1897–98 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1897–98 season
Chairman Mr J Fenton
Manager Horace Austerberry
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 16th (24 Points)
FA Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: William Maxwell (11)
All: William Maxwell (12)
Highest home attendance 15,000 vs Bury (27 December 1897)
Lowest home attendance 2,000 vs Nottingham Forest (20 November 1897)
Average home league attendance 7,350
Home colours

The 1897–98 season was Stoke's ninth season in the Football League.

It was another season of struggle for Stoke who finished bottom of the First Division on goal average level on points with five teams. They entered the test matches for the second time against Newcastle United and Burnley and again came out victorious. However it was in controversial circumstances as in the final test match against Burnley, both sides needed a draw to be in the First Division for next season and for 90 minutes the Stoke and Burnley players didn't attempt to win and the match finished in a 0–0 draw. After this obvious exploitation of the rules the league scrapped the test match system in favour of automatic promotion and relegation.[1]

Season Review[edit]

League[edit]

In September 1897 Horace Austerberry was appointed secretary-manager of Stoke in succession of Bill Rowley who became general secretary.[1] Also Mr J. T. Fenton assumed the role of chairman taking over from Mr. S. Barker.[1] The Stoke directors continued to search in Scotland for quality players following the success of William Maxwell and they did find one in the form of Alex Raisbeck who went on to gain international caps for his country unfortunately he only played eight matches for Stoke before deciding to join Liverpool.[1]

The bottom five teams in the First Division finished with 24 points but Stoke had the poorest goal average of them all and took bottom spot.[1] They had to play the top two sides from the Second Division, Burnley and Newcastle United.[1] Stoke came through successfully, beating each side once and drawing with Burnley to stay up.[1]

In the final test match Stoke and Burnley needed a draw to be in the First Division next season.[1] It finished 0–0 after a farcical 90 minutes during which neither side put in a challenge or had a shot at goal and at one point a few fans in the crowd held on to the ball and refused to return it to the players.[1] After this obvious exploit of the rules the league scraped the test match system in favour of automatic promotion and relegation.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke beat Bury 2–1 in the first round but crashed out 5–1 to Everton in the second round replay.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Sheffield United 30 17 8 5 56 31 1.806 42
2 Sunderland 30 16 5 9 43 30 1.433 37
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 14 7 9 57 41 1.390 35
4 Everton 30 13 9 8 48 39 1.231 35
5 The Wednesday 30 15 3 12 51 42 1.214 33
6 Aston Villa 30 14 5 11 61 51 1.196 33
7 West Bromwich Albion 30 11 10 9 44 45 0.978 32
8 Nottingham Forest 30 11 9 10 47 49 0.959 31
9 Liverpool 30 11 6 13 48 45 1.067 28
10 Derby County 30 11 6 13 57 61 0.934 28
11 Bolton Wanderers 30 11 4 15 28 41 0.683 26
12 Preston North End 30 8 8 14 35 43 0.814 24
13 Notts County 30 8 8 14 36 46 0.783 24
14 Bury 30 8 8 14 39 51 0.765 24
15 Blackburn Rovers 30 7 10 13 39 54 0.722 24
16 Stoke 30 8 8 14 35 55 0.636 24

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 2 September 1897 Notts County H 2 – 0 3,500 Maxwell (2)
2 4 September 1897 Liverpool H 2 – 2 4,000 Maxwell, T Hill
3 11 September 1897 Sheffield United A 3 – 4 10,000 Maxwell (2), Thickett (o.g.)
4 18 September 1897 Blackburn Rovers H 2 – 1 8,000 Mellor, Schofield
5 25 September 1897 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 2 8,200
6 2 October 1897 Derby County H 2 – 1 5,000 Wood, Maxwell
7 9 October 1897 Liverpool A 0 – 4 16,000
8 16 October 1897 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0 – 2 10,000
9 23 October 1897 Notts County A 0 – 4 4,000
10 30 October 1897 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 0 6,400
11 6 November 1897 Derby County A 1 – 4 10,000 T Hill
12 8 November 1897 Preston North End H 1 – 2 5,000 J Hill
13 13 November 1897 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 2 2,000 Pugh
14 20 November 1897 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 2 2,000 Wood
15 4 December 1897 Sunderland A 0 – 4 3,500
16 11 December 1897 Sheffield United H 2 – 1 7,000 J Hill, Hingerty
17 18 December 1897 Aston Villa H 0 – 0 11,000
18 25 December 1897 The Wednesday A 0 – 4 6,000
19 27 December 1897 Bury H 3 – 1 15,000 J Hill, Maxwell, Murphy
20 1 January 1898 Bury A 3 – 3 7,000 Mellor, Hingerty, Pray (o.g.)
21 8 January 1898 Sunderland H 0 – 1 10,000
22 15 January 1898 Bolton Wanderers H 2 – 0 4,000 J Hill, Johnson
23 17 January 1898 Everton A 1 – 1 4,000 Maxwell
24 5 February 1898 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 4 7,000 Maxwell, J Hill
25 19 February 1898 Nottingham Forest A 1 – 3 8,000 Maxwell
26 5 March 1898 Preston North End A 0 – 0 6,000
27 26 March 1898 The Wednesday H 2 – 1 4,000 Schofield (2)
28 2 April 1898 Aston Villa A 1 – 1 10,000 Molyneux
29 8 April 1898 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 1 6,000 Schofield
30 9 April 1898 Everton H 2 – 0 6,000 Molyneux, Maxwell

Test matches[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
20 April 1898 Newcastle United A 1 – 2 5,000 Kennedy
23 April 1898 Newcastle United H 1 – 0 14,000 Maxwell
26 April 1898 Burnley A 2 – 0 3,000 Schofield, Raisbeck
30 April 1898 Burnley H 0 – 0 15,000

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1897–98 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 29 January 1898 Bury A 2 – 1 3,000 J Hill, Mellor
R2 12 February 1898 Everton H 0 – 0 25,000
R2 Replay 17 February 1898 Everton A 1 – 5 10,000 J Hill

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Test Matches Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK St Patrick's saltire.svg Zeke Johnston 22 0 3 0 0 0 25 0
GK England Fred Sheldon 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
GK England Tom Wilkes 5 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
FB England Peter Durber 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
FB England Jack Eccles 27 0 3 0 4 0 34 0
FB Scotland Jack Robertson 23 0 2 0 2 0 27 0
HB Scotland Jimmy Grewer 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
HB Scotland Jimmy McGeachan 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
HB England Joe Murphy 30 1 3 0 4 0 37 1
HB England Edward Parsons 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
HB St Patrick's saltire.svg Joe Ponsonby 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
HB Scotland Alex Raisbeck 4 0 0 0 4 1 8 1
HB England Arthur Rowley 18 0 1 0 2 0 21 0
HB England Alf Wood 19 2 2 0 4 0 25 2
FW England Jim Hingerty 10 2 2 0 0 0 12 2
FW Scotland Jimmy Hill 21 5 3 2 0 0 24 7
FW England Tom Hill 5 2 0 0 0 0 5 2
FW England Freddie Johnson 12 1 0 0 4 0 16 1
FW Scotland Jack Kennedy 2 0 0 0 4 1 6 1
FW Scotland William Maxwell 21 11 2 0 3 1 26 12
FW England Harry Mellor 20 2 3 1 3 0 26 3
FW England Fred Molyneux 5 2 0 0 2 0 7 2
FW Wales Harry Pugh 18 1 2 0 0 0 20 1
FW England Joe Schofield 27 4 2 0 4 1 33 5
FW England Jack Shaffery 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Own goals 2 0 0 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 

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