1984–85 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1984–85 season
Chairman Frank Edwards
Manager Bill Asprey,
Tony Lacey
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 22nd (17 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Ian Painter (6)
All: Ian Painter (9)
Highest home attendance 21,013 vs Manchester United (26 December 1984)
Lowest home attendance 4,597 vs Norwich City (24 April 1985)
Average home league attendance 10,700
Home colours

The 1984–85 season was Stoke City's 78th season in the Football League and 52nd in the First Division.

Bill Asprey was given the managerial position on a permanent basis by the board following the previous season's close escape. However, the 1984–85 season was to be a sorry experience for all connected with the club as from the first kick to the last Stoke were hopelessly bad, winning just three of their 42 league matches managing to pick up just 17 points, a record low which would stand for 21 years. Stoke scored just 24 goals and conceded 91 giving them a truly awful goal difference of –67. Supporters stopped attending matches with crowds falling below 5,000. The season became known as The Holocaust season and Stoke would not gain a return to the top flight until 2008.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The directors did not hesitate in appointing Bill Asprey on a full-time basis, but there was a shock for the supporters when it was announced that both Paul Maguire and Peter Hampton were being released.[1] Asprey had decided to start building his own team but he knew that there was no money available for him and so a club once filled with international stars had to resort to loaning players from other clubs.[1] As the season started goals were almost none existent and by autumn Asprey had sold Robbie James for £100,000 to Queens Park Rangers so he could buy Keith Bertschin a proven goalscorer from Norwich City.[1]

Still there was no improvement and as the season wore on Stoke struggled to even compete with their First Division rivals and it turned in to a case of when and not if Stoke would be relegated.[1] In fact it turned out to be worse than that as Stoke went down breaking almost every record available: fewest goals scored (24); least number of wins (3); and lowest points tally (17).[1] Ian Painter was top goalscorer with 6 of which 4 were penalties.[1] With the season drawing to a close Asprey was relieved of his duties as his health had been affected by the season's traumas and Tony Lacey took over the last eight matches losing all of them.[1] Chairman Frank Edwards took the full brunt of the supporters protests following relegation and sadly it was all to much for elderly Edwards who died following a heart attack.[1] Sandy Chubb took over from Edwards and he appointed Mick Mills as manager as the club began to rebuild in the Second Division.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Luton Town required a replay to knock out a hopeless Stoke side in the third round.[1]

League Cup[edit]

A second round defeat to Third Division Rotherham United set the tone for an awful season.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Everton 42 28 6 8 88 43 +45 90
2 Liverpool 42 22 11 9 68 35 +33 77
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 23 8 11 78 51 +27 77
4 Manchester United 42 22 10 10 77 47 +30 76
5 Southampton 42 19 11 12 56 47 +9 68
6 Chelsea 42 18 12 12 63 48 +15 66
7 Arsenal 42 19 9 14 61 49 +12 66
8 Sheffield Wednesday 42 17 14 11 58 45 +13 65
9 Nottingham Forest 42 19 7 16 56 48 +8 64
10 Aston Villa 42 15 11 16 60 60 +0 56
11 Watford 42 14 13 15 81 71 +10 55
12 West Bromwich Albion 42 16 7 19 58 62 –4 55
13 Luton Town 42 15 9 18 57 61 –4 54
14 Newcastle United 42 13 13 16 55 70 –15 52
15 Leicester City 42 15 6 21 65 73 –8 51
16 West Ham United 42 13 12 17 51 68 –17 51
17 Ipswich Town 42 13 11 18 46 57 –11 50
18 Coventry City 42 15 5 22 47 64 –17 50
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 11 18 53 72 –19 50
20 Norwich City 42 13 10 19 46 64 –18 49
21 Sunderland 42 10 10 22 40 62 –22 40
22 Stoke City 42 3 8 31 24 91 –67 17

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 25 August 1984 Luton Town A 0 – 2 8,626
2 27 August 1984 Aston Villa H 1 – 3 12,605 Painter 44'
3 1 September 1984 Sheffield Wednesday H 2 – 1 13,032 McIlroy 35', Heath 44'
4 15 September 1984 Leicester City H 2 – 2 13,591 Hemming 65', Bould 69'
5 19 September 1984 Norwich City A 0 – 0 13,051
6 22 September 1984 Arsenal A 0 – 4 26,758
7 29 September 1984 Sunderland H 2 – 2 8,882 Dyson 75', Bould 87'
8 6 October 1984 Nottingham Forest A 1 – 1 14,129 Berry 11'
9 13 October 1984 Southampton H 1 – 3 9,643 Heath 41'
10 20 October 1984 West Ham United H 2 – 4 9,945 Painter 81', Chamberlain 90'
11 27 October 1984 Tottenham Hotspur A 0 – 4 23,477
12 3 November 1984 Liverpool H 0 – 1 20,567
13 10 November 1984 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 2 12,258
14 17 November 1984 Everton A 0 – 4 26,705
15 24 November 1984 Watford H 1 – 3 10,564 Painter 58' (pen)
16 1 December 1984 Newcastle United A 1 – 2 21,135 McIlroy 55'
17 4 December 1984 Queens Park Rangers A 0 – 2 8,403
18 8 December 1984 Ipswich Town H 0 – 2 7,925
19 15 December 1984 Chelsea A 1 – 1 20,534 Dyson 71'
20 22 December 1984 Sheffield Wednesday A 1 – 2 19,799 Bould 45'
21 26 December 1984 Manchester United H 2 – 1 21,013 Painter 70' (pen), Saunders 75'
22 29 December 1984 Queens Park Rangers H 0 – 2 10,811
23 1 January 1985 Coventry City A 0 – 4 9,829
24 12 January 1985 Leicester City A 0 – 0 10,111
25 2 February 1985 Sunderland A 0 – 1 14,762
26 23 February 1985 Liverpool A 0 – 2 31,368
27 2 March 1985 Tottenham Hotspur H 0 – 1 12,533
28 12 March 1985 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 0 6,995
29 16 March 1985 Southampton A 0 – 0 14,608
30 23 March 1985 Nottingham Forest H 1 – 4 7,453 Parkin 10'
31 27 March 1985 Aston Villa A 0 – 2 10,874
32 30 March 1985 Arsenal H 2 – 0 7,371 Painter 55' (pen), Dyson 62'
33 6 April 1985 Manchester United A 0 – 5 42,940
34 8 April 1985 Luton Town H 0 – 4 6,985
35 20 April 1985 Everton H 0 – 2 18,258
36 24 April 1985 Norwich City H 2 – 3 4,597 Bertschin 10', Saunders 90'
37 27 April 1985 Watford A 0 – 2 14,586
38 4 May 1985 Newcastle United H 0 – 1 7,088
39 6 May 1985 Ipswich Town A 1 – 5 14,150 Bertschin 69'
40 11 May 1985 Chelsea H 0 – 1 8,905
41 14 May 1985 West Ham United A 1 – 5 13,362 Painter 63' (pen)
42 17 May 1985 Coventry City H 0 – 1 6,930

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1984–85 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 5 January 1985 Luton Town A 1 – 1 7,270 Painter 78'
R3 Replay 9 January 1985 Luton Town H 2 – 3 9,917 Painter 47' (pen), Chamberlain 68'

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 1st Leg 26 September 1984 Rotherham United H 1 – 2 8,221 Saunders 65'
R2 2nd Leg 9 October 1984 Rotherham United A 1 – 1 6,898 Painter 22'

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Parkway Clayton A 4 – 1
2 Cardiff City A 0 – 3
3 Oldham Athletic A 2 – 3

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Fox 14 0 0 0 2 0 16 0
GK England Joe Corrigan 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
GK Wales Stuart Roberts 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
GK England Paul Barron 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
GK England Barry Siddall 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
DF England Alan Dodd 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
DF England Tony Spearing 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
DF England Steve Bould 38 3 2 0 2 0 42 3
DF Wales Robbie James 8 0 0 0 2 0 10 0
DF England Paul Dyson 37 3 2 0 2 0 41 3
DF England Chris Hemming 14(2) 1 0 0 1 0 15(2) 1
DF England Wayne Ebanks 10 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
DF Republic of Ireland Aaron Callaghan 2(3) 0 0 0 0 0 2(3) 0
MF England Chris Maskery 34 0 2 0 1 0 37 0
MF Northern Ireland Sammy McIlroy 34 2 2 0 0 0 36 2
MF England Alan Hudson 16(1) 0 2 0 1 0 19(1) 0
MF England Steve Parkin 8(5) 1 2 0 1 0 11(5) 1
MF England Terry Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF Wales George Berry 31(1) 1 0 0 0 0 31(1) 1
MF England Carl Beeston 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Republic of Ireland Brendan O'Callaghan 20 0 2 0 2 0 24 0
FW England Ian Painter 38 6 2 2 2 1 42 9
FW England Phil Heath 34(2) 2 0 0 0(1) 0 34(3) 2
FW England Mark Chamberlain 27(1) 1 2 1 2 0 31(1) 2
FW England Carl Saunders 17(6) 2 0(2) 0 2 1 19(8) 3
FW England Keith Bertschin 24(1) 2 2 0 0 0 26(1) 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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