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Football League Third Division

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

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

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Overview

Prior to the formation of the Premiership in 1992, the Third Division was the third highest level in English football. Up until this time, teams were relegated to what was called the Fourth Division.

The Third Division was originally formed in 1920 with the addition of Southern League clubs to the League, before becoming the Third Division South in 1921. A new Third Division was formed in 1958 from the top clubs of the Third Division North and Third Division South. Instead of being divided by regional location, the teams at this level became divided by ability.

At the end of each season the top three teams were promoted to Second Division, along with the winners of a play-off between the next four teams. Until 2002, the bottom team would be relegated to the Football Conference, so long as the winners of that league had adequate stadium facilities. From 1994-96, none of the conference winners had adequate facilities, and the bottom finishing teams in those years were not relegated. From the 2002-03 season onwards, two teams were relegated from the division, and those two sides would always be relegated, no matter what happened in the Conference (see Conference National for details on the reformed promotion system).

Plymouth Argyle hold the record points total for this division. In their 2001/02 championship season they amassed 102 points.

Previous League champions

Winners of the original Third Division (1921)

Year Winner
1921Crystal Palace

Winners of the old format Third Division (1959-1992)

Year Winner
1959Plymouth Argyle
1960Southampton
1961Bury
1962Portsmouth
1963Northampton Town
1964Coventry City
1965Carlisle United
1966Hull City
1967Queens Park Rangers
1968Oxford United
1969Watford
1970Leyton Orient
1971Preston North End
1972Aston Villa
1973Bolton Wanderers
1974Oldham Athletic
1975Blackburn Rovers
1976Hereford United
1977Mansfield Town
1978Wrexham
1979Shrewsbury Town
1980Grimsby Town
1981Rotherham United
1982Burnley
1983Portsmouth
1984Oxford United
1985Bradford City
1986Reading
1987AFC Bournemouth
1988Sunderland
1989Wolverhampton Wanderers
1990Bristol Rovers
1991Cambridge United
1992Brentford

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

Year Winner
1993Cardiff City
1994Shrewsbury Town
1995Carlisle United
1996Preston North End
1997Wigan Athletic
1998Notts County
1999Brentford
2000Swansea City
2001Brighton & Hove Albion
2002Plymouth Argyle
2003Rushden & Diamonds
2004Doncaster Rovers


Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
(men)
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
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FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) FA Vase
English football league system Records FA NLS Cup

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