And now for the classified football results…

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Have you ever wondered how Yellow Sport might have reported the football 82-years ago this weekend? Let us take you on a magical trip back to Saturday, May 7, 1938.

League Division One round-up

Arsenal are champions after a great victory over Bolton

Arsenal 5-0 Bolton Wanderers

ARSENAL are Division One champions for the fifth time in their illustrious history after Bolton Wanderers were swept aside in front of more than 40,000 excited spectators at Highbury Stadium.

The Gunners needed to take both points against the men from Burnden Park while hoping Sunderland could do them a favour by putting one over title rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers, at Roker Park.

And that’s exactly how things panned out. While Wolves were slipping to a single-goal defeat in the North-East, Arsenal took full advantage.

Cliff Bastin and Edward Carr each netted a brace – Alfred Kirchen also added his name to the scoresheet as the celebrations got underway in North London. While Arsenal rejoiced, one couldn’t help feeling sympathetic for the Black Countrymen who were denied their first top-flight title dramatically and agonisingly.

Arsenal: George Swindin, George Male, Eddie Hapgood, Bernard Joy, Wilf Copping, Cliff Bastin, Edward Carr, Alfred Kirchen, Gordon Hutton Bremner, George Drury, Leslie Jones

Fourth-placed Charlton Athletic finished their season with a goalless draw against Preston North End – one place higher – in front of 30,053 at The Valley.

Despite the lack of goals, Charlton’s inside forward, Bert ‘Sailor’ Brown had good reason to celebrate. The Great Yarmouth-born player was married the day prior to the match, with ‘Addicks goalkeeper, Sam Bartrum, performing the best man duties.

Charlton Athletic: Bartram, Turner, Oakes, Green, Rist, Welsh, Wilkinson, Robinson, Blott, Boulter, Brown

Chelsea headed to Cleethorpes with little to play for having secured a mid-table position. Meanwhile, hosts, Grimsby Town, desperately needed to follow up victories over Blackpool and Derby County to give themselves any hope of avoiding the drop into Division Two.

And it was the Mariners who saved the day, winning by two goals to nil while Manchester City, who lost 1-0 at Huddersfield Town, and West Bromwich Albion, thrashed 4-1 at Middlesbrough, waved goodbye to Division One for the time being.

Chelsea: Vic Woodley, George Frederick Barber, Edward Barkas, Allan Craig, Sid Foss, Leonard Hector Allum, Sam Weaver, Dick Spence, Peter Buchanan, Harry Burgess, George Bennett Gibson

League Division One

Arsenal 5-0 Bolton Wanderers

Charlton Athletic 0-0 Preston North End

Everton 1-1 Derby County

Grimsby Town 2-0 Chelsea

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Manchester City

Leicester City 1-4 Birmingham

Middlesbrough 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

Portsmouth 4-0 Leeds United

Stoke City 2-0 Liverpool

Sunderland 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

League Division Two round-up

Tottenham are beaten by Sheffield Wednesday

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

While Arsenal celebrated their fifth title success a few miles away, Tottenham’s Division Two campaign petered out with a whimper as struggling Sheffield Wednesday won by the odd goal in three at White Hart Lane.

Frederick Sargent provided the paltry crowd of just 13,367 a crumb of comfort by netting the Lilywhites goal. Spurs finished the season in fifth place, but some way short of the promotion places which were occupied by champions, Aston Villa, and Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur: Percy Hooper, Ralph Ward, Vic Buckingham, James Fullwood, Leslie Howe, Albert Page, Colin Lyman, Albert Hall, Frederick Sargent, Jack Gibbons, John Alfred Morrison

Hammers win at Chesterfield

Chesterfield 0-1 West Ham United

Scottish inside forward, Archie MacAulay, provided the only goal of the game as West Ham United edged out another mid-table side, Chesterfield, in front of just 7,202 at Saltergate.

West Ham United: Jack Weare, Charlie Bicknell, Charles Walker, Dick Walker, Norman Corbett, Edward Fenton, John Morton, Jackie Wood, Stanley Foxall, Archie MacAulay, Leonard Goulden

Fulham finished a point and a place better off than West Ham after a 3-1 final day victory over Blackburn Rovers before an audience of 11,765 at Craven Cottage.

League Division Two

Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City

Barnsley 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Bradford Park Avenue 0-1 Swansea Town

Chesterfield 0-1 West Ham United

Fulham 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Luton Town 4-1 Newcastle Utd

Manchester Utd 2-0 Bury

Plymouth Argyle 4-0 Southampton

Stockport County 1-1 Coventry City

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

League Division Three (South) round-up…

All square at The Orient

Clapton Orient 1-1 Southend United

Clapton Orient and Southend United brought the curtains down on their respective Division Three (South) campaigns, perhaps both believing they can do much better when football returns in August.

For the record, there were 5,560 in attendance at Osbourne Road. Smith netted for the home side, while Dickinson did the honours from the penalty spot to ensure the Shrimpers a share of the spoils.

Southend will be mildly more satisfied with their twelfth-placed finish, while The Orient will be keen to pull further away from the lower reaches after concluding the season four places off the bottom

Clapton Orient: Iceton, Rumbold, Hearty, Taylor, Bartlett, Dodgin, Tully, Shankley, Crawford, H Smith, Dodds

Southend United: MacKenzie, Nelson, Robinson; Deacon, Carr, Wright, Dickinson, Bushby, Martin, Bell, Oswald

Millwall clinched the Division Three (South) title with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Exeter City at St James Park. The Lions finished the season a point clear of challengers, Bristol City, who pushed them all the way, recording their twenty-first success of the season – seeing off Notts County by three goals to one at Ashton Gate.

Queen’s Park Rangers missed out on promotion despite recording an entertaining 6-3 triumph over Torquay United at Loftus Road. Watford finishes one place lower than the R’s – The Hornets slipping to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.

Gillingham propped up the rest and will have to apply for re-election. The Gills have endured a torrid time this season, concluding with a 2-0 defeat at Reading.

League Division Three (South) round-up…

League Division Three (South)

Aldershot 1-1 Swindon Town

Bournemouth & Boscombe Ath 1-3 Bristol Rovers

Bristol City 3-1 Notts County

Clapton Orient 1-1 Southend United

Exeter City 1-5 Millwall

Mansfield Town 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Newport County 1-2 Walsall

Northampton Town 0-0 Cardiff City

Queen`s Park Rangers 6-3 Torquay United

Reading 2-0 Gillingham

Watford 1-2 Crystal Palace

League Division Three (North) round-up…

Champions, Tranmere Rovers, and second-placed Doncaster Rovers played out a tense 1-1 draw at Bellevue – The Birkenhead side taking the title by a narrow margin of two points.

Gateshead proved too strong for Darlington, winning 5-2, while Barrow were 4-1 winners over Lincoln City at Holker Sreet.

Accrington Stanley finished three points adrift at the bottom. The East Lancashire side were beaten 3-1 at Chester to complete a miserable season.

League Division Three (North)

Barrow 4-1 Lincoln City

Carlisle Utd 0-1 Rotherham Utd

Chester 3-1 Accrington Stanley

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Tranmere Rovers

Gateshead 5-2 Darlington

Hartlepools Utd 2-0 Wrexham

Hull City 1-1 Crewe Alexandra

New Brighton 1-1 Port Vale

Oldham Athletic 1-2 Bradford City

Rochdale 1-1 Halifax Town

York City 1-2 Southport

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