1954–55 Liga Alef

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Liga Alef
Season 1954-55
Champions Hapoel Petah Tikva
1st title
Relegated Beitar Jerusalem
Hapoel Hadera
Hapoel Balfouria
Matches played 182
Goals scored 676 (3.71 per match)
Top goalscorer Nisim Elmaliah (30)

The 1954–55 Liga Alef season was the last in which it was the Israel's top football league, as the following season it was replaced by Liga Leumit[1] and became the country's second tier. It consisted of 14 clubs, the 12 from the top division in the previous season and two promoted clubs (Hapoel Hadera and Beitar Jerusalem). It used two points for a win and one for a draw.

The title was won by Hapoel Petah Tikva, the club's first championship, whilst Hapoel Hadera and Hapoel Balfouria (who had finished bottom the previous season) were relegated automatically. Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Kfar Saba took part in the promotion/relegation play-offs with the top two clubs from Liga Bet, in which Kfar Saba retained their place in the top division, but Beitar were relegated.

Final table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts
1 Hapoel Petah Tikva 26 18 4 4 68 23 2.957 40 Champions
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 26 17 4 5 84 28 3.000 38
3 Hapoel Tel Aviv 26 12 9 5 49 23 2.130 33
4 Maccabi Netanya 26 13 7 6 54 43 1.256 33
5 Beitar Tel Aviv 26 12 5 9 64 47 1.362 29
6 Maccabi Haifa 26 11 6 9 54 41 1.317 28
7 Maccabi Petah Tikva 26 10 7 9 37 41 0.902 27
8 Maccabi Rehovot 26 11 4 11 49 48 1.021 26
9 Hapoel Haifa 26 9 6 11 40 55 0.727 24
10 Hapoel Ramat Gan 26 10 3 13 35 41 0.854 23
11 Beitar Jerusalem 26 8 5 13 37 59 0.627 21 Relegation Playoffs
12 Hapoel Kfar Saba 26 6 6 14 38 46 0.826 18
13 Hapoel Hadera 26 7 2 17 36 53 0.679 16 Relegated to Liga Bet
14 Hapoel Balfouria 26 3 2 21 32 129 0.248 8
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 1955. Source: 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006

Results[edit]

Home \ Away BEI BTA BLF HHD HHA HKS HPT HRG HTA MHA MNE MPT MRV MTA
Beitar Jerusalem 3–3 6–1 4–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–0 1–4 1–1 4–3 1–4
Beitar Tel Aviv 4–0 6–1 4–1 4–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–5 1–3
Hapoel Balfouria 4–2 1–8 3–1 2–1 4–4 1–5 1–3 0–2 0–6 2–4 0–3 0–1 2–9
Hapoel Hadera 2–0 2–5 5–1 0–1 3–1 0–3 2–0 0–1 1–3 0–1 2–0 4–2 1–2
Hapoel Haifa 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–9 2–0 0–4 4–0 1–1 3–0[a] 1–1 1–2
Hapoel Kfar Saba 0–1 1–3 6–1 4–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–0
Hapoel Petah Tikva 2–0 4–0 13–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 2–1
Hapoel Ramat Gan 3–1 1–1 6–0 2–0 2–2 4–3 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–3 5–0 0–0 1–4
Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 3–0 8–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1
Maccabi Haifa 5–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–1 2–1 1–3 1–3 0–3 6–2 0–1 4–0 1–3
Maccabi Netanya 3–2 3–1 6–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 0–3[b] 5–1 3–2 4–4 2–2 1–0 2–2
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2–0 4–2 2–1 1–1 3–0 5–4 1–1 1–0 1–4 3–3 0–1 0–2 2–1
Maccabi Rehovot 4–0 2–7 6–1 4–2 2–3 4–0 1–3 1–0 1–4 3–2 0–1 1–0 2–1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 6–0 3–0[c] 12–0 1–0 6–0 2–1 2–1 6–0 2–2 1–2 6–1 2–2 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 1955. Source: 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The match was abandoned at the 49th minute with Hapoel Haifa leading 2–0 as Maccabi Petah Tikva player Mordechai Lebe was sent off and refused to leave the pitch. The match was given as a walkover to Hapoel Haifa.[2]
  2. ^ The match was abandoned at the 80th minute with Hapoel Petah Tikva leading 1–3 as Maccabi Netanya supporters attacked the referee after he allowed a goal for Hapoel Petah Tikva which was thought to be an offside. The match was given as a walkover to Hapoel Petah Tikva.[3]
  3. ^ The match was abandoned at the 37th minute with Maccabi Tel Aviv leading 2–0 as Beitar Tel Aviv player Ya'akov Gambash was sent off and refused to leave the pitch. The match was given as a walkover to Maccabi Tel Aviv.[4]

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches; in order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 17.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Hapoel Petah Tikva 3 4 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Maccabi Tel Aviv 5 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 5 4 4 5 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Beitar Tel Aviv 1 3 5 4 4 6 5 4 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 6 7 6 5
Maccabi Haifa 11 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 13 9 11 11 10 8 6 7 6 6 6 6 5 4 5 5 6
Maccabi Petah Tikva 11 14 10 6 10 10 7 5 4 5 5 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 7 7 6 7 7
Maccabi Rehovot 5 7 8 10 9 9 8 9 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 11 11 9 9 8 8 8 8 8
Hapoel Haifa 7 6 6 8 7 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 11 11 10 9
Hapoel Ramat Gan 14 9 9 11 8 11 11 8 9 11 8 10 12 12 12 11 10 9 9 11 11 10 9 9 9 10
Beitar Jerusalem 7 10 7 9 11 8 10 12 8 10 12 9 10 8 11 12 12 13 13 12 12 11 10 10 11 11
Hapoel Kfar Saba 3 5 4 5 5 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 6 8 8 8 8 12 12 12 12 12
Hapoel Hadera 13 8 11 7 6 7 9 11 13 9 11 12 9 11 10 9 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13
Hapoel Balfouria 9 13 14 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Champions
Qualification to relegation play-offs
Relegation to 1955–56 Liga Bet

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Nisim Elmaliah Beitar Tel Aviv 30
2 Nahum Stelmach Hapoel Petah Tikva 27
3 Yehoshua Glazer Maccabi Tel Aviv 26
4 Simon Elfasi Beitar Jerusalem 16
Itzhak Caspi Maccabi Netanya
Avraham "Huli" Levi Beitar Tel Aviv
Moshe Litvak Maccabi Rehovot
8 Boaz Kofman Hapoel Petah Tikva 15
9 Max Cohen Maccabi Netanya 14
Zvi Studinski Maccabi Tel Aviv
Rehavia Rosenbaum Hapoel Tel Aviv

Source:[5]

Promotion-relegation play-off[edit]

A promotion-relegation play-off between the 12th and 11th-placed teams in Liga Alef, Hapoel Kfar Saba and Beitar Jerusalem, and the winners of the regional divisions of Liga Bet, Maccabi Jaffa and Hapoel Kiryat Haim. Each team played the other three once.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts
1 Maccabi Jaffa 3 2 1 0 8 2 4.000 5 Placed in Liga Leumit
2 Hapoel Kfar Saba 3 1 2 0 5 3 1.667 4
3 Hapoel Kiryat Haim 3 1 1 1 5 7 0.714 3 Placed in Liga Alef
4 Beitar Jerusalem 3 0 0 3 3 9 0.333 0
Updated to match(es) played on 15 October 1955. Source: 100 Years of Football 1906-2006, Elisha Shohat (Israel), 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ League resumes in Saturday Heruth, 2.9.55, Historical Jewish Press (in Hebrew)
  2. ^ A Surprising Win for Hapoel Haifa in 49 Minutes Hadshot HaSport, 12 June 1955, p. 8 (in Hebrew)
  3. ^ The Fight in Netanya was Stopped by a brawl Hadshot HaSport, 27 February 1955, p. 8 (in Hebrew)
  4. ^ A Major Outrage in a Shortened Tel Aviv Derby Hadshot HaSport, 5 June 1955, p. 8 (in Hebrew)
  5. ^ Nisim Elmaliah – Top Scorer 2 Dear Points, Izhar Brener, Pirsumei Sport, 1955, p. 20 (in Hebrew)