1923–24 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1923–24 season
Chairman Mr E.Reynish
Manager Tom Mather
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 6th (46 Points)
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Jimmy Broad (14)
All: Jimmy Broad (14)
Highest home attendance 25,297 vs Bury (22 March 1924)
Lowest home attendance 6,000 vs Hull City (27 October 1923)
Average home league attendance 11,765
Home colours

The 1923–24 season was Stoke's 24th season in the Football League and the fifth in the Second Division.

With Stoke back in the Second Division after their short stay in the First and without a manager the supporters questioned what the future held for the club. Tom Mather was appointed as the clubs new manager in October 1923 and it would start a run of consistency as from 1923 to 1976 Stoke had just four managers.[1] Mather led the club to sixth position in the table with just two wins in their last 12 matches costing Stoke a promotion challenge. At the end of the season Mather decided to sell a number of players including fans favourites Jimmy Broad, Tommy Broad and Billy Tempest; some players not asked to re-sign smash up the offices at the Victoria Ground and caused a considerable amount of damage.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

There was little money available for new players, and when former Southend United boss Tom Mather, a Lancastrian from Chorley, was given the managerial position in October, he quickly set about restoring the teams fortunes.[1] Mather, who had been assistant manager at both Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers before becoming manager at Burnden Park during World War I, certainly consolidated the club and a final league finish of 6th was a decent outcome and would give Mather a platform to build on.[1]

There was however a regrettable incident at the club just as the season ended when a group of players, who had not been asked to re-sign for the next season, arrived at the Victoria Ground and started smashing up the offices and dressing rooms, causing a considerable amount of damage.[1] The offenders were immediately released by the club and things were quickly sorted out.[1] There was a substantial clear-out, with a number of players leaving who had served the club well whilst there was also changes at boardroom level with chairman Mr E. Reynish relinquishing his position as chairman and wealthy director John Slater also left after he had injected a lot of his own money into the club with mixed success.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

No progress was made in the FA Cup with Stoke going out in the first round to Leeds United.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Leeds United 42 21 12 9 61 35 1.743 54
2 Bury 42 21 9 12 63 35 1.800 51
3 Derby County 42 21 9 12 75 42 1.786 51
4 Blackpool 42 18 13 11 72 47 1.532 49
5 Southampton 42 17 14 11 52 31 1.677 48
6 Stoke 42 14 18 10 44 42 1.048 46
7 Oldham Athletic 42 14 17 11 45 52 0.865 45
8 The Wednesday 42 16 12 14 54 51 1.059 44
9 South Shields 42 17 10 15 49 50 0.980 44
10 Clapton Orient 42 14 15 13 40 36 1.111 43
11 Barnsley 42 16 11 15 57 61 0.934 43
12 Leicester City 42 17 8 17 64 54 1.185 42
13 Stockport County 42 13 16 13 44 52 0.846 42
14 Manchester United 42 13 14 15 52 44 1.182 40
15 Crystal Palace 42 13 13 16 53 65 0.815 39
16 Port Vale 42 13 12 17 50 66 0.758 38
17 Hull City 42 10 17 15 46 51 0.902 37
18 Bradford City 42 11 15 16 35 48 0.729 37
19 Coventry City 42 11 13 18 52 68 0.765 35
20 Fulham 42 10 14 18 45 56 0.804 34
21 Nelson 42 10 13 19 40 74 0.541 33
22 Bristol City 42 7 15 20 32 65 0.492 29

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 Second Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 25 August 1923 Leeds United H 1–1 20,000 J Broad
2 27 August 1923 Leicester City A 0–5 14,500
3 1 September 1923 Leeds United A 0–0 15,000
4 3 September 1923 Leicester City H 1–0 11,000 Davies
5 8 September 1923 Blackpool H 2–2 11,898 Davies, Richardson
6 15 September 1923 Blackpool A 1–1 6,000 Davies
7 22 September 1923 Nelson H 4–0 12,150 Davies (2), J Broad, Howe
8 24 September 1923 Southampton H 1–1 20,000 Richardson
9 29 September 1923 Nelson A 0–2 12,000
10 6 October 1923 Port Vale H 1–0 21,685 Clarke
11 13 October 1923 Port Vale A 4–2 16,800 J Broad (2), Eyres (2)
12 15 October 1923 Southampton A 1–0 14,000 Kelly
13 20 October 1923 Hull City A 0–2 8,000
14 27 October 1923 Hull City H 1–0 6,000 Kasher
15 3 November 1923 Derby County H 1–1 20,000 J Broad
16 10 November 1923 Derby County A 1–1 12,000 Eyres
17 17 November 1923 Crystal Palace H 1–1 9,000 J Broad
18 24 November 1923 Crystal Palace A 1–5 15,000 Eyres
19 1 December 1923 The Wednesday H 1–1 8,000 Eyres
20 8 December 1923 The Wednesday A 0–3 14,000
21 15 December 1923 Coventry City A 2–1 12,000 J Broad, Eyres
22 22 December 1923 Coventry City H 2–1 6,000 J Broad, Eyres
23 26 December 1923 Bradford City H 2–0 18,000 J Broad, Davies
24 29 December 1923 Bristol City A 1–1 7,000 J Broad
25 5 January 1924 Bristol City H 3–0 10,300 Davies (2), Clarke
26 19 January 1924 Clapton Orient H 0–1 11,000
27 26 January 1924 Clapton Orient A 2–0 7,700 J Broad, Sellars
28 2 February 1924 Stockport County H 0–0 13,800
29 9 February 1924 Stockport County A 1–0 4,000 Roxburgh
30 16 February 1924 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 6,000 Davies
31 23 February 1924 Oldham Athletic A 0–0 5,000
32 1 March 1924 South Shields H 0–0 8,348
33 8 March 1924 South Shields A 0–1 6,000
34 15 March 1924 Bury A 0–1 6,000
35 22 March 1924 Bury H 0–0 25,297
36 29 March 1924 Manchester United A 2–2 10,000 J Broad, Tempest
37 5 April 1924 Manchester United H 3–0 20,000 J Broad, Tempest, Sellars
38 12 April 1924 Barnsley H 2–0 9,799 Sellars (2)
39 19 April 1924 Barnsley A 0–0 6,224
40 21 April 1924 Fulham A 0–3 10,000
41 23 April 1924 Fulham H 0–0 8,000
42 26 April 1924 Bradford City A 1–2 4,000 J Broad

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1923–24 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 12 January 1924 Leeds United A 0–1 26,574

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Kenny Campbell 11 0 0 0 11 0
GK England Bob Dixon 31 0 1 0 32 0
DF England Sammy Davis 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Tommy Howe 24 1 0 0 24 1
DF Scotland George Lennon 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Scotland Bob McGrory 29 0 1 0 30 0
MF England Ewart Beswick 5 0 0 0 5 0
MF England Tom Brittleton 35 0 1 0 36 0
MF England Harry Brough 33 0 0 0 33 0
MF England George Clarke 18 2 1 0 19 2
MF England Joseph Depledge 5 0 0 0 5 0
MF Ireland Alfred Jordan 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF England Joe Kasher 23 1 1 0 24 1
MF England Arden Maddison 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Vic Rouse 24 0 1 0 25 0
MF England George Stentiford 8 0 0 0 8 0
FW England Len Armitage 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Jimmy Broad 37 14 1 0 38 14
FW England Tommy Broad 30 0 1 0 31 0
FW England Harry Davies 31 9 1 0 32 9
FW England Jack Eyres 19 7 0 0 19 7
FW England Charles Kelly 9 1 0 0 9 1
FW Wales Dai Nicholas 9 0 1 0 10 0
FW England Bert Ralphs 12 0 0 0 12 0
FW England Frank Richardson 6 2 0 0 6 2
FW Scotland John Roxburgh 14 1 0 0 14 1
FW England Harry Sellars 8 4 0 0 8 4
FW England Andy Smith 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Billy Tempest 29 2 1 0 30 1

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.