1914–15 Huddersfield Town F.C. season

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Huddersfield Town
1914-15 season
Chairman England William Hardcastle
Manager England Arthur Fairclough
Division Two 8th
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League:
Ralph Shields (16)
All:
Ralph Shields (16)
Highest home attendance 14,000 vs Leeds City (7 November 1914)
Lowest home attendance 3,500 vs Nottingham Forest (12 September 1914)

Huddersfield Town's 1914-15 campaign was the last league campaign before the Football League was suspended following the outbreak of World War I. Town finished in 8th place in Division 2, but it could have improved had Town not had a bad spell at the start of 1915, saw Town lose 6 out of 7 matches, which if Town had won all of them, they would have won promotion.

Squad at the start of the season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
-- England GK Ted Davis
-- Scotland GK Sandy Mutch
-- England DF Jim Baker
-- England DF Harry Brough
-- England DF Fred Bullock
-- England DF James Dow
-- England DF Fred Fayers
-- England DF Sidney James
-- England DF Harry Linley
-- Scotland DF William McLaren
-- England DF Ralph Rodgerson
-- England DF Charlie Slade
No. Position Player
-- England DF Billy Watson
-- England MF John Connor
-- England MF Joe Jee
-- England MF George Richardson
-- England MF Billy Smith
-- England FW Jack Cock
-- England FW Thomas Elliott
-- England FW Ernie Islip
-- England FW Frank Mann
-- England FW Ralph Shields
-- England FW Bert Smith

Review[edit]

Despite the outbreak of World War I, the Football League continued for the season to sustain the morale of the country. However, in early November, Larrett Roebuck was killed in action in France. Luckily, Town's form was fairly good at the start of the season and Town were right up there with the big guns trying to get into Division 1. However, just after the turn of the year, Town's form dropped alarmingly and they lost their chance to get promoted and finished 8th with 42 points.

Squad at the end of the season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
-- England GK Ted Davis
-- Scotland GK Sandy Mutch
-- England DF Jim Baker
-- England DF Harry Brough
-- England DF Fred Bullock
-- England DF James Dow
-- England DF Fred Fayers
-- England DF Sidney James
-- England DF Harry Linley
-- Scotland DF William McLaren
-- Scotland DF Bob Reid
-- England DF Ralph Rodgerson
-- England DF Charlie Slade
No. Position Player
-- England DF Billy Watson
-- England DF James Wood
-- England MF John Connor
-- England MF Joe Jee
-- England MF George Richardson
-- England MF Billy Smith
-- England FW Jack Cock
-- England FW Thomas Elliott
-- England FW Ernie Islip
-- England FW Frank Mann
-- England FW Ralph Shields
-- England FW Bert Smith

Results[edit]

Division Two[edit]

Date Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance Position
5 September 1914 Preston North End A 1 - 1 Islip 10,000 14th
8 September 1914 Bury H 0 - 1 4,000 16th
12 September 1914 Nottingham Forest H 4 - 0 Billy Smith (2), Islip, Jee 3,500 10th
19 September 1914 Leicester Fosse A 2 - 1 Slade, Jee 7,000 9th
21 September 1914 Leicester Fosse H 3 - 1 Shields (2), Slade 6,000 3rd
26 September 1914 Barnsley H 1 - 0 Shields 7,000 2nd
3 October 1914 Glossop A 2 - 2 Islip, Shields 1,650 2nd
10 October 1914 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 - 0 Billy Smith, Islip 8,500 2nd
17 October 1914 Fulham A 3 - 2 Shields (2, 1 pen), Islip 10,000 2nd
24 October 1914 Stockport County H 2 - 1 Mann, Islip 8,500 1st
31 October 1914 Hull City H 1 - 0 Shields (pen) 7,000 1st
7 November 1914 Leeds City H 1 - 0 Shields 14,000 1st
14 November 1914 Clapton Orient A 1 - 3 Slade 8,000 1st
21 November 1914 Arsenal H 3 - 0 Shields (2), Islip 10,246 1st
28 November 1914 Derby County A 0 - 1 7,000 1st
5 December 1914 Lincoln City H 0 - 1 4,000 2nd
12 December 1914 Birmingham A 0 - 1 9,000 2nd
19 December 1914 Grimsby Town H 3 - 1 Islip, Cock, J.W. Arrowsmith (og) 3,500 2nd
26 December 1914 Blackpool H 5 - 0 Islip (3), Fayers, Shields 9,500 2nd
1 January 1915 Bury A 1 - 3 Mann ? 3rd
2 January 1915 Preston North End H 3 - 1 Shields (pen), Mann, Fayers 7,500 3rd
16 January 1915 Nottingham Forest A 2 - 3 Islip, Slade 3,500 4th
30 January 1915 Barnsley A 0 - 1 6,700 4th
6 February 1915 Glossop H 0 - 1 4,500 4th
13 February 1915 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 - 4 Billy Smith 3,000 6th
20 February 1915 Fulham H 2 - 2 Islip, Linley 6,000 6th
27 February 1915 Stockport County A 1 - 2 Shields 5,000 6th
13 March 1915 Leeds City A 0 - 1 12,000 9th
20 March 1915 Clapton Orient H 1 - 1 Mann (pen) 4,000 12th
27 March 1915 Arsenal A 3 - 0 Mann (2), Cock 14,000 11th
2 April 1915 Blackpool A 2 - 3 Jee, Islip 4,000 11th
3 April 1915 Derby County H 0 - 0 6,500 12th
5 April 1915 Bristol City A 1 - 0 Mann 12,000 9th
6 April 1915 Bristol City H 5 - 3 Shields (3), Jee (pen), Richardson 4,000 7th
10 April 1915 Lincoln City A 1 - 1 Jee 4,500 8th
15 April 1915 Hull City A 4 - 0 Bert Smith (3), Cock 2,000 7th
17 April 1915 Birmingham H 0 - 0 4,000 7th
24 April 1915 Grimsby Town A 0 - 0 3,500 7th

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents Home/

Away

Result

F - A

Scorers Attendance
9 January 1915 Round 1 Burnley A 1 - 3 Fayers 14,423

Appearances and goals[edit]

Name Nation Position League Apps League Goals FA Cup Apps FA Cup Goals Total Apps Total Goals
Jim Baker  England DF 37 0 1 0 38 0
Fred Bullock  England DF 28 0 1 0 29 0
Jack Cock  England FW 9 3 0 0 9 3
John Connor  England MF 3 0 0 0 3 0
Ted Davis  England GK 10 0 0 0 10 0
James Dow  England DF 6 0 0 0 6 0
Thomas Elliott  England FW 10 0 0 0 10 0
Fred Fayers  England DF 38 3 1 1 39 4
Ernie Islip  England FW 33 14 1 0 34 14
Sidney James  England DF 3 0 0 0 3 0
Joe Jee  England MF 25 5 0 0 25 5
Harry Linley  England DF 22 1 1 0 23 1
Frank Mann  England FW 22 7 1 0 23 7
William McLaren  Scotland DF 13 0 0 0 13 0
Sandy Mutch  Scotland GK 28 0 1 0 29 0
Bob Reid  Scotland DF 26 0 1 0 27 0
George Richardson  England MF 12 1 0 0 12 1
Ralph Rodgerson  England DF 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ralph Shields  England FW 28 16 1 0 29 16
Charlie Slade  England DF 22 4 1 0 23 4
Bert Smith  England FW 2 3 0 0 2 3
Billy Smith  England MF 24 4 1 0 25 4
Billy Watson  England DF 5 0 0 0 5 0
James Wood  England DF 11 0 0 0 11 0