Football League Division 1  1996/97

(The League used highest goals scored to rank clubs equal on points rather than goal difference)

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1st  Bolton Wanderers 46 28 14 4 100 53 +47 98 ▲Champions
2nd  Barnsley 46 22 14 10 76 55 +21 80 ▲Runners Up
3rd  Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 22 10 14 68 51 +17 76 Playoffs
4th  Ipswich Town 46 20 14 12 68 50 +18 74 Playoffs
5th  Sheffield United 46 20 13 13 75 52 +23 73 Playoffs
6th  Crystal Palace 46 19 14 13 78 48 +30 71 ▲PO Winners
7th  Portsmouth 46 20 8 18 59 53 +6 68 -
8th  Port Vale 46 17 16 13 58 55 +3 67 -
9th  Queens Park Rangers 46 18 12 16 64 60 +4 66 -
10th  Birmingham City 46 17 15 14 52 48 +4 66 -
11th  Tranmere Rovers 46 17 14 15 63 56 +7 65 -
12th  Stoke City 46 18 10 18 51 57 -6 64 -
13th  Norwich City 46 17 12 17 63 68 -5 63 -
14th   Manchester City 46 17 10 19 59 60 -1 61 -
15th  Charlton Athletic 46 16 11 19 52 66 -14 59 -
16th  West Bromwich Albion 46 14 15 17 68 72 -4 57 -
17th  Oxford United 46 16 9 21 64 68 -4 57 -
18th  Reading 46 15 12 19 58 67 -9 57 -
19th  Swindon Town 46 15 9 22 52 71 -19 54 -
20th  Huddersfield Town 46 13 15 18 48 61 -13 54 -
21st  Bradford City 46 12 12 22 47 72 -25 48 -
22nd  Grimsby Town 46 11 13 22 60 81 -21 46 ▼Relegated
23rd  Oldham Athletic 46 10 13 23 51 66 -15 43 ▼Relegated
24th  Southend United 46 8 15 23 42 86 -44 39 ▼Relegated

 

Football League Division 1 Playoffs

Semi Finals 1st Leg

Date Home Score Away
Sat May 10 Crystal Palace 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sat May 10 Sheffield United 1-1 Ipswich Town

Semi Finals 2nd Leg

Wed May 14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace won 4-3 on aggregate
Wed May 14 Ipswich Town 2-2 Sheffield United
Sheffield United won on the Away Goals Rule after drawing 3-3 on aggregate
Final
Mon May 26 Crystal Palace 1-0 Sheffield United

 

End of Season Notes

 ▼Sunderland were Relegated from the Premier League
 ▼Middlesbrough were Relegated from the Premier League
 ▼Nottingham Forest were Relegated from the Premier League
 ▲Bolton Wanderers were Promoted to the Premier League
 ▲Barnsley were Promoted to the Premier League
  ♦ Wolverhampton Wanderers Qualified for Playoffs
  ♦ Ipswich Town Qualified for Playoffs
  ♦ Sheffield United Qualified for Playoffs
  ♦ Crystal Palace Qualified for Playoffs
 ▲Crystal Palace were Promoted to the Premier League via the Playoffs
 ▼Grimsby Town were Relegated to Division 2
 ▼Oldham Athletic were Relegated to Division 2
 ▼Southend United were Relegated to Division 2
 ▲Bury were Promoted from Division 2
 ▲Stockport County were Promoted from Division 2
 ▲Crewe Alexandra were Promoted from Division 2 via the Playoffs