9 thoughts on “Season 1950-51”

  1. Hello Wolfgang
    after the usual thorough analysis i have found the following minor comments:
    1. Week 1 at topscorers, Nat Lofthouse, ofcourse, played for Bolton, not Blackpool.

    2. Week 4 Wolves-Derby 2-3, the scorers are vice versa.

    3. Week 12 Stoke-Fulham 1-1, the scorers are vice versa.

    4. Week 26 Charlton- Shef Wed 2-1 attendance not fully depicted.

    5. Week 27 Huddersfield-arsenal 2-2, Leeds road is omitted (or ata least i assume they played there.

    6. Week 35 Burnley- Man Utd 1-2 , line-up of Burnley missing

    7. Roster Portsmouth. James Steven and James Findlay Stephen are the same person? In Barry Hugman’s (1984), i find him as Jimmy W. Stephen!


    P.S. Maybe this season was the closest Middlesbrough came to gain a championship as at christmas and at the turn of the year they were on top. Perhaps someone can confirm it or advise otherwise.

  2. Hello Tasos,

    thanks a lot for your analysis!

    Points 1 to 6 have been corrected.
    Regarding Point 7: I have checked Hugman’s 2006 book as well as the ENFA website, there are only two players whose family name is “Stephen” – George Allan Stephen (b. 1927) who played 2 games for Aldershot in 1948-49 and James “Jimmy” Findlay Stephen, the former Scottish international. I guess that “Jimmy W. Stephen” in Hugman’s 1984 book is a mistake. Should be “Jimmy F. Stephen”.

    I was surprised to see that Middlesbrough was quite a power in those years (also Portsmouth). And indeed Blackpool, as you mentioned for 1950-51, drew great crowds in away games. Not unlikely it was because of Stanley Matthews!

  3. Hello Wolfgang,

    The difference between Portsmouth and Middlesbrough is that Portsmouth gained 2 championships, Middlesbrough didn’t even gain an FA Cup. 🙂
    Anyway, that’s why English championship was always my favorite, you didn’t know what to expect.
    That is until Liverpool established their dominance at the late 70s.
    Needless to say that nowadays Premier League is not my cup of tea. There is no surprise at the top.


  4. Hi Tasos,

    “dynasties” were not that common in those days, which indeed makes these long-gone championships more interesting subject to delve into than more recent ones. My knowledge of English football only really started with the 1960s. Thus there’s a lot of surprise and news to me about how English football was in the 1950s. This of course makes it an interesting subject.




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