May 12, 2012 / 12:05 AM / 5 years ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-English title race decided by goals

 LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) - The English top flight title race
has needed more than points to decide it on five occasions:	
 	
 1923-24 	
 Huddersfield Town edged out Cardiff City on goal average
(goals scored divided by goals conceded) after both teams
finished the season on 57 points. This system was used to decide
between teams who finished with equal points until 1976-77. 	
                      P  GF GA Avg   Pts	
 1. Huddersfield Town 42 60 33 1.818 57	
 2. Cardiff City      42 61 34 1.794 57	
    	
 1949-50	
 Portsmouth beat Wolverhampton Wanderers to the league title
on goal average after both teams finished level on 53 points. 	
                              P  GF GA Avg   Pts	
 1. Portsmouth                42 74 38 1.947 53	
 2. Wolverhampton Wanderers   42 76 49 1.551 53	
 	
 1952-53	
 Arsenal won the title with Preston North End runners-up
after both teams finished on 54 points. 	
                      P  GF GA Avg   Pts	
 1. Arsenal           42 97 64 1.516 54	
 2. Preston North End 42 85 60 1.417 54	
 	
 1964-65	
 Manchester United won their sixth league title ahead of
Leeds United on goal average after both teams finished with 61
points. 	
                      P  GF GA Avg   Pts	
 1. Manchester United 42 89 39 2.282 61	
 2. Leeds United      42 83 52 1.596 61	
 	
 1988-89	
 Arsenal beat Liverpool to the title after winning a dramatic
final game of the season at Anfield. The London club needed a
two-goal margin of victory and won 2-0 with a last minute goal
by midfielder Michael Thomas. Arsenal claimed the title on goals
scored after both teams finished on the same goal difference. 	
              P  F  A  GD  Pts	
 1. Arsenal   38 73 36 +37 76	
 2. Liverpool 38 65 28 +37 76	
 	
	
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