Just 7 points from the last 7 games saw Manchester City finish fourth, only one point behind champions, Derby County.
On 1 April 1972, Derby had beaten Leeds 2-0 at home. With each of the top four having played 36 games, Derby were top with 51 points, Manchester City second on 50 points, Leeds third on 49 points, and Liverpool fourth on 48 points.
On 22 April 1972, Manchester City beat Derby 2-0 at home in their final league game of the season. Leeds and Liverpool both won that day. Derby still had one game to play while Liverpool and Leeds each had two games to play. The table stood as follows:
On 1 May 1972, Derby beat Liverpool 1-0 at home, while Leeds beat Chelsea 2-0 at home. Derby were now top on 58 points, having completed their fixtures, while Leeds on 57 points and Liverpool on 56 points had a game in hand. Liverpool had to win their last game by 5 goals or more to finish above Derby County on goal average, while Leeds only needed a point from their last game to win the title.
On 6 May 1972, Leeds United beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup Final. Leeds were just one point away from a league and cup double, a feat achieved by Arsenal the season before.
On 8 May 1972, Liverpool drew 0-0 away to Arsenal, while Leeds lost 1-2 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Derby County won the title while on holiday.
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