1953–54 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1953–54
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers
1954–55

The 195354 season was the 55th completed season of The Football League, which ran from August 1953 until April 1954.

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
Season1953–54
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st English title)
Relegated Middlesbrough, Liverpool
FA Cup winners West Bromwich Albion (4th FA Cup title)
Matches played462
Goals scored1,626 (3.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Jimmy Glazzard (Huddersfield Town), 29 [3]
Biggest home win Charlton Athletic 8 Middlesbrough 1 (12 Sep 1953)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 Chelsea 1 (26 Sep 1953)
Biggest away win Cardiff City 1 Manchester United 6 (14 Nov 1953)
Highest scoring(10 goals) Newcastle United 3 West Bromwich Albion 7 (16 Sep 1953)
Longest winning run Charlton Athletic (6 games)
ended 17 October 1953
Longest unbeaten run Wolverhampton Wanderers (18 games)
ended 12 December 1953
Longest losing run Liverpool (5 games)
ended 16 September 1953
1954–55

Wolverhampton Wanderers won the First Division title for the first time in their history, finishing four points ahead of their local rivals West Bromwich Albion, who lifted their fourth FA Cup in the same season. Defending champions Arsenal slumped to 12th.

Middlesbrough and Liverpool were relegated to the Second Division.

PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsQualification or relegation
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 421614612596635311.71457League Champions
2 West Bromwich Albion 421353512494835391.36553 FA Cup winners
3 Huddersfield Town 421362452475933371.27951
4 Manchester United 421164412776832311.25948
5 Bolton Wanderers 4214614520461130401.25048
6 Blackpool 4213624319641137501.15948
7 Burnley 4216235123521427441.16446
8 Chelsea 421236452649829421.08844
9 Charlton Athletic 4214435126521424510.97444
10 Cardiff City 4212453227641119440.71844
11 Preston North End 4212274324731144341.50043
12 Arsenal 42885423775933361.02743
13 Aston Villa 4212545028441320401.02941
14 Portsmouth 4213535331161428580.91039
15 Newcastle United 429210434058829370.93538
16 Tottenham Hotspur 4211373833521427430.85537
17 Manchester City 4210473531451227460.80537
18 Sunderland 4211465037341431520.91036
19 Sheffield Wednesday 4212454330321627610.76936
20 Sheffield United 429574338261326520.76733
21 Middlesbrough 426692935441331560.65930Relegated
22 Liverpool 427864938221719590.70128
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away ARS AST BLP BOL BUR CAR CHA CHE HUD LIV MCI MUN MID NEW POR PNE SHU SHW SUN TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 1–11–14–32–51–13–31–20–03–02–23–13–12–13–03–21–14–11–40–32–22–3
Aston Villa 2–12–12–25–11–22–12–22–22–13–02–25–31–21–11–04–02–13–11–26–11–2
Blackpool 2–23–20–02–04–13–12–13–13–02–02–00–01–31–14–22–21–23–01–04–10–0
Bolton Wanderers 3–13–03–20–03–03–12–20–02–03–20–03–22–26–10–22–12–13–12–02–11–1
Burnley 2–13–22–11–13–02–01–22–11–13–12–05–01–21–02–12–14–15–14–21–44–1
Cardiff City 0–32–10–11–11–05–00–02–13–10–31–61–02–13–22–12–02–21–11–02–01–3
Charlton Athletic 1–51–14–21–03–13–21–12–16–02–11–08–10–03–12–13–04–25–30–11–10–2
Chelsea 0–21–25–12–02–12–03–12–25–20–13–11–11–24–31–01–20–12–21–05–04–2
Huddersfield Town 2–24–00–02–13–12–04–13–12–01–10–02–13–25–12–22–22–02–12–50–22–1
Liverpool 1–26–15–21–24–00–12–31–11–32–24–44–12–23–11–53–02–24–32–20–01–1
Manchester City 0–00–11–43–03–21–13–01–10–10–22–05–20–02–11–42–13–22–14–12–30–4
Manchester United 2–21–04–11–51–22–32–01–13–15–11–12–21–12–01–02–25–21–02–01–31–0
Middlesbrough 2–02–10–13–21–30–00–23–30–30–10–11–42–32–20–42–04–10–03–01–13–3
Newcastle United 5–20–12–12–33–14–00–21–10–24–04–31–22–31–10–44–13–02–11–33–71–2
Portsmouth 1–12–14–43–23–21–13–13–25–25–14–11–10–22–01–33–42–14–11–13–02–0
Preston North End 0–11–12–33–12–11–22–01–01–22–14–01–31–02–24–02–16–06–22–10–20–1
Sheffield United 1–02–13–43–02–10–11–11–33–63–12–21–32–23–13–11–12–01–35–21–23–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–13–11–22–12–02–11–22–01–41–12–00–14–23–04–44–23–22–22–12–30–0
Sunderland 7–12–03–21–22–15–02–11–21–13–24–50–20–21–13–12–22–22–44–32–13–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–41–02–23–22–30–13–12–11–02–13–01–14–13–01–12–62–13–10–30–12–3
West Bromwich Albion 2–01–12–11–10–06–12–35–24–05–21–02–02–12–22–33–22–24–22–03–00–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–21–24–11–11–23–15–08–14–02–13–13–12–43–24–31–06–14–13–12–01–0
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
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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1953–1954

Second Division

Football League
Second Division
Season1953–54
Champions Leicester City (3rd title)
Promoted Everton
Relegated Brentford,
Oldham Athletic
Matches played462
Goals scored1,535 (3.32 per match)
Top goalscorer John Charles (Leeds United), 42 [3]
1954–55
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Leicester City 421542632386734371.61756Division Champions, promoted
2 Everton 4213625527710437311.58656Promoted
3 Blackburn Rovers 421542541685832341.72055
4 Nottingham Forest 421551612757925321.45852
5 Rotherham United 4213445126831029411.19449
6 Luton Town 421173362375928361.08548
7 Birmingham City 4212634918651029401.34547
8 Fulham 421236623957936461.15344
9 Bristol Rovers 421074321949832391.10344
10 Leeds United 4212545630381033511.09943
11 Stoke City 42885432849828321.18341
12 Doncaster Rovers 429573228741027350.93741
13 West Ham United 4211644420431423490.97139
14 Notts County 42867262957928450.73039
15 Hull City 4214164722251417440.97038
16 Lincoln City 4211644623331519600.78337
17 Bury 429753932271215400.75036
18 Derby County 429573835361226470.78035
19 Plymouth Argyle 4261233831341427510.79334
20 Swansea Town 4211553425231624570.70734
21 Brentford 429572526161415520.51331Relegated
22 Oldham Athletic 426782631221714580.44925
Source: [ citation needed ]

Results

Home \ Away BIR BLB BRE BRR BRY DER DON EVE FUL HUL LEE LEI LIN LUT NOT NTC OLD PLY ROT STK SWA WHU
Birmingham 0–05–11–10–03–00–15–12–22–03–31–21–05–12–23–02–13–02–31–06–02–0
Blackburn Rovers 3–02–21–14–20–32–00–05–13–12–23–06–02–02–02–04–02–33–03–01–04–1
Brentford 2–01–40–32–10–01–41–02–12–22–11–30–10–11–10–03–11–00–10–03–13–1
Bristol Rovers 1–11–20–02–03–00–10–02–14–21–13–00–13–31–01–11–03–11–03–20–12–2
Bury 1–10–01–13–14–02–12–21–33–04–42–51–10–12–13–31–03–03–00–61–22–0
Derby County 2–42–24–10–13–12–02–63–32–00–22–12–01–21–20–03–11–41–11–14–22–1
Doncaster Rovers 3–10–23–01–00–11–32–22–24–10–00–21–11–31–34–21–03–31–21–01–02–0
Everton 1–01–16–14–00–03–24–12–22–02–11–23–12–13–33–23–18–43–01–12–21–2
Fulham 5–22–34–14–43–05–21–20–05–11–31–14–15–13–14–33–13–12–40–14–33–4
Hull City 3–00–22–04–13–03–03–11–32–11–10–33–01–23–00–28–02–01–01–24–32–1
Leeds United 1–13–24–03–33–43–13–13–11–20–07–15–22–10–26–02–11–14–21–13–21–2
Leicester City 3–44–06–01–02–02–22–02–22–21–35–09–22–11–02–21–04–24–14–04–12–1
Lincoln City 0–18–02–11–20–02–20–21–14–23–02–03–11–12–23–03–12–04–31–13–11–2
Luton Town 2–02–11–11–13–22–12–01–11–23–11–12–21–00–12–14–42–11–10–12–03–1
Nottingham Forest 1–10–12–13–12–24–22–23–34–12–05–23–14–22–15–01–13–04–15–42–14–0
Notts County 2–10–52–01–50–00–11–50–20–01–12–01–11–11–21–12–02–01–22–13–03–1
Oldham Athletic 2–31–02–00–00–00–02–20–42–30–04–20–21–01–21–31–31–12–31–02–23–1
Plymouth Argyle 2–21–13–23–31–13–20–04–02–22–21–10–31–22–21–03–35–00–21–11–12–1
Rotherham United 1–01–41–11–11–05–24–01–23–23–22–41–14–12–13–00–17–02–12–22–15–0
Stoke City 3–23–01–13–24–02–22–22–41–30–14–02–24–11–11–10–10–13–21–15–01–1
Swansea Town 1–32–11–03–12–12–10–10–22–01–04–30–04–21–12–12–24–00–10–22–21–1
West Ham United 1–22–10–11–15–00–02–11–13–11–05–24–15–01–01–11–20–12–23–02–24–1
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
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
Red pog.svg
Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1953–1954

Third Division North

Football League
Third Division North
Season1953–54
Champions Port Vale (2nd title)
Failed re-electionnone
Matches played552
Goals scored1,587 (2.88 per match)
Top goalscorer Alan Ashman (Carlisle United), 30 [3]
1954–55
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Port Vale (C, P)4616704851010326163.52469Promoted to the Second Division
2 Barnsley 461634542487823331.35158
3 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 461472492478828321.37557
4 Gateshead 461544492269825331.34555
5 Bradford City 4615624014731320411.09153
6 Chesterfield 461364411968935451.18852
7 Mansfield Town 4615535922561229451.31351
8 Wrexham 4616435919551322491.19151
9 Bradford Park Avenue 4613645731581020371.13250
10 Stockport County 4614635720451420471.14947
11 Southport 4612564126571122341.05046
12 Barrow 4612744626451426451.01444
13 Carlisle United 4610855327471230441.16943
14 Tranmere Rovers 4611484034731319360.84343
15 Accrington Stanley 4612744122431625520.89242
16 Crewe Alexandra 469863026551319410.73141
17 Grimsby Town 4614543115241720620.66241
18 Hartlepools United 4610854021361419440.90840
19 Rochdale 4612564020351519570.76640
20 Workington 4610943622351523580.73840
21 Darlington 46113931271111119440.70438
22 York City 468783932461325540.74437
23 Halifax Town 469682621341618520.60334Re-elected
24 Chester 461076392213199450.71632
Source: rsssf.com
(C) Division Champions; (P) Promoted.

Results

Home \ Away ACC BAR BRW BRA BPA CRL CHE CHF CRE DAR GAT GRI HAL HAR MAN PTV ROC SCU SOU STP TRA WRK WRE YOR
Accrington Stanley 3–03–20–10–02–21–02–22–10–02–23–13–02–05–12–21–00–11–12–10–14–21–22–0
Barnsley 5–03–24–22–11–13–04–11–15–10–20–01–23–22–10–12–10–12–14–13–04–23–02–1
Barrow 4–30–13–04–11–12–12–23–12–20–04–01–11–14–20–04–21–22–31–02–10–11–04–1
Bradford City 1–01–01–03–01–01–02–03–02–02–23–02–01–12–21–14–01–34–11–11–01–11–21–0
Bradford Park Avenue 6–40–22–14–02–45–01–11–12–23–14–14–25–01–01–22–22–21–13–21–23–12–02–0
Carlisle United 2–12–42–22–00–11–12–35–01–11–03–35–02–35–00–07–05–13–22–00–22–20–01–1
Chester 3–01–11–13–02–30–12–22–02–25–01–13–11–10–20–12–00–01–01–21–23–02–13–1
Chesterfield 0–01–11–12–35–15–04–00–21–11–11–01–22–10–01–22–11–02–04–02–11–01–03–2
Crewe Alexandra 0–33–22–01–21–10–01–02–01–03–11–13–13–00–00–02–11–10–01–51–22–31–21–1
Darlington 4–11–11–31–02–13–21–03–20–10–23–01–10–11–20–30–03–00–11–02–13–00–21–3
Gateshead 4–00–01–01–00–12–22–13–32–01–27–14–01–31–31–02–10–01–04–22–14–13–13–0
Grimsby Town 2–00–11–01–00–03–20–01–13–11–02–02–13–00–22–23–20–11–21–01–01–00–03–0
Halifax Town 2–01–22–00–12–22–01–12–11–00–00–02–01–02–00–11–10–31–20–11–13–00–22–3
Hartlepool 0–10–12–21–10–21–12–00–10–01–01–03–02–03–12–16–03–21–16–01–22–21–12–2
Mansfield Town 1–12–02–30–01–12–12–12–26–06–01–15–13–11–01–22–02–14–23–12–00–24–07–2
Port Vale 1–00–04–03–02–01–01–02–21–01–10–02–02–03–11–16–00–00–07–02–02–02–05–0
Rochdale 1–01–11–03–20–12–14–00–14–13–00–14–10–12–21–00–01–12–00–00–14–26–21–2
Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 1–26–03–22–14–12–11–02–12–21–11–12–13–20–02–20–21–11–12–03–14–13–13–0
Southport 5–35–20–10–11–03–00–12–11–23–02–42–11–02–12–10–01–14–31–20–01–14–01–1
Stockport County 1–13–05–15–04–13–25–06–11–02–00–13–21–11–03–21–11–21–11–16–02–02–20–1
Tranmere 1–00–11–00–11–11–22–11–21–01–01–42–41–03–22–51–35–11–12–02–24–26–11–1
Workington 3–12–01–12–21–12–22–02–11–21–12–02–03–10–01–12–00–11–30–10–02–11–15–2
Wrexham 4–21–11–20–12–04–22–11–21–14–25–14–05–02–02–01–12–03–12–11–03–08–01–1
York City 1–20–25–23–20–01–32–11–30–33–31–11–21–15–05–10–11–22–02–10–00–00–05–2
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
Season1953–54
Champions Ipswich Town (1st title)
Failed re-electionnone
Matches played552
Goals scored1,695 (3.07 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack English (Northampton Town), 28 [3]
1954–55
PosTeamPldHWHDHLHGFHGAAWADALAGFAGAGAvPtsPromotion or relegation
1 Ipswich Town 4615534719125635321.60864Division Champions, promoted
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 461733573196829301.41061
3 Bristol City 4618325918731329481.33356
4 Watford 4616345223571133461.23252
5 Northampton Town 4618416318271419371.49151
6 Southampton 4617515122521625411.20651
7 Norwich City 4613554328761030381.10651
8 Reading 4614365733661129401.17849
9 Exeter City 461229392286929361.17248
10 Gillingham 4614363722571124440.92448
11 Leyton Orient 4614544826461331471.08247
12 Millwall 4615354424461330530.96147
13 Torquay United 46101034833721433550.92046
14 Coventry City 4614543615441525411.08945
15 Newport County 4614454228521619530.75344
16 Southend United 4615264622351523490.97243
17 Aldershot 4611574531641329550.86043
18 Queens Park Rangers 4610583225651228430.88242
19 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4612564727431620430.95740
20 Swindon Town 4613554821251619490.95740
21 Shrewsbury Town 4612834834241717420.85540
22 Crystal Palace 4611754130351519560.69840
23 Colchester United 467793529331715490.64130Re-elected
24 Walsall 4685102227131918600.46026
Source: rsssf.com

Results

Home \ Away ALD B&BA B&HA BRI COL COV CRY EXE GIL IPS LEY MIL NPC NOR NWC QPR REA SHR SOU STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 1–22–32–53–04–21–21–21–23–01–11–12–03–10–01–42–21–01–14–01–04–13–13–1
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1–11–15–24–21–02–04–14–12–31–24–11–12–12–00–11–12–13–10–14–01–21–11–3
Brighton & Hove Albion 3–23–02–11–03–13–02–13–11–22–14–04–23–20–03–13–22–32–13–21–11–25–33–3
Bristol City 4–01–11–13–01–04–05–11–12–31–02–13–02–13–11–23–13–11–04–15–13–04–12–1
Colchester United 3–01–11–10–20–34–10–10–11–21–03–02–21–10–15–02–43–10–10–12–23–11–12–2
Coventry City 2–12–01–23–02–10–02–02–11–34–00–01–20–01–03–11–12–12–11–00–04–02–00–1
Crystal Palace 0–03–11–11–20–13–10–01–21–12–22–33–02–21–00–31–03–24–34–23–24–11–01–1
Exeter City 1–31–00–10–11–24–07–01–21–22–14–11–01–00–20–02–00–14–01–13–11–22–12–1
Gillingham 1–31–00–02–22–02–03–20–11–11–22–00–12–13–11–03–02–02–03–11–00–43–02–3
Ipswich Town 4–02–12–32–13–04–12–01–16–13–11–11–22–11–12–10–10–02–11–12–02–13–01–0
Leyton Orient 1–25–00–24–13–11–02–03–13–11–22–23–02–03–12–22–12–01–41–11–13–22–11–1
Millwall 2–02–10–21–00–01–22–22–13–11–20–33–11–01–34–02–03–12–12–16–12–23–01–0
Newport County 2–24–01–03–21–12–11–30–31–01–21–10–02–04–12–14–12–10–43–22–02–04–20–1
Northampton Town 6–22–14–23–03–00–16–02–21–11–02–24–21–02–02–11–11–03–05–02–03–15–14–1
Norwich City 3–31–31–01–12–12–12–11–20–01–23–14–32–04–12–22–31–01–01–02–20–13–04–1
Queens Park Rangers 0–22–11–20–10–00–31–10–03–13–12–14–05–11–10–22–00–00–11–00–25–12–00–4
Reading 6–10–12–10–22–04–34–14–10–13–11–12–44–12–04–43–11–14–12–03–12–40–24–1
Shrewsbury Town 0–21–13–14–33–11–11–11–10–01–13–33–12–12–44–01–10–33–22–11–02–14–16–4
Southampton 2–02–11–04–22–12–13–12–01–01–14–14–24–01–00–03–11–14–23–53–12–20–02–0
Southend 2–12–12–00–13–02–21–20–11–13–12–11–20–12–05–24–11–23–02–13–11–03–13–0
Swindon Town 3–12–10–15–03–01–11–12–42–11–22–12–17–10–00–00–11–02–10–13–06–13–02–2
Torquay United 3–02–02–34–03–11–11–03–23–31–12–32–23–21–12–42–22–22–01–11–12–13–12–2
Walsall 0–21–03–10–02–31–01–01–11–10–24–20–20–10–11–42–01–30–01–02–00–11–30–0
Watford 6–12–31–12–03–01–04–10–26–11–03–12–11–01–11–30–23–03–12–02–22–13–13–1
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
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 1953–1954

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The 1956–57 season was the 58th completed season of The Football League.

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.

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

The 1937–38 season was the 46th season of The Football League.

The 1946–47 season was the 48th completed 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 1952–53 season was the 54th completed season of The Football League.

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

References

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