On May 1, 1953 Arsenal won the title by the skin of their teeth.

The Gunners and Preston finished with identical records of 21 wins, 12 draws and nine defeats.

Goal difference had not been introduced so goal average was used to separate the sides and Whittaker's players were rewarded for their attacking ethos.

Arsenal's goal average was 1.516, Preston's was 1.417. The margin of victory? A mere 0.099 of a goal.

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