1917–18 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1917–18 season
Chairman Mr E.Reynish
Manager Joe Schofield
Stadium Victoria Ground
Lancashire Section Primary Competition 1st
Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group B 3rd
Top goalscorer Billy Herbert (32)
Highest home attendance 25,000 vs Liverpool (9 March 1918)
Lowest home attendance 4,000 vs Various teams
Home colours

The 1917–18 season was Stoke's third season in the War-time League.[1]

With the start of World War I, all Football League football was cancelled.[1] In its place were formed War Leagues, based on geographical lines rather than based on previous league placement. Stoke contested the Lancashire Section in the Principal Tournament, and the Southern Division of the Midland Section in the Subsidiary Tournament. However, none of these were considered to be competitive football, and thus their records are not recognised by the Football League.[1]

Season review[edit]

In the Primary Competition of the Lancashire League Stoke finished in 1st place with 48 points whilst in the Secondary Competition they finished 3rd with 6 points.[1] Stoke were in free scoring form this season amassing 106 goals including a 16–0 win over Blackburn Rovers this was followed up by an 8–1 win over Rovers a week later.[1] Stoke also beat teams 9–0 (Burnley), 7–0 (Oldham), 6–0 (Port Vale). Stoke won the Primary Competition and thus competed in the championship decider against Leeds City over two legs.[1] However Leeds won 2–1.[1] Both matches against Leeds drew impressive crowds and gate receipts totalled £918 which went to the National Footballers' War Fund.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Lancashire Section Primary Competition[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Stoke 30 22 4 4 109 27 4.037 48
2 Liverpool 30 21 6 3 101 26 3.884 48
3 Everton 30 19 6 5 92 36 2.555 44
4 Manchester City 30 15 8 7 57 28 2.035 38
5 Stockport County 30 17 3 10 59 32 1.843 37
6 Rochdale 30 14 9 7 78 51 1.529 37
7 Bolton Wanderers 30 13 4 13 68 70 0.971 30
8 Manchester United 30 11 8 11 45 49 0.918 30
9 Oldham Athletic 30 11 6 13 50 59 0.847 28
10 Preston North End 30 12 3 15 38 53 0.716 27
11 Port Vale 30 9 8 13 47 58 0.810 26
12 Blackpool 30 9 8 13 46 70 0.657 25
13 Southport Central 30 8 6 16 33 69 0.478 22
14 Bury 30 8 5 17 46 64 0.718 21
15 Burnley 30 5 4 21 32 104 0.307 14
16 Blackburn Rovers 30 2 1 27 22 127 0.173 5

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

Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group B[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Manchester City 6 4 1 1 11 4 2.755 9
2 Manchester United 6 3 1 2 6 7 0.857 7
3 Stoke 6 2 2 2 10 5 2.000 6
4 Port Vale 6 1 0 5 4 15 0.266 2

Results[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Lancashire Section Primary Competition[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 1 September 1917 Bolton Wanderers A 5–2 6,000 Howell (2), Bridgett, Whittingham (2)
2 8 September 1917 Bolton Wanderers H 6–2 7,000 Howell (2), Bridgett, Whittingham, Herbert (2)
3 15 September 1917 Preston North End A 3–2 5,000 Howell, Whittingham, Herbert
4 22 September 1917 Preston North End H 4–0 8,000 Howell, Herbert, Bridgett, Jones
5 29 September 1917 Port Vale A 2–0 10,000 Herbert, Whittingham
6 6 October 1917 Port Vale H 4–1 8,000 Herbert, Whittingham (2), Howell
7 13 October 1917 Blackpool A 5–0 4,000 Harrison, Herbert (2), Howell (2)
8 20 October 1917 Blackpool H 3–1 7,000 Howell, Whittingham, Parker
9 27 October 1917 Manchester City H 4–3 9,000 Herbert, Watkin (2), Turner
10 3 November 1917 Manchester City A 0–1 20,000
11 10 November 1917 Blackburn Rovers H 16–0 8,000 Whittingham (4), Turner (4), Herbert (3), Parker (2), Harrison, Bridgett, Jones
12 17 November 1917 Blackburn Rovers A 8–1 4,000 Whittingham (2), Herbert, Howell (2), Jones, Bridgett (2)
13 1 December 1917 Rochdale A 0–0 4,000
14 8 December 1917 Everton H 3–0 8,000 Bridgett (2), Howell
15 15 December 1917 Everton A 2–3 10,000 Bridgett, Whittingham
16 22 December 1917 Bury H 1–0 5,000 Howell
17 29 December 1917 Bury A 1–1 4,000 P. Jones
18 5 January 1918 Oldham Athletic H 7–0 5,000 Herbert (4), Howell (2), Martin
19 12 January 1918 Oldham Athletic A 2–2 3,000 Herbert, Howell
20 19 January 1918 Stockport County H 2–1 4,000 Herbert, Howell
21 21 January 1918 Stockport County A 3–0 3,000 Martin, Jones, Smith
22 2 February 1918 Manchester United H 5–1 6,000 Bridgett, Parker, Herbert, Howell (2)
23 9 February 1918 Manchester United A 1–2 10,000 Harrison
24 16 February 1918 Southport Central A 2–0 3,000 Howell, Turner
25 23 February 1918 Southport Central H 4–0 4,000 Turner, Lockett, Herbert, Jones
26 2 March 1918 Liverpool A 1–1 22,000 Howell
27 9 March 1918 Liverpool H 3–1 25,000 Howell (2), Bridgett
28 16 March 1918 Burnley H 9–0 16,000 Herbert (2), Bridgett, Howell (3), Parker, Lockett, Harrison
29 23 March 1918 Burnley A 2–0 4,000 Howell, Lockett
30 27 April 1918 Rochdale H 1–2 6,000 Jones

Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group B[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 29 March 1918 Port Vale A 2–1 7,000 Herbert, P. Jones
2 30 March 1918 Manchester United A 1–2 11,000 Jones
3 1 April 1918 Port Vale H 6–0 12,000 Herbert (3), Lockett, Bassett (2)
4 6 April 1918 Manchester United H 0–0 8,000
5 13 April 1918 Manchester City H 1–1 9,000 Herbert
6 20 April 1918 Manchester City A 0–2 11,000

Championship Decider[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1st leg 4 May 1918 Leeds City A 0–2 15,000
2nd leg 11 May 1918 Leeds City H 1–0 14,000 Parker

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name Matches
Apps Goals
GK England Richard Herron 2 0
GK England A. Morns 5 0
GK England Teddy Peers 31 0
DF England Arthur Allman 5 0
DF England Jack Maddock 23 0
DF England Alec Milne 4 0
DF England George Turner 1 0
DF England Billy Twemlow 37 0
DF England Harry Wootton 1 0
MF Wales Joe Jones 38 6
MF England Charlie Parker 38 6
MF England Dick Smith 32 1
FW England G. Bassett 4 2
FW England J. Bridgett 24 10
FW England Billy Briscoe 1 0
FW England S. Connor 1 0
FW England S. Cooper 1 0
FW England Thomas Greaves 2 0
FW England Billy Harrison 33 4
FW England Billy Herbert 38 32
FW England Harry Howell 31 28
FW England P. Jones 3 2
FW England Aaron Lockett 9 5
FW England James Martin 9 3
FW Scotland G. McGregor 1 0
FW England Billy Tempest 1 0
FW England E. Turner 13 9
FW England Arthur Watkin 3 2
FW England Bob Whittingham 17 15

References[edit]

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