1901–02 Small Heath F.C. season

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Small Heath F.C.
1901–02 season
Chairman Walter W. Hart
Secretary-manager Alf Jones
Ground Coventry Road
Football League First Division 17th
FA Cup First round (eliminated by Portsmouth)
Birmingham Senior Cup First round (eliminated by Aston Villa)
Top goalscorer League: Bob McRoberts (19)
All: Bob McRoberts (24)
Highest home attendance 23,000 vs Aston Villa, 12 October 1901
Lowest home attendance 8,000 vs Stoke, 17 February 1902
Average home league attendance 15,412

The 1901–02 Football League season was Small Heath Football Club's tenth in the Football League and their third in the First Division, having been promoted as runners-up in the Second Division in 1900–01. They finished in 17th place in the 18-team league, one point away from safety, so were relegated back to the Second Division. They also took part in the 1901–02 FA Cup, entering at the intermediate round (between qualifying rounds and rounds proper) and losing in that round to Portsmouth. In locally organised competition, they lost to Aston Villa in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.[1]

Twenty-six players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Nat Robinson was ever-present over the 35-match season; full-back Archie Goldie and half-back Alex Leake each missed only one match. Bob McRoberts was leading scorer with 24 goals, of which 19 came in the league.

Football League First Division[edit]

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
2 September 1901 5th Liverpool H D 0–0 12,000
7 September 1901 3rd Bolton Wanderers H W 2–0 Aston, McRoberts 15,000
14 September 1901 1st Manchester City A W 4–1 Aston 2, McRoberts, McMillan 23,000
21 September 1901 3rd Wolverhampton Wanderers H L 1–2 Aston 16,000
28 September 1901 6th Liverpool A L 1–3 McMillan 20,000
5 October 1901 5th Newcastle United H W 3–1 Aston, McMillan, McRoberts 12,000
12 October 1901 7th Aston Villa H L 0–2 23,000
19 October 1901 5th Sheffield United H W 5–1 McMillan 2, Athersmith, Jones, McRoberts 20,000
26 October 1901 5th Nottingham Forest A D 1–1 Jones 10,000
2 November 1901 3rd Bury H W 1–0 Wigmore 15,000
9 November 1901 6th Blackburn Rovers A L 1–3 Archer pen 6,000
23 November 1901 11th Everton A L 0–1 15,000
30 November 1901 12th Sunderland H L 2–3 McMillan, Murray 18,000
7 December 1901 14th Grimsby Town A L 0–1 8,000
21 December 1901 14th Sheffield Wednesday H D 1–1 Leonard 12,000
26 December 1901 14th Aston Villa A L 0–1 40,000
28 December 1901 15th Notts County A L 1–6 Leonard 8,000
4 January 1902 16th Bolton Wanderers A L 0–4 6,583
11 January 1902 16th Manchester City H W 1–0 McRoberts pen 20,000
18 January 1902 17th Wolverhampton Wanderers A L 1–2 McRoberts 5,000
1 February 1902 17th Newcastle United A L 0–2 13,000
15 February 1902 17th Sheffield United A W 4–1 McRoberts, Field, Leonard, Wharton 9,000
17 February 1902 16th Stoke H D 1–1 Athersmith 8,000
22 February 1902 15th Grimsby Town H W 6–0 Field 2, Leonard, McRoberts, Wigmore, McConnell og 16,000
1 March 1902 16th Bury A L 0–2 6,000
8 March 1902 15th Blackburn Rovers H W 2–0 Wharton 2 15,000
15 March 1902 16th Stoke A L 0–1 4,000
22 March 1902 16th Everton H L 0–1 15,000
29 March 1902 17th Sunderland A D 1–1 Athersmith 8,000
31 March 1902 17th Derby County A D 0–0 7,000
5 April 1902 17th Nottingham Forest H D 1–1 Athersmith 15,000
12 April 1902 17th Derby County H W 5–1 Leonard 2, McMillan, McRoberts, Wharton 10,000
19 April 1902 17th Sheffield Wednesday A W 2–1 McRoberts, Wharton 10,000
26 April 1902 17th Notts County H D 0–0 20,000

League table (part)[edit]

Final First Division table (part)
Pos Club Pld W D L F A GA Pts
14th Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 13 6 15 46 57 0.81 32
15th Grimsby Town 34 13 6 15 44 60 0.73 32
16th Stoke 34 11 9 14 45 55 0.82 31
17th Small Heath 34 11 8 15 47 45 1.04 30
18th Manchester City 34 11 6 17 42 58 0.72 28
Key Pos = League position; Pld = Matches played;
W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;
F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points
Source [2]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1901–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance
Intermediate round 7 February 1902 Portsmouth A L 1–2 McRoberts 15,000

Appearances and goals[edit]

  • Players with name struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
Players having played at least one first-team match
Name Position Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
League FA Cup Total
Robinson, NatNat Robinson Goalkeeper 34 0 1 0 35 0
Archer, ArthurArthur ArcherLeft club during playing season Full back 24 1 0 0 24 1
Bunch, WalterWalter Bunch Full back 2 0 1 0 3 0
Goldie, ArchieArchie Goldie Full back 33 0 1 0 34 0
Pratt, BillyBilly Pratt Full back 1 0 0 0 1 0
Wassell, HaroldHarold Wassell Full back 7 0 0 0 7 0
Adey, GeorgeGeorge Adey Half back 13 0 1 0 13 0
Beer, BillyBilly Beer Half back 12 0 0 0 12 0
Dougherty, JimJim Dougherty Half back 2 0 0 0 2 0
Hartwell, AmbroseAmbrose Hartwell Half back 4 0 0 0 4 0
Leake, AlexAlex Leake Half back 33 0 1 0 34 0
Walton, BillyBilly Walton Half back 11 0 0 0 11 0
Wigmore, WalterWalter Wigmore Half back 28 2 1 0 29 2
Aston, JackJack Aston Forward 11 5 1 0 12 5
Athersmith, CharlieCharlie Athersmith Forward 32 4 1 0 33 4
Bennett, BillyBilly BennettLeft club during playing season Forward 3 0 0 0 3 0
Field, OakeyOakey Field Forward 10 3 0 0 10 3
Higginson, JackJack Higginson Forward 3 0 0 0 3 0
Jones, BillyBilly Jones Forward 4 2 0 0 4 2
Leonard, ArthurArthur Leonard Forward 20 6 0 0 20 6
McMillan, JohnJohn McMillan Forward 24 7 0 0 24 7
McRoberts, BobBob McRoberts Forward 32 10 1 1 33 11
Murray, JimmyJimmy Murray Forward 1 0 0 0 1 0
Pentland, FredFred Pentland Forward 0 0 1 0 1 0
Tebbs, JamesJames Tebbs Forward 1 1 0 0 1 1
Wharton, SidSid Wharton Forward 29 5 1 0 30 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books (Derby). ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  • Matthews, Tony (2010). Birmingham City: The Complete Record. DB Publishing (Derby). ISBN 978-1-85983-853-2.
  • Source for match dates and results: "Birmingham City 1901–1902: Results". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  • Source for lineups, appearances, goalscorers and attendances: Matthews (2010), Complete Record, pp. 248–49. Note that attendance figures are estimated.
Specific
  1. ^ "Birmingham Senior Cup". The Birmingham City FC Archive. Tony Jordan. Archived from the original on 14 May 2005. 
  2. ^ "Birmingham City 1901–1902: English Division One (old) Table". Statto Organisation. Retrieved 23 May 2012.