1963–64 in English football
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- 1 Overview
- 2 Diary of the season
- 3 Notable debutants
- 4 Notable retirements
- 5 Honours
- 6 Awards
- 7 European club competitions
- 8 League table
- 9 National team
- 10 References
- Liverpool won the League Championship.
- West Ham United won the FA Cup.
- Leicester City won the League Cup.
Diary of the season
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- 17 August 1963 – Reigning league champions Everton won the Charity Shield after a 4–0 win over FA Cup winners Manchester United.
- 14 September 1963 – George Best, a 17-year-old Northern Irish winger, makes his debut for Manchester United in their 1–0 First Division win over West Bromwich Albion.
- 23 October 1963 – an England versus a Rest of the World XI match is staged to mark the centenary of The Football Association. Against a star-studded opposition team containing Pelé, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás, Denis Law, Lev Yashin and Eusébio, England won 2–1 with goals from Terry Paine and Jimmy Greaves, while Denis Law scored for the Rest of the World.
- 26 December 1963 – Fulham had the biggest win by beating Ipswich Town 10 goals to 1.
- 5 April 1964 - Tottenham captain Danny Blanchflower, 38, announced his retirement from playing.
- 8 April 1964 - Blackburn Rovers are announced as England's participant in the 1964 edition of the International Soccer League.
- 11 April 1964 – Scotland beat England 1–0 in the British Home Championship to leave the two level on four points in the final table. Northern Ireland subsequently defeated Wales to finish level on points with the other two, thus ensuring that the title was shared between three nations.
- 12 April 1964 – The Sunday People publishes allegations that lead to a betting scandal. It reported that Mansfield Town player Jimmy Gauld had, over several years, systematically engaged in match fixing, and that many other players were involved.
- 18 April 1964 – Liverpool beat Arsenal 5–0 at Anfield to secure the title. In their penultimate game of the season, Ipswich Town lose 3–1 to Blackburn Rovers, confirming their relegation two years after winning the League championship.
- 22 April 1964 – Leicester City win the League Cup – their first major trophy – with a 4–3 aggregate victory over Stoke City.
- 25 April 1964 – On the final day of the Second Division season, Leeds United win 2–0 at Charlton Athletic and Sunderland fail to beat Grimsby Town, meaning Leeds were crowned champions.
- 2 May 1964 – West Ham United beat Preston North End 3–2 at Wembley to win the FA Cup for the first time. Trailing 2–1 going into the final minutes of the match, West Ham scored two goals in as many minutes to the deny Preston.
- 14 September 1963 - George Best, 17-year-old Northern Irish winger, makes his debut for Manchester United against West Bromwich Albion in the First Division.
- 5 April 1964 - Danny Blanchflower, 38-year-old Tottenham Hotspur captain.
Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition
European club competitions
European Champions' Cup
- Everton – Preliminary round
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
Liverpool clinched the First Division title just two seasons after winning promotion, finishing four points ahead of runners-up Manchester United (who finished the season without any silverware after making a serious challenge in the league, FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup), while defending champions Everton finished third.
Tottenham Hotspur managed to finish the fourth despite not winning any silverware and being without many key players for much of the season due to injury, while captain Danny Blanchflower announced his retirement from playing just before the season's end. Tragedy then struck the club after the season was over, when forward John White was struck by lightning and killed on a North London golf course.
Chelsea enjoyed a strong return to the First Division by finishing fifth, while Leicester City finally got their hands on a major trophy by winning the League Cup.
With Alf Ramsey having now left Ipswich Town to manage the England team, Ipswich Town struggled badly under his successor Jackie Milburn, and went down in bottom place having conceded 121 goals just two seasons after being league champions. Bolton Wanderers, who had gradually faded away since the retirement of centre-forward Nat Lofthouse in 1960, also went down.
|10||West Bromwich Albion||42||16||11||15||70||61||1.148||43|
|14||West Ham United||42||14||12||16||69||74||0.932||40|
Leeds United returned to the First Division after seven years away by clinching the Second Division title under ambitious manager Don Revie, while Sunderland's six-year exile from the First Division was ended by promotion as Second Division runners-up.
Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United slipped into the Third Division.
|3||Preston North End||42||23||10||9||79||54||1.463||56|
Coventry City made the breakthrough into the Second Division as champions of the Third Division, finishing level on points at the top of the league with Crystal Palace.
Notts County, Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra and Millwall were all relegated to the Fourth Division.
|4||Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic||46||24||8||14||79||58||1.362||56|
|15||Queens Park Rangers||46||18||9||19||76||78||0.974||45|
Gillingham finished champions of the Fourth Division, ahead of runners-up Carlisle United on goal average. They enjoyed a narrow lead over third placed Workington and fourth placed Exeter City. Bradford City bounced back from having to apply for re-election to just missing out on promotion in the space of a season.
|8||Brighton & Hove Albion||46||19||12||15||71||52||1.365||50|
|13||Bradford Park Avenue||46||18||9||19||75||81||0.926||45|
P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points
The England national football team had an eventful season with a shared victory in the 1964 British Home Championship, another success against a Rest of the World XI in one of the most famous matches ever played at Wembley and a tour of the Americas upon the season's conclusion which culminated in a dire performance in Brazil during the 1964 Taça de Nações.
27 May 1964
|Roger Hunt 4, Fred Pickering 3, Terry Paine 2,
30 May 1964
|Rinaldo 2, Pelé, Julinho, Roberto Dias||Jimmy Greaves|
4 June 1964
|Fernando Peres||Roger Hunt|
6 June 1964
|12 Oct 1963||Wales||Ninian Park, Cardiff||British Championship||Won||4–0|
|23 Oct 1963||Rest of the World XI||Wembley||Friendly||Won||2–1|
|20 Nov 1963||Northern Ireland||Wembley||British Championship||Won||8–3|
|11 April 1964||Scotland||Hampden Park, Glasgow||British Championship||Lost||0–1|
|6 May 1964||Uruguay||Wembley||Friendly||Won||2–1|
|17 May 1964||Portugal||Estádio Nacional, Lisbon||Friendly||Won||4–3|
|24 May 1964||Republic of Ireland||Dalymount Park, Dublin||Friendly||Won||3–1|
- "10 In World Soccer Series". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 9 April 1964. p. 14. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- "George Best - Official Manchester United Website". Manutd.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07.