1952–53 Football League

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

54th season of the Football League
The Football League
Season 1952–53
Champions Arsenal

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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]

Football League
First Division
Season 1952–53
Champions Arsenal (7th English title)
Relegated Stoke City,
Derby County
FA Cup winners Blackpool (1st and only FA Cup title)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,508 (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)

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.

Pos Team Pld HW HD HL HGF HGA AW AD AL AGF AGA GAv Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Arsenal 42 15 3 3 60 30 6 9 6 37 34 1.516 54 League Champions
2 Preston North End 42 15 3 3 46 25 6 9 6 39 35 1.417 54
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 5 3 54 27 6 8 7 32 36 1.365 51
4 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 3 5 35 19 8 5 8 31 41 1.100 50
5 Charlton Athletic 42 12 8 1 47 22 7 3 11 30 41 1.222 49
6 Burnley 42 11 6 4 36 20 7 6 8 31 32 1.288 48
7 Blackpool 42 13 5 3 45 22 6 4 11 26 48 1.014 47 FA Cup winners
8 Manchester United 42 11 5 5 35 30 7 5 9 34 42 0.958 46
9 Sunderland 42 11 9 1 42 27 4 4 13 26 55 0.829 43
10 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 6 4 55 37 4 5 12 23 32 1.130 41
11 Aston Villa 42 9 7 5 36 23 5 6 10 27 38 1.033 41
12 Cardiff City 42 7 8 6 32 17 7 4 10 22 29 1.174 40
13 Middlesbrough 42 12 5 4 46 27 2 6 13 24 50 0.909 39
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 9 4 8 39 35 6 5 10 22 34 0.884 39
15 Portsmouth 42 10 6 5 44 34 4 4 13 30 49 0.892 38
16 Newcastle United 42 9 5 7 34 33 5 4 12 25 37 0.843 37
17 Liverpool 42 10 6 5 36 28 4 2 15 25 54 0.744 36
18 Sheffield Wednesday 42 8 6 7 35 32 4 5 12 27 40 0.861 35
19 Chelsea 42 10 4 7 35 24 2 7 12 21 42 0.848 35
20 Manchester City 42 12 2 7 45 28 2 5 14 27 59 0.828 35
21 Stoke City 42 10 4 7 35 26 2 6 13 18 40 0.803 34 Relegated
22 Derby County 42 9 6 6 41 29 2 4 15 18 45 0.797 32
Source: [citation needed]

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