1982–83 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1982–83 season
Chairman Percy Axon
Manager Ritchie Barker
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 13th (57 Points)
FA Cup Fourth Round
League Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Mickey Thomas (11)
All: Mickey Thomas (12)
Highest home attendance 29,401 vs Liverpool (23 October 1982)
Lowest home attendance 10,880 vs Nottingham Forest (16 March 1983)
Average home league attendance 16,662
Home colours

The 1982–83 season was Stoke City's 76th season in the Football League and 50th in the First Division.

More transfer activity took place in the summer of 1982 with club legend Denis Smith departing the club after 14 seasons at the Victoria Ground. Mark Chamberlain arrived from City rivals Port Vale and the 1982–83 season saw Stoke produce some high quality football. They were involved in a number of exciting matches most notably a 4–4 draw with Luton Town in September. Stoke were neither in a fight for a top half finish nor relegation and finished in a safe mid-table position of 13th.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

After one season at the helm manager Ritchie Barker continued to clear out with Denis Smith becoming the last member of the 1972 League Cup winning squad to leave the Victoria Ground.[1] Also released were Paul A. Johnson and Steve Kirk.[1] Barker then went to his old club Wolverhampton Wanderers and brought in Derek Parkin and George Berry to fill the gap in defence.[1] With the 1982–83 season fast approaching he sold last seasons top goalscorer Lee Chapman to Arsenal for £500,000 and used £200,000 of that to bring in Mickey Thomas. He also turned to near neighbours Port Vale and signed Mark Harrison plus the Chamberlain brothers Mark and Neville in a triple signing.[1]

Former defender Bill Asprey was appointed as assistant manager and with the new arrivals Stoke produced some eye catching performances.[1] Their attacking style of play won many admirers and with Mark Chamberlain catching the eye he earned himself an England call-up during the season, unfortunately his brother, Neville, failed to make an impact.[1] There were some terrific team performances during the course of the season with the most notable being a classic 4–4 draw with Luton Town in September.[1] Stoke finished an entertaining season in 13th place with 57 points.[1] The season did end on a sad note however as chairman Percy Axon died.[1] A dedicated, hard-working man, Axon was replaced by Frank Edwards who himself would sadly pass away two years later.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke beat Sheffield United 3–2 in an entertaining replay but were then ousted 2–0 by Liverpool at Anfield.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Stoke again failed to make it past the second round this time West Ham United knocking City out of the League Cup.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 24 10 8 87 37 +50 82
2 Watford 42 22 5 15 74 57 +17 71
3 Manchester United 42 19 13 10 56 38 +18 70
4 Tottenham Hotspur 42 20 9 13 65 50 +15 69
5 Nottingham Forest 42 20 9 13 62 50 +12 69
6 Aston Villa 42 21 5 16 62 50 +12 68
7 Everton 42 18 10 14 66 48 +18 64
8 West Ham United 42 20 4 18 68 62 +6 64
9 Ipswich Town 42 15 13 14 64 50 +14 58
10 Arsenal 42 16 10 16 58 56 +2 58
11 West Bromwich Albion 42 15 12 15 51 49 +2 57
12 Southampton 42 15 12 15 54 58 –4 57
13 Stoke City 42 16 9 17 53 64 –11 57
14 Norwich City 42 14 12 16 52 58 –6 54
15 Notts County 42 15 7 20 55 71 –16 52
16 Sunderland 42 12 14 16 48 61 –13 50
17 Birmingham City 42 12 14 16 40 55 –15 50
18 Luton Town 42 12 13 17 65 84 –19 49
19 Coventry City 42 13 9 20 48 59 –11 48
20 Manchester City 42 13 8 21 47 70 –23 47
21 Swansea City 42 10 11 21 51 69 –18 41
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 9 13 20 38 68 –30 40

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 28 August 1982 Arsenal H 2 – 1 15,504 Berry 5', O'Callaghan 50'
2 1 September 1982 Manchester City A 0 – 1 27,847
3 4 September 1982 Birmingham City A 4 – 1 14,412 Hawker 20' (o.g.), Chamberlain (2) 33', 36', Griffiths 43'
4 8 September 1982 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 3 17,447
5 11 September 1982 Swansea City H 4 – 1 14,056 Watson 15', Thomas 25', Davies 55' (o.g.), Magurie 80' (pen)
6 18 September 1982 Ipswich Town A 3 – 2 19,119 Thomas 12', Magurie (2) 18', 47' (pen)
7 25 September 1982 Luton Town H 4 – 4 18,475 Berry (2) 10', 22', Bracewell 50', O'Callaghan 84'
8 2 October 1982 Nottingham Forest A 0 – 1 17,122
9 9 October 1982 Manchester United A 0 – 1 43,132
10 16 October 1982 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3 – 0 13,936 Thomas 4', Chamberlain 41' McIlroy 50'
11 23 October 1982 Liverpool H 1 – 1 29,401 Thomas 36'
12 30 October 1982 Sunderland A 2 – 2 16,406 Magurie 5', Chamberlain 70'
13 6 November 1982 West Ham United H 5 – 2 17,589 O'Callaghan 13', Hampton 29', Thomas 41', McIlroy (2) 44', 76'
14 13 November 1982 Watford A 0 – 1 18,713
15 20 November 1982 Norwich City A 2 – 4 13,658 McIlroy 21', O'Callaghan 76'
16 27 November 1982 Aston Villa H 0 – 3 18,886
17 4 December 1982 Southampton A 0 – 1 17,198
18 11 December 1982 Tottenham Hotspur H 2 – 0 15,849 Watson 4', McIlroy 68'
19 18 December 1982 Coventry City A 0 – 2 10,065
20 27 December 1982 Everton H 1 – 0 25,427 Chamberlain 77'
21 28 December 1982 Notts County A 0 – 4 11,600
22 1 January 1983 Norwich City H 1 – 0 15,669 McIlroy 32'
23 3 January 1983 Birmingham City H 1 – 1 15,428 Painter 76'
24 15 January 1983 Arsenal A 0 – 3 19,428
25 22 January 1983 Ipswich Town H 1 – 0 14,026 Painter 58'
26 5 February 1983 West Bromwich Albion A 1 – 1 11,486 Berry 7'
27 26 February 1983 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2 – 1 14,937 Thomas 33', Painter 43'
28 2 March 1983 Manchester United H 1 – 0 20,950 O'Callaghan 75'
29 5 March 1983 Liverpool A 1 – 5 30,020 Bracewell 50'
30 12 March 1983 Sunderland H 0 – 1 12,806
31 16 March 1983 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 0 10,880 Thomas 67'
32 19 March 1983 West Ham United A 1 – 1 16,446 Thomas 69'
33 26 March 1983 Watford H 4 – 0 14,276 Thomas 10', Painter 63', Chamberlain 70', McAughtrie 82'
34 2 April 1983 Notts County H 1 – 0 16,314 McIlroy 54' (pen)
35 4 April 1983 Everton A 1 – 3 15,360 Thomas 54'
36 9 April 1983 Manchester City H 1 – 0 15,372 McIlroy 61'
37 16 April 1983 Swansea City A 1 – 1 10,100 Thomas 58'
38 23 April 1983 Southampton H 1 – 1 14,903 Berry 60'
39 30 April 1983 Aston Villa A 0 – 4 20,944
40 2 May 1983 Luton Town A 0 – 0 11,877
41 7 May 1983 Coventry City H 0 – 3 12,048
42 14 May 1983 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 4 33,691 Magurie 67' (pen)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1982–83 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 8 January 1983 Sheffield United A 0 – 0 23,239
R3 Replay 12 January 1983 Sheffield United H 3 – 2 18,315 McAughtrie 42', Painter 48', Henderson (o.g.) 68'
R4 29 January 1983 Liverpool A 0 – 2 36,666

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 1st Leg 6 October 1982 West Ham United H 1 – 1 18,079 Thomas 70'
R2 2nd Leg 26 October 1982 West Ham United A 1 – 2 18,349 Watson 62'

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Parkway Clayton A 2 – 1
2 Workington A 1 – 2
3 Viking FK A 1 – 2
4 Rosenborg BK A 2 – 0
5 Port Vale A 1 – 0
6 Linfield A 0 – 2
7 Wigan Athletic A 1 – 0
8 Cardiff City A 2 – 2
9 Leek Town A 5 – 0
10 Shepshed Charterhouse A 3 – 0

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Fox 35 0 3 0 1 0 39 0
GK England Mark Harrison 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
DF England Alan Dodd 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0
DF England Steve Bould 11(3) 0 0 0 0 0 11(3) 0
DF England Peter Hampton 38(2) 1 3 0 2 0 43(2) 1
DF Scotland David McAughtrie 17(3) 1 1 1 1 0 19(3) 2
DF England Derek Parkin 30 0 3 0 2 0 35 0
DF England Dave Watson 35 2 3 0 2 1 40 3
MF Wales George Berry 27(4) 5 2 0 1 0 30(4) 5
MF England Paul Bracewell 41 2 3 0 2 0 46 2
MF England Peter Griffiths 11(4) 1 0 0 0(1) 0 11(5) 1
MF Scotland Steve Lennox 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1(1) 0
MF England Chris Maskery 3(4) 0 1 0 0 0 4(4) 0
MF Northern Ireland Sammy McIlroy 41 8 3 0 2 0 46 8
MF England Steve Parkin 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF Netherlands Loek Ursem 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0
FW England Mark Chamberlain 36 6 1 0 2 0 39 6
FW England Neville Chamberlain 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
FW England Phil Heath 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
FW Scotland Paul Magurie 22(2) 5 2 0 2 0 26(2) 5
FW Republic of Ireland Brendan O'Callaghan 37 5 3 0 2 0 42 5
FW England Ian Painter 22 4 2(1) 1 0 0 24(1) 5
FW England Carl Saunders 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
FW Wales Mickey Thomas 41 11 3 0 2 1 46 12
Own goals 2 1 0 3

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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