1906–07 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1906–07 season
Chairman Sydney Bourne
Manager John Robson
Southern Football League Division One 19th
FA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Horace Astley 10
All: Horace Astley 12
Highest home attendance 35,000 (vs. Everton, 9 March, FA Cup)
Lowest home attendance 2,000 (vs. Bristol Rovers, 17 April)
Average home league attendance 9,437

Crystal Palace started their second season in a new division, having gained promotion from the Southern League Division Two the previous season. There were a number of personnel changes this season, with Archie Grant and captain Ted Birnie moving to Chelsea and George Walker going to New Brompton. Palace's hat-trick hero in their FA Cup exploits of last season, Walter Watkins, also moved on to Northampton Town. In their places Palace brought in a number of new faces. Charles Ryan joined from Nunhead, Thomas Wills from Newcastle, Bill Forster from Sheffield United and Bill Ledger from Pryhope Villa. Wilf Innerd was made captain and played in all but one of the club's League and Cup matches. The club struggled to find their feet on the new division, and failed to score in 13 of their matches, finishing the season in 19th position, one place off the bottom. This was enough to ensure safety though, as for this season there was no relegation. Palace again called on a number of amateurs from the local area and beyond, including Henry Littlewort. Littlewort, who made his only appearance for the club this season, would go on to win a gold medal with the British Football team in the 1912 Olympics.

Southern Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
1 September 1905 Northampton Town H 3 – 0 Woodger (2), Harker 7,000
8 September 1906 Queen's Park Rangers A 0 – 1 7,900
15 September 1906 Fulham A 0 – 3 7,900
19 September 1906 Reading H 4 – 1 Harker, Roberts, Woodger, Hodgkinson 4,000
22 September 1906 Southampton A 1 – 1 Edwards (pen) 4,500
29 September 1906 West Ham United H 1 – 1 Wallace 10,000
6 October 1906 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 3 18,000
13 October 1906 Swindon Town H 3 – 2 Wallace (3) 5,000
20 October 1906 Norwich City A 2 – 4 Edwards (pen.), Wallace 5,000
27 October 1906 Luton Town H 0 – 1 8,000
3 November 1906 Bristol Rovers A 1 – 1 Wallace 5,000
10 November 1906 Brentford A 0 – 2 6,000
17 November Millwall H 3 – 0 Roberts, Wallace, Innerd 6,000
24 November 1906 Leyton A 4 – 0 Astley (2), Wallace, Harker
1 December 1906 Portsmouth H 1 – 0 Woodger 7,500
15 December 1906 Plymouth Argyle H 0 – 2 6,000
22 December Brighton & Hove Albion A 1 – 2 Wallace 5,000
26 December 1906 Watford A 0 – 2 3,000
29 December 1906 Northampton Town A 1 – 2 Roberts 3,000
5 January 1907 Queen's Park Rangers H 5 – 1 Astley (4), Harker 15,000
19 January 1907 Fulham A 1 – 2 Astley 6,500
26 January 1907 Southampton H 1 – 1 Roberts 6,500
9 February 1907 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 1 8,000
16 February 1907 Swindon Town A 1 – 2 Astley 5,000
2 March 1907 Luton Town A 1 – 2 Astley 8,000
16 March 1907 Brentford H 0 – 3 7,000
23 March 1907 Millwall A 0 – 2 10,000
25 March 1907 West Ham United A 1 – 1 Harker 3,000
29 March 1907 Reading A 1 – 1 Weston 10,000
30 March 1907 Leyton H 1 – 0 Woodger 7,000
1 April 1907 Watford H 1 – 3 Roberts (pen.) 10,000
6 April 1907 Portsmouth A 0 – 6 7,000
13 April 1907 New Brompton H 1 – 3 Edwards (pen.) 5,500
17 April 1907 Bristol Rovers H 3 – 3 Astley, Roberts, Woodger 2,000
20 April 1907 Plymouth Argyle A 0 – 0
24 April 1907 Norwich City H 0 – 1 2000
27 April 1907 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2 – 2 Harker, Edwards (pen.) 4,000
29 April 1907 New Brompton A 2 – 4 Harker, Roberts 3,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GAvA Pts
18 Queens Park Rangers 38 11 10 17 47 55 0.85 32
19 Crystal Palace 38 8 9 21 46 66 0.69 25
20 Northampton Town 38 5 9 24 29 88 0.32 19

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]

After their exploits in the FA Cup the previous season, Crystal Palace were entered into the Cup in the final qualifying round by the Football Association. They drew Rotherham County, overcoming them 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. The match was a home tie for Palace, but due to their Crystal Palace ground already being booked for a rugby international the club had to have the tie moved. The next round, the first round proper, saw them drawn against the biggest club of the time, Newcastle United. Unbeaten at home in over a year, and unbeaten at home in the Cup since the previous century, Newcastle were expected to easily defeat Palace, but in the first great FA Cup shock, Palace went to Newcastle and won 1-0. The second round saw Palace defeat Fulham in a replay, and then the club took Brentford to a replay and won that too. Drawn at home against Everton in the quarter finals, Palace took a 1-0 lead, but were unable to hold on and drew 1-1 in front of their highest crowd to date of 35,000. In the replay at Goodison Park Palace lost 4-0 and another good cup run was at an end.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
8 December 1906 Fourth Qualifying Round Rotherham County N[A] 4 – 0 Roberts (2), Harker, own goal 1,500
12 January 1907 First Round Newcastle United A 1 – 0 Astley 28,000
2 February 1907 Second Round Fulham A 0 – 0 28,000
6 February 1907 Second Round Replay Fulham H 1 – 0 Woodger 20,000
23 February 1907 Third Round Brentford H 1 – 1 Harker 31,123
27 February 1907 Third Round Replay Brentford A 1 – 0 Roberts 4,000
9 March 1907 Fourth Round Everton H 1 – 1 Astley 35,000
13 March 1907 Fourth Round Replay Everton A 0 – 4 34,340

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Bob Hewitson 36 0 8 0 44 0
GK England Herbert Hunter 2 0 0 0 2 0
FB England Matthew Edwards 31 4 8 0 39 4
FB Scotland Thomas Wills 17 0 1 0 18 0
FB Harry Menzies 4 0 0 0 4 0
FB England Harry Collyer 4 0 0 0 4 0
FB England J. Richard Jackson 7 0 0 0 7 0
HB England Wilf Innerd (c) 37 1 8 0 45 1
HB England Charles Ryan 26 0 6 0 32 0
HB England Bill Forster 30 0 8 0 38 0
HB England Arthur Wilson 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB Republic of Ireland Frank Ransom 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB Bill Ledger 11 0 2 0 11 2
HB England Henry Littlewort 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Frank Edwards 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Charles Wallace 35 9 7 0 42 9
FW England Dick Harker 35 7 8 2 43 9
FW England George Woodger 34 6 8 1 42 7
FW England Archie Needham 28 0 8 0 36 0
FW England Dick Roberts 36 7 8 3 44 10
FW England Horace Astley 19 10 8 2 27 12
FW England Joe Hodgkinson 5 1 0 0 5 1
FW England William Weston 6 1 0 0 6 1
FW England Arthur Sans 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Herbert Swann 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW Bill Lawrence 1 0 0 0 1 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An international rugby match between England and South Africa was being played at Crystal Palace so the game was held at Stamford Bridge.

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
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