     Play Off
1st Leg
Sun May 21 Bristol Rovers 1 - 0 Fulham
Mon May 22 Preston North End 1 - 1 Port Vale
2nd Leg
Thu May 25 Fulham 0 - 4 Bristol Rovers
Thu May 25 Port Vale 3 - 1 Preston North End
Aggregate scores
Bristol Rovers 5 - 0 Fulham
Port Vale 4 - 2 Preston North  End
Play Off Final  
1st Leg
Wed May 31 Bristol Rovers 1 - 1 Port Vale
2nd Leg
Sat Jun 3 Port Vale 1 - 0 Bristol Rovers
Aggregate score
Port Vale 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers
Port Vale promoted to Division 2