1901–02 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1901-02 season
Chairman Mr W Cowlishaw
Manager Horace Austerberry
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 16th (31 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Mart Watkins (15)
All: Mart Watkins (16)
Highest home attendance 13,000 vs Bury (2 September 1901)
Lowest home attendance 4,000 vs Newcastle United (11 January 1902)
Average home league attendance 7,280
Home colours

The 1901–02 season was Stoke's 13th season in the Football League.

Stoke failed to improve from last season's narrow escape and again required a final day survival, Stoke stayed up after a 2–2 draw with Manchester City one point more than Small Heath who could only draw 0–0 with Notts County and were relegated.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

Stoke now without William Maxwell struggled again in 1901–02.[1] With winger Freddie Johnson now skippering the side, Stoke again took 16th position in the First Division avoiding relegation by a single point thanks mainly to a four match unbeaten run at the end of the season.[1] The relegation battle came to a crescendo in April with literally 14 of the 18 teams in the division in danger of the drop, with 3rd placed Newcastle United only avoiding relegation by seven points.[1]

At the start of April the bottom of the table was tight with Stoke having one of the poorest goal-averages, and away trips to Notts County and Manchester City were favourites to go down.[1] But again, Stoke escaped after switching 5 ft 5 inch half-back Tom Holford to centre forward for the last four games which ended in a 1–1 draw at Notts County, home wins 4–0 and 2–0 over Bolton and Grimsby respectively and a last gasp 2–2 draw with Manchester City where Holford scored his third goal in succession.[1] Stoke could have gone down right at the death if Small Heath had beaten Notts County in their last match but they drew 0–0 and both the Birmingham club and Manchester City were relegated.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke fared better in the FA Cup this season beating Aston Villa and Bristol Rovers before losing to Nottingham Forest in the third round.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Sunderland 34 19 6 9 50 35 1.429 44
2 Everton 34 17 7 10 53 35 1.514 41
3 Newcastle United 34 14 9 11 48 34 1.412 37
4 Blackburn Rovers 34 15 6 13 52 48 1.083 36
5 Nottingham Forest 34 13 9 12 43 43 1.000 35
6 Derby County 34 13 9 12 39 41 0.951 35
7 Bury 34 13 8 13 44 38 1.158 34
8 Aston Villa 34 13 8 13 42 40 1.050 34
9 The Wednesday 34 13 8 13 48 52 0.923 34
10 Sheffield United 34 13 7 14 53 48 1.104 33
11 Liverpool 34 10 12 12 42 38 1.105 32
12 Bolton Wanderers 34 12 8 14 51 56 0.911 32
13 Notts County 34 14 4 16 51 57 0.895 32
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 13 6 15 46 57 0.807 32
15 Grimsby Town 34 13 6 15 44 60 0.733 32
16 Stoke 34 11 9 14 45 55 0.818 31
17 Small Heath 34 11 8 15 47 45 1.044 30
18 Manchester City 34 11 6 17 42 58 0.724 28

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 1901 Bury H 1 – 2 13,000 Lockett
2 7 September 1901 Liverpool H 1 – 0 12,000 Higginson
3 14 September 1901 Newcastle United A 1 – 5 20,000 Lockett
4 21 September 1901 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 10,000 Watkins
5 28 September 1901 Sheffield United A 1 – 1 12,000 Higginson
6 5 October 1901 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 1 8,000 Johnson
7 12 October 1901 Bury A 2 – 4 8,000 Watkins (2)
8 19 October 1901 Blackburn Rovers H 2 – 2 10,000 Watkins, Lockett
9 26 October 1901 Grimsby Town A 2 – 1 6,000 Watkins, Whitehouse
10 2 November 1901 Everton A 0 – 1 16,000
11 9 November 1901 Sunderland H 3 – 0 10,000 Watkins (2), Doig (o.g.)
12 11 November 1901 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 0 8,000 Watkins, Johnson, Hales
13 23 November 1901 Derby County H 1 – 1 8,000 Harris
14 30 November 1901 The Wednesday A 1 – 3 7,500 Johnson
15 7 December 1901 Notts County H 3 – 0 7,000 Watkins, Hales, Lockett
16 14 December 1901 Bolton Wanderers A 1 – 2 6,000 Watkins
17 26 December 1901 Sheffield United H 3 – 2 12,000 Watkins (2), MacDonald
18 28 December 1901 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 4 7,000 Whitehouse
19 4 January 1902 Liverpool A 0 – 7 7,000
20 11 January 1902 Newcastle United H 0 – 0 4,000
21 13 January 1902 Manchester City H 3 – 0 5,000 Higginson, Watkins, Whitehouse
22 18 January 1902 Aston Villa A 0 – 0 25,000
23 1 February 1902 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 2 6,000
24 15 February 1902 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 6 7,000 Watkins
25 17 February 1902 Small Heath A 1 – 1 5,000 MacDonald
26 1 March 1902 Everton H 1 – 2 10,000 MacDonald
27 8 March 1902 Sunderland A 0 – 2 8,000
28 15 March 1902 Small Heath H 1 – 0 6,000 Lockett
29 22 March 1902 Derby County A 0 – 1 8,000
30 29 March 1902 The Wednesday H 1 – 2 7,000 Higginson
31 5 April 1902 Notts County A 1 – 1 5,000 Harris
32 12 April 1902 Bolton Wanderers H 4 – 0 5,000 Harris, Holford, Higginson (2)
33 14 April 1902 Grimsby Town H 2 – 0 4,000 Watkins, Holford
34 19 April 1902 Manchester City A 2 – 2 7,000 Holford, Hillman (o.g.)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1901–02 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 25 January 1902 Aston Villa H 2 – 2 20,000 Watkins, Hales
R1 Replay 29 January 1902 Aston Villa A 2 – 1 (aet) 22,000 Higginson, Hales
R2 8 February 1902 Bristol Rovers A 1 – 0 15,000 Dunn (o.g.)
R3 22 February 1902 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 2 29,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Tom Wilkes 8 0 0 0 8 0
GK England George Boote 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK England George Lawton 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK Wales Leigh Richmond Roose 24 0 4 0 28 0
FB England Charlie Burgess 3 0 1 0 4 0
FB England Harry Benson 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB England Bill Capewell 12 0 0 0 12 0
FB Scotland Andy Clark 34 0 3 0 37 0
FB Wales Sam Meredith 27 0 4 0 31 0
HB England Samuel Ashworth 25 0 4 0 29 0
HB England Billy Leech 13 0 2 0 15 0
HB England George Baddeley 7 0 0 0 7 0
HB England Tom Holford 29 3 4 0 33 3
HB England James Bradley 23 0 2 0 25 0
FW England Ross Fielding 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Arthur Lockett 27 5 4 0 31 5
FW England Freddie Johnson 29 3 4 0 33 3
FW Wales Mart Watkins 32 15 4 1 36 16
FW England Len Hales 15 2 4 2 19 4
FW Scotland Billy MacDonald 9 3 0 0 9 3
FW England George Harris 15 3 0 0 15 3
FW England Frank Whitehouse 6 3 0 0 6 3
FW England Bertram Wallace 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Sam Higginson 30 6 4 1 34 7
Own goals 2 1 3

References[edit]

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

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