1956–57 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1956–57 season
Chairman Mr G. Taylor
Manager Frank Taylor
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 5th (48 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Neville Coleman (26)
All: Neville Coleman (27)
Highest home attendance 38,729 vs Port Vale (10 October 1956)
Lowest home attendance 11,083 vs Bury (22 April 1957)
Average home league attendance 22,146
Home colours

The 1956–57 season was Stoke City's 50th season in the Football League and the 17th in the Second Division.

With Stoke now entering a fourth season of Second tier football there was a lot of pressure placed on both manager Frank Taylor and the squad for 1956–57. And Stoke made a great effort in an attempt to gain promotion with a fine home record and new floodlights which saw Lincoln City beaten 8–0 with Neville Coleman scoring 7. However after this Stoke bizarrely failed to find the back of the net in six straight defeats and this poor run of form cost Stoke promotion and in the end they finished in 5th position with 48 points.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

In the 1956–57 season, with the pressure on both the manager and players, Stoke made a great effort at winning promotion back to the First Division.[1] A string of fine home results over Notts County (6–0), Leyton Orient (7–1) and Rotherham United (6–0) raised the fans hopes.[1] Floodlights were installed in October 1956 and the first match under the lights was in the Potteries derby against Port Vale.[1] A crowd of 38,729 turned up to see Stoke win 3–1 to maintain their good form.[1]

Neville Coleman was getting the bulk of Stoke goals which accumulated on 23 February 1957 when Lincoln City arrived at the Victoria Ground.[1] That day Stoke hammered luckless Lincoln 8–0 with Coleman scoring a record seven of the goals.[1] At this stage of the season promotion looked like it could be achieved but all of a sudden Stoke's form completely dropped, after a 1–1 draw with Sheffield United Stoke lost their next six matches and failed to score in any of them and their hopes of promotion died.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke were drawn away at First Division side Arsenal in the third round and were beaten 4–2 by the "Gunners".[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Leicester City 42 25 11 6 109 67 1.627 61
2 Nottingham Forest 42 22 10 10 94 55 1.709 54
3 Liverpool 42 21 11 10 82 54 1.519 53
4 Blackburn Rovers 42 21 10 11 83 75 1.107 52
5 Stoke City 42 20 8 14 83 58 1.431 48
6 Middlesbrough 42 19 10 13 84 60 1.400 48
7 Sheffield United 42 19 8 15 87 76 1.145 46
8 West Ham United 42 19 8 15 59 63 0.937 46
9 Bristol Rovers 42 18 9 15 81 67 1.209 45
10 Swansea Town 42 19 7 16 90 90 1.000 45
11 Fulham 42 19 4 19 84 76 1.105 42
12 Huddersfield Town 42 18 6 18 68 74 0.919 42
13 Bristol City 42 16 9 17 74 79 0.937 41
14 Doncaster Rovers 42 15 10 17 77 77 1.000 40
15 Leyton Orient 42 15 10 17 66 84 0.786 40
16 Grimsby Town 42 17 5 20 61 62 0.984 39
17 Rotherham United 42 13 11 18 74 75 0.987 37
18 Lincoln City 42 14 6 22 54 80 0.675 34
19 Barnsley 42 12 10 20 59 89 0.663 34
20 Notts County 42 9 12 21 58 86 0.674 30
21 Bury 42 8 9 25 60 96 0.625 25
22 Port Vale 42 8 6 28 57 101 0.564 22

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 18 August 1956 Middlesbrough A 1 – 1 13,116 Cairns (pen)
2 20 August 1956 Grimsby Town H 1 – 0 20,921 Coleman
3 25 August 1956 Leicester City H 3 – 1 23,675 Coleman, Cairns (pen), Oscroft
4 28 August 1956 Grimsby Town A 1 – 4 17,722 Bowyer
5 1 September 1956 Bristol Rovers A 0 – 4 25,430
6 3 September 1956 Doncaster Rovers H 1 – 1 14,497 King
7 8 September 1956 Notts County H 6 – 0 18,564 Kelly, Oscroft, Bowyer, Coleman (2), Cairns (pen)
8 10 September 1956 Doncaster Rovers A 0 – 4 14,674
9 15 September 1956 Liverpool A 2 – 0 47,119 Kelly, King
10 22 September 1956 Leyton Orient H 7 – 1 19,957 Kelly, King, Cairns (pen), Coleman, Oscroft (2), Bowyer
11 29 September 1956 Huddersfield Town A 2 – 2 16,202 Oscroft, Bowyer
12 6 October 1956 Rotherham United H 6 – 0 21,589 Oscroft, Bowyer, King (2), Coleman (2)
13 10 October 1956 Port Vale H 3 – 1 38,729 Coleman (2), Kelly
14 13 October 1956 Lincoln City A 1 – 0 13,066 Coleman
15 20 October 1956 Sheffield United H 3 – 3 26,849 Coleman (2), Kelly
16 27 October 1956 Fulham A 0 – 1 29,748
17 3 November 1956 Nottingham Forest H 2 – 1 32,637 Bowyer, Oscroft
18 10 November 1956 West Ham United A 0 – 1 17,500
19 17 November 1956 Blackburn Rovers H 4 – 1 21,067 Bowyer, King, Coleman, Kelly
20 24 November 1956 Bristol City A 2 – 1 17,796 Coleman, Kelly
21 1 December 1956 Swansea Town H 4 – 1 23,409 Coleman, King, Bowyer (2)
22 8 December 1956 Barnsley A 2 – 2 11,626 Bowyer, Kelly
23 15 December 1956 Middlesbrough H 3 – 1 20,679 Coleman (3)
24 22 December 1956 Leicester City A 2 – 3 28,178 Kelly (2)
25 29 December 1956 Bristol Rovers H 2 – 1 30,936 Bowyer, Graver
26 1 January 1957 Bury A 1 – 0 13,180 Graver
27 12 January 1957 Notts County A 0 – 5 13,620
28 19 January 1957 Liverpool H 1 – 0 31,144 Oscroft
29 2 February 1957 Leyton Orient A 2 – 2 18,705 Kelly (2)
30 9 February 1957 Huddersfield Town H 5 – 1 27,503 Oscroft (2), Bowyer, Coleman, Cairns (pen)
31 16 February 1957 Rotherham United A 0 – 1 11,511
32 23 February 1957 Lincoln City H 8 – 0 10,790 Coleman (7), King
33 1 March 1957 Sheffield United A 1 – 1 20,277 Kelly
34 9 March 1957 Fulham H 0 – 2 24,766
35 16 March 1957 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 4 32,294
36 23 March 1957 West Ham United H 0 – 1 19,875
37 30 March 1957 Blackburn Rovers A 0 – 1 27,600
38 6 April 1957 Bristol City H 0 – 2 13,397
39 13 April 1957 Swansea Town A 0 – 1 15,000
40 20 April 1957 Barnsley H 3 – 0 11,600 Bowyer (2), Graver
41 22 April 1957 Bury H 2 – 0 11,083 Bowyer, Oscroft
42 27 April 1957 Port Vale A 2 – 2 18,753 Graver, King

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1956–57 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 5 January 1957 Arsenal A 2 – 4 56,173 Oscroft, Coleman

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1
Manchester City
H
4 – 1
2
FK Radnički Niš
H
3 – 1
3
Rot-Weiss Essen
H
5 – 0
4
Schwenningen
A
1 – 3
5
SSV Ulm 1846
A
4 – 0
6
Forbach
A
4 – 3
7
FC Singen 04
A
4 – 2
8
Forbach
A
4 – 3
9
OGC Nice
A
1 – 2

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Bill Robertson 42 0 1 0 43 0
DF England Peter Ford 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England John McCue 39 0 1 0 40 0
DF England Frank Mountford 39 0 1 0 40 0
DF Scotland Ken Thomson 40 0 1 0 41 0
DF England Donald Whiston 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF England Bill Asprey 9 0 0 0 9 0
MF Scotland Bobby Cairns 36 5 1 0 37 5
MF England Edward Raynor 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England John Sellars 40 0 1 0 41 0
FW England Frank Bowyer 38 14 1 0 39 14
FW England Neville Coleman 42 26 1 1 43 27
FW England Andy Graver 13 5 0 0 13 5
FW England Colin Hutchinson 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Joe Hutton 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW Scotland George Kelly 30 13 1 0 31 13
FW England Johnny King 34 9 1 0 35 9
FW England Harry Oscroft 41 11 1 1 42 12
FW England Don Ratcliffe 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Derrick Ward 3 0 0 0 3 0

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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