1946–47 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1946–47
Champions Liverpool
1947–48

The 1946–47 season was the 48th completed season of The Football League.

Contents

This season was the first to feature a full football programme since the 1938–39 campaign.

Final division tables

Beginning with the season 1894–95, clubs finishing level on points were separated according to goal average (goals scored divided by goals conceded), or more properly put, goal ratio. In case one or more teams had the same goal difference, this system favoured those teams who had scored fewer goals. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season. [1]

From the 1922–23 season, the bottom two teams of both Third Division North and Third Division South were required to apply for re-election. [2]

First Division

Football League
First Division
Season1946–47
Champions Liverpool (5th English title)
Relegated Brentford,
Leeds United
FA Cup winners Charlton Athletic (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played462
Goals scored1,513 (3.27 per match)
Top goalscorer Dennis Westcott (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 38 [3]
1947–48

After a tight title race involving several clubs in the First Division, Liverpool won their fifth league title, finishing one point ahead of their nearest rivals Manchester United (who won two league titles before the World War I) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (who had yet to win a First Division title). Stoke City and Blackpool completed the top five.

Leeds United were relegated in bottom place after just six wins all season. They were joined by a Brentford side who failed to match their promising pre-war form, and the Bees wouldn't return to the top flight for another 74 years.

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 Liverpool 4213354224124542281.61557League Champions
2 Manchester United 421731611959734351.75956
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4215156631105632251.75056
4 Stoke City 4214525221102938321.69855
5 Blackpool 421416383285833381.01450
6 Sheffield United 421245513293938431.18749
7 Preston North End 421074452784931471.02747
8 Aston Villa 42966392493928291.26445
9 Sunderland 421137332775932390.98544
10 Everton 4213534024441322430.92543
11 Middlesbrough 4211374632651027361.07442
12 Portsmouth 4211374227561024331.10041
13 Arsenal 429574333741029371.02941
14 Derby County 4213264428531329510.92441
15 Chelsea 429393339741036450.82139
16 Grimsby Town 429663735461124470.74438
17 Blackburn Rovers 4265102327831022260.84936
18 Bolton Wanderers 428583028531327410.82634
19 Charlton Athletic 426693432561023390.80334 FA Cup winners
20 Huddersfield Town 4211463424231619550.67133
21 Brentford 4255111935421526530.51125Relegated
22 Leeds United 4265103030012015600.50018
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away ARS AST BLB BLP BOL BRE CHA CHE DER EVE GRI HUD LEE LIV MUN MID POR PNE SHU STK SUN WOL
Arsenal 0–21–31–12–22–21–01–20–12–15–31–24–21–26–24–02–14–12–31–02–21–1
Aston Villa 0–22–11–11–15–24–02–02–00–13–32–22–11–20–00–11–14–22–30–14–03–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–20–11–12–10–31–01–21–14–11–12–21–00–02–11–20–11–22–00–21–21–2
Blackpool 2–11–01–00–14–20–01–02–10–32–32–13–03–23–10–54–34–04–20–20–52–0
Bolton Wanderers 1–32–10–01–11–00–11–15–10–21–24–02–01–32–21–11–01–23–23–20–10–3
Brentford 0–10–20–32–11–01–40–20–31–10–12–01–11–10–00–01–32–32–11–40–34–1
Charlton Athletic 2–21–10–20–12–03–02–32–44–10–00–35–01–31–33–30–00–01–21–05–01–4
Chelsea 2–11–30–21–44–33–22–23–01–10–01–03–03–10–32–00–31–21–42–52–11–2
Derby County 0–11–22–11–21–32–11–03–15–14–11–02–11–44–31–12–02–21–23–05–12–1
Everton 3–22–01–01–12–10–21–12–04–13–31–04–11–02–22–11–02–02–32–24–20–2
Grimsby Town 0–00–32–12–32–22–23–12–12–02–21–04–11–60–04–03–22–32–12–51–20–0
Huddersfield Town 0–01–00–11–31–03–05–11–45–21–03–21–01–42–23–11–23–01–11–00–00–1
Leeds United 1–11–10–14–24–01–20–22–11–22–11–05–01–20–23–30–10–32–21–21–10–1
Liverpool 4–24–12–12–30–31–01–17–41–10–05–01–02–01–00–13–03–01–22–01–01–5
Manchester United 5–22–14–03–01–04–14–11–14–13–02–15–23–15–01–03–01–16–21–10–33–1
Middlesbrough 2–01–20–11–23–12–01–23–21–04–03–04–13–02–22–43–32–02–45–41–31–1
Portsmouth 0–23–23–10–12–03–03–00–21–22–14–13–14–11–20–13–14–40–01–34–11–1
Preston North End 2–03–14–02–00–45–25–11–11–12–13–06–23–20–01–10–11–11–21–32–22–2
Sheffield United 2–11–20–14–24–26–11–32–23–22–01–12–26–20–12–22–13–12–32–14–22–0
Stoke City 3–10–00–04–11–23–12–26–13–22–13–03–05–22–13–23–11–15–03–00–00–3
Sunderland 1–44–11–03–23–12–11–11–23–24–11–23–01–01–41–11–00–00–22–10–10–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 6–11–23–33–15–01–22–06–47–22–32–06–11–01–23–22–43–14–13–13–02–1
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Greater London UK location map 2.svg
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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1946–1947

Second Division

Football League
Second Division
Season1946–47
Champions Manchester City (5th title)
Promoted Burnley
Relegated Newport County
Swansea Town
Matches played462
Goals scored1,547 (3.35 per match)
Top goalscorer Charlie Wayman (Newcastle United), 30 [3]
1947–48
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Manchester City 421731491497529212.22962Division Champions, promoted
2 Burnley 4211823014116435152.24158Promoted
3 Birmingham City 4217225111831023222.24255
4 Chesterfield 421263371768721271.31850
5 Newcastle United 421146603286735301.53248
6 Tottenham Hotspur 421182352166930321.22648
7 West Bromwich Albion 421245533784935381.17348
8 Coventry City 4212814017451226421.11945
9 Leicester City 4211464225731127391.07843
10 Barnsley 4213264829461136570.97742
11 Nottingham Forest 4213534720251422540.93240
12 West Ham United 4212454631441324450.92140
13 Luton Town 4213445029331521440.97339
14 Southampton 4211554524441324520.90839
15 Fulham 4212454025351323490.85139
16 Bradford Park Avenue 42768292875936490.84439
17 Bury 4211646234161418441.02636
18 Millwall 427773030711326490.70936
19 Plymouth Argyle 4211374534321634620.82333
20 Sheffield Wednesday 4210563928231628600.76132
21 Swansea Town 4291113640261319430.66329Relegated
22 Newport County 4291114152121820810.45923
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away BAR BIR BPA BUR BRY CHF COV FUL LEI LUT MCI MIL NEW NPC NOT PLY SHW SOU SWA TOT WBA WHU
Barnsley 3–13–11–04–01–20–24–11–04–00–24–11–13–13–21–34–14–43–11–32–11–2
Birmingham 1–24–00–23–00–02–02–14–01–03–14–02–01–14–06–13–13–13–11–01–03–0
Bradford Park Avenue 1–32–00–12–20–05–11–21–22–11–10–02–12–10–13–21–12–30–02–12–40–1
Burnley 2–21–01–21–11–11–12–00–01–10–03–03–03–23–02–12–01–01–00–00–22–1
Bury 4–42–06–32–20–21–07–22–33–02–25–22–20–15–03–34–22–13–31–24–04–0
Chesterfield 2–10–11–10–03–12–11–12–02–10–12–31–02–01–14–14–25–01–00–01–13–1
Coventry City 1–10–00–00–33–11–11–02–10–01–14–01–16–01–11–05–12–03–23–13–22–1
Fulham 6–10–10–31–02–02–12–04–22–12–23–20–34–11–13–11–20–03–01–10–13–2
Leicester City 6–02–12–11–40–00–11–02–02–10–35–02–43–01–14–13–52–00–11–11–14–0
Luton Town 3–11–33–01–32–01–11–12–01–20–03–04–36–33–23–44–12–23–03–22–02–1
Manchester City 5–11–07–21–03–10–01–04–01–02–01–00–25–12–14–32–11–11–11–05–02–0
Millwall 3–10–20–11–11–01–13–51–11–02–01–31–43–14–01–12–23–11–10–31–20–0
Newcastle United 4–22–25–01–21–12–13–11–31–17–23–20–213–03–03–24–01–31–11–02–42–3
Newport County 2–10–31–30–32–03–04–24–22–31–30–33–14–22–51–04–31–22–42–42–71–1
Nottingham Forest 2–11–14–01–02–01–01–02–12–04–20–11–20–26–15–12–26–01–11–11–14–3
Plymouth Argyle 3–20–22–42–23–11–02–22–24–02–12–30–20–14–12–04–12–32–13–42–13–1
Sheffield Wednesday 2–41–01–21–22–50–14–21–11–31–11–03–01–12–12–02–13–03–05–12–21–1
Southampton 1–11–03–20–11–11–15–22–01–11–30–11–21–15–15–25–13–14–01–00–14–2
Swansea Town 2–21–01–60–21–01–22–30–23–42–01–20–31–25–13–23–12–04–20–22–32–1
Tottenham Hotspur 1–11–23–31–12–13–40–01–12–12–10–02–11–13–12–02–12–02–13–12–00–0
West Bromwich Albion 2–53–01–11–13–03–21–16–14–21–23–12–43–22–25–12–52–12–02–13–22–3
West Ham United 4–00–41–10–53–35–01–23–20–22–11–03–10–23–02–24–12–14–03–02–23–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Greater London UK location map 2.svg
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
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Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1946–1947

Third Division North

Football League
Third Division North
Season1946–47
Champions Doncaster Rovers (2nd title)
Failed re-electionNone
Matches played462
Goals scored1,537 (3.33 per match)
Top goalscorer Clarrie Jordan (Doncaster Rovers), 42 [3] [4]
1947–48
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Doncaster Rovers 4215516716181256243.07572Division Champions, promoted
2 Rotherham United 422010811995733342.15164
3 Chester 421722531384942381.86356 Welsh Cup winners
4 Stockport County 4217045019721228341.47250
5 Bradford City 421254402085822271.31950
6 Rochdale 429573925105641391.25048
7 Wrexham 4213534321471022301.27546
8 Crewe Alexandra 4212453926551131480.94643
9 Barrow 421029282475926380.87141
10 Tranmere Rovers 4211554333621323440.85741
11 Hull City 429572519731124340.92540
12 Lincoln City 4212365232521434550.98939
13 Hartlepools United 4210563626541228470.87739
14 Gateshead 4210383933631223390.86138
15 York City 426411354285832390.82737
16 Carlisle United 4210564538441325550.75337
17 Darlington 4212454826321620540.85036
18 New Brighton 4211373730351320470.74036
19 Oldham Athletic 4265102931631226490.68832
20 Accrington Stanley 4283103738611419540.60932
21 Southport 4265103541161418440.62425Re-elected
22 Halifax Town 4263122836231615560.46722
Source: rsssf.com

Results

Home \ Away ACC BRW BRA CRL CHE CRE DAR DON GAT HAL HAR HUL LIN NWB OLD ROC ROT SOU STP TRA WRE YOR
Accrington Stanley 1–30–04–31–42–33–00–10–31–12–10–08–43–12–32–32–31–02–12–10–11–2
Barrow 1–30–03–11–00–22–30–11–03–02–01–01–30–15–22–22–32–11–00–11–00–1
Bradford City 3–15–02–20–01–02–00–12–23–11–21–13–02–11–00–12–05–10–22–22–13–2
Carlisle United 4–24–14–33–23–31–52–33–11–05–10–21–03–21–21–31–11–11–14–21–11–2
Chester 3–13–03–04–02–01–11–30–12–02–15–13–02–12–01–02–22–13–04–12–06–0
Crewe Alexandra 5–00–12–22–00–23–20–31–12–01–12–00–53–03–02–21–22–03–24–31–02–0
Darlington 5–00–12–02–13–34–01–12–00–12–10–24–34–01–14–14–34–21–21–21–13–1
Doncaster Rovers 5–08–04–39–23–01–15–03–02–05–14–11–10–04–22–11–12–01–32–05–00–0
Gateshead 2–10–51–21–33–42–11–01–36–10–11–03–03–01–02–22–02–21–23–13–31–2
Halifax Town 2–13–21–20–11–21–20–24–22–11–42–02–30–11–13–02–31–11–21–30–00–3
Hartlepool 0–21–10–04–15–15–24–10–21–31–40–02–03–01–10–32–13–01–01–01–31–1
Hull City 3–01–00–22–01–02–22–10–11–23–01–10–01–10–10–10–24–00–31–01–02–2
Lincoln City 1–11–00–13–12–21–32–03–54–03–15–20–35–11–32–34–04–24–02–13–12–2
New Brighton 4–00–10–02–20–34–04–12–52–31–12–11–54–24–01–21–01–01–02–11–00–3
Oldham Athletic 1–20–10–10–21–03–12–00–11–16–10–01–23–12–23–20–12–40–01–21–52–2
Rochdale 5–11–10–16–02–11–13–02–32–31–01–05–22–02–21–31–10–01–43–00–10–1
Rotherham United 4–14–32–14–03–15–14–13–24–06–14–02–03–03–08–03–32–12–16–03–26–1
Southport 0–12–20–10–22–42–22–20–52–16–13–33–11–32–02–40–22–04–11–21–10–3
Stockport County 2–02–04–02–00–33–21–01–32–04–11–22–03–22–04–05–21–22–04–01–04–2
Tranmere 0–11–12–01–13–23–22–03–51–01–14–11–35–23–34–22–31–42–02–10–02–1
Wrexham 4–01–12–02–10–41–07–10–22–02–04–10–14–13–22–12–21–11–12–10–03–1
York City 0–10–20–32–24–42–33–01–43–12–01–43–02–41–21–02–32–31–13–20–12–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Third Division South

Football League
Third Division South
Season1946–47
Champions Cardiff City (1st title)
Failed re-electionNone
Matches played462
Goals scored1,458 (3.16 per match)
Top goalscorer Don Clark (Bristol City), 36 [3]
1947–48
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion
1 Cardiff City 4218306011123633193.10066Division Champions, promoted
2 Queens Park Rangers 421524421589432251.85057
3 Bristol City 421344562077738361.67951
4 Swindon Town 4215425625471028481.15149
5 Walsall 421164422566932341.25446
6 Ipswich Town 421155332159728321.15146
7 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4212454320641129341.33344
8 Southend United 429753822831033381.18344
9 Reading 4211645330551130441.12243
10 Port Vale 4214435128351317351.07943
11 Torquay United 4211553323471019380.85242
12 Notts County 4211463519461128441.00040
13 Northampton Town 4211554633451226420.96040
14 Bristol Rovers 429663426721225430.85540
15 Exeter City 4211643727431423420.87039
16 Watford 4211463927611422490.80339
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 428763135551123370.75038
18 Crystal Palace 429752919441320430.79037
19 Leyton Orient 4210564028231614470.72032
20 Aldershot 426782526451223520.61532
21 Norwich City 4263123848451226520.64028Re-elected
22 Mansfield Town 428583138151517580.50028
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away ALD B&BA B&HA BRI BRR CAR CRY EXE IPS LEY MAN NOR NWC NTC PTV QPR REA STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 2–11–34–30–20–10–22–04–10–01–11–13–11–10–01–21–30–02–00–01–21–2
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 2–21–00–01–32–04–04–11–12–03–12–10–11–23–01–11–03–15–25–02–30–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–11–11–11–20–41–01–60–02–15–02–23–33–20–00–21–42–11–42–02–01–1
Bristol City 9–01–00–04–02–13–02–21–23–05–22–32–11–13–01–15–22–03–15–01–21–2
Bristol Rovers 0–00–20–00–31–02–11–01–16–11–00–31–24–10–03–12–21–33–03–02–23–4
Cardiff City 2–12–04–01–14–00–05–03–21–05–06–26–12–11–02–23–03–15–01–03–01–0
Crystal Palace 0–00–11–00–02–11–21–01–12–01–12–20–12–11–20–02–10–34–16–11–12–0
Exeter City 4–14–12–11–33–20–22–10–03–11–01–03–02–21–13–01–31–51–11–12–21–0
Ipswich Town 1–12–11–23–20–20–11–12–10–02–11–25–01–22–11–12–01–03–11–12–12–0
Leyton Orient 1–32–32–14–13–00–10–13–12–23–12–13–01–35–31–13–31–10–00–11–03–1
Mansfield Town 1–31–10–31–33–11–33–11–04–31–33–24–41–00–30–32–20–11–11–01–12–0
Northampton Town 2–22–16–12–21–20–21–01–22–24–13–01–02–11–04–44–02–34–10–00–84–1
Norwich City 2–31–62–32–23–32–12–31–30–15–03–12–32–23–00–10–21–51–52–00–24–2
Notts County 2–01–02–00–36–01–10–00–01–21–25–11–03–03–21–21–00–20–00–23–14–1
Port Vale 4–21–04–12–12–10–44–21–21–02–14–11–11–34–12–25–15–11–12–12–23–0
Queens Park Rangers 4–13–02–01–00–22–31–22–01–32–03–11–01–14–12–02–01–07–00–01–02–1
Reading 1–03–22–02–51–10–010–24–01–32–03–03–04–31–10–21–07–23–32–21–12–3
Southend 2–12–20–04–12–30–22–02–21–10–01–14–03–03–01–11–30–22–00–23–15–0
Swindon Town 7–01–32–21–11–03–21–02–02–12–06–13–11–14–22–13–22–22–12–44–15–0
Torquay United 0–12–23–12–33–00–02–12–10–03–22–22–12–11–21–00–03–00–11–52–02–0
Walsall 2–03–01–13–02–02–33–32–14–23–10–02–02–22–04–10–22–22–20–12–11–3
Watford 4–10–21–42–31–02–01–03–12–03–11–21–14–12–22–00–22–14–01–13–30–2
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps

Greater London UK location map 2.svg
Red pog.svg
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Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams 1946–1947

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