Football League Division 3  1996/97

Pos Club Pld W D L F A Pts Notes
1st  Wigan Athletic 46 26 9 11 84 51 87 ▲Champions
2nd  Fulham 46 25 12 9 72 38 87 ▲Runners Up
3rd  Carlisle United 46 24 12 10 67 44 84 ▲Promoted
4th  Northampton Town 46 20 12 14 67 44 72 ▲PO Winners
5th  Swansea City 46 21 8 17 62 58 71 ♦Playoffs
6th  Chester City 46 18 16 12 55 43 70 ♦Playoffs
7th  Cardiff City 46 20 9 17 56 54 69 ♦Playoffs
8th  Colchester United 46 17 17 12 62 51 68 -
9th  Lincoln City 46 18 12 16 70 69 66 -
10th  Cambridge United 46 18 11 17 53 59 65 -
11th  Mansfield Town 46 16 16 14 47 45 64 -
12th  Scarborough 46 16 15 15 65 68 63 -
13th  Scunthorpe United 46 18 9 19 59 62 63

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14th  Rochdale 46 14 16 16 58 58 58

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15th  Barnet 46 14 16 16 46 51 58

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16th  Leyton Orient 46 15 12 19 50 58 57

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17th   Hull City 46 13 18 15 44 50 57

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18th  Darlington 46 14 10 22 64 78 52 -
19th  Doncaster Rovers 46 14 10 22 52 66 52 -
20th  Hartlepool United 46 14 9 23 53 66 51 -
21st  Torquay United 46 13 11 22 46 62 50 -
22nd  Exeter City 46 12 12 22 48 73 48 -
23rd  Brighton & Hove Albion 46 13 10 23 53 70  47* *Deducted 2 Points
24th  Hereford United 46 11 14 21 50 65 47 ▼Relegated

 

Nationwide Third Division Playoffs

Semi Finals 1st Leg

Date Home Score Away
Sun May 11 Cardiff City 0-1 Northampton Town
Sun May 11 Chester City 0-0 Swansea City

Semi Finals 2nd Leg

Wed May 14 Northampton Town 3-2 Cardiff City
Northampton Town won 4-2 on aggregate
Wed May 14 Swansea City 3-0 Chester City
Swansea City won 3-0 on aggregate
Final
Sat May 24 Northampton Town 1-0 Swansea City

 

End of Season Notes

 ♦ Brighton & Hove Albion were deducted two points as a punishment for pitch invasions in their match against Lincoln City on October 1st 1996
 ▼Peterborough United were Relegated from Division 2
 ▼Shrewsbury Town were Relegated from Division 2
 ▼Rotherham United were Relegated from Division 2
 ▼Notts County were Relegated from Division 2
 ▲Wigan Athletic were Promoted to Division 2
 ▲Fulham were Promoted to Division 2
 ▲Carlisle United were Promoted to Division 2
  ♦ Northampton Town Qualified for Playoffs
  ♦ Swansea City Qualified for Playoffs
  ♦ Chester City Qualified for Playoffs
  ♦ Cardiff City Qualified for Playoffs
 ▲Northampton Town were Promoted to Division 2 via the Playoffs
 ▼Hereford United were Relegated to the Football Conference
 ▲Macclesfield Town were Promoted from the Football Conference