Football League Second Division

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Between the 1992-93 and 2004-05 season, the Football League Second Division was the second-highest division of The Football League and the third-highest division in the overall English football league system. Before that it was the second division overall, but that ended with the creation of the FA Premier League prior to the start of the 1992-93 season.

The Second Division was replaced by Football League One prior to the start of the 2004/05 season.



At the end of each season the top two teams were promoted to First Division, along with the winners of a play-off between the next four teams. Also, the bottom four teams were relegated to Third Division.

The Second Division was formed in 1892 with 12 clubs, most of which had previously played in the Football Alliance. It expanded over the years to its final total of 24 clubs, as follows:

For the first few years, there was no automatic promotion to the First Division. Instead, the top few teams in Division Two, including the winners, contested a series of test matches against the bottom teams in Division One. Small Heath, Second Division champions in 1892-93, were denied promotion after losing in test matches to Newton Heath.

Previous League champions

Winners of the old format Second Division (1893-1992) Now: Football League Championship

Year Winner
1893Small Heath
1897Notts County
1899Manchester City
1900The Wednesday
1901Grimsby Town
1902West Bromwich Albion
1903Manchester City
1904Preston North End
1906Bristol City
1907Nottingham Forest
1908Bradford City
1909Bolton Wanderers
1910Manchester City
1911West Bromwich Albion
1912Derby County
1913Preston North End
1914Notts County
1915Derby County
1916-19League suspended due to World War I
1920Tottenham Hotspur
1921Birmingham City
1922Nottingham Forest
1923Notts County
1924Leeds United
1925Leicester City
1926Sheffield Wednesday
1928Manchester City
1932Wolverhampton Wanderers
1933Stoke City
1934Grimsby Town
1936Manchester United
1937Leicester City
1938Aston Villa
1939Blackburn Rovers
1940-46League suspended due to World War II
1947Manchester City
1948Birmingham City
1950Tottenham Hotspur
1951Preston North End
1952Sheffield Wednesday
1953Sheffield United
1954Leicester City
1955Birmingham City
1956Sheffield Wednesday
1957Leicester City
1958West Ham United
1959Sheffield Wednesday
1960Aston Villa
1961Ipswich Town
1963Stoke City
1964Leeds United
1965Newcastle United
1966Manchester City
1967Coventry City
1968Ipswich Town
1969Derby County
1970Huddersfield Town
1971Leicester City
1972Norwich City
1975Manchester United
1977Wolverhampton Wanderers
1978Bolton Wanderers
1979Crystal Palace
1980Leicester City
1981West Ham United
1982Luton Town
1983Queens Park Rangers
1985Oxford United
1986Norwich City
1987Derby County
1990Leeds United
1991Oldham Athletic
1992Ipswich Town

Winners of the new format Second Division (1993-2004)

Year Winner
1993Stoke City
1995Birmingham City
1996Swindon Town
2000Preston North End
2002Brighton & Hove Albion
2003Wigan Athletic
2004Plymouth Argyle

Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) (women) Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) List of
FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) FA Vase
English football league system Records FA NLS Cup

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