1955–56 in English football

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Football in England
Season1955–56
Men's football
First Division Chelsea
Second Division Birmingham City
FA Cup Manchester City
1954-55 Flag of England.svg 1956-57

The 1955–56 season was the 76th season of competitive football in England.

Contents

Overview

Defending league champions Chelsea decided not to compete in the new European Champions Cup, following opposition from the Football League about the participation of English clubs in the competition.

The league title is taken by a Manchester United side with an average age of just 22, which finished an incredible 11 points ahead of their nearest contenders, Blackpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It was a Manchester double for trophies, with Manchester City winning the FA Cup, with goalkeeper Bert Trautmann famously playing on despite suffering what was later diagnosed as a broken neck in a collision with a Birmingham City player.

Honours

CompetitionWinnerRunner-up
First Division Manchester United (4) Blackpool
Second Division Sheffield Wednesday Leeds United
Third Division North Grimsby Town Derby County
Third Division South Leyton Orient Brighton & Hove Albion
FA Cup Manchester City (3) Birmingham City
Charity Shield Chelsea Newcastle United
Home Championship Shared by England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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

Awards

Football Writers' Association

Top goalscorer

Football League

First Division

Manchester United won the First Division title by 11 points, featuring a squad of players with an average age of just 22, with manager Matt Busby's emphasis on youth paying dividends and answering the critics who felt that his policy would not be able to maintain United's place among the game's elite. Second place was occupied by Blackpool, with Stanley Matthews still a dominant presence in the team in his 41st year, while Wolves finished third, FA Cup winners Manchester City finished fourth, and Arsenal completed the top five. Birmingham City finished sixth to record their best ever final position.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Manchester United 422510783511.62760Qualified for the European Cup
2 Blackpool 422091386621.38749
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 422091389651.36949
4 Manchester City 4218101482691.18846
5 Arsenal 4218101460610.98446
6 Birmingham City 421891575571.31645
7 Burnley 421881664541.18544
8 Bolton Wanderers 421871771581.22443
9 Sunderland 421791680950.84243
10 Luton Town 421781766641.03142
11 Newcastle United 421771885701.21441
12 Portsmouth 421691778850.91841
13 West Bromwich Albion 421851958700.82941
14 Charlton Athletic 421761975810.92640
15 Everton 4215101755690.79740
16 Chelsea 4214111764770.83139
17 Cardiff City 421591855690.79739
18 Tottenham Hotspur 421572061710.85937
19 Preston North End 421482073721.01436
20 Aston Villa 4211131852690.75435
21 Huddersfield Town 421472154830.65135Relegated to the Second Division
22 Sheffield United 421292163770.81833
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Second Division

Sheffield Wednesday crossed paths with their cross city rivals to return to the First Division by winning the Second Division title, joined by runners-up Leeds United. Liverpool narrowly missed out on a First Division comeback by finishing third.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Sheffield Wednesday 4221138101621.62955Promoted to the First Division
2 Leeds United 422361380601.33352
3 Liverpool 422161585631.34948
4 Blackburn Rovers 422161584651.29248
5 Leicester City 422161594781.20548
6 Bristol Rovers 422161584701.20048
7 Nottingham Forest 421991468631.07947
8 Lincoln City 4218101479651.21546
9 Fulham 422061689791.12746
10 Swansea Town 422061683811.02546
11 Bristol City 421971680641.25045
12 Port Vale 4216131360581.03445
13 Stoke City 422041871621.14544
14 Middlesbrough 421681876780.97440
15 Bury 421681886900.95640
16 West Ham United 4214111774691.07239
17 Doncaster Rovers 4212111969960.71935
18 Barnsley 4211121947840.56034
19 Rotherham United 421292156750.74733
20 Notts County 421192255820.67131
21 Plymouth Argyle 421082454870.62128Relegated to the Third Division South
22 Hull City 421062653970.54626Relegated to the Third Division North
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Third Division North

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Grimsby Town 46316976292.62168Promoted to the Second Division
2 Derby County 4628711110552.00063
3 Accrington Stanley 462591292571.61459
4 Hartlepools United 462651581601.35057
5 Southport 4623111266531.24557
6 Chesterfield 462541794661.42454
7 Stockport County 462191690611.47551
8 Bradford City 4618131578641.21949
9 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 462081875631.19048
10 Workington 461991875631.19047
11 York City 461991885721.18147
12 Rochdale 4617131666840.78647
13 Gateshead 4617111877840.91745
14 Wrexham 4616102066730.90442
15 Darlington 461692160730.82241
16 Tranmere Rovers 461692159840.70241
17 Chester 4613141952820.63440
18 Mansfield Town 4614112184811.03739
19 Halifax Town 4614112166760.86839
20 Oldham Athletic 4610181876860.88438
21 Carlisle United 461582371950.74738
22 Barrow 461292561830.73533
23 Bradford Park Avenue 4613726611220.50033Re-elected
24 Crewe Alexandra 4691027501050.47628
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Third Division South

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Leyton Orient 462989106492.16366Promoted to the Second Division
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 4629710112502.24065
3 Ipswich Town 4625147106601.76764
4 Southend United 4621111488801.10053
5 Torquay United 4620121486631.36552
6 Brentford 4619141369661.04552
7 Norwich City 4619131486821.04951
8 Coventry City 462091773601.21749
9 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4619101763511.23548
10 Gillingham 4619101769710.97248
11 Northampton Town 462071967710.94447
12 Colchester United 4618111776810.93847
13 Shrewsbury Town 4617121769661.04546
14 Southampton 461882091811.12344
15 Aldershot 4612161870900.77840
16 Exeter City 4615102158770.75340
17 Reading 461592270790.88639
18 Queens Park Rangers 4614112164860.74439
19 Newport County 461592258790.73439
20 Walsall 461582368840.81038
21 Watford 4613112252850.61237
22 Millwall 4615625831000.83036
23 Crystal Palace 4612102454830.65134Re-elected
24 Swindon Town 468142434780.43630
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Top goalscorers

First Division

Second Division

Third Division North

Third Division South

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