THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D4 070588RESULTS7 May ~ Wolves clinched the championship with their 2-0 win at Leyton Orient. Steve Bull was top scorer with 34 goals. He played for England a year later – only the second time in 30 years that a third-level player had been capped (Peter Taylor at Palace in 1976 being the previous case). Wolves reached the second tier by the end of the following season – and have just been promoted back there again after a year away.

This footage shows the champions suffering a defeat at Halifax, where Phil Brown, future manager of Hull City among others, scores the winner.

Alan Curtis scored for Cardiff at Burnley – he had played for Swansea in Division One six years earlier. Despite the team's success, gates were low at Ninian Park although this season's average of 4,389 was one thousand up on the previous year. Cardiff dropped back into Division Four two years later.

Torquay had been in the third automatic promotion slot on the final day but dropped to fifth after losing to Scunthorpe while Bolton, playing their only season at the fourth level, won at Wrexham. Wanderers' player-manager Phil Neal played at left-back in the promotion-clinching match.

One of Hereford's two goalscorers in their win at Hartlepool was striker Phil Stant, playing in his first full season after leaving the army, where he had spent four years after a brief spell at Reading. Noted for a bustling style that often left him red-faced with effort, Stant went on to feature for a further ten clubs, retiring aged 38 in 2001.

Terry Yorath's Swansea, who sneaked into a play-off place with their last-day victory against Darlington, clinched promotion with a 3-3 draw at Torquay in the two-legged final which gave them a 5-4 aggregate win. Their side included former Manchester United midfielder Alan Davies who committed suicide aged 31 in 1992.

Relegated Newport set a Division Four record with their 33rd defeat of the season, 1-0 to Rochdale. Their final line-up included keeper Paul Bradshaw, who had played in Division One with Wolves, and defender Darren Peacock, later with QPR and Newcastle. The club were expelled from the Conference due to bankruptcy in March 1989 and reformed as Newport AFC in the Hellenic League for 1989-90. They changed their name back to "County" ten years later and returned to the Football League in 2013-14.

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