1900–01 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1900–01 season
Chairman Mr W Cowlishaw
Manager Horace Austerberry
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 16th (27 Points)
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: William Maxwell (16)
All: William Maxwell (16)
Highest home attendance 12,000 vs Aston Villa (29 December 1900)
Lowest home attendance 3,000 vs Derby County (24 November 1900)
Average home league attendance 7,650
Home colours

The 1900–01 season was Stoke's 12th season of in the Football League.

It was a hard season for Stoke as they were almost relegated to the Second Division but survived after winning their final match the season 4–2 away at Notts County.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

By now Stoke had lost the valuable services of Tom Robertson, Jack Kennedy and Joe Turner while dedicated full-back Jack Eccles made only two appearances and later became club trainer as the team slowly broke up.[1] Only two points were collected from their first eight games and a disjointed Stoke side slipped to the bottom of the table.[1] The situation improved slightly with the arrival of Welsh forward Mart Watkins from Oswestry Town but Stoke were seemingly always tied down to being involved in a relegation dog-fight and that's how it was right up until the final day of the season.[1]

On Good Friday (5 April 1901) Stoke went to Bury and were denied two blatant penalties and lost 3–2.[1] This defeat left Stoke in 17th position, three points and one place above West Bromwich Albion who had three games in hand, while Preston and Wolves were just above them.[1] Stoke's remaining two games were both away - to Wolves and Notts County.[1] Preston ended their season with a home clash with West Brom who were struggling to find any form and looked doomed.[1] Remarkably, Stoke upped their game and won both matches while Preston lost and went down with Albion leaving Stoke safe in 16th place.[1] It had been a tense and difficult season and the club's finances were now in a very precarious state, both manager and chairman recognized this and the club would now look at the local leagues for players.[1]

Unfortunately ace marksman William Maxwell bid farewell to Stoke at the end of the season joining Third Lanark for £250 after scoring 85 goals in 173 games for the "Potters" and he would be sorely missed.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

The 1900–01 season saw the introduction of a short lived intermediate round before the first round proper, Stoke beating Glossop 1–0. In the first round Stoke lost 2–1 in a replay to Small Heath after a 1–1 draw at the Victoria Ground.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Liverpool 34 19 7 8 59 35 1.686 45
2 Sunderland 34 15 13 6 57 26 2.192 43
3 Notts County 34 18 4 12 54 46 1.174 40
4 Nottingham Forest 34 16 7 11 53 36 1.472 39
5 Bury 34 16 7 11 53 37 1.432 39
6 Newcastle United 34 14 10 10 42 37 1.135 38
7 Everton 34 16 5 13 55 42 1.310 37
8 The Wednesday 34 13 10 11 52 42 1.238 36
9 Blackburn Rovers 34 12 9 13 39 47 0.830 33
10 Bolton Wanderers 34 13 7 14 39 55 0.709 33
11 Manchester City 34 13 6 15 48 58 0.828 32
12 Derby County 34 12 7 15 55 42 1.310 31
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 9 13 12 39 55 0.709 31
14 Sheffield United 34 12 7 15 35 52 0.673 31
15 Aston Villa 34 10 10 14 45 51 0.882 30
16 Stoke 34 11 5 18 46 57 0.807 27
17 Preston North End 34 9 7 18 49 75 0.653 25
18 West Bromwich Albion 34 7 8 19 35 62 0.565 22

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 First Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 1 September 1900 Aston Villa A 0–2 15,000
2 8 September 1900 Liverpool H 1–2 12,000 Maxwell
3 10 September 1900 Notts County H 1–1 5,000 Jones
4 15 September 1900 Newcastle United A 1–2 20,000 Wood
5 22 September 1900 Sheffield United H 0–1 7,000
6 29 September 1900 Manchester City A 0–2 15,000
7 6 October 1900 Bury H 1–2 4,000 Maxwell
8 13 October 1900 Nottingham Forest A 1–1 9,000 Johnson
9 20 October 1900 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 10,000 Jones, Maxwell
10 27 October 1900 The Wednesday H 2–1 6,000 Jones (2)
11 3 November 1900 West Bromwich Albion A 2–2 12,052 Maxwell, Watkins
12 10 November 1900 Everton H 0–2 8,000
13 12 November 1900 Bolton Wanderers H 2–1 3,000 Watkins, Wood
14 17 November 1900 Sunderland A 1–6 5,000 Johnson
15 24 November 1900 Derby County H 0–1 3,000
16 1 December 1900 Bolton Wanderers A 0–1 5,000
17 22 December 1900 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3–0 5,000 Maxwell (3)
18 25 December 1900 Preston North End A 2–4 6,000 Maxwell, Higginson
19 26 December 1900 Preston North End H 5–0 7,500 Maxwell (3), Higginson, Watkins
20 29 December 1900 Aston Villa H 0–0 12,000
21 1 January 1901 Liverpool A 1–3 10,000 Higginson
22 12 January 1901 Newcastle United H 2–0 6,000 Benbow (2)
23 19 January 1901 Sheffield United A 4–0 4,000 Maxwell (2), Johnson, Watkins
24 26 January 1901 Manchester City H 2–1 3,000 Johnson, Watkins
25 16 February 1901 Nottingham Forest H 0–3 7,000
26 23 February 1901 Blackburn Rovers A 2–3 5,000 Maxwell, Watkins
27 2 March 1901 The Wednesday A 0–4 3,000
28 9 March 1901 West Bromwich Albion H 2–0 5,000 Maxwell, Leech
29 16 March 1901 Everton A 0–3 10,000
30 23 March 1901 Sunderland H 0–0 9,000
31 30 March 1901 Derby County A 1–4 5,000 Leech
32 5 April 1901 Bury A 2–3 2,000 Watkins, Whitehouse
33 9 April 1901 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–0 4,000 Watkins, Higginson
34 13 April 1901 Notts County A 4–2 6,000 Watkins, Higginson, Maxwell, Johnson

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1900–01 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
IR 5 January 1901 Glossop H 1–0 5,000 Benbow
R1 12 February 1901 Small Heath H 1–1 12,000 Watkins
R1 Replay 13 February 1901 Small Heath A 1–2 (aet) 10,000 Benbow

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Arthur Cartlidge 7 0 0 0 7 0
GK England Tom Wilkes 27 0 3 0 30 0
FB England Bill Capewell 33 0 3 0 36 0
FB England Peter Durber 33 0 2 0 35 0
FB England Jack Eccles 2 0 1 0 3 0
HB England John Bowman 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB England James Bradley 34 0 3 0 37 0
HB England Tom Holford 6 0 1 0 7 0
HB England Billy Leech 33 2 2 0 35 2
HB England Edward Parsons 5 0 1 0 6 0
HB England Alf Wood 29 2 2 0 31 2
FW England Len Benbow 21 2 3 2 24 4
FW England George Harris 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Sam Higginson 18 5 2 0 20 5
FW England Freddie Johnson 34 5 3 0 37 5
FW England Jimmy Jones 12 4 1 0 13 4
FW England Arthur Lockett 16 0 0 0 16 0
FW Scotland William Maxwell 27 16 3 0 30 16
FW Wales Mart Watkins 28 9 3 1 31 10
FW England Frank Whitehouse 6 1 0 0 6 1

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.