1937–38 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1937–38
Champions Arsenal

The 19371938 season was the 46th season of The Football League.

Final league tables[edit]

The tables and results 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 1937–38
Champions Arsenal (5th English title)
Relegated Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion
FA Cup winners Preston North End (2nd FA Cup title)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,430 (3.1 per match)
Top goalscorer Tommy Lawton (Everton), 28 [3]
Biggest home win Wolverhampton Wanderers 10–1 Leicester City (15 Apr 1938)
Biggest away win Derby County 1–7 Manchester City (29 Jan 1938)
Highest scoring Wolverhampton Wanderers 10–1 Leicester City (15 Apr 1938)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Arsenal 42 15 4 2 52 16 6 6 9 25 28 77 44 1.750 +33 52
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 11 8 2 47 21 9 3 9 25 28 72 49 1.469 +23 51
3 Preston North End 42 9 9 3 34 21 7 8 6 30 23 64 44 1.455 +20 49
4 Charlton Athletic 42 14 5 2 43 14 2 9 10 22 37 65 51 1.275 +14 46
5 Middlesbrough 42 12 4 5 40 26 7 4 10 32 39 72 65 1.108 +7 46
6 Brentford 42 10 6 5 44 27 8 3 10 25 32 69 59 1.169 +10 45
7 Bolton Wanderers 42 11 6 4 38 22 4 9 8 26 38 64 60 1.067 +4 45
8 Sunderland 42 12 6 3 32 18 2 10 9 23 39 55 57 0.965 –2 44
9 Leeds United 42 11 6 4 38 26 3 9 9 26 43 64 69 0.928 –5 43
10 Chelsea 42 11 6 4 40 22 3 7 11 25 43 65 65 1.000 0 41
11 Liverpool 42 9 5 7 40 30 6 6 9 25 41 65 71 0.915 –6 41
12 Blackpool 42 10 5 6 33 26 6 3 12 28 40 61 66 0.924 –5 40
13 Derby County 42 10 5 6 42 36 5 5 11 24 51 66 87 0.759 –21 40
14 Everton 42 11 5 5 54 34 5 2 14 25 41 79 75 1.053 +4 39
15 Huddersfield Town 42 11 3 7 29 24 6 2 13 26 44 55 68 0.809 –13 39
16 Leicester City 42 9 6 6 31 26 5 5 11 23 49 54 75 0.720 –21 39
17 Stoke City 42 10 7 4 42 21 3 5 13 16 38 58 59 0.983 –1 38
18 Birmingham 42 7 11 3 34 28 3 7 11 24 34 58 62 0.935 –4 38
19 Portsmouth 42 11 6 4 41 22 2 6 13 21 46 62 68 0.912 –6 38
20 Grimsby Town 42 11 5 5 29 23 2 7 12 22 45 51 68 0.750 –17 38
21 Manchester City 42 12 2 7 49 33 2 6 13 31 44 80 77 1.039 +3 36
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 5 6 46 36 4 3 14 28 55 74 91 0.813 –17 36
Key
League Champions
FA Cup Winners
Relegated

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ARS BIR BLP BOL BRE CHA CHE DER EVE GRI HUD LEE LEI LIV MCI MID POR PNE STK SUN WBA WOL
Arsenal 0–0 2–1 5–0 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 5–1 3–1 4–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–1 1–1 5–0
Birmingham City 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–2 2–2 3–2 4–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 2–0
Blackpool 2–1 0–3 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 2–2 4–0 5–2 2–4 0–1 2–1 4–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–1 0–2
Bolton Wanderers 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 5–5 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–0 0–0 6–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–4 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–2
Brentford 3–0 1–2 2–4 1–1 5–2 1–1 2–3 3–0 6–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–3 2–0 2–1 0–0 4–0 0–2 2–1
Charlton Athletic 0–3 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 5–1 0–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 4–1
Chelsea 2–2 2–0 1–3 0–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 4–1 4–1 6–1 2–2 0–1 3–1 0–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–2
Derby County 2–0 0–0 3–1 4–2 1–3 3–2 4–0 2–1 1–2 0–4 2–2 0–1 4–1 1–7 1–1 1–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 5–3 1–2
Everton 1–4 1–1 3–1 4–1 3–0 3–0 4–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–3 4–1 2–2 5–2 3–5 3–0 3–3 5–3 0–1
Grimsby Town 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–5 0–2 1–4 1–0
Huddersfield Town 2–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–3 1–2 0–3 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–0 2–0 1–3 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–0
Leeds United 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–4 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 5–3 3–1 0–0 2–1 4–3 1–0 1–2
Leicester City 1–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 2–4 2–2 1–4 0–1 3–3 1–0 2–0 4–0 4–1 1–1
Liverpool 2–0 3–2 4–2 2–1 3–4 1–2 2–2 3–4 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–2 3–0 4–0 0–1 0–1
Manchester City 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 5–3 1–0 6–1 2–0 3–1 3–2 6–2 3–0 1–3 1–6 2–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 7–1 2–4
Middlesbrough 2–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 0–1 3–1 4–3 4–2 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 0–3
Portsmouth 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 2–4 4–0 3–1 3–0 3–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 3–2 2–0 1–0 2–3 1–0
Preston North End 1–3 2–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 2–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 4–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–0
Stoke City 1–1 2–2 1–3 3–2 3–0 2–0 2–1 8–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–2 2–0 3–2 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–1
Sunderland 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–0 1–0
West Bromwich Albion 0–0 4–3 1–2 2–4 4–3 0–0 4–0 4–2 3–1 2–1 5–1 2–1 1–3 5–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 1–6 2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–4 1–1 10–1 2–0 3–1 0–1 5–0 0–0 2–2 4–0 2–1

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

Maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams

Second Division[edit]

Football League
Second Division
Season 1937–38
Champions Aston Villa (1st title)
Relegated Barnsley
Stockport County
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,346 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer George Henson (Bradford Park Avenue), 27 [3]
Biggest home win FulhamSwansea 8–1 (22 Jan 1938)
Biggest away win ChesterfieldManchester United 1–7 (13 Nov 1937)
Highest scoring LutonStockport 6–4 (1 Jan 1938)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Aston Villa 42 17 2 2 50 12 8 5 8 23 23 73 35 2.086 +38 57
2 Manchester United 42 15 3 3 50 18 7 6 8 32 32 82 50 1.640 +32 53
3 Sheffield United 42 15 4 2 46 19 7 5 9 27 37 73 56 1.304 +17 53
4 Coventry City 42 12 5 4 31 15 8 7 6 35 30 66 45 1.467 +21 52
5 Tottenham Hotspur 42 14 3 4 46 16 5 3 13 30 38 76 54 1.407 +22 44
6 Burnley 42 15 4 2 35 11 2 6 13 19 43 54 54 1.000 0 44
7 Bradford Park Avenue 42 13 4 4 51 22 4 5 12 18 34 69 56 1.232 +13 43
8 Fulham 42 10 7 4 44 23 6 4 11 17 34 61 57 1.070 +4 43
9 West Ham United 42 13 5 3 34 16 1 9 11 19 36 53 52 1.019 +1 42
10 Bury 42 12 3 6 43 26 6 2 13 20 34 63 60 1.050 +3 41
11 Chesterfield 42 12 2 7 39 24 4 7 10 24 39 63 63 1.000 0 41
12 Luton Town 42 10 6 5 53 36 5 4 12 36 50 89 86 1.035 +3 40
13 Plymouth Argyle 42 10 7 4 40 30 4 5 12 17 35 57 65 0.877 –8 40
14 Norwich City 42 11 5 5 35 28 3 6 12 21 47 56 75 0.747 –19 39
15 Southampton 42 12 6 3 42 26 3 3 15 13 51 55 77 0.714 –22 39
16 Blackburn Rovers 42 13 6 2 51 30 1 4 16 20 50 71 80 0.888 –9 38
17 Sheffield Wednesday 42 10 5 6 27 21 4 5 12 22 35 49 56 0.875 –7 38
18 Swansea Town 42 12 6 3 31 21 1 6 14 14 52 45 73 0.616 –28 38
19 Newcastle United 42 12 4 5 38 18 2 4 15 13 40 51 58 0.879 –7 36
20 Nottingham Forest 42 12 3 6 29 21 2 5 14 18 39 47 60 0.783 –13 36
21 Barnsley 42 7 11 3 30 20 4 3 14 20 44 50 64 0.781 –14 36
22 Stockport County 42 8 6 7 24 24 3 3 15 19 46 43 70 0.614 –27 31

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 AST BAR BLB BPA BUR BRY CHF COV FUL LUT MUN NEW NOR NOT PLY SHU SHW SOU STP SWA TOT WHU
Aston Villa 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 4–3 3–0 7–1 4–0 2–0 2–0
Barnsley 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 0–0 2–2 3–2 1–1 4–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–0
Blackburn Rovers 1–0 5–3 0–0 3–3 2–1 3–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 5–3 5–1 2–1 2–3 1–0 4–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–1
Bradford Park Avenue 1–2 4–3 7–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 2–0 5–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 0–1 3–1 2–1
Burnley 3–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 3–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–0
Bury 1–1 0–2 2–1 5–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 4–2 3–4 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–2 4–3
Chesterfield 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–3 0–1 1–2 4–0 0–2 5–2 1–7 2–0 6–2 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 5–0 1–0 4–1 2–2 0–1
Coventry City 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–0 5–0 2–1 1–1
Fulham 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 4–0 1–1 3–4 4–1 1–0 1–2 3–4 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 8–1 3–1 1–1
Luton Town 3–2 4–0 4–1 4–2 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–4 4–0 1–0 4–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–3 2–2 1–3 6–4 5–1 2–4 2–2
Manchester United 3–1 4–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 4–1 2–2 1–0 4–2 3–0 0–0 4–3 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 3–1 5–1 0–1 4–0
Newcastle United 2–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–3 2–2 0–1 3–1 3–1 6–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–2
Norwich City 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 0–4 2–3 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 4–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–2
Nottingham Forest 0–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 0–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 3–1 0–0
Plymouth Argyle 0–3 2–2 2–2 1–0 2–3 2–1 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–4 4–0 2–1 2–2 2–2 2–1
Sheffield United 0–0 6–3 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 4–0 4–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 3–1
Sheffield Wednesday 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 4–0 1–3 3–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–0 3–3 1–1 0–3 1–0
Southampton 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 0–1 0–4 4–0 3–6 3–3 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 5–2 4–1 1–1 2–1 3–3
Stockport County 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 0–0
Swansea Town 2–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–5 1–1 0–0 0–2 3–2 0–0
Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 1–3 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–2 4–0 3–0 3–2 1–2 1–2 5–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
West Ham United 1–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 5–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 3–3 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 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.

Maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams

Third Division North[edit]

Football League
Third Division North
Season 1937–1938
Champions Tranmere Rovers (1st title)
Failed re-election None
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,401 (3.03 per match)
Top goalscorer Jack Roberts (Port Vale), 28 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Tranmere Rovers 42 15 4 2 57 21 8 6 7 24 20 81 41 1.976 +40 56
2 Doncaster Rovers 42 15 4 2 48 16 6 8 7 26 33 74 49 1.510 +25 54
3 Hull City 42 11 8 2 51 19 9 5 7 29 24 80 43 1.860 +37 53
4 Oldham Athletic 42 16 4 1 48 18 3 9 9 19 28 67 46 1.457 +21 51
5 Gateshead 42 15 5 1 53 20 5 6 10 31 39 84 59 1.424 +25 51
6 Rotherham United 42 13 6 2 45 21 7 4 10 23 35 68 56 1.214 +12 50
7 Lincoln City 42 14 3 4 48 17 5 5 11 18 33 66 50 1.320 +16 46
8 Crewe Alexandra 42 14 3 4 47 17 4 6 11 24 36 71 53 1.340 +18 45
9 Chester 42 13 4 4 54 31 3 8 10 23 41 77 72 1.069 +5 44
10 Wrexham 42 14 4 3 37 15 2 7 12 21 48 58 63 0.921 –5 43
11 York City 42 11 4 6 40 25 5 6 10 30 43 70 68 1.029 +2 42
12 Carlisle United 42 11 5 5 35 19 4 4 13 22 48 57 67 0.851 –10 39
13 New Brighton 42 12 5 4 43 18 3 3 15 17 43 60 61 0.984 –1 38
14 Bradford City 42 12 6 3 46 21 2 4 15 20 48 66 69 0.957 –3 38
15 Port Vale [notes 1] 42 11 8 2 45 27 1 6 14 20 46 65 73 0.890 –8 38
16 Southport 42 8 8 5 30 26 4 6 11 23 56 53 82 0.646 –29 38
17 Rochdale 42 7 10 4 38 27 6 1 14 29 51 67 78 0.859 –11 37
18 Halifax Town 42 9 7 5 24 19 3 5 13 20 47 44 66 0.667 –22 36
19 Darlington 42 10 4 7 37 31 1 6 14 17 48 54 79 0.684 –25 32
20 Hartlepools United 42 10 8 3 36 20 0 4 17 17 60 53 80 0.663 –27 32
21 Barrow 42 9 6 6 28 20 2 4 15 13 51 41 71 0.577 –30 32
22 Accrington Stanley 42 9 2 10 31 32 2 5 14 14 43 45 75 0.600 –30 29

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 was transferred to Third Division South for the following season.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ACC BRW BRA CRL CHE CRE DAR DON GAT HAL HAR HUL LIN NWB OLD PTV ROC ROT SOU TRA WRE YOR
Accrington Stanley 2–0 3–1 1–4 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–1 1–5 3–4 2–1 0–2 0–3 3–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–1 4–0 1–2
Barrow 0–0 0–0 4–2 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–1 3–0 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–1 1–2
Bradford City 2–2 1–0 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 4–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 5–0 3–1 3–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–1
Carlisle United 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–3 5–1 3–0 2–2 1–0 5–2 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–1
Chester 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–0 0–3 3–2 4–0 2–1 1–1 6–0 1–3 1–1 1–2 3–3 7–2 4–1 2–3 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–3
Crewe Alexandra 3–1 4–0 3–1 4–1 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 5–1 3–1 5–0 1–0 1–1 4–2
Darlington 3–0 0–1 4–2 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–3 1–4 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–4 2–1 1–1 0–2 5–3 2–2
Doncaster Rovers 5–1 1–0 4–0 1–3 2–1 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 3–3 2–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–2 5–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–1
Gateshead 1–0 6–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 5–2 2–3 4–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 5–0 2–1 2–2 2–2
Halifax Town 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–3 1–3 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2
Hartlepool 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–3 4–0 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–0
Hull City 0–0 4–0 2–2 2–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 0–0 4–1 1–1 10–1 0–1 3–2 3–1
Lincoln City 2–0 5–0 4–0 0–1 1–1 3–2 0–0 2–2 3–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 4–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–3 0–1 7–1 2–0
New Brighton 2–1 2–1 1–1 5–1 4–0 4–0 3–0 1–2 4–1 2–0 4–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–3 2–2 0–1 1–1 2–1
Oldham Athletic 1–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 3–2 0–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 4–2 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 6–2
Port Vale 4–1 4–0 4–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 5–1 2–4 1–0 3–2 2–2 4–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–2
Rochdale 0–1 3–3 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–4 1–1 4–5 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–0 6–1 0–0
Rotherham United 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–1 4–1 1–0 4–2 2–2 1–1 4–1 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–2 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0
Southport 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–3 0–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–3 1–3 1–2 2–3
Tranmere 5–0 3–0 2–1 5–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–0 5–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 0–2 7–2 3–2 1–2
Wrexham 2–0 3–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 6–3 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–3 1–1
York City 1–1 1–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–2 1–2 2–0 5–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 0–5 4–1 1–2 2–0 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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

Football League
Third Division South
Season 1937–1938
Champions Millwall (2nd title)
Failed re-election Gillingham
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1,264 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Harold Crawshaw (Mansfield Town), 25 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Millwall 42 15 3 3 53 15 8 7 6 30 22 83 37 2.243 +46 56
2 Bristol City 42 14 6 1 37 13 7 7 7 31 27 68 40 1.700 +28 55
3 Queens Park Rangers 42 15 3 3 44 17 7 6 8 36 30 80 47 1.702 +33 53
4 Watford 42 14 4 3 50 15 7 7 7 23 28 73 43 1.698 +30 53
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 15 3 3 40 16 6 6 9 24 28 64 44 1.455 +20 51
6 Reading 42 17 2 2 44 21 3 9 9 27 42 71 63 1.127 +8 51
7 Crystal Palace 42 14 4 3 45 17 4 8 9 22 30 67 47 1.426 +20 48
8 Swindon Town 42 12 4 5 33 19 5 6 10 16 30 49 49 1.000 0 44
9 Northampton Town 42 12 4 5 30 19 5 5 11 21 38 51 57 0.895 –6 43
10 Cardiff City 42 13 7 1 57 22 2 5 14 10 32 67 54 1.241 +13 42
11 Notts County 42 10 6 5 29 17 6 3 12 21 33 50 50 1.000 0 41
12 Southend United 42 12 5 4 43 23 3 5 13 27 45 70 68 1.029 +2 40
13 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 8 10 3 36 20 6 2 13 20 37 56 57 0.982 –1 40
14 Mansfield Town [notes2 1] 42 12 5 4 46 26 3 4 14 16 41 62 67 0.925 –5 39
15 Bristol Rovers 42 10 7 4 28 20 3 6 12 18 41 46 61 0.754 –15 39
16 Newport County 42 9 10 2 31 15 2 6 13 12 37 43 52 0.827 –9 38
17 Exeter City 42 10 4 7 37 32 3 8 10 20 38 57 70 0.814 –13 38
18 Aldershot 42 11 4 6 23 14 4 1 16 16 45 39 59 0.661 –20 35
19 Clapton Orient 42 10 7 4 27 19 3 0 18 15 42 42 61 0.689 –19 33
20 Torquay United 42 7 5 9 22 28 2 7 12 16 45 38 73 0.521 –35 30
21 Walsall 42 10 4 7 34 37 1 3 17 18 51 52 88 0.591 –36 29
22 Gillingham 42 9 5 7 25 25 1 1 19 11 52 36 77 0.468 –41 26

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

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ALD BOU BHA BRI BRO CAR CLA CRY EXE GIL MAN MIL NPC NOR NTC QPR REA STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 5–0 0–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 3–0 0–0 0–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 5–4 0–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 7–1 1–2 0–0 5–0 0–0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 6–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–2
Bristol City 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 1–0 4–2 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1
Bristol Rovers 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–0 5–2 0–2
Cardiff City 0–1 3–0 4–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 4–0 4–1 3–2 3–1 4–1 2–2 2–2 4–1 5–0 2–2 5–2 3–1 1–1
Clapton Orient 2–1 3–0 0–3 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 1–1
Crystal Palace 1–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 4–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–1 0–1 4–1 3–1 4–1
Exeter City 0–1 3–1 4–0 3–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 3–5 4–0 1–5 2–0 4–1 0–3 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–2
Gillingham 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–4 2–1 0–0 2–3 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–5 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–0
Mansfield Town 2–0 3–2 1–1 3–5 1–0 3–0 3–1 2–0 2–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–2 3–2 5–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–1
Millwall 4–0 4–0 2–0 0–3 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–2 2–1 5–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 5–0 1–4 1–1 1–0 0–2 7–0 4–0 1–1
Newport County 4–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–0
Northampton Town 1–0 1–3 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 3–2
Notts County 1–0 1–2 0–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–2 2–1 0–2 3–0 0–0 3–1 1–2
Queens Park Rangers 3–0 1–2 2–1 0–2 4–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 6–3 3–1 2–0
Reading 3–2 4–1 2–1 0–1 4–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 2–1 4–3 0–2 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 4–1
Southend 4–1 1–0 2–1 5–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 4–2 2–1 2–1 4–2 0–0 5–1 1–0 2–2
Swindon Town 2–0 1–0 0–1 2–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 4–0 3–0 3–0 3–3 1–2 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–2
Torquay United 1–5 0–0 0–1 1–3 4–1 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–2 3–2 3–3 1–0 1–0 0–1
Walsall 2–0 2–0 0–3 2–8 5–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–5 1–5 2–3 0–0 3–1
Watford 5–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 4–0 4–0 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–3 2–0 3–1 4–0 3–1 4–0 4–0 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: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1937-38". 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.