1953–54 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1953–54
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers

The 19531954 season was the 55th completed season of The Football League, which ran from August 1953 until April 1954.

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.

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.

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 1953–54
Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st English title)
Relegated Middlesbrough, Liverpool
FA Cup winners West Bromwich Albion (4th FA Cup title)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1626 (3.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Jimmy Glazzard (Huddersfield Town), 29 [3]
Biggest home win CharltonMiddlesbrough 8–1 (12 Sep 1953)
WolvesChelsea 8–1 (26 Sep 1953)
Biggest away win CardiffManchester United 1–6 (14 Nov 1953)
Highest scoring NewcastleWest Brom 3–7 (16 Sep 1953)
Longest winning run Charlton (6 games)
ended 17 October 1953
Longest unbeaten run Wolverhampton Wanderers (18 games)
ended 12 December 1953
Longest losing run Liverpool (5 games)
ended 16 September 1953
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 16 1 4 61 25 9 6 6 35 31 96 56 1.714 +40 57
2 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 5 3 51 24 9 4 8 35 39 86 63 1.365 +23 53
3 Huddersfield Town 42 13 6 2 45 24 7 5 9 33 37 78 61 1.279 +27 51
4 Manchester United 42 11 6 4 41 27 7 6 8 32 31 73 58 1.259 +15 48
5 Bolton Wanderers 42 14 6 1 45 20 4 6 11 30 40 75 60 1.250 +15 48
6 Blackpool 42 13 6 2 43 19 6 4 11 37 50 80 69 1.159 +11 48
7 Burnley 42 16 2 3 51 23 5 2 14 27 44 78 67 1.164 +11 46
8 Chelsea 42 12 3 6 45 26 4 9 8 29 42 74 68 1.088 +6 44
9 Charlton Athletic 42 14 4 3 51 26 5 2 14 24 51 75 77 0.974 –2 44
10 Cardiff City 42 12 4 5 32 27 6 4 11 19 44 51 71 0.718 –20 44
11 Preston North End 42 12 2 7 43 24 7 3 11 44 34 87 58 1.500 +29 43
12 Arsenal 42 8 8 5 42 37 7 5 9 33 36 75 73 1.027 +2 43
13 Aston Villa 42 12 5 4 50 28 4 4 13 20 40 70 68 1.029 +2 41
14 Portsmouth 42 13 5 3 53 31 1 6 14 28 58 81 89 0.910 –8 39
15 Newcastle United 42 9 2 10 43 40 5 8 8 29 37 72 77 0.935 –5 38
16 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 3 7 38 33 5 2 14 27 43 65 76 0.855 –11 37
17 Manchester City 42 10 4 7 35 31 4 5 12 27 46 62 77 0.805 –15 37
18 Sunderland 42 11 4 6 50 37 3 4 14 31 52 81 89 0.910 –8 36
19 Sheffield Wednesday 42 12 4 5 43 30 3 2 16 27 61 70 91 0.769 –21 36
20 Sheffield United 42 9 5 7 43 38 2 6 13 26 52 69 90 0.767 –21 33
21 Middlesbrough 42 6 6 9 29 35 4 4 13 31 56 60 91 0.659 –31 30
22 Liverpool 42 7 8 6 49 38 2 2 17 19 59 68 97 0.701 –29 28

P = 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
League Champions
FA Cup winners
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BLP BOL BUR CAR CHA CHE HUD LIV MNC MNU MID NEW POR PRE SHE SHW SUN TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 1–1 1–1 4–3 2–5 1–1 3–3 1–2 0–0 3–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–0 3–2 1–1 4–1 1–4 0–3 2–2 2–3
Aston Villa 2–1 2–1 2–2 5–1 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–0 2–2 5–3 1–2 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 6–1 1–2
Blackpool 2–2 3–2 0–0 2–0 4–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–3 1–1 4–2 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 4–1 0–0
Bolton Wanderers 3–1 3–0 3–2 0–0 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 3–2 0–0 3–2 2–2 6–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–1
Burnley 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 5–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 4–1 5–1 4–2 1–4 4–1
Cardiff City 0–3 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 5–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 0–3 1–6 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–3
Charlton Athletic 1–5 1–1 4–2 1–0 3–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 6–0 2–1 1–0 8–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 3–0 4–2 5–3 0–1 1–1 0–2
Chelsea 0–2 1–2 5–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 5–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 4–3 1–0 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 5–0 4–2
Huddersfield Town 2–2 4–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 4–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–2 5–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–5 0–2 2–1
Liverpool 1–2 6–1 5–2 1–2 4–0 0–1 2–3 1–1 1–3 2–2 4–4 4–1 2–2 3–1 1–5 3–0 2–2 4–3 2–2 0–0 1–1
Manchester City 0–0 0–1 1–4 3–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 5–2 0–0 2–1 1–4 2–1 3–2 2–1 4–1 2–3 0–4
Manchester United 2–2 1–0 4–1 1–5 1–2 2–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 5–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 5–2 1–0 2–0 1–3 1–0
Middlesbrough 2–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–3 0–0 0–2 3–3 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–4 2–3 2–2 0–4 2–0 4–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 3–3
Newcastle United 5–2 0–1 2–1 2–3 3–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 4–0 4–3 1–2 2–3 1–1 0–4 4–1 3–0 2–1 1–3 3–7 1–2
Portsmouth 1–1 2–1 4–4 3–2 3–2 1–1 3–1 3–2 5–2 5–1 4–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 3–4 2–1 4–1 1–1 3–0 2–0
Preston North End 0–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 1–3 1–0 2–2 4–0 2–1 6–0 6–2 2–1 0–2 0–1
Sheffield United 1–0 2–1 3–4 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–3 3–6 3–1 2–2 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 5–2 1–2 3–3
Sheffield Wednesday 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–4 1–1 2–0 0–1 4–2 3–0 4–4 4–2 3–2 2–2 2–1 2–3 0–0
Sunderland 7–1 2–0 3–2 1–2 2–1 5–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 3–2 4–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–4 4–3 2–1 3–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–4 1–0 2–2 3–2 2–3 0–1 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 4–1 3–0 1–1 2–6 2–1 3–1 0–3 0–1 2–3
West Bromwich Albion 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 6–1 2–3 5–2 4–0 5–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–3 3–2 2–2 4–2 2–0 3–0 0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 1–2 4–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 5–0 8–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 3–1 2–4 3–2 4–3 1–0 6–1 4–1 3–1 2–0 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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1953–1954


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1953–54
Champions Leicester City (3rd title)
Promoted Everton
Relegated Brentford,
Oldham Athletic
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1535 (3.32 per match)
Top goalscorer John Charles (Leeds United), 42 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Leicester City 42 15 4 2 63 23 8 6 7 34 37 97 60 1.617 +37 56
2 Everton 42 13 6 2 55 27 7 10 4 37 31 92 58 1.586 +34 56
3 Blackburn Rovers 42 15 4 2 54 16 8 5 8 32 34 86 50 1.720 +36 55
4 Nottingham Forest 42 15 5 1 61 27 5 7 9 25 32 86 59 1.458 +27 52
5 Rotherham United 42 13 4 4 51 26 8 3 10 29 41 80 67 1.194 +13 49
6 Luton Town 42 11 7 3 36 23 7 5 9 28 36 64 59 1.085 +5 48
7 Birmingham City 42 12 6 3 49 18 6 5 10 29 40 78 58 1.345 +20 47
8 Fulham 42 12 3 6 62 39 5 7 9 36 46 98 85 1.153 +33 44
9 Bristol Rovers 42 10 7 4 32 19 4 9 8 32 39 64 58 1.103 +6 44
10 Leeds United 42 12 5 4 56 30 3 8 10 33 51 89 81 1.099 +7 43
11 Stoke City 42 8 8 5 43 28 4 9 8 28 32 71 60 1.183 +11 41
12 Doncaster Rovers 42 9 5 7 32 28 7 4 10 27 35 59 63 0.937 –4 41
13 West Ham United 42 11 6 4 44 20 4 3 14 23 49 67 69 0.971 –2 39
14 Notts County 42 8 6 7 26 29 5 7 9 28 45 54 74 0.730 –20 39
15 Hull City 42 14 1 6 47 22 2 5 14 17 44 64 66 0.970 –2 38
16 Lincoln City 42 11 6 4 46 23 3 3 15 19 60 65 83 0.783 –18 37
17 Bury 42 9 7 5 39 32 2 7 12 15 40 54 72 0.750 –18 36
18 Derby County 42 9 5 7 38 35 3 6 12 26 47 64 82 0.780 –18 35
19 Plymouth Argyle 42 6 12 3 38 31 3 4 14 27 51 65 82 0.793 –17 34
20 Swansea Town 42 11 5 5 34 25 2 3 16 24 57 58 82 0.707 –24 34
21 Brentford 42 9 5 7 25 26 1 6 14 15 52 40 78 0.513 –38 31
22 Oldham Athletic 42 6 7 8 26 31 2 2 17 14 58 40 89 0.449 –49 25

P = 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

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BIR BLB BRE BRO BRY DER DON EVE FUL HUL LEE LEI LIN LUT NOT NTC OLD PLY ROT STO SWA WHU
Birmingham City 0–0 5–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–1 5–1 2–2 2–0 3–3 1–2 1–0 5–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–0 2–3 1–0 6–0 2–0
Blackburn Rovers 3–0 2–2 1–1 4–2 0–3 2–0 0–0 5–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 6–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–3 3–0 3–0 1–0 4–1
Brentford 2–0 1–4 0–3 2–1 0–0 1–4 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 3–1
Bristol Rovers 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 3–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 2–2
Bury 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 3–0 4–4 2–5 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 3–0 3–0 0–6 1–2 2–0
Derby County 2–4 2–2 4–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–6 3–3 2–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–1
Doncaster Rovers 3–1 0–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–3 2–2 2–2 4–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 4–2 1–0 3–3 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–0
Everton 1–0 1–1 6–1 4–0 0–0 3–2 4–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–3 3–2 3–1 8–4 3–0 1–1 2–2 1–2
Fulham 5–2 2–3 4–1 4–4 3–0 5–2 1–2 0–0 5–1 1–3 1–1 4–1 5–1 3–1 4–3 3–1 3–1 2–4 0–1 4–3 3–4
Hull City 3–0 0–2 2–0 4–1 3–0 3–0 3–1 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 1–2 3–0 0–2 8–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 4–3 2–1
Leeds United 1–1 3–2 4–0 3–3 3–4 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–2 0–0 7–1 5–2 2–1 0–2 6–0 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–2
Leicester City 3–4 4–0 6–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 5–0 9–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 4–2 4–1 4–0 4–1 2–1
Lincoln City 0–1 8–0 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–2 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 4–3 1–1 3–1 1–2
Luton Town 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 4–4 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 3–1
Nottingham Forest 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–2 4–2 2–2 3–3 4–1 2–0 5–2 3–1 4–2 2–1 5–0 1–1 3–0 4–1 5–4 2–1 4–0
Notts County 2–1 0–5 2–0 1–5 0–0 0–1 1–5 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 3–1
Oldham Athletic 2–3 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–4 2–3 0–0 4–2 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–3 1–0 2–2 3–1
Plymouth Argyle 2–2 1–1 3–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 0–0 4–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–3 1–2 2–2 1–0 3–3 5–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1
Rotherham United 1–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–2 4–0 1–2 3–2 3–2 2–4 1–1 4–1 2–1 3–0 0–1 7–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 5–0
Stoke City 3–2 3–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 2–2 2–2 2–4 1–3 0–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 5–0 1–1
Swansea Town 1–3 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 4–3 0–0 4–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 4–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–1
West Ham United 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 5–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 5–2 4–1 5–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–2 3–0 2–2 4–1

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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1953–1954


Third Division North[edit]

Football League, Third Division North
Season 1953–54
Champions Port Vale (2nd title)
Failed re-election none
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1587 (2.88 per match)
Top goalscorer Alan Ashman (Carlisle United), 30 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Port Vale 46 16 7 0 48 5 10 10 3 26 16 74 21 3.524 +53 69
2 Barnsley 46 16 3 4 54 24 8 7 8 23 33 77 57 1.351 +20 58
3 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 46 14 7 2 49 24 7 8 8 28 32 77 56 1.375 +21 57
4 Gateshead 46 15 4 4 49 22 6 9 8 25 33 74 55 1.345 +19 55
5 Bradford City 46 15 6 2 40 14 7 3 13 20 41 60 55 1.091 +5 53
6 Chesterfield 46 13 6 4 41 19 6 8 9 35 45 76 64 1.188 +12 52
7 Mansfield Town 46 15 5 3 59 22 5 6 12 29 45 88 67 1.313 +21 51
8 Wrexham 46 16 4 3 59 19 5 5 13 22 49 81 68 1.191 +13 51
9 Bradford Park Avenue 46 13 6 4 57 31 5 8 10 20 37 77 68 1.132 +9 50
10 Stockport County 46 14 6 3 57 20 4 5 14 20 47 77 67 1.149 +10 47
11 Southport 46 12 5 6 41 26 5 7 11 22 34 63 60 1.050 +3 46
12 Barrow 46 12 7 4 46 26 4 5 14 26 45 72 71 1.014 +1 44
13 Carlisle United 46 10 8 5 53 27 4 7 12 30 44 83 71 1.169 +12 43
14 Tranmere Rovers 46 11 4 8 40 34 7 3 13 19 36 59 70 0.843 –11 43
15 Accrington Stanley 46 12 7 4 41 22 4 3 16 25 52 66 74 0.892 –8 42
16 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 8 6 30 26 5 5 13 19 41 49 67 0.731 –18 41
17 Grimsby Town 46 14 5 4 31 15 2 4 17 20 62 51 77 0.662 –26 41
18 Hartlepools United 46 10 8 5 40 21 3 6 14 19 44 59 65 0.908 –6 40
19 Rochdale 46 12 5 6 40 20 3 5 15 19 57 59 77 0.766 –18 40
20 Workington 46 10 9 4 36 22 3 5 15 23 58 59 80 0.738 –21 40
21 Darlington 46 11 3 9 31 27 1 11 11 19 44 50 71 0.704 –21 38
22 York City 46 8 7 8 39 32 4 6 13 25 54 64 86 0.744 –22 37
23 Halifax Town 46 9 6 8 26 21 3 4 16 18 52 44 73 0.603 –29 34
24 Chester 46 10 7 6 39 22 1 3 19 9 45 48 67 0.716 –19 32

P = 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)

Third Division North results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ACC BAR BRW BRA BPA CRL CHR CHS CRE DAR GAT GRI HAL HAR MAN PVA ROC SCU SOU STP TRA WRK WRE YOR
Accrington Stanley (1891) 3–0 3–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 3–1 3–0 2–0 5–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 4–2 1–2 2–0
Barnsley 5–0 3–2 4–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 4–1 1–1 5–1 0–2 0–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 4–1 3–0 4–2 3–0 2–1
Barrow 4–3 0–1 3–0 4–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–0 4–2 1–2 2–3 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 4–1
Bradford City 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0
Bradford Park Avenue 6–4 0–2 2–1 4–0 2–4 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 4–1 4–2 5–0 1–0 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–0
Carlisle United 2–1 2–4 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–3 5–0 1–1 1–0 3–3 5–0 2–3 5–0 0–0 7–0 5–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–1
Chester 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–3 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 5–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 3–0 2–1 3–1
Chesterfield 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 5–1 5–0 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–2
Crewe Alexandra 0–3 3–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–5 1–2 2–3 1–2 1–1
Darlington 4–1 1–1 1–3 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 3–2 0–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–3 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–3
Gateshead 4–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 3–3 2–0 1–2 7–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–2 2–1 4–1 3–1 3–0
Grimsby Town 2–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 2–2 3–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–0
Halifax Town 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–3 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 2–3
Hartlepool United 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 6–0 3–2 1–1 6–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2
Mansfield Town 1–1 2–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–2 6–0 6–0 1–1 5–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 4–2 3–1 2–0 0–2 4–0 7–2
Port Vale 1–0 0–0 4–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 6–0 0–0 0–0 7–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–0
Rochdale 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 4–0 0–1 4–1 3–0 0–1 4–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 4–2 6–2 1–2
Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 1–2 6–0 3–2 2–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 4–1 3–1 3–0
Southport 5–3 5–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–4 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 4–0 1–1
Stockport County 1–1 3–0 5–1 5–0 4–1 3–2 5–0 6–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 6–0 2–0 2–2 0–1
Tranmere 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–4 2–4 1–0 3–2 2–5 1–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–2 6–1 1–1
Workington 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 5–2
Wrexham 4–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 4–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 4–2 5–1 4–0 5–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 8–0 1–1
York City 1–2 0–2 5–2 3–2 0–0 1–3 2–1 1–3 0–3 3–3 1–1 1–2 1–1 5–0 5–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–2

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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third Division North maps[edit]


Third Division South[edit]

Football League, Third Division South
Season 1953–54
Champions Ipswich Town (1st title)
Failed re-election none
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1695 (3.07 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack English (Northampton Town), 28 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Ipswich Town 46 15 5 3 47 19 12 5 6 35 32 82 51 1.608 +31 64
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 17 3 3 57 31 9 6 8 29 30 86 61 1.410 +25 61
3 Bristol City 46 18 3 2 59 18 7 3 13 29 48 88 66 1.333 +22 56
4 Watford 46 16 3 4 52 23 5 7 11 33 46 85 69 1.232 +16 52
5 Northampton Town 46 18 4 1 63 18 2 7 14 19 37 82 55 1.491 +27 51
6 Southampton 46 17 5 1 51 22 5 2 16 25 41 76 63 1.206 +13 51
7 Norwich City 46 13 5 5 43 28 7 6 10 30 38 73 66 1.106 +7 51
8 Reading 46 14 3 6 57 33 6 6 11 29 40 86 73 1.178 +13 49
9 Exeter City 46 12 2 9 39 22 8 6 9 29 36 68 58 1.172 +20 48
10 Gillingham 46 14 3 6 37 22 5 7 11 24 44 61 66 0.924 –5 48
11 Leyton Orient 46 14 5 4 48 26 4 6 13 31 47 79 73 1.082 +6 47
12 Millwall 46 15 3 5 44 24 4 6 13 30 53 74 77 0.961 –3 47
13 Torquay United 46 10 10 3 48 33 7 2 14 33 55 81 88 0.920 –7 46
14 Coventry City 46 14 5 4 36 15 4 4 15 25 41 61 56 1.089 +5 45
15 Newport County 46 14 4 5 42 28 5 2 16 19 53 61 81 0.753 –20 44
16 Southend United 46 15 2 6 46 22 3 5 15 23 49 69 71 0.972 –3 43
17 Aldershot 46 11 5 7 45 31 6 4 13 29 55 74 86 0.860 –12 43
18 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 5 8 32 25 6 5 12 28 43 60 68 0.882 –8 42
19 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 12 5 6 47 27 4 3 16 20 43 67 70 0.957 –3 40
20 Swindon Town 46 13 5 5 48 21 2 5 16 19 49 67 70 0.957 –3 40
21 Shrewsbury Town 46 12 8 3 48 34 2 4 17 17 42 65 76 0.855 –11 40
22 Crystal Palace 46 11 7 5 41 30 3 5 15 19 56 60 86 0.698 –26 40
23 Colchester United 46 7 7 9 35 29 3 3 17 15 49 50 78 0.641 –28 30
24 Walsall 46 8 5 10 22 27 1 3 19 18 60 40 87 0.460 –47 26

P = 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)

Third Division South results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BOU B&H BRI COL COV CPA EXE GIL IPS LEY MIL NPC NOR NOR QPR REA SHR SOT STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 1–2 2–3 2–5 3–0 4–2 1–2 1–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–4 2–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–0 4–1 3–1 3–1
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1–1 1–1 5–2 4–2 1–0 2–0 4–1 4–1 2–3 1–2 4–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 4–0 1–2 1–1 1–3
Brighton & Hove Albion 3–2 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 4–0 4–2 3–2 0–0 3–1 3–2 2–3 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–2 5–3 3–3
Bristol City 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 5–1 1–1 2–3 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 1–0 4–1 5–1 3–0 4–1 2–1
Colchester United 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–3 4–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 5–0 2–4 3–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2
Coventry City 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 4–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 4–0 2–0 0–1
Crystal Palace 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–3 3–0 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 3–2 4–3 4–2 3–2 4–1 1–0 1–1
Exeter City 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 4–0 7–0 1–2 1–2 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–0 0–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–1
Gillingham 1–3 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–4 3–0 2–3
Ipswich Town 4–0 2–1 2–3 2–1 3–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 6–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 1–0
Leyton Orient 1–2 5–0 0–2 4–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 3–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–1
Millwall 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–2 0–3 3–1 1–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 3–1 2–1 2–1 6–1 2–2 3–0 1–0
Newport County 2–2 4–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–3 0–3 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–1 2–1 4–1 2–1 0–4 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 0–1
Northampton Town 6–2 2–1 4–2 3–0 3–0 0–1 6–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 4–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 5–0 2–0 3–1 5–1 4–1
Norwich City 3–3 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 3–1 4–3 2–0 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–1 3–0 4–1
Queens Park Rangers 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 2–1 4–0 5–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 5–1 2–0 0–4
Reading 6–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 4–3 4–1 4–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–4 4–1 2–0 4–4 3–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 2–4 0–2 4–1
Shrewsbury Town 0–2 1–1 3–1 4–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 3–3 3–1 2–1 2–4 4–0 1–1 0–3 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–1 4–1 6–4
Southampton 2–0 2–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–1 4–2 4–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 4–2 3–5 3–1 2–2 0–0 2–0
Southend 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 3–0 2–2 1–2 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 5–2 4–1 1–2 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–0
Swindon Town 3–1 2–1 0–1 5–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 7–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 6–1 3–0 2–2
Torquay United 3–0 2–0 2–3 4–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 3–3 1–1 2–3 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–4 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 2–2
Walsall 0–2 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–4 2–0 1–3 0–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–0
Watford 6–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 4–1 0–2 6–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 3–1 3–1

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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third Division South maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams 1953–1954


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1953-54". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b 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. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.