1988–89 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1988–89 season
Chairman Peter Coates
Manager Mick Mills
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 13th (59 Points)
FA Cup Fourth Round
League Cup Second Round
Full Members Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Peter Beagrie (7)
All: Dave Bamber & Peter Beagrie (8)
Highest home attendance 24,056 vs Manchester City (26 December 1988)
Lowest home attendance 5,841 vs Brighton & Hove Albion (13 May 1989)
Average home league attendance 9,871
Home colours

The 1988–89 season was Stoke City's 82nd season in the Football League and 29th in the Second Division.

With the sale of both Lee Dixon and Steve Bould to Arsenal manager Mick Mills was able to enter the transfer market where he bought Peter Beagrie and Chris Kamara. The hope now would be that Stoke could mount a serious promotion challenge but again results were far too inconsistent and Stoke ended the season in mid-table for a third straight season.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

During the summer of 1988 Phil Heath moved to Oxford United for £80,000 and that, combined with the fee received for Lee Dixon and Steve Bould, allowed manager Mills to bring in some new faces.[1] He brought to the club Peter Beagrie signed from Sheffield United for £215,000 and midfielder Chris Kamara from Swindon Town as well as veteran John Gidman.[1] Stoke started the 1988–89 season with a 1–1 draw at home to Ipswich Town and it took until their seventh match against Walsall to claim their first victory of the season.[1] By this time two defenders Mark Higgins and John Butler had been added to the ranks and with Stoke's back line more secure results started to improve and after a 4–0 win against Hull City in mid-November Stoke lay in 7th position.[1]

However performances dropped and by the new year Stoke had fallen into 13th in the table.[1] And that is where Stoke remained despite a rather worrying end to the season which saw Stoke register just one win in their last 14 matches.[1] This prompted rumours that Mills' contract would not be extended for another year but the board eventually agreed to give him another chance, a decision that they would go on to regret.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke beat Crystal Palace 1–0 thanks to a goal from Graham Shaw and after an entertaining 3–3 with Barnsley, the "Tykes" won the replay 2–1.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Fourth Division Leyton Orient knocked Stoke out in the second round via a penalty shoot-out after a 3–3 aggregated draw.[1]

Full Members Cup[edit]

Stoke were well beaten 3–0 by Southampton in the first round at The Dell, Danny Wallace scoring a hat trick.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 46 29 12 5 96 50 +46 99
2 Manchester City 46 23 13 10 77 53 +24 82
3 Crystal Palace 46 23 12 11 71 49 +22 81
4 Watford 46 22 12 12 74 48 +26 78
5 Blackburn Rovers 46 22 11 13 74 59 +15 77
6 Swindon Town 46 20 16 10 68 53 +15 76
7 Barnsley 46 20 14 12 66 58 +8 74
8 Ipswich Town 46 22 7 17 71 61 +10 73
9 West Bromwich Albion 46 18 18 10 65 41 +24 72
10 Leeds United 46 17 16 13 59 50 +9 67
11 Sunderland 46 16 15 15 60 60 0 63
12 Bournemouth 46 18 8 20 53 62 –9 62
13 Stoke City 46 15 14 17 57 72 –15 59
14 Bradford City 46 13 17 16 52 59 –7 56
15 Leicester City 46 13 16 17 56 63 –7 55
16 Oldham Athletic 46 11 21 14 75 72 +3 54
17 Oxford United 46 14 12 20 62 70 –8 54
18 Plymouth Argyle 46 14 12 20 55 66 –11 54
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 14 9 23 57 66 –9 51
20 Portsmouth 46 13 12 21 53 62 –9 51
21 Hull City 46 11 14 21 52 68 –16 47
22 Shrewsbury Town 46 8 18 20 40 67 –27 42
23 Birmingham City 46 8 11 27 31 76 –45 35
24 Walsall 46 5 16 25 41 80 –39 31

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]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 27 August 1988 Ipswich Town H 1 – 1 8,639 Kamara 43'
2 29 August 1988 Bradford City A 0 – 0 11,918
3 3 September 1988 Barnsley A 0 – 1 5,682
4 10 September 1988 Blackburn Rovers H 0 – 1 8,624
5 17 September 1988 Plymouth Argyle A 0 – 4 7,823
6 20 September 1988 Portsmouth H 2 – 2 7,025 Stainrod 28', Hackett 90'
7 24 September 1988 Walsall A 2 – 1 7,795 Morgan 40', Stainrod 75'
8 1 October 1988 Bournemouth H 2 – 1 7,485 Shaw 33', Beagrie 69'
9 4 October 1988 Shrewsbury Town H 0 – 0 8,075
10 8 October 1988 Oldham Athletic A 2 – 2 6,600 Kamara 57', Stainrod 85'
11 15 October 1988 Leicester City A 0 – 2 10,312
12 22 October 1988 Watford H 2 – 0 7,878 Coton 29' (o.g.), Beagrie 84'
13 25 October 1988 Birmingham City A 1 – 0 6,292 Stainrod 73'
14 29 October 1988 Crystal Palace H 2 – 1 9,118 Shaw 1', Henry 62'
15 5 November 1988 Sunderland A 1 – 1 18,023 Shaw 7'
16 13 November 1988 Hull City H 4 – 0 10,505 Henry 20', Beagrie 48', Hackett 65', Carr 74'
17 19 November 1988 Swindon Town H 2 – 1 9,339 Berry 50' (pen), Shaw 85'
18 26 November 1988 Leeds United A 0 – 4 19,993
19 3 December 1988 Chelsea H 0 – 3 12,758
20 10 December 1988 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1 – 1 7,443 Beagrie 26'
21 18 December 1988 West Bromwich Albion A 0 – 6 17,631
22 26 December 1988 Manchester City H 3 – 1 24,056 Kamara (2) 48', 54', Berry 59' (pen)
23 31 December 1988 Oxford United H 1 – 0 10,552 Henry 24'
24 2 January 1989 Blackburn Rovers A 3 – 4 11,654 Saunders (2) 20', 22', Atkins 44' (o.g.)
25 14 January 1989 Bradford City H 2 – 1 9,919 Hackett 14', Henry 34'
26 21 January 1989 Ipswich Town A 1 – 5 14,692 Bamber 74'
27 4 February 1989 Shrewsbury Town A 2 – 1 6,646 Moyes 46' (o.g.), Shaw 82'
28 11 February 1989 Oldham Athletic H 0 – 0 10,992
29 25 February 1989 Leicester City H 2 – 2 9,666 Beagrie 35', Bamber 37'
30 28 February 1989 Birmingham City H 1 – 0 7,904 Berry 33'
31 4 March 1989 Hull City A 4 – 1 5,915 Hackett 13', Morgan 20', Beeston (2) 37', 40'
32 11 March 1989 Sunderland H 2 – 0 12,489 Hackett 30', Beagrie 86'
33 18 March 1989 Portsmouth A 0 – 0 7,624
34 25 March 1989 Barnsley H 1 – 1 10,209 Berry 32' (pen)
35 27 March 1989 Manchester City A 1 – 2 28,303 Butler 65'
36 1 April 1989 Plymouth Argyle H 2 – 2 8,363 Bamber 25', Henry 44'
37 4 April 1989 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 0 11,151
38 8 April 1989 Oxford United A 2 – 3 5,297 Bamber 37', Henry 73'
39 11 April 1989 Watford A 2 – 3 9,086 Morgan (2) 30', 87'
40 15 April 1989 Bournemouth A 1 – 0 6,834 Ware 67'
41 22 April 1989 Walsall H 0 – 3 8,132
42 29 April 1989 Leeds United H 2 – 3 9,061 Bamber (2) 22', 33'
43 1 May 1989 Chelsea A 1 – 2 14,948 Higgins 12'
44 6 May 1989 Swindon Town A 0 – 3 9,543
45 9 May 1989 Crystal Palace A 0 – 1 12,159
46 13 May 1989 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2 – 2 5,841 Morgan 30', Beagrie 53'

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1988–89 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 7 January 1989 Crystal Palace H 1 – 0 12,294 Shaw 74'
R4 28 January 1989 Barnsley H 3 – 3 18,540 Bamber 29', Berry 77', Beagrie 83'
R4 Replay 31 January 1989 Barnsley A 1 – 2 21,136 Bamber 64'

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 1st Leg 27 September 1988 Leyton Orient A 2 – 1 3,154 Morgan 48', Kamara 73'
R2 2nd Leg 11 October 1988 Leyton Orient H 1 – 2 (2 – 3 pens) 5,756 Stainrod 86' (pen)

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 8 November 1988 Southampton A 0 – 3 4,627

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 IFK Åmål A 4 – 1
2 IFK Strömstad A 0 – 3
3 Ängelholms FF A 4 – 3
4 Skepplanda BTK A 2 – 0
5 IFK Värnamo A 2 – 0
6 Lerums IS A 1 – 0
7 Newcastle Town A 3 – 0
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 2
9 Port Vale A 0 – 1
10 Luton Town H 0 – 1
11 Port Vale H 1 – 1

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Full Members Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Fox 29 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
GK England Scott Barrett 17 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 20 0
DF England Chris Kamara 38 4 3 0 2 1 1 0 44 5
DF England Cliff Carr 40(1) 1 3 0 0(1) 0 1 0 44(2) 1
DF England Chris Hemming 4 0 0 0 2 0 0(1) 0 6(1) 0
DF England John Butler 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 1
DF England John Gidman 7(3) 0 0 0 1(1) 0 0(1) 0 8(5) 0
DF England Mark Higgins 33 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 37 1
MF England Steve Parkin 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
MF England Carl Beeston 22(1) 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 24(1) 2
MF England Tony Henry 37(3) 6 3 0 2 0 1 0 42(3) 6
MF England Tony Ford 27 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 32 0
MF England Paul Ware 9(2) 1 1 0 0(1) 0 1 0 11(3) 1
MF Wales George Berry 32(1) 4 3 1 0 0 1 0 36(1) 5
FW England Gary Hackett 45(1) 5 3 0 2 0 1 0 51(1) 5
FW England Graham Shaw 19(9) 5 1(2) 1 1 0 1 0 22(12) 6
FW England Carl Saunders 27(6) 2 2(1) 0 1 0 1 0 31(7) 2
FW England Peter Beagrie 41 7 3 1 2 0 0 0 46 8
FW England Nicky Morgan 11(7) 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 12(7) 6
FW England Simon Stainrod 16 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 18 5
FW England Dave Bamber 23 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 26 8
Own goals 3 0 0 0 3

References[edit]

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

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