1963–64 in English football

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The 1963–1964 season was the 84th season of competitive football in England, from August 1963 to May 1964.


Diary of the season

Notable debutants

Notable retirements


First Division Liverpool (6) Manchester United
Second Division Leeds United Sunderland
Third Division Coventry City Crystal Palace
Fourth Division Gillingham Carlisle United
FA Cup West Ham United (1) Preston North End
League Cup Leicester City (1) Stoke City
Charity Shield Everton Manchester United
Home Championship Flag of England.svg  England , Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland , Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland

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


Football Writers' Association

Top goalscorer

Football League

First Division

Liverpool clinched the First Division title just two seasons after winning promotion, finishing four points ahead of runners-up Manchester United while defending champions Everton finished third.

Tottenham Hotspur managed to finish fourth despite not winning any silverware and being without many key players for much of the season due to injury, while captain Danny Blanchflower announced his retirement from playing just before the season's end. Tragedy then struck the club after the season was over, when forward John White was struck by lightning and killed on a North London golf course.

Chelsea enjoyed a strong return to the First Division by finishing fifth, while Leicester City finally got their hands on a major trophy by winning the League Cup.

With Alf Ramsey having now left Ipswich Town to manage the England team, Ipswich Town struggled badly under his successor Jackie Milburn, and went down in bottom place having conceded 121 goals just two seasons after being league champions. Bolton Wanderers, who had gradually faded away since the retirement of centre-forward Nat Lofthouse in 1960, also went down.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Liverpool 422651192452.04457Qualified for the European Cup
2 Manchester United 422371290621.45253Qualified for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
3 Everton 4221101184641.31352
4 Tottenham Hotspur 422271397811.19851
5 Chelsea 4220101272561.28650
6 Sheffield Wednesday 4219111284671.25449
7 Blackburn Rovers 4218101489651.36946
8 Arsenal 4217111490821.09845
9 Burnley 4217101571641.10944
10 West Bromwich Albion 4216111570611.14843
11 Leicester City 4216111561581.05243
12 Sheffield United 4216111561640.95343
13 Nottingham Forest 421691764680.94141
14 West Ham United 4214121669740.93240
15 Fulham 4213131658650.89239
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4212151570800.87539
17 Stoke City 4214101877780.98738
18 Blackpool 421392052730.71235
19 Aston Villa 4211121962710.87334
20 Birmingham City 421172454920.58729
21 Bolton Wanderers 421082448800.60028Relegated to the Second Division
22 Ipswich Town 429726561210.46325
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Second Division

Leeds United returned to the First Division after four years away by clinching the Second Division title under ambitious manager Don Revie, while Sunderland's six-year exile from the First Division was ended by promotion as Second Division runners-up.

Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United slipped into the Third Division.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Leeds United 422415371342.08863Promoted to the First Division
2 Sunderland 422511681372.18961
3 Preston North End 422310979541.46356
4 Charlton Athletic 4219101376701.08648
5 Southampton 4219914100731.37047
6 Manchester City 4218101484661.27346
7 Rotherham United 421971690781.15445
8 Newcastle United 422051774691.07245
9 Portsmouth 4216111579701.12943
10 Middlesbrough 4215111667521.28841
11 Northampton Town 421691758600.96741
12 Huddersfield Town 4215101757640.89140
13 Derby County 4214111756670.83639
14 Swindon Town 4214101857690.82638
15 Cardiff City 4214101856810.69138
16 Leyton Orient 4213101954720.75036
17 Norwich City 4211131864800.80035
18 Bury 421392057730.78135
19 Swansea Town 421292163740.85133
20 Plymouth Argyle 428161845670.67232
21 Grimsby Town 429141947750.62732Relegated to the Third Division
22 Scunthorpe United 4210102252820.63430
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Third Division

Coventry City made the breakthrough into the Second Division as champions of the Third Division, finishing level on points at the top of the league with Crystal Palace.

Notts County, Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra and Millwall were all relegated to the Fourth Division.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Coventry City 462216898611.60760Promoted to the Second Division
2 Crystal Palace 462314973511.43160
3 Watford 4623121179591.33958
4 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 462481479581.36256
5 Bristol City 4620151184641.31355
6 Reading 4621101579621.27452
7 Mansfield Town 4620111576621.22651
8 Hull City 4616171373681.07449
9 Oldham Athletic 462081873701.04348
10 Peterborough United 4618111775701.07147
11 Shrewsbury Town 4618111773800.91347
12 Bristol Rovers 461981991791.15246
13 Port Vale 4616141653491.08246
14 Southend United 4615151677780.98745
15 Queens Park Rangers 461891976780.97445
16 Brentford 4615141787801.08844
17 Colchester United 4612191570681.02943
18 Luton Town 4616102064800.80042
19 Walsall 4613141959760.77640
20 Barnsley 4612151968940.72339
21 Millwall 4614102253670.79138Relegated to the Fourth Division
22 Crewe Alexandra 4611122350770.64934
23 Wrexham 4613627751070.70132
24 Notts County 46992845920.48927
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Fourth Division

Gillingham finished champions of the Fourth Division, ahead of runners-up Carlisle United on goal average. They enjoyed a narrow lead over third placed Workington and fourth placed Exeter City. Bradford City bounced back from having to apply for re-election to just missing out on promotion in the space of a season.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1 Gillingham 462314959301.96760Promoted to the Third Division
2 Carlisle United 46251011113581.94860
3 Workington 4624111176521.46259
4 Exeter City 462018862371.67658
5 Bradford City 462561576621.22656
6 Torquay United 4620111580541.48151
7 Tranmere Rovers 4620111585731.16451
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 4619121571521.36550
9 Aldershot 4619101783781.06448
10 Halifax Town 4617141577771.00048
11 Lincoln City 461991867750.89347
12 Chester 461981965601.08346
13 Bradford Park Avenue 461891975810.92645
14 Doncaster Rovers 4615121970750.93342
15 Newport County 461782164730.87742
16 Chesterfield 4615121957710.80342
17 Stockport County 4615121950680.73542
18 Oxford United 4614131959630.93741
19 Darlington 4614122066930.71040
20 Rochdale 4612151956590.94939
21 Southport 461592263880.71639Re-elected
22 York City 461472552660.78835
23 Hartlepools United 461292554930.58133
24 Barrow 466182251930.54830
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Top goalscorers

First Division

Second Division

Third Division

Fourth Division

European club competitions

European Champions' Cup

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

National team

The England national football team had an eventful season with a shared victory in the 1964 British Home Championship, another success against a Rest of the World XI in one of the most famous matches ever played at Wembley and a tour of the Americas upon the season's conclusion which culminated in a dire performance in Brazil during the 1964 Taça de Nações.

American tour

Taça das Nações

Other matches

12 Oct 1963Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff British Championship Won4–0
23 Oct 1963 Rest of the World XI Wembley Friendly Won2–1
20 Nov 1963Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland Wembley British Championship Won8–3
11 April 1964Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow British Championship Lost0–1
6 May 1964Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Wembley Friendly Won2–1
17 May 1964Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Estádio Nacional, Lisbon Friendly Won4–3
24 May 1964Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland Dalymount Park, Dublin Friendly Won3–1

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