1952–53 in English football

1952–53 In English Football

1952–53 in English football

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The 1952–53 season was the 73rd season of competitive football in England.


This was the closest championship win in English league history at the time, with Arsenal claiming the title by just 0.099 of a goal. Both Arsenal and Preston had identical records aside from their goal averages. Had goal difference been the deciding factor as it was from 1977 onwards, Arsenal would still have won with +33 to Preston's +25, unlike in 1989 when they would have finished second on goal average.

The FA Cup was won by Blackpool, beating Bolton Wanderers 4–3 in what became known as the 'Mathews Final'.


<small>Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition</small>

Football League

First Division

Second Division

Third Division North

Third Division South

<small>P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points</small>

National team

The England national football team were joint winners in the 1953 British Home Championship with Scotland. In the May following the conclusion of the season the England team embarked on their first tour of the Americas, following the experience in Brazil of the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

American tour

Abandoned after 21 minutes due to torrential rain

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