1898–99 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1898–99 season
Chairman Robert Audley
Manager Sam Gleaves
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 9th (39 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Qualifying Round
Birmingham Senior Cup Runners-up
Staffordshire Senior Cup Semi-final
Top goalscorer League: James Peake (11)
All: James Peake (17)
Highest home attendance 12,000 vs Manchester City (1 April 1899)
Lowest home attendance 1,000 vs Gainsborough Trinity (26 November 1898)
Average home league attendance 4,500+
Home colours

The 1898–99 season was Burslem Port Vale's fifth season of football in the Football League; it followed a two-season absence, which the club spent in the Midland Football League.[1] A solid return to the Football League, they finished in mid-table. They had the strongest defence in the division as they conceded less goals than any other team in the division. It was instead a lack of firepower in front of goal that prevented a push for promotion.

Winning their opening six league games, just two points gained from their final five games ensured a top two position was out of their reach. Safety from the lottery of re-election was never in doubt though, as they finished nineteen points above the re-election places. Over the next eight seasons they never bettered their league finish of 1898–99, though they twice equalled it.

Ever-present Lucien Boullemier.
Winger Billy Heames would stay with the Vale for the next five seasons.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Their FA Cup win over First Division champions Sheffield United in 1897–98 won Vale the respect (and votes) they needed to win re-election to the Football League for 1898–99.[1][2] To ensure a competitive campaign they signed striker Howard Harvey from Aston Villa for £50.[1] Winning their opening six league games, the semi-professional side conceded just one goal in this run. However Tommy Clare broke a leg at their final win of the streak of six, and their run ended at Newton Heath the following week – the team badly missed Clare.[1] Their fading hopes of promotion were bolstered by four wins in January, including a 6–1 win over Blackpool aided by a four-goal haul from James Peake.[1] Yet they finished the season with two points from five games, dropping into ninth place – their lowest position all season.[1]

Of the two clubs that failed to gain re-election, Darwen, who picked up a League record eighteen consecutive defeats, played regional football for the rest of their existence; whereas Blackpool gained re-election at the end of the following season, and never lost their League status again.

Right-half Lucien Boullemier was an ever-present throughout the campaign, with goalkeeper Herbert Birchenough missing just one game.[1] Winger Billy Heames and forward Howard Harvey rarely missed a game between them.[1]

Finances[edit]

Financially, the club lost £300 over the season.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

Defending champions of the Staffordshire Senior Cup, Vale reached the semi-final, where they lost 4–0 to Walsall in a replay.[1] In the Birmingham Senior Cup, they defeated Walsall in the semi-final, in a replay, going on to lose 4–0 to Aston Villa in the final.[1] In the FA Cup they were turned over 7–0 at Small Heath in the qualification rounds.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Manchester City 34 15 1 1 64 10 8 5 4 28 25 92 35 2.629 + 47 52
2 Glossop North End 34 12 1 4 48 13 8 5 4 28 25 76 38 2.000 + 38 46
3 Leicester Fosse 34 12 5 0 35 12 6 4 7 29 30 64 42 1.524 + 22 45
4 Newton Heath 34 12 4 1 51 14 7 1 9 16 29 67 43 1.558 + 24 43
5 New Brighton Tower 34 13 2 2 48 13 5 5 7 23 39 71 52 1.365 + 9 43
6 Walsall 34 12 5 0 64 11 3 7 7 15 25 79 36 2.194 + 43 42
7 Woolwich Arsenal 34 14 2 1 55 10 4 3 10 17 31 72 41 1.756 + 31 41
8 Small Heath 34 14 1 2 66 17 3 6 8 19 33 85 50 1.700 + 35 41
9 Burslem Port Vale 34 12 2 3 35 12 5 3 9 21 22 56 34 1.647 + 22 39
10 Grimsby Town 34 10 3 4 39 17 5 2 10 32 43 71 60 1.183 + 11 35
11 Barnsley 34 11 4 2 44 18 1 3 13 8 38 52 56 0.929 – 4 31
12 Lincoln City 34 10 5 2 31 16 2 2 13 20 40 51 56 0.911 – 5 31
13 Burton Swifts 34 7 5 5 35 25 3 3 11 16 45 51 70 0.729 – 19 28
14 Gainsborough Trinity 34 8 4 5 40 22 2 1 14 16 50 56 72 0.778 – 16 25
15 Luton Town 34 8 1 8 37 31 2 2 13 14 64 51 95 0.537 – 44 23
16 Blackpool 34 6 3 8 35 30 2 1 14 14 60 49 90 0.544 – 31 20
17 Loughborough 34 5 4 8 31 26 1 2 14 7 66 38 92 0.413 – 54 18
18 Darwen 34 2 4 11 16 32 0 1 16 6 109 22 141 0.156 – 119 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 born Danny Simpson never played for any professional club other than Port Vale.
George Price played one, scored one in 1898-99.

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 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground H H A H A H A H A A H H A A H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H H A H
Result W W W W W W L D L W L W L D W L W W W W L W L W L L W D W L D L D L
Position 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 5 5 4 6 6 6 4 3 3 2 4 3 3 4 4 5 4 4 6 6 7 9

Sourced from Statto.[3]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
3 September 1898 Barnsley H 2–0 4,000 Peake, Evans
5 September 1898 Woolwich Arsenal H 3–0 5,000 Evans (2), unknown
10 September 1898 Small Heath A 2–1 5,500 Evans, Peake
17 September 1898 Loughborough H 3–0 5,000 Peake (2), Simpson
24 September 1898 Blackpool A 4–0 1,000 Peake (2), Harvey, Beech
1 October 1898 Grimsby Town H 2–0 6,000 Simpson, Evans
8 October 1898 Newton Heath A 1–2 10,000 Simpson
15 October 1898 New Brighton Tower H 0–0 5,000
22 October 1898 Lincoln City A 0–1 4,000
5 November 1898 Luton Town A 1–0 2,000 Evans
12 November 1898 Leicester Fosse H 0–2 4,000
26 November 1898 Gainsborough Trinity H 2–1 1,000 Evans, Harvey
3 December 1898 Manchester City A 1–3 6,000 Peake
17 December 1898 Walsall A 1–1 3,000 Evans
24 December 1898 Burton Swifts H 4–1 2,000 Beckett (2), Harvey, Beech
31 December 1898 Barnsley A 1–2 1,000 Evans
2 January 1899 Darwen A 3–1 400 Harvey (2), Mitchell
7 January 1899 Small Heath H 1–0 5,000 Beckett
14 January 1899 Loughborough A 3–0 2,000 Evans, Harvey, Beckett
21 January 1899 Blackpool H 6–1 Peake (4), Beech, Beckett
28 January 1899 Burton Swifts A 0–2 500
4 February 1899 Newton Heath H 1–0 6,000 Belfield
11 February 1899 New Brighton Tower A 0–1 2,000
18 February 1899 Lincoln City H 2–1 3,000 Harvey, Beech
21 February 1899 Grimsby Town A 1–3 2,500 Beckett
25 February 1899 Woolwich Arsenal A 0–1 6,000
4 March 1899 Luton Town H 4–1 4,000 McDonald (3), Simpson
11 March 1899 Leicester Fosse A 1–1 9,000 Harvey
18 March 1899 Darwen H 3–1 Harvey, Beckett, McDonald
25 March 1899 Gainsborough Trinity A 2–3 Simpson, Beckett
1 April 1899 Manchester City H 1–1 12,000 Heames
3 April 1899 Glossop North End H 1–2 4,000 Beckett
8 April 1899 Glossop North End A 0–0 3,500
15 April 1899 Walsall H 0–1 1,500

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
3Q 29 October 1898 Wellington Town H 5–0 1,000 Peake (2), Evans (2), Price
4Q 19 November 1898 Burton Wanderers H 3–0 1,500 Peake, Simpson, Harvey
5Q 10 December 1898 Small Heath A 0–7 7,000

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 19 December 1898 Leicester Fosse H 5–0 800 Harvey (2), McDonald (2), rush
BYE
BYE
SF 13 March 1899 Walsall N 1–1 4,000 McDonald
Replay 20 March 1899 Walsall N 2–0 1,000 Harvey, Mitchell
Final 27 March 1899 Aston Villa A 0–4 3,634

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 19 September 1898 Burton Wanderers H 1–1 3,000+ Peake
Replay 26 September 1898 Burton Wanderers A 4–0 4,000 Peake, Evans, Spilsbury, Simpson
SF 21 November 1898 Walsall H 1–1 2,000 Peake
Replay 26 December 1898 Walsall A 0–4 7,000

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
June 1898 FW England Howard Harvey Aston Villa £50 [4]
Summer 1898 DF England Tommy Clare Manchester City Free transfer [4]
August 1898 FW England Ernest Beckett Newcastle Swifts Free transfer [4]
August 1898 DF Scotland Tom McFarlane Scotland Hibernian Free transfer [4]
October 1898 DF England Frank Stokes) Burslem Park Free transfer [4]
February 1899 DF England John Bowman Burslem Park Free transfer [4]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
Summer 1899 FW James Peake Millwall Athletic Free transfer [4]
Summer 1899 FW England Ernest Beckett Released [4]
Summer 1899 MF England Fred Belfield Released [4]
Summer 1899 DF England John Bowman Stoke Free transfer [4]
Summer 1899 FW R.H. Capener Released [4]
Summer 1899 FW England Dick Evans Reading Free transfer [4]
Summer 1899 MF England Charles Hodgkinson Released [4]
Summer 1899 DF George Hulme Released [4]
Summer 1899 FW Frank Mitchell Released [4]
Summer 1899 DF Henry Platt Released [4]
Summer 1899 MF England Jos Randles Retired [4]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Kent, Jeff (1990). "The Hopeless Struggle (1898-1907)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 50–70. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  2. ^ "Vale revel in FA Cup glory". The Sentinel. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Port Vale 1898–1899 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General