1920–21 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1920–21 season
Chairman Mr E.Reynish
Manager Arthur Shallcross
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 20th (35 Points)
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Arthur Watkin (15)
All: Arthur Watkin (16)
Highest home attendance 27,455 vs Port Vale (2 October 1920)
Lowest home attendance 5,000 vs Barnsley (2 March 1921)
Average home league attendance 13,315
Home colours

The 1920–21 season was Stoke's 21st in the Football League and the third in the Second Division.

Despite strengthening the Stoke squad with veteran Tom Brittleton the most notable signing Stoke struggled all season and were involved in a fight against relegation. With one team being relegated this season, Stoke finished five points from bottom place Stockport County which was too close for comfort.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

For the 1920–21 season efforts were made to strengthen the pool of players and the first of these was former England international Tom Brittleton who made the move from Sheffield Wednesday and immediately became club captain.[1] Competition for places or not manager Arthur Shallcross maintained a settled side that is until in October when he transferred Charlie Parker to Sunderland.[1] He had spent six years at Stoke and became a fan favourite.[1]

A shortage of goals saw Stoke slip dangerously towards the lower regions of the Second Division as the 1920–21 season progressed and with only one club being relegated to the newly formed Third Division North the margin of five points and a 20th place finish out of 22 was too close for comfort.[1] Arthur Watkin top scored with 15 and Billy Tempest scored 10 however other than those two there was a lack of goals in the side.[1]

A most significant signing in April 1921 was that of Bob McGrory, a full-back from Burnley. Rumours has it that McGrory had reservations about joining Stoke as he did not like the look of the place.[1] Whether this was true or not, he went on to spend 31 years with the club as a player and manager eventually leaving the club in May 1952.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke again exited the competition at the first hurdle losing 3–2 away at eventual runners-up Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of 35,000 spectators.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Birmingham 42 24 10 8 79 38 2.079 58
2 Cardiff City 42 24 10 8 59 32 1.844 58
3 Bristol City 42 19 13 10 49 29 1.690 51
4 Blackpool 42 20 10 12 54 42 1.286 50
5 West Ham United 42 19 10 13 51 30 1.700 48
6 Notts County 42 18 11 13 55 40 1.375 47
7 Clapton Orient 42 16 13 13 43 42 1.024 45
8 South Shields 42 17 10 15 61 46 1.326 44
9 Fulham 42 16 10 16 43 47 0.915 42
10 The Wednesday 42 15 11 16 48 48 1.000 41
11 Bury 42 15 10 17 45 49 0.918 40
12 Leicester City 42 12 16 14 39 46 0.848 40
13 Hull City 42 10 20 12 43 53 0.811 40
14 Leeds United 42 14 10 18 40 45 0.889 38
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 16 6 20 49 66 0.742 38
16 Barnsley 42 10 16 16 48 50 0.960 36
17 Port Vale 42 11 14 17 43 49 0.878 36
18 Nottingham Forest 42 12 12 18 48 55 0.873 36
19 Rotherham County 42 12 12 18 37 53 0.698 36
20 Stoke 42 12 11 19 46 56 0.821 35
21 Coventry City 42 12 11 19 39 70 0.557 35
22 Stockport County 42 9 12 21 42 75 0.560 30

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

Football League Second Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 28 August 1920 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 2 21,000 Brown, Parker
2 30 August 1920 Rotherham County H 2 – 0 10,000 Watkin, McColl
3 4 September 1920 Nottingham Forest H 4 – 0 19,000 Watkin (3), McColl
4 6 September 1920 Rotherham County A 1 – 1 15,000 Tempest
5 11 September 1920 The Wednesday A 3 – 1 25,000 Tempest (2), Brown
6 18 September 1920 The Wednesday H 0 – 1 30,000
7 25 September 1920 Port Vale A 1 – 2 19,967 McColl
8 2 October 1920 Port Vale H 0 – 1 27,455
9 9 October 1920 Notts County H 1 – 0 10,000 Watkin
10 16 October 1920 Notts County A 0 – 3 8,500
11 23 October 1920 Coventry City H 4 – 1 12,000 Tempest (2), McColl, Maddock
12 30 October 1920 Coventry City A 0 – 1 18,000
13 6 November 1920 Leeds United H 4 – 0 14,000 Watkin (3), Brown
14 13 November 1920 Leeds United A 0 – 0 20,000
15 20 November 1920 Birmingham H 1 – 2 15,000 Brown
16 27 November 1920 Birmingham A 0 – 3 12,000
17 4 December 1920 West Ham United H 1 – 0 10,000 Brittleton
18 11 December 1920 West Ham United A 0 – 1 15,000
19 18 December 1920 Fulham H 1 – 2 7,000 Brittleton
20 25 December 1920 Leicester City A 1 – 3 20,000 Watkin
21 27 December 1920 Leicester City H 1 – 1 15,000 Tempest
22 1 January 1921 Fulham A 3 – 1 8,500 Watkin (2), Brittleton
23 15 January 1921 South Shields A 1 – 1 15,000 Burton
24 22 January 1921 South Shields H 0 – 0 5,000
25 5 February 1921 Cardiff City A 1 – 0 28,000 Watkin
26 12 February 1921 Hull City A 1 – 1 5,000 Watkin
27 14 February 1921 Cardiff City H 0 – 0 12,000
28 26 February 1921 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3 – 3 20,000 Watkin, McColl, Smith
29 10 March 1921 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 0 8,000 Tempest
30 12 March 1921 Stockport County A 0 – 2 4,000
31 19 March 1921 Stockport County H 1 – 0 7,000 Watkin
32 25 March 1921 Blackpool A 1 – 3 14,000 Whitehurst
33 26 March 1921 Clapton Orient H 0 – 1 14,000
34 28 March 1921 Blackpool H 1 – 1 12,000 Tempest
35 2 April 1921 Clapton Orient A 2 – 3 6,000 Whitehurst, Little
36 9 April 1921 Bury H 0 – 1 7,000
37 11 April 1921 Hull City H 1 – 3 5,000 Tempest
38 16 April 1921 Bury A 0 – 3 5,000
39 23 April 1921 Bristol City H 0 – 0 7,000
40 30 April 1921 Bristol City A 0 – 5 6,000
41 2 May 1921 Barnsley H 3 – 2 5,000 Tempest (pen), Brittleton, Helme
42 7 May 1921 Barnsley A 0 – 1 7,000

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1920–21 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 8 January 1921 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 3 35,000 Watkin, Burton

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Tom Kay 27 0 1 0 28 0
GK England Percy Knott 12 0 0 0 12 0
GK England Edwin Steventon 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Percy Brooke 7 0 1 0 8 0
DF England Jack Maddock 8 1 0 0 8 1
DF Scotland Bob McGrory 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Alec Milne 42 0 1 0 43 0
DF England Billy Twemlow 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF England Tom Brittleton 41 4 1 0 42 4
MF England George Clarke 41 0 1 0 42 0
MF Scotland Bill Dickie 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Reginald Forrester 7 0 0 0 7 0
MF England Jack Moorwood 9 0 0 0 9 0
MF England Charlie Parker 9 1 0 0 9 1
MF England David Parkes 6 0 0 0 6 0
MF England Dickie Smith 38 1 1 0 39 1
FW Scotland David Brown 19 4 1 0 20 4
FW England Matthew Burton 5 1 1 1 6 2
FW England Harry Crossthwaite 18 0 1 0 19 0
FW England Jack Helme 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW Scotland George Jarvis 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Tommy Little 17 1 0 0 17 1
FW England James Martin 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW Scotland Jimmy McColl 27 5 0 0 27 5
FW England Syd Mellor 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Louis Page 8 0 0 0 8 0
FW England John Spencer 16 0 0 0 16 0
FW England Billy Tempest 37 10 1 0 38 10
FW England Arthur Watkin 35 15 1 1 36 16
FW England Albert Whitehurst 11 2 0 0 11 2

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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