1968–69 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1968–69 season
Chairman Albert Henshall
Manager Tony Waddington
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 19th (33 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Peter Dobing (8)
All: Peter Dobing (10)
Highest home attendance 30,630 vs Manchester United (23 November 1968)
Lowest home attendance 8,826 vs Sheffield Wednesday (22 April 1969)
Average home league attendance 18,984
Home colours

The 1968–69 season was Stoke City's 62nd season in the Football League and the 38th in the First Division.

Stoke failed to improve on last season's near miss and again were involved in a relegation scrap. Stoke won just nine matches all season and scored just 40 goals as they narrowly avoided relegation by three points.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

To address last season's lack of goals Waddington brought in Scottish international David Herd on a free transfer from Manchester United.[1] There was tragedy in October 1968 as reserve team goalkeeper Paul Shardlow suffered a heart attack in a training match and died.[1]

As the 1968–69 season began, once again Stoke found goals hard to come by, they only scored eight in their opening eleven league matches and although the feeling amongst the supporters was that the team was too good to be relegated they were lucky in the fact that Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City had poor seasons.[1] Stoke could only manage 19th place in a very uneventful season which saw champions Leeds United gain revenge for last season by beating Stoke 5–1 at the Victoria Ground.[1] It had been a nerve-wrecking season with Stoke seemingly involved in a relegation battle from the start, and thanks to some determined performances Stoke scrambled three points clear of the drop zone.[1] The 1968–69 season did, however mark the debut of Denis Smith who was later to become club captain and would have a major impact on the club's fortunes during the 1970s.[1]

At the end of the season in May 1969 Stoke City embarked on an end of season tour which saw them play against Congo Kinshasa (drew 1–1) and then on to Spain where they played against Catalonia giants Barcelona.[1] The match was played in front of 65,000 at the Camp Nou and Stoke shocked the prestigious hosts with a 3–2 victory.[1] David Herd scored twice and Harry Burrows hit a third to put Stoke into a 3–0 lead at half-time. Barcelona fought back after the break scoring twice but a superbly marshalled Stoke back line held on for a splendid victory.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

After unspectacular wins over Fourth Division sides York City and Halifax Town, Stoke lost 3–2 away at Chelsea.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Blackburn Rovers eliminated Stoke in a second round replay 1–0 after a 1–1 draw at Ewood Park, John Mahoney scoring for the "Potters".[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Leeds United 42 27 13 2 66 26 2.538 67
2 Liverpool 42 25 11 6 63 24 2.625 61
3 Everton 42 21 15 6 77 36 2.139 57
4 Arsenal 42 22 12 8 56 27 2.074 56
5 Chelsea 42 20 10 12 73 53 1.377 50
6 Tottenham Hotspur 42 14 17 11 61 51 1.196 45
7 Southampton 42 16 13 13 57 48 1.188 45
8 West Ham United 42 13 18 11 66 50 1.320 44
9 Newcastle United 42 15 14 13 61 55 1.109 44
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 16 11 15 64 67 0.955 43
11 Manchester United 42 15 12 15 57 53 1.075 42
12 Ipswich Town 42 15 11 16 59 60 0.983 41
13 Manchester City 42 15 10 17 64 55 1.164 40
14 Burnley 42 15 9 18 55 82 0.671 39
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 10 16 16 41 54 0.759 36
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 15 17 41 58 0.707 35
17 Sunderland 42 11 12 19 43 67 0.642 34
18 Nottingham Forest 42 10 13 19 45 57 0.789 33
19 Stoke City 42 9 15 18 40 63 0.635 33
20 Coventry City 42 10 11 21 46 64 0.719 31
21 Leicester City 42 9 12 21 39 68 0.574 30
22 Queens Park Rangers 42 4 10 28 39 95 0.411 18

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 10 August 1968 Sunderland H 2 – 1 22,475 Dobing, Stevenson
2 14 August 1968 West Ham United H 0 – 2 22,131
3 17 August 1968 Leeds United A 0 – 2 30,383
4 20 August 1968 Liverpool A 1 – 2 46,674 Conroy
5 24 August 1968 Leicester City H 1 – 0 16,633 Mahoney
6 28 August 1968 Southampton A 0 – 2 20,712
7 31 August 1968 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 1 31,034 Elder
8 7 September 1968 Manchester City H 1 – 0 22,013 Conroy
9 14 September 1968 Arsenal A 0 – 1 28,273
10 21 September 1968 Queens Park Rangers H 1 – 1 15,273 Skeels
11 28 September 1968 Ipswich Town A 1 – 3 20,943 Dobing
12 5 October 1968 Nottingham Forest A 3 – 3 21,510 Stevenson, Burrows, Herd
13 9 October 1968 Southampton H 1 – 0 14,105 Allen
14 12 October 1968 Burnley H 1 – 3 14,160 Mahoney
15 19 October 1968 Everton A 1 – 2 42,887 Herd
16 26 October 1968 Chelsea H 2 – 0 16,786 Herd, Dobing
17 2 November 1968 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 1 33,309 Herd
18 9 November 1968 Coventry City H 0 – 3 16,117
19 16 November 1968 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 2 22,134 Dobing
20 23 November 1968 Manchester United H 0 – 0 30,630
21 30 November 1968 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 2 23,027 Burrows
22 7 December 1968 Newcastle United H 1 – 0 11,594 Herd
23 14 December 1968 Burnley A 1 – 1 10,003 Herd
24 21 December 1968 Everton H 0 – 0 20,491
25 26 December 1968 Nottingham Forest H 3 – 1 20,331 Dobing, Conroy, Eastham
26 11 January 1969 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 1 21,728 Conroy
27 1 February 1969 West Bromwich Albion H 1 – 1 20,567 Conroy
28 1 March 1969 Sunderland A 1 – 4 16,092 Conroy
29 5 March 1969 Chelsea A 0 – 1 19,856
30 8 March 1969 Leeds United H 1 – 5 24,327 Burrows (pen)
31 15 March 1969 Leicester City A 0 – 0 24,987
32 18 March 1969 Coventry City A 1 – 1 25,097 Herd
33 22 March 1969 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 4 – 1 19,574 Herd, Conroy, Dobing (2)
34 24 March 1969 Manchester United A 1 – 1 39,931 Stevenson
35 29 March 1969 Manchester City A 1 – 3 27,311 Marsh
36 5 April 1969 Ipswich Town H 2 – 1 15,022 Herd, Dobing
37 7 April 1969 Liverpool H 0 – 0 27,389
38 8 April 1969 West Ham United A 0 – 0 26,577
39 12 April 1969 Queens Park Rangers A 1 – 2 12,489 Hunt (o.g.)
40 19 April 1969 Arsenal H 1 – 3 14,989 Burrows
41 22 April 1969 Sheffield Wednesday H 1 – 1 8,826 Vernon
42 30 April 1969 Newcastle United A 0 – 5 27,526

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1968–69 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 4 January 1969 York City A 2 – 0 11,129 Burrows (2)
R4 25 February 1969 Halifax Town H 1 – 1 30,283 Dobing
R4 Replay 28 February 1969 Halifax Town A 3 – 0 24,981 Conroy (2), Burrows
R5 12 February 1969 Chelsea A 2 – 3 39,191 Burrows, Dobing

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 4 September 1968 Blackburn Rovers A 1 – 1 12,464 Mahoney
R2 Replay 11 September 1968 Blackburn Rovers H 0 – 1 13,747

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Oldham Athletic A 3 – 1
2 Exeter City A 1 – 0
3 Plymouth Argyle A 1 – 0
4 Derby County H 1 – 3
5 Blackpool A 5 – 8
6 Congo Kinshasa A 1 – 1
7 Granada A 4 – 1
8 Pontevedra A 0 – 2
9 Barcelona A 3 – 2

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Gordon Banks 30 0 4 0 0 0 34 0
GK England John Farmer 12 0 0 0 2 0 14 0
DF England Tony Allen 17(3) 1 0 0 2 0 19(3) 1
DF England Bill Bentley 3(1) 0 0 0 0 0 3(1) 0
DF England Alan Bloor 29 0 4 0 2 0 35 0
DF Northern Ireland Alex Elder 38 1 4 0 2 0 44 1
DF England Tony Lacey 2(1) 0 0 0 1 0 3(1) 0
DF England Jackie Marsh 28(2) 1 4 0 1 0 33(2) 1
DF England Mike Pejic 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Eric Skeels 35(1) 1 4 0 0(1) 0 39(2) 1
DF England Denis Smith 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
MF England Mike Bernard 21(3) 0 4 0 0 0 25(3) 0
MF England Gerry Bridgwood 4(2) 0 0 0 1 0 5(2) 0
MF Republic of Ireland Terry Conroy 30(1) 7 4 2 1 0 35(1) 9
MF England George Eastham 26(1) 1 4 0 2 0 32(1) 1
MF Wales John Mahoney 23(3) 2 0 0 2 1 25(3) 3
MF Scotland Willie Stevenson 30(2) 3 0 0 2 0 32(2) 3
FW England Harry Burrows 35 4 4 4 0 0 39 8
FW England Peter Dobing 40 8 4 2 2 0 46 10
FW Scotland David Herd 35 9 4 0 0 0 39 9
FW Wales Roy Vernon 5(3) 1 0 0 2 0 7(3) 1
FW England John Worsdale 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Own goals 1 0 0 1

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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