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Football League Third Division North vs. South Representative Games

The Third Division North and Third Division South of The Football League was a level in English association football, which ran from 1921 to 1958.

From 1954–55 season until 1957–58 season, there was a series of games between teams representing the Third Division North and the Third Division South.

The Representative GamesEdit

1954–55 - played at Reading F.C. ground on 16 March 1955. Attendance 10,438. South won 2–0.[1][2][3][4][5]

1955–56 - played at Accrington Stanley F.C. ground on 13 October, 1955. Attendance 10,521. Draw 3–3.[2][3][4][5]

The second half of the match was broadcast on BBC television, which was the first occasion that a match had been televised from Peel Park.[2]

Don Mills scored for the South in the first half. Reg Ryan equalised with a penalty in the second half, followed by goals from John Thomas Connor for the North and Ernie Morgan for the South. The final score was 3–3.[6]

1956–57 - played at Coventry City F.C. ground on 8 October, 1956. Attendance 14,500. South won 2–1.[3][4][5]

1956–57 - played at Stockport County F.C. ground on 2 April 1957. Attendance 12,372. Won by North 2–1.[4][5]

W Holden scored the first goal for the North, which was followed by an equaliser by Neil Langman for the South. Soon after the start of the second half, Ron Greener failed to score for the North from a penalty. The winning goal was scored by Alf Ackerman for the North in the last minute of the game.[7]

1957–58 - played at Crystal Palace F.C. ground on 30 October, 1957. Draw 2–2.[5][8]

The Teams and officialsEdit

The following players and officials were selected to participate in the representative games.

South Vs. North 16 March 1955[1]

The Officials

Official Name From
Referee Mr. J. H. Husband London
Linesman (Red Flag) Mr. C.B. Broome London
Linesman (Yellow Flag) Mr. S. W. Barker Bexleyheath

North Vs. South 13 October 1955[2]

Note: Although Peter Hill of Coventry was selected at number 8 for the South, D Mills of Torquay started the game.[6]

The Officials

Official Name From
Referee Mr. K. A. Collinge Sale
Linesman (Red Flag) Mr. J. S. McLoughlin Manchester
Linesman (Yellow Flag) Mr. R. Sleddon Preston

South Vs. North 8 October 1956[3]

The Officials

Official Name From
Referee Mr. Arthur E. Ellis Halifax
Linesman Mr. H. Horner Kenilworth
Linesman Mr. A. Walters Warwick

North Vs. South 2 April 1957[4]

Note: Although Ted Phillips of Ipswich was selected at number 10 for the South, Dorman of Walsall started the game.[7]

The Officials

Official Name From

South Vs. North 30 October 1957[5]

The Officials

Official Name From
Referee Mr. D. T. Blues Richmond
Linesman (Red Flag) Mr. D. W. Bradley Selsdon
Linesman (Yellow Flag) Mr. C. H. Rogers N. Kensington


  1. ^ a b Match day programme Reading F.C. 16 March 1955
  2. ^ a b c d Match day programme Accrington Stanley F.C. 13 October 1955
  3. ^ a b c d Match day programme Coventry City F.C. 8 October 1956
  4. ^ a b c d e Match day programme Stockport County F.C. 2 April 1957
  5. ^ a b c d e f Match day programme Crystal Palace F.C. 30 October 1957
  6. ^ a b The Guardian 14 October 1955
  7. ^ a b The Guardian 2 April 1957
  8. ^ The Times 31 October 1957
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "". Retrieved 2010-02-27.