1927–28 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1927–28 season
Chairman Mr A.McSherwin
Manager Tom Mather
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 5th (52 Points)
FA Cup Quarter Final
Top goalscorer League: Charlie Wilson (32)
All: Charlie Wilson (38)
Highest home attendance 27,453 vs Manchester City (7 April 1928)
Lowest home attendance 8,251 vs Southampton (31 December 1927)
Average home league attendance 14,395
Home colours

The 1927–28 season was Stoke City's 28th season in the Football League and the eighth in the Second Division.

Record season ticket sales were recorded prior to the start of the 1927–28 season as supporters were buoyed following last seasons Third Division North title win. Stoke had an excellent return to the Second Division finishing 5th in the table five points from promotion and also reaching the quarter final of the FA Cup losing to Arsenal. Charlie Wilson top-scored this season with a club record 38 goals.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The 1927–28 season saw Stoke back within one Division of the top flight, although a heavy bank overdraft of £13,000 meant that they couldn't go out and bolster the squad, Mather being forced to rely on the players who had served him well last season.[1] However, chairman Sherwin assured the fans that he would spend the money if weakness became apparent but he stated that he would not be able to join in the transfer fee spiral that was gathering pace elsewhere.[1] On a brighter note Stoke reported record season ticket sales for the new campaign.[1]

Stoke made a fantastic start back in the Second Division beating Southampton 6–3 in the first match, this was followed up with 4–2 and 3–0 victories as Stoke started the season in fine form. Performances did eventually drop off and the team hit an inconsistent spell just before Christmas but then won six matches back to back.[1] Stoke enjoyed a successful end to the campaign finishing in 5th position.[1] Stoke's cup run perhaps cost them a genuine promotion challenge but nevertheless it was a good season with the club's bank balance improving and the team showing great consistency with six players playing 40 or more League games.[1] The reserves also had a fine season, winning the Central League title for the first time.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

After a number of pretty terrible performances in the FA Cup in the past few seasons, the 1927–28 season saw a marked improvement as Stoke beat Gillingham 6–1, Bolton Wanderers 4–2, Manchester City 1–0 before losing 4–1 to Arsenal in the quarter final stage.[1] Nevertheless the board were happy with the club's performance and income which the cup run generated.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Manchester City 42 25 9 8 100 59 1.695 59
2 Leeds United 42 25 7 10 98 49 2.000 57
3 Chelsea 42 23 8 11 75 45 1.667 54
4 Preston North End 42 22 9 11 100 66 1.515 53
5 Stoke City 42 22 8 12 78 59 1.322 52
6 Swansea Town 42 18 12 12 75 63 1.190 48
7 Oldham Athletic 42 19 8 15 75 51 1.471 46
8 West Bromwich Albion 42 17 12 13 90 70 1.286 46
9 Port Vale 42 18 8 16 68 57 1.193 44
10 Nottingham Forest 42 15 10 17 83 84 0.988 40
11 Grimsby Town 42 14 12 16 69 83 0.831 40
12 Bristol City 42 15 9 18 76 79 0.962 39
13 Barnsley 42 14 11 17 65 85 0.765 39
14 Hull City 42 12 15 15 41 54 0.759 39
15 Notts County 42 13 12 17 68 74 0.919 38
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 10 19 63 91 0.692 36
17 Southampton 42 14 7 21 68 77 0.883 35
18 Reading 42 11 13 18 53 75 0.707 35
19 Blackpool 42 13 8 21 83 101 0.822 34
20 Clapton Orient 42 11 12 19 55 85 0.647 34
21 Fulham 42 13 7 22 68 89 0.764 33
22 South Shields 42 7 9 26 56 111 0.505 23

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 27 August 1927 Southampton A 6 – 3 12,000 Archibald, Williamson, Eyres, Wilson, Davies (2)
2 31 August 1927 West Bromwich Albion A 4 – 2 20,000 Wilson (3), Armitage (pen)
3 3 September 1927 Notts County H 3 – 0 21,941 Wilson (2), Archibald
4 5 September 1927 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 20,623 Wilson
5 10 September 1927 Oldham Athletic A 1 – 3 8,000 Wilson
6 17 September 1927 Grimsby Town H 0 – 0 15,480
7 24 September 1927 Reading A 1 – 1 5,700 Wilson
8 1 October 1927 Blackpool H 2 – 0 12,014 Davies (2)
9 8 October 1927 Chelsea A 0 – 1 16,000
10 15 October 1927 Clapton Orient H 2 – 0 13,002 Wilson, Williams
11 22 October 1927 Barnsley H 0 – 0 9,320
12 29 October 1927 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2 – 1 20,000 Wilson (2)
13 5 November 1927 Port Vale H 0 – 2 24,972
14 12 November 1927 Fulham A 5 – 1 10,000 Wilson, Davies, Shirley (2), Barrett (o.g.)
15 19 November 1927 Swansea Town H 1 – 1 9,937 Sellars
16 26 November 1927 Manchester City A 0 – 4 39,897
17 3 December 1927 Hull City H 3 – 1 9,632 Wilson, Armitage, Johnson
18 10 December 1927 Preston North End A 0 – 2 12,000
19 17 December 1927 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 3 9,090 Wallace (o.g.)
20 24 December 1927 Leeds United A 1 – 5 20,000 Williamson
21 27 December 1927 South Shields H 3 – 1 13,987 Sellars, Shirley (2)
22 31 December 1927 Southampton H 2 – 1 8,251 Wilson, Davies
23 2 January 1928 South Shields A 3 – 2 4,640 Archibald, Cull, Bussey
24 7 January 1928 Notts County A 2 – 1 9,908 Wilson (2)
25 21 January 1928 Oldham Athletic H 3 – 0 13,446 Wilson, Bussey (2)
26 4 February 1928 Reading H 4 – 0 11,806 Bussey, Cull, Davies (2)
27 11 February 1928 Blackpool A 1 – 3 6,309 Wilson
28 20 February 1928 Chelsea H 1 – 0 10,223 Bussey
29 25 February 1928 Clapton Orient A 2 – 3 6,140 Wilson, Campell (o.g.)
30 6 March 1928 Grimsby Town A 2 – 1 5,076 Wilson, Sellars
31 10 March 1928 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 2 13,273 Wilson, Davies
32 17 March 1928 Port Vale A 0 – 0 25,084
33 19 March 1928 Barnsley A 1 – 3 6,000 Williams
34 24 March 1928 Fulham H 5 – 1 10,117 Armitage (pen), Davies, Wilson (3)
35 31 March 1928 Swansea Town A 1 – 1 5,460 Armitage
36 6 April 1928 Bristol City A 0 – 4 8,112
37 7 April 1928 Manchester City H 2 – 0 27,453 Wilson, Archibald
38 9 April 1928 Bristol City H 1 – 0 12,547 Wilson
39 14 April 1928 Hull City A 0 – 1 6,552
40 21 April 1928 Preston North End H 3 – 2 11,233 Wilson (2), Archibald
41 28 April 1928 Nottingham Forest A 2 – 0 9,043 Wilson, Davies
42 5 May 1928 Leeds United H 5 – 1 12,306 Wilson (2), Bussey, Archibald, Cull

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1927–28 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 14 January 1928 Gillingham H 6 – 1 5,234 Wilson (2), Archibald, Williamson, Bussey, Davies
R4 28 January 1928 Bolton Wanderers H 4 – 2 24,868 Davies, Archibald, Wilson (2)
R5 18 February 1928 Manchester City A 1 – 0 50,132 Wilson
Quarter final 3 March 1928 Arsenal A 1 – 4 41,974 Wilson

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Bob Dixon 41 0 4 0 45 0
GK England Dick Williams 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Scotland Bob McGrory 42 0 4 0 46 0
DF England Billy Spencer 42 0 4 0 46 0
MF England Len Armitage 38 4 3 0 41 4
MF England Cecil Eastwood 7 0 0 0 7 0
MF Scotland Thomas Godfrey 6 0 1 0 7 0
MF England Peter Jackson 4 0 0 0 4 0
MF England Harry Sellars 33 3 4 0 37 3
MF England Harold Watson 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF Scotland Tom Williamson 40 2 4 1 44 3
FW Scotland Bobby Archibald 41 6 4 2 45 8
FW England Walter Bussey 21 8 4 1 25 9
FW England John Cull 19 3 4 0 23 3
FW England Harry Davies 40 11 4 2 44 13
FW England Jack Eyres 6 1 0 0 6 1
FW England Dick Johnson 14 1 0 0 14 1
FW Scotland Bob Lister 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England John Shirley 4 2 0 0 4 2
FW England Joey Williams 20 2 0 0 20 2
FW England Charlie Wilson 40 32 4 6 44 38
Own goals 3 0 3

References[edit]

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

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