Football League Fourth Division

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The Fourth Division or Division Four of The Football League was the fourth highest league division in the English football league system from 1958 until the creation of the FA Premier league prior to the 1992/93 season.

Overview

Prior to the formation of the Premiership in 1992, the four best teams would be promoted to the Third Division and one team may have been relegated to the Football Conference. Automatic relegation to the Conference was not introduced until 1987. In 1992, teams which normally would have remained in the Fourth Division were moved en bloc to the Third Division. Further changes in 2004 meant that this level of the football league system was renamed Football League Two.

The Fourth Division was created in 1958 so that Third Division North and Third Division South could be merged, with the 12 best teams of each league going into the Third Division and the rest being put into the Fourth.

The Fourth Division was also known as Division Four. Other names were sometimes applied such as League Fourth Division. It was also known as the basement division of English football.

Winners of the Fourth Division

Year Winner
1959Port Vale
1960Walsall
1961Peterborough United
1962Millwall
1963Brentford
1964Gillingham
1965Brighton & Hove Albion
1966Doncaster Rovers
1967Stockport County
1968Luton Town
1969Doncaster Rovers
1970Chesterfield
1971Notts County
1972Grimsby Town
1973Southport
1974Peterborough United
1975Mansfield Town
1976Lincoln City
1977Cambridge United
1978Watford
1979Reading
1980Huddersfield Town
1981Southend United
1982Sheffield United
1983Wimbledon
1984York City
1985Chesterfield
1986Swindon Town
1987Northampton Town
1988Wolverhampton Wanderers
1989Rotherham United
1990Exeter City
1991Darlington
1992Burnley
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