1962–63 in English football
|Second Division||Stoke City|
|Third Division||Northampton Town|
|FA Cup||Manchester United|
|League Cup||Birmingham City|
|Charity Shield||Tottenham Hotspur|
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The 1962–63 season was the 83rd season of competitive football in England. Everton won the League Championship, their first post-war title. Manchester United won the FA Cup, their first major trophy since the Munich Air Disaster in 1958. Birmingham City won the League Cup. Tottenham Hotspur won the European Cup Winners' Cup, thereby becoming the first English side to win a European cup competition. Oxford United were elected to the Football League to replace the defunct Accrington Stanley, who had resigned from the league the previous season. Much of the season was postponed for several months because of the Big Freeze of 1963.
Diary of the season
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3 October 1962: The England national football team competes in the European Football Championships for the first time, beginning the qualifiers for the 1964 European Nations' Cup with a 1-1 draw against France in the qualifying round first leg at Hillsborough. Ron Flowers of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores England's only goal.
25 October 1962: Alf Ramsey, the Ipswich Town manager, accepts The Football Association's offer to succeed Walter Winterbottom as England manager with effect from 1 May 1963, after agreeing taking charge of two earlier matches from 27 February 1963.
27 February 1963: England are knocked out of the European Nations' Cup with a 5-2 defeat to France in Paris in the second leg of the qualifying round.
4 May 1963: English Double-chasing Leicester City are beaten by West Bromwich Albion in the top-flight, while Leyton Orient's defeat at Hillsborough Stadium leaves the East Londoners "practically doomed to relegation". In the Second Division, table-topping Stoke City were beaten by Scunthorpe United, and a hat-trick from Irishman Johnny Crossan features in Sunderland's 4–0 home victory over Southampton. Leaders of the Fourth Division Brentford rack up their 26th league win of the season against Chesterfield, and move two points clear of Oldham Althetic, in second, with two games in hand. Outside of the League, Wimbledon win the FA Amateur Cup with victory over Sutton United in the Final.
15 May 1963: Tottenham Hotspur become the first British club to win a European trophy, defeating Atlético Madrid 5–1 in Rotterdam. Jimmy Greaves and Terry Dyson score twice, with the other goal coming from John White.
18 May 1963: Stoke secure the Second Division Championship with a win over Luton Town, while Sunderland in second leave the door open for third-placed Chelsea by losing at home to the West Londoners. This result completes Sunderland's league programme, while Chelsea have one match remaining.
21 May 1963: Chelsea put seven past Portsmouth without reply and pip Sunderland to the remaining Second Division promotion place. The Third Division relegation decider between Walsall and Charlton Athletic is abandoned with the score 0–0 after the pitch was rendered unplayable by a thunderstorm.
24 May 1963: England draw with the Football League XI at Arsenal Stadium. Jimmy Greaves, Alan Hinton and Johnny Byrne score for the Three Lions, while Roger Hunt, Geoff Hurst and Tony Kay score for the League. Elsewhere, Charlton preserve their Third Division status, relegating opponents Walsall in the process.
25 May 1963: Manchester United win their first major trophy for six years and their first FA Cup for 15 years with a 3–1 win over Leicester City in the final at Wembley Stadium. David Herd scores twice for United and Denis Law scores the other goal. Ken Keyworth scores the consolation goal for Leicester City, who have yet to win the final after three attempts.
27 May 1963: A goalless draw in the Football League Cup final second leg at Villa Park gives the trophy to Birmingham City.
Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition
In a First Division season with heavy fixture congestion brought about by a severe winter, Everton emerged as league champions - their first piece of postwar silverware. Tottenham Hotspur continued their brilliant start to the 1960s, finishing runners-up in the First Division and going on to lift the European Cup Winners' Cup to become English football's first winners of a European trophy. Burnley, the 1960 league champions, finished third. Leicester City, still yet to win a major trophy, emerge as surprise double challengers but eventually had to settle for a fourth-place finish in the league, and lost to Manchester United in the FA Cup final - with Matt Busby's rebuilding scheme paying off with the success being United's first trophy since the Munich air disaster five years earlier.
Liverpool's return to the First Division saw them secure a decent eighth-place finish and their players adapt well to what for many of them was their first season playing in the First Division.
Birmingham City's consolation for narrowly avoiding relegation came in the shape of glory in the Football League Cup, the first major trophy of their 88-year history.
Leyton Orient's first season in the top flight was a dismal one, and they ended it with relegation and being 12 points adrift of safety. They were joined in relegation by Manchester City, who finally went down after several seasons of gradually falling out of contention for honours.
|12||West Ham United||42||14||12||16||73||69||1.058||40|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||42||16||7||19||71||79||0.899||39|
Tony Waddington's impressive Stoke City side, which included 48-year-old FWA Footballer of the Year Stanley Matthews, former Manchester United forward Dennis Viollet and former Burnley star Jimmy McIlroy clinched the Second Division title and with it a place in the First Division. Chelsea were promoted as runners-up, while Sunderland missed out on goal average.
Luton Town and Walsall went down to the Third Division.
|17||Preston North End||42||13||11||18||59||74||0.797||37|
Northampton Town won the Third Division title and with it a place in the Second Division, while Swindon Town finally climbed out of the league's third tier, having been there since its creation 43 years previously.
Halifax Town, Carlisle United, Brighton and Bradford Park Avenue went down to the Fourth Division.
|5||Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic||46||18||16||12||63||46||1.370||52|
|13||Queens Park Rangers||46||17||11||18||85||76||1.118||45|
|21||Bradford Park Avenue||46||14||12||20||79||97||0.814||40|
|22||Brighton & Hove Albion||46||12||12||22||58||84||0.690||36|
Brentford won the Fourth Division title, their first significant postwar success. Oldham Athletic, Crewe Alexandra and Mansfield Town also went up, while league newcomers Oxford United finished 18th. Bradford City, FA Cup winners in 1911 and First Division members for a number of seasons leading up to 1922, had to apply for re-election.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Brentford (C)||46||27||8||11||98||64||1.531||62||Promoted to the Third Division|
|2||Oldham Athletic (P)||46||24||11||11||95||60||1.583||59|
|3||Crewe Alexandra (P)||46||24||11||11||86||58||1.483||59|
|4||Mansfield Town (P)||46||24||9||13||108||69||1.565||57|
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.
- "Leicester Drops Five Points Back". The Gazette. Montreal. Reuters. 6 May 1963. p. 28. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- "U.K Soccer Scores, Weekend Standings". The Gazette. Montreal. 6 May 1963. p. 28. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
- "Stoke City Regains Lead". The Gazette. Montreal. The Canadian Press; Reuters. 20 May 1963. p. 17. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "Chelsea Promoted". The Herald. Glasgow. 22 May 1963. p. 6. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "Draw at Highbury". The Herald. Glasgow. 25 May 1963. p. 8. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "Other Results". The Herald. Glasgow. 25 May 1963. p. 8. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- "KILMARNOCK AND WEST HAM DRAW". The Herald. Glasgow. 31 May 1963. p. 13. Retrieved 16 October 2014.