Season 1952-53

 
Cup Competition
FA Cup Final 1953 Venue Gate Notes
Blackpool 4 3 Bolton Wanderers Wembley Stadium, London 100,000  
 
FA Cup Semi-Finals 1953 Venue Gate Notes
Bolton Wanderers 4 3 Everton Maine Road, Manchester 75,213  
Blackpool 2 1 Tottenham Hotspur Villa Park, Birmingham 68,221  
Final Table for season 1952-53
First Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season First Division Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts Ave Gate FA Cup
1 2 Arsenal 42 15 3 3 60 30 6 9 6 37 34 1.516 54 49,450 Rd 6
2 5 Preston North End 42 15 3 3 46 25 6 9 6 39 35 1.417 54 30,586 Rd 4
3 13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 5 3 54 27 6 8 7 32 36 1.365 51 36,621 Rd 3
4 9 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 3 5 35 19 8 5 8 31 41 1.1 50 31,377 Rd 4
5 5 Charlton Athletic 42 12 8 1 47 22 7 3 11 30 41 1.222 49 25,298 Rd 3
6 8 Burnley 42 11 6 4 36 20 7 6 8 31 32 1.288 48 28,479 Rd 5
7 2 Blackpool 42 13 5 3 45 22 6 4 11 26 48 1.014 47 26,185 Winner
8 -7 Manchester United 42 11 5 5 35 30 7 5 9 34 42 0.958 46 37,048 Rd 5
9 3 Sunderland 42 11 9 1 42 27 4 4 13 26 55 0.829 43 39,767 Rd 4
10 -8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 6 4 55 37 4 5 12 23 32 1.13 41 44,106 SF
11 -5 Aston Villa 42 9 7 5 36 23 5 6 10 27 38 1.033 41 32,196 Rd 6
12 D 2 Cardiff City 42 7 8 6 32 17 7 4 10 22 29 1.174 40 37,933 Rd 3
13 5 Middlesbrough 42 12 5 4 46 27 2 6 13 24 50 0.909 39 27,077 Rd 3
14 -9 Bolton Wanderers 42 9 4 8 39 35 6 5 10 22 34 0.884 39 32,059 Final
15 -11 Portsmouth 42 10 6 5 44 34 4 4 13 30 49 0.892 38 31,577 Rd 3
16 -8 Newcastle United 42 9 5 7 34 33 5 4 12 25 37 0.843 37 44,519 Rd 4
17 -6 Liverpool 42 10 6 5 36 28 4 2 15 25 54 0.744 36 39,970 Rd 3
18 D 2 Sheffield Wednesday 42 8 6 7 35 32 4 5 12 27 40 0.861 35 42,634 Rd 3
19 0 Chelsea 42 10 4 7 35 24 2 7 12 21 42 0.848 35 43,937 Rd 5
20 -5 Manchester City 42 12 2 7 45 28 2 5 14 27 59 0.828 35 34,199 Rd 4
21 -1 Stoke City 42 10 4 7 35 26 2 6 13 18 40 0.803 34 27,883 Rd 4
22 -5 Derby County 42 9 6 6 41 29 2 4 15 18 45 0.797 32 21,635 Rd 3
Manager of the Season
1. Tom Whittaker - Arsenal
2. Joe Smith - Blackpool
3. Jimmy Seed - Charlton Athletic
 
Second Division
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Second Division Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts Ave Gate FA Cup
1 10 Sheffield United 42 15 3 3 60 27 10 7 4 37 28 1.764 60 31,027 Rd 4
2 D 1Huddersfield Town 42 14 4 3 51 14 10 6 5 33 19 2.545 58 27,764 Rd 4
3 5 Luton Town 42 15 1 5 53 17 7 7 7 31 32 1.714 52 17,210 Rd 5
4D 3SPlymouth Argyle 42 12 5 4 37 24 8 4 9 28 36 1.083 49 23,345 Rd 5
5 0 Leicester City 42 13 6 2 55 29 5 6 10 34 45 1.203 48 26,250 Rd 3
6 -3 Birmingham City 42 11 3 7 44 38 8 7 6 27 28 1.076 48 19,724 Rd 6
7 -3 Nottingham Forest 42 11 5 5 46 32 7 3 11 31 35 1.149 44 22,817 Rd 4
8 D 1Fulham 42 14 1 6 52 28 3 9 9 29 43 1.141 44 23,134 Rd 3
9 5 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 4 5 40 20 6 4 11 28 45 1.046 44 23,157 Rd 3
10 -4 Leeds United 42 13 4 4 42 24 1 11 9 29 39 1.127 43 20,432 Rd 3
11 8 Swansea Town 42 10 9 2 45 26 5 3 13 33 55 0.963 42 20,469 Rd 3
12 -3 Rotherham United 42 9 7 5 41 30 7 2 12 34 44 1.014 41 16,384 Rd 5
13 3 Doncaster Rovers 42 9 9 3 26 17 3 7 11 32 47 0.906 40 15,862 Rd 3
14 -2 West Ham United 42 9 5 7 38 28 4 8 9 20 32 0.967 39 19,797 Rd 3
15D 3NLincoln City 42 9 9 3 41 26 2 8 11 23 45 0.901 39 16,775 Rd 3
16 -9 Everton 42 9 8 4 38 23 3 6 12 33 52 0.947 38 32,629 SF
17 -7 Brentford 42 8 8 5 38 29 5 3 13 21 47 0.776 37 17,474 Rd 4
18 0 Hull City 42 11 6 4 36 19 3 2 16 21 50 0.826 36 25,918 Rd 4
19 -4 Notts County 42 11 5 5 41 31 3 3 15 19 57 0.682 36 19,391 Rd 4
20 -3 Bury 42 10 6 5 33 30 3 3 15 20 51 0.654 35 13,420 Rd 4
21 -8 Southampton 42 5 7 9 45 44 5 6 10 23 41 0.8 33 16,159 Rd 5
22 -2 Barnsley 42 4 4 13 31 46 1 4 16 16 62 0.435 18 11,358 Rd 4
Manager of the Season
1. Andy Beattie - Huddersfield Town
2. Dally Duncan - Luton Town
3. Reg Freeman - Sheffield United
 
Third Division North
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Third Division North Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts Ave Gate FA Cup
1 3 Oldham Athletic 46 15 4 4 48 21 7 11 5 29 24 1.711 59 17,928 Rd 3
2D 3SPort Vale 46 13 9 1 41 10 7 9 7 26 25 1.914 58 14,504 Rd 2
3 15 Wrexham 46 18 3 2 59 24 6 5 12 27 42 1.303 56 10,307 Rd 3
4 6 York City 46 14 5 4 35 16 6 8 9 25 29 1.333 53 8,654 Rd 1
5 -3 Grimsby Town 46 15 5 3 47 19 6 5 12 28 40 1.271 52 14,296 Rd 3
6 11 Southport 46 16 4 3 42 18 4 7 12 21 42 1.05 51 5,761 Rd 2
7 1 Bradford Park Avenue 46 10 8 5 37 23 9 4 10 38 38 1.23 50 9,949 Rd 2
8 -3 Gateshead 46 13 6 4 51 24 4 9 10 25 36 1.267 49 5,616 Rd 6
9 -2 Carlisle United 46 13 7 3 57 24 5 6 12 25 44 1.206 49 8,103 Rd 1
10 6 Crewe Alexandra 46 13 5 5 46 28 7 3 13 24 40 1.029 48 6,822 Rd 1
11 -8 Stockport County 46 13 8 2 61 26 4 5 14 21 43 1.188 47 8,006 Rd 3
12 1 Chesterfield 46 13 6 4 40 23 5 5 13 25 40 1.032 47 9,216 Rd 2
12 -1 Tranmere Rovers 46 16 4 3 45 16 5 1 17 20 47 1.032 47 7,798 Rd 3
14 6 Halifax Town 46 13 5 5 47 31 3 10 10 21 37 1 47 8,111 Rd 5
15 -1 Scunthorpe & Lindsey United 46 10 6 7 38 21 6 8 9 24 35 1.107 46 7,407 Rd 3
16 -1 Bradford City 46 14 7 2 54 29 0 11 12 21 51 0.938 46 10,892 Rd 2
17 -8 Hartlepools United 46 14 6 3 39 16 2 8 13 18 45 0.934 46 8,074 Rd 2
18 -12 Mansfield Town 46 11 9 3 34 25 5 5 13 21 37 0.887 46 7,678 Rd 3
19 -7 Barrow 46 15 6 2 48 20 1 6 16 18 51 0.93 44 5,450 Rd 2
20 -1 Chester 46 10 7 6 39 27 1 8 14 25 58 0.753 37 5,271 Rd 1
21 2 Darlington 46 13 4 6 33 27 1 2 20 25 69 0.604 34 5,842 Rd 1
22 -1 Rochdale 46 12 5 6 41 27 2 0 21 21 56 0.747 33 6,182 Rd 1
23 1 Workington 46 9 5 9 40 33 2 5 16 15 58 0.604 32 7,212 Rd 1
24 -2 Accrington Stanley 46 7 9 7 25 29 1 2 20 14 60 0.438 27 5,549 Rd 2
Notes
Chesterfield and Tranmere Rovers finish equal 12th.
Accrington Stanley re-elected to league. Workington Town elected to Third Division North.
Shrewsbury Town transferred to Third Divison South.
Failed election to Third Division North
Nelson, New Brighton, North Shields and Wigan Athletic
Manager of the Season
1. George Hardwick - Oldham Athletic
2. Freddie Steele - Port Vale
3. Bill Shankly - Grimsby Town
 
Third Division South
Home Away
Ptn Change from last Season Third Division South Pld W D L F A W D L F A G AvePts Ave Gate FA Cup
1 6 Bristol Rovers 46 17 4 2 55 19 9 8 6 37 27 2 64 23,411 Rd 3
2 2 Millwall 46 14 7 2 46 16 10 7 6 36 28 1.864 62 19,130 Rd 3
3 5 Northampton Town 46 18 4 1 75 30 8 6 9 34 40 1.557 62 12,484 Rd 2
4 -1 Norwich City 46 16 6 1 56 17 9 4 10 43 38 1.8 60 21,143 Rd 2
5 10 Bristol City 46 13 8 2 62 28 9 7 7 33 33 1.557 59 18,420 Rd 1
6 D 2 Coventry City 46 15 5 3 52 22 4 7 12 25 40 1.242 50 13,425 Rd 3
7 -2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 12 6 5 48 30 7 6 10 33 45 1.08 50 16,161 Rd 3
8 1 Southend United 46 15 5 3 41 21 3 8 12 28 53 0.932 49 9,532 Rd 1
9 5 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 15 3 5 49 23 4 6 13 25 46 1.072 47 10,768 Rd 1
10 11 Watford 46 12 8 3 39 21 3 9 11 23 42 0.984 47 13,957 Rd 2
11 -9 Reading 46 17 3 3 53 18 2 5 16 16 46 1.078 46 12,401 Rd 1
12 -1 Torquay United 46 15 4 4 61 28 3 5 15 26 60 0.989 45 6,983 Rd 1
13 6 Crystal Palace 46 12 7 4 40 26 3 6 14 26 56 0.805 43 12,415 Rd 2
14 4 Leyton Orient 46 12 7 4 52 28 4 3 16 16 45 0.932 42 10,562 Rd 1
15 -9 Newport County 46 12 4 7 43 34 4 6 13 27 48 0.854 42 8,868 Rd 3
16 1 Ipswich Town 46 10 7 6 34 28 3 8 12 26 41 0.87 41 9,428 Rd 3
17 6 Exeter City 46 11 8 4 40 24 2 6 15 21 47 0.859 40 10,339 Rd 1
18 -2 Swindon Town 46 9 5 9 38 33 5 7 11 26 46 0.81 40 9,746 Rd 3
19 -7 Aldershot 46 8 8 7 36 29 4 7 12 25 48 0.792 39 6,553 Rd 1
20 2 Gillingham 46 10 7 6 30 26 2 8 13 25 48 0.743 39 11,558 Rd 2
21 D 2 Queens Park Rangers 46 9 9 5 37 34 3 6 14 24 48 0.744 39 12,202 Rd 1
22 -12 Colchester United 46 9 9 5 40 29 3 5 15 19 47 0.776 38 8,046 Rd 3
23 -3 Shrewsbury Town 46 11 5 7 38 35 1 7 15 30 56 0.747 36 8,540 Rd 4
24 0 Walsall 46 5 9 9 35 46 2 1 20 21 72 0.475 24 6,008 Rd 1
Notes
Shrewsbury Town & Walsall re-elected to league.
Failed election to Third Division South
Bath City, Headington United, Hereford United, Peterborough United, Worcester City and Yeovil Town
 
Manager of the Season
1. Bert Tann - Bristol Rovers
2. Charlie Hewitt - Millwall
3. Pat Beasley - Bristol City
 
Outstanding Manager of all divisions for the season Bert Tann - Bristol Rovers