1960–61 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1960–61 season
Chairman Albert Henshall
Manager Tony Waddington
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 18th (36 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Johnny King (12)
All: Johnny King (13)
Highest home attendance 14,690 vs Sunderland (22 August 1960)
Lowest home attendance 4,463 vs Liverpool (3 May 1961)
Average home league attendance 9,252
Home colours

The 1960–61 season was Stoke City's 54th season in the Football League and the 21st in the Second Division.

With the unsuccessful Frank Taylor now departed new manager Tony Waddington quickly began to stamp his mark on the club allowing a number of players to leave the club whilst bringing in his own replacements. It was obviously going to be a transitional season for the club but there was probably too much upheaval as performances out on the pitch were not good and despite a 9–0 win over Plymouth Argyle, Stoke finished in 18th place avoiding relegation by three points.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

A clear-out of players was under way in the summer of 1960 with two goalkeepers Bill Robertson and Wilf Hall both departing.[1] Also leaving the Victoria Ground was long serving defender John McCue and a number of fringe players.[1] To replace the hole left by the departure of the 'keepers Tony Waddington made his first signing, Irish international Jimmy O'Neill from Everton for £5,000.[1]

There were no instant improvements as Stoke searched for a sustained run of success. An attack that could not score regularly was a major problem and it was so bad that by Christmas time centre back Bill Asprey was moved up front and he impressed scoring twice in a 9–0 win over Plymouth Argyle and got a hat trick against Charlton Athletic.[1] That win over Plymouth is Stoke second highest league victory.[1] Ahead of the March transfer deadline, Waddington paid £7,000 to Blackpool for their winger Jackie Mudie whose vast experience brought guile to the attack.[1] Mudie effectively replaced Dennis Wilshaw who broke his leg in the FA Cup at Newcastle and had to retire.[1]

Stoke took 18th place in the Second Division at the end of Waddingtons first season in charge their away form letting them down badly with just three wins recorded and 12 goals scored. And for the first time since the 1907–08 season the average home attendance was under 10,000 as Waddington realised that much work was required to turn around the fortunes of Stoke City.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

In the FA Cup Stoke made it to the fifth round before losing to Newcastle United after beating West Ham United and a tricky three matches against Aldershot.[1]

League Cup[edit]

The 1960–61 season was also the start of a new cup competition the Football League Cup, Stoke made an embarrassing start losing 3–1 to Fourth Division Doncaster Rovers.[1] Stoke didn't even score as Rovers defender Tommy Hymers scored an own goal giving him the dubious honour of being Stoke's first League Cup goalscorer.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Ipswich Town 42 26 7 9 100 55 1.818 59
2 Sheffield United 42 26 6 10 81 51 1.588 58
3 Liverpool 42 21 10 11 87 58 1.500 52
4 Norwich City 42 20 9 13 70 53 1.321 49
5 Middlesbrough 42 18 12 12 83 74 1.122 48
6 Sunderland 42 17 13 12 75 60 1.250 47
7 Swansea Town 42 18 11 13 77 73 1.055 47
8 Southampton 42 18 8 16 84 81 1.037 44
9 Scunthorpe United 42 14 15 13 69 64 1.078 43
10 Charlton Athletic 42 16 11 15 97 91 1.066 43
11 Plymouth Argyle 42 17 8 17 81 82 0.988 42
12 Derby County 42 15 10 17 80 80 1.000 40
13 Luton Town 42 15 9 18 71 79 0.899 39
14 Leeds United 42 14 10 18 75 83 0.904 38
15 Rotherham United 42 12 13 17 65 64 1.016 37
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 14 9 19 61 75 0.813 37
17 Bristol Rovers 42 15 7 20 73 92 0.793 37
18 Stoke City 42 12 12 18 51 59 0.864 36
19 Leyton Orient 42 14 8 20 55 78 0.705 36
20 Huddersfield Town 42 13 9 20 62 71 0.873 35
21 Portsmouth 42 11 11 20 64 91 0.703 33
22 Lincoln City 42 8 8 26 48 95 0.505 24

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 20 August 1960 Plymouth Argyle A 1 – 3 21,138 Bullock
2 22 August 1960 Sunderland H 0 – 0 14,690
3 27 August 1960 Norwich City H 1 – 1 11,716 Wilshaw
4 31 August 1960 Sunderland A 0 – 4 19,007
5 3 September 1960 Charlton Athletic A 1 – 3 8,147 Ratcliffe
6 7 September 1960 Portsmouth A 0 – 1 16,497
7 10 September 1960 Sheffield United H 2 – 0 11,328 Wilshaw (2)
8 12 September 1960 Portsmouth H 1 – 0 11,686 King
9 17 September 1960 Derby County A 1 – 1 14,432 Asprey
10 24 September 1960 Swansea Town A 0 – 0 9,520
11 1 October 1960 Luton Town H 3 – 0 9,395 Wilshaw (2), Bentley
12 8 October 1960 Leyton Orient H 1 – 2 9,149 Wilshaw
13 15 October 1960 Scunthorpe United A 1 – 1 8,777 Bentley
14 22 October 1960 Ipswich Town H 2 – 4 8,056 Bentley, D Ward
15 29 October 1960 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1 – 0 8,791 Wilshaw
16 5 November 1960 Middlesbrough H 1 – 1 9,019 D Ward
17 12 November 1960 Leeds United A 1 – 0 13,535 King
18 19 November 1960 Southampton H 1 – 2 10,465 King
19 26 November 1960 Rotherham United A 0 – 0 8,330
20 10 December 1960 Bristol Rovers A 0 – 1 13,407
21 17 December 1960 Plymouth Argyle H 9 – 0 6,479 Asprey (2), King (3), Wilshaw, Ratcliffe (2), Fincham (o.g.)
22 24 December 1960 Huddersfield Town H 2 – 2 10,029 Wilshaw (2)
23 26 December 1960 Huddersfield Town A 0 – 0 13,783
24 31 December 1960 Norwich City A 0 – 1 20,681
25 16 January 1961 Charlton Athletic H 5 – 3 10,988 Asprey (3), Bentley, Wilshaw
26 21 January 1961 Sheffield United A 1 – 4 13,865 King
27 11 February 1961 Swansea Town H 1 – 3 10,517 Davies (o.g.)
28 23 February 1961 Luton Town A 1 – 4 12,142 Bullock
29 4 March 1961 Scunthorpe United H 2 – 0 12,567 King, Mudie
30 11 March 1961 Ipswich Town A 1 – 2 16,578 King
31 18 March 1961 Bristol Rovers H 2 – 0 7,826 Ratcliffe, Bullock (pen)
32 20 March 1961 Derby County H 2 – 1 6,831 Mudie, Bullock (pen)
33 25 March 1961 Middlesbrough A 0 – 1 8,534
34 31 March 1961 Lincoln City A 1 – 1 6,651 Bullock
35 1 April 1961 Rotherham United H 1 – 4 8,241 King
36 3 April 1961 Lincoln City H 0 – 0 6,383
37 8 April 1961 Southampton A 1 – 0 12,927 Mudie
38 10 April 1961 Leyton Orient A 1 – 3 8,349 King
39 15 April 1961 Leeds United H 0 – 0 7,130
40 22 April 1961 Liverpool A 0 – 3 13,389
41 29 April 1961 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0 – 2 5,232
42 3 May 1961 Liverpool H 3 – 1 4,463 King, Bentley (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1960–61 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 7 January 1961 West Ham United A 2 – 2 21,545 Ratcliffe, Andrew
R3 Replay 11 January 1961 West Ham United H 1 – 0 28,914 Wilshaw
R4 28 January 1961 Aldershot H 0 – 0 18,289
R4 Replay 1 February 1961 Aldershot A 0 – 0 (aet) 16,489
R4 2nd Replay 6 February 1961 Aldershot N 3 – 0 16,672 Wilshaw (2), Asprey
R5 16 February 1961 Newcastle United A 1 – 3 46,170 King

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 18 October 1960 Doncaster Rovers A 1 – 3 5,694 Hymers (o.g.)

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Geoff Hickson 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
GK Republic of Ireland Jimmy O'Neill 41 0 6 0 1 0 47 0
DF England Tony Allen 42 0 6 0 1 0 49 0
DF England Ron Andrew 37 0 6 1 1 0 44 1
DF England Eric Skeels 37 0 6 0 1 0 44 0
DF England Terry Ward 27 0 1 0 1 0 29 0
DF England Dennis Wilson 5 0 4 0 0 0 9 0
DF Scotland Ron Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Bill Asprey 35 6 4 1 1 0 40 7
MF England Gerry Bridgwood 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF Scotland Bobby Cairns 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
MF Scotland Bobby Howitt 35 0 6 0 1 0 42 0
MF England Alan Philpott 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Australia John Anderson 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
FW England Tony Bentley 28 6 6 0 1 0 35 6
FW England Peter Bullock 17 5 0 0 0 0 17 5
FW England Johnny King 41 12 6 1 1 0 48 13
FW England Graham Matthews 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Jackie Mudie 13 3 0 0 0 0 13 3
FW England Don Ratcliffe 41 4 6 1 1 0 49 5
FW England Derrick Ward 17 2 3 0 1 0 21 2
FW England Dennis Wilshaw 24 11 6 3 0 0 30 14
Own goals 2 0 1 3

References[edit]

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

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