I get the point you are trying to make but 85-86 was a season where we spent the first 5 months plunging to the bottom of the 1st Division and then the rest of the season slowly climbing to safety.
Maybe worth bearing in mind that was an era when most of the team were part-time (our top scorer in 86-87 trained with QoS for part of the week), with a few full time players (Wylie for one), although we did have a squad big enough to support a reserve team. We could also sell players on back then.
Agree with the point you made elsewhere about the away support swelling the attendances.
And for @capitanus - they're not all bigots. A few of them are gloryhunters. 😉