A CHANGE at the top couldn't improve Town's fortunes as the pressure on manager Ian Greaves continued to mount.
Stanley Kinder was appointed chairman after the resignation of Frank Drabble.
The solicitor had been at the helm for five eventful seasons, two of which had been spent in the top flight, before retiring because of the pressure of business commitments.
The development came with Town, who had dropped out of Division I the season before, fighting against a second successive relegation.
Frustrated fans, who had hoped for a quick return to the highest rung of the League ladder, were instead worrying about their club playing in Division III (now League I) for the first time.
Some were taking out their anger on Greaves, and their mood hardly improved as a 2-1 defeat at leaders Burnley was followed by a 3-1 setback at second-placed QPR, leaving Town third-bottom.
Just as at Turf Moor, Town were lively in attack but slipshod at the back down in West London, where 13,539 saw Don Givens take his season's haul to 22 with a double.
Givens then made the third for Dave Thomas before Alan Gowling scored a consolation for Town.
Gowling had tested Phil Parkes as early as the second minute, while Phil Summerill also brought a great save from the QPR keeper.
Summerill also had a shot cleared off the line, as did winger Bobby Hoy, who struck a post as well.
To complete a catalogue of bad luck, Steve Smith hit the bar as his mis-firing side slumped to a fourth successive setback.