1905–06 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1905–06 season
Chairman Robert Audley
Manager Tommy Clare
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 17th (28 Points)
FA Cup First Round
Birmingham Senior Cup Semi-final
Staffordshire Senior Cup Semi-final
Top goalscorer League: Harry Mountford (15)
All: Harry Mountford (15)
Highest home attendance 6,000 vs Chelsea (30 October 1905)
Lowest home attendance 1,000 vs Chesterfield Town (9 September 1905)
Average home league attendance 3,200
Home colours

The 1905–06 season was Burslem Port Vale's eighth consecutive season (12th overall) of football in the Football League.[1] It was another season spent struggling at the lower end of the league.

On the pitch the team allowed goals and narrowly avoided the re-election zone. A poor season on the pitch was more than matched by a hopeless financial season off the pitch, with low attendance figures suggesting that the club could not sustain league football for much longer.[1]

Bert Eardley, was in his seventh season with Vale.
Club legend George Price was, as ever, a vital member of the first team.
Forward Adrian Capes was getting on in years.
Ageing Lucien Boullemier made one comeback appearance.
Half-back Harry Croxton.
Albert Cook as usual made only sporadic appearances.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

An expanded league saw an extra four new clubs added to the division, in addition to the replacement for Doncaster Rovers, who failed to gain re-election the previous season. This put the Vale up against Chelsea, Hull City, Leeds City, and Clapton Orient for the first time.

The first five games of the season saw a tally of just three points collected, with fourteen goals conceded. This was followed by four wins in five as the club surged up the league, this run included a 3–2 win over high-flying Chelsea, where an impressive 6,000 fans turned up.[1] Another barren spell followed, with just one point gained in the following nine games – in six of these the "Valeites" failed to score.[1] A rare win came on 30 December, with Harry Mountford scoring a hat-trick past Lincoln City – the first hat-trick a Vale player had scored in close to three years.[1] However the side then proceeded to lose all their matches in January. The last three months saw a revival, and the club managed to win six of their last fifteen games.[1]

The Vale finished just outside the re-election zone on goal average, if the ranking was based on goal difference then they would have finished below Chesterfield. Vale lost seventeen of their nineteen away games, never drawing a match away from home, and conceded more on their travels than any other side in the league. Overall the defence was the leakiest in the division, conceding 82 goals in 38 games.[1]

Harry Mountford was the club's top scorer with 15 goals, with Robert Carter, Philip Smith, George Price also contributing significantly to the scoring tally. Carter and Arthur Box missed just three matches; Mountford, Price, James Hamilton, and William Cope also hardly missed a game.

Finances[edit]

The financial outlook was bleak, poor runs of results saw already low attendance figures plummet. The club's directors therefore took the decision to sell right-half Harry Croxton and inspirational striker Adrian Capes to Stoke in November 1905.[1] There were rumours of the club winding up at the end of the season, though the club would continue in its current form for one more season.[1] Despite selling players and spending frugally the club lost a whopping £450, with gate receipts falling by £280 on the previous campaign. Sam Gleaves warned that if supporters failed to turn up for matches then the club would "inevitably cease to exist".

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup, Vale defeated amateur club Oxford City after Oxford failed to make the most of their shooting chances; the Second Round saw Vale eliminated by Gainsborough Trinity at home, despite having organized special training sessions beforehand.[1] In the County cups, Vale knocked out local rivals Stoke (Reserves) at home by 5–0 and 3–0 scorelines, before receiving 7–0 and 5–1 thumpings at Birmingham and Burton United respectively at the semi-final stages.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Bristol City 38 17 1 1 43 8 13 5 1 40 20 83 28 2.964 + 55 66
2 Manchester United 38 15 3 1 55 13 13 3 3 35 15 90 28 3.214 + 62 62
3 Chelsea 38 13 4 2 58 16 9 5 5 32 21 90 37 2.432 + 53 53
4 West Bromwich Albion 38 13 4 2 53 16 9 4 6 26 20 79 36 2.194 + 43 52
5 Hull City 38 10 5 4 38 21 9 1 9 29 33 67 54 1.241 + 13 44
6 Leeds City 38 11 5 3 38 19 6 4 9 21 28 59 47 1.255 + 12 43
7 Leicester Fosse 38 10 3 6 30 21 5 9 5 23 27 53 48 1.104 + 5 42
8 Grimsby Town 38 11 7 1 33 13 4 3 12 13 33 46 46 1.000 ± 0 40
9 Burnley 38 9 4 6 26 23 6 4 9 16 30 42 53 0.792 – 11 38
10 Stockport County 38 11 6 2 36 16 2 3 14 8 40 44 56 0.786 – 12 35
11 Bradford City 38 7 4 8 21 22 6 4 9 25 38 46 60 0.767 – 14 34
12 Barnsley 38 11 4 4 45 17 1 5 13 15 45 60 62 0.968 – 2 33
13 Lincoln City 38 10 1 8 46 29 2 5 12 23 43 69 72 0.958 – 3 30
14 Blackpool 38 8 3 8 22 21 2 6 11 15 41 37 62 0.597 – 25 29
15 Gainsborough Trinity 38 10 2 7 35 22 2 2 15 9 35 44 57 0.772 – 13 28
16 Glossop 38 9 4 6 36 28 1 4 14 13 43 49 71 0.690 – 22 28
17 Burslem Port Vale 38 10 4 5 34 25 2 0 17 15 57 49 82 0.598 – 33 28
18 Chesterfield 38 8 4 7 26 24 2 4 13 14 48 40 72 0.556 – 32 28
19 Burton United 38 9 4 6 26 20 1 2 16 8 47 34 67 0.507 – 33 26
20 Clapton Orient 38 6 4 9 19 22 1 3 15 16 56 35 78 0.449 – 43 21

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 35 36 37 38
Ground A H H H A H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H A
Result L W L D L W W W L W L L L D L L L L L W L L L W D L W L W L W L D W L L W L
Position 13 13 14 13 17 14 9 6 12 8 10 14 14 13 15 17 17 17 17 15 16 17 19 16 18 18 16 17 17 17 16 18 17 15 16 16 15 17

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
2 September 1905 Lincoln City A 1–3 3,000 o.g.
9 September 1905 Chesterfield H 4–3 1,000 Capes (2), Smith, Crombie
11 September 1905 Blackpool H 1–2 Carter
16 September 1905 Grimsby Town H 2–2 2,000 Smith (2)
23 September 1905 Barnsley A 0–4 3,000
30 September 1905 Clapton Orient H 2–1 Mountford, Cook (pen)
7 October 1905 Burnley A 3–1 3,000 Mountford (2), Price
14 October 1905 Leeds City H 2–0 1,500 Mountford, Carter
21 October 1905 Burton United A 0–1 3,000
30 October 1905 Chelsea H 3–2 6,000 Price, Croxton, Carter
4 November 1905 Gainsborough Trinity A 0–4
11 November 1905 Bristol City H 0–1 3,000
18 November 1905 Manchester United A 0–3 8,000
25 November 1905 Glossop H 3–3 Mountford, Cook, Holyhead
2 December 1905 Stockport County A 0–3
16 December 1905 Bradford City A 0–2 9,000
23 December 1905 West Bromwich Albion H 0–1 3,500
25 December 1905 Hull City H 1–3 4,000 Cook
26 December 1905 Leicester Fosse A 1–2 10,000 Mountford
30 December 1905 Lincoln City H 3–1 3,000 Mountford (3)
6 January 1906 Chesterfield A 0–2 10,000
20 January 1906 Grimsby Town A 0–5 3,000
27 January 1906 Barnsley H 1–2 Smith
3 February 1906 Clapton Orient A 3–1 Smith (2), Carter
10 February 1906 Burnley H 2–2 Mountford, Smith
17 February 1906 Leeds City A 1–3 9,000 Mountford
24 February 1906 Burton United H 4–1 Carter, Mountford, Price, Grant
3 March 1906 Chelsea A 0–7 10,000
10 March 1906 Gainsborough Trinity H 1–0 Eardley
17 March 1906 Bristol City A 0–4 10,000
24 March 1906 Manchester United H 1–0 3,000 Box (pen)
31 March 1906 Glossop A 2–3 3,000 o.g., Mountford
7 April 1906 Stockport County H 0–0
13 April 1906 Leicester Fosse H 2–0 5,000 Carter, Mountford
14 April 1906 Blackpool A 1–2 2,000 Carter
16 April 1906 Hull City A 2–3 7,000 Mountford, Carter
21 April 1906 Bradford City H 2–1 Walley, Smith
28 April 1906 West Bromwich Albion A 1–4 5,000 Holyhead

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1905–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
IR 9 December 1905 Oxford City A 1–0 3,000 Price
1R 13 January 1906 Gainsborough Trinity H 0–3 1,500

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 18 September 1905 Stoke H 3–0 2,500 Croxton, unknown
SF 1 November 1905 Birmingham A 0–7 100

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 25 September 1905 Stoke H 5–0 Price (2), Crombie, Smith, Carter
SF 13 April 1906 Burton United A 1–5

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
July 1905 DF George Aytoun Scotland Clydebank Free transfer [3]
July 1905 MF England Alex Crombie Reading Free transfer [3]
July 1905 DF Arthur Shelley Chesterton Free transfer [3]
July 1905 DF William Jones Free transfer [3]
August 1905 FW Philip Smith Knutton Free transfer [3]
August 1905 MF Hugh Walley Free transfer [3]
October 1905 DF England Samuel Ashworth Everton Free transfer [3]
October 1905 DF England Sam Baddeley Norton Free transfer [3]
November 1905 GK England George Boote Silverdale Town Free transfer [3]
November 1905 DF England Lucien Boullemier Northampton Town Free transfer [3]
January 1906 MF England Ebenezer Grant Tunstall Park Free transfer [3]
January 1906 FW England Alfred Hall Free transfer [3]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
November 1905 DF England Lucien Boullemier Northern Nomads Free transfer [3]
November 1905 FW England Adrian Capes Stoke Free transfer [3]
November 1905 DF England Harry Croxton Stoke unknown [3]
February 1906 MF England Albert Cook Stoke Free transfer [3]
Summer 1906 DF England Samuel Ashworth North Staffs Nomads Released [3]
Summer 1906 DF George Aytoun Released [3]
Summer 1906 GK England George Boote Knutton Rovers Released [3]
Summer 1906 MF England Alex Crombie Released [3]
Summer 1906 FW W. Edwards Crewe Alexandra Released [3]
Summer 1906 FW England Alfred Hall Released [3]
Summer 1906 MF England Ben Jones Alsagers Bank Church Free transfer [3]
Summer 1906 DF William Jones Released [3]
Summer 1906 FW Philip Smith Crewe Alexandra Released [3]
Summer 1906 FW England William Thomas Everton Free transfer [3]
Summer 1906 MF England Sam Whittingham Crewe Alexandra Free transfer [3]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k 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 1905–1906 : 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 Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General