1975–76 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1975–76 season
Chairman Albert Henshall
Manager Tony Waddington
Stadium Victoria Ground & Vale Park
Football League First Division 12th (41 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Jimmy Greenhoff, Ian Moores (11)
All: Jimmy Greenhoff, Ian Moores (13)
Highest home attendance 32,092 vs Liverpool (26 December 1975)
Lowest home attendance 15,598 vs Norwich City (24 April 1976)
Average home league attendance 22,314
Home colours

The 1975–76 season was Stoke City's 69th season in the Football League and the 45th in the First Division.

After two very successful league campaigns there was high hopes for the 1975–76 season as Stoke looked to establish themselves amongst the best in the country. Their form was good and going into the new year Stoke were in the top half of the table and looking good. But disaster struck in January 1976 as winds of hurricane force battered Stoke-on-Trent and the Victoria Ground was badly damaged. The roof of the Butler street stand collapsed and Stoke had to play a league match against Middlesbrough at nearby Vale Park whilst repair work was carried out. Results declined thereafter and Stoke took 12th position.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

There had been heavy transfer costs incurred in 1974–75 with the club recording a loss of £448,342 and therefore now in debt despite an increase in the average attendance.[1] Geoff Hurst was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £20,000, the only outgoing transfer for cash in the summer of 1975, although two other notable departures were those of club record goalscorer John Ritchie who retired after finding the back of the net a record 176 times for the "Potters" and also goalkeeper John Farmer.[1] Hopes were high again of a successful season, but Stoke stayed stubbornly in the middle of the division never threatening the top or bottom to the table.[1]

After some good and bad results come January 1976 Stoke experienced perhaps their greatest misfortune.[1] In a powerful storm which hit the Stoke-on-Trent area the Butler Street stand had its roof blown off by strong winds and the Victoria Ground was closed while repair work was carried out.[1] Near neighbours Port Vale offered Stoke the use of Vale Park and on the one occasion they used it Middlesbrough were beaten 1–0 with Ian Moores scoring in front of 21,009.[1] Stoke were allowed back home for their next match against Manchester City in the FA Cup on 4 February.[1] Stoke lost the momentum they had and finished the season in 12th spot.[1] Eric Skeels left the club at the end of the season dubbed 'Mr Dependable' by Tony Waddington Skeels is Stoke's all time record appearance holder having made 592 appearances for the club in all competitions.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke beat both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City before losing to Sunderland in a replay.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Fourth Division Lincoln City caused a shock as they beat Stoke 2–1 at Sincil Bank.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Liverpool 42 23 14 5 66 31 2.129 60
2 Queens Park Rangers 42 24 11 7 67 33 2.030 59
3 Manchester United 42 23 10 9 68 42 1.619 56
4 Derby County 42 21 11 10 75 58 1.293 53
5 Leeds United 42 21 9 12 65 46 1.413 51
6 Ipswich Town 42 16 14 12 54 48 1.125 46
7 Leicester City 42 13 19 10 48 51 0.941 45
8 Manchester City 42 16 11 15 64 46 1.391 43
9 Tottenham Hotspur 42 14 15 13 63 63 1.000 43
10 Norwich City 42 16 10 16 58 58 1.000 42
11 Everton 42 15 12 15 60 66 0.909 42
12 Stoke City 42 15 11 16 48 50 0.960 41
13 Middlesbrough 42 15 10 17 46 45 1.022 40
14 Coventry City 42 13 14 15 47 57 0.825 40
15 Newcastle United 42 15 9 18 71 62 1.145 39
16 Aston Villa 42 11 17 14 51 59 0.864 39
17 Arsenal 42 13 10 19 47 53 0.887 36
18 West Ham United 42 13 10 19 48 71 0.676 36
19 Birmingham City 42 13 7 22 57 75 0.760 33
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 10 22 51 68 0.750 30
21 Burnley 42 9 10 23 43 66 0.652 28
22 Sheffield United 42 6 10 26 33 82 0.402 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 First Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 16 August 1975 West Ham United H 1 – 2 23,744 Moores 89'
2 20 August 1975 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2 – 2 22,551 Bowers 53', Conroy 57' (pen)
3 23 August 1975 Arsenal A 1 – 0 28,025 Hudson 42'
4 27 August 1975 Leicester City A 1 – 1 22,878 Hudson 3'
5 30 August 1975 Manchester United H 0 – 1 23,337
6 6 September 1975 Middlesbrough A 0 – 3 20,975
7 13 September 1975 Leeds United H 3 – 2 23,139 Conroy 32', Pejic 40', Greenhoff 73'
8 20 September 1975 Coventry City A 3 – 0 18,965 Greenhoff 44', Moores (2) 47', 77'
9 24 September 1975 Manchester City A 0 – 1 28,915
10 27 September 1975 Derby County H 1 – 0 25,097 Greenhoff 11'
11 4 October 1975 Norwich City A 1 – 0 22,318 Haslegrave 73'
12 11 October 1975 Ipswich Town H 0 – 1 21,978
13 18 October 1975 Sheffield United A 2 – 0 23,410 Greenhoff (2) 75', 84'
14 25 October 1975 Newcastle United H 1 – 1 24,057 Greenhoff 60'
15 1 November 1975 Burnley A 1 – 0 18,269 Moores 55'
16 8 November 1975 Everton H 3 – 2 24,651 Salmons 12', Robertson 80', Moores 81'
17 15 November 1975 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 1 25,698 Moores 71'
18 22 November 1975 Sheffield United H 2 – 1 21,959 Salmons (2) 20', 28' (1 pen)
19 29 November 1975 Queens Park Rangers A 2 – 3 22,328 Moores 46', Bloor 55'
20 6 December 1975 Aston Villa H 1 – 1 28,492 Greenhoff 22'
21 13 December 1975 Arsenal H 2 – 1 18,628 Salmons 73', Greenhoff 80'
22 20 December 1975 West Ham United A 1 – 3 21,135 Bloor 34'
23 26 December 1975 Liverpool H 1 – 1 32,092 Salmons 52'
24 27 December 1975 Birmingham City A 1 – 1 37,166 Moores 40'
25 10 January 1976 Leeds United A 0 – 2 36,909
26 17 January 1976 Middlesbrough H 1 – 0 21,009 Moores 87'
27 31 January 1976 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 2 24,190 Conroy 72'
28 7 February 1976 Leicester City H 1 – 2 21,001 Moores 3'
29 21 February 1976 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 2 17,113 Greenhoff 6'
30 3 March 1976 Newcastle United A 1 – 0 37,459 Burns (o.g.) 19'
31 6 March 1976 Burnley H 4 – 1 16,062 Smith (2) 18', 30', Greenhoff 25', Mahoney 75'
32 13 March 1976 Ipswich Town A 1 – 1 22,812 Smith 83'
33 20 March 1976 Queens Park Rangers H 0 – 1 22,848
34 24 March 1976 Derby County A 1 – 1 30,156 Bloor 2'
35 27 March 1976 Aston Villa A 0 – 0 32,359
36 2 April 1976 Manchester City H 0 – 0 18,798
37 7 April 1976 Everton A 1 – 2 16,974 Greenhoff 59' (pen)
38 10 April 1976 Coventry City H 0 – 1 16,059
39 17 April 1976 Liverpool A 3 – 5 44,069 Conroy 30', Moores 60', Bloor 89'
40 19 April 1976 Birmingham City H 1 – 0 19,918 Gallagher 6' (o.g.)
41 21 April 1976 Manchester United A 1 – 0 53,879 Bloor 87'
42 24 April 1976 Norwich City H 0 – 2 15,598

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1975–76 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 3 January 1976 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 1 26,715 Mahoney 31'
R3 Replay 24 January 1976 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 1 29,520 Moores 35', Salmons 88' (pen)
R4 4 February 1976 Manchester City H 1 – 0 38,073 Greenhoff 81'
R5 14 February 1976 Sunderland H 0 – 0 41,171
R5 Replay 17 February 1976 Sunderland A 1 – 2 47,583 Smith 77'

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 10 September 1975 Lincoln City A 1 – 2 13,472 Greenhoff 18'

Friendlies[edit]

Game Opponent Venue Result
1 Phwelli & District A 7 – 1
2 Olympique de Marseille A 0 – 0
3 AS Monaco A 1 – 0
4 Cruzeiro A 0 – 3
5 Atlético Madrid A 0 – 0
6 Buxton A 3 – 2
7 Stafford Rangers A 2 – 0
8 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1 – 1
9 Stockport County A 2 – 2
10 Port Vale A 1 – 1
11 RCD Espanyol A 2 – 1

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Shilton 42 0 5 0 1 0 48 0
DF England Alan Bloor 32 5 4 0 1 0 37 5
DF England Danny Bowers 6(1) 1 2 0 0 0 8(1) 1
DF England Alan Dodd 39(1) 0 5 0 1 0 45(1) 0
DF England Kevin Lewis 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
DF England John Lumsdon 9(1) 0 0 0 0 0 9(1) 0
DF England Jackie Marsh 25(1) 0 4 0 1 0 30(1) 0
DF England Mike Pejic 39 1 2 0 1 0 42 1
DF England Eric Skeels 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
DF England Denis Smith 19 3 3 0 0 0 22 3
MF Republic of Ireland Terry Conroy 16 4 1 0 1 0 18 4
MF England Sean Haslegrave 23(5) 1 0 0 1 0 24(5) 1
MF England Alan Hudson 34 2 5 0 1 0 40 2
MF Wales John Mahoney 38 1 5 1 1 0 44 2
MF England Kevin Sheldon 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
MF Scotland Jimmy Robertson 12(6) 1 5 0 0 0 17(6) 1
FW England Garth Crooks 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Dave Goodwin 2(2) 0 0 0 0 0 2(2) 0
FW England Jimmy Greenhoff 40 11 5 1 1 1 46 13
FW England Ian Moores 29(3) 11 4 1 1 0 34(3) 12
FW England Geoff Salmons 39(1) 5 5 1 0 0 44(1) 6
Own goals 2 0 0 2

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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