DIVISION 3 (South)    1952/53
      For full league and cup results  click on by club required.
      P W D L F A Pts
  Leading League goalscorer:
Geoff Bradford 
(Bristol Rovers)
 33  goals

Tim Ward was appointed Exeter City manager on 4th March 1953, but lasted only 8 days in the job. His previous club, Barnsley, hadn't officially released him and he was recalled by the Yorkshire club, becoming their manager.

 

  1 Bristol Rovers 46 26 12 8 92 46 64 Promoted
    2 Millwall 46 24 14 8 82 44 62
    Season Results 3 Northampton Town 46 26 10 10 109 70 62
    4 Norwich City 46 25 10 11 99 55 60
    5 Bristol City 46 22 15 9 95 61 59
    6 Coventry City 46 19 12 15 77 62 50
    7 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 19 12 15 81 75 50
    8 Southend United 46 18 13 15 69 74 49
    9 Bournemouth 46 19 9 18 74 69 47
    10 Watford 46 15 17 14 62 63 47
    11 Reading 46 19 8 19 69 64 46
    12 Torquay United 46 18 9 19 87 88 45
    13 Crystal Palace 46 15 13 18 66 82 43

    14 Leyton Orient 46 16 10 20 68 73 42
    15 Newport County 46 16 10 20 70 82 42
    16 Ipswich Town 46 13 15 18 60 69 41
      17 Exeter City 46 13 14 19 61 71 40
      18 Swindon Town 46 14 12 20 64 79 40
      19 Aldershot 46 12 15 19 61 77 39
      20 Queens Park Rangers 46 12 15 19 61 82 39
      21 Gillingham 46 12 15 19 55 74 39
      22 Colchester United 46 12 14 20 59 76 38

      23 Shrewsbury Town 46 12 12 22 68 91 36 Re-election position
      24 Walsall 46 7 10 29 56 118 24 Re-election position
     
     

R The bottom two clubs were required to seek re-election to the League. They were joined in the vote for membership of the Southern section of the Third Division by 6 non-league clubs. Voting -

46 votes Shrewsbury Town Re-elected to the League
41 Walsall Re-elected to the League
6 Peterborough United Not elected to the League
2 Bath City Not elected to the League
2 Yeovil Town Not elected to the League
1 Hereford United Not elected to the League
0 Headington United Not elected to the League
0 Worcester City Not elected to the League