1903–04 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1903-04
League Division Two
Manager None
League position 15th
Top goalscorer Charles Bennett (9)
Highest home attendance 7,000 (v. Bolton Wanderers)[1]
Lowest home attendance 200 (v. Grimsby Town)[1]
Previous season 1902-03
Next season 1904-05

The 1903-04 season was Blackpool F.C.'s seventh season (fourth consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the eighteen-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing fifteenth.

New signings included forwards Charles Bennett and Fred Pentland and midfielder John Rooke. Out during the close season had gone Jack Birchall, Walter Cookson, Harold Hardman, Harry Stirzaker, Henry Parr, and Lorenzo Evans.

Charles Bennett was the club's top scorer, with nine goals.[2]

Season review[edit]

The season began with a 3–0 defeat at Woolwich Arsenal on 5 September in front of a crowd of 12,000.[3]

Another defeat followed seven days later, 0–2 at home to Barnsley.

Blackpool picked up their first point of the season on 19 September, in a goalless draw at Lincoln City, and the following week chalked up their first victory: 4–1 against Stockport County at Bloomfield Road. Fred Pentland, John Rooke, Jack Scott and Jack Parkinson scored the hosts' goals.

Two consecutive defeats ensued — 1–2 at Chesterfield on 3 October, and 1–4 at home to Bolton Wanderers on 10 October. Pentland scored the Seasiders' goal in each game.

Pentland made it five goals in four games when he netted twice in a 4–1 victory at Burnley on 17 October. Geordie Anderson and Edward Threlfall were the other Blackpool scorers.

Four consecutive defeats followed — 0–3 at home to Preston North End in the first West Lancashire derby of the season, 1–2 at home to Leicester Fosse (Carthy getting Blackpool's goal), 1–3 at Gainsborough Trinity (William Anderton), and 0–5 at Bristol City.

Back-to-back victories over Glossop North End followed: 1–0 (Bennett) and 3–2 (Anderson twice, Bennett) on Christmas Day.

The next day, Bradford City visited Bloomfield Road, and the Bantams returned to Yorkshire with both points after a single-goal victory.

Another defeat followed on New Year's Day, 0–3 at Bolton Wanderers.

On 2 January, Woolwich Arsenal travelled to Lancashire and were held to a 2–2 draw. A Jackson own-goal and Marshall McEwan (with his first and only goal for the club) were the Seasiders' scorers.

A week later, Blackpool met Barnsley at Oakwell, and that match also finished 2–2. Bennett scored both for Blackpool.

Blackpool obtained their first victory in five games at home to Lincoln City on 16 January. Scott and Parkinson found the net for the hosts.

Stockport County avenged their 4–1 defeat at Bloomfield Road back in September with a 2–1 victory in the reverse fixture on 23 January. Birkett netted his first of the season for the visitors.

A goalless draw at home to Chesterfield at the end of the month was followed two weeks later by a 5–0 home defeat at the hands of Burnley.

Blackpool licked their wounds and returned to winning ways in the following game — a 4–1 victory at home to Burton United. Geordie Anderson scored a hat-trick, and Bennett scored the other, his fifth of the campaign.

A second consecutive victory occurred when Grimsby Town visited Bloomfield Road seven days later. Two penalties (one from Birkett; the other, Scott) and Bennett gave 'Pool both points.

A thirteenth defeat for Blackpool in their 24 games followed — 1–5 at Leicester Fosse, Bennett again finding the net for Blackpool.

Bennett made it four in four in the next game, a 2–1 victory over Manchester United at Bloomfield Road. Rooke, with his second strike of the season, was the other Blackpool scorer.

Remaining consistently inconsistent, Blackpool endured another heavy defeat on 12 March — 0–5 at Burslem Port Vale.

Seven days later, Blackpool hosted Gainsborough Trinity and edged a three-goal game. Bennett and Threlfall got the Seasiders' goals.

A visit to Burton United on 26 March saw the spoils shared in a 1–1 draw. Rooke scored Blackpool's goal.

Blackpool made it three games unbeaten (tying their season record) with a single-goal victory over Burslem Port Vale at Bloomfield Road, Geordie Anderson finding the net.

Three defeats followed — 0–1 at home to Bristol City and, two days later, 0–4 at Grimsby Town and 1–3 at Manchester United. Stanley Spencer scored Blackpool's goal in the latter game, in what was his only appearance for the club.

A 23 April visit to Bradford City proved fruitful, as Blackpool won 2–0, with Rooke getting bot goals.

The season was rounded off with the return leg of the West Lancashire derby against Preston North End. In front of their own fans, Preston won by a single goal, giving them the Division Two championship in the process.

Table[edit]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Preston North End 34 20 10 4 62 24 2.583 50
2 Woolwich Arsenal 34 21 7 6 91 22 4.136 49
3 Manchester United 34 20 8 6 65 33 1.970 48
4 Bristol City 34 18 6 10 73 41 1.780 42
5 Burnley 34 15 9 10 50 55 0.909 39
6 Grimsby Town 34 14 8 12 50 49 1.020 36
7 Bolton Wanderers 34 12 10 12 59 41 1.439 34
8 Barnsley 34 11 10 13 38 57 0.667 32
9 Gainsborough Trinity 34 14 3 17 53 60 0.883 31
10 Bradford City 34 12 7 15 45 59 0.763 31
11 Chesterfield 34 11 8 15 37 45 0.822 30
12 Lincoln City 34 11 8 15 41 58 0.707 30
13 Burslem Port Vale 34 10 9 15 54 52 1.038 29
14 Burton United 34 11 7 16 45 61 0.738 29
15 Blackpool 34 11 5 18 40 67 0.597 27
16 Stockport County[4] 34 8 11 15 40 72 0.556 27
17 Glossop North End 34 10 6 18 57 64 0.891 26
18 Leicester Fosse 34 6 10 18 42 82 0.512 22

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

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Players used: 24

No appearances: Joe Dorrington and Fred Heywood.

Goals[edit]

Goals scored: 39 (plus one own-goal)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
1903 Charles Bennett Unknown Unknown
1903 John Rooke Unknown Unknown
1903 John Jones Unknown Unknown
1903 S. Carthy Unknown Unknown
1903 Fred Pentland Unknown Unknown
1903 Marshall McEwan Unknown Unknown
1903 Ted Killean New Brompton Unknown
1903 Harry Whittle Unknown Unknown
1903 P. Miller Unknown Unknown
1903 James Hodgson Unknown Unknown
1903 T. Anderson Unknown Unknown
1903 Percy Pickford Unknown Unknown
1903 Jack Davies Unknown Unknown
1903 David Hughes Unknown Unknown
1903 Lewis Swarbrick Unknown Unknown
1903 Stanley Spencer Unknown Unknown

Out[edit]

The following players left after the final game of the previous season:

Date Player To Fee
1903 Teddy Duckworth West Ham United Unknown
1903 Jack Birchall Unknown Unknown
1903 Walter Cookson Unknown Unknown
1903 Harold Hardman Unknown Unknown
1903 Harry Stirzaker Retirement
1903 J.W. Wright Unknown Unknown
1903 Henry Parr Unknown Unknown
1903 Lorenzo Evans Unknown Unknown

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Attendances were approximated by the reporter at the ground.
  2. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, Breedon Books Sport ISBN 1-873626-07-X
  3. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, p. 182, Breedon Books Sport ISBN 1-873626-07-X
  4. ^ Failed to be re-elected to the Football League. Joined The Combination

References[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.