I thought many football supporters would be interested to see scores, attendances and scorers from 60 years ago, December 1955. It is fascinating to see which clubs were in the top division and conversely which ones were in the bottom division.
Nat Lofthouse scoring for Bolton Wanderers and Bobby Moore finding the net for West Ham United. The great Johnny Haynes and Bedford Jezzard scored at Craven Cottage and Ipswich Town managed an away draw at Torquay never realising in a million years that a mere 6 years later they would win the First Division with Alf Ramsey as manager. Common sense, now extinct, prevailed in those days with the Third Division being split into two geographical leagues North & South, meaning less travel and more importantly less expense.
The final placings in the four divisions in season 1955-56 were as follows:
First Division = Manchester United, Blackpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Second Division = Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds United, Liverpool
Third Division (North) = Grimsby Town, Derby County, Accrington Stanley
Third Division (South) = Leyton Orient, Brighton & Hove Albion, Ipswich Town
Highest attendances were:
First Division = 45,066 at Arsenal v Blackpool
Second Division = 29,248 at Liverpool v Nottingham Forest
Third Division (North) = 9,017 at Mansfield Town v Derby County
Third Division (South) = 11,455 at Leyton Orient v Walsall