1922–23 Port Vale F.C. season

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Port Vale
1922–23 season
Chairman Sampson Walker
Manager Joe Schofield
Stadium The Old Recreation Ground
Football League Second Division 17th (37 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Qualification Round
North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Tom Butler (9)
All: Tom Butler (9)
Highest home attendance 16,022 vs Manchester United (14 October 1922)
Lowest home attendance 5,000 vs Derby County (26 February 1923)
Average home league attendance 10,204+
Home colours

The 1922–23 season was Port Vale's fourth consecutive season of football (17th overall) in the Football League.[1] For the third successive the season the club finished just out of the relegation zones, and for the second successive season were unable to find a regular goalscorer following the sale of Bobby Blood. Financial issues continued to be a concern, especially when a former trainer reported the club for making illegal payments.

Veteran Tom Holford didn't make an appearance.
Billy Briscoe was absent in just four games.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

The releasing of numerous experienced players in pre-season necessitated the signing of numerous new attacking players, namely Millwall winger Patrick Donoghue; 'robust' inside-right Jack Gordon from Queen's Park; James Smith from Plymouth Argyle; and Tom Reid from Ayr United.[1]

The season opened with two defeats in August, and though things soon turned around it became clear that goals were at a premium.[1] To solve this problem experienced winger Billy Harrison was signed from Manchester United.[1] The "Valiants" duly did the double over the "Red Devils" with a 2–1 win at Old Trafford, and a 1–0 win at home thanks to a Harrison strike.[1] Following an injury to the player the club suffered something of a blip in November.[1] The following month the club spent £100 to bring Tom Butler from Darlaston.[1] By the end of the calendar year the club were at the top end of the table, however a loss of form in January caused them to slip back down the table.[1] In February, young Arthur Prince was promoted from the reserves, and helped the club go four games unbeaten.[1] The Vale finished out the season on hot and cold spells, and ended up narrowly avoiding relegation.

At the end of season Vale had made slight progress, having finished on 37 points, improving their tally of the previous two seasons by a single point. Their shocking home record was better only than bottom placed Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Vale secured the fewest home wins and had the second lowest goals scored tally at home – remarkably second place West Ham United had managed to score just two fewer than Vale at home. Their six wins away from home helped them avoid the drop.

Top scorer Tom Butler bagged nine goals in his 26 games, but no other player managed more than four goals. Six players were rarely out of the first eleven: goalkeeper Teddy Peers; defenders Peter Pursell and Len Birks; midfielders Ernest Collinge and Jack Hampson; and forward Billy Briscoe. At the end of the season Billy Harrison joined Welsh club Wrexham; Jack Gordon went back to Scotland to sign with Greenock Morton; Teddy Peers retired; and Billy Briscoe refused a pay-cut and instead signed with nearby Congleton Town.[1]

Finances[edit]

Finances were poor as attendances were disappointing, with The Sentinel's "Spectator" commenting that "Port Vale is respected everywhere, except in its own district".[1] The ongoing Shilling Fund was useful for raising revenue, whilst £1,100 was written off by creditors in a remarkably charitable fashion.[1] Yet in June 1923, the club were in trouble when former trainer Billy Barr reported Port Vale to the Football League, accusing the club of having made illegal payments to its players throughout the season.[1] The club were found guilty, and were fined £100, with manager Joe Schofield also picking up a £25 fine.[1] Three other officials were fined £150 in total, whilst seventeen players were each fined £1 each.[1] This helped the club to report a loss of £2,400 on the season despite their tight spending.[1] Gate receipts stood at just over £10,000, down almost 50% on 1920–21.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

Vale left the FA Cup at the Fifth Round of Qualifying after a disappointing 2–0 defeat by Third Division North Wrexham at The Old Recreation Ground.[1] The end of season North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup Potteries derby bragging rights went to Stoke, which was scant consolation for a club who had just suffered relegation from the First Division.[1] The match raised £250 for the local hospital.[2]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Notts County 42 16 1 4 29 15 7 6 8 17 19 46 34 1.353 + 32 53
2 West Ham United 42 9 8 4 21 11 11 3 7 42 27 63 38 1.658 + 25 51
3 Leicester City 42 14 2 5 42 19 7 7 7 23 25 65 44 1.477 + 21 51
4 Manchester United 42 10 6 5 25 17 7 8 6 26 19 51 36 1.417 + 15 48
5 Blackpool 42 12 4 5 37 14 6 7 8 23 29 60 43 1.395 + 17 47
6 Bury 42 14 5 2 41 16 4 6 11 14 30 55 46 1.196 + 9 47
7 Leeds United 42 11 8 2 26 10 7 3 11 17 26 43 36 1.194 + 7 47
8 The Wednesday 42 14 3 4 36 16 3 9 9 18 31 54 47 1.149 + 7 46
9 Barnsley 42 12 4 5 42 21 5 7 9 20 30 62 51 1.216 + 11 45
10 Fulham 42 10 7 4 29 12 6 5 10 14 20 43 32 1.344 + 11 44
11 Southampton 42 10 5 6 28 21 4 9 8 12 19 40 40 1.000 ± 0 42
12 Hull City 42 9 8 4 29 22 5 6 10 14 23 43 45 0.956 – 2 42
13 South Shields 42 11 7 3 26 12 4 3 14 9 32 35 44 0.795 – 9 40
14 Derby County 42 9 5 7 25 16 5 6 10 21 34 46 50 0.920 – 4 39
15 Bradford City 42 8 7 6 27 18 4 6 11 14 27 41 45 0.911 – 4 37
16 Crystal Palace 42 10 7 4 33 16 3 4 14 21 46 54 62 0.871 – 8 37
17 Port Vale 42 8 6 7 23 18 6 3 12 16 33 39 51 0.765 – 12 37
18 Coventry City 42 12 2 7 35 21 3 5 13 11 42 46 63 0.730 – 17 37
19 Clapton Orient 42 9 6 6 26 17 3 6 12 14 33 40 50 0.800 – 10 36
20 Stockport County 42 10 6 5 32 24 4 2 15 11 34 43 58 0.741 – 15 36
21 Rotherham County 42 10 7 4 30 19 3 2 16 14 44 44 63 0.698 – 19 35
22 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 9 4 8 32 26 0 5 16 10 51 42 77 0.545 – 35 27

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]

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 39 40 41 42
Ground H A A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A H A H H A A H H A H A H H H A A A H A A H A H A H
Result L L D W W L D W W W D L W L L D W W L W L L L L L D W W D L L L L W W L L D W D L D
Position 19 21 19 15 14 15 16 11 10 8 8 10 8 10 13 10 10 9 12 10 12 12 14 15 15 15 15 13 13 13 14 15 17 15 14 15 16 16 16 15 17 17

Sourced from Statto.[3]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26 August 1922 Fulham H 0–1 14,136
28 August 1922 Hull City A 0–3 6,000
2 September 1922 Fulham A 1–1 23,000 Smith
4 September 1922 Hull City H 1–0 10,000 Gordon
9 September 1922 Coventry City A 2–1 17,000 Smith, Agnew
16 September 1922 Coventry City H 0–1 12,733
23 September 1922 Clapton Orient A 0–0 10,000
30 September 1922 Clapton Orient H 3–1 10,200 Harrison, Gordon, Connelly
7 October 1922 Manchester United A 2–1 20,000 Hampson, Collinge
14 October 1922 Manchester United H 1–0 16,022 Harrison
21 October 1922 Notts County H 0–0 15,055
28 October 1922 Notts County A 0–1 12,000
4 November 1922 Bury H 2–0 8,822 Connelly, Gordon
11 November 1922 Bury A 0–2 11,000
18 November 1922 Rotherham County A 1–3 10,000 Collinge (pen)
25 November 1922 Rotherham County H 0–0 7,503
9 December 1922 Stockport County A 2–0 10,000 Orpe, Hampson
16 December 1922 Crystal Palace H 2–0 10,000 Butler, Orpe
23 December 1922 Crystal Palace A 0–2 9,000
25 December 1922 South Shields H 3–0 9,254 Butler (2), Davies
30 December 1922 Leeds United H 1–2 10,000 Hampson
1 January 1922 South Shields A 1–3 9,000 Briscoe
6 January 1923 Leeds United A 1–2 15,000 Butler
13 January 1923 Stockport County H 0–2 9,500
20 January 1923 West Ham United H 1–3 10,000 Connelly
27 January 1923 West Ham United A 0–0 18,000
3 February 1923 Blackpool H 2–0 9,885 Thompson, Collinge
10 February 1923 Derby County A 2–1 10,000 Butler (2)
17 February 1923 Southampton H 0–0 12,275
26 February 1923 Derby County H 2–3 5,000 Thompson, Butler
3 March 1923 Bradford City H 1–2 6,000 Prince
5 March 1923 Southampton A 1–3 5,000 Thompson
10 March 1923 Bradford City A 0–2 9,000
17 March 1923 Blackpool A 2–0 10,000 Briscoe, Butler
30 March 1923 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–0 15,000 Page
31 March 1923 Leicester City A 0–3 20,000
2 April 1923 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 15,000
7 April 1923 Leicester City H 0–0 8,660
14 April 1923 Barnsley A 1–0 8,000 Reid
21 April 1923 Barnsley H 1–1 7,799 Briscoe
28 April 1923 The Wednesday A 0–2 12,000
5 May 1923 The Wednesday H 2–2 6,000 Hampson (pen), Butler

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1922–23 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
5Q 2 December 1922 Wrexham H 0–2 7,200

North Staffordshire Infirmary Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
Final 7 May 1923 Stoke A 1–3 Thompson

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
May 1922 FW Scotland James Smith Plymouth Argyle Free transfer [4]
June 1922 FW England Harry Davies Chorley Free transfer [4]
August 1922 MF Patrick Donoghue Millwall Athletic Free transfer [4]
August 1922 FW Scotland Jack Gordon Scotland Queen's Park Free transfer [4]
August 1922 FW Scotland Tom Reid Scotland Ayr United Free transfer [4]
August 1922 DF England David Richards Scotland Larkhall Thistle Free transfer [4]
August 1922 GK Daniel Smith Free transfer [4]
September 1922 FW England Charles Hallam Sandford Hill Primitives Free transfer [4]
September 1922 FW England Billy Harrison Manchester United Free transfer [4]
October 1922 MF England Arthur Prince Bucknall Free transfer [4]
October 1922 FW England Albert Spencer Free transfer [4]
November 1922 MF England Tom Orpe Hanley Free transfer [4]
January 1923 FW England Tom Butler Darlaston £100 [4]
January 1923 FW England Jimmy Thompson Ashton National Gas Free transfer [4]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
October 1922 FW Scotland James Smith Fulham Mutual consent [4]
May 1923 GK Wales Teddy Peers Retired [4]
June 1923 FW England Billy Harrison Wrexham £300 [4]
June 1923 FW England Albert Spencer Wolverhampton Wanderers Free transfer [4]
Summer 1923 FW Scotland Billy Agnew Scotland Arthurlie Released [4]
Summer 1923 GK England Ernest Blackham Released [4]
Summer 1923 FW England Billy Briscoe Congleton Town Free transfer [4]
Summer 1923 FW England Harry Davies Chorley Released [4]
Summer 1923 MF Patrick Donoghue Released [4]
Summer 1923 FW Scotland Jack Gordon Scotland Greenock Morton Released [4]
Summer 1923 DF England William Lavery Released [4]
Summer 1923 MF England Billy Fitchford Glossop Released [4]
Summer 1923 MF England Harry Johnstone Released [4]
Summer 1923 MF England Tom Orpe Cheadle New Haden Released [4]
Summer 1923 DF England David Richards Scotland Dundee United Released [4]
Summer 1923 GK Daniel Smith Released [4]
Summer 1923 FW England Jimmy Thompson Blackpool Released [4]
Summer 1923 DF England Billy Twemlow Macclesfield Released [4]
August 1923 FW England Charles Hallam Sandbach Ramblers Released [4]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Kent, Jeff (1990). "Keeping in Good Company (1919-1929)". The Valiants' Years The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 98–123. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  2. ^ Kent, Jeff (November 1998). The Potteries Derbies. Witan Books. p. 118. ISBN 0-9529152-3-5. 
  3. ^ Port Vale 1922–1923 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. ^ 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 ab ac ad ae af ag Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General
  • Kent, Jeff (1993). The Port Vale Record 1879-1993. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9508981-9-8.