1911–12 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1911–12 season
Chairman Mr Rev. A Hurst
Manager Alfred Barker
Stadium Victoria Ground
Southern League Division One 10th (38 Points)
FA Cup Qualifying Round Five
Top goalscorer League: William Smith (9)
All: William Smith (10)
Highest home attendance 18,000 vs Brighton & Hove Albion (2 September 1911)
Lowest home attendance 4,000 vs New Brompton (16 March 1912)
Average home league attendance 8,789
Home colours

The 1911–12 season was Stoke's third season in the Southern Football League.

Stoke now having left the Birmingham & District League to concentrate on the Southern League Division One, which at the time was only second to the Football League. Stoke neither struggled or impressed and they finished dead middle of 10th position with 36 points.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

After leaving the Birmingham & District League Stoke concentrated on the Southern League Division One which was now a much more tougher league.[1] The squad was strengthened by Alfred Barker who brought in a new half back line with the arrival of Jimmy McGillvray, Jock Grieve and George Smart.[1] Stoke made a useful start to the season and held a position in the top half of the table, but four defeats either side of Christmas saw them plunge into the bottom five and prospects for the new year did not look too promising.[1] Yet, things did manage to improve on the pitch. Goalkeeper Richard Herron and right-half Sam Baddeley were restored to the first team and forwards John Lenaghan and Tom Revill joined to add some much needed punch up front.[1] Stoke sold both Arthur Cartlidge and Jock Grieve to South Shields for a decent price while Jack Peart joined Newcastle United for £600.[1] Stoke ended the season with a 7–0 victory over Millwall Athletic.[1]

Stoke had some good crowds at home in 1911–12 with 18,000 present to see the opening match against Brighton & Hove Albion.[1] However Stoke fans developed a reputation following a near riot in December 1911 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers.[1] The referee had no choice but to abandon the match with just two minutes remaining, although the league ordered the result to stand.[1] Stoke had to pay £4,000 for the installation of fences around the ground which came as a bitter blow to the clubs finances following the debacle in 1908.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke made an early exit to Walsall in the fifth qualifying round losing 2–1 at Fellows Park.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Queens Park Rangers 38 21 11 6 59 35 1.698 53
2 Plymouth Argyle 38 23 6 9 63 31 2.032 52
3 Northampton Town 38 22 7 9 82 41 2.000 51
4 Swindon Town 38 21 6 11 82 50 1.640 48
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 19 9 10 73 35 2.085 47
6 Coventry City 38 17 8 13 66 54 1.222 42
7 Crystal Palace 38 15 10 13 70 46 1.521 40
8 Millwall 38 15 10 13 60 57 1.052 40
9 Watford 38 13 10 15 56 58 0.965 36
10 Stoke 38 13 10 15 51 63 0.809 36
11 Reading 38 11 14 13 43 68 0.632 36
12 Norwich City 38 10 14 14 40 60 0.666 34
13 West Ham United 38 13 7 18 64 69 0.927 33
14 Brentford 38 12 9 17 60 65 0.923 33
15 Exeter City 38 11 11 16 48 62 0.774 33
16 Southampton 38 10 11 17 46 63 0.730 31
17 Bristol Rovers 38 9 13 16 41 62 0.661 31
18 New Brompton 38 11 9 18 35 72 0.486 31
19 Luton Town 38 9 10 19 49 61 0.803 28
20 Leyton 38 7 11 20 27 62 0.435 25

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

Southern Football League Division One[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 2 September 1911 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2 – 1 18,000 W Smith, A Smith
2 9 September 1911 Luton Town A 1 – 1 8,000 W Smith
3 16 September 1911 Coventry City A 2 – 3 9,000 Peart, Grieve (pen)
4 23 September 1911 Leyton H 0 – 0 10,000
5 30 September 1911 Norwich City A 1 – 2 2,500 Jordan
6 7 October 1911 Crystal Palace H 2 – 1 17,000 Peart, Griffiths
7 14 October 1911 Southampton A 0 – 1 8,000
8 21 October 1911 Plymouth Argyle H 2 – 1 8,000 Griffiths, Dyke
9 28 October 1911 Reading A 1 – 1 7,000 W Smith
10 4 November 1911 Watford H 1 – 0 12,000 A Smith
11 6 November 1911 Exeter City H 1 – 3 7,000 Peart
12 11 November 1911 New Brompton A 1 – 1 4,000 Peart
13 25 November 1911 Brentford A 1 – 0 5,000 Peart
14 2 December 1911 Queens Park Rangers H 0 – 2 13,000
15 9 December 1911 Millwall Athletic A 1 – 5 4,000 Hardman
16 16 December 1911 West Ham United H 4 – 3 10,000 Hardman, Lenaghan (3)
17 25 December 1911 Swindon Town A 0 – 3 18,000
18 26 December 1911 Swindon Town H 1 – 4 10,000 Leese
19 30 December 1911 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0 – 4 3,000
20 20 January 1912 Coventry City H 3 – 1 4,000 Baddeley, Jordan, Lenaghan
21 27 January 1912 Leyton A 0 – 2 3,000
22 3 February 1912 Norwich City H 1 – 1 5,000 Peart
23 10 February 1912 Crystal Palace A 2 – 1 8,000 Peart, Hardman
24 17 February 1912 Southampton H 0 – 3 10,000
25 24 February 1912 Plymouth Argyle A 0 – 3 7,000
26 28 February 1912 Bristol Rovers A 2 – 2 2,000 W Smith (2)
27 2 March 1912 Reading H 0 – 0 10,000
28 9 March 1912 Watford A 2 – 4 3,000 W Smith (2)
29 16 March 1912 New Brompton H 2 – 0 4,000 Baddeley, Jones
30 18 March 1912 Luton Town H 4 – 3 5,000 Jones, W Smith, Lenaghan, Revill
31 23 March 1912 Exeter City A 1 – 1 3,000 Revill
32 30 March 1912 Brentford H 1 – 1 5,000 W Smith
33 6 April 1912 Queens Park Rangers A 0 – 1 30,000
34 8 April 1912 Northampton Town H 1 – 0 7,000 Revill
35 9 April 1912 Northampton Town A 1 – 3 3,000 Hodkin
36 13 April 1912 Millwall Athletic H 7 – 0 7,000 Lenaghan (3), A Smith (2), Revill (2)
37 20 April 1912 West Ham United A 0 – 0 6,000
38 27 April 1912 Bristol Rovers H 3 – 1 5,000 Revill, Turner (pen), Dyke

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1911–12 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
5QR 18 November 1911 Walsall A 1 – 2 6,569 W Smith

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Arthur Cartlidge 22 0 1 0 23 0
GK England Richard Herron 16 0 0 0 16 0
DF England Ernest Mullineux 23 0 1 0 24 0
DF Scotland James Hay 8 0 0 0 8 0
DF Wales Joe Jones 31 2 1 0 32 2
DF England Jimmy McGillvray 24 0 1 0 25 0
DF England George Smart 29 0 1 0 30 0
DF England George Turner 13 1 0 0 13 1
DF England Sam Baddeley 20 2 0 0 20 2
MF England Archie Dyke 24 2 0 0 24 2
MF Scotland Jock Grieve 23 1 1 0 24 1
MF England Harold Hardman 27 3 1 0 28 3
MF England Jack Robinson 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF England Ernest Hodkin 5 1 0 0 5 1
FW England Bill Nixon 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England William Smith 29 9 1 1 30 10
FW England Jack Peart 23 7 1 0 24 7
FW England Frank Jordan 10 2 0 0 10 2
FW England Arthur Griffiths 11 2 1 0 12 2
FW England Harold Leese 14 1 0 0 14 1
FW England John Lenaghan 18 8 0 0 18 8
FW England Tom Revill 14 6 0 0 14 6
FW England Amos Baddeley 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Alf Smith 23 4 1 0 24 4

References[edit]

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

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