POOLstats - 1995-96 League Table
1995-96 Third Division

    P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1 Preston North End 46 11 8 4 44 22 12 9 2 34 16 86
2 Gillingham 46 16 6 1 33 6 6 11 6 16 14 83
3 Bury 46 11 6 6 33 21 11 7 5 33 27 79
4 Plymouth Argyle 46 14 5 4 41 20 8 7 8 27 29 78
5 Darlington 46 10 6 7 30 21 10 12 1 30 21 78
6 Hereford United 46 13 5 5 40 22 7 9 7 25 25 74
7 Colchester United 46 13 7 3 37 22 5 11 7 24 29 72
8 Chester City 46 11 9 3 45 22 7 7 9 27 31 70
9 Barnet 46 13 6 4 40 19 5 10 8 25 26 70
10 Wigan Athletic 46 15 3 5 36 21 5 7 11 26 35 70
11 Northampton Town 46 9 10 4 32 22 9 3 11 19 22 67
12 Scunthorpe United 46 8 8 7 36 30 7 7 9 31 31 60
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 11 6 6 25 19 5 5 13 24 41 59
14 Exeter City 46 9 9 5 25 22 4 9 10 21 31 57
15 Rochdale 46 7 8 8 32 33 7 5 11 25 28 55
16 Cambridge United 46 8 8 7 34 30 6 4 13 27 41 54
17 Fulham 46 10 9 4 39 26 2 8 13 18 37 53
18 Lincoln City 46 8 7 8 32 26 5 7 11 25 47 53
19 Mansfield Town 46 6 10 7 25 29 5 10 8 29 35 53
20 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 46 8 9 6 30 24 4 4 15 17 43 49
21 Leyton Orient 46 11 4 8 29 22 1 7 15 15 41 47
22 Cardiff City 46 8 6 9 24 22 3 6 14 17 42 45
23 Scarborough 46 5 11 7 22 28 3 5 15 17 41 40
24 Torquay United 46 4 9 10 17 36 1 5 17 13 48 29
Conference Champions Stevenage Borough failed to meet League requirements and were not admitted into Football League. Torquay United remain in the Third Division.

Football League Play-Offs
Semi-Finals
Colchester United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
Plymouth Argyle 3-1 Colchester United
Plymouth Argyle win 3-2 on aggregate

Hereford United

1-2

Darlington
Darlington 2-1 Hereford United
Darlington win 4-2 on aggregate

Play-Off final (at Wembley)
Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Darlington

Plymouth Argyle promoted to Division 2