THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D1 210414 RESULTS21 April ~ Division One debutants Ipswich sealed the title with a 2-0 defeat of Aston Villa in their last match. Ray Crawford, who got two goals against Arsenal, was top scorer with 33; only five other Ipswich players scored at all with Crawford's strike partner Ted Philips getting 28. Ipswich boss Alf Ramsey took the England job that summer and full-back Billy Baxter was the one player remaining from this squad when Bobby Robson took over as manager seven years later.

Burnley had been champions two seasons earlier and could have pipped Ipswich by winning their last two matches but they drew at home with struggling Chelsea in the penultimate game. Their goal at Blackpool was scored by Northern Ireland midfielder Jimmy McIlroy, widely regarded as the club's best-ever player; Burnley fans staged demonstrations against the board when McIlroy was sold to Stoke the following season.

Despite their draw at Burnley, Chelsea were relegated by five points having failed to win any of their last 11 league games. Striker Barry Bridges, who scored in their draw at Wolves, was in England's preliminary squad for the 1966 World Cup but didn't make the final 22.

Cardiff's relegation was sealed with an 8-3 defeat at Everton in their next game while rivals Fulham were beating Manchester United. Cardiff midfielder Alan Durban was to win a League title with Derby County nine years later. Everton, who drew 0-0 at Birmingham the following day, finished fourth which was their highest placing since they were champions in 1938-39; they were to win the League the following year.

Jimmy Greaves, who joined Spurs midway through the season from AC Milan, got their winner at Blackburn and was also to score in the 3-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup final. Double-winners the season before, Spurs reached the semi-final of the European Cup where they lost 4-3 on aggregate to Benfica.

Notable debutants this season included George Armstrong (Arsenal), Ron Harris (Chelsea), Neil Young (Man City), David Pleat (Nottingham Forest) and Martin Peters (West Ham).

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