1951–52 Liga Bet

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The 1951–52 Liga Bet season saw Hapoel Balfouria (champions of the North Division) and Hapoel Kfar Saba (champions of the South Division) promoted to Liga Alef. Hapoel Kfar Ata of the North Division, Maccabi Nes Tziona and Hapoel HaNamal Jaffa of the South Division were all relegated. Hapoel HaNamal Haifa relegated following suspension, whilst Beitar Netanya and Hapoel Zikhron Ya'akov both withdrew from the league during season. thus, also relegated to Liga Gimel.[1]

Participating teams[edit]

All active teams that have played in the aborted 1947–48 Liga Bet were invited to join the league. 11 teams from the North Division (Hapoel Balfouria, Hapoel Hadera, Hakoah Haifa, Hapoel Netanya, Hapoel Kiryat Haim, Maccabi Zikhron Ya'akov, Degel Yehuda Haifa, S.C. Atlit, Maccabi Hadera, Hapoel Dror Haifa and Hapoel Kfar Ata) and 8 teams from the South Division (Hapoel Kfar Saba, Maccabi Ramat Gan, Hakoah Tel Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem, Hapoel Rehovot, Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Ra'anana and Hapoel Herzliya) have done so. Maccabi Nes Tziona, who finished bottom of the 1949–50 Israeli League was placed in the South Division.

To fill in the vacancies, one club from the Liga Meuhedet Samaria Division (Hapoel HaNamal Haifa, who finished second in the division) was placed in the North Division to complete a 12-team line-up, and three teams from Liga Meuhedet Tel Aviv Division (Bnei Yehuda, Hapoel Jaffa and Maccabi Jaffa, who finished first, second and third in the division) and two from Jerusalem-South division (Maccabi Sha'arayim and Maccabi Jerusalem, who finished 3rd and 4th in the division) were placed in the South division to complete a 14-team line-up.

North Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Hapoel Balfouria 22 19 2 1 52 18 34 40 Promoted to Liga Alef
2 Hapoel Hadera 22 18 2 2 80 14 66 38
3 Hakoah Haifa 22 12 1 9 55 35 20 25
4 Hapoel Netanya 22 11 3 8 57 42 15 25
5 Hapoel Kiryat Haim 22 12 0 10 43 38 5 24
6 Hapoel HaNamal Haifa 1 22 11 0 11 46 45 1 22 Relegated to Liga Gimel
7 Maccabi Zikhron Ya'akov 22 9 2 11 47 52 -5 20
8 Degel Yehuda Haifa 21 9 0 12 54 67 -13 18
9 Sport Club Atlit 22 7 4 11 33 49 -16 18
10 Maccabi Hadera 21 7 1 13 31 48 -17 15
11 Hapoel Dror Haifa 22 6 1 15 31 68 -37 13
12 Hapoel Kfar Ata 22 1 0 21 17 67 -50 2 Relegated to Liga Gimel

1. Hapoel HaNamal Haifa demoted from Liga Bet, due to riot in their match against Hakoah Haifa.[2]

South Division[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts Notes
1 Hapoel Kfar Saba 26 20 3 3 90 30 60 43 Promoted to Liga Alef
2 Maccabi Ramat Gan 26 17 5 4 64 27 37 39
3 Hakoah Tel Aviv 26 16 5 5 76 29 47 37
4 Hapoel Jerusalem 26 17 3 6 56 27 29 37
5 Hapoel Rehovot 26 14 5 7 66 46 20 33
6 Maccabi Jaffa 26 11 7 8 51 39 12 29
7 Bnei Yehuda 26 11 6 9 40 34 6 28
8 Beitar Jerusalem 26 11 5 10 45 50 -5 27
9 Maccabi Jerusalem 26 10 2 14 45 53 -8 22
10 Hapoel Ra'anana 26 7 4 15 47 62 -15 18
11 Maccabi Sha'arayim 26 5 5 16 38 63 -25 15
12 Hapoel Herzliya 26 5 4 17 24 71 -47 14
13 Maccabi Nes Tziona 26 4 5 17 17 67 -50 13 Relegated to Liga Gimel
14 Hapoel HaNamal Jaffa 26 3 3 20 26 91 -65 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Football league kicks off at February 21st Al Hamishmar, 8.2.53, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  2. ^ Hapoel HaNamal Haifa club suspended from games Al Hamishmar, 18.5.52, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)