1968–69 Football League First Division


Statistics of Football League First Division in the 1968-69 season.

Football League First Division
Season1968–69
ChampionsLeeds United (1st English title)
RelegatedLeicester City
Queens Park Rangers
European CupLeeds United
European Cup Winners' CupManchester City
Inter-Cities Fairs CupChelsea
Leeds United
Liverpool
Newcastle United (as title holders)
Matches played462
Goals scored1,213 (2.63 per match)
Top goalscorerJimmy Greaves (27 goals)[1]

Overview


Leeds United won the First Division title for the first time in the club's history that season. They wrapped up the title on 28 April 1969, with a 0–0 draw at title challengers Liverpool and finished the season unbeaten at home. Queens Park Rangers went down on 29 March, after losing 2–1 at home to Liverpool. Leicester City joined them after losing 3–2 at Manchester United, where a win would have saved Leicester from relegation at the expense of Coventry City.

League standings


Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GAv Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Leeds United (C) 42 18 3 0 41 9 9 10 2 25 17 2.538 67 Qualified for European Cup
2 Liverpool 42 16 4 1 36 10 9 7 5 27 14 2.625 61 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
3 Everton 42 14 5 2 43 10 7 10 4 34 26 2.139 57
4 Arsenal 42 12 6 3 31 12 10 6 5 25 15 2.074 56
5 Chelsea 42 11 7 3 40 24 9 3 9 33 29 1.377 50 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
6 Tottenham Hotspur 42 10 8 3 39 22 4 9 8 22 29 1.196 45
7 Southampton 42 13 5 3 41 21 3 8 10 16 27 1.188 45
8 West Ham United 42 10 8 3 47 22 3 10 8 19 28 1.320 44
9 Newcastle United 42 12 7 2 40 20 3 7 11 21 35 1.109 44 1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 7 3 43 26 5 4 12 21 41 0.955 43
11 Manchester United 42 13 5 3 38 18 2 7 12 19 35 1.075 42
12 Ipswich Town 42 10 4 7 32 26 5 7 9 27 34 0.983 41
13 Manchester City 42 13 6 2 49 20 2 4 15 15 35 1.164 40 FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
14 Burnley 42 11 6 4 36 25 4 3 14 19 57 0.671 39
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 7 9 5 27 26 3 7 11 14 28 0.759 36
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 7 10 4 26 22 3 5 13 15 36 0.707 35
17 Sunderland 42 10 6 5 28 18 1 6 14 15 49 0.642 34
18 Nottingham Forest 42 6 6 9 17 22 4 7 10 28 35 0.789 33
19 Stoke City 42 9 7 5 24 24 0 8 13 16 39 0.635 33
20 Coventry City 42 8 6 7 32 22 2 5 14 14 42 0.719 31
21 Leicester City 42 8 8 5 27 24 1 4 16 12 44 0.574 30 Relegated
22 Queens Park Rangers 42 4 7 10 20 33 0 3 18 19 62 0.411 18
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) League Champions

Results


Home \ Away ARS BUR CHE COV EVE IPS LEE LEI LIV MCI MUN NEW NOT QPR SHW SOU STK SUN TOT WBA WHU WOL
Arsenal 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 4–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–1
Burnley 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 5–1 2–1 0–4 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1
Chelsea 2–1 2–3 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–3 1–0 5–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1
Coventry City 0–1 4–1 0–1 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 5–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 4–2 1–2 0–1
Everton 1–0 3–0 1–2 3–0 2–2 0–0 7–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–0 4–0
Ipswich Town 1–2 2–0 1–3 0–0 2–2 2–3 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–4 2–3 3–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 0–1 4–1 2–2 1–0
Leeds United 2–0 6–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1
Leicester City 0–0 0–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–0
Liverpool 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Manchester City 1–1 7–0 4–1 4–2 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–3 3–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–0 5–1 1–1 3–2
Manchester United 0–0 2–0 0–4 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–2 1–0 0–1 3–1 3–1 8–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 4–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–0
Newcastle United 2–1 1–0 3–2 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 3–2 4–1 5–0 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 4–1
Nottingham Forest 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–2 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–4 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–3 1–0 0–2 3–0 0–1 0–0
Queens Park Rangers 0–1 0–2 0–4 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–1
Sheffield Wednesday 0–5 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–3 1–2 1–1 5–4 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–2
Southampton 1–2 5–1 5–0 1–0 2–5 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–1
Stoke City 1–3 1–3 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–1 1–5 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–1
Sunderland 0–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–3 3–0 0–1 2–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 4–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–0
Tottenham Hotspur 1–2 7–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 5–1 1–1 1–0 1–1
West Bromwich Albion 1–0 3–2 0–3 6–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1 5–1 2–5 3–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 4–3 3–1 0–0
West Ham United 1–2 5–0 0–0 5–2 1–4 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 4–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 8–0 2–2 4–0 3–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–6 3–1 2–2 5–0 1–0 3–1 0–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Managerial changes


Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Queens Park Rangers Alec Stock Illness 1 August 1968 Pre-season Bill Dodgin Jr. 1 August 1968
Queens Park Rangers Bill Dodgin Jr. Demoted to coach 2 November 1968 22nd Tommy Docherty 2 November 1968
Wolverhampton Wanderers Ronnie Allen Sacked 17 November 1968 14th Bill McGarry 23 November 1968
Ipswich Town Bill McGarry Signed by Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 November 1968 17th Cyril Lea (caretaker) 23 November 1968
Queens Park Rangers Tommy Docherty Resigned 30 November 1968 22nd Les Allen 1 December 1968
Nottingham Forest Johnny Carey Sacked 30 December 1968 19th Matt Gillies 2 January 1969
Leicester City Matt Gillies Signed by Nottingham Forest 2 January 1969 20th Frank O'Farrell 5 January 1969
Ipswich Town Cyril Lea End of caretaker spell 13 January 1969 18th Bobby Robson 13 January 1969
Sheffield Wednesday Jack Marshall Sacked 2 April 1969 13th Tom McAnearney (caretaker) 2 April 1969

Top scorers


Rank Player Club Goals
1 Jimmy Greaves Tottenham Hotspur 27
2 Geoff HurstWest Ham United25
3 Joe RoyleEverton22
4 Pop RobsonNewcastle United21
= Jeff AstleWest Bromwich Albion21
5 Ron DaviesSouthampton20

References


  1. "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)