1952–53 Football League

Last updated
The Football League
Season 1952–53
Champions Arsenal
1953–54

The 195253 season was the 54th completed season of The Football League.

Contents

Final league tables

The tables below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website [1] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79, [2] with home and away statistics separated.

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.

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
Season1952–53
Champions Arsenal (7th English title)
Relegated Stoke City,
Derby County
FA Cup winners Blackpool (1st and only FA Cup title)
Matches played462
Goals scored1,508 (3.26 per match)
Top goalscorer Charlie Wayman (Preston North End), 24 [3] [4]
Biggest home win Tottenham Hotspur 7-1 Middlesbrough
Aston Villa 6-0 Portsmouth
Cardiff City 6-0 Manchester City
Biggest away win Bolton Wanderers 0-5 Portsmouth
Preston North End 0-5 Manchester United
Highest scoring(12 goals) Blackpool 8-4 Charlton Athletic (27 Sep 1952)
1953–54

Arsenal won their second league title of the postwar era, finishing ahead of runners-up Preston North End on goal average - denying their nearest rivals a first league title since they won the first two English Football League titles more than 60 years earlier. Wolverhampton Wanderers bounced back after two disappointing seasons to finish third, three points short of the title. They finished one point ahead of their local rivals West Bromwich Albion. Defending champions Manchester United, in a period of transition as the team captained by Johnny Carey started to make way for a younger generation of players,[ citation needed ] finished eighth.

Stoke City and Derby County, who had been among the First Division's leading lights in the first few postwar seasons, went down to the Second Division after several seasons of gradually declining form.[ citation needed ] Liverpool, the 1947 champions, avoided the drop by just two points.

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 Arsenal 421533603069637341.51654League Champions
2 Preston North End 421533462569639351.41754
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 421353542768732361.36551
4 West Bromwich Albion 421335351985831411.10050
5 Charlton Athletic 4212814722731130411.22249
6 Burnley 421164362076831321.28848
7 Blackpool 4213534522641126481.01447 FA Cup winners
8 Manchester United 421155353075934420.95846
9 Sunderland 4211914227441326550.82943
10 Tottenham Hotspur 4211645537451223321.13041
11 Aston Villa 429753623561027381.03341
12 Cardiff City 427863217741022291.17440
13 Middlesbrough 4212544627261324500.90939
14 Bolton Wanderers 429483935651022340.88439
15 Portsmouth 4210654434441330490.89238
16 Newcastle United 429573433541225370.84337
17 Liverpool 4210653628421525540.74436
18 Sheffield Wednesday 428673532451227400.86135
19 Chelsea 4210473524271221420.84835
20 Manchester City 4212274528251427590.82835
21 Stoke City 4210473526261318400.80334Relegated
22 Derby County 429664129241518450.79732
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away ARS AST BLP BOL BUR CAR CHA CHE DER LIV MCI MUN MID NEW POR PNE SHW STK SUN TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 3–13–14–13–20–13–42–06–25–33–12–12–13–03–11–12–23–11–24–02–25–3
Aston Villa 1–21–51–12–02–01–11–13–04–00–03–31–00–16–01–04–31–13–00–31–10–1
Blackpool 3–21–13–04–20–18–43–12–13–14–10–01–10–23–21–10–11–12–02–02–02–0
Bolton Wanderers 4–60–04–01–20–11–21–12–02–21–02–15–34–20–50–31–12–15–02–30–12–1
Burnley 1–11–00–10–10–02–01–11–22–02–12–10–12–13–22–21–13–25–13–25–00–0
Cardiff City 0–01–22–21–00–00–13–32–04–06–01–21–10–00–10–24–02–04–10–01–20–0
Charlton Athletic 2–25–12–02–00–03–12–23–13–21–22–22–00–02–22–13–05–13–13–20–02–2
Chelsea 1–14–04–01–00–20–20–11–13–03–12–31–11–22–05–31–00–03–22–10–21–2
Derby County 2–00–11–14–31–31–11–13–23–25–02–33–30–23–00–12–14–03–10–01–12–3
Liverpool 1–50–22–20–01–12–11–22–01–10–11–24–15–31–12–21–03–22–02–13–02–1
Manchester City 2–44–15–01–20–02–25–14–01–00–22–15–12–12–10–23–12–12–50–10–13–1
Manchester United 0–03–12–11–01–31–43–22–01–03–11–13–22–21–05–21–10–20–13–22–20–3
Middlesbrough 2–01–05–11–22–23–01–04–01–02–35–45–02–13–21–12–20–01–20–44–21–1
Newcastle United 2–22–10–12–30–03–03–22–11–01–22–01–21–01–04–31–51–22–21–13–51–1
Portsmouth 2–21–10–23–12–10–21–12–02–23–12–12–01–45–12–55–21–15–22–11–22–2
Preston North End 2–01–34–22–22–12–32–12–13–01–16–20–53–02–14–01–03–03–21–01–01–1
Sheffield Wednesday 1–42–22–01–12–42–00–31–02–00–21–10–02–02–23–41–11–04–02–04–52–3
Stoke City 1–11–44–01–21–30–01–01–11–23–12–13–11–01–02–40–01–33–02–05–11–2
Sunderland 3–12–21–12–02–14–22–12–12–13–13–32–21–10–21–12–22–11–11–11–05–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–31–14–01–12–12–12–02–35–23–13–31–27–13–23–34–42–11–02–23–43–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–03–20–10–11–21–03–10–12–23–02–13–13–01–02–02–10–13–21–12–11–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–12–12–53–15–11–01–22–23–13–07–36–23–32–04–10–23–13–01–10–02–0
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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Red pog.svg
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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1952–1953

Second Division

Football League
Second Division
Season1952–53
Champions Sheffield United (1st title)
Promoted Huddersfield Town
Relegated Barnsley,
Southampton
Matches played462
Goals scored1,535 (3.32 per match)
Top goalscorer Arthur Rowley (Leicester City), 39 [4]
1953–54
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Sheffield United 4215336027107437281.76460Division Champions, promoted
2 Huddersfield Town 4214435114106533192.54558Promoted
3 Luton Town 421515531777731321.71452
4 Plymouth Argyle 421254372484928361.08349
5 Leicester City 4213625529561034451.20348
6 Birmingham City 421137443887627281.07648
7 Nottingham Forest 4211554632731131351.14944
8 Fulham 421416522839929431.14144
9 Blackburn Rovers 4212454020641128451.04644
10 Leeds United 4213444224111929391.12743
11 Swansea Town 4210924526531333550.96342
12 Rotherham United 429754130721234441.01441
13 Doncaster Rovers 429932617371132470.90640
14 West Ham United 42957382848920320.96739
15 Lincoln City 429934126281123450.90139
16 Everton 429843823361233520.94738
17 Brentford 428853829531321470.77637
18 Hull City 4211643619321621500.82636
19 Notts County 4211554131331519570.68236
20 Bury 4210653330331520510.65435
21 Southampton 425794544561023410.80033Relegated
22 Barnsley 4244133146141616620.43518
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away BAR BIR BLB BRE BRY DON EVE FUL HUD HUL LEE LEI LIN LUT NOT NTC PLY ROT SHU SOU SWA WHU
Barnsley 1–31–40–23–22–22–31–12–45–12–20–31–12–30–21–20–32–31–30–13–12–0
Birmingham 3–11–23–10–22–14–21–40–24–32–23–12–22–20–53–24–04–01–22–01–42–0
Blackburn Rovers 2–01–23–04–02–13–12–21–12–01–12–00–21–12–13–21–30–11–23–03–03–0
Brentford 4–01–23–22–21–02–42–21–31–03–34–21–01–11–15–01–21–10–03–00–01–4
Bury 5–23–01–03–02–10–51–11–12–12–21–42–21–02–00–13–22–00–40–01–31–1
Doncaster Rovers 1–11–03–30–21–13–00–01–13–10–00–02–01–01–02–01–12–10–21–02–31–1
Everton 2–11–10–35–03–07–13–32–10–22–22–20–31–13–01–02–00–10–02–20–02–0
Fulham 3–13–12–15–02–01–33–00–22–12–14–64–22–00–16–02–14–11–21–13–12–3
Huddersfield Town 6–01–10–30–02–03–18–24–21–11–01–05–03–01–21–04–01–01–15–03–00–1
Hull City 2–22–03–02–20–21–11–03–10–21–01–11–10–23–16–00–13–24–01–01–11–0
Leeds United 4–10–10–33–22–01–12–02–02–13–10–12–12–22–13–11–14–00–31–15–13–2
Leicester City 2–23–42–12–33–24–24–26–12–15–03–33–21–11–13–02–03–20–04–12–10–0
Lincoln City 1–11–14–10–04–02–01–12–22–22–11–13–21–22–33–00–01–33–22–23–13–1
Luton Town 6–00–16–00–14–11–24–22–00–23–22–02–04–03–05–11–02–14–11–23–10–0
Nottingham Forest 3–00–21–23–04–12–23–30–11–04–12–11–31–14–31–03–14–31–12–36–40–0
Notts County 1–02–05–04–02–14–32–21–11–02–03–22–21–11–23–20–42–10–31–23–41–1
Plymouth Argyle 4–02–13–11–00–00–01–03–10–21–20–12–10–02–10–32–24–35–23–13–21–1
Rotherham United 3–11–10–04–16–14–22–21–00–02–13–10–03–21–32–32–32–30–22–22–11–1
Sheffield United 3–02–23–03–23–12–21–02–10–20–22–17–26–11–12–02–15–01–45–37–13–1
Southampton 1–21–16–10–21–23–31–15–30–25–12–25–21–01–32–21–12–32–34–41–41–2
Swansea Town 3–01–11–13–22–02–12–21–13–33–03–21–11–14–22–15–12–20–01–21–24–1
West Ham United 3–11–20–03–13–21–33–11–20–10–02–24–15–10–13–22–20–12–41–11–03–0
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
Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1952–1953

Third Division North

Football League
Third Division North
Season1952–53
Champions Oldham Athletic (1st title)
Failed re-electionnone
Matches played552
Goals scored1,604 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer Jimmy Whitehouse (Carlisle United), 29 [4]
1953–54
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Oldham Athletic (C, P)4615444821711529241.71159Promoted to the second division
2 Port Vale 461391411079726251.91458
3 Wrexham 4618325924651227421.30356
4 York City 461454351668925291.33353
5 Grimsby Town 4615534719651228401.27152
6 Southport 4616434218471221421.05051
7 Bradford Park Avenue 4610853723941038381.23050
8 Gateshead 4613645124491025361.26749
9 Carlisle United 4613735724561225441.20649
10 Crewe Alexandra 4613554628731324401.02948
11 Stockport County 4613826126451421431.18847
12 Chesterfield 4613644023551325401.03247
13 Tranmere Rovers 4616434516511720471.03247
14 Halifax Town 46135547313101021371.00047
15 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 461067382168924351.10746
16 Bradford City 46147254290111221510.93846
17 Hartlepools United 4614633916281318450.93446
18 Mansfield Town 4611933425551321370.88746
19 Barrow 4615624820161618510.93044
20 Chester 4610763927181425580.75337
21 Darlington 4613463327122025690.60434
22 Rochdale 4612564127202121560.74733
23 Workington 469594033251615580.60432Re-elected
24 Accrington Stanley 467972529122014600.43827
Source: rsssf.com
(C) Division Champions; (P) Promoted.

Results

Home \ Away ACC BRW BRA BPA CRL CHE CHF CRE DAR GAT GRI HAL HAR MAN OLD PTV ROC SCU SOU STP TRA WRK WRE YOR
Accrington Stanley 1–01–13–21–01–11–11–11–01–11–21–11–12–20–21–12–12–11–21–40–20–11–21–0
Barrow 2–05–12–00–03–02–11–22–22–21–15–12–13–04–31–22–12–11–11–02–03–01–11–0
Bradford City 3–22–22–17–22–22–11–34–33–11–05–01–12–10–01–00–30–02–23–05–34–03–11–1
Bradford Park Avenue 4–01–02–22–21–00–11–03–03–00–31–21–11–10–02–22–11–11–01–11–06–11–22–3
Carlisle United 4–40–04–41–31–13–01–24–22–23–01–24–11–00–02–05–08–02–02–14–03–11–01–1
Chester 2–02–12–00–31–22–02–26–32–00–22–10–12–20–12–23–01–10–04–03–21–11–21–1
Chesterfield 3–01–11–11–14–22–11–03–01–13–22–12–04–11–21–01–01–11–22–11–21–12–11–2
Crewe Alexandra 3–21–11–12–32–24–12–10–14–31–21–12–01–00–11–44–22–02–02–01–04–03–33–0
Darlington 1–01–04–11–30–03–23–11–11–01–10–23–02–10–50–23–21–03–11–01–21–02–20–1
Gateshead 5–03–12–23–22–04–12–46–15–12–03–11–11–21–01–13–11–11–22–00–11–11–01–1
Grimsby Town 3–02–10–02–32–35–40–01–02–00–02–07–05–11–11–13–21–01–00–13–12–02–02–1
Halifax Town 3–01–01–12–42–13–13–11–33–21–33–23–21–22–21–23–12–14–13–00–05–20–00–0
Hartlepool 4–12–00–00–11–02–22–02–11–00–02–00–02–04–12–02–11–13–00–24–12–21–22–1
Mansfield Town 0–02–23–11–12–12–21–43–03–22–01–12–12–00–21–02–11–02–22–21–00–00–21–1
Oldham Athletic 3–03–02–02–12–42–11–10–15–01–11–11–04–21–00–11–00–13–01–15–24–14–22–1
Port Vale 0–13–00–01–00–01–13–03–12–11–14–01–13–01–11–15–24–00–02–02–02–00–02–0
Rochdale 1–06–22–11–01–23–10–20–13–12–30–21–13–11–03–11–12–20–02–23–02–04–10–3
Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 5–21–24–01–21–21–11–02–02–00–00–11–10–00–11–11–25–13–02–22–02–11–22–0
Southport 1–03–23–02–22–02–01–03–03–03–24–31–10–01–31–00–01–02–33–01–22–01–03–1
Stockport County 3–16–16–12–03–04–14–12–42–23–12–21–11–12–21–10–22–01–13–03–26–03–11–1
Tranmere 2–02–03–14–04–14–03–11–05–22–02–10–00–21–00–01–11–00–11–11–03–04–21–3
Workington 3–03–13–22–21–11–22–34–03–10–23–12–01–10–11–11–11–20–32–40–22–04–01–3
Wrexham 3–14–02–10–33–07–02–21–04–21–03–12–13–21–02–23–13–02–33–25–21–03–01–1
York City 2–01–10–03–11–00–00–02–13–01–22–02–21–02–01–21–02–00–23–13–02–01–32–1
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

Third Division South

Football League
Third Division South
Season1952–53
Champions Bristol Rovers (1st title)
Failed re-electionnone
Matches played552
Goals scored1,745 (3.16 per match)
Top goalscorer Geoff Bradford (Bristol Rovers), 33 [4]
1953–54
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 Bristol Rovers 461742551998637272.00064Division Champions, promoted
2 Millwall 4614724616107636281.86462
3 Northampton Town 461841753086934401.55762
4 Norwich City 4616615617941043381.80060
5 Bristol City 461382622897733331.55759
6 Coventry City 4615535222471225401.24250
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 4612654830761033451.08050
8 Southend United 4615534121381228530.93249
9 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4615354923461325461.07247
10 Watford 4612833921391123420.98447
11 Reading 4617335318251616461.07846
12 Torquay United 4615446128351526600.98945
13 Crystal Palace 4612744026361426560.80543
14 Leyton Orient 4612745228431616450.93242
15 Newport County 4612474334461327480.85442
16 Ipswich Town 4610763428381226410.87041
17 Exeter City 4611844024261521470.85940
18 Swindon Town 469593833571126460.81040
19 Aldershot 468873629471225480.79239
20 Queens Park Rangers 469953734361424480.74439
21 Gillingham 4610763026281325480.74339
22 Colchester United 469954029351519470.77638
23 Shrewsbury Town 4611573835171530560.74736Re-elected
24 Walsall 465993546212021720.47524
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away ALD B&BA B&HA BRI BRR COL COV CRY EXE GIL IPS LEY MIL NPC NOR NWC QPR REA SHR STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 1–01–21–20–00–04–10–11–13–21–12–01–22–22–11–24–12–24–21–12–20–22–01–2
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 0–32–14–11–21–03–04–22–14–22–14–11–11–20–10–01–02–02–05–11–10–15–14–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 4–22–00–12–10–01–14–14–25–01–43–11–02–21–12–32–01–13–12–21–22–14–21–2
Bristol City 0–01–12–20–03–21–05–04–14–04–22–10–02–02–30–14–41–13–25–04–24–46–15–1
Bristol Rovers 4–12–17–00–03–15–22–00–03–13–02–11–13–11–13–12–14–02–12–11–23–02–00–3
Colchester United 1–21–10–03–10–30–13–03–11–10–03–10–03–31–20–41–12–11–03–33–14–16–11–1
Coventry City 3–02–33–12–21–12–24–21–02–12–03–04–10–11–12–12–04–00–02–11–27–23–11–0
Crystal Palace 3–01–02–11–31–03–12–22–00–01–12–20–12–14–31–14–20–31–20–03–02–24–11–0
Exeter City 2–25–11–51–10–02–01–02–00–01–10–11–03–22–01–02–22–02–20–21–24–16–11–1
Gillingham 2–01–21–20–10–41–10–01–01–01–13–20–11–11–10–33–02–14–21–10–02–13–12–1
Ipswich Town 2–12–11–01–01–52–23–02–00–11–10–11–63–01–12–10–11–22–10–01–12–25–01–1
Leyton Orient 4–12–23–01–33–35–31–20–02–01–13–11–42–10–13–15–01–10–03–02–24–14–12–0
Millwall 0–03–11–11–13–03–12–00–00–03–13–20–03–01–22–32–11–04–14–13–03–03–01–1
Newport County 2–12–10–34–32–20–14–43–21–01–21–30–11–34–11–12–01–04–20–13–03–03–21–1
Northampton Town 4–05–15–30–22–22–03–15–13–13–12–03–11–15–03–34–26–13–14–33–13–32–14–1
Norwich City 5–01–13–20–00–03–01–15–12–03–21–05–12–22–01–22–03–02–13–11–13–03–05–2
Queens Park Rangers 2–22–13–32–10–11–00–41–11–11–12–20–11–34–22–23–11–01–03–21–10–14–22–2
Reading 2–31–30–04–02–02–01–04–13–13–21–12–05–02–12–00–12–05–31–04–14–10–03–0
Shrewsbury Town 2–11–00–00–10–13–01–01–11–33–12–22–02–41–12–41–80–31–17–12–12–11–03–1
Southend 1–10–01–20–42–14–01–02–21–13–12–01–02–11–03–11–22–03–12–23–03–12–11–0
Swindon Town 3–21–23–00–01–30–12–33–65–20–02–01–11–22–03–02–11–32–02–21–32–01–20–0
Torquay United 1–25–11–21–21–05–12–11–15–23–24–15–01–03–33–04–11–12–04–04–23–10–32–2
Walsall 0–02–23–03–33–50–31–12–42–21–31–31–00–21–31–53–21–12–04–41–11–22–00–0
Watford 1–13–02–34–12–32–01–12–03–10–01–01–01–10–12–13–21–12–11–11–12–11–13–0
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
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams 1952–1953

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The 1957–58 season was the 59th completed season of The Football League. The first division title went to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the second time, while Sunderland were relegated to the second division for the first time in the club's history, after 57 consecutive seasons in the top flight of English football. The season was marred by the Munich air disaster, in which eight Manchester United players died as a result of the crash with two others suffering career-ending injuries. Manchester United were chasing a hat-trick of league championhips, but they dropped 21 points in 14 matches after the Munich crash and finished 21 points behind the champions Wolves. Since Manchester United were unlikely to win all their post-crash games even with a fully fit squad, Wolves can be said to have won the league fairly.

The 1929–30 season was the 38th season of The Football League.

The 1948–49 season was the 50th completed season of The Football League.

The 1949–50 season was the 51st completed season of The Football League.

The 1950–51 season was the 52nd completed season of The Football League.

The 1951–52 season was the 53rd completed season of The Football League.

The 1953–54 season was the 55th completed season of The Football League, which ran from August 1953 until April 1954.

The 1954–55 season was the 56th completed season of The Football League.

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