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D1 250333 RESULTS25 March ~ This was the first of Arsenal's three successive League titles, a feat not matched until Liverpool's treble of 1981-84. Arsenal had also been champions in 1930-31 and were runners-up in League and Cup the following season. They led the table for the last six months of the season barring one week in November when a 5-3 defeat to Villa put the latter on top. Arsenal's famously innovative manager Herbert Chapman died in January 1934 after contracting pneumonia while on a scouting trip.

The best-known game Arsenal were involved with this season was a 2-0 defeat at Walsall of Division Three in the FA Cup third round – still regarded as one of the great Cup shocks. The Arsenal team that day included three debutants who didn't play for them again.

Sheffield Wednesday finished third, seven points behind the champions and four below Aston Villa, after only one win in their last nine games. Villa's 2-1 win over Everton came during a sequence of four losses in six games that killed off their title push. The club's 78-year-old secretary George Ramsay had been in charge of team selection since the League's inaugural season in 1888. Their first manager, Jimmy McMullan, was appointed the following year.

Derby's goal at Bolton was scored by their England striker Jack Bowers who was the division's top scorer on 35 goals, two ahead of Villa's George Brown and Cliff Bastin of Arsenal. The previous season's champions, Everton, won the FA Cup, beating Manchester City 3-0 in the final. The game was the first in which players wore numbers on their shirts – 1 to 11 for Everton, 12 to 22 for their opponents.

Leicester avoided relegation by winning their last three matches while scoring 14 goals in the process. Bolton and Blackpool went down after slipping into the bottom two in the penultimate round of matches.

Noteworthy names playing this season included Tom "Pongo" Waring of Aston Villa, whose nickname came from a cartoon strip, Jimmy Argue (Birmingham), Walter Lax (Blackpool), Aubrey Fabian (Derby) and Alfred Strange (Sheffield Wednesday).

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