1889–90 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1889-90 season
Chairman Mr S.Barker
Manager Harry Lockett
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League 12th (10 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Bob Ramsey
& Freddie Gee (4)

All: Bob Ramsey
& Freddie Gee (5)
Highest home attendance 5,500 vs Preston North End (11 November 1889)
Lowest home attendance 1,500 vs Everton (9 November 1889)
Average home league attendance 3,275
Home colours

The 1889–90 season was Stoke's second season in the Football League.

It was another poor season for Stoke, as they again finished bottom of the Football League but this time they failed to gain re-election and their place was taken by Sunderland and Stoke joined the Football Alliance for the following season. Stoke's worst league and FA Cup defeat came during the 1889–90 season, a 10–0 reverse against Preston North End and an 8–0 cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Stoke won just three matches all season and picked up just ten points making it the club's worst performance in league football.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

After finishing bottom of the league last season Stoke failed to improve a great deal in the 1889–90 season and again took the wooden spoon.[1] They were humiliated 10–0 in the second match of the season away at Preston North End where all the goals were scored by Scottish internationals as Stoke suffered their worst league defeat.[1] Stoke also lost 8–0 away to both Everton and Blackburn Rovers and they also suffered a 6–1 reverse against Aston Villa.[1] Stoke were awful throughout the season and went on a ten match losing streak stretching from 19 October 1889 to 4 January 1890.[1] In a tough home fixture against Burnley just before Christmas, Bob McCormick, the Stoke inside-right, badly injured his collar bone in a challenge with the Burnley full-back and at the end of the match and the fans invaded the pitch and confronted the "Clarets" defender. Stoke won the match 2–1 but Burnley lodged an appeal claiming their players had been intimidated. The League decided in Burnley's favour and ordered the match to be replayed, this time Burnley won 4–3.[1]

Stoke won only three matches this season and amassed a mere ten points three fewer than Burnley and 23 behind champions, for the second season running Preston. Stoke failed to gain re-election and the end of the season and their place was taken by Sunderland.[1] Stoke joined the Football Alliance for the 1890–91 season.[1] A 7–1 victory over Accrington where Bob Ramsey scored the "Potters" first hat-trick was a rare highlight in what was an awful season. At the end of the season manager Harry Lockett left the club to concentrate on his job as secretary of the Football League and Joseph Bradshaw took over.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

In the FA Cup, Stoke knocked out Old Westminsters and Everton but were ousted from the competition by Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1] This third round tie was played on 15 February 1890 in driving sleet and rain on a heavy pitch and Wolves more suited to the conditions easily won the match 4–0.[1] Stoke protested over the state of the pitch and the FA ordered a re-match the following Saturday. This time Wolves doubled the score to 8–0 much to the embarrassment of the Stoke officials.[1] The result is Stoke's worst in the FA Cup.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Preston North End 22 15 3 4 71 30 2.367 33
2 Everton 22 14 3 5 65 40 1.625 31
3 Blackburn Rovers 22 12 3 7 78 41 1.902 27
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 10 5 7 51 38 1.342 25
5 West Bromwich Albion 22 11 3 8 47 50 0.940 25
6 Accrington 22 9 6 7 53 56 0.946 24
7 Derby County 22 9 3 10 43 55 0.782 21
8 Aston Villa 22 7 5 10 43 51 0.843 19
9 Bolton Wanderers 22 9 1 12 54 65 0.831 19
10 Notts County 22 6 5 11 43 51 0.843 17
11 Burnley 22 4 5 13 36 65 0.554 13
12 Stoke 22 3 4 15 27 69 0.391 10

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[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 7 September 1889 Derby County H 1–1 4,000 McReddie
2 14 September 1889 Preston North End A 0–10 7,000
3 28 September 1889 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–1 5,000 Gee, Coupar
4 5 October 1889 Notts County A 1–3 3,500 Mudie
5 12 October 1889 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–2 3,800 Coupar, McReddie
6 19 October 1889 Bolton Wanderers H 0–1 3,500
7 26 October 1889 Derby County A 0–2 3,000
8 2 November 1889 Everton A 0–8 7,500
9 9 November 1889 Everton H 1–2 1,500 McCormick
10 11 November 1889 Preston North End H 1–2 5,500 McCormick
11 16 November 1889 West Bromwich Albion H 1–3 3,900 Simpson
12 7 December 1889 Aston Villa A 1–6 1,500 Hendry
13 14 December 1889 Blackburn Rovers H 0–3 2,500
14 28 December 1889 Accrington A 1–2 1,500 Coupar
15 4 January 1890 Blackburn Rovers A 0–8 4,000
16 11 January 1890 Burnley A 3–1 2,500 Gee, Dunn, Edge
17 8 February 1890 Bolton Wanderers A 0–5 2,500
18 1 March 1890 Accrington H 7–1 2,500 Ramsey (3), Baker (2), Simpson (2)
19 10 March 1890 Burnley H 3–4 2,000 Ramsey, Christie, Gee
20 15 March 1890 West Bromwich Albion A 1–2 1,600 Owen
21 17 March 1890 Aston Villa H 1–1 3,150 Gee
22 24 March 1890 Notts County H 1–1 2,500 Owen

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1889–90 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 18 January 1890 Old Westminsters H 3–0 3,000 Gee, Ramsey, Sayer
R2 1 February 1890 Everton H 4–2 7,000 Edge (3), Dunn
R3 15 February 1890 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–4 7,000 Stoke win appeal
R3 22 February 1890 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–8 7,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Wilf Merritt 1 0 1 0 2 0
GK England Bill Rowley 21 0 3 0 24 0
FB England Tommy Clare 14 0 4 0 18 0
FB England Jack Eccles 3 0 0 0 3 0
FB Wales Edgar Montford 5 0 0 0 5 0
FB England Alf Underwood 22 0 4 0 26 0
HB Scotland Davy Brodie 11 0 4 0 15 0
HB Scotland Davy Christie 14 1 2 0 16 1
HB England Arthur Dixon 0 0 0 0 0 0
HB England Albert Farmer 3 0 2 0 5 0
HB Scotland Billy Hendry 14 1 0 0 14 1
HB England Bob Ramsey 22 4 4 1 26 5
HB England Elijah Smith 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England Charlie Baker 12 2 4 0 16 2
FW Scotland Peter Coupar 11 3 0 0 11 3
FW Scotland Billy Dunn 11 1 4 1 15 2
FW England Alf Edge 11 1 4 3 15 4
FW England Freddie Gee 16 4 4 1 20 5
FW England William Locker 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Bob McCormick 12 2 0 0 12 2
FW Scotland Wally McReddie 11 2 0 0 11 2
FW Scotland Len Mudie 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW England Jimmy Owen 3 2 0 0 3 2
FW England Jimmy Sayer 7 0 2 1 9 1
FW Scotland Harry Simpson 10 3 2 0 12 3

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.