- The Football League 1974-75
The Football Leaguein season 1974/ 1975.
David Mackay guided Derby County to their second league title in four years having overcome strong competition from Liverpool, Ipswich Town, Everton, Stoke City, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough in a title race which went right to the wire. There was disappointment at
Bramall Laneafter Sheffield United's title challenge ended in a failure without even a UEFA Cupplace, but this would be as good as it got for the Blades as a sharp decline soon set in and within a few seasons had pushed them into the Fourth Division.
Carlisle United, in the First Division for the first time, topped the league three games into the season but were unable to keep up their winning ways and were relegated in bottom place. Joining the Cumbrians in the drop zone were Luton Town and Chelsea.
Brian Cloughwas named as Don Revie's successor at Leeds United but left after just 44 days in charge. He was replaced by Jimmy Armfield.
Manchester United's directors kept faith in
Tommy Dochertyafter their relegation to the Second Division, and he rewarded them with the Second Division championship to return them to the top flight. They were joined by Aston Villa (who also won the League Cup) and Norwich City. Docherty had built a new-look team containing players like Jim Holton, Stuart Pearsonand Jimmy Greenhoff. Meanwhile, FIFAfinally lifted George Best's worldwide ban from football; however, Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty was not prepared to give him another chance at Old Traffordand he joined Stockport County F.C.on a free transfer.
Millwall, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday were the three unlucky clubs who were unable to escape the Second Division drop zone. In the space of a few years, Sheffield Wednesday had slumped to the Third Division having previously been a strong First Division side.
Going down were Bournemouth, Tranmere Rovers, Watford and Huddersfield Town. This meant that Huddersfield would be playing Fourth Division football for the first time in their history (the first former English champion to do so) during the
1975-76 season, just a few seasons earlier they had been in the First Division and 50 years earlier they had been one of the strongest sides in England. Watford, meanwhile, were enduring their last unsuccessful season for many years to come.
Mansfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, Rotherham United and Chester occupied the four promotion places in the Fourth Division. Chester had finally managed promotion after 44 years of league membership, narrowly edging out Lincoln on goal average.
Scunthorpe United, who had narrowly missed out on top division football during the
1960s, found themselves bottom of the league but retained their league status after being re-elected along with the three clubs placed above them.
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated
1974-75 in English football
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