1910–11 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1910–11 season
Chairman Mr Rev. A Hurst
Manager Alfred Barker
Stadium Victoria Ground
Birmingham & District League 1st (47 Points)
Southern Football League Division Two 2nd (35 points)
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Jack Peart & Alf Smith (31)
All: Alf Smith (35)
Highest home attendance 11,000 vs Aston Villa Reserves (25 March 1911)
Lowest home attendance 2,500 vs Stourbridge (25 February 1911)
Average home league attendance 6,800
Home colours
Away colours

The 1910–11 season was Stoke's third and final season in the Birmingham & District League and second in the Southern Football League.

Stoke again entered two sides as they went on to play in 56 league matches during the season and were very successful in both. They won the Birmingham & District League and also gained promotion to the Southern Football League Division One after finishing runner-up to Reading on goal average.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

Progress was being made slowly, and the directors were able to spend money on new players to strengthen the squad, whilst at the same time the club decided to remain in two league competitions.[1] One major acquisition in the summer of 1910 was forward Jack Peart from Sheffield United.[1] He made an brilliant impact, scoring 31 goals in just 21 matches before breaking his leg against Crewe Alexandra in December 1910.[1] Stoke also re-signed goalkeeper Arthur Cartlidge for £315 a lot of money for a 'keeper in 1910 as Stoke's finances began to improve.[1]

Stoke played 59 competitive fixtures in 1910–11. They won the Birmingham & District League and gained promotion from the Southern Football League Division Two as runners-up.[1] A total of 167 goals were scored in the 56 league matches with the two Smiths Alf and William scoring 58 between them. They were numerous high-scoring victories including a 10–0 win over Halesowen Town, an 8–0 away win at Chesham Town and an 8–1 home win over Kettering Town. Stoke also hit six on five occasions.[1]

With Stoke now in a tougher competition the directors decided that Stoke should leave their reserve side to play in the Birmingham & District League and let their first team concentrate on the Southern League.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

After fine qualifying round wins over Worcester City (7–0) and Lincoln City (4–0), Stoke lost 2–1 in the first round to Manchester City.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Birmingham & District League[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Stoke 34 24 2 8 95 48 1.979 50
2 Aston Villa Reserves 34 22 4 8 97 41 2.121 48
3 Walsall 34 20 6 8 60 44 1.363 46
4 Wrexham 34 17 7 10 74 52 1.423 41
5 Crewe Alexandra 34 16 8 10 85 61 1.393 40
6 Stourbridge 34 16 6 12 82 54 1.518 38
7 Worcester City 34 17 4 13 77 79 0.974 38
8 Wellington Town 34 15 7 12 65 62 1.048 37
9 West Bromwich Albion Reserves 34 13 8 13 54 58 0.931 34
10 Dudley Town 34 13 7 14 56 67 0.835 33
11 Shrewsbury Town 34 14 4 16 61 74 0.824 32
12 Wednesbury Old Athletic 34 14 2 18 61 82 0.743 30
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves 34 12 5 17 69 75 0.922 29
14 Brierley Hill Alliance 34 10 9 17 63 75 0.844 29
15 Birmingham Reserves 34 11 4 19 73 92 0.793 26
16 Stafford Rangers 34 11 4 19 45 73 0.616 26
17 Kidderminster Harriers 34 6 8 20 37 66 0.560 20
18 Halesowen 34 6 3 25 48 99 0.484 15

Southern Football League Division Two[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Reading 22 16 3 3 55 11 5.000 35
2 Stoke 22 17 1 4 72 21 3.428 35
3 Merthyr Town 22 15 3 4 52 22 2.363 33
4 Cardiff City 22 12 4 6 48 29 1.655 28
5 Croydon Common 22 11 3 8 61 26 2.346 25
6 Treharris 22 10 3 9 38 31 1.222 23
7 Aberdare 22 9 5 8 38 33 1.151 23
8 Ton Pentre 22 10 3 9 44 40 1.100 23
9 Walsall 22 7 4 11 37 41 0.902 18
10 Kettering 22 6 1 15 34 68 0.500 13
11 Chesham Town 22 1 3 18 16 97 0.164 5
12 Salisbury City 22 0 3 19 16 92 0.173 3

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

Birmingham & District League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 3 September 1910 Wellington Town A 1 – 1 1,500 Turner
2 10 September 1910 Worcester City A 1 – 4 2,000 Peart
3 17 September 1910 Birmingham Reserves A 3 – 2 2,000 Peart (2), Baddeley
4 24 September 1910 West Brom Reserves H 2 – 0 5,000 Peart (2)
5 1 October 1910 Stafford Rangers A 3 – 0 2,500 Peart, A Smith, Turner
6 8 October 1910 Dudley Town H 5 – 2 10,000 Peart (3), A Smith, W Smith
7 15 October 1910 Shrewsbury Town H 3 – 0 8,000 Peart, W Smith, Baddeley
8 22 October 1910 Stourbridge A 1 – 2 3,000 Thornton
9 29 October 1910 Walsall H 3 – 4 7,000 Peart (2), A Smith
10 5 November 1910 Kidderminster Harriers A 2 – 2 2,000 Peart, A Smith
11 12 November 1910 Wrexham H 6 – 2 7,500 Peart (2), A Smith, Baddeley, Turner (2)
12 26 November 1910 Wolves Reserves H 6 – 1 5,000 Peart (3), A Smith (2), Turner
13 10 December 1910 Crewe Alexandra H 1 – 0 10,000 S Baddeley
14 17 December 1910 Wednesbury Old Athletic A 0 – 1 2,000
15 24 December 1910 Brierley Hill Alliance H 4 – 1 2,500 A Smith (2), Leese, Baddeley
16 31 December 1910 Wellington Town H 6 – 1 2,500 A Smith (3), Baddeley, Brown
17 7 January 1911 Worcester City H 2 – 1 8,000 Leese, Boulton
18 21 January 1911 Birmingham Reserves H 6 – 2 3,000 W Smith (2), Baddeley, S Baddeley, Hay (2)
19 28 January 1911 West Brom Reserves A 2 – 1 3,500 W Smith, A Smith
20 11 February 1911 Dudley Town A 0 – 1 1,000
21 18 February 1911 Shrewsbury Town A 1 – 0 2,000 Leese
22 25 February 1911 Stourbridge H 2 – 1 2,500 W Smith, A Smith
23 4 March 1911 Walsall A 4 – 2 3,500 W Smith, A Smith, Baddeley, Leigh
24 11 March 1911 Kidderminster Harriers H 5 – 0 6,500 W Smith, A Smith (2), Leese (2)
25 18 March 1911 Wrexham A 1 – 7 3,000 Hardman
26 25 March 1911 Aston Villa Reserves H 2 – 1 11,000 W Smith, A Smith
27 1 April 1911 Wolves Reserves A 3 – 2 2,000 W Smith, A Smith, S Baddeley
28 3 April 1911 Halesowen A 1 – 0 2,000 Hay
29 8 April 1911 Halesowen H 10 – 0 10,000 A Smith (5), Leese, W Smith, Savage (3)
30 15 April 1911 Crewe Alexandra A 0 – 1 12,000
31 17 April 1911 Stafford Rangers H 4 – 0 12,000 W Smith (2), Turner, Paxton
32 22 April 1911 Wednesbury Old Athletic H 2 – 0 6,000 A Smith, Hardman
33 24 April 1911 Aston Villa Reserves A 0 – 4 3,000
34 29 April 1911 Brierley Hill Alliance A 3 – 2 2,000 Leese, Griffiths, Hardman

Southern Football League Division Two[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 1 September 1910 Ton Pentre A 3 – 2 3,000 Peart (2), Griffiths
2 12 September 1910 Treharris Athletic A 4 – 1 3,000 Peart (3), Baddeley
3 3 October 1910 Ton Pentre H 3 – 0 3,000 Peart, Griffiths (2)
4 12 October 1910 Croydon Common A 1 – 2 2,000 Griffiths
5 17 October 1910 Aberdare A 4 – 2 3,000 W Smith (2), Peart, Brown
6 24 October 1910 Kettering Town H 8 – 1 3,000 Peart (3), Brown (2), Turner, Baddeley, W Smith
7 5 November 1910 Chesham Town H 3 – 0 2,000 Horrocks (3)
8 7 November 1910 Croydon Common H 6 – 2 1,000 Peart (2), Baddeley (2), W Smith, A Smith
9 14 November 1910 Aberdare H 1 – 0 3,000 Peart
10 12 December 1910 Walsall H 4 – 0 3,000 W Smith (2), Brown, Griffiths
11 27 December 1910 Cardiff City H 5 – 0 9,000 W Smith (2), Griffiths, Baddeley (2)
12 2 January 1911 Salisbury City H 6 – 0 3,000 A Smith (3), Griffiths (2), Brown
13 30 January 1911 Merthyr Town H 4 – 1 5,000 W Smith, Griffiths, Baddeley, Boulton
14 4 February 1911 Chesham Town A 8 – 0 2,000 W Smith (3), Boulton (3), Turner, Baddeley
15 20 February 1911 Reading H 1 – 0 5,000 Boulton
16 8 March 1911 Salisbury City A 2 – 2 1,000 Turner, Baddeley
17 20 March 1911 Walsall A 0 – 1 2,000
18 27 March 1911 Merthyr Town A 0 – 2 8,000
19 10 April 1911 Treharris Athletic H 2 – 0 2,000 Savage, Leese
20 14 April 1911 Reading A 0 – 2 10,000
21 18 April 1911 Cardiff City A 2 – 1 4,000 W Smith, A Smith
22 27 April 1911 Kettering Town A 5 – 1 5,000 W Smith, A Smith, Leese, Baddeley (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1910–11 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
4QR 19 November 1910 Worcester City H 7 – 0 6,000 Peart (2), A Smith (2), Baddeley (3)
5QR 3 November 1910 Lincoln City H 4 – 0 12,000 Peart, A Smith, Griffiths, W Smith
R1 14 January 1911 Manchester City H 1 – 2 23,883 A Smith

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Robinson 28 0 3 0 31 0
GK England Jack Baxter 6 0 0 0 6 0
GK England Fred Rathbone 4 0 0 0 4 0
GK England Horace Bailey 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK England Richard Herron 5 0 0 0 5 0
GK England Arthur Cartlidge 12 0 0 0 12 0
DF England George Turner 42 9 3 0 45 3
DF Scotland James Hay 29 3 1 0 30 3
DF England Sam Baddeley 53 3 3 0 56 3
DF England Ernest Mullineux 40 0 2 0 42 0
DF England Charles James 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Dick Hawe 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Jimmy Williams 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Wales Harry Holt 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Tom Thornton 20 1 0 0 20 1
MF England James Swarbrick 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF England John Brown 15 7 1 0 16 7
MF Wales George Latham 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF England Albert Pitt 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF England William Bradbury 28 0 3 0 31 0
MF England Vic Horrocks 1 3 0 0 1 3
MF England Victor Hall 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Archie Dyke 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Harold Hardman 8 3 0 0 8 3
MF England Francis Hobson 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Harold Leese 50 9 3 0 53 9
FW England Harry Leigh 19 1 0 0 19 1
FW England William Smith 53 27 3 1 56 28
FW England Jack Peart 21 31 2 3 23 34
FW England Arthur Griffiths 44 10 3 1 47 11
FW England Alf Smith 41 31 3 4 45 35
FW England Amos Baddeley 42 18 3 3 45 21
FW England Thomas Greaves 1 0 0 0 0 1
FW England Ernest Boulton 11 6 0 0 11 6
FW England Albert Savage 9 4 0 0 9 4
FW England John Paxton 3 1 0 0 3 1

References[edit]

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

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