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Arsenal win title by 0.099 of a goal

Story Highlights
  • Division One crown
  • Identical records
  • Goal average
  • Deepdale showdown
  • Slim margin of victory
  • Bertie Mee's team

The 1952/53 season saw Arsenal narrowly edge out Preston in a closely contested race for the Division One crown. Both teams finished with identical records of 21 wins, 12 draws, and nine defeats, requiring a goal average to determine the winner.

On the season’s final day, Arsenal held a two-point lead over Preston as they visited Deepdale. Goals from Tom Finney and Charlie Wayman left both teams level on 52 points with one game remaining.

Division One crown!

Preston won their match against Derby to move ahead of Arsenal momentarily, setting up a must-win situation for the Gunners at Highbury. Despite an early own goal by captain Joe Mercer, Arsenal mounted a comeback with goals from Alex Forbes, Doug Lishman, and Jimmy Logie.

Deepdale showdown.

Although Burnley narrowed the score to 3-2 in the second half, Arsenal held on in front of a jubilant crowd of over 51,000. This victory secured their seventh league title by a narrow margin.

Slim margin of victory!

Arsenal and Preston finished with identical records, requiring goal average to decide the winner. However, Arsenal’s goal average of 1.516 surpassed Preston’s 1.417 by a mere 0.099 of a goal, highlighting the slim margin of victory.

While this success marked Arsenal’s last major trophy for 17 years, it was the start of a challenging period that would eventually be broken by Bertie Mee’s team in 1970.

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