1965–66 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1965–66 season
Chairman Mr G. Taylor
Manager Tony Waddington
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 10th (42 Points)
FA Cup Fourth Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: John Ritchie (13)
All: Peter Dobing & John Ritchie (13)
Highest home attendance 36,667 vs Manchester United (19 February 1966)
Lowest home attendance 11,602 vs Sheffield Wednesday (4 May 1966)
Average home league attendance 22,503
Home colours

The 1965–66 season was Stoke City's 59th season in the Football League and the 35th in the First Division.

Stoke had an inconsistent season as they found themselves being able to score a good number of goals but at the same time conceded many as well, scoring 65 goals and conceding 64. Stoke's final league position in 1965–66 was 10th, a modest improvement on the previous campaign.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The manager, chairman, directors and the supporters, all seemed happy with the squad for the 1965–66 season. But problems arose in defence as they started to conceded a worrying amount of goals with West Bromwich Albion hitting six while Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday all put four past a leaky Stoke defence.[1] However Stoke were also scoring an equal amount of goals themselves as Northampton Town were beaten 6–2 with Ritchie again scoring four goals.[1] Stoke finished the season in a respectable position of 10th.[1] At the end of the season both Jimmy McIlroy and Bill Asprey left the club after having a good career at the Victoria Ground.[1] The 1965–66 season also saw the introduction of the substitute, Stoke's first sub being Keith Bebbington.[1]

Tony Waddington tried to sign Swedish international Sven-Gunnar Larsson early in the season and actually played him in a friendly against Dynamo Moscow, but permission was denied by the FA and Stoke were fined £100.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke were drawn at home to Third Division side Walsall in the third round and were to shock Stoke with a 2–0 win.[1] Bobby Irvine played in the match and a produced a woeful performance and his mistake cost Stoke the match and also his Stoke career as he never played for the club again.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Stoke went out of this season's League Cup in the fourth round losing 2–1 away at Burnley after knocking out both Norwich City and Chesterfield.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Liverpool 42 26 9 7 79 34 2.324 61
2 Leeds United 42 23 9 10 79 38 2.079 55
3 Burnley 42 24 7 11 79 47 1.681 55
4 Manchester United 42 18 15 9 84 59 1.424 51
5 Chelsea 42 22 7 13 65 53 1.226 51
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 19 12 11 91 69 1.319 50
7 Leicester City 42 21 7 14 80 65 1.231 49
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 12 14 75 66 1.136 44
9 Sheffield United 42 16 11 15 56 59 0.949 43
10 Stoke City 42 15 12 15 65 64 1.016 42
11 Everton 42 15 11 16 56 62 0.903 41
12 West Ham United 42 15 9 18 70 83 0.843 39
13 Blackpool 42 14 9 19 55 65 0.846 37
14 Arsenal 42 12 13 17 62 75 0.827 37
15 Newcastle United 42 14 9 19 50 63 0.794 37
16 Aston Villa 42 15 6 21 69 80 0.863 36
17 Sheffield Wednesday 42 14 8 20 56 66 0.848 36
18 Nottingham Forest 42 14 8 20 56 72 0.778 36
19 Sunderland 42 14 8 20 51 72 0.708 36
20 Fulham 42 14 7 21 67 85 0.788 35
21 Northampton Town 42 10 13 19 55 92 0.598 33
22 Blackburn Rovers 42 8 4 30 57 88 0.648 20

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 First Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 21 August 1965 Arsenal A 1 – 2 30,100 Ritchie
2 25 August 1965 Chelsea H 2 – 2 28,154 Viollet (2)
3 28 August 1965 Everton H 1 – 1 30,014 Ritchie (pen)
4 1 September 1965 Chelsea A 2 – 1 25,071 Viollet, Setters
5 4 September 1965 Manchester United A 1 – 1 37,603 Dobing
6 8 September 1965 Blackburn Rovers H 3 – 2 12,375 Vernon, Ritchie (pen), Newton (o.g.)
7 11 September 1965 Newcastle United H 4 – 0 25,702 Vernon (2), Dobing, Bebbington
8 15 September 1965 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 0 9,565 Bebbington
9 18 September 1965 West Bromwich Albion A 2 – 6 24,374 Vernon, Dobing
10 25 September 1965 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 0 21,079 Setters
11 9 October 1965 Leicester City H 1 – 0 24,025 Dobing
12 16 October 1965 Sheffield United A 2 – 3 22,649 Dobing, Kinnell
13 23 October 1965 Leeds United H 1 – 2 30,893 Viollet
14 30 October 1965 West Ham United A 0 – 0 18,570
15 6 November 1965 Sunderland H 1 – 1 22,814 Kinnell
16 13 November 1965 Aston Villa A 1 – 0 22,031 Burrows
17 20 November 1965 Liverpool H 0 – 0 28,622
18 27 November 1965 Tottenham Hotspur A 2 – 2 25,552 Dobing, Vernon (pen)
19 4 December 1965 Fulham H 3 – 2 14,871 Vernon, Setters, Bloor
20 11 December 1965 Blackpool A 1 – 1 11,837 Burrows
21 27 December 1965 Burnley H 3 – 1 35,923 Burrows (2), Vernon
22 28 December 1965 Burnley A 1 – 4 23,216 Dobing
23 1 January 1966 Leicester City A 0 – 1 26,067
24 8 January 1966 Blackpool H 4 – 1 20,276 Burrows, Dobing, Vernon, Bebbington
25 15 January 1966 Leeds United A 2 – 2 34,802 Dobing, Palmer
26 29 January 1966 Arsenal H 1 – 3 21,883 Ritchie (pen)
27 5 February 1966 Everton A 1 – 2 24,999 Viollet
28 12 February 1966 Northampton Town H 6 – 2 16,525 Vernon, Dobing, Ritchie (4)
29 19 February 1966 Manchester United H 2 – 2 36,667 Vernon, Ritchie
30 26 February 1966 Newcastle United A 1 – 3 26,192 Burrows
31 12 March 1966 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 23,261 Ritchie
32 19 March 1966 Nottingham Forest A 3 – 4 21,175 Ritchie, Burrows, Dobing
33 25 March 1966 Sheffield United H 2 – 0 17,101 Ritchie, Bloor
34 31 March 1966 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 4 19,895 Viollet
35 2 April 1966 Sunderland A 0 – 2 20,108
36 9 April 1966 Aston Villa H 2 – 0 15,186 Burrows (2)
37 12 April 1966 Northampton Town A 0 – 1 20,680
38 16 April 1966 Liverpool A 0 – 2 41,106
39 23 April 1966 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 1 19,148
40 30 April 1966 Fulham A 1 – 1 25,491 Bridgwood
41 4 May 1966 Sheffield Wednesday H 3 – 1 11,602 Ritchie, Palmer, Bernard
42 7 May 1966 West Ham United H 1 – 0 15,670 Bridgwood

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1965–66 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 22 January 1966 Walsall H 0 – 2 32,676

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 23 September 1965 Norwich City H 2 – 1 12,896 Vernon, Burrows
R3 3 October 1965 Chesterfield A 2 – 2 12,235 Burrows, Philpott
R3 Replay 20 October 1965 Chesterfield H 2 – 1 12,595 Viollet, Dobing
R4 3 November 1965 Burnley H 0 – 0 14,413
R4 Replay 9 November 1965 Burnley A 1 – 2 (aet) 13,466 Dobing

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Home Farm A 2 – 1
2 Feyenoord A 1 – 1
3 Ajax A 3 – 5
4 Oxford United A 2 – 5
5 Coventry City A 1 – 5
6 Stockport County A 6 – 4
7 Congleton Town A 3 – 4
8 Southend United A 3 – 2
9 Crewe Alexandra A 4 – 2
10 Crystal Palace A 0 – 4
11 Dynamo Moscow H 0 – 2
12 Hong Kong League A 7 – 0
13 Hong Kong XI A 4 – 2

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England John Farmer 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
GK Northern Ireland Bobby Irvine 13 0 1 0 3 0 17 0
GK Scotland Lawrie Leslie 12 0 0 0 2 0 14 0
DF England Tony Allen 17 0 1 0 0 0 18 0
DF England Bill Asprey 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Bill Bentley 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
DF England Mike Bernard 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
DF England Alan Bloor 29(2) 2 1 0 4 0 34(2) 1
DF Scotland George Kinnell 25(2) 2 0 0 4 0 29(2) 2
DF England Eric Skeels 41 0 1 0 5 0 47 0
MF England Gerry Bridgwood 14(1) 2 0 0 1 0 15(1) 2
MF England John Flowers 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
MF England Calvin Palmer 38 2 1 0 5 0 44 2
MF England Alan Philpott 1(1) 0 0 0 1 1 2(1) 2
MF England Maurice Setters 39 3 1 0 5 0 45 3
MF England John Woodward 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
FW England Keith Bebbington 21(1) 3 0 0 4 0 25(1) 3
FW England Harry Burrows 36 9 1 0 5 2 42 11
FW England Peter Dobing 37(1) 11 1 0 5 2 43(1) 13
FW England Gerry Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW Northern Ireland Jimmy McIlroy 15 0 0 0 2 0 17 0
FW England John Ritchie 23 13 1 0 0 0 24 13
FW Wales Roy Vernon 31 10 1 0 4 1 36 11
FW England Dennis Viollet 32 6 1 0 5 1 38 7
Own goals 1 0 0 1

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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