1949–50 in English football

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The 1949–50 season was the 70th season of competitive football in England.

Overview[edit]

Portsmouth retained the First Division title by one of the narrowest margins in history ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.

An event that was much talked about in the city of Sheffield for many years was the way the promotion race from the Second Division was won. Going into the last game of the season, Sheffield Wednesday needed to beat Tottenham Hotspur to clinch promotion at the expense of their local rivals Sheffield United. The resulting 0–0 draw meant Wednesday won promotion by a goal average difference of just 0.008 – a 1–1 draw would have left the two great rivals level on points and goal average, and a unique play-off match would have had to be played.

Joe Mercer captained the winning Arsenal team in the FA Cup and is named FWA Footballer of the Year.[1]

Manchester United returned to a rebuilt Old Trafford eight years after it had been damaged by the Luftwaffe.[2]

Events[edit]

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner Runner-up
First Division Portsmouth (2) Wolverhampton Wanderers
Second Division Tottenham Hotspur Sheffield Wednesday
Third Division North Doncaster Rovers Gateshead
Third Division South Notts County Northampton Town
FA Cup Arsenal (3) Liverpool
Charity Shield Portsmouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers (shared)
Home Championship  England  Scotland

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

League table[edit]

First Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Portsmouth 42 22 9 11 74 38 1.947 53
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 20 13 9 76 49 1.551 53
3 Sunderland 42 21 10 11 83 62 1.339 52
4 Manchester United 42 18 14 10 69 44 1.568 50
5 Newcastle United 42 19 12 11 77 55 1.400 50
6 Arsenal 42 19 11 12 79 55 1.436 49
7 Blackpool 42 17 15 10 46 35 1.314 49
8 Liverpool 42 17 14 11 64 54 1.185 48
9 Middlesbrough 42 20 7 15 59 48 1.229 47
10 Burnley 42 16 13 13 40 40 1.000 45
11 Derby County 42 17 10 15 69 61 1.131 44
12 Aston Villa 42 15 12 15 61 61 1.000 42
13 Chelsea 42 12 16 14 58 65 0.892 40
14 West Bromwich Albion 42 14 12 16 47 53 0.887 40
15 Huddersfield Town 42 14 9 19 52 73 0.712 37
16 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 14 18 45 59 0.763 34
17 Fulham 42 10 14 18 41 54 0.759 34
18 Everton 42 10 14 18 42 66 0.636 34
19 Stoke City 42 11 12 19 45 75 0.600 34
20 Charlton Athletic 42 13 6 23 53 65 0.815 32
21 Manchester City 42 8 13 21 36 68 0.529 29
22 Birmingham City 42 7 14 21 31 67 0.463 28

Second Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 42 27 7 8 81 35 2.314 61
2 Sheffield Wednesday 42 18 16 8 67 48 1.396 52
3 Sheffield United 42 19 14 9 68 49 1.388 52
4 Southampton 42 19 14 9 64 48 1.333 52
5 Leeds United 42 17 13 12 54 45 1.200 47
6 Preston North End 42 18 9 15 60 49 1.224 45
7 Hull City 42 17 11 14 64 72 0.889 45
8 Swansea Town 42 17 9 16 53 49 1.082 43
9 Brentford 42 15 13 14 44 49 0.898 43
10 Cardiff City 42 16 10 16 41 44 0.932 42
11 Grimsby Town 42 16 8 18 74 73 1.014 40
12 Coventry City 42 13 13 16 55 55 1.000 39
13 Barnsley 42 13 13 16 64 67 0.955 39
14 Chesterfield 42 15 9 18 43 47 0.915 39
15 Leicester City 42 12 15 15 55 65 0.846 39
16 Blackburn Rovers 42 14 10 18 55 60 0.917 38
17 Luton Town 42 10 18 14 41 51 0.804 38
18 Bury 42 14 9 19 60 65 0.923 37
19 West Ham United 42 12 12 18 53 61 0.869 36
20 Queens Park Rangers 42 11 12 19 40 57 0.702 34
21 Plymouth Argyle 42 8 16 18 44 65 0.677 32
22 Bradford Park Avenue 42 10 11 21 51 77 0.662 31

Third Division North[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Doncaster Rovers 42 19 17 6 66 38 1.737 55
2 Gateshead 42 23 7 12 87 54 1.611 53
3 Rochdale 42 21 9 12 68 41 1.659 51
4 Lincoln City 42 21 9 12 60 39 1.538 51
5 Tranmere Rovers 42 19 11 12 51 48 1.063 49
6 Rotherham United 42 19 10 13 80 59 1.356 48
7 Crewe Alexandra 42 17 14 11 68 55 1.236 48
8 Mansfield Town 42 18 12 12 66 54 1.222 48
9 Carlisle United 42 16 15 11 68 51 1.333 47
10 Stockport County 42 19 7 16 55 52 1.058 45
11 Oldham Athletic 42 16 11 15 58 63 0.921 43
12 Chester 42 17 6 19 70 79 0.886 40
13 Accrington Stanley 42 16 7 19 57 62 0.919 39
14 New Brighton 42 14 10 18 45 63 0.714 38
15 Barrow 42 14 9 19 47 53 0.887 37
16 Southport 42 12 13 17 51 71 0.718 37
17 Darlington 42 11 13 18 56 69 0.812 35
18 Hartlepools United 42 14 5 23 52 79 0.658 33
19 Bradford City 42 12 8 22 61 76 0.803 32
20 Wrexham 42 10 12 20 39 54 0.722 32
21 Halifax Town 42 12 8 22 58 85 0.682 32
22 York City 42 9 13 20 52 70 0.743 31

Third Division South[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Notts County 42 25 8 9 95 50 1.900 58
2 Northampton Town 42 20 11 11 72 50 1.440 51
3 Southend United 42 19 13 10 66 48 1.375 51
4 Nottingham Forest 42 20 9 13 67 39 1.718 49
5 Torquay United 42 19 10 13 66 63 1.048 48
6 Watford 42 16 13 13 45 35 1.286 45
7 Crystal Palace 42 15 14 13 55 54 1.019 44
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 16 12 14 57 69 0.826 44
9 Bristol Rovers 42 19 5 18 51 51 1.000 43
10 Reading 42 17 8 17 70 64 1.094 42
11 Norwich City 42 16 10 16 65 63 1.032 42
12 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 16 10 16 57 56 1.018 42
13 Port Vale 42 15 11 16 47 42 1.119 41
14 Swindon Town 42 15 11 16 59 62 0.952 41
15 Bristol City 42 15 10 17 60 61 0.984 40
16 Exeter City 42 14 11 17 63 75 0.840 39
17 Ipswich Town 42 12 11 19 57 86 0.663 35
18 Leyton Orient 42 12 11 19 53 85 0.624 35
19 Walsall 42 9 16 17 61 62 0.984 34
20 Aldershot 42 13 8 21 48 60 0.800 34
21 Newport County 42 13 8 21 67 98 0.684 34
22 Millwall 42 14 4 24 55 63 0.873 32

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times, 4 April 1950; Association Football Scottish Team To Meet England
  2. ^ [1]