THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

D1 RESULTS 16113516 November ~ Runners-up the previous season, Sunderland stayed at the top and took the title, their sixth, by eight points from Derby. Seven of the team at Brentford were Scots. Two of the English players who scored in the 5-1 win, striker Bobby Gurney and inside forward Raich Carter, ended up with 31 goals each out of the team's total of 109. Sunderland's goalkeeper, 22-year-old Jimmy Thorpe, was to die of head injuries sustained in a league match against Chelsea in February 1936.

In their first season at the top level, Brentford finished fifth, which made them the highest-placed London club for the only time. Sixth-placed Arsenal were the best-supported team with an average of 41,960, while Grimsby, in their second top-flight season, drew the smallest crowd – 11,496. Ted Drake, who scored in Arsenal's win at Everton, also got the only goal of the FA Cup final, against Sheffield United. Due to a dispute with the FA, Pathe News cameras were barred from Wembley so they filmed match action from an airship.

Liverpool's goal in their defeat at Wolves was scored by winger Lance Carr, one of three South Africans in their side along with striker Gordon Hodgson – who spent 14 years in League football and was capped by England – and fellow winger Berry Nieuwenhuys.

Although they finished 18th, West Brom were the third most prolific team with 89 goals, of which 39 came from the division's top scorer, Billy "Ginger" Richardson. Aston Villa's relegation – they finished 21st, three points behind Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool and West Brom – was decided in their final match, a 4-2 home defeat by the already relegated Blackburn. The two clubs were the last of the League's founder members to go down.

George Camsell, who got one of Middlesbrough's six against Blackburn, had set a League record in scoring 59 goals when Boro were promoted from Division Two in 1926-27. It was beaten the next year when Dixie Dean scored 60 for Everton. In the Blackburn team beaten at Ayresome Park was centre-half Jesse Carver, who coached Juventus to an Italian league title after the war and turned down the England manager's job.

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Results & table from statto.com

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