THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

QPR head for a second successive promotion but Ipswich win the title

D2 RESULTS 28106728 October ~ A goal from Les Allen, father of Clive, allowed QPR to overhaul Blackpool at the top of the table. In 1966-67 QPR had completed a double, winning the Division Three championship and the League Cup, in which they came back from two down to beat West Brom 3-2 in the competition's first Wembley final. They won a second successive promotion this season, finishing second ahead of Blackpool on goal average. Rodney Marsh was the top scorer with 14 although he didn't play until November due to injury.

Ipswich clinched the title on the final day, a 1-1 home draw with Blackburn leaving them a point ahead of QPR and Blackpool. The decisive goal was scored by Ray Crawford who had been in Alf Ramsey's League title-winners of 1961-62; after spells with Wolves and West Brom he had returned to Ipswich in 1966. Crawford was the club's top scorer with 17 goals and got the first in today's 3-2 win over Charlton. The only other player left from the Championship side was Scottish full-back Billy Baxter.

Derby had made a good start in Brian Clough's first season in charge but the 5-3 defeat at Bolton began a run of seven games without a win and they finished 18th. The three goalscorers against Bolton, Kevin Hector, John O'Hare and Alan Durban, played in Clough's League-winning team of 1971-72. O'Hare also won the League and European Cup with Clough at Nottingham Forest.

Former Chelsea and England striker Barry Bridges scored a hat-trick in Birmingham's 4-1 defeat of Rotherham. He was to be the division's second-top scorer with 22, two behind John Hickton of Middlesbrough who got his side's winner this week against Portsmouth.

Tommy Docherty, who had just resigned as Chelsea boss, took over at Rotherham the week after this defeat by Birmingham. He sold 14 players, keeping just goalkeeper Alan Hill and defender and captain Brian Tiler. His reshaped side, including future England centre-half Dave Watson, went down in 21st place although they were unbeaten in their final eight games. Plymouth finished bottom after winning only one of their last nine.

D2 TABLE 281067

Results & table taken from Statto.com

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