THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D1 RESULTS 0810328 October ~ After Arsenal's draw with Derby – to which their centre-half Herbie Roberts contributed two own goals – a run of ten wins in 11 games took them to the top, where they stayed. The only blip was a 5-3 defeat to nearest rivals Aston Villa in mid-November. Villa were to finish second, four points behind the champions. The 1932-33 title was the first of three in a row for Arsenal, who had won their first championship two seasons previously.

Their manager Herbert Chapman had guided Huddersfield to two of their three consecutive League titles in the 1920s before leaving for Highbury. Chapman didn't see Arsenal complete their own treble, however, as he died in January 1934 after catching pneumonia on a scouting trip.

Arsenal scored 118 goals, recorded the biggest win of the season (8-0 against Leicester) and also beat Sheffield United 9-2 on Christmas Eve. Derby's Jack Bowers was top scorer with 35 goals, two ahead of Villa's George Brown and Arsenal winger Cliff Bastin.

Leicester were in the bottom two from December but avoided the drop by winning their last three games, ending with a 6-2 defeat of West Brom. Along with Wolves and Chelsea they finished two points clear of Blackpool and Bolton.

Reigning champions Everton finished 11th but won the FA Cup, beating Manchester City 3-0. In the final the players wore shirt numbers for the first time, 1-11 for Everton and 12-22 for City.

Distinctive names playing this season included: Billy Fogg (Huddersfield), Cyril Done (Liverpool), Alf Strange (Sheffield Wed), Ellis Gee (Everton) and Harry Raw (West Brom).

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Results & table from statto.com

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