1948–49 in English football

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The 1948–49 season was the 69th season of competitive football in England.

Overview[edit]

Portsmouth won the First Division title for the first time with a team of no recognised stars and very few international players. However, it was not the first major honour for the Hampshire club, as they had been the last winners of the FA Cup before the outbreak of the war. They would retain their league title the following season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers, under manager Stan Cullis and captain Billy Wright, won their first major trophy for more than 40 years when they beat Leicester City 3-1 in the final of the FA Cup. This was the beginning of a great run of success for the West Midlands side.

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner Runner-up
First Division Portsmouth (1) Manchester United
Second Division Fulham West Bromwich Albion
Third Division North Hull City Rotherham United
Third Division South Swansea City Reading
FA Cup Wolverhampton Wanderers (3) Leicester City
Charity Shield Arsenal Manchester United
Home Championship  Scotland  England

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

Football League[edit]

First Division[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Portsmouth 42 25 8 9 84 42 2 58
2 Manchester United 42 21 11 10 77 44 1.75 53
3 Derby County 42 22 9 11 74 55 1.345 53
4 Newcastle United 42 20 12 10 70 56 1.25 52
5 Arsenal 42 18 13 11 74 44 1.682 49
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 17 12 13 79 66 1.197 46
7 Manchester City 42 15 15 12 47 51 0.922 45
8 Sunderland 42 13 17 12 49 58 0.845 43
9 Charlton Athletic 42 15 12 15 63 67 0.94 42
10 Aston Villa 42 16 10 16 60 76 0.789 42
11 Stoke City 42 16 9 17 66 68 0.971 41
12 Liverpool 42 13 14 15 53 43 1.233 40
13 Chelsea 42 12 14 16 69 68 1.015 38
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 14 10 18 59 68 0.868 38
15 Burnley 42 12 14 16 43 50 0.86 38
16 Blackpool 42 11 16 15 54 67 0.806 38
17 Birmingham City 42 11 15 16 36 38 0.947 37
18 Everton 42 13 11 18 41 63 0.651 37
19 Middlesbrough 42 11 12 19 46 57 0.807 34
20 Huddersfield Town 42 12 10 20 40 69 0.58 34
21 Preston North End 42 11 11 20 62 75 0.827 33 Relegated to the Second Division
22 Sheffield United 42 11 11 20 57 78 0.731 33

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Second Division[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Fulham 42 24 9 9 77 37 2.081 57 Promoted to the First Division
2 West Bromwich Albion 42 24 8 10 69 39 1.769 56
3 Southampton 42 23 9 10 69 36 1.917 55
4 Cardiff City 42 19 13 10 62 47 1.319 51
5 Tottenham Hotspur 42 17 16 9 72 44 1.636 50
6 Chesterfield 42 15 17 10 51 45 1.133 47
7 West Ham United 42 18 10 14 56 58 0.966 46
8 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 13 14 63 56 1.125 43
9 Barnsley 42 14 12 16 62 61 1.016 40
10 Luton Town 42 14 12 16 55 57 0.965 40
11 Grimsby Town 42 15 10 17 72 76 0.947 40
12 Bury 42 17 6 19 67 76 0.882 40
13 Queens Park Rangers 42 14 11 17 44 62 0.71 39
14 Blackburn Rovers 42 15 8 19 53 63 0.841 38
15 Leeds United 42 12 13 17 55 63 0.873 37
16 Coventry City 42 15 7 20 55 64 0.859 37
17 Bradford Park Avenue 42 13 11 18 65 78 0.833 37
18 Brentford 42 11 14 17 42 53 0.792 36
19 Leicester City 42 10 16 16 62 79 0.785 36
20 Plymouth Argyle 42 12 12 18 49 64 0.766 36
21 Nottingham Forest 42 14 7 21 50 54 0.926 35 Relegated to the Third Division South
22 Lincoln City 42 8 12 22 53 91 0.582 28 Relegated to the Third Division North

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Third Division North[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Hull City 42 27 11 4 93 28 3.321 65 Promoted to the Second Division
2 Rotherham United 42 28 6 8 90 46 1.957 62
3 Doncaster Rovers 42 20 10 12 53 40 1.325 50
4 Darlington 42 20 6 16 83 74 1.122 46
5 Gateshead 42 16 13 13 69 58 1.19 45
6 Oldham Athletic 42 18 9 15 75 67 1.119 45
7 Rochdale 42 18 9 15 55 53 1.038 45
8 Stockport County 42 16 11 15 61 56 1.089 43
9 Wrexham 42 17 9 16 56 62 0.903 43
10 Mansfield Town 42 14 14 14 52 48 1.083 42
11 Tranmere Rovers 42 13 15 14 46 57 0.807 41
12 Crewe Alexandra 42 16 9 17 52 74 0.703 41
13 Barrow 42 14 12 16 41 48 0.854 40
14 York City 42 15 9 18 74 74 1 39
15 Carlisle United 42 14 11 17 60 77 0.779 39
16 Hartlepools United 42 14 10 18 45 58 0.776 38
17 New Brighton 42 14 8 20 46 58 0.793 36
18 Chester 42 11 13 18 57 56 1.018 35
19 Halifax Town 42 12 11 19 45 62 0.726 35
20 Accrington Stanley 42 12 10 20 55 64 0.859 34
21 Southport 42 11 9 22 45 64 0.703 31 Re-elected
22 Bradford City 42 10 9 23 48 77 0.623 29

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Third Division South[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GAvg
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Swansea Town 42 27 8 7 87 34 2.559 62 Promoted to the Second Division
2 Reading 42 25 5 12 77 50 1.54 55
3 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 22 8 12 69 48 1.438 52
4 Swindon Town 42 18 15 9 64 56 1.143 51
5 Bristol Rovers 42 19 10 13 61 51 1.196 48
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 15 18 9 55 55 1 48
7 Ipswich Town 42 18 9 15 78 77 1.013 45
8 Millwall 42 17 11 14 63 64 0.984 45
9 Torquay United 42 17 11 14 65 70 0.929 45
10 Norwich City 42 16 12 14 67 49 1.367 44
11 Notts County 42 19 5 18 102 68 1.5 43
12 Exeter City 42 15 10 17 63 76 0.829 40
13 Port Vale 42 14 11 17 51 54 0.944 39
14 Walsall 42 15 8 19 56 64 0.875 38
15 Newport County 42 14 9 19 68 92 0.739 37
16 Bristol City 42 11 14 17 44 62 0.71 36
17 Watford 42 10 15 17 41 54 0.759 35
18 Southend United 42 9 16 17 41 46 0.891 34
19 Leyton Orient 42 11 12 19 58 80 0.725 34
20 Northampton Town 42 12 9 21 51 62 0.823 33
21 Aldershot 42 11 11 20 48 59 0.814 33 Re-elected
22 Crystal Palace 42 8 11 23 38 76 0.5 27

Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.