1960–61 Arsenal F.C. season

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Arsenal
1960–61 season
Chairman Bracewell Smith
Manager George Swindin
First Division 11th
FA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Herd (29)
All: Herd (30)
Average home league attendance 34,318

During the 1960–61 English football season, Arsenal F.C. competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

In the 1960–61 season, the Gunners had a satisfying season where they ended up in 7th place heading into 1961, but a poor run of just four wins in their final 17 games saw Swindin's side end the campaign in a disappointing 11th place and to make things worse for Arsenal supporters, they had to witness their fierce North London rivals Tottenham win the league and cup double.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 42 15 3 3 65 28 16 1 4 50 27 115 55 2.091 + 60 66
2 Sheffield Wednesday 42 15 4 2 45 17 8 8 5 33 30 78 47 1.660 + 31 58
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 17 2 2 61 32 8 5 8 42 43 103 75 1.373 + 28 57
4 Burnley 42 11 4 6 58 40 11 3 7 44 37 102 77 1.325 + 25 51
5 Everton 42 13 4 4 47 23 9 2 10 40 46 87 69 1.261 + 18 50
6 Leicester City 42 12 4 5 54 31 6 5 10 33 39 87 70 1.243 + 3 45
7 Manchester United 42 14 5 2 58 20 4 4 13 30 56 88 76 1.158 + 12 45
8 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 3 6 48 34 3 10 8 29 42 77 76 1.013 + 1 43
9 Aston Villa 42 13 3 5 48 28 4 6 11 30 49 78 77 1.013 + 1 43
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 3 8 43 32 8 2 11 24 39 67 71 0.944 – 4 41
11 Arsenal 42 12 3 6 44 35 3 8 10 33 50 77 85 0.906 – 8 41
12 Chelsea 42 10 5 6 61 48 5 2 14 37 52 98 100 0.980 – 2 37
13 Manchester City 42 10 5 6 41 30 3 6 12 38 60 79 90 0.878 – 11 37
14 Nottingham Forest 42 8 7 6 34 33 6 2 13 28 45 62 78 0.795 – 16 37
15 Cardiff City 42 11 5 5 34 26 2 6 13 26 59 60 85 0.706 – 25 37
16 West Ham United 42 12 4 5 53 31 1 6 14 24 57 77 88 0.875 – 11 36
17 Fulham 42 8 8 5 39 39 6 0 15 33 56 72 95 0.758 – 23 36
18 Bolton Wanderers 42 9 5 7 38 29 3 6 12 20 44 58 73 0.795 – 15 35
19 Birmingham City 42 10 4 7 35 31 4 2 15 27 53 62 84 0.738 – 22 34
20 Blackpool 42 9 3 9 44 34 3 6 12 24 39 68 73 0.932 – 5 33
21 Newcastle United 42 7 7 7 51 49 4 3 14 35 60 86 109 0.789 – 23 32
22 Preston North End 42 7 6 8 28 25 3 4 14 15 46 43 71 0.606 – 28 30

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, qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1960-61
League Cup Winners
Relegated

Results[edit]

Arsenal's score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 August 1960 Burnley A 2–3 23,653 Bloomfield, Herd
23 August 1960 Preston North End H 1–0 31,612 Everitt
27 August 1960 Nottingham Forest H 3–0 28,878 Henderson, Skirton (2)
30 August 1960 Preston North End A 0–2 20,105
3 September 1960 Manchester City A 0–0 36,656
6 September 1960 Birmingham City H 2–0 20,285 Herd, Kane
10 September 1960 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–3 59,868 Herd, Ward
14 September 1960 Birmingham City A 0–2 22,904
17 September 1960 Newcastle United H 5–0 34,885 Clapton, Herd (3), Strong
24 September 1960 Cardiff City A 0–1 35,000
1 October 1960 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 27,176 Herd
8 October 1960 Leicester City A 1–2 22,501 Henderson
15 October 1960 Aston Villa H 2–1 34,048 Herd, Strong
22 October 1960 Blackburn Rovers A 4–2 21,500 Charles, Herd, Strong (2)
29 October 1960 Manchester United H 2–1 45,715 Barnwell, Herd
5 November 1960 West Ham United A 0–6 29,275
12 November 1960 Chelsea H 1–4 38,666 Charles
19 November 1960 Blackpool A 1–1 15,417 Herd
26 November 1960 Everton H 3–2 36,709 Herd (3)
3 December 1960 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–5 25,658 Barnwell, Herd (2)
10 December 1960 Bolton Wanderers H 5–1 30,818 Barnwell, Eastham (2), Strong (2)
17 December 1960 Burnley H 2–5 37,209 Herd, Strong
23 December 1960 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–1 29,311 Neill
26 December 1960 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–1 43,555 Eastham
31 December 1960 Nottingham Forest A 5–3 30,735 Eastham, Henderson, Herd (3)
14 January 1961 Manchester City H 5–4 36,440 Clapton, Henderson, Herd (3)
21 January 1961 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–4 65,251 Haverty, Henderson
4 February 1961 Newcastle United A 3–3 34,394 Eastham, Strong (2)
11 February 1961 Cardiff City H 2–3 33,754 Herd (2)
18 February 1961 West Bromwich Albion A 3–2 21,500 Haverty (2), Skirton
25 February 1961 Leicester City H 1–3 31,721 Henderson
4 March 1961 Aston Villa A 2–2 35,000 Barnwell, Haverty
11 March 1961 Blackburn Rovers H 0–0 34,250
18 March 1961 Manchester United A 1–1 29,732 Charles
25 March 1961 West Ham United H 0–0 27,505
31 March 1961 Fulham A 2–2 35,476 Herd (2)
1 April 1961 Bolton Wanderers A 1–1 18,618 Henderson
3 April 1961 Fulham H 4–2 20,142 Barnwell (2), Henderson (2)
8 April 1961 Blackpool H 1–0 36,301 Herd
15 April 1961 Chelsea A 1–3 38,223 Strong
22 April 1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–5 34,429 Henderson
29 April 1961 Everton A 1–4 39,810 Herd

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 7 January 1961 Sunderland A 1–2 58,575 Herd

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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