One Hundred Points

Of course, one hundred points in a season has only become a feasibility since the introduction of three points for a win in 1981 - York City being the first to achieve this mark in 1983-84. However it is possible to translate earlier seasons to three points a win to draw up the following table of teams that would have reached this mark:

                                  PL   W  D  L   GF  GA   P2    P3 
 1. READING (FLC 2005-06)         46  31 13  2   99  32   75   106*
 2. Lincoln City (D4 1975-76)     46  32 10  4  111  39   74*  106 
 3. Sunderland (D1 1998-99)       46  31 12  3   91  28   74   105*
 4. Doncaster Rov (D3N 1946-47)   42  33  6  3  123  40   72*  105 
 5. Wolverhampton W (FL1 2013-14) 46  31 10  5   89  31   72   103*
 6. Newcastle Utd (FLC 2009-10)   46  30 12  4   90  35   72   102*
 7. Rotherham Utd (D3N 1950-51)   46  31  9  6  103  41   71*  102 
 8. Plymouth Arg (D3 2001-02)     46  31  9  6   71  28   71   102*
 9. Leicester City (FLC 2013-14)  46  31  9  6   83  43   71   102*
10. Tottenham H (D2 1919-20)      42  32  6  4  102  32   70*  102 
11. Aston Villa (D3 1971-72)      46  32  6  8   85  32   70*  102 
12. Swindon Town (D4 1985-86)     46  32  6  8   82  43   70   102*
13. Fulham (D1 2000-01)           46  30 11  5   90  32   71   101*
14. Watford (D4 1977-78)          46  30 11  5   85  38   71*  101 
15. Charlton Ath (FL1 2011-12)    46  30 11  5   82  36   71   101*
16. York City (D4 1983-84)        46  31  8  7   96  39   70   101*
17. Fulham (D2 1998-99)           46  31  8  7   79  32   70   101*
18. Wigan Athletic (D2 2002-03)   46  29 13  4   68  25   71   100*
19. Nottingham F (D3S 1950-51)    46  30 10  6  110  40   70*  100 
20. Bristol City (D3S 1954-55)    46  30 10  6  101  47   70*  100 
21. Hull City (D3 1965-66)        46  31  7  8  109  62   69*  100 

Here P3 denotes the number of points under three per win and P2 under two per win. An asterisk is used to indicate the actual number of points gained. The table is ranked by P3, then by P2, and then by goal difference. Steve Coppell's Football League Champions from 2005-06 come out on top, narrowly edging out Graham's Taylor's Lincoln side that beat Robin Friday, Steve Death et al into third place in Division 4 in 1975-76. The top division record is 68 points from 42 games by Liverpool in 1978-79. This translates to 98 points under three points per win.

In terms of points per game (calculated under 3 points per win), Preston's Old Invincibles of 1888-89 come out top with 2.636, followed by Liverpool (D2 1893-94) with 2.571, and Bristol City (D2 1905-06) with 2.526. Liverpool (D2 1904-05), Doncaster (D3N 1946-47) and Chelsea (PL 2004-05) all averaged 2.500 points per game. Reading and Lincoln's record of 2.304 points per game only ranks equal 32nd. The lowest averages are Loughborough (D2 1899-1900) with 0.265, Derby (PL 2007-08) with 0.289, Darwen (D2 1898-99) and Doncaster (D2 1904-05) with 0.324, Rochdale (D3N 1931-32) with 0.375, and Sunderland (PL 2005-06) with 0.395.

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