1900–01 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1900–01 season
Chairman Robert Audley
Manager Sam Gleaves
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 9th (33 Points)
FA Cup Intermediate Round
Birmingham Senior Cup First Round
Staffordshire Senior Cup Quarter Finals
Top goalscorer League: Adrian Capes (10)
All: Adrian Capes (11)
Highest home attendance 5,000 vs Walsall (25 December 1900)
Lowest home attendance 300 vs Burton Swifts (30 March 1901)
Average home league attendance 2,087+
Home colours

The 1900–01 season was Burslem Port Vale's third consecutive season (seventh overall) of football in the Football League.[1] Finishing in ninth place for the second time in three years, the club would have to wait over two decades before they would better such a finish. Vale were a typical mid-table team in 1900–01, with their home form being slightly disappointing compared to teams around them in the table. The team was settled, however, once again poor attendances were an issue.

Midfielder Bert Eardley had another solid season.
Ever-present George Price.
The Burslem Port Vale team in 1901.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

The pre-season saw the return of Stoke legend Tommy Clare, now aged 35; and inside-left James Peake, following a season with Millwall Athletic.[1] Otherwise local lads filled the void left by the stars that were sold off the previous season.[1]

True to expectations, the "Valeites" suffered at the start of the season, recording three heavy defeats in their first seven games. However things picked up when striker Adrian Capes arrived from Burton Swifts in November 1900.[1] By March the side broke into the top six, though were eleven points short of the two promotion places.[1] The season ended with three wins from four games, and the Vale finished six points from the re-election zones, but fifteen points from promotion.

New boy Capes finished as top scorer, with Peake, Eardley, and Price contributing seven goals each. Goalkeeper Alfred Maybury made his debut on 8 September, and never missed a match after that, though was still released at the season's end (later joining Chesterfield).[1] Eight other players managed at least 30 appearances (out of a possible 37), with George Price an ever-present. The defence was described as "consistent and sturdy", and Peake, Eardley, and Capes were praised for the turnaround in results.[1] The policy of local youth continued, having been successful throughout the campaign.[1] James Peake and Alfred Maybury departed, and full-back Frank Stokes was sold to Reading; but otherwise the first team was retained.[1]

Finances[edit]

Financially the club lost £73, to add to their £1,000 debt.[1] Taking note from the previous campaign, the playing budget was reduced by over £750, though gate receipts dropped a further £235.[1] Poor weather was blamed for the miserable support.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, a 3–1 home defeat was recorded to Second Division rivals New Brighton Tower in the opening round. The result was the same as their league encounter, down to an Adrian Capes consolation. Vale also exited both county cups at the first hurdle.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Grimsby Town 34 14 3 0 46 11 6 6 5 14 22 60 33 1.818 + 27 49
2 Birmingham City 34 14 2 1 41 8 5 8 4 16 16 57 24 2.375 + 33 48
3 Burnley 34 15 2 0 39 6 5 2 10 14 23 53 29 1.828 + 24 44
4 New Brighton Tower 34 12 5 0 34 8 5 3 9 23 30 57 38 1.500 + 19 42
5 Glossop 34 11 2 4 34 9 4 6 7 17 24 51 33 1.545 + 18 38
6 Middlesbrough 34 11 4 2 38 13 4 3 10 12 27 50 40 1.250 + 10 37
7 Woolwich Arsenal 34 13 3 1 30 11 2 3 12 9 24 39 35 1.114 + 4 36
8 Lincoln City 34 12 3 2 39 11 1 4 12 4 28 43 39 1.103 + 4 33
9 Burslem Port Vale 34 8 6 3 28 14 3 5 9 17 33 45 47 0.957 – 2 33
10 Newton Heath 34 11 3 3 31 9 3 1 13 11 29 42 38 1.105 + 4 32
11 Leicester Fosse 34 9 5 3 30 15 2 5 10 9 22 39 37 1.054 + 2 32
12 Blackpool 34 7 6 4 20 11 5 1 11 13 47 33 58 0.569 – 25 31
13 Gainsborough Trinity 34 8 4 5 26 18 2 6 9 19 42 45 60 0.750 – 15 30
14 Chesterfield 34 6 5 6 25 22 3 5 9 21 36 46 58 0.793 – 12 28
15 Barnsley 34 9 3 5 34 23 2 2 13 13 37 47 60 0.783 – 13 27
16 Walsall 34 7 7 3 29 23 0 6 11 11 33 40 56 0.714 – 16 27
17 Stockport County 34 9 2 6 25 21 2 1 14 13 47 38 68 0.559 – 30 25
18 Burton Swifts 34 7 3 7 16 21 1 1 15 18 45 34 66 0.515 – 32 20

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 H H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H A A H H A H H A H A A H
Result D L L W L D L W D D D L L W W L W D D L D W W L W D D L D L W L W W
Position 9 12 17 12 16 16 16 16 14 15 14 15 15 12 11 11 9 8 9 11 11 9 7 8 7 7 6 7 8 8 8 9 9 9

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 September 1900 Birmingham City H 2–2 3,000 Price, Beech
3 September 1900 Stockport County H 0–1 2,000
8 September 1900 Grimsby Town A 1–6 4,000 Price
15 September 1900 Lincoln City H 2–0 2,000 Price, Aston
22 September 1900 Newton Heath A 0–4 5,000
29 September 1900 Glossop H 0–0 2,000
6 October 1900 Middlesbrough A 0–4 8,000
13 October 1900 Burnley H 1–0 1,000 Peake
20 October 1900 Chesterfield A 1–1 2,000 Price
27 October 1900 Leicester Fosse A 0–0 9,000
3 November 1900 Grimsby Town H 0–0 3,000
10 November 1900 Gainsborough Trinity A 1–2 Peake
17 November 1900 New Brighton Tower H 1–3 2,000 Capes
24 November 1900 Burton Swifts A 2–0 600 Peake, Steadman
1 December 1900 Barnsley H 3–2 Capes, Lander, Heames
8 December 1900 Woolwich Arsenal A 0–3 7,000
15 December 1900 Blackpool H 4–0 2,000 Price, Capes, Boullemier, Eardley
22 December 1900 Stockport County A 1–1 Peake
25 December 1900 Walsall H 2–2 5,000 Eardley, Heames
29 December 1900 Birmingham City A 1–2 6,000 Lander
12 January 1901 Lincoln City A 2–2 2,000 Simpson, Capes
19 January 1901 Newton Heath H 2–0 1,000 Capes (2)
9 February 1901 Glossop A 2–1 4,000 Eardley, Beech
16 February 1901 Burnley A 0–1 4,000
23 February 1901 Chesterfield H 5–1 1,000 Peake (2), Boullemier, Heames, Eardley
2 March 1901 Leicester Fosse H 0–0 2,000
9 March 1901 New Brighton Tower A 1–1 3,000 Peake
11 March 1901 Middlesbrough H 0–2 4,000
16 March 1901 Gainsborough Trinity H 1–1 Simpson
23 March 1901 Walsall A 1–2 2,000 Capes
30 March 1901 Burton Swifts H 4–0 300 Price (2), Capes, Simpson
5 April 1901 Blackpool A 1–2 800 Capes
6 April 1901 Barnsley A 3–1 Eardley (2), Capes
13 April 1901 Woolwich Arsenal H 1–0 1,000 Eardley

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
IR 1 January 1901 New Brighton Tower H 1–3 3,000 Capes

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 24 September 1900 Stoke A 0–1 1,500

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
QF 22 October 1900 Stoke N 0–2

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1900 MF England Robert Seaton Free transfer [3]
Summer 1900 FW James Peake Millwall Athletic Free transfer [3]
May 1900 MF Tommy Aston Ironbridge Free transfer [3]
May 1900 MF Patrick Gallagher Smallthorne United Free transfer [3]
May 1900 FW John Henshall Hanley Swifts Free transfer [3]
May 1900 GK England Alfred Maybury Nantwich Free transfer [3]
May 1900 DF England Ernest Mullineux Burslem Park Free transfer [3]
May 1900 FW England Alfred Pankhurst Smallthorne Free transfer [3]
July 1900 FW England Howard Round Tunstall Casuals Free transfer [3]
August 1900 MF England Albert Cook North Staffs Nomads Free transfer [3]
September 1900 DF W. H. Machin Free transfer [3]
November 1900 FW England Adrian Capes Burton Swifts Free transfer [3]
November 1900 MF England Thomas Wainwright Free transfer [3]
March 1901 DF England Harry Croxton Burslem Park Free transfer [3]
April 1901 FW Leonard Jones Eastwood Free transfer [3]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
September 1900 MF Tommy Aston Released [3]
Summer 1901 MF S.E. Bayley Released [3]
Summer 1901 DF England Tommy Clare Retired [3]
Summer 1901 MF Patrick Gallagher Released [3]
Summer 1901 FW John Henshall Released [3]
Summer 1901 GK England Alfred Maybury Chesterfield Released [3]
Summer 1901 FW England Alfred Pankhurst Smallthorne Released [3]
Summer 1901 FW James Peake Released [3]
Summer 1901 GK Tom Poole Released [3]
Summer 1901 FW England Howard Round Released [3]
Summer 1901 GK William Saunders Released [3]
Summer 1901 MF England Robert Seaton Released [3]
Summer 1901 DF England Thomas Spilsbury Retired [3]
Summer 1901 MF England Joseph Steadman Released [3]
Summer 1901 DF England Frank Stokes Reading Free transfer [3]

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. ^ Port Vale 1900–1901 : 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 x y z aa ab ac ad Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
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