1963–64 in English football

The 1963–1964 season was the 84th season of competitive football in England, from August 1963 to May 1964


Diary of the season

Notable debutants

Notable retirements


First DivisionLiverpool (6)Manchester United
Second DivisionLeeds UnitedSunderland
Third DivisionCoventry CityCrystal Palace
Fourth DivisionGillinghamCarlisle United
FA CupWest Ham United (1)Preston North End
League CupLeicester City (1)Stoke City
Charity ShieldEvertonManchester United
Home Championship England,  Scotland,  Northern Ireland

Notes = Number in parentheses is the times that club has won that honour. * indicates new record for competition


Football Writers' Association

Top goalscorer

European club competitions

European Champions' Cup

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

League table

First Division

Liverpool clinched the First Division title just two seasons after winning promotion, finishing four points ahead of runners-up Manchester United while defending champions Everton finished third.

Tottenham Hotspur managed to finish the fourth despite not winning any silverware and being without many key players for much of the season due to injury, while captain Danny Blanchflower announced his retirement from playing just before the season's end. Tragedy then struck the club after the season was over, when forward John White was struck by lightning and killed on a North London golf course.

Chelsea enjoyed a strong return to the First Division by finishing fifth, while Leicester City finally got their hands on a major trophy by winning the League Cup.

With Alf Ramsey having now left Ipswich Town to manage the England team, Ipswich Town struggled badly under his successor Jackie Milburn, and went down in bottom place having conceded 121 goals just two seasons after being league champions. Bolton Wanderers, who had gradually faded away since the retirement of centre-forward Nat Lofthouse in 1960, also went down.

2Manchester United422371290621.45253
4Tottenham Hotspur422271397811.19851
6Sheffield Wednesday4219111284671.25449
7Blackburn Rovers4218101489651.36946
10West Bromwich Albion4216111570611.14843
11Leicester City4216111561581.05243
12Sheffield United4216111561640.95343
13Nottingham Forest421691764680.94141
14West Ham United4214121669740.93240
16Wolverhampton Wanderers4212151570800.87539
17Stoke City4214101877780.98738
19Aston Villa4211121962710.87334
20Birmingham City421172454920.58729
21Bolton Wanderers421082448800.60028
22Ipswich Town429726561210.46325

Second Division

Leeds United returned to the First Division after seven years away by clinching the Second Division title under ambitious manager Don Revie, while Sunderland's six-year exile from the First Division was ended by promotion as Second Division runners-up.

Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United slipped into the Third Division.

1Leeds United422415371342.08863
3Preston North End422310979541.46356
4Charlton Athletic4219101376701.08648
6Manchester City4218101484661.27346
7Rotherham United421971690781.15445
8Newcastle United422051774691.07245
11Northampton Town421691758600.96741
12Huddersfield Town4215101757640.89140
13Derby County4214111756670.83639
14Swindon Town4214101857690.82638
15Cardiff City4214101856810.69138
16Leyton Orient4213101954720.75036
17Norwich City4211131864800.80035
19Swansea Town421292163740.85133
20Plymouth Argyle428161845670.67232
21Grimsby Town429141947750.62732
22Scunthorpe United4210102252820.63430

Third Division

Coventry City made the breakthrough into the Second Division as champions of the Third Division, finishing level on points at the top of the league with Crystal Palace.

Notts County, Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra and Millwall were all relegated to the Fourth Division.

1Coventry City462216898611.60760
2Crystal Palace462314973511.43160
4Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic462481479581.36256
5Bristol City4620151184641.31355
7Mansfield Town4620111576621.22651
8Hull City4616171373681.07449
9Oldham Athletic462081873701.04348
10Peterborough United4618111775701.07147
11Shrewsbury Town4618111773800.91247
12Bristol Rovers461981991791.15246
13Port Vale4616141653491.08246
14Southend United4615151677780.98745
15Queens Park Rangers461891976780.97445
17Colchester United4612191570681.02943
18Luton Town4616102064800.80042
22Crewe Alexandra4611122350770.64934
24Notts County46992845920.48927

Fourth Division

Gillingham finished champions of the Fourth Division, ahead of runners-up Carlisle United on goal average. They enjoyed a narrow lead over third placed Workington and fourth placed Exeter City. Bradford City bounced back from having to apply for re-election to just missing out on promotion in the space of a season.

2Carlisle United46251011113581.94860
4Exeter City462018862371.67658
5Bradford City462561576621.22656
6Torquay United4620111580541.48151
7Tranmere Rovers4620111585731.16451
8Brighton & Hove Albion4619121571521.36550
10Halifax Town4617141577771.00048
11Lincoln City461991867750.89347
13Bradford Park Avenue461891975810.92645
14Doncaster Rovers4615121970750.93342
15Newport County461782164730.87742
17Stockport County4615121950680.73542
18Oxford United4614131959630.93741
22York City461472552660.78835
23Hartlepools United461292554930.58133

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

National team

The England national football team had an eventful season with a shared victory in the 1964 British Home Championship, another success against a Rest of the World XI in one of the most famous matches ever played at Wembley and a tour of the Americas upon the season's conclusion which culminated in a dire performance in Brazil during the 1964 Taça de Nações.

American tour

27 May 1964
United States  0–10  England
  Roger Hunt 4, Fred Pickering 3, Terry Paine 2,
Bobby Charlton

Taça das Nações

Other matches

Date Opposition Venue Competition Result Score
12 Oct 1963  Wales Ninian Park, Cardiff British Championship Won 4–0
23 Oct 1963 Rest of the World XI Wembley Friendly Won 2–1
20 Nov 1963  Northern Ireland Wembley British Championship Won 8–3
11 April 1964  Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow British Championship Lost 0–1
6 May 1964  Uruguay Wembley Friendly Won 2–1
17 May 1964  Portugal Estádio Nacional, Lisbon Friendly Won 4–3
24 May 1964  Republic of Ireland Dalymount Park, Dublin Friendly Won 3–1


  1. "10 In World Soccer Series". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. 9 April 1964. p. 14. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  2. "George Best - Official Manchester United Website". Manutd.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
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