1938–39 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1938–39
Champions Everton

The 19381939 season was the 47th season of The Football League.

Final league tables[edit]

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.

Match results are drawn from The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and Rothmans[2] for the First Division and from Rothmans for the Second Division and for the two Third Divisions.

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, if the teams had a positive goal difference. The goal average system was eventually scrapped beginning with the 1976–77 season.

Since the goal average was used for this purpose for such a long time, it is presented in the tables below even for the seasons prior to 1894–95, and since the goal difference is a more informative piece of information for a modern reader than the goal average, the goal difference is added in this presentation after the goal average.

During the first five seasons of the league, that is, until the season 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league. From the 1922–23 season on it was required of the bottom two teams of both Third Division North and Third Division South.[2]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1938–39
Champions Everton (5th English title)
Relegated Birmingham
Leicester City
FA Cup winners Portsmouth (1st FA Cup title)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1418 (3.07 per match)
Top goalscorer Tommy Lawton (Everton), 35 [3]
Biggest home win MiddlesbroughCharlton 9–2 (10 Dec 1938)
WolverhamptonEverton 7–0 (22 Feb 1939)
Biggest away win LeicesterCharlton 1–5 (9 Feb 1939)
SunderlandAston Villa 1–5 (26 Dec 1938)
CharltonWolverhampton 0–4 (10 Dec 1938)
Highest scoring MiddlesbroughBlackpool 9–2 (10 Dec 1938)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Everton 42 17 3 1 60 18 10 2 9 28 34 88 52 1.692 +36 59
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 14 6 1 55 12 8 5 8 33 27 88 39 2.256 +49 55
3 Charlton Athletic 42 16 3 2 49 24 6 3 12 26 35 75 59 1.271 +16 50
4 Middlesbrough 42 13 6 2 64 27 7 3 11 29 47 93 74 1.257 +19 49
5 Arsenal 42 14 3 4 34 14 5 6 10 21 27 55 41 1.341 +14 47
6 Derby County 42 12 3 6 39 22 7 5 9 27 33 66 55 1.200 +11 46
7 Stoke City 42 13 6 2 50 25 4 6 11 21 43 71 68 1.044 +3 46
8 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 6 5 39 25 5 9 7 28 33 67 58 1.155 +9 45
9 Preston North End 42 13 7 1 44 19 3 5 13 19 40 63 59 1.068 +4 44
10 Grimsby Town 42 11 6 4 38 26 5 5 11 23 43 61 69 0.884 –8 43
11 Liverpool 42 12 6 3 40 24 2 8 11 22 39 62 63 0.984 –1 42
12 Aston Villa 42 11 3 7 44 25 5 6 10 27 35 71 60 1.183 +9 41
13 Leeds United 42 11 5 5 40 27 5 4 12 19 40 59 67 0.881 –8 41
14 Manchester United 42 7 9 5 30 20 4 7 10 27 45 57 65 0.877 –8 38
15 Blackpool 42 9 8 4 37 26 3 6 12 19 42 56 68 0.824 –12 38
16 Sunderland 42 7 7 7 30 29 6 5 10 24 38 54 67 0.806 –13 38
17 Portsmouth 42 10 7 4 25 15 2 6 13 22 55 47 70 0.671 –23 37
18 Brentford 42 11 2 8 30 27 3 6 12 23 47 53 74 0.716 –21 36
19 Huddersfield Town 42 11 4 6 38 18 1 7 13 20 46 58 64 0.906 –6 35
20 Chelsea 42 10 5 6 43 29 2 4 15 21 51 64 80 0.800 –16 33
21 Birmingham 42 10 5 6 40 27 2 3 16 22 57 62 84 0.738 –22 32
22 Leicester City 42 7 6 8 35 35 2 5 14 13 47 48 82 0.585 –34 29
Key
League Champions
FA Cup Winners
Relegated

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BLP BOL BRE CHA CHE DER EVE GRI HUD LEE LEI LIV MUN MID POR PNE STK SUN WOL
Arsenal 0–0 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–3 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–1 2–0 0–0
Aston Villa 1–3 5–1 3–1 1–3 5–0 2–0 6–2 0–1 0–3 0–2 4–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–0 3–0 1–1 2–2
Birmingham City 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 5–1 3–4 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 0–0 3–3 2–1 2–0 1–3 1–2 1–2 3–2
Blackpool 1–0 2–4 2–1 0–0 4–1 0–0 5–1 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–5 4–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0
Bolton Wanderers 1–1 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 4–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 4–0 3–1 0–0 4–1 5–1 0–2 1–3 2–1 0–0
Brentford 1–0 2–4 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 2–0 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–5 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–3 0–1
Charlton Athletic 1–0 1–0 4–4 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–3 7–1 3–0 3–3 3–1 4–2 3–0 0–4
Chelsea 4–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 0–2 0–2 5–1 3–0 2–2 3–0 4–1 0–1 4–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–3
Derby County 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 3–1 0–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 5–1 1–4 0–1 2–0 5–0 1–0 2–2
Everton 2–0 3–0 4–2 4–0 2–1 2–1 1–4 4–1 2–2 3–0 3–2 4–0 4–0 2–1 3–0 4–0 5–1 0–0 1–1 6–2 1–0
Grimsby Town 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 3–3 3–2 6–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–3 2–4
Huddersfield Town 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–2 4–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 3–0 1–4 0–1 1–2
Leeds United 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 1–1 1–4 1–2 0–1 2–1 8–2 1–1 3–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 3–3 1–0
Leicester City 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–4 0–0 1–1 1–5 3–2 2–3 3–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 5–3 5–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2
Liverpool 2–2 3–0 4–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–3 2–2 3–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 4–4 4–1 1–0 1–1 0–2
Manchester United 1–0 1–1 4–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 0–2 5–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–3
Middlesbrough 1–1 1–1 2–2 9–2 1–2 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 4–4 3–2 4–1 1–2 3–2 3–0 3–1 8–2 2–2 5–1 3–0 1–0
Portsmouth 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–1 2–1 4–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–0
Preston North End 2–1 3–2 5–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–1 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 4–2
Stoke City 1–0 3–1 6–3 1–1 4–1 3–2 1–0 6–1 3–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 3–1 5–3
Sunderland 0–0 1–5 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–3 5–2 1–2 0–2 1–2 3–0 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 5–2 3–1 2–0 0–0 7–0 5–0 3–0 4–1 0–0 2–2 3–0 6–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 0–0

Source: [1]
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1938–1939


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1938–39
Champions Blackburn Rovers (1st title)
Relegated Norwich City
Tranmere Rovers
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1441 (3.12 per match)
Top goalscorer Hugh Billington (Luton Town), 28 [3]
Biggest home win Sheffield WednesdayNorwich City 7–0 (19 Nov 1938)
Biggest away win TranmereManchester City 3–9 (26 Dec 1938)
Highest scoring TranmereManchester City 3–9 (26 Dec 1938)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Blackburn Rovers 42 17 1 3 59 23 8 4 9 35 37 94 60 1.567 +34 55
2 Sheffield United 42 9 9 3 35 15 11 5 5 34 26 69 41 1.683 +28 54
3 Sheffield Wednesday 42 14 4 3 47 18 7 7 7 41 41 88 59 1.492 +29 53
4 Coventry City 42 13 4 4 35 13 8 4 9 27 32 62 45 1.378 +17 50
5 Manchester City 42 13 3 5 56 35 8 4 9 40 37 96 72 1.333 +24 49
6 Chesterfield 42 16 1 4 54 20 4 8 9 15 32 69 52 1.327 +17 49
7 Luton Town 42 13 4 4 47 27 9 1 11 35 39 82 66 1.242 +16 49
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 13 6 2 48 27 6 3 12 19 35 67 62 1.081 +5 47
9 Newcastle United 42 13 3 5 44 21 5 7 9 17 27 61 48 1.271 +13 46
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 15 3 3 54 22 3 6 12 35 50 89 72 1.236 +17 45
11 West Ham United 42 10 5 6 36 21 7 5 9 34 31 70 52 1.346 +18 44
12 Fulham 42 12 5 4 35 20 5 5 11 26 35 61 55 1.109 +6 44
13 Millwall 42 12 6 3 44 18 2 8 11 20 35 64 53 1.208 +11 42
14 Burnley 42 13 3 5 32 20 2 6 13 18 36 50 56 0.893 –6 39
15 Plymouth Argyle 42 9 7 5 24 13 6 1 14 25 42 49 55 0.891 –6 38
16 Bury 42 9 5 7 48 36 3 8 10 17 38 65 74 0.878 –9 37
17 Bradford Park Avenue 42 8 6 7 33 35 4 5 12 28 47 61 82 0.744 –21 35
18 Southampton 42 9 6 6 35 34 4 3 14 21 48 56 82 0.683 –26 35
19 Swansea Town 42 8 6 7 33 30 3 6 12 17 53 50 83 0.602 –33 34
20 Nottingham Forest 42 8 6 7 33 29 2 5 14 16 53 49 82 0.598 –33 31
21 Norwich City 42 10 5 6 39 29 3 0 18 11 62 50 91 0.549 –41 31
22 Tranmere Rovers 42 6 4 11 26 38 0 1 20 13 61 39 99 0.394 –60 17

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Relegated

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] BLB BPA BUR BRY CHF COV FUL LUT MCI MIL NEW NOR NOT PLY SHU SHW SOU SWA TOT TRA WBA WHU
Blackburn Rovers 6–4 1–0 1–0 3–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–3 3–1 3–0 6–0 3–2 4–0 1–2 2–4 3–0 4–0 3–1 3–2 3–0 3–1
Bradford Park Avenue 0–4 2–2 3–2 0–0 0–2 1–5 2–1 4–2 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–2 2–2 0–3 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 4–4 1–2
Burnley 3–2 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 2–3 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–3 1–0
Bury 2–4 0–1 1–0 3–1 5–0 0–2 2–5 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 3–0 2–2 2–3 5–2 4–0 3–1 5–0 3–3 1–1
Chesterfield 0–2 2–2 3–2 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 0–3 3–0 2–0 2–0 7–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 6–1 6–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–0
Coventry City 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 5–1 1–2 0–3 1–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–0
Fulham 2–3 4–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–2
Luton Town 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 5–0 1–3 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–4 2–0 1–5 6–2 6–3 0–0 3–0 3–1 1–2
Manchester City 3–2 5–1 2–0 0–0 3–1 3–0 3–5 1–2 1–6 4–1 4–1 3–0 1–3 3–2 1–1 2–1 5–0 2–0 5–2 3–3 2–4
Millwall 4–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 6–0 5–0 3–0 4–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–5 0–2
Newcastle United 2–2 1–0 3–2 6–0 0–1 0–4 2–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 4–0 4–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–1 5–1 5–1 2–0
Norwich City 4–0 1–3 4–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–0 2–3 2–6
Nottingham Forest 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 2–4 3–4 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–2 3–3 0–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 0–0
Plymouth Argyle 1–0 4–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 4–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–0
Sheffield United 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 5–1 1–2 6–1 2–0 1–1 3–1
Sheffield Wednesday 3–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 5–1 4–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 7–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–4
Southampton 1–3 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–1 0–4 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–2 4–3 4–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 0–2
Swansea Town 2–1 2–2 4–0 3–3 1–1 2–4 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–0 3–2 3–2
Tottenham Hotspur 4–3 2–2 1–0 4–3 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–3 4–0 1–0 4–1 4–1 1–0 2–2 3–3 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–1
Tranmere Rovers 1–1 2–1 0–3 3–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 2–3 3–9 2–0 0–3 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–4 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–0 0–2 1–2 6–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 3–1 0–0 5–2 4–2 0–0 4–2 3–4 5–1 2–0 0–0 4–3 2–0 3–2
West Ham United 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 4–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–1 0–0 2–3 1–2 5–2 0–2 6–1 2–1

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1938–1939


Third Division North[edit]

Football League, Third Division North
Season 1938–1939
Champions Barnsley (2nd title)
Failed re-election None
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1609 (3.48 per match)
Top goalscorer Wally Hunt (Carlisle United), 32 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Barnsley 42 18 2 1 60 12 12 5 4 34 22 94 34 2.765 +60 67
2 Doncaster Rovers 42 12 5 4 47 21 9 9 3 40 26 87 47 1.851 +40 56
3 Bradford City 42 16 2 3 59 21 6 6 9 30 35 89 56 1.589 +33 52
4 Southport 42 14 5 2 47 16 6 5 10 28 38 75 54 1.389 +21 50
5 Oldham Athletic 42 16 1 4 51 21 6 4 11 25 38 76 59 1.288 +17 49
6 Chester 42 12 5 4 54 31 8 4 9 34 39 88 70 1.257 +18 49
7 Hull City 42 13 5 3 57 25 5 5 11 26 49 83 74 1.122 +9 46
8 Crewe Alexandra 42 12 5 4 54 23 7 1 13 28 47 82 70 1.171 +12 44
9 Stockport County 42 13 6 2 57 24 4 3 14 34 53 91 77 1.182 +14 43
10 Gateshead 42 11 6 4 45 24 3 8 10 29 43 74 67 1.104 +7 42
11 Rotherham United 42 12 4 5 45 21 5 4 12 19 43 64 64 1.000 ±0 42
12 Halifax Town 42 9 10 2 33 22 4 6 11 19 32 52 54 0.963 –2 42
13 Barrow 42 11 5 5 46 22 5 4 12 20 43 66 65 1.015 +1 41
14 Wrexham 42 15 2 4 46 28 2 5 14 20 51 66 79 0.835 –13 41
15 Rochdale 42 10 5 6 58 29 5 4 12 34 53 92 82 1.122 +10 39
16 New Brighton 42 11 2 8 46 32 4 7 10 22 41 68 73 0.932 –5 39
17 Lincoln City 42 9 6 6 40 33 3 3 15 26 59 66 92 0.717 –26 33
18 Darlington 42 12 2 7 43 30 1 5 15 19 62 62 92 0.674 –30 33
19 Carlisle United 42 10 5 6 44 33 3 2 16 22 78 66 111 0.595 –45 33
20 York City 42 8 5 8 37 34 4 3 14 27 58 64 92 0.696 –28 32
21 Hartlepools United 42 10 4 7 36 33 2 3 16 19 61 55 94 0.585 –39 31
22 Accrington Stanley 42 6 5 10 30 39 1 1 19 19 64 49 103 0.476 –54 20

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ACC BAR BRW BRA CRL CHR CRE DAR DON GAT HAL HAR HUL LIN NWB OLD ROC ROT SOU STP WRE YOR
Accrington Stanley (1891) 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–1 2–3 2–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–4 1–2 1–3 0–5 2–1 1–4 3–2 3–1 3–1
Barnsley 4–1 4–0 5–2 3–0 3–0 5–2 7–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–0 5–1 4–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–0
Barrow 2–3 1–2 2–1 5–0 0–1 1–2 2–0 4–4 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–1 4–0 0–2 4–0 2–0
Bradford City 2–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 1–0 4–1 6–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 6–2 3–0 3–3 1–4 3–0 5–2 2–1 4–0 4–0 6–0
Carlisle United 6–4 3–1 3–0 0–2 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–3 2–2 1–2 2–0 1–2 4–3 1–1 2–0 5–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–3
Chester 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 6–1 4–0 0–0 0–4 2–2 5–1 8–2 1–1 0–0 1–3 4–2 0–0 1–4 2–0 4–3 4–2 5–1
Crewe Alexandra 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 7–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 3–2 2–2 3–2 0–1 6–0 7–1 1–2 4–1 0–0 4–2 2–1 1–0 8–2
Darlington 3–0 0–1 3–1 0–4 2–1 3–3 1–0 1–2 5–2 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 3–0 3–3 1–2 3–1 0–2 4–3 3–1 1–2
Doncaster Rovers 7–1 1–3 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–1 1–2 4–1 2–3 0–0 3–1 1–0 4–1 4–1 3–2 5–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–0
Gateshead 4–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–5 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–3 2–0 2–2 7–1 0–0 4–1 5–1 2–3
Halifax Town 2–0 1–4 1–0 2–2 5–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–3 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 2–1
Hartlepool United 2–1 0–1 1–2 1–3 2–1 2–5 0–1 3–0 1–3 3–1 1–0 3–3 2–1 3–2 0–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 0–0 3–2
Hull City 6–1 0–1 4–0 3–2 11–1 3–0 2–1 3–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 4–1 4–2 3–0 0–2 3–3 0–2 2–1 4–4 1–1 2–0
Lincoln City 3–0 2–4 1–1 4–0 2–1 0–3 3–2 3–0 2–5 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–3 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 0–1 3–2 8–3 3–3
New Brighton 4–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–3 1–3 1–2 3–0 3–6 0–1 1–0 5–2 6–1 3–2 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–3 3–2
Oldham Athletic 2–0 4–2 1–0 2–1 6–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 4–2 4–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–4 3–1 4–2 6–0
Rochdale 4–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–3 5–2 5–0 6–1 1–1 5–2 4–5 3–4 4–0 4–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 5–0 0–1 0–0 2–2
Rotherham United 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 4–0 2–0 4–1 3–3 0–0 2–2 0–1 5–1 0–2 1–3 0–0 3–1 7–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 2–0
Southport 1–0 0–0 4–1 2–2 7–1 2–0 1–2 4–1 0–4 2–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 4–1 1–1 0–0 4–1 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1
Stockport County 3–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 5–1 5–2 1–2 3–2 3–3 5–0 2–2 3–3 1–1 3–1 1–2 5–0 3–1 2–1 3–1
Wrexham 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–5 3–2 0–4 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 4–2 1–0 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 4–3 2–1 1–3
York City 2–2 2–3 2–3 0–1 4–1 2–2 4–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–0 4–1 0–7 0–1 2–3 1–2 1–0

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams 1938–1939


Third Division South[edit]

Football League, Third Division South
Season 1938–1939
Champions Newport County (1st title)
Failed re-election None
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1319 (2.85 per match)
Top goalscorer Ben Morton (Swindon Town), 28 [3][4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Newport County 42 15 4 2 37 16 7 7 7 21 29 58 45 1.289 +13 55
2 Crystal Palace 42 15 4 2 49 18 5 8 8 22 34 71 52 1.365 +19 52
3 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 14 5 2 43 14 5 6 10 25 35 68 49 1.388 +19 49
4 Watford 42 14 6 1 44 15 3 6 12 18 36 62 51 1.216 +11 46
5 Reading 42 12 6 3 46 23 4 8 9 23 36 69 59 1.169 +10 46
6 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 8 3 44 15 5 6 10 24 34 68 49 1.388 +19 44
7 Ipswich Town 42 14 3 4 46 21 2 9 10 16 31 62 52 1.192 +10 44
8 Bristol City 42 14 5 2 42 19 2 7 12 19 44 61 63 0.968 –2 44
9 Swindon Town 42 15 4 2 53 25 3 4 14 19 52 72 77 0.935 –5 44
10 Aldershot 42 13 6 2 31 15 3 6 12 22 51 53 66 0.803 –13 44
11 Notts County 42 12 6 3 36 16 5 3 13 23 38 59 54 1.093 +5 43
12 Southend United 42 14 5 2 38 13 2 4 15 23 51 61 64 0.953 –3 41
13 Cardiff City 42 12 1 8 40 28 3 10 8 21 37 61 65 0.938 –4 41
14 Exeter City 42 9 9 3 40 32 4 5 12 25 50 65 82 0.793 –17 40
15 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 10 8 3 38 22 3 5 13 14 36 52 58 0.897 –6 39
16 Mansfield Town 42 10 8 3 33 19 2 7 12 11 43 44 62 0.710 –18 39
17 Northampton Town 42 13 5 3 41 20 2 3 16 10 38 51 58 0.879 –7 38
18 Port Vale [notes 1] 42 10 5 6 36 23 4 4 13 16 35 52 58 0.897 –6 37
19 Torquay United 42 7 5 9 27 28 7 4 10 27 42 54 70 0.771 –16 37
20 Clapton Orient 42 10 9 2 40 16 1 4 16 13 39 53 55 0.964 –2 35
21 Walsall 42 9 6 6 47 23 2 5 14 21 46 68 69 0.986 –1 33
22 Bristol Rovers 42 8 8 5 30 17 2 5 14 25 44 55 61 0.902 –6 33

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

  1. ^ Port Vale had been transferred to Third Division South for this season.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ALD BOU BHA BRI BRO CAR CLA CRY EXE IPS MAN NPC NOR NTC PTV QPR REA STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–3 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–3 1–1
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4–0 2–0 4–0 5–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 3–2 1–1 4–2 0–0 0–4 2–0 2–5 3–1 1–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 0–3 1–1 1–0 6–3 1–2 2–0 0–0 6–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 4–0 2–0 3–1 0–0
Bristol City 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 2–1 5–1 2–2 5–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 2–0
Bristol Rovers 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 4–1 3–3 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–4 4–1 5–0 0–1 2–0 1–1
Cardiff City 2–4 5–0 4–1 2–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–0 4–1 2–4 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 5–3
Clapton Orient 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 4–0 3–3 1–1 0–0 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 5–0 5–0 3–0 1–1 0–0
Crystal Palace 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 4–2 3–2 3–0 6–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 4–3 1–1 1–3 4–0 2–0
Exeter City 3–3 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–4 3–0 2–0 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 3–2 3–3 0–0 1–2 3–2 1–3
Ipswich Town 7–2 0–2 0–0 4–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–2 5–1 1–4 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 4–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 5–1
Mansfield Town 1–0 2–0 4–2 3–2 1–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 4–2 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–0
Newport County 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 6–4 1–0 2–1 1–0
Northampton Town 5–0 2–0 1–4 2–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 3–4 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 4–1 4–1 2–0
Notts County 1–1 0–1 4–3 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–0 5–1 0–0 0–3
Port Vale 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 0–1 5–1 1–2
Queens Park Rangers 7–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–2 5–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0 1–0
Reading 5–0 1–0 3–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 5–1 3–1 2–1 2–4 3–0 3–0 3–5 1–1 3–2
Southend 2–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–3 1–1 2–0 3–0
Swindon Town 2–1 4–2 3–2 1–0 2–1 4–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 8–0 1–0 4–1 1–1 2–2 4–2 2–1 3–1 1–4 3–0
Torquay United 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–1 2–1
Walsall 2–2 1–2 0–2 5–0 2–2 6–3 5–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–3 4–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 5–0 5–0 2–0
Watford 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 4–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 4–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 4–1 3–1 3–0 4–1 0–0 4–2

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams 1938–1939


See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Ben Morton player profile". Swindon Town. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.