1907–08 Crystal Palace F.C. season

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Crystal Palace
1907–08 season
Chairman Sydney Bourne
Manager Edmund Goodman
Southern Football League Division One 4th
FA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: George Woodger 13
All: George Woodger 15
Highest home attendance 14,000 (vs. Norwich City, 20 April)
Lowest home attendance 4,000 (vs. Luton Town, 4 March)
Average home league attendance 8,710

The 1907-08 season was one of change for the new club. John Robson departed the club to manage Brighton and Hove Albion, and club secretary Edmund Goodman stepped in to take over the role. Goodman's first problem was to find a replacement for goalkeeper Bob Hewitson. Hewitson had departed for Oldham, and his early replacement was William Hall of Manchester City. Hall played in the first ten games before losing his place to Josh Johnson, signed from Plymouth Argyle. Johnson swiftly established himself as first choice an would go on to play 295 times for the first team. Dick Harker left for Hibernian and Charlie Wallace was snapped up by Aston Villa, where he would go on to win both the Football League and the FA Cup. Horace Astley, hero of last season's FA Cup exploits, moved on to Heywood United, and Bill Ledger moved on to Sunderland.

Although Goodman brought players into the club, the squad of players used dropped from last season's 26 to 22. George Walker returned to the club from New Brompton, and forward Jimmy Bauchop was signed from Norwich City. John Brearley came to the club from Tottenham and Billy Davies joined from Stoke City. Davies would become Palace's first International, playing for Wales in their match against Scotland on the 7th March, 1908. George Woodger was called into the England squad as a reserve for the 4 April 1908 game against Scotland but did not make the first team. Forwards Isaac Owens and George Smith also played for Palace during this season, joining from Bristol Rovers and Bristol City respectively.

Southern Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
4 September 1907 Northampton Town F.C. H 0 – 2 5,000
7 September Southampton F.C. A 3 – 2 Davies, Woodger, Edwards (pen) 5,000
14 September 1907 Plymouth Argyle F.C. H 0 – 4 8,000
28 September Queen's Park Rangers F.C. H 2 – 3 Roberts (2) 8,000
5 October 1907 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. A 2 – 1 Innerd, Needham 17,000
7 October 1907 Northampton Town F.C. A 1 – 1 Innerd
12 October 1907 Swindon Town F.C. H 4 – 1 Woodger (3), Owens 8,000
19 October 1907 New Brompton F.C. H 3 – 3 Owens, Davies, Woodger 8,000
26 October 1907 Luton Town F.C. A 0 – 4 6,000
2 November 1907 Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. H 2 – 1 Owens, Innerd 10,000
9 November Portsmouth F.C. A 1 – 0 Swann 8,000
16 November Bradford Park Avenue F.C. H 1 – 1 Roberts (pen) 11,000
23 November 1907 Millwall F.C. A 0 – 1 5,000
30 November 1907 Brentford F.C. H 2 – 1 Roberts, Woodger 7,000
7 December 1907 Bristol Rovers F.C. A 1 – 2 Roberts 7,000
14 December 1907 Leyton F.C. H 3 – 0 Swann (2), Owens 6,000
21 December 1907 Reading F.C. A 1 – 2 Brearley 5,000
25 December 1907 Norwich City F.C. A 1 – 0 Brearley 13,500
28 December 1907 Watford F.C. H 3 – 1 Roberts (pen), Woodger (2) 7,000
4 January 1908 Southampton F.C. H 1 – 0 Roberts (pen) 8,000
18 January 1908 West Ham United F.C. H 1 – 3 Woodger 10,000
25 January 1908 Queen's Park Rangers F.C. A 2 – 1 Smith, Swann 8,000
8 February 1908 Swindon Town F.C. A 0 – 0 7,000
12 February 1908 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. H 0 – 2 8,000
15 February 1908 New Brompton F.C. A 2 – 2 Smith, Woodger 2,000
29 February 1908 Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. A 1 – 0 Owens 4,000
4 March 1908 Luton Town F.C. H 4 – 2 Needham, Owens (2), Davies 4,000
7 March 1908 Portsmouth F.C. H 2 – 2 Woodger, Ryan 10,000
14 March 1908 Bradford Park Avenue F.C. A 1 – 0 Owens 8,000
21 March 1908 Millwall F.C. H 2 – 0 Needham, Bauchop 13,500
28 March 1908 Brentford F.C. A 1 – 1 Bauchop 9,000
4 April 1908 Bristol Rovers F.C. H 1 – 1 Woodger 10,000
8 April 1908 Plymouth Argyle F.C. A 1 – 1 Bauchop 7,000
11 April 1908 Leyton F.C. A 0 – 0 5,000
18 April 1908 Reading F.C. H 2 – 0 Bauchop, Woodger 10,000
20 April 1908 Norwich City F.C. H 2 – 1 Needham, Bauchop 14,000
25 April 1908 Watford F.C. A 1 – 4 Bauchop 3,000
Pos Club Pld W D L GF GA GAvA Pts
3 Millwall 38 19 8 11 49 32 1.53 46
4 Crystal Palace 38 17 10 11 54 41 1.06 44
5 Swindon Town 38 16 10 12 55 40 1.38 42

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 a good run in the FA Cup last season, Palace were this time allowed to enter the draw in the first round proper. They were eventually dispatched by Grimsby Town in the third round, having been drawn away from home in each tie. Had they managed to beat Grimsby, a rematch with Newcastle would have been the reward.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
11 January 2908 First Round Coventry City A 4 – 2 Roberts, Woodger (2), Davies 9,992
1 February 1908 Second Round Plymouth Argyle A 3 – 2 Roberts, Smith, Swann 17,830
22 February 1908 Third Round Grimsby Town A 0 – 1 8,828

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England William Hall 10 0 0 0 10 0
GK England Henry Balding 5 0 0 0 5 0
GK England Joshua Johnson 23 0 3 0 26 0
FB England Matthew Edwards 11 1 0 0 11 1
FB England Harry Collyer 21 0 2 0 23 0
FB England George Walker 34 0 3 0 37 0
HB England Wilf Innerd (c) 34 3 3 0 37 3
HB England Charles Ryan 28 1 2 0 30 1
HB England Bill Forster 20 0 3 0 23 0
HB England Arthur Wilson 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Fred Lewis 3 0 0 0 3 0
HB England John Brearley 31 2 3 0 34 2
FW Wales Billy Davies 31 3 3 1 34 4
FW George Smith 9 2 2 1 11 3
FW England George Woodger 35 13 3 2 38 15
FW England Archie Needham 30 4 1 0 31 4
FW England Dick Roberts 20 7 2 2 22 9
FW England Robert Baker 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW Scotland James Bauchop 8 6 0 0 8 6
FW England H. Higgins 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Herbert Swann 37 4 3 1 40 5
FW England Isaac Owens 22 8 0 0 22 8

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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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