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Football League Division Three was formed in 1920 when the Football League expanded from two divisions to incorporate a third. The teams chosen to fill this new division were mainly in the Southern League, including Bristol Rovers, but also included Grimsby Town who had been relegated from Division Two. The third division only lasted for a single season, before being regionalised into Division Three (South) and Division Three (North) in 1921.

The Third Division was returned to its original format in 1958, with the top half of the two regional leagues being put in Division Three and the bottom half of each league into the newly created Division Four, a division in which Rovers never played. This restructuring did not affect Rovers at the time, as they were plying their trade in Division Two at the time, and didn't drop back down to the Third Division until 1962.

Rovers remained at the third level until 1974, when they won promotion after finishing in second place, but dropped back down in 1981. They played for another nine seasons in Division Three before winning the league title in 1990, pipping Bristol City to the spoils. Shortly after this, in 1992, the creation of the Premier League meant that Division Three went from being the third level to the fourth level in the English game. Rovers played in this lower-level third division for three years, from 2001 until it was replaced by League Two in 2004.

Division Three recordEdit

Legend
1Champions
2Runners up
33rd placed
PosLeague position
PldGames played
W, D, LGames won, drawn and lost
F, AGoals scored for and against
GDGoal difference
PtsPoints

Bristol Rovers have had four spells in Division Three – in 1920-21, from 1962 to 1974, 1981 to 1990, and from 2001 until the division was rebranded League Two in 2004. They twice left the division through league restructuring and twice through promotion. The club were never relegated from Division Three.

1920–1921Edit

SeasonPosPldWDLFAGDPts
1920-2110421871768571143

1962–1974Edit

SeasonPosPldWDLFAGDPts
1962-6319461511207088-1841
1963-6412461981991791246
1964-6564620151182582455
1965-6616461414186464042
1966-675462013137667953
1967-681546179207278-643
1968-6916461611196371-843
1969-7034620161080592156
1970-7164619131469501951
1971-7264621121375561954
1972-7354620131377562153
1973-742462217765333261

1981–1990Edit

SeasonPosPldWDLFAGDPts
1981-821546189195865-761
1982-837462291584582675
1983-8454622131168541479
1984-8564621121366481875
1985-8616461412205175-2454
1986-8719461312214975-2651
1987-8884618121668561266
1988-8954619171067511674
1989-901462615571353693

2001–2004Edit

SeasonPosPldWDLFAGDPts
2001-0223461112234060-2045
2002-0320461215195057-751
2003-0415461413195061-1155

SourcesEdit

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