<< Season 1952-53 >>

Jack Smith was appointed to replace Ted Drake as manager, however with financial constraints he faced a difficult task, being forced to sell some of the club's best players. These included Johnny Brooks, sold to Spurs for two players and £3K. Although, due to National Service, he only made 49 appearances, he was regarded as one of the most skilful players to play for the club. He went on to make three international appearances for England.

Division 3 South (11th)

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS     H    A  
 1. Bristol Rovers      46  17  4  2  55  19   9  8  6  37  27   64    2-0  0-4 
 2. Millwall            46  14  7  2  46  16  10  7  6  36  28   62    5-0  0-1 
 3. Northampton T       46  18  4  1  75  30   8  6  9  34  40   62    2-0  1-6 
 4. Norwich City        46  16  6  1  56  17   9  4 10  43  38   60    0-1  0-3 
 5. Bristol City        46  13  8  2  62  28   9  7  7  33  33   59    4-0  1-1 
 6. Coventry City       46  15  5  3  52  22   4  7 12  25  40   50    1-0  0-4 
 7. Brighton & HA       46  12  6  5  48  30   7  6 10  33  45   50    0-0  1-1 
 8. Southend Utd        46  15  5  3  41  21   3  8 12  28  53   49    1-0  1-3 
 9. Bournemouth & BA    46  15  3  5  49  23   4  6 13  25  46   47    1-3  0-2 
10. Watford             46  12  8  3  39  21   3  9 11  23  42   47    3-0  1-2 
11. READING             46  17  3  3  53  18   2  5 16  16  46   46
12. Torquay Utd         46  15  4  4  61  28   3  5 15  26  60   45    4-1  0-2 
13. Crystal Palace      46  12  7  4  40  26   3  6 14  26  56   43    4-1  3-0 
14. Leyton Orient       46  12  7  4  52  28   4  3 16  16  45   42    2-0  1-1 
15. Newport County      46  12  4  7  43  34   4  6 13  27  48   42    2-1  0-1 
16. Ipswich Town        46  10  7  6  34  28   3  8 12  26  41   41    1-1  2-1 
17. Exeter City         46  11  8  4  40  24   2  6 15  21  47   40    3-1  0-2 
18. Swindon Town        46   9  5  9  38  33   5  7 11  26  46   40    4-1  0-2 
19. Aldershot           46   8  8  7  36  29   4  7 12  25  48   39    2-3  2-2 
20. Queens Park Rang    46   9  9  5  37  34   3  6 14  24  48   39    2-0  0-1 
21. Gillingham          46  10  7  6  30  26   2  8 13  25  48   39    3-2  1-2 
22. Colchester Utd      46   9  9  5  40  29   3  5 15  19  47   38    2-0  1-2 
23. Shrewsbury T        46  11  5  7  38  35   1  7 15  30  56   36    5-3  1-1 
24. Walsall             46   5  9  9  35  46   2  1 20  21  72   24    0-0  0-2 

FA Cup

R1     Crystal Palace3   A  D  1-1
R1(R)  Crystal Palace3   H  L  1-3