1905–06 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1905–06 season
Chairman Mr W Cowlishaw
Manager Horace Austerberry
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 10th (39 Points)
FA Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Jack Hall (11)
All: Jack Hall (11)
Highest home attendance 20,000 vs Liverpool (26 December 1905)
Lowest home attendance 4,000 vs Bury (26 March 1906)
Average home league attendance 8,610
Home colours

The 1905–06 season was Stoke's 17th season in the Football League.

It was a good season for Stoke as they started well winning their first five matches and with a number of good local players in the team playing regularly. Stoke's form did eventually drop and they finished in 10th position a much improved finish from previous seasons. However it would be a case of 'calm before the storm' for Stoke and their supporters.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

For the 1905–06 season, the First Division was extended to 20 clubs.[1] Stoke enticed goalkeeper Leigh Richmond Roose back to the club whilst James Bradley departed for Liverpool.[1] The 'Potters' started the season off in fine style winning their opening five matches to go top of the league table for the first time in their history–and they remained there for five weeks.[1] Horace Austerberry seemed to have found the right line-up and managed to keep it settled for the first seven matches.[1] The crowds improved steadily and they reached the 12,000 mark as Stoke began to play well at home.[1]

In early November Sheffield Wednesday were well beaten 4–0 with Ted Holdcroft scoring twice, to bring his goals tally to six in ten games unfortunately for Holcroft it was also his final goals of the season.[1] Stoke's decent form continued but George Baddeley injured his knee on boxing day and Stoke's form began to drop.[1] They eventually finished in 10th position with 39 points 12 behind champions Liverpool.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke again went out of the cup in the second round this time losing 1–0 to Birmingham after beating Blackburn Rovers by the same score.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Liverpool 38 23 5 10 79 46 1.717 51
2 Preston North End 38 17 13 8 54 39 1.385 47
3 The Wednesday 38 18 8 12 63 52 1.212 44
4 Newcastle United 38 18 7 13 74 48 1.542 43
5 Manchester City 38 19 5 14 73 54 1.352 43
6 Bolton Wanderers 38 17 7 14 81 67 1.209 41
7 Birmingham 38 17 7 14 65 59 1.102 41
8 Aston Villa 38 17 6 15 72 56 1.286 40
9 Blackburn Rovers 38 16 8 14 54 52 1.038 40
10 Stoke 38 16 7 15 54 55 0.982 39
11 Everton 38 15 7 16 70 66 1.061 37
12 Woolwich Arsenal 38 15 7 16 62 64 0.969 37
13 Sheffield United 38 15 6 17 57 62 0.919 36
14 Sunderland 38 15 5 18 61 70 0.871 35
15 Derby County 38 14 7 17 39 58 0.672 35
16 Notts County 38 11 12 15 55 71 0.775 34
17 Bury 38 11 10 17 57 74 0.770 32
18 Middlesbrough 38 10 11 17 56 71 0.789 31
19 Nottingham Forest 38 13 5 20 58 79 0.734 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 8 7 23 58 99 0.586 23

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 2 September 1905 Notts County H 3–0 8,000 Holdcroft, Hall, Rouse
2 4 September 1905 Blackburn Rovers H 3–0 8,000 Holdcroft, Hall (2)
3 9 September 1905 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 2–1 7,000 Holdcroft, Hall
4 16 September 1905 Bolton Wanderers A 2–1 16,000 Rouse, Miller
5 23 September 1905 Woolwich Arsenal H 2–1 15,000 Rouse, Miller
6 30 September 1905 Blackburn Rovers A 0–3 20,000
7 7 October 1905 Sunderland H 1–0 9,000 Miller
8 14 October 1905 Birmingham A 0–2 12,000
9 21 October 1905 Everton H 2–2 12,000 Holford, Hall
10 28 October 1905 Derby County A 0–1 10,000
11 4 November 1905 The Wednesday H 4–0 12,000 Rouse, Hall, Holdcroft (2)
12 11 November 1905 Nottingham Forest A 1–3 10,000 Hall
13 13 November 1905 Aston Villa H 0–1 12,000
14 18 November 1905 Manchester City H 0–0 8,000
15 25 November 1905 Bury A 0–3 4,000
16 2 December 1905 Middlesbrough H 1–1 6,000 Gallimore
17 9 December 1905 Preston North End A 0–2 8,000
18 16 December 1905 Newcastle United H 1–0 8,000 Jones
19 23 December 1905 Aston Villa A 0–3 15,000
20 25 December 1905 Sheffield United A 1–1 21,883 Hall
21 26 December 1905 Liverpool H 2–1 20,000 Hall, Holford
22 30 December 1905 Notts County A 1–1 5,000 Jones
23 1 January 1906 Liverpool A 1–3 25,000 Hall
24 6 January 1906 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 4–0 6,000 Hall, Rouse, Fielding, Croxton
25 20 January 1906 Bolton Wanderers H 1–2 6,000 Baddeley
26 27 January 1906 Woolwich Arsenal A 2–1 10,000 Rouse (2)
27 10 February 1906 Sunderland A 0–1 10,000
28 17 February 1906 Birmingham H 2–2 6,000 Rouse, Jones
29 3 March 1906 Derby County H 2–2 9,000 Gallimore, Chalmers
30 17 March 1906 Nottingham Forest H 4–0 8,500 Chalmers (2), Miller (2)
31 24 March 1906 Manchester City A 0–2 6,000
32 26 March 1906 Bury H 4–2 4,000 Baddeley, Fielding, Gallimore (2)
33 3 April 1906 Everton A 3–0 15,000 Gallimore, Rouse, Griffiths
34 7 April 1906 Middlesbrough A 0–5 12,000
35 9 April 1906 The Wednesday A 0–2 10,000
36 14 April 1906 Preston North End H 3–0 10,000 Rouse, Chalmers, Baddeley
37 16 April 1906 Sheffield United H 2–1 8,000 Chalmers, Gallimore
38 24 April 1906 Newcastle United A 0–5 12,000

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1905–06 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 13 January 1906 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 15,463 Sturgess
R2 3 February 1906 Birmingham A 0–1 19,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Benton 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK Wales Leigh Richmond Roose 33 0 2 0 35 0
GK England Jack Whitley 4 0 0 0 4 0
FB England Harry Benson 36 0 2 0 38 0
FB England Charlie Burgess 35 0 2 0 37 0
HB England George Baddeley 34 4 2 0 36 4
HB England Harry Croxton 16 1 2 0 18 1
HB Wales Lloyd Davies 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB England Tom Holford 36 2 2 0 38 2
HB England Albert Sturgess 37 0 2 1 39 1
FW England Adrian Capes 6 0 0 0 6 0
FW Scotland Jackie Chalmers 5 5 0 0 5 5
FW Wales Billy Davies 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England Ross Fielding 28 2 1 0 29 2
FW England George Gallimore 20 5 1 0 21 5
FW England Arthur Griffiths 5 1 0 0 5 1
FW England Jack Hall 28 11 2 0 30 11
FW England Ted Holdcroft 11 5 0 0 11 5
FW Wales John Love Jones 11 3 0 0 11 3
FW England Jack Miller 36 5 2 0 38 5
FW England Fred Rouse 28 10 2 0 30 10
FW England Alf Smith 2 0 0 0 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.