1909–10 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1909–10 season
Chairman Mr Rev. A Hurst
Manager Alfred Barker
Stadium Victoria Ground
Birmingham & District League 7th (37 Points)
Southern Football League Division Two A 1st (20 points)
FA Cup First Round
Birmingham League Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Arthur Griffiths (36)
All: Arthur Griffiths (38)
Highest home attendance 15,000 vs Crewe Alexandra (28 March 1910)
Lowest home attendance 2,500 vs Ton Pentre (30 September 1909)
Average home league attendance 5,000
Home colours
Away colours

The 1909–10 season was Stoke's second in the Birmingham & District League and the first in the Southern Football League.

Stoke decided to enter two teams in league competitions this season with the directors feeling that the Southern Football League represented a better chance to be re-elected into the Football League. Stoke won the Southern Football League Division Two A with ease winning all ten of their matches and the Division Two championship play-off. They scored 48 goals conceding only 9, however unfortunately for Stoke promotion was not gained due to a league reorganization. The Birmingham & District League was a lot harder and Stoke finished in 7th place.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

Stoke played in two league competitions during the 1909–10 season, in the Birmingham & District League and in the Southern League Division Two. This meant a total of 44 league fixtures would be played during the season.[1]

The standard of football in the Southern League was of a poor quality and Stoke took the championship with ease, winning all of their 10 matches with a goal-average of 48-9.[1] They started off with an 11–0 home victory over Merthyr Town and never looked back. On 25 April 1910, Stoke met Hastings & St Leonards United (winners of Division Two B) in a 'championship decider' and Stoke easily won 6–0 to claim the title.[1]

The Birmingham league was considerably tougher and it was dominated by Aston Villa's reserve side.[1] Stoke finished in 7th place, never threatening to challenge the leaders throughout the campaign.[1] Arthur Griffiths, who had returned to the club from Oldham Athletic, top scored this season amassing 38 goals in all competitions.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

The biggest crowd of the season at the Victoria Ground (18,000) came in the FA Cup first round against Newcastle United.[1] Stoke having progressed past Ilkeston and Exeter City in the qualifying rounds.[1] Stoke held the Geordies to a 1–1 draw but lost 2–1 in the replay up in the north east and Newcastle went on to lift the cup.[1] Stoke also played in the Birmingham League Cup for the one and only time losing to Aston Villa's second string in the third round.[1] The directors decided that the Birmingham League Cup was not a worthwhile competition to enter.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Birmingham & District League[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Aston Villa Reserves 34 25 4 5 98 36 2.722 54
2 Crewe Alexandra 34 23 3 8 117 56 2.089 49
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves 34 22 5 7 74 46 1.608 49
4 Brierley Hill Alliance 34 19 8 7 79 49 1.612 46
5 Walsall 34 18 7 9 66 44 1.500 43
6 Birmingham Reserves 34 17 7 10 73 60 1.216 41
7 Stoke 34 15 7 12 82 52 1.576 37
8 West Bromwich Albion Reserves 34 16 5 13 65 37 1.756 37
9 Stourbridge 34 15 3 16 78 74 1.054 33
10 Wrexham 34 13 7 14 61 62 0.983 33
11 Shrewsbury Town 34 13 5 16 48 63 0.761 31
12 Worcester City 34 10 9 15 65 66 0.984 29
13 Wellington Town 34 10 7 17 48 76 0.631 27
14 Kidderminster Harriers 34 9 6 19 52 83 0.626 24
15 Dudley Town 34 9 5 20 65 87 0.747 23
16 Stafford Rangers 34 9 5 20 48 80 0.600 23
17 Halesowen 34 8 3 23 44 90 0.488 19
18 Burton United 34 6 2 26 36 126 0.285 14

Southern Football League Division Two A[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Stoke 10 10 0 0 48 9 5.333 20
2 Ton Pentre 10 4 2 4 17 21 0.809 10
3 Merthyr Town 9 4 1 4 16 21 0.761 9
4 Salisbury City 8 2 1 5 7 18 0.388 5
5 Burton United 6 2 0 4 8 21 0.380 4
6 Aberdare 7 1 0 6 6 11 0.545 2

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

Birmingham & District League[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 4 September 1909 Burton United A 0–2 2,000
2 11 September 1909 Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves A 2–2 3,000 Griffiths (2)
3 18 September 1909 Wolverhampton Wanderers Reserves H 0–2 5,000
4 23 September 1909 Shrewsbury Town A 1–0 1,500 Leese
5 25 September 1909 Walsall H 5–1 3,000 Baddeley (2), Millward (2), Cook (o.g.)
6 2 October 1909 Aston Villa Reserves A 1–2 6,000 Smith
7 9 October 1909 Kidderminster Harriers H 4–2 3,000 Griffiths (2), Leese (2)
8 16 October 1909 Stourbridge A 0–5 1,000
9 23 October 1909 Worcester City H 3–1 2,000 Griffiths (2), Leigh
10 30 October 1909 West Bromwich Albion Reserves H 1–3 8,500 Baddeley
11 6 November 1909 Wellington Town A 0–1 2,000
12 13 November 1909 Halesowen H 4–0 2,000 Griffiths (2), Leese, Millward
13 27 November 1909 Birmingham Reserves H 4–0 6,000 Griffiths (2), Leese, Leigh
14 11 December 1909 Brierley Hill Alliance H 4–1 2,000 Griffiths (2), Millward, Turner
15 18 December 1909 Wrexham A 2–1 3,000 Baddeley, Leese
16 28 December 1909 Dudley Town A 4–5 2,000 Baddeley, Leese (2), Millward
17 1 January 1910 Crewe Alexandra A 2–4 5,000 Griffiths, Leigh
18 8 January 1910 Burton United H 8–0 2,000 Griffiths (2), Leigh, Baddeley (3), Millward, Hall
19 29 January 1910 Shrewsbury Town H 2–1 2,000 Baddeley, Leese
20 5 February 1910 Walsall A 2–2 3,000 Baddeley, Griffiths
21 12 February 1910 Aston Villa Reserves H 3–2 10,000 Baddeley, Griffiths (2)
22 19 February 1910 Kidderminster Harriers A 0–1 2,000
23 26 February 1910 Stourbridge H 6–1 3,000 S Baddeley, Griffiths (2), Leese, Millward, Taylor
24 5 March 1910 Worcester City A 1–1 2,000 Millward
25 12 March 1910 West Bromwich Albion Reserves A 1–1 4,500 Griffiths
26 19 March 1910 Wellington Town H 5–1 2,500 Hall (2), Smith (2), Taylor
27 26 March 1910 Halesowen A 1–2 1,000 Hall
28 28 March 1910 Crewe Alexandra H 0–0 15,000
29 2 April 1910 Dudley Town H 6–1 3,000 Griffiths (2), Leigh (2), Smith, Taylor
30 2 April 1910 Stafford Rangers A 0–0 1,000
31 16 April 1910 Stafford Rangers H 3–1 3,000 Griffiths, Millward (2)
32 18 April 1910 Birmingham Reserves A 3–0 4,000 Griffiths, Millward, Taylor
33 23 April 1910 Brierley Hill Alliance A 2–2 2,000 Millward, Leese
34 30 April 1910 Wrexham H 3–0 3,000 Millward, Leese, Baddeley

Southern Football League Division Two A[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 1 September 1909 Merthyr Town H 11–0 4,000 Griffiths (3), Leese, Millward, Smith (4), Tomlinson (2)
2 13 September 1909 Merthyr Town A 4–2 3,000 Griffiths, Leese, Tomlinson, Leigh
3 30 September 1909 Ton Pentre H 8–1 2,500 Griffiths (3), Baddeley (2), Smith (2), Jones (o.g.)
4 4 October 1909 Aberdare A 2–0 2,000 Baddeley, Leese
5 8 November 1909 Aberdare H 3–2 4,000 Baddeley, Smith (2)
6 25 December 1909 Burton United A 7–1 2,000 Baddeley (5), Griffiths, Millward
7 27 December 1909 Burton United H 5–0 4,000 Baddeley, S Baddeley, Leigh (2), Smith
8 22 January 1910 Salisbury City A 3–2 1,000 Leese (2), Smith
9 25 March 1910 Ton Pentre A 3–1 3,000 Griffiths (2), Smith
10 14 April 1910 Salisbury City H 2–0 3,000 Baddeley (2)

Division Two championship Play-off[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
25 April 1910 Hastings & St Leonards H 6–0 7,000 Griffiths, Leese, Smith (3), Turner

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1909–10 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
4QR 20 November 1909 Ilkeston United H 2–0 2,000 Leigh, Smith
5QR 4 December 1909 Exeter City H 0–0 7,000
5QR Replay 8 December 1909 Exeter City A 1–1 3,500 Leese
5QR Second Replay 13 December 1909 Exeter City N 2–1 3,000 Leigh, Millward
R1 15 January 1910 Newcastle United H 1–1 18,000 Baddeley
R1 Replay 19 January 1910 Newcastle United A 1–2 14,000 Griffiths

Birmingham League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 20 September 1909 Brierley Hill Alliance H 2–2 2,000 Griffiths, Smith
R1 Replay 18 October 1909 Brierley Hill Alliance A 5–0 1,500 A Baddeley (4), S Baddeley
R2 1 November 1909 Stourbridge H 3–1 2,000 Leigh, Smith, Tomlinson
R3 9 April 1910 Aston Villa Reserves A 1–2 4,000 Leigh

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup B'ham League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Tom Baddeley 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
GK England Jack Benton 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
GK England Fred Rathbone 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
GK England Jack Robinson 27 0 6 0 2 0 35 0
DF England Dick Hawe 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF Scotland James Hay 33 0 6 0 3 0 42 0
DF England Harry Hutsby 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
DF England Charles James 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Ernest Mullineux 31 0 5 0 3 0 39 0
DF England George Turner 20 2 1 0 1 0 22 2
DF England Jimmy Williams 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
MF England Sam Baddeley 42 2 6 0 4 1 52 3
MF England Archie Dyke 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Ellis Hall 39 4 6 0 4 0 49 4
MF England Fred Lewis 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF England William Owen 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Albert Pitt 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Fred Steel 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
MF England Fred Tomlinson 19 3 3 0 3 1 25 4
FW England Amos Baddeley 30 18 2 1 4 4 36 23
FW England Albert Bullock 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Thomas Greaves 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Arthur Griffiths 42 36 6 1 4 1 52 38
FW England Vic Horrocks 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Harry Leese 40 18 6 1 4 0 50 19
FW England Harry Leigh 42 9 5 2 4 2 51 13
FW England Ernie Millward 40 15 6 1 2 0 48 16
FW England William Smith 39 18 6 1 3 2 48 21
FW England Harry Taylor 10 4 0 0 0 0 10 4
Own goals 2 0 0 2

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.