1954–55 Liga Alef

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Liga Alef
Season 1954-55
Champions Hapoel Petah Tikva
1st title
Relegated Beitar Jerusalem
Hapoel Hadera
Hapoel Balfouria
Matches played 182
Goals scored 676 (3.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Nisim Elmaliah (30)

The 1954–55 Liga Alef season was the last in which it was the Israel's top football league, as the following season it was replaced by Liga Leumit[1] and became the country's second tier. It consisted of 14 clubs, the 12 from the top division in the previous season and two promoted clubs (Hapoel Hadera and Beitar Jerusalem). It used two points for a win and one for a draw.

The title was won by Hapoel Petah Tikva, the club's first championship, whilst Hapoel Hadera and Hapoel Balfouria (who had finished bottom the previous season) were relegated automatically. Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Kfar Saba took part in the promotion/relegation play-offs with the top two clubs from Liga Bet, in which Kfar Saba retained their place in the top division, but Beitar were relegated.

Final table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA Gr Pts Notes
1 Hapoel Petah Tikva 26 18 4 4 68 23 2.96 40 Champions
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 26 17 4 5 84 28 3.00 38
3 Hapoel Tel Aviv 26 12 9 5 49 23 2.13 33
4 Maccabi Netanya 26 13 7 6 54 43 1.26 33
5 Beitar Tel Aviv 26 12 5 9 64 47 1.36 29
6 Maccabi Haifa 26 11 6 9 54 41 1.32 28
7 Maccabi Petah Tikva 26 10 7 9 37 41 0.90 27
8 Maccabi Rehovot 26 11 4 11 49 48 1.02 26
9 Hapoel Haifa 26 9 6 11 40 55 0.73 24
10 Hapoel Ramat Gan 26 10 3 13 35 41 0.85 23
11 Beitar Jerusalem 26 8 5 13 37 59 0.63 21 Promotion/relegation play-offs
12 Hapoel Kfar Saba 26 6 6 14 38 46 0.83 18
13 Hapoel Hadera 26 7 2 17 36 53 0.68 16 Relegated to Liga Alef
14 Hapoel Balfouria 26 3 2 21 32 129 0.25 8

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away BEI BTA HBF HHD HHA HKS HPT HRG HTA MHA MNE MPT MRV MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 3–3 6–1 4–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 1–4 1–1 4–3 1–4
Beitar Tel Aviv 4–0 6–1 4–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–5 0–3
Hapoel Balfouria 4–2 1–8 3–1 2–1 4–4 1–5 1–3 0–2 0–6 2–4 0–3 0–1 2–9
Hapoel Hadera 2–0 2–5 5–1 0–1 3–1 0–3 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 2–0 4–2 1–2
Hapoel Haifa 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–9 2–0 0–4 4–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–2
Hapoel Kfar Saba 0–1 1–3 6–1 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–0 0–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 2–0 4–0 13–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–1
Hapoel Ramat Gan 3–1 0–3 6–0 2–0 2–2 4–3 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–3 5–0 0–0 1–4
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 1–1 8–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Maccabi Haifa 5–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–3 6–2 0–1 4–0 1–3
Maccabi Netanya 3–2 3–1 6–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 0–3 5–1 3–2 4–4 2–2 1–0 2–2
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–0 4–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 5–4 0–1 1–0 1–4 3–3 0–1 0–2 2–1
Maccabi Rehovot 4–0 2–7 6–1 4–2 2–3 4–0 1–3 1–0 1–4 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 6–0 3–1 12–0 1–0 6–0 2–1 2–1 6–0 1–2 1–2 6–1 2–2 2–1

Updated to games played on 15 October 1955.
Source: 2 Dear Points
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Promotion-relegation play-off[edit]

A promotion-relegation play-off between the 12th and 11th-placed teams in Liga Alef, Hapoel Kfar Saba and Beitar Jerusalem, and the winners of the regional divisions of Liga Bet, Maccabi Jaffa and Hapoel Kiryat Haim. Each team played the other three once.

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GR Pts Notes
1 Maccabi Jaffa 3 2 1 0 8 2 4.00 5 Liga Leumit
2 Hapoel Kfar Saba 3 1 2 0 5 3 1.67 4 Liga Leumit
3 Hapoel Kiryat Haim 3 1 1 1 5 7 0.71 3 Liga Alef
4 Beitar Jerusalem 3 0 0 3 3 9 0.33 0 Liga Alef

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Nisim Elmaliah Beitar Tel Aviv 30
2 Nahum Stelmach Hapoel Petah Tikva 27
3 Yehoshua Glazer Maccabi Tel Aviv 26
4 Simon Elfasi Beitar Jerusalem 16
Itzhak Caspi Maccabi Netanya
Avraham "Huli" Levi Beitar Tel Aviv
Moshe Litvak Maccabi Rehovot
8 Boaz Kofman Hapoel Petah Tikva 15
9 Max Cohen Maccabi Netanya 14
Zvi Studinski Maccabi Tel Aviv
Rehavia Rosenbaum Hapoel Tel Aviv

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ League resumes in Saturday Heruth, 2.9.55, Historical Jewish Press (Hebrew)
  2. ^ Nisim Elmaliah – Top Scorer 2 Dear Points, Izhar Brener, Pirsumei Sport, 1955, p. 20 (Hebrew)