1952–53 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1952–53
Champions Arsenal

The 19521953 season was the 54th 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 1952–53
Champions Arsenal (7th English title)
Relegated Stoke City,
Derby County
FA Cup winners Blackpool (1st and only FA Cup title)
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1508 (3.26 per match)
Top goalscorer Charlie Wayman (Preston North End), 23 [3][4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Arsenal 42 15 3 3 60 30 6 9 6 37 34 97 64 1.516 +33 54
2 Preston North End 42 15 3 3 46 25 6 9 6 39 35 85 60 1.417 +25 54
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 5 3 54 27 6 8 7 32 36 86 63 1.365 +23 51
4 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 3 5 35 19 8 5 8 31 41 66 60 1.100 +6 50
5 Charlton Athletic 42 12 8 1 47 22 7 3 11 30 41 77 63 1.222 +14 49
6 Burnley 42 11 6 4 36 20 7 6 8 31 32 67 52 1.288 +15 48
7 Blackpool 42 13 5 3 45 22 6 4 11 26 48 71 70 1.014 +1 47
8 Manchester United 42 11 5 5 35 30 7 5 9 34 42 69 72 0.958 –3 46
9 Sunderland 42 11 9 1 42 27 4 4 13 26 55 68 82 0.829 –14 43
10 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 6 4 55 37 4 5 12 23 32 78 69 1.130 +9 41
11 Aston Villa 42 9 7 5 36 23 5 6 10 27 38 63 61 1.033 +2 41
12 Cardiff City 42 7 8 6 32 17 7 4 10 22 29 54 46 1.174 +8 40
13 Middlesbrough 42 12 5 4 46 27 2 6 13 24 50 70 77 0.909 –7 39
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 9 4 8 39 35 6 5 10 22 34 61 69 0.884 –8 39
15 Portsmouth 42 10 6 5 44 34 4 4 13 30 49 74 83 0.892 –9 38
16 Newcastle United 42 9 5 7 34 33 5 4 12 25 37 59 70 0.843 –11 37
17 Liverpool 42 10 6 5 36 28 4 2 15 25 54 61 82 0.744 –21 36
18 Sheffield Wednesday 42 8 6 7 35 32 4 5 12 27 40 62 72 0.861 –10 35
19 Chelsea 42 10 4 7 35 24 2 7 12 21 42 56 66 0.848 –10 35
20 Manchester City 42 12 2 7 45 28 2 5 14 27 59 72 87 0.828 –15 35
21 Stoke City 42 10 4 7 35 26 2 6 13 18 40 53 66 0.803 –13 34
22 Derby County 42 9 6 6 41 29 2 4 15 18 45 59 74 0.797 –15 32

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
FA Cup winners
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home ╲ Away ARS AST BLP BOL BUR CAR CHA CHE DER LIV MCI MUN MID NEW POR PNE SHW STK SUN TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 3–1 3–1 4–1 3–2 0–1 3–4 2–0 6–2 5–3 3–1 2–1 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–2 5–3
Aston Villa 1–2 1–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 4–0 0–0 3–3 1–0 0–1 6–0 1–0 4–3 1–1 3–0 0–3 1–1 0–1
Blackpool 3–2 1–1 3–0 4–2 0–1 8–4 3–1 2–1 3–1 4–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0
Bolton Wanderers 4–6 0–0 4–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 5–3 4–2 0–5 0–3 1–1 2–1 5–0 2–3 0–1 2–1
Burnley 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 5–1 3–2 5–0 0–0
Cardiff City 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–3 2–0 4–0 6–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–2 4–0 2–0 4–1 0–0 1–2 0–0
Charlton Athletic 2–2 5–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–2 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 5–1 3–1 3–2 0–0 2–2
Chelsea 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–3 1–1 1–2 2–0 5–3 1–0 0–0 3–2 2–1 0–2 1–2
Derby County 2–0 0–1 1–1 4–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–2 5–0 2–3 3–3 0–2 3–0 0–1 2–1 4–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 2–3
Liverpool 1–5 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 4–1 5–3 1–1 2–2 1–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 3–0 2–1
Manchester City 2–4 4–1 5–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 5–1 4–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 5–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 2–5 0–1 0–1 3–1
Manchester United 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–4 3–2 2–0 1–0 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–0 5–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–2 2–2 0–3
Middlesbrough 2–0 1–0 5–1 1–2 2–2 3–0 1–0 4–0 1–0 2–3 5–4 5–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–4 4–2 1–1
Newcastle United 2–2 2–1 0–1 2–3 0–0 3–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 4–3 1–5 1–2 2–2 1–1 3–5 1–1
Portsmouth 2–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–4 5–1 2–5 5–2 1–1 5–2 2–1 1–2 2–2
Preston North End 2–0 1–3 4–2 2–2 2–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 6–2 0–5 3–0 2–1 4–0 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1
Sheffield Wednesday 1–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–0 0–3 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 3–4 1–1 1–0 4–0 2–0 4–5 2–3
Stoke City 1–1 1–4 4–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–4 0–0 1–3 3–0 2–0 5–1 1–2
Sunderland 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–1 4–2 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–1 3–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–2
Tottenham Hotspur 1–3 1–1 4–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–3 5–2 3–1 3–3 1–2 7–1 3–2 3–3 4–4 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–4 3–2
West Bromwich Albion 2–0 3–2 0–1 0–1 1–2 1–0 3–1 0–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–1 2–1 2–5 3–1 5–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 3–1 3–0 7–3 6–2 3–3 2–0 4–1 0–2 3–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0

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]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1952–1953

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1952–53
Champions Sheffield United (1st title)
Promoted Huddersfield Town
Relegated Barnsley,
Southampton
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1535 (3.32 per match)
Top goalscorer Arthur Rowley (Leicester City), 39 [4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Sheffield United 42 15 3 3 60 27 10 7 4 37 28 97 55 1.764 +42 60
2 Huddersfield Town 42 14 4 3 51 14 10 6 5 33 19 84 33 2.545 +51 58
3 Luton Town 42 15 1 5 53 17 7 7 7 31 32 84 49 1.714 +35 52
4 Plymouth Argyle 42 12 5 4 37 24 8 4 9 28 36 65 60 1.083 +5 49
5 Leicester City 42 13 6 2 55 29 5 6 10 34 45 89 74 1.203 +15 48
6 Birmingham City 42 11 3 7 44 38 8 7 6 27 28 71 66 1.076 +5 48
7 Nottingham Forest 42 11 5 5 46 32 7 3 11 31 35 77 67 1.149 +10 44
8 Fulham 42 14 1 6 52 28 3 9 9 29 43 81 71 1.141 +10 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 4 5 40 20 6 4 11 28 45 68 65 1.046 +3 44
10 Leeds United 42 13 4 4 42 24 1 11 9 29 39 71 63 1.127 +8 43
11 Swansea Town 42 10 9 2 45 26 5 3 13 33 55 78 81 0.963 –3 42
12 Rotherham United 42 9 7 5 41 30 7 2 12 34 44 75 74 1.014 +1 41
13 Doncaster Rovers 42 9 9 3 26 17 3 7 11 32 47 58 64 0.906 –6 40
14 West Ham United 42 9 5 7 38 28 4 8 9 20 32 58 60 0.967 –2 39
15 Lincoln City 42 9 9 3 41 26 2 8 11 23 45 64 71 0.901 –7 39
16 Everton 42 9 8 4 38 23 3 6 12 33 52 71 75 0.947 –4 38
17 Brentford 42 8 8 5 38 29 5 3 13 21 47 59 76 0.776 –15 37
18 Hull City 42 11 6 4 36 19 3 2 16 21 50 57 69 0.826 –12 36
19 Notts County 42 11 5 5 41 31 3 3 15 19 57 60 88 0.682 –28 36
20 Bury 42 10 6 5 33 30 3 3 15 20 51 53 81 0.654 –28 35
21 Southampton 42 5 7 9 45 44 5 6 10 23 41 68 85 0.800 –17 33
22 Barnsley 42 4 4 13 31 46 1 4 16 16 62 47 108 0.435 –61 18

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 BAR BIR BLB BRE BRY DON EVE FUL HUD HUL LEE LEI LIN LUT NOT NTC PLY ROT SHU SOU SWA WHU
Barnsley 1–3 1–4 0–2 3–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 2–4 5–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 2–3 0–2 1–2 0–3 2–3 1–3 0–1 3–1 2–0
Birmingham City 3–1 1–2 3–1 0–2 2–1 4–2 1–4 0–2 4–3 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–5 3–2 4–0 4–0 1–2 2–0 1–4 2–0
Blackburn Rovers 2–0 1–2 3–0 4–0 2–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–3 0–1 1–2 3–0 3–0 3–0
Brentford 4–0 1–2 3–2 2–2 1–0 2–4 2–2 1–3 1–0 3–3 4–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 5–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–4
Bury 5–2 3–0 1–0 3–0 2–1 0–5 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–4 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 2–0 0–4 0–0 1–3 1–1
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 1–0 3–3 0–2 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–1
Everton 2–1 1–1 0–3 5–0 3–0 7–1 3–3 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–0
Fulham 3–1 3–1 2–1 5–0 2–0 1–3 3–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 4–6 4–2 2–0 0–1 6–0 2–1 4–1 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–3
Huddersfield Town 6–0 1–1 0–3 0–0 2–0 3–1 8–2 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 5–0 3–0 1–2 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 5–0 3–0 0–1
Hull City 2–2 2–0 3–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 6–0 0–1 3–2 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Leeds United 4–1 0–1 0–3 3–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 0–3 1–1 5–1 3–2
Leicester City 2–2 3–4 2–1 2–3 3–2 4–2 4–2 6–1 2–1 5–0 3–3 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–2 0–0 4–1 2–1 0–0
Lincoln City 1–1 1–1 4–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–3 3–0 0–0 1–3 3–2 2–2 3–1 3–1
Luton Town 6–0 0–1 6–0 0–1 4–1 1–2 4–2 2–0 0–2 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 5–1 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–2 3–1 0–0
Nottingham Forest 3–0 0–2 1–2 3–0 4–1 2–2 3–3 0–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 1–3 1–1 4–3 1–0 3–1 4–3 1–1 2–3 6–4 0–0
Notts County 1–0 2–0 5–0 4–0 2–1 4–3 2–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 0–4 2–1 0–3 1–2 3–4 1–1
Plymouth Argyle 4–0 2–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–2 4–3 5–2 3–1 3–2 1–1
Rotherham United 3–1 1–1 0–0 4–1 6–1 4–2 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 3–2 1–3 2–3 2–3 2–3 0–2 2–2 2–1 1–1
Sheffield United 3–0 2–2 3–0 3–2 3–1 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 7–2 6–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 5–0 1–4 5–3 7–1 3–1
Southampton 1–2 1–1 6–1 0–2 1–2 3–3 1–1 5–3 0–2 5–1 2–2 5–2 1–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–3 2–3 4–4 1–4 1–2
Swansea Town 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–3 3–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–1 5–1 2–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 4–1
West Ham United 3–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 3–2 1–3 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–2 4–1 5–1 0–1 3–2 2–2 0–1 2–4 1–1 1–0 3–0

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]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1952–1953

Third Division North[edit]

Football League, Third Division North
Season 1952–53
Champions Oldham Athletic (1st title)
Failed re-election none
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1604 (2.91 per match)
Top goalscorer Jimmy Whitehouse (Carlisle United), 29 [4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Oldham Athletic 46 15 4 4 48 21 7 11 5 29 24 77 45 1.711 +32 59
2 Port Vale 46 13 9 1 41 10 7 9 7 26 25 67 35 1.914 +32 58
3 Wrexham 46 18 3 2 59 24 6 5 12 27 42 86 66 1.303 +20 56
4 York City 46 14 5 4 35 16 6 8 9 25 29 60 45 1.333 +15 53
5 Grimsby Town 46 15 5 3 47 19 6 5 12 28 40 75 59 1.271 +16 52
6 Southport 46 16 4 3 42 18 4 7 12 21 42 63 60 1.050 +3 51
7 Bradford Park Avenue 46 10 8 5 37 23 9 4 10 38 38 75 61 1.230 +14 50
8 Gateshead 46 13 6 4 51 24 4 9 10 25 36 76 60 1.267 +16 49
9 Carlisle United 46 13 7 3 57 24 5 6 12 25 44 82 68 1.206 +14 49
10 Crewe Alexandra 46 13 5 5 46 28 7 3 13 24 40 70 68 1.029 +2 48
11 Stockport County 46 13 8 2 61 26 4 5 14 21 43 82 69 1.188 +13 47
12 Chesterfield 46 13 6 4 40 23 5 5 13 25 40 65 63 1.032 +2 47
13 Tranmere Rovers 46 16 4 3 45 16 5 1 17 20 47 65 63 1.032 +2 47
14 Halifax Town 46 13 5 5 47 31 3 10 10 21 37 68 68 1.000 ±0 47
15 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 46 10 6 7 38 21 6 8 9 24 35 62 56 1.107 +6 46
16 Bradford City 46 14 7 2 54 29 0 11 12 21 51 75 80 0.938 –5 46
17 Hartlepools United 46 14 6 3 39 16 2 8 13 18 45 57 61 0.934 –4 46
18 Mansfield Town 46 11 9 3 34 25 5 5 13 21 37 55 62 0.887 –7 46
19 Barrow 46 15 6 2 48 20 1 6 16 18 51 66 71 0.930 –5 44
20 Chester 46 10 7 6 39 27 1 8 14 25 58 64 85 0.753 –21 37
21 Darlington 46 13 4 6 33 27 1 2 20 25 69 58 96 0.604 –38 34
22 Rochdale 46 12 5 6 41 27 2 0 21 21 56 62 83 0.747 –21 33
23 Workington 46 9 5 9 40 33 2 5 16 15 58 55 91 0.604 –36 32
24 Accrington Stanley 46 7 9 7 25 29 1 2 20 14 60 39 89 0.438 –50 27

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

Third Division North maps[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

Football League, Third Division South
Season 1952–53
Champions Bristol Rovers (1st title)
Failed re-election none
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1745 (3.16 per match)
Top goalscorer Geoff Bradford (Bristol Rovers), 33 [4]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Bristol Rovers 46 17 4 2 55 19 9 8 6 37 27 92 46 2.000 +36 64
2 Millwall 46 14 7 2 46 16 10 7 6 36 28 82 44 1.864 +38 62
3 Northampton Town 46 18 4 1 75 30 8 6 9 34 40 109 70 1.557 +39 62
4 Norwich City 46 16 6 1 56 17 9 4 10 43 38 99 55 1.800 +44 60
5 Bristol City 46 13 8 2 62 28 9 7 7 33 33 95 61 1.557 +34 59
6 Coventry City 46 15 5 3 52 22 4 7 12 25 40 77 62 1.242 +15 50
7 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 12 6 5 48 30 7 6 10 33 45 81 75 1.080 +6 50
8 Southend United 46 15 5 3 41 21 3 8 12 28 53 69 74 0.932 –5 49
9 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 15 3 5 49 23 4 6 13 25 46 74 69 1.072 +5 47
10 Watford 46 12 8 3 39 21 3 9 11 23 42 62 63 0.984 –1 47
11 Reading 46 17 3 3 53 18 2 5 16 16 46 69 64 1.078 +5 46
12 Torquay United 46 15 4 4 61 28 3 5 15 26 60 87 88 0.989 –1 45
13 Crystal Palace 46 12 7 4 40 26 3 6 14 26 56 66 82 0.805 –16 43
14 Leyton Orient 46 12 7 4 52 28 4 3 16 16 45 68 73 0.932 –5 42
15 Newport County 46 12 4 7 43 34 4 6 13 27 48 70 82 0.854 –12 42
16 Ipswich Town 46 10 7 6 34 28 3 8 12 26 41 60 69 0.870 –9 41
17 Exeter City 46 11 8 4 40 24 2 6 15 21 47 61 71 0.859 –10 40
18 Swindon Town 46 9 5 9 38 33 5 7 11 26 46 64 79 0.810 –15 40
19 Aldershot 46 8 8 7 36 29 4 7 12 25 48 61 77 0.792 –16 39
20 Queens Park Rangers 46 9 9 5 37 34 3 6 14 24 48 61 82 0.744 –21 39
21 Gillingham 46 10 7 6 30 26 2 8 13 25 48 55 74 0.743 –19 39
22 Colchester United 46 9 9 5 40 29 3 5 15 19 47 59 76 0.776 –17 38
23 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 5 7 38 35 1 7 15 30 56 68 91 0.747 –23 36
24 Walsall 46 5 9 9 35 46 2 1 20 21 72 56 118 0.475 –62 24

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 ALD BOU BHA BRI BRO COL COV CRY EXE GIL IPS LEY MIL NPC NOR NOR QPR REA SHR STD SWI TOR WAL WAT
Aldershot 1–0 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 4–1 2–2 4–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–0 1–2
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 0–3 2–1 4–1 1–2 1–0 3–0 4–2 2–1 4–2 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 1–1 0–1 5–1 4–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 4–2 2–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 4–1 4–2 5–0 1–4 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–2 2–1 4–2 1–2
Bristol City 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 3–2 1–0 5–0 4–1 4–0 4–2 2–1 0–0 2–0 2–3 0–1 4–4 1–1 3–2 5–0 4–2 4–4 6–1 5–1
Bristol Rovers 4–1 2–1 7–0 0–0 3–1 5–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 4–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–0 2–0 0–3
Colchester United 1–2 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–3 0–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 3–3 1–2 0–4 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–3 3–1 4–1 6–1 1–1
Coventry City 3–0 2–3 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 4–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 7–2 3–1 1–0
Crystal Palace 3–0 1–0 2–1 1–3 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 4–3 1–1 4–2 0–3 1–2 0–0 3–0 2–2 4–1 1–0
Exeter City 2–2 5–1 1–5 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 4–1 6–1 1–1
Gillingham 2–0 1–2 1–2 0–1 0–4 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 2–1 4–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–1
Ipswich Town 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–5 2–2 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 1–6 3–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 5–0 1–1
Leyton Orient 4–1 2–2 3–0 1–3 3–3 5–3 1–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–1 0–1 3–1 5–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 2–2 4–1 4–1 2–0
Millwall 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 3–2 0–0 3–0 1–2 2–3 2–1 1–0 4–1 4–1 3–0 3–0 3–0 1–1
Newport County 2–1 2–1 0–3 4–3 2–2 0–1 4–4 3–2 1–0 1–2 1–3 0–1 1–3 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 4–2 0–1 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–1
Northampton Town 4–0 5–1 5–3 0–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 5–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–3 4–2 6–1 3–1 4–3 3–1 3–3 2–1 4–1
Norwich City 5–0 1–1 3–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 5–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 5–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–0 5–2
Queens Park Rangers 2–2 2–1 3–3 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–3 4–2 2–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 0–1 4–2 2–2
Reading 2–3 1–3 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 4–1 3–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–0 5–3 1–0 4–1 4–1 0–0 3–0
Shrewsbury Town 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–4 1–1 2–4 1–8 0–3 1–1 7–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–1
Southend 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–4 2–1 4–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–1 1–0
Swindon Town 3–2 1–2 3–0 0–0 1–3 0–1 2–3 3–6 5–2 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 0–0
Torquay United 1–2 5–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 5–1 2–1 1–1 5–2 3–2 4–1 5–0 1–0 3–3 3–0 4–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–2 3–1 0–3 2–2
Walsall 0–0 2–2 3–0 3–3 3–5 0–3 1–1 2–4 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–3 1–5 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–4 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0
Watford 1–1 3–0 2–3 4–1 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0

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]

Locations of the Football League Third Division South London teams 1952–1953

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1952-53". 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. ^ Obituary: Charlie Wayman: Small centre-forward, lethal in front of goal [1]
  4. ^ 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.