1976–77 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1976–77 season
Chairman Albert Henshall
Manager Tony Waddington,
George Eastham
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 21st (34 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Garth Crooks (6)
All: Garth Crooks (6)
Highest home attendance 29,905 vs Liverpool (11 April 1977)
Lowest home attendance 12,225 vs Coventry City (16 February 1977)
Average home league attendance 19,027
Home colours

The 1976–77 season was Stoke City's 70th season in the Football League and the 46th in the First Division.

The roof for the Butler Street stand was rebuilt at a massive cost of £250,000 and with the club unable to pay off the insurers they turned to the playing staff to generate the required funds and with the likes of Jimmy Greenhoff, Alan Hudson and Mike Pejic being sold off Tony Waddington had a threadbare squad and he left the club in March 1977. Former player George Eastham took over but was unable to prevent Stoke losing their First Division status, going down by a single point.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The 1976–77 season opened with a new all steel Butler Street roof in place which would cost the sum of £250,000.[1] With the club struggling to pay the cost they had to begin a fire sale of the best players. Those who left the club included Sean Haslegrave to Norringham Forest for £35,000, Ian Moores to Tottenham Hotspur for £75,000, Jimmy Greenhoff to Manchester United for £100,000, Alan Hudson to Arsenal for £200,000 and Mike Pejic to Everton for £140,000.[1] These were indeed, body blows none more so than Jimmy Greenhoff leaving after he scored just over 100 goals for the club and was idolised by the supporters.[1]

The Stoke fans were totally confused at what was happening to their team and looked for someone to blame.[1] Goals were again in short supply, Stoke failed to find the back of the net for five successive league matches from late November to early January and in fact they managed just 28 goals all season, 21 at home a miserable 7 away.[1] Waddington's gambles on experienced player like John Tudor and Alan Suddick were not successful and after an awful defeat at home to Leicester City on 19 March 1977 Waddington's time at Stoke City was up.[1] He had spent 25 years at the Victoria Ground as manager, assistant and coach and is considered to be the club's greatest manager having helped them win their first major trophy in 1972.[1] He remained an avid supporter of the club until his death in 1994.[1]

Waddington's assistant George Eastham was put in temporary charge with coach Alan A'Court his assistant.[1] With the transfer deadline passed with no new players arrived, so Eastham turned towards the youth team to try to advert the drop, all to no avail and on a sad Monday evening at Villa Park in front of 29,000 fans, Stoke needing a win to stay up, lost 1–0 and were duly relegated to the second tier.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Everton beat Stoke 2–0 in the third round on their way to the semi final.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Stoke beat Leeds United 2–1 and then lost badly 3–0 to Newcastle United.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 23 11 8 62 33 +29 57
2 Manchester City 42 21 14 7 60 34 +26 56
3 Ipswich Town 42 22 8 12 66 39 +27 52
4 Aston Villa 42 22 7 13 76 50 +26 51
5 Newcastle United 42 18 13 11 64 49 +15 49
6 Manchester United 42 18 11 13 71 62 +9 47
7 West Bromwich Albion 42 16 13 13 62 56 +6 45
8 Arsenal 42 16 11 15 64 59 +5 43
9 Everton 42 14 14 14 62 64 –2 42
10 Leeds United 42 15 12 15 48 51 –3 42
11 Leicester City 42 12 18 12 47 60 –13 42
12 Middlesbrough 42 14 13 15 40 45 –5 41
13 Birmingham City 42 13 12 17 63 61 +2 38
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 12 17 47 52 –5 38
15 Derby County 42 9 19 14 50 55 –5 37
16 Norwich City 42 14 9 19 47 64 –17 37
17 West Ham United 42 11 14 17 46 65 –19 36
18 Bristol City 42 11 13 18 38 48 –10 35
19 Coventry City 42 10 15 17 48 59 –11 35
20 Sunderland 42 11 12 19 46 54 –8 34
21 Stoke City 42 10 14 18 28 51 –23 34
22 Tottenham Hotspur 42 12 9 21 48 72 –24 33

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; 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 1976 Sunderland H 0 – 0 27,244
2 24 August 1976 Bristol City A 1 – 1 25,316 Smith 86'
3 28 August 1976 Manchester City A 0 – 0 39,875
4 4 September 1976 West Ham United H 2 – 1 19,131 Crooks 32', Conroy 52'
5 11 September 1976 Everton A 0 – 3 22,277
6 18 September 1976 Ipswich Town H 2 – 1 20,171 Tudor (2) 2', 19'
7 25 September 1976 Queens Park Rangers A 0 – 2 21,621
8 29 September 1976 Leicester City A 0 – 1 15,391
9 2 October 1976 Aston Villa H 1 – 0 26,652 Conroy 37'
10 16 October 1976 Arsenal A 0 – 2 28,507
11 23 October 1976 Derby County H 1 – 0 20,916 Tudor 70'
12 30 October 1976 Newcastle United A 0 – 1 28,251
13 6 November 1976 Middlesbrough H 3 – 1 16,068 Waddington 20', Greenhoff (2) 47', 54'
14 10 November 1976 Leeds United A 1 – 1 29,199 Dodd 86'
15 20 November 1976 Birmingham City H 1 – 0 21,486 Crooks 70'
16 27 November 1976 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 2 22,230
17 18 December 1976 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 2 15,989
18 27 December 1976 Liverpool A 0 – 4 50,371
19 1 January 1977 Middlesbrough A 0 – 0 21,140
20 22 January 1977 Sunderland A 0 – 0 22,901
21 29 January 1977 Norwich City A 1 – 1 18,408 Salmons 48'
22 5 February 1977 Manchester City H 0 – 2 27,139
23 12 February 1977 West Ham United A 0 – 1 20,106
24 16 February 1977 Coventry City H 2 – 0 12,255 Conroy (2) 1', 55' (pen)
25 19 February 1977 Everton H 0 – 1 19,586
26 26 February 1977 Ipswich Town A 1 – 0 25,865 Goodwin 37'
27 5 March 1977 Queens Park Rangers H 1 – 0 15,454 Bowers 47'
28 15 March 1977 Newcastle United H 0 – 0 12,708
29 19 March 1977 Leicester City H 0 – 1 14,087
30 23 March 1977 Arsenal H 1 – 1 13,951 Conroy 7'
31 2 April 1977 Derby County A 0 – 2 23,161
32 9 April 1977 Manchester United A 0 – 3 53,102
33 11 April 1977 Liverpool H 0 – 0 29,905
34 12 April 1977 Leeds United H 2 – 1 17,960 Crooks (2) 67', 76'
35 16 April 1977 Birmingham City A 0 – 2 19,554
36 20 April 1977 Bristol City H 2 – 2 12,277 Smith 56', Bloor 70'
37 23 April 1977 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 0 15,641
38 30 April 1977 Coventry City A 2 – 5 15,720 Ruggiero (2) 40', 66' (pen)
39 7 May 1977 Norwich City H 0 – 0 13,202
40 11 May 1977 Manchester United H 3 – 3 24,632 Crooks (2) 40', 65', Bloor 49'
41 14 May 1977 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 3 22,772 Suddick 22'
42 16 May 1977 Aston Villa A 0 – 1 28,931

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1976–77 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 8 January 1977 Everton A 0 – 2 32,981

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 1 September 1976 Leeds United H 2 – 1 22,550 Conroy 75', Greenhoff 89'
R3 22 September 1976 Newcastle United A 0 – 3 25,126

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Śląsk Wrocław A 1 – 0
2 Indonesia XI A 1 – 1
3 Persebaya Surabaya A 2 – 0
4 Ajax A 1 – 2
5 AS Cannes A 2 – 0
6 AS Monaco A 0 – 1
7 Olympique Lyonnais A 1 – 2
8 FC Porto A 0 – 1
9 Genoa A 0 – 0
10 Chirk AAA A 6 – 0
11 Hibernian A 1 – 0
12 Blackpool A 4 – 2
13 Hereford United A 0 – 1

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Shilton 40 0 1 0 2 0 43 0
GK England Roger Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Alan Dodd 42 1 1 0 2 0 45 1
DF England Mike Pejic 21 0 0 0 2 0 23 0
DF England Denis Smith 30 2 1 0 0 0 31 2
DF England Alan Bloor 37 2 1 0 2 0 40 2
DF England Danny Bowers 13(2) 1 1 0 1(1) 0 15(3) 1
DF England Jackie Marsh 16(1) 0 1 0 2 0 19(1) 0
DF England John Lumsdon 12(1) 0 0 0 0 0 12(1) 0
DF England Paul Johnson 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
MF Wales John Mahoney 22 0 0 0 2 0 24 0
MF Republic of Ireland Terry Conroy 34(2) 5 0 0 2 1 36(2) 6
MF England Kevin Sheldon 7(2) 0 0 0 0 0 7(2) 0
MF England Steve Waddington 11(1) 1 1 0 0 0 12(1) 1
MF England Alan Hudson 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
MF England Brian Bithell 16(1) 0 1 0 0 0 17(1) 0
MF England Alan Suddick 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
MF England John Tudor 28(2) 3 1 0 0 0 29(2) 3
MF Scotland Jimmy Robertson 14 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
FW England Geoff Salmons 33(2) 1 1 0 2 0 36(2) 1
FW England Jimmy Greenhoff 14 2 0 0 2 1 16 3
FW England Garth Crooks 20(3) 6 0(1) 0 1(1) 0 21(5) 6
FW England John Ruggiero 9 2 0 0 0 0 9 2
FW England Dave Goodwin 12(1) 1 0 0 0 0 12(1) 1
FW England Dennis Thorley 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

References[edit]

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

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