1946–47 in English football

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Football in England
Season1946–47
Men's football
First Division Liverpool
Second Division Manchester City
FA Cup Charlton Athletic
1945-46 Flag of England.svg 1947-48

The 1946–47 season was the 67th season of competitive football in England.

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Overview

The 1946–47 season was the first to feature a full football programme since the 1938–39 campaign. Eighty-eight teams competed over four divisions. [1] Liverpool went top of the First Division with a 2–1 away win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 31 May 1947. Wolves could have clinched their first league title with a victory in that match, but instead the title was won by Liverpool for the fifth time. Due to a bitter winter that postponed many fixtures Liverpool had to wait until the match between Stoke City and Sheffield United on 14 June. A win for Stoke would see them take the title on goal average; however, Sheffield United prevailed 2–1 to give Liverpool its fifth league championship. [2]

Events

The season commenced on 31 August 1946. The largest crowd of the day was 61,000 at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea beat Bolton Wanderers 4–3. Aggregate attendance was 950,000 for the 43 matches – the match between Newport County and Southampton was postponed due to floods. [3]

In September, Scottish International Inside-forward, Tommy Walker, joined Chelsea from Hearts for £6,000 (2010: £194,000). [1] By 14 September most teams had averaged five games with only Manchester United and Doncaster Rovers maintaining a 100% record. [4] By 23 September, only Barnsley, Manchester City, Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers remained unbeaten. [5]

On 5 October Newcastle United created a Second Division record, scoring 13 against Newport County. New signing Len Shackleton scored five. [6]

In 1946 Sparta Prague toured Great Britain opening with a 2–2 draw against Arsenal on 2 October [7] before losing 3–1 to Birmingham City. [8]

Honours

CompetitionWinnersRunners-up
First Division Liverpool (5) Manchester United
Second Division Manchester City Burnley
Third Division North Doncaster Rovers Rotherham United
Third Division South Cardiff City Queens Park Rangers
FA Cup Charlton Athletic (1) Burnley
Home Championship Flag of England.svg  England Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg  Ireland

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition

Football League

First Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Liverpool 422571084521.61557
2 Manchester United 422212895541.75956
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 422561198561.75056
4 Stoke City 422471190531.69855
5 Blackpool 422261471701.01450
6 Sheffield United 422171489751.18749
7 Preston North End 4218111376741.02747
8 Aston Villa 421891567531.26445
9 Sunderland 421881665660.98544
10 Everton 421791662670.92543
11 Middlesbrough 421781773681.07442
12 Portsmouth 421691766601.10041
13 Arsenal 421691772701.02941
14 Derby County 421851973790.92441
15 Chelsea 421671969840.82139
16 Grimsby Town 4213121761820.74438
17 Blackburn Rovers 421482045530.84936
18 Bolton Wanderers 421382157690.82634
19 Charlton Athletic 4211121957710.80334
20 Huddersfield Town 421372253790.67133
21 Brentford 42972645880.51125Relegated to the Second Division
22 Leeds United 42663045900.50018
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average; 3) number of goals scored.

Second Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester City 422610678352.22962Promoted to the First Division
2 Burnley 422214665292.24158
3 Birmingham City 422551274332.24255
4 Chesterfield 4218141058441.31850
5 Newcastle United 4219101395621.53248
6 Tottenham Hotspur 4217141165531.22648
7 West Bromwich Albion 422081488751.17348
8 Coventry City 4216131366591.11945
9 Leicester City 421871769641.07843
10 Barnsley 421781784860.97742
11 Nottingham Forest 4215101769740.93240
12 West Ham United 421681870760.92140
13 Luton Town 421671971730.97339
14 Southampton 421591869760.90839
15 Fulham 421591863740.85139
16 Bradford Park Avenue 4214111765770.84439
17 Bury 4212121880781.02636
18 Millwall 421482056790.70936
19 Plymouth Argyle 421452379960.82333
20 Sheffield Wednesday 421282267880.76132
21 Swansea Town 421172455830.66329Relegated to the Third Division South
22 Newport County 4210329611330.45923
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average; 3) number of goals scored.

Third Division North

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Doncaster Rovers 423363123403.07572Promoted to the Second Division
2 Rotherham United 422967114532.15164
3 Chester 422561195511.86356
4 Stockport County 422421678531.47250
5 Bradford City 4220101262471.31950
6 Rochdale 4219101380641.25048
7 Wrexham 4217121365511.27546
8 Crewe Alexandra 421791670740.94643
9 Barrow 421771854620.87141
10 Tranmere Rovers 421771866770.85741
11 Hull City 421681849530.92540
12 Lincoln City 421752086870.98939
13 Hartlepools United 421591864730.87739
14 Gateshead 421662062720.86138
15 York City 421491967810.82737
16 Carlisle United 421491970930.75337
17 Darlington 421562168800.85036
18 New Brighton 421482057770.74036
19 Oldham Athletic 421282255800.68832
20 Accrington Stanley 421442456920.60932
21 Southport 427112453850.62425Re-elected
22 Halifax Town 42862843920.46722
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average; 3) number of goals scored.

Third Division South

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Cardiff City 42306693303.10066Promoted to the Second Division
2 Queens Park Rangers 422311874401.85057
3 Bristol City 4220111194561.67951
4 Swindon Town 4219111284731.15149
5 Walsall 4217121374591.25446
6 Ipswich Town 4216141261531.15146
7 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 421881672541.33344
8 Southend United 4217101571601.18344
9 Reading 4216111583741.12243
10 Port Vale 421791668631.07943
11 Torquay United 4215121552610.85242
12 Notts County 4215101763631.00040
13 Northampton Town 4215101772750.96040
14 Bristol Rovers 421681859690.85540
15 Exeter City 421591860690.87039
16 Watford 421752061760.80339
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 4213121754720.75038
18 Crystal Palace 4213111849620.79037
19 Leyton Orient 421282254750.72032
20 Aldershot 4210122048780.61532
21 Norwich City 4210824641000.64028Re-elected
22 Mansfield Town 429102348960.50028Re-elected and transferred to the Third Division North
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average; 3) number of goals scored.

Top goalscorers

First Division

Second Division

Third Division North

Third Division South

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References

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  2. http://www.mightyleeds.co.uk/seasons/194647.htm
  3. The Times, 2 September 1946, Association Football Big Crowds At Opening Matches
  4. The Times, 16 September 1946; Association Football More Surprising Results
  5. The Times, 23 September 1946; Association Football Four Unbeaten Clubs
  6. The Times, 7 October 1946, Association Football Newcastle's 13 Goals
  7. The Times, 3 October 1946; Association Football Sparta Draw With Arsenal
  8. The Times, 8 October 1946, Association Football Birmingham Beat Sparta
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