Football League Fourth Division  1971/72

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts Notes
1st  Grimsby Town 46 28 7 11 88 56 1.571 63 ▲Champions
2nd  Southend United 46 24 12 10 81 55 1.473 60 ▲Runners Up
3rd  Brentford 46 24 11 11 76 44 1.727 59 ▲Promoted
4th  Scunthorpe United 46 22 13 11 56 37 1.514 57 ▲Promoted
5th  Lincoln City 46 21 14 11 77 59 1.305 56 -
6th  Workington 46 16 19 11 50 34 1.471 51 -
7th  Southport 46 18 14 14 66 46 1.435 50 -
8th  Peterborough United 46 17 16 13 82 64 1.281 50 -
9th  Bury 46 19 12 15 73 59 1.237 50 -
10th  Cambridge United 46 17 14 15 62 60 1.033 48 -
11th  Colchester United 46 19 10 17 70 69 1.014 48 -
12th  Doncaster Rovers 46 16 14 16 56 63 0.889 46 -
13th  Gillingham 46 16 13 17 61 67 0.910 45 -
14th  Newport County 46 18 8 20 60 72 0.833 44 -
15th  Exeter City 46 16 11 19 61 68 0.897 43 -
16th  Reading 46 17 8 21 56 76 0.737 42 -
17th  Aldershot 46 9 22 15 48 54 0.889 40 -
18th  Hartlepool 46 17 6 23 58 69 0.841 40 -
19th  Darlington 46 14 11 21 64 82 0.780 39 -
20th  Chester 46 10 18 18 47 56 0.839 38 -
21st  Northampton Town 46 12 13 21 66 79 0.835 37 Re-Elected
22nd  Barrow 46 13 11 22 40 71 0.563 37 Not Re-Elected
23rd  Stockport County 46 9 14 23 55 87 0.632 32 Re-Elected
24th  Crewe Alexandra 46 10 9 27 43 69 0.623 29 Re-Elected

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Election for League Membership

The bottom four league sides faced re-election and were joined by 12 non-league clubs in the vote for league membership.
Votes Club End Result
49 Northampton Town Re Elected to the League
46 Crewe Alexandra Re Elected to the League
46 Stockport County Re Elected to the League
26 Barrow Went to a 2nd Ballot
26 Hereford United Went to a 2nd Ballot
1 Bradford Park Avenue Not Elected to the League
1 Cambridge City Not Elected to the League
1 Wimbledon Not Elected to the League
0 Bangor City Not Elected to the League
0 Bedford Town Not Elected to the League
0 Boston United Not Elected to the League
0 Hillingdon Borough Not Elected to the League
0 Romford Not Elected to the League
0 Telford United Not Elected to the League
0 Wigan Athletic Not Elected to the League
0 Yeovil Town Not Elected to the League

 

Election for League Membership - 2nd Ballot

Votes Club End Result
29 Hereford United Elected to the League
20 Barrow Not Re Elected to the League

 

End of Season Notes

 ▼Mansfield Town were Relegated from the Football League Third Division
 ▼Barnsley were were Relegated from the Football League Third Division
 ▼Torquay United were Relegated from the Football League Third Division
 ▼Bradford City were Relegated from the Football League Third Division
 ▲Grimsby Town were Promoted to the Football League Third Division
 ▲Southend United were Promoted to the Football League Third Division
 ▲Brentford were Promoted to the Football League Third Division
 ▲Scunthorpe United were Promoted the Football League Third Division
 ♦ Northampton Town were Re-Elected to the League
 ♦ Stockport County were Re-Elected to the League
 ♦ Crewe Alexandra were Re-Elected to the League
 ▼Barrow were Not Re-Elected to the League
 ▲Hereford United were Elected to the Football League