1971–72 in English football

The Football League First Division 1971/72 was the 73rd season of the Football League First Division as the highest English football league. Derby County won with a points gap on the chasing Leeds United, Liverpool and Manchester City for the first time in its history the English Championship. Both newly promoted Sheffield United and Leicester City could get the class; instead had to Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield Town the transition to the Second Division compete. These two teams should be in the following season replaced by the two newly promoted second division Birmingham City and Norwich City.

A total of 473 players were used, with Derby County with 16, the least and Newcastle United with 27 mustered the most players in league games. 87 newcomers were offset by 81 footballers who most recently came into play in the 1971/72 season.

Final Table

Results Table

In the left column of the home teams are listed.

Top scorers

The champion team from Derby County

In the following list, all players were listed who came for Derby County in a league game for use during the 1971/72 season. It must be noted that in most cases a minimum number of games will be provided in English football to accept the official champion medal allowed. As regards the specific arrangements prior to the introduction of the Premier League, there is lack of clarity, all the players with an asterisk (*) have been provided which have received no champion medal presumably because of their small contribution. In brackets the number of bets as well as the goals achieved are called.

Tony Bailey * (1/0 ) | Colin Boulton (42/ 0 ) | Alan Durban (31/ 6) | Archie Gemmill (40/ 3) | Kevin Hector (42/ 12) | Terry Hennessey (18/ 0 ) | Alan Hinton (38/ 15) | Roy McFarland (38/ 4) | John McGovern (40/ 3) | John O'Hare (40/ 13) | Steve Powell * ( 3/0 ) | John Robson (41/ 2) | Colin Todd (40/ 2) | Jim Walker * (6/ 1) | Ron Webster (38/ 1) | Frank Wignall (11 /5).