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The Football League Fourth Division was the fourth-highest division in the
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from the 1958–59 season until the creation of the
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prior to the
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season. Whilst the division disappeared in name in 1992, the 4th tier of English football continued as the
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, and later became known as
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.


History

The Fourth Division was created in 1958 alongside a new
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by merging the regionalised
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and
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. The original economic reasons for having the two regional leagues had become less apparent and thus it was decided to create two national leagues at levels three and four. The 12 best teams of each regional league in 1957–58 went into the Third Division, and the rest became founder members of the Fourth Division. Founder members of Fourth Division were: * From Third Division North:
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, Bradford (Park Avenue),
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, Chester City,
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, Darlington F.C., Darlington, Gateshead F.C., Gateshead, Hartlepool United F.C., Hartlepools United, Oldham Athletic F.C., Oldham Athletic, Southport F.C., Southport, Workington F.C., Workington, York City * From Third Division South: Aldershot F.C., Aldershot, Coventry City, Crystal Palace F.C., Crystal Palace, Exeter City, Gillingham F.C., Gillingham, Millwall F.C., Millwall, Northampton Town, Port Vale F.C., Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Torquay United, Walsall F.C., Walsall, Watford F.C., Watford Before 1987, the top four teams were promoted to the
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and the bottom four teams were subject to a re-election vote by other league clubs to determine whether they would remain in the league. Automatic relegation to the Conference National, Conference was introduced in 1987, the same year the fourth promotion place began to be decided through a Football League Two Play-Offs, play-off. The highest average league attendance in the Fourth Division was 19,092, achieved by Crystal Palace in the 1960/61 season. The highest attendance at an individual match was recorded the same season: 37,774 for the Good Friday game at Selhurst Park between Crystal Palace and Millwall.footballsite.co.uk – Division Four 1960/61
/ref> The highest attendance in a fourth-tier playoff final is 61,589 Bristol Rovers Vs Shrewsbury Town in 2009.


Ins and outs

Automatic relegation between the Fourth Division and the Conference National, Conference was introduced for the 1986-87 in English football, 1986–87 season.


Elections to the Football League


Promotions and relegations from Football Conference


Previous League champions

''See List of winners of English Football League Two and predecessors.''


Play-offs

''See Football League Two Play-offs.''


References

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