THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D2-060354RESULTS6 March ~ The Division Two promotion places were tightly contested throughout the season – after a defeat at Forest in late January, Leicester dropped from first to fifth but regained top spot after their next match. They clinched the title on the final day with a 3-1 win at Brentford. Centre-forward Arthur Rowley, who got one of Leicester's goals against Bury, still holds the record for career goals in the Football League – 434 from 619 games.

Blackburn were second for most of the run-in but a 4-0 defeat at Leicester in their penultimate match left them trailing Everton by a point. The latter clinched the second promotion spot with a 4-0 win at Oldham on the final day. This ended a three-year spell in the Second Division for Everton whose average crowd of 44,493 made them the fourth-best supported team in the country.

Fulham striker Bedford Jezzard was the division's top scorer with 38 goals. His form won him an England call-up but he made his debut in their record defeat, 7-1 in Hungary in May 1954 and only won one more cap.

Second to Jezzard on 33 goals was Ronnie Burke, who got a hat-trick in Rotherham's 7-0 defeat of Oldham. Burke, who began with Manchester United, was one of many players who lost half their career years to the Second World War – he didn't make his League debut until he was 25.

Two of Leeds' goals in their defeat of Brentford were scored by Welsh international John Charles who could play as either a striker or central defender. He left for Juventus two years later and is still regarded as the most successful British export to Serie A.

Oldham were bottom for almost the entire season and were joined in Division Three by Brentford, who dropped below fellow strugglers Plymouth after losing three of their last four matches. Since 1953-54, Brentford have only spent one season in the second division while losing in third-level play-offs seven times.

Notable names playing this season included Grenville Hair (Leeds), Harry Troops (Lincoln City), Cyril Lello (Everton), Arthur Lemon (Forest) and Billy Dare (Brentford).

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Results & table from statto.com
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