1955–56 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1955–56
Champions Manchester United

The 19551956 season was the 57th completed 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.

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 1955–56
Champions Manchester United (4th English title)
Relegated Huddersfield Town
Sheffield United
European Cup 1956–57 Manchester United
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1955-58 Birmingham City
FA Cup winners Manchester City (3rd FA Cup title)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1529 (3.31 per match)
Top goalscorer Nat Lofthouse (Bolton Wanderers), 32 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts Notes
1 Manchester United 42 18 3 0 51 20 7 7 7 32 31 83 51 1.627 +32 60 European Cup 1956–57
Preliminary round
2 Blackpool 42 13 4 4 56 27 7 5 9 30 35 86 62 1.387 +24 49
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 15 2 4 51 27 5 7 9 38 38 89 65 1.369 +24 49
4 Manchester City 42 11 5 5 40 27 7 5 9 42 42 82 69 1.188 +13 46
5 Arsenal 42 13 4 4 38 22 5 6 10 22 39 60 61 0.984 –1 46
6 Birmingham City 42 12 4 5 51 26 6 5 10 24 31 75 57 1.316 +18 45 Participated in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1955-58
7 Burnley 42 11 3 7 37 20 7 5 9 27 34 64 54 1.185 +10 44
8 Bolton Wanderers 42 13 3 5 50 24 5 4 12 21 34 71 58 1.224 +13 43
9 Sunderland 42 10 8 3 44 36 7 1 13 36 59 80 95 0.842 –15 43
10 Luton Town 42 12 4 5 44 27 5 4 12 22 37 66 64 1.031 +2 42
11 Newcastle United 42 12 4 5 49 24 5 3 13 36 46 85 70 1.214 +5 41
12 Portsmouth 42 9 8 4 46 38 7 1 13 32 47 78 85 0.918 –7 41
13 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 3 5 37 25 5 2 14 21 45 58 70 0.829 –12 41
14 Charlton Athletic 42 13 2 6 47 26 4 4 13 28 55 75 81 0.926 –6 40
15 Everton 42 11 5 5 37 29 4 5 12 18 40 55 69 0.797 –14 40
16 Chelsea 42 10 4 7 32 26 4 7 10 32 51 64 77 0.831 –13 39
17 Cardiff City 42 11 4 6 36 32 4 5 12 19 37 55 69 0.797 –14 39
18 Tottenham Hotspur 42 9 4 8 37 33 6 3 12 24 38 61 71 0.859 –10 37
19 Preston North End 42 6 5 10 32 36 8 3 10 41 36 73 72 1.014 +1 36
20 Aston Villa 42 9 6 6 32 29 2 7 12 20 40 52 69 0.754 –17 35
21 Huddersfield Town 42 9 4 8 32 30 5 3 13 22 53 54 83 0.651 –29 35
22 Sheffield United 42 8 6 7 31 35 4 3 14 32 42 63 77 0.818 –14 33

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, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners
Welsh Cup winners
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1955-58
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BLP BOL BUR CAR CHA CHE EVE HUD LUT MNC MNU NEW POR PRE SHE SUN TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–1 0–1 3–1 2–4 1–1 3–2 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–2 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–2
Aston Villa 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 2–0 3–0 1–0 0–3 4–4 3–0 1–3 3–2 3–2 1–4 0–2 3–0 0–0
Birmingham City 4–0 2–2 1–2 5–2 1–2 2–1 4–0 3–0 6–2 5–0 0–0 4–3 2–2 3–1 3–2 0–3 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–0 0–0
Blackpool 3–1 6–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 5–0 2–1 4–0 4–2 3–2 0–1 0–0 5–1 2–3 2–6 1–1 7–3 0–2 5–1 2–1
Bolton Wanderers 4–1 1–0 6–0 1–3 0–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–2 4–0 0–0 2–1 0–3 3–2 4–0 2–1
Burnley 0–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–1 5–0 0–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 0–0 3–1 3–0 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–2 1–2
Cardiff City 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 3–2 3–1 0–0 1–3 1–9
Charlton Athletic 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 0–2 4–1 2–2 5–2 3–0 0–2 6–1 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–2 5–1 0–2
Chelsea 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 3–1 6–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–4 2–1 1–5 0–1 1–0 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–3
Everton 1–1 2–1 5–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 3–3 5–2 0–1 1–1 4–2 0–0 0–2 0–4 1–4 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–1
Huddersfield Town 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 4–0 1–3 1–0 0–2 3–3 0–2 2–6 1–0 2–2 1–2 4–0 1–0 1–0 1–3
Luton Town 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–3 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–2 1–2 3–2 0–2 4–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 8–2 2–1 0–2 5–1
Manchester City 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–2 3–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–2 4–1 0–2 3–1 4–2 1–2 2–0 2–2
Manchester United 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 3–0 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 5–2 1–0 3–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 4–3
Newcastle United 2–0 2–3 2–2 1–2 3–0 3–1 4–0 4–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 4–2 3–1 1–2 0–3 3–1
Portsmouth 5–2 2–2 0–5 3–3 3–3 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–4 1–0 5–2 0–0 2–4 3–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 4–1 1–1 2–1
Preston North End 0–1 0–1 1–1 3–3 0–1 4–2 1–2 2–2 2–3 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–3 3–1 4–3 2–1 0–2 2–2 3–3 0–1 2–0
Sheffield United 0–2 2–2 0–3 2–1 1–3 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–4 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–3 3–1 2–3 2–0 2–2 3–3
Sunderland 3–1 5–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 4–4 1–1 3–2 4–3 0–0 4–1 1–2 0–3 2–2 1–6 4–2 2–2 3–2 3–2 2–1 1–1
Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 4–3 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–1 2–3 4–0 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 0–4 3–1 2–3 4–1 2–1
West Bromwich Albion 2–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 3–3 3–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 0–4 1–4 1–1 4–0 3–2 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–3 0–0 1–0 2–3 4–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–2 7–2 0–2 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–2 3–1 5–1 3–2

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.

First Division maps[edit]

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Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1955–1956


Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1955–56
Champions Sheffield Wednesday (4th title)
Promoted Leeds United
Relegated Hull City,
Plymouth Argyle
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1628 (3.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Willie Gardiner (Leicester City), 34 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 5 3 60 28 8 8 5 41 34 101 62 1.629 +39 55
2 Leeds United 42 17 3 1 51 18 6 3 12 29 42 80 60 1.333 +20 52
3 Liverpool 42 14 3 4 52 25 7 3 11 33 38 85 63 1.349 +22 48
4 Blackburn Rovers 42 13 4 4 55 29 8 2 11 29 36 84 65 1.292 +19 48
5 Leicester City 42 15 3 3 63 23 6 3 12 31 55 94 78 1.205 +19 48
6 Bristol Rovers 42 13 3 5 53 33 8 3 10 31 37 84 70 1.200 +16 48
7 Nottingham Forest 42 9 5 7 30 26 10 4 7 38 37 68 63 1.079 +14 47
8 Lincoln City 42 14 5 2 49 17 4 5 12 30 48 79 65 1.215 +5 46
9 Fulham 42 15 2 4 59 27 5 4 12 30 52 89 79 1.127 +14 46
10 Swansea Town 42 14 4 3 49 23 6 2 13 34 58 83 81 1.025 +10 46
11 Bristol City 42 14 4 3 49 20 5 3 13 31 44 80 64 1.250 +2 45
12 Port Vale 42 12 4 5 38 21 4 9 8 22 37 60 58 1.034 +2 45
13 Stoke City 42 13 2 6 47 27 7 2 12 24 35 71 62 1.145 +16 44
14 Middlesbrough 42 11 4 6 46 31 5 4 12 30 47 76 78 0.974 –2 40
15 Bury 42 9 5 7 44 39 7 3 11 42 51 86 90 0.956 –4 40
16 West Ham United 42 12 4 5 52 27 2 7 12 22 42 74 69 1.072 +5 39
17 Doncaster Rovers 42 11 5 5 45 30 1 6 14 24 66 69 96 0.719 –27 35
18 Barnsley 42 10 5 6 33 35 1 7 13 14 49 47 84 0.560 –37 34
19 Rotherham United 42 7 5 9 29 34 5 4 12 27 41 56 75 0.747 –19 33
20 Notts County 42 8 5 8 39 37 3 4 14 16 45 55 82 0.671 –27 31
21 Plymouth Argyle 42 7 6 8 33 25 3 2 16 21 62 54 87 0.621 –33 28
22 Hull City 42 6 4 11 32 45 4 2 15 21 52 53 97 0.546 –44 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
Promoted
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BAR BLB BRI BRO BRY DON FUL HUL LEE LEI LIN LIV MID NOT NTC PLY PVA ROT SHW STO SWA WHU
Barnsley 2–1 0–0 4–3 3–3 2–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–5 0–4 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 3–2 0–3 1–0 3–2 1–1
Blackburn Rovers 5–1 4–6 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–3 2–3 0–2 3–3 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 7–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 3–0 4–1
Bristol City 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–1 2–1 5–2 0–1 1–1 5–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–3 6–0 0–0 5–2 3–2 0–1 2–1 3–1
Bristol Rovers 1–1 1–0 0–3 4–2 4–2 2–2 4–2 4–1 2–1 3–0 1–2 7–2 4–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–4 4–2 4–2 1–2 1–1
Bury 3–0 0–4 1–1 0–1 5–1 1–5 3–2 1–0 3–1 3–3 1–4 1–1 1–2 4–0 7–1 2–2 2–1 2–5 1–0 2–4 1–1
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 2–2 3–2 2–1 2–3 4–2 3–0 1–2 6–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–4 3–1 2–1
Fulham 5–1 3–0 3–0 3–5 3–1 4–0 5–0 1–2 3–2 3–0 3–1 4–1 4–3 1–1 2–1 1–4 1–1 1–2 2–0 4–1 3–1
Hull City 4–1 0–3 1–3 1–2 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–4 2–4 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–3 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 2–2 3–2 1–4 3–1
Leeds United 3–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 6–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 4–2 2–0 3–0 1–0 4–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–3
Leicester City 0–0 0–2 2–2 4–2 5–0 3–0 2–1 1–2 5–2 4–0 3–1 1–1 5–2 4–0 5–1 4–1 3–1 1–2 3–1 6–1 2–1
Lincoln City 4–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 4–2 1–1 6–1 2–0 1–1 7–1 2–0 1–2 1–3 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–1
Liverpool 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 4–2 1–2 7–0 3–0 1–0 3–1 2–1 1–1 5–2 2–1 4–1 4–1 2–0 0–3 2–2 4–1 3–1
Middlesbrough 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–3 4–1 1–1 5–1 5–3 4–3 4–2 1–2 3–2 3–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–3 4–1 2–0
Nottingham Forest 1–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 5–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–4 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–0 0–1 2–3 2–1 0–0
Notts County 2–2 1–2 3–2 5–2 2–1 3–2 3–4 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 5–0 1–3 3–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–3 1–5 0–1
Plymouth Argyle 3–0 1–0 5–0 0–1 1–4 2–2 0–0 1–1 4–3 0–1 1–4 4–0 4–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–1
Port Vale 1–2 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 2–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 4–1 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–1
Rotherham United 0–0 3–2 1–3 1–0 1–3 3–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 0–1 2–3 3–2
Sheffield Wednesday 3–0 5–1 2–1 4–2 3–3 5–2 2–3 4–1 4–0 1–1 5–3 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–0 5–2 4–0 0–2 4–0 2–2 1–1
Stoke City 2–1 1–2 4–2 1–2 0–2 5–2 1–2 4–1 2–1 2–0 3–0 3–2 2–5 1–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 3–0
Swansea Town 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 5–3 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 6–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 0–1 5–1 2–2 0–0 4–1 2–1 0–0 4–2
West Ham United 4–0 2–3 3–0 2–1 3–2 6–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–4 2–0 1–0 1–2 6–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 3–3 2–0 5–1

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]


Third Division North[edit]

Football League, Third Division North
Season 1955–56
Champions Grimsby Town (2nd title)
Failed re-election none
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1771 (3.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Bob Crosbie (Grimsby Town), 36 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Grimsby Town 46 20 1 2 54 10 11 5 7 22 19 76 29 2.621 +47 68
2 Derby County 46 18 4 1 67 23 10 3 10 43 32 110 55 2.000 +55 63
3 Accrington Stanley 46 17 4 2 61 19 8 5 10 31 38 92 57 1.614 +35 59
4 Hartlepools United 46 18 2 3 47 15 8 3 12 34 45 81 60 1.350 +21 57
5 Southport 46 12 9 2 39 18 11 2 10 27 35 66 53 1.245 +13 57
6 Chesterfield 46 18 1 4 61 21 7 3 13 33 45 94 66 1.424 +28 54
7 Stockport County 46 16 4 3 65 22 5 5 13 25 39 90 61 1.475 +29 51
8 Bradford City 46 16 5 2 57 25 2 8 13 21 39 78 64 1.219 +14 49
9 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 46 12 4 7 40 26 8 4 11 35 37 75 63 1.190 +12 48
10 Workington 46 13 4 6 47 20 6 5 12 28 43 75 63 1.190 +12 47
11 York City 46 12 4 7 44 24 7 5 11 41 48 85 72 1.181 +13 47
12 Rochdale 46 13 5 5 46 39 4 8 11 20 45 66 84 0.786 –12 47
13 Gateshead 46 15 4 4 56 32 2 7 14 21 52 77 84 0.917 –7 45
14 Wrexham 46 11 5 7 37 28 5 5 13 29 45 66 73 0.904 –7 42
15 Darlington 46 11 6 6 41 28 5 3 15 19 45 60 73 0.822 –13 41
16 Tranmere Rovers 46 11 4 8 33 25 5 5 13 26 59 59 84 0.702 –25 41
17 Chester 46 10 8 5 35 33 3 6 14 17 49 52 82 0.634 –30 40
18 Mansfield Town 46 13 6 4 59 21 1 5 17 25 60 84 81 1.037 +3 39
19 Halifax Town 46 10 6 7 40 27 4 5 14 26 49 66 76 0.868 –10 39
20 Oldham Athletic 46 7 12 4 48 36 3 6 14 28 50 76 86 0.884 –10 38
21 Carlisle United 46 11 3 9 45 36 4 5 14 26 59 71 95 0.747 –24 38
22 Barrow 46 11 6 6 44 25 1 3 19 17 58 61 83 0.735 –22 33
23 Bradford Park Avenue 46 13 4 6 47 38 0 3 20 14 84 61 122 0.500 –61 33
24 Crewe Alexandra 46 9 4 10 32 35 0 6 17 18 70 50 105 0.476 –55 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
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Third Division North results[edit]

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

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 1955–56
Champions Leyton Orient (1st title)
Failed re-election none
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1772 (3.21 per match)
Top goalscorer Sammy Collins (Torquay United), 40 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Leyton Orient 46 18 3 2 76 20 11 5 7 30 29 106 49 2.163 +57 66
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 20 2 1 73 16 9 5 9 39 34 112 50 2.240 +62 65
3 Ipswich Town 46 16 6 1 59 28 9 8 6 47 32 106 60 1.767 +46 64
4 Southend United 46 16 4 3 58 25 5 7 11 30 55 88 80 1.100 +8 53
5 Torquay United 46 11 10 2 48 21 9 2 12 38 42 86 63 1.365 +23 52
6 Brentford 46 11 8 4 40 30 8 6 9 29 36 69 66 1.045 +3 52
7 Norwich City 46 15 4 4 56 31 4 9 10 30 51 86 82 1.049 +4 51
8 Coventry City 46 16 4 3 54 20 4 5 14 19 40 73 60 1.217 +13 49
9 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 13 6 4 39 14 6 4 13 24 37 63 51 1.235 +12 48
10 Gillingham 46 12 3 8 38 28 7 7 9 31 43 69 71 0.972 –3 48
11 Northampton Town 46 14 3 6 44 27 6 4 13 23 44 67 71 0.944 –3 47
12 Colchester United 46 14 4 5 56 37 4 7 12 20 44 76 81 0.938 –5 47
13 Shrewsbury Town 46 12 9 2 47 21 5 3 15 22 45 69 66 1.045 +3 46
14 Southampton 46 13 6 4 60 30 5 2 16 31 51 91 81 1.123 +10 44
15 Aldershot 46 9 9 5 36 33 3 7 13 34 57 70 90 0.778 –20 40
16 Exeter City 46 10 6 7 39 30 5 4 14 19 47 58 77 0.753 –19 40
17 Reading 46 10 2 11 40 37 5 7 11 30 42 70 79 0.886 –9 39
18 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 7 6 44 32 4 4 15 20 54 64 86 0.744 –22 39
19 Newport County 46 12 2 9 32 26 3 7 13 26 53 58 79 0.734 –21 39
20 Walsall 46 13 5 5 43 28 2 3 18 25 56 68 84 0.810 –16 38
21 Watford 46 8 5 10 31 39 5 6 12 21 46 52 85 0.612 –23 37
22 Millwall 46 13 4 6 56 31 2 2 19 27 69 83 100 0.830 –17 36
23 Crystal Palace 46 7 3 13 27 32 5 7 11 27 51 54 83 0.651 –29 34
24 Swindon Town 46 4 10 9 18 22 4 4 15 16 56 34 78 0.436 –44 30

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 BRE B&H COL COV CPA EXE GIL IPS LEY MIL NPC NOR NOR QPR REA SHR SOT STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 1–3 4–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–3 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 4–4 2–0 3–2 3–3 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 2–2 0–0 2–0 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 4–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–3 4–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 4–0
Brentford 2–0 2–1 4–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–4 3–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 5–2 4–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 5–0 1–0 5–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 4–1 4–0 6–0 1–1 3–1 3–2 5–0 4–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 2–3
Colchester United 4–0 1–0 0–3 3–3 2–0 2–4 5–1 1–1 3–3 2–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 0–3 2–0 3–2 3–6 5–0 3–2 1–1 4–1
Coventry City 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 3–1 3–0 5–1 3–0 0–1 5–3 4–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 6–0 1–2 1–0 3–0
Crystal Palace 1–0 1–3 0–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–3 1–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–3 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 3–0 2–0 1–2
Exeter City 2–1 2–0 2–3 0–5 0–0 2–3 6–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–0 3–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2
Gillingham 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1 4–3 3–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–3 4–0 1–3 0–1 3–0
Ipswich Town 2–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 3–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 6–2 3–2 1–0 4–1 4–1 3–3 2–1 4–2 3–0 6–2 0–2 5–2 0–0
Leyton Orient 8–3 3–0 2–1 0–1 6–0 3–1 8–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 7–1 1–0 5–2 4–0 3–0 4–0 3–2 4–0 3–1
Millwall 3–3 4–0 4–0 2–4 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 0–5 5–0 2–4 4–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–2 3–2 5–0 1–1 3–2 3–2 1–1
Newport County 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 4–2 0–1 1–2 3–2 2–1 3–0 1–4 0–1 2–2 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1
Northampton Town 3–2 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–5 0–1 4–0 5–0 1–1 5–2 1–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–3
Norwich City 0–1 0–2 1–0 3–3 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–1 5–1 3–2 2–2 4–1 2–3 4–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–4 7–2 4–1 0–0 3–2 4–1
Queens Park Rangers 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 6–2 1–2 0–3 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 3–2 2–3 3–3 1–1 4–0 1–2 1–0 3–1 3–2 3–2
Reading 0–5 0–2 5–2 0–2 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–5 0–1 4–1 3–0 4–1 2–2 3–1 0–1 1–1 4–1 0–1 0–3 2–0 6–1
Shrewsbury Town 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–4 3–1 5–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 0–0
Southampton 3–1 3–2 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–0 3–1 5–0 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 3–3 2–3 2–5 4–0 5–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 6–2 4–1 2–0
Southend 3–2 4–1 2–2 1–2 4–0 3–0 4–3 6–0 2–2 2–3 0–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 5–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–3 3–2 1–0
Swindon Town 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–2 0–0
Torquay United 5–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 5–0 3–2 2–2 4–0 3–2 4–1
Walsall 4–2 0–0 1–2 2–2 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–1 1–3 0–2 2–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–1 4–0 1–4 2–1
Watford 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–3 0–1 0–2 0–4 4–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–4 1–0 3–2 2–1 2–1 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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third Division South maps[edit]

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Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams 1955–1956


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1955-56". 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.