THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D4 RESULTS 1712609 December ~ Peterborough United had moved up from the Midland League this season as replacements for Gateshead who had failed re-election. They were to finish as champions, two points ahead of Crystal Palace, while scoring a League record 134 goals (and conceding 65). Centre-forward Terry Bly contributed 52 goals, another divisional record that is unlikely to be broken.

Winger Peter McNamee got the only goal at Wrexham but Bly was to score 15 in Peterborough's next five matches. Bly had come to national prominence a year earlier as part of the Norwich side that reached the FA Cup semi-finals after beating Spurs and Manchester United. Surprisingly he never played at a higher level than Division Three and by 1964 had dropped into non-League with Grantham Town while still only 29.

One of Crystal Palace's goals in their 3-2 win at Accrington was scored by Johnny Byrne who was to be capped by England the following season while playing in Division Three. He was part of West Ham's Cup-winning teams of the mid-1960s and was in the preliminary squad of 28 for the 1966 World Cup. Palace's average crowd of 19,089 was higher than that of two Division One clubs, Blackpool and Preston.

Both of Accrington's goals came from George Hudson who was the division's second top scorer with 35, although his team only finished 19th. Accrington were controversially thrown out of the League in March 1962 over debts of £40,000. The club were wound up four years later; their successor, formed in 1968, regained a Football League place in 2006.

Chester finished bottom but were re-elected along with Exeter City, Barrow and Hartlepools United. The latter dropped the "s" from their name in 1968. Chester, contrary to this table, only added "City" in 1983.

The other promotion issues were wrapped up with several weeks to spare. Northampton Town, who finished third, reached Division One by 1965-66 but were back at the fourth level three years later. Bradford Park Avenue took the final spot nine points ahead of fifth-placed York City. One of their goals in the 4-0 defeat of Workington was scored by Scottish winger Archie McHard (his real name) who only played two games for the club this season. The Workington team included central defender Keith Burkinshaw who managed Spurs to two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup in the 1980s.

D4 TABLE 171260

Results & table from statto.com

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