1953–54 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1953–54 season
Chairman Bracewell Smith
Manager Tom Whittaker
First Division 12th
FA Cup Fourth round

During the 1953–54 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 16 1 4 61 25 9 6 6 35 31 96 56 1.714 +40 57
2 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 5 3 51 24 9 4 8 35 39 86 63 1.365 +23 53
3 Huddersfield Town 42 13 6 2 45 24 7 5 9 33 37 78 61 1.279 +17 51
4 Manchester United 42 11 6 4 41 27 7 6 8 32 31 73 58 1.259 +15 48
5 Bolton Wanderers 42 14 6 1 45 20 4 6 11 30 40 75 60 1.250 +15 48
6 Blackpool 42 13 6 2 43 19 6 4 11 37 50 80 69 1.159 +11 48
7 Burnley 42 16 2 3 51 23 5 2 14 27 44 78 67 1.164 +11 46
8 Chelsea 42 12 3 6 45 26 4 9 8 29 42 74 68 1.088 +6 44
9 Charlton Athletic 42 14 4 3 51 26 5 2 14 24 51 75 77 0.974 –2 44
10 Cardiff City 42 12 4 5 32 27 6 4 11 19 44 51 71 0.718 –20 44
11 Preston North End 42 12 2 7 43 24 7 3 11 44 34 87 58 1.500 +29 43
12 Arsenal 42 8 8 5 42 37 7 5 9 33 36 75 73 1.027 +2 43
13 Aston Villa 42 12 5 4 50 28 4 4 13 20 40 70 68 1.029 +2 41
14 Portsmouth 42 13 5 3 53 31 1 6 14 28 58 81 89 0.910 –8 39
15 Newcastle United 42 9 2 10 43 40 5 8 8 29 37 72 77 0.935 –5 38
16 Tottenham Hotspur 42 11 3 7 38 33 5 2 14 27 43 65 76 0.855 –11 37
17 Manchester City 42 10 4 7 35 31 4 5 12 27 46 62 77 0.805 –15 37
18 Sunderland 42 11 4 6 50 37 3 4 14 31 52 81 89 0.910 –8 36
19 Sheffield Wednesday 42 12 4 5 43 30 3 2 16 27 61 70 91 0.769 –21 36
20 Sheffield United 42 9 5 7 43 38 2 6 13 26 52 69 90 0.767 –21 33
21 Middlesbrough 42 6 6 9 29 35 4 4 13 31 56 60 91 0.659 –31 30
22 Liverpool 42 7 8 6 49 38 2 2 17 19 59 68 97 0.701 –29 28

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
League Champions
FA Cup winners
Relegated

Results[edit]

Arsenal's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Charity Shield[edit]

Arsenal entered the FA Charity Shield as 1952-53 League champions, in which they faced FA Cup winners Blackpool.

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
12 October 1953 Blackpool H 3–1 39,583

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
19 August 1953 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2
22 August 1953 Huddersfield Town H 0–0
24 August 1953 Sheffield United A 0–1
29 August 1953 Aston Villa A 1–2
1 September 1953 Sheffield United H 1–1
5 September 1953 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–3
8 September 1953 Chelsea H 1–2
12 September 1953 Sunderland A 1–7
15 September 1953 Chelsea A 2–0
19 September 1953 Manchester City H 2–2
26 September 1953 Cardiff City A 3–0
3 October 1953 Preston North End H 3–2
10 October 1953 Tottenham Hotspur A 4–1
17 October 1953 Burnley H 2–5
24 October 1953 Charlton Athletic A 5–1
31 October 1953 Sheffield Wednesday H 4–1
7 November 1953 Manchester United A 2–2
14 November 1953 Bolton Wanderers H 4–3
21 November 1953 Liverpool A 2–1
28 November 1953 Newcastle United H 2–1
5 December 1953 Middlesbrough A 0–2
12 December 1953 West Bromwich Albion H 2–2
19 December 1953 Huddersfield Town A 2–2
26 December 1953 Blackpool A 2–2
28 December 1953 Blackpool H 1–1
16 January 1954 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–0
23 January 1954 Sunderland H 1–4
6 February 1954 Manchester City A 0–0
13 February 1954 Cardiff City H 1–1
24 February 1954 Preston North End A 1–0
27 February 1954 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–3
6 March 1954 Burnley A 1–2
13 March 1954 Charlton Athletic H 3–3
20 March 1954 Sheffield United A 1–2
27 March 1954 Manchester United H 3–1
3 April 1954 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3
6 April 1954 Aston Villa H 1–1
10 April 1954 Liverpool H 3–0
16 April 1954 Portsmouth H 3–0
17 April 1954 Newcastle United A 2–5
19 April 1954 Portsmouth A 1–1
24 April 1954 Middlesbrough H 1–2

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 9 January 1954 Aston Villa H 5–1
R4 30 January 1954 Norwich City A 1–2

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- Wales GK Jack Kelsey
- England DF Len Wills
- Scotland DF John Snedden
- Northern Ireland DF Billy McCullough
- England MF John Barnwell
- Scotland MF Tommy Docherty
- Scotland FW David Herd
- Scotland FW Jackie Henderson
- England FW Vic Groves
- Northern Ireland GK Jack McClelland
- Wales FW Mel Charles
- England FW George Eastham
- England FW Geoff Strong
- England MF Danny Clapton
- England MF Alan Skirton
No. Position Player
- Northern Ireland DF Terry Neill
- England DF Dave Bacuzzi
- England FW Jimmy Bloomfield
- Republic of Ireland MF Joe Haverty
- England MF Gerry Ward
- Northern Ireland DF Eddie Magill
- England DF Mike Everitt
- Scotland FW Peter Kane
- England DF Allan Young
- Republic of Ireland MF Frank O'Neill
- England GK Jim Standen
- England FW Dennis Clapton
- Wales MF Arfon Griffiths
- England MF John Petts

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