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1955–56 in English football

1955–56 in English football

The 1955–56 season was the 76th season of competitive football in England.


Defending league champions Chelsea decided not to compete in the new European Champions Cup, following opposition from the Football League about the participation of English clubs in the competition.

The league title is taken by a Manchester United side with an average age of just 22, which finished an incredible 11 points ahead of their nearest contenders, Blackpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It was a Manchester double for trophies, with Manchester City winning the FA Cup, with goalkeeper Bert Trautmann famously playing on despite suffering what was later diagnosed as a broken neck in a collision with a Birmingham City player.


First DivisionManchester United (4)Blackpool
Second DivisionSheffield WednesdayLeeds United
Third Division NorthGrimsby TownDerby County
Third Division SouthLeyton OrientBrighton & Hove Albion
FA CupManchester City (3)Birmingham City
Charity ShieldChelseaNewcastle United
Home ChampionshipShared by England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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


Football Writers' Association

Top goalscorer

  • Nat Lofthouse (Bolton Wanderers), 33

Football League

First Division

Manchester United won the First Division title by 11 points, featuring a squad of players with an average age of just 22, with manager Matt Busby's emphasis on youth paying dividends and answering the critics who felt that his policy would not be able to maintain United's place among the game's elite. Second place was occupied by Blackpool, with Stanley Matthews still a dominant presence in the team in his 41st year, while Wolves finished third, FA Cup winners Manchester City finished fourth, and Arsenal completed the top five. Birmingham City finished sixth to record their best ever final position.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Manchester United422510783511.62760Qualified for the European Cup
3Wolverhampton Wanderers422091389651.36949
4Manchester City4218101482691.18846
6Birmingham City421891575571.31645
8Bolton Wanderers421871771581.22443
10Luton Town421781766641.03142
11Newcastle United421771885701.21441
13West Bromwich Albion421851958700.82941
14Charlton Athletic421761975810.92640
17Cardiff City421591855690.79739
18Tottenham Hotspur421572061710.85937
19Preston North End421482073721.01436
20Aston Villa4211131852690.75435
21Huddersfield Town421472154830.65135Relegated to the Second Division
22Sheffield United421292163770.81833

Second Division

Sheffield Wednesday crossed paths with their cross city rivals to return to the First Division by winning the Second Division title, joined by runners-up Leeds United. Liverpool narrowly missed out on a First Division comeback by finishing third.

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Sheffield Wednesday4221138101621.62955Promoted to the First Division
2Leeds United422361380601.33352
4Blackburn Rovers422161584651.29248
5Leicester City422161594781.20548
6Bristol Rovers422161584701.20048
7Nottingham Forest421991468631.07947
8Lincoln City4218101479651.21546
10Swansea Town422061683811.02546
11Bristol City421971680641.25045
12Port Vale4216131360581.03445
13Stoke City422041871621.14544
16West Ham United4214111774691.07239
17Doncaster Rovers4212111969960.71935
19Rotherham United421292156750.74733
20Notts County421192255820.67131
21Plymouth Argyle421082454870.62128Relegated to the Third Division South
22Hull City421062653970.54626Relegated to the Third Division North

Third Division North

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Grimsby Town46316976292.62168Promoted to the Second Division
2Derby County4628711110552.00063
3Accrington Stanley462591292571.61459
4Hartlepools United462651581601.35057
7Stockport County462191690611.47551
8Bradford City4618131578641.21949
9Scunthorpe & Lindsey United462081875631.19048
11York City461991885721.18147
16Tranmere Rovers461692159840.70241
18Mansfield Town4614112184811.03739
19Halifax Town4614112166760.86839
20Oldham Athletic4610181876860.88438
21Carlisle United461582371950.74738
23Bradford Park Avenue4613726611220.50033Re-elected
24Crewe Alexandra4691027501050.47628

Third Division South

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGRPtsQualification or relegation
1Leyton Orient462989106492.16366Promoted to the Second Division
2Brighton & Hove Albion4629710112502.24065
3Ipswich Town4625147106601.76764
4Southend United4621111488801.10053
5Torquay United4620121486631.36552
7Norwich City4619131486821.04951
8Coventry City462091773601.21749
9Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic4619101763511.23548
11Northampton Town462071967710.94447
12Colchester United4618111776810.93847
13Shrewsbury Town4617121769661.04546
16Exeter City4615102158770.75340
18Queens Park Rangers4614112164860.74439
19Newport County461592258790.73439
23Crystal Palace4612102454830.65134Re-elected
24Swindon Town468142434780.43630

Top goalscorers

First Division

  • Nat Lofthouse (Bolton Wanderers) – 32 goals[1]

Second Division

  • Willie Gardiner (Leicester City) – 34 goals[1]

Third Division North

  • Bob Crosbie (Grimsby Town) – 36 goals[2]

Third Division South

  • Sammy Collins (Torquay United) – 40 goals[2]


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