1960–61 in English football
The 1960–61 season was the 81st season of competitive football in England. This season was a particularly historic one for domestic football in England, as Tottenham Hotspur F.C. became the first club in the twentieth century to "do the Double" by winning both the League and the FA Cup competitions in the same season.
Tottenham Hotspur sealed the Football League First Division title with a 2–1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday on 17 April 1961. Preston North End, who had been the first team to achieve the League and FA Cup "double", was relegated in last place – and to date have not returned to the top flight of English football since. 1960–61 still remains the last time Tottenham Hotspur won the League Championship.
Peterborough United set a football league record by scoring the most league goals in one season (134).
The 1960–61 was the inaugural staging of the Football League Cup, The tournament was won by Aston Villa, who beat Rotherham United 3–2 on aggregate after extra time. Although Aston Villa are credited as the League Cup Winners in 1960–61, both legs of the Final were held over until after the commencement of the 1961–62 season due to fixture congestion. Villa finally lifted the trophy on 5 September 1961.
Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition
Tottenham Hotspur made history by becoming the first team this century to win the double, which in recent seasons had narrowly eluded the likes of Manchester United and Wolves.
Sheffield Wednesday finished runners-up, but an eight-point finishing divide between themselves and the champions meant that they never really looked like claiming the league title which had last been theirs in 1930. Wolves, Everton and defending champions Burnley completed the top five, while FA Cup runners-up Leicester City enjoyed a strong sixth place finish and Manchester United finished seventh for the second season running.
Aston Villa's failure to mount a title challenge was compensated for by victory in the first-ever edition of the Football League Cup.
Preston North End performed dismally in their first season without retired winger Tom Finney, and went down in bottom place, joined in relegation by Newcastle United.
|10||West Bromwich Albion||42||18||5||19||67||71||0.944||41|
|16||West Ham United||42||13||10||19||77||88||0.875||36|
|22||Preston North End||42||10||10||22||43||71||0.606||30|
Alf Ramsey's impressive Ipswich side reached the First Division for the first time in their history by winning the Second Division title - an impressive showing for a club who had been in non-league football 25 years earlier. They were joined in promotion by a more illustrious club in the shape of Sheffield United, who have been no strangers to the elite of English football. Liverpool just missed out on First Division football once again, while Norwich City achieved their best final position yet by finishing fourth.
Lincoln City went down in bottom place and were joined in the Third Division by Portsmouth, league champions just over a decade earlier.
|16||Brighton & Hove Albion||42||14||9||19||61||75||0.813||37|
Bury won promotion to the Second Division as champions of the Third Division and were joined in the higher division by runners-up Walsall.
Chesterfield, Colchester United and Tranmere Rovers, who had all spent most or all of their history in nothing higher than the league's third tier, went down to the Fourth Division, but were relegated along with a Bradford City side who had played in the First Division for a number of seasons until 1922 and were FA Cup winners in 1911.
|3||Queens Park Rangers||46||25||10||11||93||60||1.550||60|
|19||Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic||46||15||10||21||58||76||0.763||40|
Peterborough United enjoyed a blistering debut in the Football League, finding the net 134 times (with 52 goals coming from centre-forward Terry Bly) and clinching the Fourth Division title. They were joined in promotion by Crystal Palace, Northampton Town and Bradford Park Avenue.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Peterborough United (C)||46||28||10||8||134||65||2.062||66||Promoted to the Third Division|
|2||Crystal Palace (P)||46||29||6||11||110||69||1.594||64|
|3||Northampton Town (P)||46||25||10||11||90||62||1.452||60|
|4||Bradford Park Avenue (P)||46||26||8||12||84||74||1.135||60|
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.