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1950–51 in English football

1950–51 in English football

The 1950–51 season was the 71st season of competitive football in England.


Tottenham Hotspur won their first League Championship, while Newcastle United defeated Blackpool 2–0 to win their fourth FA Cup. They would win it twice more over the next four seasons. Everton were relegated to the Second Division for only the second time in their history.

The league was expanded from 88 to 92 clubs for this season, with Scunthorpe United and Shrewsbury Town joining the Third Division North, and Colchester United join the Third Division South along with Gillingham who were re-elected to the league 12 years after being voted out of it.

Sunderland signed Trevor Ford from Aston Villa for the then record fee of £30,000 (2012: £900,000).[1]

At the end of the season, Matt Busby signed Birmingham City winger Johnny Berry for Manchester United for a club record fee of £25,000.


First DivisionTottenham Hotspur (1)Manchester United
Second DivisionPreston North EndManchester City
Third Division NorthRotherham UnitedMansfield Town
Third Division SouthNottingham ForestNorwich City
FA CupNewcastle United (4)Blackpool
Charity ShieldEngland 1950 FIFA World Cup XIFA Canada Touring XI
Home ChampionshipScotlandEngland

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

FA Cup

Newcastle United defeated Blackpool 2–0 in the 1951 FA Cup Final.

Football League

First Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Tottenham Hotspur422510782441.86460
2Manchester United422481074401.85056
4Newcastle United4218131162531.17049
8Bolton Wanderers421971664611.04945
11Derby County421681881751.08040
13Stoke City4213141550590.84740
14Wolverhampton Wanderers421581974611.21338
15Aston Villa4212131766680.97137
16West Bromwich Albion4213111853610.86937
17Charlton Athletic421491963800.78837
19Huddersfield Town421562164920.69636
21Sheffield Wednesday421282264830.77132Relegated to the Second Division

Second Division

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Preston North End422651191491.85757Promoted to the First Division
2Manchester City421914989611.45952
3Cardiff City421716953451.17850
4Birmingham City422091364531.20849
5Leeds United422081463551.14548
6Blackburn Rovers421981565660.98546
7Coventry City421971675591.27145
8Sheffield United4216121472621.16144
10Hull City4216111574701.05743
11Doncaster Rovers4215131464680.94143
13West Ham United4216101668690.98642
14Leicester City4215111668581.17241
16Queens Park Rangers4215101771820.86640
17Notts County4213131661601.01739
18Swansea Town421642254770.70136
19Luton Town429141957700.81432
21Chesterfield429122144690.63830Relegated to the Third Division North
22Grimsby Town428122261950.64228

Third Division North

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Rotherham United463196103412.51271Promoted to the Second Division
2Mansfield Town462612878481.62564
3Carlisle United462512979501.58062
4Tranmere Rovers4624111183621.33959
5Lincoln City462581389581.53458
6Bradford Park Avenue462381590721.25054
7Bradford City4621101590631.42952
9Crewe Alexandra4619101761601.01748
10Stockport County462081863631.00048
12Scunthorpe & Lindsey United4613181558571.01844
15Oldham Athletic461682273731.00040
16Hartlepools United461672364660.97039
17York City4612151966770.85739
20Shrewsbury Town461572443740.58137Transferred to the Third Division South
22Halifax Town4611122350690.72534
23Accrington Stanley46111025421010.41632Re-elected
24New Brighton461182740900.44430Not re-elected

Third Division South

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Nottingham Forest4630106110402.75070Promoted to the Second Division
2Norwich City462514782451.82264
4Plymouth Argyle462491385551.54557
6Bristol Rovers4620151164421.52455
7Southend United4621101592691.33352
8Ipswich Town462361769581.19052
9Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic462271765571.14051
10Bristol City4620111564591.08551
11Newport County461991877701.10047
12Port Vale4616131760650.92345
13Brighton & Hove Albion4613171671790.89943
14Exeter City461862262850.72942
16Colchester United4614122063760.82940
17Swindon Town461842455670.82140
19Leyton Orient461582353750.70738
20Torquay United461492364810.79037
21Northampton Town4610162055670.82136
24Crystal Palace468112733840.39327

Top goalscorers

First Division

  • Stan Mortensen (Blackpool) – 30 goals[2]

Second Division

  • Cec McCormack (Barnsley) – 33 goals[2]

Third Division North

  • Jack Shaw (Rotherham United) – 37 goals[3]

Third Division South


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