1928–29 Torquay United F.C. season

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Torquay United
1928–29 season
Chairman Charles Hore
Manager Percy Mackrill
(until March 1929)
Third Division South 18th
FA Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League:
Cyril Hemingway (11)

All:
Cyril Hemingway (12)
Highest home attendance 11,114 v Exeter City, 8 December 1928
(FA Cup)
Lowest home attendance 2,928 v Bristol Rovers, 5 January 1929
(Third Division South)
Average home league attendance 4,918
Home colours

The 1928–29 Torquay United F.C. season was Torquay United's second season in the Football League and their second consecutive season in Third Division South. The season runs from 1 July 1928 to 30 June 1929.

Overview[edit]

Having finished bottom of the table for the 1927–28 season in only their first year in the Football League, Torquay United needed to apply for re-election in order to remain in the Third Division South.[1] Fortunately, for the Magpies, the League members voted in their favour and manager Percy Mackrill set about rebuilding the team in an attempt to make a more competitive showing in their second League campaign. Mackrill made wholesale changes which meant an entirely new first eleven took to the field at Plainmoor on the first day of the season.[2] Despite losing their opening game 4–3 to Queens Park Rangers, it wasn't long before Torquay began producing a much more attacking style of football, demonstrated by high scoring victories over Brighton & Hove Albion and Merthyr Town.

Perhaps the most impressive of all the new signings was the former Morton centre forward Bill Henderson who scored 10 goals in 15 games before his season was ended by injury in the home defeat to Coventry City in November.[1] Also coming up with the goals were Cyril Hemingway and Bill Gardner, with Hemingway ending the season as top scorer with 12 in all competitions. Two other strong additions to the team were ex-England goalkeeper Harold Gough and full-back Jack Fowler who would become a crucial part of the Torquay defence for several seasons to come.[3] Mackrill also managed to discover some local talent in the form of Babbacombe born Sid Cann. The promising young defender was only 16 when he made his League debut against Crystal Palace in September and made an impressive 17 appearances in his first season at United.[1][2]

Despite some encouraging performances at the start season (including a 5–1 demolition of Gillingham in the FA Cup), Torquay's form took a serious dip in the New Year. February and March saw the Magpies lose 9 out of their 10 League games and only a late rally towards the end of the season steered the club away from the need for re-election for a second consecutive year. Although an 18th-place finish represented some kind of progress for United, with Percy Mackrill leaving the club before the end of the season, another fresh start would be required for Torquay's third year in the Football League.[1]

League statistics[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Charlton Athletic (C) (P) 42 23 8 11 86 60 1.433 54 Promotion to the Second Division
2 Crystal Palace 42 23 8 11 81 67 1.209 54
3 Northampton Town 42 20 12 10 96 57 1.684 52
4 Plymouth Argyle 42 20 12 10 83 51 1.627 52
5 Fulham 42 21 10 11 101 71 1.423 52
6 Queens Park Rangers 42 19 14 9 82 61 1.344 52
7 Luton Town 42 19 11 12 89 73 1.219 49
8 Watford 42 19 10 13 79 74 1.068 48
9 Bournemouth & Boscombe 42 19 9 14 84 77 1.091 47
10 Swindon Town 42 15 13 14 75 72 1.042 43
11 Coventry City 42 14 14 14 62 57 1.088 42
12 Southend United 42 15 11 16 80 75 1.067 41
13 Brentford 42 14 10 18 56 60 0.933 38
14 Walsall 42 13 12 17 73 79 0.924 38
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 16 6 20 58 76 0.763 38
16 Newport County 42 13 9 20 69 86 0.802 35
17 Norwich City 42 14 6 22 69 81 0.852 34
18 Torquay United 42 14 6 22 66 84 0.786 34
19 Bristol Rovers 42 13 7 22 60 79 0.759 33
20 Merthyr Town 42 11 8 23 55 103 0.534 30
21 Exeter City 42 9 11 22 67 88 0.761 29 Re-elected to the Third Division South
22 Gillingham 42 10 9 23 43 83 0.518 29

Source: "Football Club History Database". 
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts W D L GF GA Pts W D L GF GA Pts
42 14 6 22 66 84 0.786 34 10 3 8 46 36 23 4 3 14 20 48 11

Source: rsssf.com

Results by round[edit]

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 H A H A H A H A H A H H H A A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A A H H A H A A A H
Result L D L W W L W L L W W L W L L W W L L D L L W W L L L L W L L L L L D D D W D L W W
Position 14 16 18 14 10 13 9 14 14 13 12 14 10 12 14 14 12 14 14 14 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 17 15 16 17 18 19 20 18 18 18 19 18 19 18 18

Source: [1]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match of the season[edit]

FULHAM 2–1 TORQUAY UNITED
Third Division South
Craven Cottage, 25 December 1928

Soccer Field Transparant.svg

Chamberlain
Davis
Smeaton
Thomas
Gardner
Hemingway
Waller
FULHAM
TORQUAY UNITED
TORQUAY UNITED:
GK 1 England Harold Gough
RB 2 England Jack Fowler
LB 3 Scotland Willie Brown
RH 4 England Arthur Chamberlain
CH 5 England Charlie Davis
LH 6 England Arthur Smeaton
OR 7 England Jim Mackey
IR 8 Wales Alwyn Thomas Goal
CF 9 England Bill Gardner
IL 10 England Cyril Hemingway
OL 11 England Harry Waller

With an attendance of 20,327, this Christmas Day meeting at Craven Cottage was the largest crowd that a Torquay United team had yet to play in front of.[2] This was Fulham's first season in Third Division South after having been in the Second Division since 1907 and this would have been viewed as one of toughest fixtures of the season by the Magpies, who had been beaten 3–0 away to Southend just three days previously. However, Torquay did not disgrace themselves in front of the huge crowd and came away from the Cottage with a fairly respectable 2–1 defeat, United's goal coming from the Welsh inside forward Alwyn Thomas.

Playing in the heart of defence that day in front of ex-England goalkeeper Harold Gough was Willie Brown (who had earlier in the season lost his place to teenage sensation Sid Cann) and the so-called 'Rock of Gibraltar' Jack Fowler, who played in all but four matches for Torquay during the season. Reliable marksman Cyril Hemingway did not make the scoresheet that day, while goalscorer Alwyn Thomas was playing only his third game of the season after coming in for Dan Kelly. Bill Gardner, meanwhile, had only recently returned to the side due to Bill Henderson's unfortunate injury in November.[2]

The two teams met again at Plainmoor the following day for the Boxing Day fixture (with Jim Carrick replacing Arthur Smeaton at left half). Jim Mackey scored Torquay's goal in a game which ended in a 1–1 draw.[2]

Results[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

First team appearances[edit]

Nat Pos Player Total Third Division South FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England GK Harold Gough 42 0 39 0 3 0
England GK Laurie Millsom 3 0 3 0 0 0
England DF Jack Fowler 41 0 38 0 3 0
Scotland DF Willie Brown 19 0 16 0 3 0
England DF Sid Cann 17 0 17 0 0 0
England DF James Mellon 10 0 10 0 0 0
England DF Jack Price 5 0 5 0 0 0
England DF Eric Price 3 1 3 1 0 0
England MF Jim Carrick 32 2 29 2 3 0
England MF Bob Smith 32 1 29 1 3 0
England MF Arthur Smeaton 30 4 27 4 3 0
Scotland MF Bob Preston 15 0 15 0 0 0
England MF Arthur Chamberlain 11 0 11 0 0 0
England MF Charlie Davis 10 0 10 0 0 0
England MF Bill Clitheroe 5 0 5 0 0 0
England FW Cyril Hemingway 41 12 38 11 3 1
Scotland FW Dan Kelly 37 9 34 8 3 1
England FW Jim Mackey 30 3 27 3 3 0
England FW Harry Waller 30 8 27 7 3 1
England FW Bill Gardner 26 10 23 8 3 2
England FW Joe Hill 17 6 17 6 0 0
Scotland FW Bill Henderson 15 10 15 10 0 0
Wales FW Alwyn Thomas 10 2 10 2 0 0
England FW Alec Edmunds 6 0 6 0 0 0
England FW Eric Humphrey 6 2 6 2 0 0
England FW Herbert Budd 2 0 2 0 0 0

Source:[2]

Top Scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Name Third Division South FA Cup Total
1 FW England Cyril Hemingway 11 1 12
2 FW Scotland Bill Henderson 10 0 10
= FW England Bill Gardner 8 2 10
4 FW Scotland Dan Kelly 8 1 9
5 FW England Harry Waller 7 1 8
6 FW England Joe Hill 6 0 6
7 MF England Arthur Smeaton 4 0 4
8 MF England Jim Mackey 3 0 3
9 MF England Jim Carrick 2 0 2
= FW England Eric Humphrey 2 0 2
= FW Wales Alwyn Thomas 2 0 2
12 DF England Eric Price 1 0 1
= MF England Bob Smith 1 0 1
Own goals 1 0 1
TOTAL 66 5 71

Source:[2]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

First appearance Nat. Pos. Name From
25 August 1928 Scotland DF Willie Brown Rochdale
25 August 1928 England MF Jim Carrick Accrington Stanley
25 August 1928 England FW Alec Edmunds Plymouth Argyle
25 August 1928 England DF Jack Fowler Bradford City
25 August 1928 England FW Bill Gardner Darlington
25 August 1928 England GK Harold Gough Bolton Wanderers
25 August 1928 England FW Cyril Hemingway Rotherham United
25 August 1928 Scotland FW Bill Henderson Morton
25 August 1928 Scotland FW Dan Kelly Derby County
25 August 1928 Scotland MF Bob Preston Plymouth Argyle
25 August 1928 England MF Arthur Smeaton Halifax Town
1 September 1928 England FW Eric Price Northampton Town
8 September 1928 England DF James Mellon Darlington
22 September 1928 England MF Bob Smith Plymouth Argyle
29 September 1928 England DF Sid Cann Unattached
29 September 1928 England MF Arthur Chamberlain Notts County
29 September 1928 England FW Harry Waller Bury
19 January 1929 England MF Bill Clitheroe Leeds United
19 January 1929 England FW Joe Hill Leeds United
19 January 1929 England FW Eric Humphrey Leeds United

Out[edit]

Last appearance Nat. Pos. Name To
17 November 1929 Scotland FW Bill Henderson Exeter City
17 November 1929 Scotland MF Bob Preston Released
5 January 1929 England FW Eric Price Released
23 February 1929 England FW Herbert Budd Kettering Town
23 February 1929 England MF Arthur Chamberlain Worksop Town
9 March 1929 England MF Charlie Davis York City
9 March 1929 England DF Jack Price Released
29 March 1929 Scotland DF Willie Brown Dundalk
13 April 1929 England FW Bill Gardner York City
27 April 1929 England FW Cyril Hemingway Exeter City
27 April 1929 England FW Jim Mackey Dartford
27 April 1929 England DF James Mellon Jarrow
27 April 1929 Wales FW Alwyn Thomas Exeter City
4 May 1929 England MF Jim Carrick Accrington Stanley
4 May 1929 England FW Alec Edmunds Released
4 May 1929 England FW Eric Humphrey Released
4 May 1929 England MF Arthur Smeaton Luton Town

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Edwards, Leigh; Gibbes, Jon; Lovis, John (1999). Torquay United, The Official Centenary History, 1899-1999. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-38-0
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Edwards, Leigh (1997). The Definitive Torquay United F.C.. The Association of Football Statisticians. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.
  3. ^ Holgate, Mike (1999). Torquay United Football Club 1899-1999. Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-1814-9

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