Season 1971-72

 
Cup Competition
FA Cup Final 1972 Venue Gate Notes
Leeds United 1 0 Arsenal Wembley Stadium, London 100,000  
 
FA Cup 3/4 Place play off 1972 Venue Gate Notes
Birmingham City 0 0 Stoke City St Andrew's, Birmingham 25,841 aet 4-3p
 
FA Cup Semi-Finals 1972 Venue Gate Notes
Leeds United 3 0 Birmingham City Hillsborough, Sheffield 55,000  
Stoke City 1 1 Arsenal Villa Park, Birmingham 56,576  
Arsenal 2 1 Stoke City Goodison Park, Liverpool 38,970 Replay
 
League Cup Final 1972 Venue Gate Notes
Stoke City 2 1 Chelsea Wembley Stadium, London 100,000  
 
League Cup Semi-Finals 1972 Venue Gate Notes
Stoke City 1 2 West Ham United Victoria Ground, Stoke-on-Trent 36,400  
Chelsea 3 2 Tottenham Hotspur Stamford Bridge, London 43,330  
West Ham United 0 1 Stoke City Upton Park, London 38,771 aet agg 2-2
Tottenham Hotspur 2 2 Chelsea White Hart Lane, London 52,755 agg 4-5
Stoke City 0 0 West Ham United Hillsbrough, Sheffield 46,196 Replay aet
Stoke City 3 2 West Ham United Old Trafford, Manchester 49,247 Replay 
 
European Fairs Cup Final 1972 Venue Gate Notes
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 2 Tottenham Hotspur Molineux, Wolverhampton 38,362 1st Leg
Tottenham Hotspur 1 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers White Hart Lane, London 54,303 2nd Leg agg 3-2
Final Table for season 1971-72
First Division
Home Away
Ptn First Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1 8 Derby County 42 16 4 1 43 10 8 6 7 26 23 2.091 58 33,107 Rd 5 Rd 2  
2 0 Leeds United 42 17 4 0 54 10 7 5 9 19 21 2.355 57 35,666 Winner Rd 3 UEFA Cup Rd 1
3 2 Liverpool 42 17 3 1 48 16 7 6 8 16 14 2.133 57 47,687 Rd 4 Rd 4 European CWC Rd 3
4 7 Manchester City 42 16 3 2 48 15 7 8 6 29 30 1.711 57 38,573 Rd 3 Rd 3  
5 -4 Arsenal 42 15 2 4 36 13 7 6 8 22 27 1.45 52 40,501 Final Rd 4 European Cup QF
6 -3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 3 2 45 13 3 10 8 18 29 1.5 51 38,833 Rd 6 SF UEFA Cup Winner
7 -1 Chelsea 42 12 7 2 41 20 6 5 10 17 29 1.184 48 38,788 Rd 5 Final European CWC Rd 3
8 0 Manchester United 42 13 2 6 39 26 6 8 7 30 35 1.131 48 45,933 Rd 6 Rd 4  
9 -5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 7 4 35 23 8 4 9 30 34 1.14 47 28,006 Rd 3 Rd 2 UEFA Cup Final
10 D 2 Sheffield United 42 10 8 3 39 26 7 4 10 22 34 1.017 46 33,189 Rd 3 Rd 5  
11 1 Newcastle United 42 10 6 5 30 18 5 5 11 19 34 0.942 41 32,664 Rd 3 Rd 3  
12 D 2 Leicester City 42 9 6 6 18 11 4 7 10 23 35 0.891 39 28,539 Rd 4 Rd 2  
13 6 Ipswich Town 42 7 8 6 19 19 4 8 9 20 34 0.736 38 20,924 Rd 4 Rd 2  
14 6 West Ham United 42 10 6 5 33 21 2 6 13 16 32 0.922 36 30,005 Rd 5 SF  
15 -1 Everton 42 8 9 4 28 17 1 9 11 9 31 0.771 36 37,242 Rd 5 Rd 2  
16 1 West Bromwich Albion 42 6 7 8 22 23 6 4 11 20 31 0.778 35 25,786 Rd 3 Rd 2  
17 -4 Stoke City 42 6 10 5 26 25 4 5 12 13 31 0.696 35 24,204 4th Place Winner  
18 -8 Coventry City 42 7 10 4 27 23 2 5 14 17 44 0.657 33 23,724 Rd 4 Rd 2  
19 -12 Southampton 42 8 5 8 31 28 4 2 15 21 52 0.65 31 21,187 Rd 3 Rd 3 UEFA Cup Rd 1
20 -2 Crystal Palace 42 4 8 9 26 31 4 5 12 16 37 0.6 29 26,985 Rd 3 Rd 3  
21 -5 Nottingham Forest 42 6 4 11 25 29 2 5 14 22 52 0.58 25 21,433 Rd 3 Rd 3  
22 -7 Huddersfield Town 42 4 7 10 12 22 2 6 13 15 37 0.458 25 15,940 Rd 6 Rd 2  
 
Second Division
Home Away
Ptn Second Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1 9 Norwich City 42 13 8 0 40 16 8 7 6 20 20 1.667 57 23,172 Rd 3 Rd 5  
2 7 Birmingham City 42 15 6 0 46 14 4 12 5 14 17 1.935 56 32,337 3rd Place Rd 2  
3 5 Millwall 42 14 7 0 38 17 5 10 6 26 29 1.391 55 16,243 Rd 4 Rd 2  
4 7 Queens Park Rangers 42 16 4 1 39 9 4 10 7 18 19 2.036 54 14,367 Rd 3 Rd 4  
5 8 Sunderland 42 11 7 3 42 24 6 9 6 25 33 1.175 50 15,849 Rd 4 Rd 2  
6 D 1 Blackpool 42 12 6 3 43 16 8 1 12 27 34 1.4 47 13,483 Rd 3 Rd 5  
7 D 1 Burnley 42 13 4 4 43 22 7 2 12 27 33 1.273 46 12,893 Rd 3 Rd 3  
8 11 Bristol City 42 14 3 4 43 22 4 7 10 18 27 1.245 46 15,231 Rd 3 Rd 1  
9 -2 Middlesbrough 42 16 4 1 31 11 3 4 14 19 37 1.042 46 17,943 Rd 5 Rd 2  
10 -6 Carlisle United 42 12 6 3 38 22 5 3 13 23 35 1.07 43 9,479 Rd 3 Rd 3  
11 1 Swindon Town 42 10 6 5 29 16 5 6 10 18 31 1 42 13,496 Rd 3 Rd 2  
12 -7 Hull City 42 10 6 5 33 21 4 4 13 16 32 0.925 38 13,972 Rd 5 Rd 2  
13 -7 Luton Town 42 7 8 6 25 24 3 10 8 18 24 0.896 38 11,382 Rd 3 Rd 2  
14 1 Sheffield Wednesday 42 11 7 3 33 22 2 5 14 18 36 0.879 38 17,099 Rd 3 Rd 2  
15 -1 Oxford United 42 10 8 3 28 17 2 6 13 15 38 0.782 38 9,406 Rd 3 Rd 3  
16 0 Portsmouth 42 9 7 5 31 26 3 6 12 28 42 0.868 37 11,918 Rd 5 Rd 1  
17 0 Orient 42 12 4 5 32 19 2 5 14 18 42 0.82 37 10,822 Rd 6 Rd 1  
18 D 3 Preston North End 42 11 4 6 32 21 1 8 12 20 37 0.897 36 15,156 Rd 4 Rd 4  
19 -16 Cardiff City 42 9 7 5 37 25 1 7 13 19 44 0.812 34 15,510 Rd 5 Rd 2 European CWC Rd 2
20 D 3 Fulham 42 10 7 4 29 20 2 3 16 16 48 0.662 34 11,147 Rd 4 Rd 2  
21 -1 Charlton Athletic 42 9 7 5 33 25 3 2 16 22 52 0.714 33 10,430 Rd 3 Rd 3  
22 -4 Watford 42 5 5 11 15 25 0 4 17 9 50 0.32 19 10,908 Rd 3 Rd 3  
 
Third Division
Home Away
Ptn Third Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1 3 Aston Villa 46 20 1 2 45 10 12 5 6 40 22 2.656 70 31,953 Rd 1 Rd 4  
2 12 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 15 5 3 39 18 12 6 5 43 29 1.745 65 17,661 Rd 2 Rd 2  
3 D 4 AFC Bournemouth 46 16 6 1 43 13 7 10 6 30 24 1.973 62 12,991 Rd 3 Rd 2  
4 D 4 Notts County 46 16 3 4 42 19 9 9 5 32 25 1.682 62 13,941 Rd 4 Rd 2  
5 3 Rotherham United 46 12 8 3 46 25 8 7 8 23 27 1.327 55 7,298 Rd 4 Rd 1  
6 0 Bristol Rovers 46 17 2 4 54 26 4 10 9 21 30 1.339 54 9,331 Rd 3 Rd 5  
7 D 2 Bolton Wanderers 46 11 8 4 25 13 6 8 9 26 28 1.244 50 8,046 Rd 4 Rd 4  
8 7 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 6 4 43 26 7 4 12 31 38 1.156 50 10,799 Rd 1 Rd 2  
9 11 Walsall 46 12 8 3 38 16 3 10 10 24 41 1.088 48 5,452 Rd 4 Rd 1  
10 D 2 Blackburn Rovers 46 14 4 5 39 22 5 5 13 15 35 0.947 47 8,256 Rd 1 Rd 2  
11 D 4 Oldham Athletic 46 11 4 8 37 35 6 7 10 22 28 0.937 45 8,017 Rd 1 Rd 2  
12 1 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 5 5 50 29 4 5 14 23 36 1.123 44 5,265 Rd 3 Rd 2  
13 -8 Chesterfield 46 10 5 8 25 23 8 3 12 32 34 1 44 7,992 Rd 3 Rd 2  
14 -3 Swansea City 46 10 6 7 27 21 7 4 12 19 38 0.78 44 6,398 Rd 4 Rd 1  
15 2 Port Vale 46 10 10 3 27 21 3 5 15 16 38 0.729 41 4,366 Rd 3 Rd 1  
16 -7 Wrexham 46 10 5 8 33 26 6 3 14 26 37 0.937 40 5,976 Rd 3 Rd 1  
17 -14 Halifax Town 46 11 6 6 31 22 2 6 15 17 39 0.787 38 3,839 Rd 1 Rd 2  
18 -2 Rochdale 46 11 7 5 35 26 1 6 16 22 57 0.687 37 4,387 Rd 1 Rd 1  
19 D 4 York City 46 8 8 7 32 22 4 4 15 25 44 0.864 36 5,470 Rd 2 Rd 3  
20 -2 Tranmere Rovers 46 9 7 7 34 30 1 9 13 16 41 0.704 36 4,360 Rd 4 Rd 2  
21 -14 Mansfield Town 46 5 12 6 19 26 3 8 12 22 37 0.651 36 5,975 Rd 2 Rd 1  
22 -10 Barnsley 46 6 10 7 23 30 3 8 12 9 34 0.5 36 5,341 Rd 2 Rd 2  
23 -13 Torquay United 46 8 6 9 31 31 2 6 15 10 38 0.594 32 5,677 Rd 3 Rd 3  
24 -5 Bradford City 46 6 8 9 27 32 5 2 16 18 45 0.584 32 5,042 Rd 1 Rd 1  
 
Fourth Division
Home Away
Ptn Fourth Division Pld W D L FA W D L FA GDPts Ave Gate FA Cup League Cup European
1 18 Grimsby Town 46 18 3 2 61 26 10 4 9 27 30 1.571 63 11,248 Rd 1 Rd 4  
2 16 Southend United 46 18 2 3 56 26 6 10 7 25 29 1.473 60 10,280 Rd 2 Rd 1  
3 11 Brentford 46 16 2 5 52 21 8 9 6 24 23 1.727 59 11,738 Rd 1 Rd 1  
4 13 Scunthorpe United 46 13 8 2 34 15 9 5 9 22 22 1.514 57 6,099 Rd 1 Rd 1  
5 16 Lincoln City 46 17 5 1 46 15 4 9 10 31 44 1.305 56 7,603 Rd 1 Rd 3  
6 4 Workington 46 12 9 2 34 7 4 10 9 16 27 1.471 51 2,487 Rd 2 Rd 1  
7 1 Southport 46 15 5 3 48 21 3 9 11 18 25 1.435 50 3,254 Rd 1 Rd 2  
8 8 Peterborough United 46 14 6 3 51 24 3 10 10 31 40 1.281 50 5,115 Rd 3 Rd 1  
9 D 3 Bury 46 16 4 3 55 22 3 8 12 18 37 1.237 50 3,502 Rd 3 Rd 1  
10 10 Cambridge United 46 11 8 4 38 22 6 6 11 24 38 1.033 48 4,891 Rd 2 Rd 1  
11 -5 Colchester United 46 13 6 4 38 23 6 4 13 32 46 1.014 48 5,429 Rd 1 Rd 3  
12 D 3 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 8 4 35 24 5 6 12 21 39 0.889 46 4,125 Rd 1 Rd 1  
13 D 3 Gillingham 46 11 5 7 33 24 5 8 10 28 43 0.91 45 5,412 Rd 3 Rd 3  
14 8 Newport County 46 13 5 5 34 20 5 3 15 26 52 0.833 44 3,461 Rd 1 Rd 1  
15 -6 Exeter City 46 11 5 7 40 30 5 6 12 21 38 0.897 43 3,857 Rd 2 Rd 1  
16 D 3 Reading 46 14 3 6 37 26 3 5 15 19 50 0.737 42 5,531 Rd 4 Rd 1  
17 -4 Aldershot 46 5 13 5 27 20 4 9 10 21 34 0.889 40 4,056 Rd 2 Rd 2  
18 5 Hartlepool United 46 14 2 7 39 25 3 4 16 19 44 0.841 40 3,793 Rd 2 Rd 1  
19 -7 Darlington 46 9 9 5 37 24 5 2 16 27 58 0.78 39 2,552 Rd 2 Rd 1  
20 -15 Chester 46 10 11 2 34 16 0 7 16 13 40 0.839 38 3,002 Rd 1 Rd 1  
21 -14 Northampton Town 46 8 9 6 43 27 4 4 15 23 52 0.835 37 4,486 Rd 2 Rd 1  
22 2 Barrow 46 8 8 7 23 26 5 3 15 17 45 0.563 37 2,307 Rd 1 Rd 1  
23 -12 Stockport County 46 7 10 6 33 32 2 4 17 22 55 0.632 32 2,477 Rd 2 Rd 2  
24 -9 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 4 10 27 25 1 5 17 16 44 0.623 29 2,104 Rd 1 Rd 1  
Notes
Northampton Town, Stockport County and Crewe Alexandra re-elected to league. Barrow failed re-election.
Hereford United elected to Fourth Division.
Failed election to Fourth Division
Bangor City, Bedford Town, Boston United, Bradford Park Avenue, Cambridge City, Hillingdon Borough, Romford, Telford United, Wimbledon, Wigan Athletic & Yeovil Town.