1898–99 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1898-99
League Division Two
Manager None
League position 16th (relegated)
Top goalscorer Bob Birkett (15)
Highest home attendance 2,000 (v. Burton Swifts)[1]
Lowest home attendance 500 (v. Loughborough, Luton Town)[1]
Previous season 1897-98
Next season 1900-01

The 1898-99 season was Blackpool F.C.'s third consecutive season in the Football League. They competed in the eighteen-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing sixteenth. As a result, they lost their League status, failed to gain re-election for the following season, and instead competed again in the Lancashire League.

New signings for the season included goalkeeper Fletcher, defender Jack Scott, Richard Howson, and Gamble. Out had gone, amongst others, goalkeeper William Douglas, Jimmy Martin, John Clarkin, Bob Norris, Tommy Bowman (to Aston Villa), and Jack Cox (to Liverpool).

Bob Birkett was the club's top scorer, with fifteen goals.[2] Jack Parkinson and Jack Scott were ever-present in the club's 34 league games.

Towards the end of the season, Blackpool F.C. amalgamated with South Shore F.C., which largely accounts for the fact that the club used thirty players during the course of the campaign.

Season review[edit]

Blackpool travelled to Glossop North End on the opening day of the season, 3 September, but returned to Lancashire pointless after a 4–1 defeat. The visitors' goal was an own-goal.

A week later, Blackpool welcomed Walsall to Stanley Park's Athletic Grounds. The Saddlers won 2–1, with Jack Leadbetter netting the hosts' goal.

Burton Swifts were Blackpool's next opponents. The Seasiders returned from Peel Croft with another defeat behind them, this time 3–1. Jack Parkinson scored his first goal of the season.

A fourth-consecutive defeat followed on 24 September at home to Burslem Port Vale. 4–0 was the scoreline.

October's first outing provided Blackpool with their first win, 2–1 at home to Loughborough. Bob Birkett opened his scoring account for the season with both Blackpool strikes.

After a fortnight's break, Blackpool travelled to Grimsby Town. Birkett scored again, but the home side won 2–1.

Into November, Blackpool made the short trip to New Brighton Tower, where they lost 4–0, their sixth defeat in seven games.

On 12 November, Lincoln City were the visitors to the Athletic Grounds. Blackpool won 3–0, with Harry Stirzaker and Birkett (two) getting the goals. Fletcher, Blackpool's goalkeeper, kept his first clean sheet of the campaign.

Two weeks later, Luton Town travelled to the seaside, and their 3–2 victory (Cartmell and Leadbetter getting the goals) sparked a run of eight consecutive defeats for Blackpool. The other seven were: 4–0 at Leicester Fosse, 3–1 at Newton Heath (Birkett), 7–0 at Gainsborough Trinity, 4–2 at home to Manchester City (Andrew Hateley and Thomas Hoyle), 5–0 at Small Heath, 2–1 at home to Glossop (Parkinson), and 6–0 at Walsall. This set a new club record for Blackpool, and one that lasted for 67 years.

At the start of 1899 the club returned to Raikes Hall, and the winless run was ended on 14 January with a 3–0 win at home to Burton Swifts, a double from Parkinson and a penalty from Jack Scott did the damage.

Another heavy defeat followed, Blackpool's fifteenth loss in eighteen games, 6–1 at Burslem Port Vale on 21 January. Blackpool played the entire game with only ten players. Parkinson scored the visitors' goal.

Blackpool completed a double over Loughborough on 4 February with a 3–1 away victory. Scott and Birkett (two) were the Seasiders scorers.

It was back to losing ways, however, the following week. Blackpool travelled to Barnsley and returned empty-handed after a 2–1 reversal. Alex Stuart got the Blackpool goal.

Two more defeats followed — 6–3 at home to Grimsby Town on 18 February (a Birkett double and Parkinson finding the net for the hosts), and 2–1 at home to New Brighton Tower on 4 March. Parkinson was again Blackpool's scorer.

Four days later, Blackpool faced Small Heath in a third-consecutive home match. 23 games into the season, Blackpool obtained their first draw, 1–1, with Scott scoring for the Lancastrians.

A second draw ensued, at Lincoln City on 11 March.

Blackpool made it three games without a defeat, which remained their longest unbeaten run of the season, with a victory at home to Barnsley on 15 March. Parkinson and two goals from Gamble gave both points to the hosts.

Two games against Woolwich Arsenal followed. On 18 March, the Londoners won 6–0 on their own turf; four days later, in the reverse fixture in Lancashire, honours were shared courtesy of a 1–1 draw. Gamble scored his third goal in as many games for the northerners.

Blackpool's fourth game in ten days occurred on 25 March, and it ended in defeat at Luton Town. Leadbetter and Birkett got Blackpool's goals in a 2–3 scoreline.

In the final game of March, Blackpool achieved their largest win of the season, 6–0 at home to Lancashire neighbours Darwen. Parkinson, Henry Parr, Jack Morris (two, on his debut), Birkett and Williams bagged the goals.

A 2–2 draw followed, at home to Leicester Fosse on 1 April, with Scott and Morris getting the home side's strikes.

Two days later, at Newton Heath, Blackpool lost by a single goal.

The season ended for Blackpool with two victories and a defeat in their final three games: 2–0 at Darwen (Leadbetter and Morris), 4–0 at home to Gainsborough Trinity (Leadbetter and Birkett netting two apiece), and 1–4 at Manchester City (Birkett). The victories came too late to save the club from relegation.

Table[edit]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Manchester City 34 23 6 5 92 35 2.629 52
2 Glossop North End 34 20 6 8 76 38 2.000 46
3 Leicester Fosse 34 18 9 7 64 42 1.524 45
4 Newton Heath 34 19 5 10 67 43 1.558 43
5 New Brighton Tower 34 18 7 9 71 52 1.365 43
6 Walsall 34 15 12 7 79 36 2.194 42
7 Woolwich Arsenal 34 18 5 11 72 41 1.756 41
8 Small Heath 34 17 7 10 85 50 1.700 41
9 Burslem Port Vale 34 17 5 12 56 34 1.647 39
10 Grimsby Town 34 15 5 14 71 60 1.183 35
11 Barnsley 34 12 7 15 52 56 0.929 31
12 Lincoln City 34 12 7 15 51 56 0.911 31
13 Burton Swifts 34 10 8 16 51 70 0.729 28
14 Gainsborough Trinity 34 10 5 19 56 72 0.778 25
15 Luton Town 34 10 3 21 51 95 0.537 23
16 Blackpool[3] 34 8 4 22 49 90 0.544 20
17 Loughborough 34 6 6 22 38 92 0.413 18
18 Darwen[3] 34 2 5 27 22 141 0.156 9

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

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

  • Jack Parkinson – 34[4]
  • Jack Scott – 34[4]
  • Jack Leadbetter – 33
  • F.A. Fletcher – 32
  • Harry Stirzaker – 31
  • Henry Parr – 28
  • Bob Birkett – 24
  • E.L. Williams – 22
  • Thomas Hoyle – 21
  • Richard Howson – 14
  • W. Atherton – 13
  • Alex Stuart – 13
  • J. Banks – 10
  • H. Elston – 10
  • G.F. Gamble – 9
  • Arthur Nightingale – 5
  • Jack Morris – 5
  • J. Cartmell – 4
  • F. Harrison – 4
  • Andrew Hateley – 4
  • John Scarr – 4
  • R. Eaves – 3
  • John Jones – 3
  • J. Kirkham – 3
  • W.A. Dewhurst – 2
  • F. Mayor – 2
  • J. Dickson – 1
  • E. Exton – 1
  • G. Gosling – 1
  • William Harrison – 1

Players used: 30

No appearances: Nicholas Gillett

Goals[edit]

  • Bob Birkett – 15
  • Jack Parkinson – 9
  • Jack Leadbetter – 6
  • Jack Scott – 4
  • Jack Morris – 4
  • G.F. Gamble – 3
  • J. Cartmell – 1
  • Andrew Hateley – 1
  • Thomas Hoyle – 1
  • Henry Parr – 1
  • Harry Stirzaker – 1
  • Alex Stuart – 1
  • E.L. Williams – 1

Total goals scored: 48 (plus one own-goal)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
1898 Jack Scott Unknown
1898 F.A. Fletcher Unknown
1898 E.L. Williams Unknown
1898 Thomas Hoyle Unknown
1898 Richard Howson Unknown
1898 W. Atherton Unknown
1898 H. Elston Unknown
1898 G.F. Gamble Unknown
1898 Arthur Nightingale Unknown
1898 Jack Morris Unknown
1898 J. Cartmell Unknown
1898 F. Harrison Unknown
1898 Andrew Hateley Unknown
1898 R. Eaves Unknown
1898 John Jones Unknown
1898 J. Kirkham Unknown
1898 W.A. Dewhurst Unknown
1898 F. Mayor Unknown
1898 J. Dickson Unknown
1898 E. Exton Unknown
1898 G. Gosling Unknown
1898 William Harrison Unknown

Out[edit]

The following players left after the final game of the previous season:

Date Player To Fee
1898 James Banks Unknown Unknown
1898 Jimmy Martin Unknown Unknown
1898 John Clarkin Unknown Unknown
1898 D. McHardie Unknown Unknown
1898 Bob Norris Unknown Unknown
1898 Frank Wilson Unknown Unknown
1898 Jack Cox Liverpool £150[2]
1898 Bill Keach Unknown Unknown
1898 Tommy Bowman Aston Villa Unknown
1898 G. Cardwell Unknown Unknown
1898 Laurence Halsall Preston North End Unknown
1898 William Douglas Unknown Unknown

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Attendances were approximated by the reporter at the ground.
  2. ^ a b Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, Breedon Books Sport ISBN 1-873626-07-X
  3. ^ a b Failed to be re-elected
  4. ^ a b Ever-present

References[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.