1972–73 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1972–73 season
Chairman Denis Hill-Wood
Manager Bertie Mee
First Division 2nd
FA Cup Fourth Place
League Cup Quarter-Final
Top goalscorer League:

All:
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1972–73 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 17 3 1 45 19 8 7 6 27 23 72 42 1.714 +30 60
2 Arsenal [1] 42 14 5 2 31 14 9 6 6 26 29 57 43 1.326 +14 57
3 Leeds United 42 15 4 2 45 13 6 7 8 26 32 71 45 1.578 +26 53
4 Ipswich Town 42 10 7 4 34 20 7 7 7 21 25 55 45 1.222 +10 48
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 3 5 43 23 5 8 8 23 31 66 54 1.222 +12 47
6 West Ham United 42 12 5 4 45 25 5 7 9 22 28 67 53 1.264 +14 46
7 Derby County 42 15 3 3 43 18 4 5 12 13 36 56 54 1.037 +2 46
8 Tottenham Hotspur [2] 42 10 5 6 33 23 6 8 7 25 25 58 48 1.208 +10 45
9 Newcastle United 42 12 6 3 35 19 4 7 10 25 32 60 51 1.176 +9 45
10 Birmingham City 42 11 7 3 39 22 4 5 12 14 32 53 54 0.981 –1 42
11 Manchester City 42 12 4 5 36 20 3 7 11 21 40 57 60 0.950 –3 41
12 Chelsea 42 9 6 6 30 22 4 8 9 19 29 49 51 0.961 –2 40
13 Southampton 42 8 11 2 26 17 3 7 11 21 35 47 52 0.904 –5 40
14 Sheffield United 42 11 4 6 28 18 4 6 11 23 41 51 59 0.864 –8 40
15 Stoke City 42 11 8 2 38 17 3 2 16 23 39 61 56 1.089 +1 38
16 Leicester City 42 7 9 5 23 18 3 8 10 17 28 40 46 0.870 –6 37
17 Everton 42 9 5 7 27 21 4 6 11 14 28 41 49 0.837 –8 37
18 Manchester United 42 9 7 5 24 19 3 6 12 20 41 44 60 0.733 –16 37
19 Coventry City 42 9 5 7 27 24 4 4 13 13 31 40 55 0.727 –15 35
20 Norwich City 42 7 9 5 22 19 4 1 16 14 44 36 63 0.571 –27 32
21 Crystal Palace 42 7 7 7 25 21 2 5 14 16 37 41 58 0.707 –17 30
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 8 7 6 25 24 1 3 17 13 38 38 62 0.613 –24 28

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, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League Cup winners, qualified for UEFA Cup
Relegated

Results[edit]

Arsenal's score comes first[3]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1972 Leicester City A 1–0
15 August 1972 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 5–2
19 August 1972 Stoke City H 2–0
22 August 1972 Coventry City A 1–1
26 August 1972 Manchester United A 0–0
29 August 1972 West Ham United H 1–0
2 September 1972 Chelsea H 1–1
9 September 1972 Newcastle United A 1–2
16 September 1972 Liverpool H 0–0
23 September 1972 Norwich City A 2–3
26 September 1972 Birmingham City H 2–0
30 September 1972 Southampton H 1–0
7 October 1972 Sheffield United A 0–1
14 October 1972 Ipswich Town H 1–0
21 October 1972 Crystal Palace A 3–2
28 October 1972 Manchester City H 0–0
4 November 1972 Coventry City H 0–2
11 November 1972 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–1
18 November 1972 Everton H 1–0
25 November 1972 Derby County A 0–5
2 December 1972 Leeds United H 2–1
9 December 1972 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–1
16 December 1972 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1
23 December 1972 Birmingham City A 1–1
26 December 1972 Norwich City H 2–0
30 December 1972 Stoke City A 0–0
6 January 1973 Manchester United H 3–1
20 January 1973 Chelsea A 1–0
27 January 1973 Newcastle United H 2–2
10 February 1973 Liverpool A 2–0
17 February 1973 Leicester City H 1–0
28 February 1973 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1
3 March 1973 Sheffield United H 3–2
10 March 1973 Ipswich Town A 2–1
24 March 1973 Manchester City A 2–1
26 March 1973 Crystal Palace H 1–0
31 March 1973 Derby County H 0–1
14 April 1973 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1
21 April 1973 Everton A 0–0
23 April 1973 Southampton A 2–2
28 April 1973 West Ham United A 2–1
9 May 1973 Leeds United A 1–6

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 13 January 1973 Leicester City H 2–2
R3 R 17 January 1973 Leicester City A 2–1
R4 3 February 1973 Bradford City H 2–0
R5 24 February 1973 Carlisle United A 2–1
R6 17 March 1973 Chelsea A 2–2
R6 R 20 March 1973 Chelsea H 2–1
SF 7 April 1973 Sunderland N 1–2
3rd 18 August 1973 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–3 21,038

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 5 September 1972 Everton H 1–0
R3 3 October 1972 Rotherham United H 5–0
R4 31 October 1972 Sheffield United A 2–1
QF 21 November 1972 Norwich City H 0–3

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- England GK Jimmy Rimmer
- Northern Ireland DF Pat Rice
- Republic of Ireland DF David O'Leary
- England DF Peter Simpson
- Northern Ireland DF Sammy Nelson
- Republic of Ireland MF Liam Brady
- England MF Trevor Ross
- England MF Alan Hudson
- Republic of Ireland FW Frank Stapleton
- England FW Malcolm Macdonald
- England MF George Armstrong
No. Position Player
- England MF Alan Ball
- England DF Pat Howard
- England MF John Matthews
- Scotland DF Willie Young
- England DF Richie Powling
- England DF Peter Storey
- England MF David Price
- England DF Wilf Rostron
- England MF Graham Rix
- Scotland MF Alex Cropley
- England FW John Radford

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Cup 1973–74 as League cup winners. At the time, only one club per English city could enter the UEFA Cup; thus, fellow
    London club Arsenal were excluded in spite of finishing second in the League. This rule had applied in all countries in the Fairs Cup, but it was the Football League, not UEFA,
    which continued to apply it in England in the UEFA Cup. Fox, Norman (2 June 1973). "Three up and down for top two divisions". The Times. Issue 58798, p. 23, col. A.
  2. ^ Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Cup 1973–74 as League cup winners. See note 1 about why Arsenal could not participate in the UEFA Cup.
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/arsenal/1972-1973/results