1947–48 Port Vale F.C. season

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Port Vale
1947–48 season
Chairman England William Holdcroft
Manager England Gordon Hodgson
Stadium The Old Recreation Ground
Football League Third Division South 8th (43 Points)
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Ronnie Allen (13)
All: Ronnie Allen (13)
Highest home attendance 18,147 vs. Notts County (28 February 1948)
Lowest home attendance 5,602 vs. Exeter City (24 April 1948)
Average home league attendance 13,569
Home colours

The 1947–48 season was Port Vale's thirty-sixth season of football in the Football League, and their third full season in the Third Division South.[1] Gaining just three of their sixteen victories away from home, they were very much a club of two teams. Manager Gordon Hodgson continued his policy of developing young players, whilst work on the new stadium continued. Their club record run without failing to score reached 33 games, ending on 13 March 1948, having begun on 19 October 1946.

Manager Gordon Hodgson during his playing days.

Overview[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

The pre-season saw the arrival of outside-right John Currie from Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic.[1] The total number of players at the club was 81, though the vast majority of these amateurs who never played for the first team.[1] Standing season tickets were reduced to £3 13s, in an attempt to boost support.[1]

The season began with a 1–1 draw with Bristol Rovers in front of 15,714 supporters, followed four days later by a 2–1 win at Carrow Road.[1] Following this the Vale were exceptional at home but poor away, as their unbeaten run at home reached fifteen games.[1] Their home form was exemplified by 6–4 and 7–0 wins over Aldershot and Watford respectively, in which Ronnie Allen scored a hat-trick in both games, and Morris Jones score a hat-trick past Aldershot.[1] The defence seeming too weak for a promotion push, Harry Hubbick was signed from Bolton Wanderers in October.[1] The Sentinel's "Placer" complained of the weakened passing of the post-war generation, in both the Vale side and in footballers in general.[1] In November Morris Jones was sold to Swindon Town for £2,500, having handed in a transfer request.[1] Gordon Hodgson searched for new attacking talents, leaving his players to relax with games of table tennis, darts, and reading material.[1] On Christmas day a 5–0 win was recorded over Brighton & Hove Albion, with defender Tommy Cheadle put into the centre-forward role.[1] This marked the start of an eight match unbeaten run which took the "Valiants" into fourth place by the end of January.[1]

Hodgson's policy of youth over experience led many older players to hand in transfer requests.[1] In January Alf Bellis was traded to Bury in exchange for Walter Keeley and 'a substantial fee'.[1] A 5–0 thrashing at muddy Plainmoor from Torquay United in February was followed by a win over Swindon Town which was disturbed by a dog on the pitch, whilst the week after came a draw in three inches of snow at Southend United.[1] The club's promotion hopes faded with a defeat by Notts County at the Rec, England star Tommy Lawton scoring the winner.[1] In preparation for next season Joe Dale was signed from Manchester United for £1,000.[1] The last game of the season attracted 5,602 spectators – the lowest total of the season – ironically this was against Exeter City, their opponents in the highest attended home game of the previous campaign. This low attendance was partly blamed on the FA Cup final, which was broadcast at the same time.[1]

They finished in eighth place with 43 points, thereby barely improving on the previous season.[1] Ronnie Allen was the top-scorer with just thirteen goals. Scoring was very much a team effort.

Finances[edit]

On the financial side, a loss of £1,292 was reported – mainly due to a transfer debit.[1] Gate receipts had increased to £26,666 and the wage bill had risen drastically to £13,647.[1] Cash was needed for the ongoing construction of 'The Wembley of the North', and so schemes such as the '100 Club' were introduced, offering supporters a seat for life at the stadium at a cost of £100.[1] Meanwhile Norman Hallam departed in the summer, who left the area to become a Methodist Minister in Carlisle.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, Vale fell at the first hurdle, losing 2–1 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in a below-par performance.[1]

Final league table[edit]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Queens Park Rangers 42 26 9 7 74 37 2.000 61
2 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 24 9 9 76 35 2.171 57
3 Walsall 42 21 9 12 70 40 1.750 51
4 Ipswich Town 42 23 3 16 67 61 1.098 49
5 Swansea Town 42 18 12 12 70 52 1.346 48
6 Notts County 42 19 8 15 68 59 1.153 46
7 Bristol City 42 18 7 17 77 65 1.185 43
8 Port Vale 42 16 11 15 63 54 1.167 43
9 Southend United 42 15 13 14 51 58 0.879 43
10 Reading 42 15 11 16 56 58 0.966 41
11 Exeter City 42 15 11 16 55 63 0.873 41
12 Newport County 42 14 13 15 61 73 0.836 41
13 Crystal Palace 42 13 13 16 49 49 1.000 39
14 Northampton Town 42 14 11 17 58 72 0.806 39
15 Watford 42 14 10 18 57 79 0.722 38
16 Swindon Town 42 10 16 16 41 46 0.891 36
17 Leyton Orient 42 13 10 19 51 73 0.699 36
18 Torquay United 42 11 13 18 63 62 1.016 35
19 Aldershot 42 10 15 17 45 67 0.672 35
20 Bristol Rovers 42 13 8 21 71 75 0.947 34
21 Norwich City 42 13 8 21 61 76 0.803 34
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 11 12 19 43 73 0.589 34

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]

Port Vale's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Ground H A A H H A A H H A H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H H A H A H A H A H H A A A H A H A
Result D W L W W D L W D L W L D L W L W W L W D W W D W W L W D L L W L L W L L D L D D D
Position 12 4 10 6 4 4 9 3 5 7 7 8 9 11 9 10 8 8 11 7 9 8 6 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 6 6 5 6 7 6 6 7 8 8

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Third Division South[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
23 August 1947 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 15,714 Pointon
27 August 1947 Norwich City A 2–1 22,024 Cheadle, Smith
30 August 1947 Northampton Town A 1–4 9,404 Smith
1 September 1947 Norwich City H 2–0 11,688 Pointon, Smith
6 September 1947 Aldershot H 6–4 13,840 Allen (3), Jones (3)
10 September 1947 Watford A 1–1 8,802 Hallam
13 September 1947 Crystal Palace A 0–2 15,063
15 September 1947 Watford H 7–0 12,232 Allen (3), Hallam (2), Smith (2)
20 September 1947 Torquay United H 1–1 17,092 Bellis
27 September 1947 Swindon Town A 0–1 16,828
4 October 1947 Southend United H 2–1 15,106 Allen, Smith
11 October 1947 Notts County A 1–2 20,172 Bellis
18 October 1947 Swansea Town H 1–1 14,355 Smith
25 October 1947 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0–3 17,025
1 November 1947 Ipswich Town H 4–1 14,878 Martin (2), Allen, Pointon
8 November 1947 Bristol City A 1–2 27,740 Allen
15 November 1947 Reading H 1–0 13,305 Smith
22 November 1947 Walsall A 2–1 15,309 Bellis, Allen
20 December 1947 Bristol Rovers A 1–2 11,651 Martin
25 December 1947 Brighton & Hove Albion H 5–0 11,431 Cheadle (2), McGarry, Martin, Triner
27 December 1947 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–2 7,329 Cheadle, Martin
3 January 1948 Northampton Town H 1–0 12,905 Bellis
10 January 1948 Leyton Orient H 3–0 12,225 Keeley (2), Cheadle
17 January 1948 Aldershot A 1–1 4,459 Cheadle
24 January 1948 Newport County H 4–1 10,816 Pointon (2), Keeley, Martin (pen)
31 January 1948 Crystal Palace H 4–1 13,419 Cheadle (2), Allen, Pointon
7 February 1948 Torquay United A 0–5 6,067
14 February 1948 Swindon Town H 1–0 14,263 Pointon
21 February 1948 Southend United A 1–1 3,961 Martin
28 February 1948 Notts County H 1–2 18,147 Allen
6 March 1948 Swansea Town A 0–2 18,180
13 March 1948 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 2–1 15,221 Allen, Martin
20 March 1948 Ipswich Town A 1–2 11,100 Pointon
26 March 1948 Queens Park Rangers H 0–2 17,889
27 March 1948 Bristol City H 1–0 12,541 Pointon
29 March 1948 Queens Park Rangers A 1–2 24,053 Pointon
3 April 1948 Reading A 0–2 12,293
7 April 1948 Exeter City A 0–0 7,653
10 April 1948 Walsall H 0–1 12,282
17 April 1948 Leyton Orient A 0–0 12,430
24 April 1948 Exeter City H 1–1 5,602 Smith
1 May 1948 Newport County A 0–0 8,309

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1947–48 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 29 November 1947 Crystal Palace A 1–2 13,000 Smith

Player statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Kent, Jeff (1990). "Creating Sunshine from the Shadows (1939–1950)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 151–171. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  2. ^ Port Vale 1947–1948 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  • Kent, Jeff (1993). The Port Vale Record 1879-1993. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9508981-9-8.