1899–1900 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1899–1900 season
Chairman Robert Audley
Manager Sam Gleaves
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 11th (34 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Qualifying Round
Birmingham Senior Cup Runners-up
Staffordshire Senior Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Howard Harvey (10)
All: Howard Harvey (17)
Highest home attendance 3,000 vs Newton Heath (7 April 1900) & vs Grimsby Town (9 September 1899)
Lowest home attendance 300 vs Lincoln City (21 April 1900)
Average home league attendance 1,518+
Home colours

The 1899–1900 season was Burslem Port Vale's second consecutive season (sixth overall) of football in the Football League.[1] Another season of charging to the summit of the Second Division table, only to fall into mid-table obscurity, this time the club suffered from low support and subsequently poor finances. Once again the team maintained a decent defensive record, only to fail miserably in front of goal – the second lowest total in the league.

Not long after his debut, left-half Billy Leech established himself as an essential first teamer.
Key player Lucien Boullemier.
Billy Heames rarely missed a game.
Bert Eardley played one, scored one.
Striker Danny Simpson was nearing the end of his playing career.
Striker George Price would be a key player the next season.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

During the pre-season, the Athletic Ground had its capacity increased to 25,000. Last season's top scorers Dick Evans and James Peake departed for Reading and Millwall Athletic respectively; also star player Tommy Clare retired.[1] Four new forwards were signed, namely Scots Billy Grassam (Maryhill) and James Reid (Hibernian), and local lads Charles Walters (Gainsborough Trinity) and Billy Leech (Tottenham Hotspur).

The season started with four defeats in the first six games in a dismal September. They turned their form around with a six game win streak that gave them a 100% win record in October and November. However one win in the next thirteen games followed, as the club slipped back down the league. Their decline was helped by the regular selling of key players in order to balance the books.

Finances[edit]

Attendance figures made grim reading, and left-half Ted McDonald had to be sold to Notts County in November in order to raise cash.[1] Goalkeeper Herbert Birchenough was sold to Glossop in January, with top scorer Howard Harvey also sold to Manchester City that same month.[1] Their second to last match saw a mere 300 supporters turn up to watch. At the end of the season there were drastic budget cuts, even so much as to stop paying players wages over the summer period – the only club in the league to do so.[1] Cheaper, local talent was recruited to fill the void left by departing stars. The club lost £73 over the course of the campaign, despite having trimmed ten times that figure from the playing budget.[2]

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, the club vanquished nearby Nantwich and Crewe Alexandra, but failed to make it to the First Round Proper. They reached the final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup and the Birmingham Senior Cup, losing to West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.[1] West Brom defeated Vale 5–0 in the final at Villa Park, taking revenge for the "Valeites" dumping West Brom out of the Birmingham Cup by the same scoreline.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 The Wednesday 34 17 0 0 61 7 8 4 5 23 15 84 22 3.818 + 62 54
2 Bolton Wanderers 34 14 2 1 47 7 8 6 3 32 18 79 25 3.160 + 54 52
3 Small Heath 34 15 1 1 58 12 5 5 7 20 26 78 38 2.053 + 30 46
4 Newton Heath 34 15 1 1 44 11 5 3 9 19 16 63 27 2.333 + 36 44
5 Leicester Fosse 34 11 5 1 34 8 6 4 7 19 28 53 36 1.472 + 27 43
6 Grimsby Town 34 10 3 4 46 24 7 3 7 21 22 67 46 1.457 + 21 40
7 Chesterfield 34 10 4 3 35 24 6 2 9 30 36 65 60 1.083 + 5 38
8 Woolwich Arsenal 34 13 1 3 47 12 3 3 11 14 31 61 43 1.419 + 18 36
9 Lincoln City 34 11 5 1 31 9 3 3 11 15 34 46 43 1.070 + 3 36
10 New Brighton Tower 34 9 4 4 44 22 4 5 8 22 36 66 58 1.138 + 8 35
11 Burslem Port Vale 34 11 2 4 26 16 3 4 10 13 33 39 49 0.796 10 34
12 Walsall 34 10 5 2 35 18 2 3 12 15 37 50 55 0.909 – 5 32
13 Gainsborough Trinity 34 8 4 5 37 24 1 3 13 10 51 47 75 0.627 – 28 25
14 Middlesbrough 34 8 4 5 28 15 0 4 13 11 54 39 69 0.565 – 30 24
15 Burton Swifts 34 8 5 4 31 24 1 1 15 12 60 43 84 0.512 – 34 24
16 Barnsley 34 8 5 4 36 23 0 2 15 10 56 46 79 0.582 – 33 23
17 Luton Town 34 5 3 9 25 25 0 5 12 15 50 40 75 0.533 – 25 18
18 Loughborough 34 1 6 10 12 26 0 0 17 6 74 18 100 0.180 – 82 8

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 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground A H H A H A H H A A H H A A H H A A H A A H A H A H A H A A H A H H
Result L W L L W L W W W W W W L D W D L D D L L L D L D W L W L W W L W L
Position 16 8 10 12 9 12 8 6 5 4 4 4 5 6 5 6 6 7 6 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 9 10 9 9 9 11

Sourced from Statto.[3]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
2 September 1899 New Brighton Tower A 0–2 3,000
4 September 1899 Middlesbrough H 3–1 2,000 Harvey, Bayley, Grassam
9 September 1899 Grimsby Town H 2–3 3,000 Heames, Grassam
16 September 1899 Woolwich Arsenal A 0–1 5,000
23 September 1899 Barnsley H 3–1 2,000 Heames, Grassam, Harvey
30 September 1899 Leicester Fosse A 0–2 4,000
7 October 1899 Luton Town H 1–0 2,500 Boullemier
14 October 1899 Burton Swifts H 2–1 1,500 Boullemier, Heames
21 October 1899 Walsall A 1–0 3,000 Reid
4 November 1899 Chesterfield A 4–0 2,000 Harvey (3), Leech
11 November 1899 Gainsborough Trinity H 1–0 1,000 Harvey
25 November 1899 Loughborough H 3–1 800 Harvey, Walters, Reid
2 December 1899 Newton Heath A 0–3 5,000
16 December 1899 Lincoln City A 1–1 200 Harvey
23 December 1899 Small Heath H 3–0 500 Heames, Harvey, Price
30 December 1899 New Brighton Tower H 1–1 2,000 Harvey
2 January 1900 Bolton Wanderers A 0–5 2,570
6 January 1900 Grimsby Town A 1–1 3,000 Simpson
13 January 1900 Woolwich Arsenal H 1–1 2,000 Grassam
20 January 1900 Barnsley A 0–3 2,000
27 January 1900 Small Heath A 1–2 5,000 Whitehouse
3 February 1900 Leicester Fosse H 0–2 600
10 February 1900 Luton Town A 1–1 500 Eardley
12 February 1900 The Wednesday H 0–3 2,000
17 February 1900 Burton Swifts A 2–2 Walters, Beech
24 February 1900 Walsall H 1–0 700 Heames
3 March 1900 Middlesbrough A 0–1 6,000
10 March 1900 Chesterfield H 2–0 1,500 Simpson, Grassam
17 March 1900 Gainsborough Trinity A 0–4 1,000
31 March 1900 Loughborough A 2–1 500 Price, Simpson
7 April 1900 Newton Heath H 1–0 3,000 Boullemier
14 April 1900 The Wednesday A 0–4 5,000
21 April 1900 Lincoln City H 2–1 300 Price, Heames
23 April 1900 Bolton Wanderers H 0–2 400

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1899–1900 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
3Q 28 October 1899 Nantwich H 2–0 600 Reid, Heames
4Q 18 November 1899 Crewe Alexandra A 2–2 4,000 Harvey (2 [1 pen])
4Q Replay 22 November 1899 Crewe Alexandra H 3–1 1,500 Harvey (pen), Walters, Grassam
5Q 9 December 1899 Stalybridge Rovers H 0–1 3,000

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 11 December 1899 West Bromwich Albion H 5–0 1,500 Harvey (3 [1 pen]), Whitehouse (2)
2 15 January 1900 Burton Swifts H 3–0 500 Price, unknown, unknown
SF 5 March 1900 Ironbridge H 6–3 1,000 Heames, Whitehouse , Grassam, unknown
Final 2 April 1900 Wolverhampton Wanderers N 1–2 500 Grassam

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
2 2 October 1899 Burton Swifts H 3–1 800 Reid, Grassam, unknown
SF 30 October 1899 Walsall A 3–1 1,000 McDonald, Grassam, Harvey
Final 4 December 1899 West Bromwich Albion N 1–1 4,000 Reid
Replay 26 April 1900 West Bromwich Albion N 0–5 5,000

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
Summer 1899 MF England Bert Eardley Free transfer [4]
Summer 1899 MF England Frank Whitehouse Bucknall Free transfer [4]
June 1899 MF England Billy Leech Tottenham Hotspur Free transfer [4]
June 1899 FW Charles Walters Gainsborough Trinity Free transfer [4]
June 1899 FW Scotland James Reid Scotland Hibernian Free transfer [4]
July 1899 FW Scotland Billy Grassam Scotland Maryhill Free transfer [4]
August 1899 DF Tom Davies Free transfer [4]
September 1899 DF Joseph Bennett Porthill Free transfer [4]
November 1899 MF England Joseph Steadman Free transfer [4]
November 1899 GK William Saunders Free transfer [4]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
November 1899 MF England Ted McDonald Notts County 'considerable' [4]
January 1900 GK England Herbert Birchenough Glossop £250 [4]
January 1900 FW England Howard Harvey Manchester City unknown [4]
May 1900 MF England Frank Whitehouse Stoke Free transfer [4]
Summer 1900 DF Joseph Bennett Released [4]
Summer 1900 FW Scotland Billy Grassam West Ham United Free transfer [4]
Summer 1900 MF England Billy Leech Stoke Free transfer [4]
Summer 1900 DF Scotland Tom McFarlane Middlesbrough Free transfer [4]
Summer 1900 FW Scotland James Reid West Ham United Free transfer [4]
Summer 1900 FW Charles Walters Released [4]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g 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. ^ What If There Had Been No Port In The Vale?: Startling Port Vale Stories! (Witan Books, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9529152-8-7)
  3. ^ Port Vale 1899–1900 : 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 r s t Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General