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Close Finishes In The Top Flight In England


Speaking of close finishes in the top tier of English football, on 24 May 1947, the top 4 in the First Division stood as:

Pos Club P W D L GF GA Pts
1 Liverpool 41 24 7 10 82 51 55
2 Wolves 40 24 6 10 96 54 54
3 Man Utd 41 21 12 8 89 52 54
4 Stoke City 40 23 7 10 88 51 53

On 26 May 1947, Wolves won 1-0 at Huddersfield to go top, Man Utd beat Sheff Utd 6-2 at home to go second (completing their fixtures for the season), while Stoke won 1-0 at Aston Villa to go third, with Wolves, Stoke and Liverpool all having one game to play.

Liverpool visited Wolves on 31 May 1947 and won 2-1 to go top, both clubs thereby completing their fixtures for the season. If Wolves had won, they would have been champions. If Wolves had drawn, only Stoke could have overtaken them.

On 14 June 1947, Stoke visited Sheff Utd, knowing a win would see them crowned as champions. They lost 1-2, and Liverpool won the title, the first of 14 post-war titles.

On the other hand, Stoke have to date not been English champions.

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