1893–94 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1893–94 season
Chairman Edward Oliver
Manager Enoch Hood
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 7th (30 Points)
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Birmingham Senior Cup Second Round
Staffordshire Senior Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Billy Beats (16)
All: Billy Beats (20)
Highest home attendance 5,000 vs Liverpool (7 April 1894)
Lowest home attendance 500 vs Grimsby Town (4 December 1893)
Average home league attendance 2,185+
Home colours
Vale official, and future chairman Sam Bennion was forced to take to the field when the club ran short of players.

The 1893–94 season was Burslem Port Vale's second consecutive season of football in the Football League. Winning their opening seven league games, Vale seemed destined for First Division football, however they won just six of their final 22 games and ended up in mid-table.[1] Their remarkable start to the season has not been equalled by any Vale team to date, and counting the previous season's final game, which was a victory, their streak of eight league wins is still a club record. Vale had remedied their scoring trouble, with five players all besting the previous season's top scorer tally of five goals.

One of the club's most successful seasons, only in 1930–31 did Port Vale finish higher than seventh in the second tier of the Football League. With 16 teams in the First Division, Vale finished in 23rd place overall, their highest ever ranking at the end of any season.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Future England international goalkeeper, Tom Baddeley, made his debut in the league for Vale in this season.

September 1893 was a perfect month for the "Valeites", achieving as they did seven wins out of seven games, scoring 30 goals in the process.[1] Although two of these came against whipping boys Northwich Victoria, they did take apart eventual runners-up Small Heath 5–0. However this run came to an end with an 8–1 collapse at a highly physical Manchester City.[1] During this run, on 9 September 1893, Lewis Campbell became the first Vale player to score a hat-trick, and also four goals in one game, as his team brushed aside Walsall Town Swifts 5–0.[1]

They finished the season with a respectable 2–1 defeat to champions Liverpool at Anfield. Vale racked up 30 points, 10 points away from both the chance of promotion and the risk of relegation. Meshach Dean, Bob McCrindle, Billy Beats, and Alf Wood were all ever-presents, with Jimmy Scarratt and Lewis Campbell missing just one game each. At the end of the season McCrindle moved South, Campbell also left the area due to his wife not liking Burslem, though star striker Beats remained.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

For the second successive season they exited the FA Cup at the first qualifying stage thanks to defeat at home to Burton Swifts. In the Staffordshire Senior Cup they exited in the Second Round to Wolverhampton Wanderers after a 6–4 loss – Billy Beats scored a hat-trick yet still finding himself on the losing side. In the Birmingham Senior Cup they left at the Second Round after a 3–1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA Pts
1 Liverpool 28 14 0 0 46 6 8 6 0 31 12 77 18 4.278 50
2 Small Heath 28 12 0 2 68 19 9 0 5 35 25 70 31 2.341 42
3 Notts County 28 12 1 1 55 14 6 2 6 15 17 70 31 2.258 39
4 Newcastle United 28 12 1 1 44 10 3 5 6 22 29 66 39 1.692 36
5 Grimsby Town 28 11 1 2 47 16 4 1 9 24 42 71 58 1.224 32
6 Burton Swifts 28 9 1 4 52 26 5 2 7 27 35 79 61 1.295 31
7 Burslem Port Vale 28 10 2 2 43 20 3 2 9 23 44 66 64 1.031 30
8 Lincoln City 28 5 4 5 31 22 6 2 6 28 36 59 58 1.017 28
9 Woolwich Arsenal 28 9 1 4 33 19 3 3 8 19 36 52 55 0.945 28
10 Walsall Town Swifts 28 8 1 5 36 23 2 2 10 15 38 51 61 0.836 23
11 Middlesbrough Ironopolis 28 7 4 3 27 20 1 0 13 10 52 37 72 0.514 20
12 Crewe Alexandra 28 3 7 4 22 22 3 0 11 20 51 42 73 0.575 19
13 Manchester City 28 6 1 7 32 20 2 1 11 15 51 47 71 0.662 18
14 Rotherham Town 28 5 1 8 28 42 1 2 11 16 49 44 91 0.484 15
15 Northwich Victoria 28 3 3 8 17 34 0 0 14 13 64 30 98 0.306 9

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Burslem Port Vale's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Ground H A H H A H H A H A A H A H A H A A A H A H H A H A H A
Result W W W W W W W L L L W W L W D W L L L W L D L D W L D L
Position 5 3 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 6 7

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
2 September 1893 Manchester City H 4–2 2,500 Beats (2), Scarratt, Sands
9 September 1893 Walsall Town Swifts A 5–0 2,000 Campbell (4), Beats
16 September 1893 Crewe Alexandra H 4–2 2,000 Wood (2), Beats, Campbell
18 September 1893 Middlesbrough Ironopolis H 4–0 3,000 Campbell, Beats, Dean, Wood
23 September 1893 Northwich Victoria A 5–1 Campbell (2), Dean, Scarratt, unknown
25 September 1893 Small Heath H 5–0 3,000 Beats (3), Wood, Scarratt
30 September 1893 Northwich Victoria H 3–2 2,500 Wood (2), Beats
7 October 1893 Manchester City A 1–8 6,000 Wood
21 October 1893 Rotherham Town H 2–3 1,000 Dean, Scarratt
26 October 1893 Notts County A 1–6 3,000 Dean
28 October 1893 Rotherham Town A 1–0 2,000 Beats
25 November 1893 Notts County H 1–0 1,000 Wood
2 December 1893 Grimsby Town A 0–4 2,000
4 December 1893 Grimsby Town H 6–1 500 Beats (2), Scarratt (2), Elson, Corfield
9 December 1893 Crewe Alexandra A 1–1 own goal
16 December 1893 Burton Swifts H 3–1 Campbell (2), Dean
25 December 1893 Woolwich Arsenal A 1–4 8,000 Wood
30 December 1893 Newcastle United A 1–2 3,000 Beats
1 January 1894 Middlesbrough Ironopolis A 1–3 4,000 unknown
6 January 1894 Woolwich Arsenal H 2–1 900 Dean, Wood
13 January 1894 Burton Swifts A 3–5 2,000 Elson, Dean, Campbell
3 February 1894 Newcastle United H 1–1 2,000 Wood
10 February 1894 Walsall Town Swifts H 1–2 3,000 Beats
24 February 1894 Lincoln City A 2–2 2,000 Beats (2)
10 March 1894 Lincoln City H 5–3 2,000 Campbell (2), Edwards (2), Scarratt
24 March 1894 Small Heath A 0–6 4,000
7 April 1894 Liverpool H 2–2 5,000 Dean, Wood
14 April 1894 Liverpool A 1–2 5,000 Edwards
The Burslem Port Vale team in 1894.

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1893–94 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Goalscorers
1Q 14 October 1893 Burton Swifts H 3–4 Beats, Dean, Campbell

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 20 January 1894 Redditch Town A 4–2 1,350 Scarratt (2), Campbell, Dean
2 12 February 1894 West Bromwich Albion A 1–3 2,100 Wood

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
2 5 March 1894 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 4–6 2,000 Beats (3), Wood

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
June 1893 DF England George Samuel Eccles Middleport Free transfer [3]
July 1893 DF William Rhodes Free transfer [3]
August 1893 MF England Joseph Boughey Free transfer [3]
August 1893 MF Scotland Alex Sands Free transfer [3]
September 1893 MF England Fred Belfield Free transfer [3]
October 1893 MF Scotland Lewis Campbell Aston Villa Free transfer [3]
October 1893 DF William Corfield Free transfer [3]
October 1893 GK Scotland Hugh Mackay Rotherham Town Free transfer [3]
October 1893 DF England Bob Ramsey Northwich Victoria Free transfer [3]
February 1894 DF England Sam Bennion Free transfer [3]
February 1894 MF England John Edwards Free transfer [3]
March 1894 MF England James Holdcroft Free transfer [3]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
September 1893 MF Scotland Alex Sands Released [3]
October 1893 DF England James Clutton Released [3]
May 1894 GK Scotland Hugh Mackay Wigan County Released [3]
May 1894 DF England Bob Ramsey Released [3]
Summer 1894 DF England Sam Bennion Released [3]
Summer 1894 MF Scotland Lewis Campbell Walsall Town Swifts Released [3]
Summer 1894 DF William Corfield Released [3]
Summer 1894 FW England Billy Elson West Manchester Free transfer [3]
Summer 1894 MF England Dick Danks Released [3]
Summer 1894 MF England Fred Farrington Retired [3]
Summer 1894 MF Scotland Bob McCrindle Luton Town Free transfer [3]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e Kent, Jeff (1990). "Trying to make the Grade (1888-1898)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 26–50. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  2. ^ Port Vale 1893–1894 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General