1916–17 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1916–17 season
Chairman Mr E.Reynish
Manager Joe Schofield
Stadium Victoria Ground
Lancashire Section Primary Competition 3rd
Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group D 2nd
Top goalscorer Bob Whittingham (22)
Highest home attendance 14,500 vs Port Vale (21 April 1917)
Lowest home attendance 2,000 vs Various teams
Home colours

The 1916–17 season was Stoke's second season in the non-competitive War League.[1]

With the start of World War I, all Football League football was cancelled.[1] In its place were formed War Leagues, based on geographical lines rather than based on previous league placement. Stoke contested the Lancashire Section in the Principal Tournament, and the Southern Division of the Midland Section in the Subsidiary Tournament. However, none of these were considered to be competitive football, and thus their records are not recognised by the Football League.[1]

Season review[edit]

In the Primary Competition of the Lancashire League Stoke finished in 3rd place with 39 points whilst in the Secondary Competition they finished 2nd with 6 points.[1] During this season the lowest ever attendance was recorded for a Stoke first team match when 394 people saw Stoke play Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park in October 1916.[1] Stoke's best victory in the 1916–17 season was a 7–0 over Bolton Wanderers which was sweet revenge after they had beaten Stoke 9–2 earlier in the season.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Lancashire Section Primary Competition[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Liverpool 30 19 8 3 62 26 2.384 46
2 Stockport County 30 16 7 7 61 31 1.967 43
3 Stoke 30 16 7 7 64 36 1.777 39
4 Manchester City 30 14 9 7 49 29 1.689 37
5 Everton 30 15 7 8 62 41 1.512 37
6 Burnley 30 15 4 11 73 56 1.303 34
7 Manchester United 30 13 6 11 48 54 0.888 32
8 Rochdale 30 12 5 13 47 54 0.870 29
9 Southport Central 30 10 8 12 40 43 0.930 28
10 Bolton Wanderers 30 9 6 15 59 65 0.907 24
11 Blackburn Rovers 30 10 4 16 52 66 0.787 24
12 Preston North End 30 8 7 15 47 65 0.723 23
13 Bury 30 7 8 15 40 63 0.634 22
14 Oldham Athletic 30 8 6 16 36 65 0.553 22
15 Port Vale 30 7 7 16 50 60 0.833 21
16 Blackpool 30 6 7 17 44 80 0.555 19

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group D[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Manchester United 6 4 0 2 15 9 1.666 8
2 Stoke 6 3 0 3 11 6 1.833 6
3 Port Vale 6 2 1 3 9 12 0.333 5
4 Manchester City 6 2 1 3 3 11 0.272 5

Results[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Lancashire Section Primary Competition[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 2 September 1916 Manchester City H 1 – 0 6,000 Ellis
2 9 September 1916 Everton A 1 – 1 14,000 Bridgett
3 16 September 1916 Rochdale H 1 – 1 5,000 Turner
4 23 September 1916 Bolton Wanderers A 2 – 9 10,000 Bridgett (2)
5 30 September 1916 Port Vale H 0 – 0 10,000
6 7 October 1916 Oldham Athletic A 1 – 1 394 Herbert
7 14 October 1916 Preston North End H 2 – 0 3,000 Herbert (2)
8 21 October 1916 Burnley A 1 – 4 3,00 Herbert
9 28 October 1916 Manchester United H 3 – 0 5,000 Herbert, Bridgett, Jones
10 4 November 1916 Liverpool A 1 – 3 12,000 Turner
11 11 November 1916 Stockport County H 2 – 0 3,000 Bridgett, Humphries
12 18 November 1916 Bury A 3 – 0 2,000 Jones, Herbert, Howell
13 25 November 1916 Blackpool A 1 – 1 3,000 Humphries
14 2 December 1916 Southport Central H 2 – 1 2,000 Herbert, Bridgett
15 9 December 1916 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 1 3,000 Howell
16 23 December 1916 Everton H 0 – 2 5,000
17 25 December 1916 Manchester City A 0 – 1 12,000
18 30 December 1916 Rochdale A 1 – 0 2,000 Bridgett
19 6 January 1917 Bolton Wanderers H 7 – 0 2,500 Whittingham (2), Howell (2), Herbert (2), Parker
20 13 January 1917 Port Vale A 2 – 1 10,000 Whittingham, Harrison
21 20 January 1917 Oldham Athletic H 4 – 0 2,000 Whittingham (2), Bridgett, Own Goal
22 27 January 1917 Preston North End A 1 – 1 3,000 Limer
23 3 February 1917 Burnley H 6 – 0 5,000 Whittingham (4), Herbert, Harrison
24 10 February 1917 Manchester United A 2 – 4 7,000 Howell (2)
25 17 February 1917 Liverpool H 1 – 0 12,000 Whittingham
26 24 February 1917 Stockport County A 1 – 2 4,500 Own Goal
27 3 March 1917 Bury H 5 – 2 5,000 Whittingham (2), Bridgett (2), Howell
28 10 March 1917 Blackpool H 6 – 0 6,000 Whittingham (2), Howell (2), Herbert, Harrison
29 17 March 1917 Southport Central A 2 – 0 2,500 Whittingham (2)
30 24 March 1917 Blackburn Rovers H 4 – 1 4,000 Whittingham (2), Harrison (2)

Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group D[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 31 March 1917 Manchester United H 2 – 1 7,000 Whittingham, Howell
2 6 April 1917 Manchester City A 0 – 1 12,000
3 7 April 1917 Port Vale A 2 – 3 12,000 Whittingham (2)
4 9 April 1917 Manchester City H 5 – 0 8,000 Whittingham, Bridgett, Howell (3)
5 14 April 1917 Manchester United A 0 – 1 9,000
6 21 April 1917 Port Vale H 2 – 0 14,000 Herbert, Howell

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name Matches
Apps Goals
GK England Richard Herron 36 0
DF England Arthur Allman 25 0
DF Wales Joe Jones 34 2
DF England Alec Milne 5 0
DF England Jack Maddock 3 0
DF England Charlie Parker 32 1
DF England George Turner 35 2
DF England Billy Twemlow 6 0
MF England Sammy Brooks 3 0
MF England G. Dobson 23 0
MF England Billy Harrison 31 5
MF England Tom Kinson 2 0
MF England George Limer 17 1
MF Scotland R. McCarthy 4 0
MF England A. Morris 1 0
MF England Billy Tempest 1 0
FW England J. Bridgett 25 11
FW England Albert Ellis 6 1
FW England Thomas Greaves 2 0
FW England Billy Herbert 25 12
FW England Harry Howell 26 14
FW England Howard Humphries 6 2
FW England Dick Smith 5 0
FW England E. Turner 6 0
FW England Arthur Watkin 1 0
FW England Bob Whittingham 18 22

References[edit]

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