1905–06 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1905–06 season
Chairman Sydney Bourne
Manager John Robson
Southern Football League Division Two 1st (promoted)
FA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Archie Needham 20
All: Archie Needham 21
Highest home attendance 5,000 (vs. Peterborough, 23 September)
Lowest home attendance 1,500 (vs. Fulham Reserves, 14 October)
Average home league attendance 2,812

The idea of a club at Crystal Palace was first proposed in 1904 by The Crystal Palace Company. The proposal was rejected by the Football Association, who disliked the idea of the owners of the Cup Final venue also possessing a football club. However a separate company was formed the following year in order to establish the club under the chairmanship of Sydney Bourne, chosen due to his propensity in buying tickets to the Cup Final.[1] Crystal Palace Football Club was formed on 10 September 1905[2] playing in the Aston Villa colours of claret and blue.[3] The choice of colours was a result of the important role in the club's formation played by Edmund Goodman, an Aston Villa employee who was recommended to the fledgling club by the Villa chairman. Goodman organised the business side of the club and managed the team from 1907 to 1925.[4] A former amateur player with Villa, Goodman had lost his right leg after an injury led to amputation.[5]

Along with two other newly formed London clubs, Chelsea and Clapton Orient, Palace applied to join the Second Division of the Football League. Chelsea and Clapton Orient were accepted, but Crystal Palace were not. Unfortunately Palace were too late to be considered for the First Division of the Southern League and were forced to settle for a place in the Second Division.[4] To increase the number of club fixtures, they also joined the United Counties League.[4] Manager John Robson established a team of 16 professionals, mainly drawn from Middlesbrough, and supplemented with local amateurs. The club's inaugural campaign in Division Two of the Southern League, which consisted mainly of other clubs' reserve sides alongside Southall, Southern United, St. Leonard's and Grays United[4] was a successful one. Their opening match was against Southampton Reserves, and approximately 3,000 people paid 6d to stand or a shilling to sit. Palace led 3–0 after 30 minutes, before fading and losing 3–4. However, that was the club's only defeat in the League all season, and Crystal Palace won the championship and were promoted to the Southern League First Division. The season included a run of 17 straight victories, and a 9–1 win over Grays United at Crystal Palace. Attendances for the season were regularly between 2,000 and 3,000 although 4,000 watched the 1-1 FA Cup tie against Blackpool.[6] Palace also secured their record victory in this season, a friendly against West Beckenham on the 24 February 1906 which Palace won 17–2.

Southern Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
2 September 1905 Southampton Reserves H 3 – 4 Roberts, Needham, Thompson 3,000
16 September 1905 Swindon Town Reserves A 2 – 1 Birnie, Harker
18 September 1905 West Ham United Reserves A 0 – 0
23 September 1905 Leyton H 0 – 0
14 October 1905 Fulham Reserves H 5 – 0 Wallace, Watkins (2), Needham (2) 1,500
21 October 1905 Southern United H 1 – 0 Watkins
4 November 1905 Grays United H 9 – 1 Birnie, Harker (2), Watkins (2), Needham (2), Astley, Roberts
25 November 1905 Watford Reserves A 3 – 1 Roberts (2), Ross
13 December 1905 Reading Reserves H 3 – 0 Harker, Roberts, Watkins 3,000
23 December 1905 Swindon Town Reserves H 3 – 0 Astley, Ross (2)
26 December 1905 Portsmouth Reserves H 1 – 0 Needham 2,000
6 January 1906 Wycombe Wanderers A 4 – 1 Thompson, Needham, Wallace (2)
20 January 1906 St Leonards United H 3 – 1 Woodger (2), Thompson 3,000
27 January 1906 Grays United A 3 – 0 Walker (2), Needham
10 February 1906 West Ham United Reserves H 3 – 1 Woodger (2), Needham 2,000
21 February 1906 St Leonards United A 3 – 0 Needham (2), Wallace
28 February 1906 Southern United H 4 – 0 Needham (2), Woodger, own goal
3 March 1906 Watford Reserves H 4 – 0 Roberts, Needham (2), Woodger 2,000
10 March 1906 Southampton Reserves A 2 – 0 Thompson, Needham
24 March 1906 Reading Reserves A 1 – 0 Needham
7 April 1906 Leyton A 2 – 1 Wallace, Needham 3,000
13 April 1906 Portsmouth Reserves A 1 – 1 Watkins 8,000
14 April 1906 Wycombe Wanderers H 4 – 0 Woodger (2), Moody, Needham
17 April 1906 Fulham Reserves A 2 – 2 Needham, Harker 5,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GAvA Pts
1 Crystal Palace 24 19 4 1 66 14 4.71 42
2 Leyton 24 16 6 2 61 18 3.38 38

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GAvA = Goal average; Pts = Points

FA Cup[edit]

The Crystal Palace squad of 1905–06

As a brand new club Crystal Palace had to qualify for entry into the first round proper of the FA Cup. In the first qualifying round Palace were drawn at home against Clapham. The match saw Palace run out 7-0 winners, with William Watkins scoring the first ever hat-trick. The next round saw Palace overcome the 2nd Grenadier Guards and earn a draw against Chelsea in the third qualifying round. Chelsea at the time were a big draw, fielding the famous goalkeeper, William Foulke. Sadly, Chelsea were obliged to fulfil a League fixture on the same day, and chasing promotion from the Football League Second Division, decided to concentrate on the league. They fielded a reserve side against Palace who duly ran out 7-1, with Watkins scoring another hat-trick. The ease of this victory saw the FA change the rules to ensure clubs always fielded their strongest sides. Palace then dispatched Luton Town in the fourth and final qualifying round to ensure a place in the First Round Draw. Here they were paired with Blackpool, and the tie was eventually settled in a second replay at neutral venue Villa Park after both teams failed to make home advantage pay.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
7 October 1905 First Qualifying Round Clapham H 7 – 0 Watkins (3), Innerd, Astley, Roberts, Harker 1,500
28 October 1905 Second Qualifying Round 2nd Grenadier Guards A 3 – 0 Harker, Wallace, Astley 1,200
18 November 1905 Third Qualifying Round Chelsea H 7 – 1 Watkins (3; 2 pen.), Innerd (2), Harker, Needham 3,000
9 December 1905 Fourth Qualifying Round Luton Town H 1 – 0 Harker 5,000
13 January 1906 First Round Blackpool A 1 – 1 Harker 2,500
17 January 1906 First Round Replay Blackpool H 1 – 1 (aet) Birnie 4,000
22 January 1906 First Round Second Replay Blackpool N 0 – 1 5,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Bob Hewitson 24 0 7 0 31 0
FB England George Walker 24 2 7 0 31 2
FB England Matthew Edwards 15 0 6 0 21 0
FB Archie Grant 15 0 2 0 17 0
HB England Wilf Innerd 16 0 7 3 23 3
HB England Ted Birnie (c) 22 2 7 1 29 3
HB England Horace Astley 13 2 6 2 19 4
HB Charles Palmer 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB Arthur Wilson 7 0 0 0 0 0
HB England W. Mills 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Stan Cubberley 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England A.E. Henwood 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England John Dick 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England George Thompson 10 4 1 0 11 1
FW England Dick Harker 16 5 7 5 23 10
FW Wales Walter Watkins 15 7 6 6 22 13
FW England Archie Needham 21 20 6 1 27 21
FW England Dick Roberts 24 6 7 1 31 7
FW England Charles Wallace 19 5 7 1 26 6
FW Robert Ross 4 3 1 0 5 3
FW England George Woodger 12 8 0 0 12 8
FW England W. Bryden 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW F. Moody 1 0 0 0 1 0

References[edit]

Bibliography
  • King, Ian (2012). Crystal Palace: The Complete Record 1905–2011. Derby Books Publishing Company Limited. ISBN 978-1-78091-221-9. 
  • Matthews, Tony (editor). We All Follow The Palace. Juma, 1998. ISBN 1-872204-55-4
Citations
  1. ^ Matthews, p.13
  2. ^ Byfield, Terry. "History". Crystal Palace Football Club. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Mitten, Andy (2010). The Rough Guide to Cult Football. Rough Guides UK. ISBN 1405387963. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Crystal Palace Football Club 100 Years Old". Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Matthews, p.13-14
  6. ^ Matthews, p.14