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Encyclopedia > Football League Third Division

From the 1992-93 to the 2003-04 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 Premier League prior to the start of the 1992-93 season. The Football League Fourth Division was abolished altogether and the Third Division took its place. The 1992-1993 season was the 113th season of competitive football in England. ... The 2003-2004 season was the 124th season of competitive football in England. ... The Football League is a league competition featuring professional football clubs from England and Wales, and is the oldest such competition in world football. ... The English football league system, otherwise known as the football pyramid, is a series of interconnected leagues for club football in England (although for historical reasons a small number of Welsh clubs also compete). ... The original FA Premier League logo, used until 2007 The Premier League (officially known as the Barclays Premier League for sponsorship reasons, previously known as The Premiership), is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top echelon of the English football league system (above The Football League). ... The Football League Fourth Division or Division Four of The Football League was the fourth-highest division in the English football league system from the 1958-59 season until the creation of the FA Premier League prior to the 1992-93 season. ...


The Third Division was renamed as Football League Two prior to the start of the 2004-05 season. The corresponding place of the original Third Division, however, is Football League One, also since 2004. Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system. ... The 2004-2005 season was the 125th season of competitive football in England. ... Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Coca-Cola Football League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system. ...

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Founder Clubs of the Third Division (1920)

Most of these clubs were drawn from what was then the top division of the Southern Football League, in an expansion of the Football League south of Birmingham. The exception was Grimsby Town, which effectively was the first team relegated from the Second Division ever. For other uses, see Southern Football League (disambiguation). ...

This league continued as Football League Third Division South; Football League Third Division North is formed with Northern clubs; geographical separation is abolished in 1958. Brentford Football Club are an English football club based in the London suburb of Brentford. ... Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. is an English football team based in the coastal city of Brighton & Hove, East Sussex there star player is a gay and takes it up th bum bum . ... For details of the current season, see Bristol Rovers F.C. season 2006-07 Bristol Rovers are an English professional football team, based in Bristol. ... Crystal Palace Football Club is an English professional football team based in SE25 in London. ... Exeter City F.C. are an English football club, based in Exeter, who have played in the Football League for most of its history, but now play in the Nationwide Conference. ... For the team based in Dorset, see Gillingham Town F.C. Gillingham Football Club is an English professional football club based in the town of Gillingham, Kent, currently playing in the Football League One. ... Grimsby Town F.C. are an English football League Two team. ... Luton Town Football Club are an English football team based in the town of Luton in Bedfordshire. ... Merthyr Town were a Welsh football club that played in the English Football League during the 1920s, but apparently folded in 1934. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Newport County are a football team based in the city of Newport. ... Northampton Town Football Club are a football team based in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. ... Norwich City Football Club (also known as The Canaries) is an English professional football club based in Norwich, Norfolk. ... 1886/87 - ... - 2001/02 - 2002/03 - 2003/04 - 2004/05 - 2005/06 - 2006/07 Plymouth Argyle Football Club (commonly known as the Pilgrims, the Greens, the Green Army or simply Argyle) are an English football team, playing in the Championship league. ... Founded in 1898, Portsmouth Football Club are an English football club based in the south coast city of Portsmouth. ... Queens Park Rangers Football Club is an English football club, from Shepherds Bush in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in West London. ... Reading Football Club are an association football club, based in the English town of Reading, in Berkshire. ... Southampton Football Club is a professional English football team, nicknamed The Saints and based in the city of Southampton. ... Southend United Football Club is an English football team based at Roots Hall Stadium in Prittlewell, in the Borough of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, which plays in the Football League Championship. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Swindon Town Football Club is an English football club based in Swindon, Wiltshire. ... It has been suggested that Harry the Hornet be merged into this article or section. ... The Football League Third Division South was a level of English professional football which ran in parallel to Third Division North from 1921 to 1958. ... The Third Division North of The Football League was a level in English association football, which ran parallel to Third Division South from 1921 to 1958. ...


As a single Third Division

The original members in 1958-59 were:

  • From Third Division North: Accrington Stanley, Bradford City, Bury, Chesterfield, Halifax Town, Hull City, Mansfield Town, Rochdale, Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers, Wrexham
  • From Third Division South: Bournemouth, Brentford, Colchester United, Newport County, Norwich City, Plymouth Argyle, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Southampton, Southend United, Swindon Town
  • Relegated from Second Division: Doncaster Rovers, Notts County

Of these, Bradford, Norwich, Notts, QPR, Reading, Southampton, and Swindon made the top flight. Stockport, Doncaster, Notts and Rochdale were the first to be relegated into the Fourth Division the following season (1959-60), starting the bottom-four-team turnover tradition for the third tier.


In 1992 the FA Premier League started and the Football League was reduced in numbers, leading to the third tier being renamed the Football League Second Division. See Football League One for subsequent third-tier history. For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... From 1892 until 1992, the Football League Second Division was the second highest division overall in English football. ... Football League One (often referred to as League One for short or Coca-Cola Football League 1 for sponsorship reasons) is the second-highest division of The Football League and third-highest division overall in the English football league system. ...


As the basement flight

Essentially substituting for the Football League Fourth Division, the new Third Division from 1992 to 2004 was the basement level of League football. Fallen giants to have passed through the bottom League flight Third Division and recovered include Preston North End, Huddersfield Town, Notts County, Blackpool F.C., and Cardiff City. Third Division members who went all the way to the Premier League include Wigan Athletic and Fulham F.C.. The Football League Fourth Division or Division Four of The Football League was the fourth-highest division in the English football league system from the 1958-59 season until the creation of the FA Premier League prior to the 1992-93 season. ... Blackpool Football Club is an English football club from the Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool, who will be playing in The Championship next season, the second tier of professional football in England, after winning the 2006-07 League One play-off final. ... Fulham Football Club are an English football team based in Fulham, London. ...


Automatic relegation to the Football Conference was continued as it had been with the Fourth Division since 1987, although from 1993 to 1996 there was no automatic promotion due to the Conference champions (Kidderminster Harriers, Macclesfield Town and Stevenage Borough, in chronological order) having stadiums not meeting Football League standards. Kidderminster and Macclesfield were allowed in in subsequent years but Stevenage has so far been unable to win the Conference championship or the playoffs, a League feature which was extended to the second-to-fifth places in the Conference in 2002. The Football Conference is a football league at the top of the National League System of non-League football in England. ...


For further history to present day, see Football League Two. Football League Two (often referred to as League Two for short or Coca-Cola Football League 2 for sponsorship reasons) is the third-highest division of The Football League and fourth-highest division overall in the English football league system. ...


Winners of the Third Division

See List of winners of English Football League One and predecessors for winners before 1992 and List of winners of English Football League Two and predecessors for winners afterwards. A national third tier of English league football was established in 1958-59, as the Third Division. ... A national fourth tier of English league football was established in 1959, as the Fourth Division. ...


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Football League Third Division - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (391 words)
From the 1992-93 to the 2003-04 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 originally formed in 1920 with the addition of Southern League clubs to the League, before becoming the Third Division South in 1921.
Football League Third Division North - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (243 words)
The Third Division North of The Football League was a level in English association football, which ran parallel to Third Division South from 1921 to 1958.
The Third Division South had been formed the previous season (as simply the Third Division) with 22 teams mostly from the Southern League.
In 1958 the two regional Third Divisions were merged together, to create the new Third Division and Fourth Division.
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