1953/54 First Division (League Champions)

First Team Overall First Team Appearances & Scorers Reserves Youth 1 Youth 2 Youth 3

Directors: James S Baker (Chairman), AH Oakley (Vice-Chairman), J Evans, CH Hunter, JH Marshall, JT Howley (Secretary).
Manager: Stan Cullis.
Trainers: Jack Dowen, Jack Gardiner, George Palmer.
Captain: Billy Wright.

Playing Staff: James Adams, Allen, Alsopp, Tommy Asher, Baddeley, Billy Baxter, John Bayley, Blakesley, Bolton, Joe Bonson, Colin Booth, Richard Bower, Roy Bradley, S Bradley, Broadbent, Broadhead, Wesley Brookes, James Butler, Richard Calvert, Castro, Ray Chatham, Chatterway, Eddie Clamp, Clark, Maxie Clews, Cockin, Len Cooper, Crenan, Billy Crook, A Davies, Norman Deeley, Duffield, Noel Dwyer, Ellesmore, Keith Evans, Fallon, Thomas Fidler, Fisher, Ron Flowers, Derek Ford, Geoffrey Garratt, Len Gibbons, Terry Greaves, Neville Greenwood, Thomas Griffiths, Bill Guttridge, Haddock, William Haines, Hallam, Johnny Hancocks, Gerry Harris, Arthur Hodgkiss, Thomas Horsnett, Ron Howells, Hughes, E Jones, H Jones, Ronald Jordan, Lawrence, le Leer,  Leake, Alan Machin, Bobby Mason, Philip Mason, McCreadie, Dennis McDonald, Tommy McDonald, McSee, Dave Meeson, Harry Middleton, Michael Moss, Jimmy Mullen, Jimmy Murray, Dick Neal, Roy Nicholls, Noon, Pemberton, Phillips, Roy Pritchard, Brian Punter, Reynolds, Erik Roach, Stanley Round, T Round, William Russell, James Shakespeare, Jack Short, Bill Shorthouse, George Showell, Geoff Sidebottom, David Sims, Bill Slater, Reginald Slater, Henry Smith, J Smith, Les Smith, Gordon Spacey, Lionel Stephenson, Henry Stevenson, Ron Stockin, Eddie Stuart, Roy Swinbourne, Doug Taylor, Jack Taylor, Colin Tether, John Thomas ,John Timmins, Samuel Townsend, Malcolm Wagstaffe, William Wainwright, Bobby Walker, Walmshurst, Thomas Walmsley, Wardle, Watton, Whelan, Edwin Whitehouse, Barrie Whitmore, Welch, Bert Williams, Dennis Wilshaw, Barrie Wood, John Wolverson, Billy Wright.

Club Finances: Profit £16,846, Total Income £113,853, Expenditure £97,007; A dividend of 5 percent was approved.

Floodlights: During the summer of 1953 the club install their first set of Floodlights.


1 (a) Edinburgh XI L 2-3 Details [Friendly]
12 (H) Pre Season Practice Match Details
19 (a) Burnley L 1-4 Details
22 (a) Manchester City W 4-0 Details
26 (a) Sunderland L 2-3 Details
29 (H) Cardiff City W 3-1 Details
31 (H) Sunderland W 3-1 Details


5 (a) Arsenal W 3-2 Details
7 (H) Liverpool W 2-1 Details
12 (H) Portsmouth W 4-3 Details
16 (a) Liverpool D 1-1 Details
19 (a) Blackpool D 0-0 Details
26 (H) Chelsea W 8-1 Details
30 (H) South Africa XI W 3-1 Details [Friendly]


3 (a) Sheffield United D 3-3 Details
6 (a) Bury L 1-3 Details [Friendly]
10 (a) Newcastle United W 2-1 Details
14 (H) Celtic W 2-0 Details [Friendly]
17 (H) Manchester United W 3-1 Details
24 (a) Bolton Wanderers D 1-1 Details
28 (a) Coventry City L 0-1 Details [Friendly]
31 (H) Preston North End W 1-0 Details


7 (a) Middlesbrough D 3-3 Details
14 (H) West Bromwich Albion W 1-0 Details
21 (a) Charlton Athletic W 2-0 Details
28 (H) Sheffield Wednesday W 3-1 Details


5 (a) Tottenham Hotspur W 3-2 Details
12 (H) Burnley L 1-2 Details
19 (H) Manchester City W 3-1 Details
24 (H) Aston Villa L 1-2 Details
26 (a) Aston Villa W 2-1 Details


2 (a) Cardiff City W 3-1 Details
9 (H) Birmingham City L 1-2 Details [FAC3]
16 (H) Arsenal L 0-2 Details
23 (a) Portsmouth L 0-2 Details
25 (H) FA Cup Details
30 (a) Aberdeen L 3-5 Details [Friendly]


6 (H) Blackpool W 4-1 Details
13 (a) Chelsea L 2-4 Details
20 (H) Sheffield United W 6-1 Details
27 (H) Newcastle United W 3-2 Details


6 (a) Manchester United L 0-1 Details
10 (H) Racing club of Buenos Aires W 3-1 Details [Friendly]
13 (H) Bolton Wanderers P-P Details
20 (a) Preston North End W 1-0 Details
24 (H) Bolton Wanderers D 1-1 Details
25 (H) Inter Services Match Details
27 (H) Middlesbrough L 2-4 Details


3 (a) West Bromwich Albion W 1-0 Details
10 (H) Charlton Athletic W 5-0 Details
17 (a) Sheffield Wednesday D 0-0 Details
19 (H) Huddersfield Town W 4-0 Details
20 (a) Huddersfield Town L 1-2 Details
24 (H) Tottenham Hotspur W 2-0 Details
29 (a) Aarhus XI W 5-0 Details [Friendly]


4 (a) Helsingborg W 5-0 Details [Friendly]
6 (a) Copenhagen XI D 2-2 Details [Friendly]