1929–30 Nelson F.C. season

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Nelson
1929–30 season
Manager Jack English
Football League Third Division North 19th
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Tom Carmedy and Ernie Dixon (10)
All: Tom Carmedy and Ernie Dixon (10)
Highest home attendance 5,434 (vs Southport, 31 August 1929)
Lowest home attendance 1,359 (vs Rochdale, 14 January 1930)
Average home league attendance 3,346
Home colours

The 1929–30 season was the 49th season in the history of Nelson Football Club, and their ninth as a professional club in The Football League. Jack English remained as manager after guiding the team to a 15th-placed finish during the previous campaign. After a poor start to the 1929–30 season, Nelson improved and were seventh in the Third Division North at Christmas. However, in the new year the team faltered and lost 10 of its last 12 matches, thus finishing in 19th position. Nelson ended the season with a record of 13 wins, 7 draws and 22 defeats, giving a total of 33 points. The team was knocked out in the First Round of the FA Cup after losing 0–3 at home to Crewe Alexandra.

Nelson used a total of 29 different players, 5 of whom made just a single appearance during the season. The top goalscorers in the 1929–30 campaign were centre forwards Tom Carmedy and Ernie Dixon, who each netted 10 goals. Fullback Billy Fairhurst made the most appearances for Nelson, missing only two league matches. In the opening four matches of the season, four different goalkeepers were used. Attendances at the club's Seedhill ground were considerably lower than in previous seasons, with an average gate of 3,346, a decrease of more than 30 per cent from 1928–29.

Football League Third Division North[edit]

Key[edit]

  • H = Home match
  • A = Away match
  • In Result column, Nelson's score shown first

Match results[edit]

Date Opponents Result Goalscorers Attendance
31 August 1929 Southport (H) 2–2 Buchanan, Jones (o.g.) 5,434
4 September 1929 Darlington (A) 1–6 Ferrari 5,687
7 September 1929 Crewe Alexandra (A) 0–4 4,131
11 September 1929 Darlington (H) 0–1 4,002
14 September 1929 York City (H) 3–1 Buchanan (2), Ferrari 4,483
21 September 1929 Stockport County (A) 1–6 Ferrari 7,789
24 September 1929 Accrington Stanley (A) 0–3 7,108
28 September 1929 New Brighton (H) 2–1 Kelly 3,458
1 October 1929 Wrexham (H) 4–0 Carmedy (3), Hedley 2,302
5 October 1929 Port Vale (A) 1–3 Kelly 7,746
12 October 1929 Barrow (H) 2–0 Buchanan, Hedley 3,732
19 October 1929 Hartlepools United (A) 2–1 Dixon, Kelly 5,695
26 October 1929 Doncaster Rovers (H) 4–1 Buchanan, Dixon, McLaughlan, Metcalfe 4,324
2 November 1929 Chesterfield (A) 0–3 3,956
9 November 1929 Lincoln City (H) 0–0 3,956
16 November 1929 Tranmere Rovers (A) 3–2 Dixon (3) 4,880
23 November 1929 Halifax Town (H) 1–0 Buchanan 2,568
14 December 1929 South Shields (A) 1–2 Buchanan 3,361
21 December 1929 Accrington Stanley (H) 2–1 Carmedy, McLaughlan 3,806
25 December 1929 Carlisle United (H) 2–2 Dixon, Parry 3,454
28 December 1929 Southport (A) 0–0 1,825
4 January 1930 Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Hedley 3,762
14 January 1930 Rochdale (H) 1–0 Hedley 1,359
18 January 1930 York City (A) 0–1 5,289
23 January 1930 Carlisle United (A) 2–2 Carmedy, Parry 3,960
25 January 1930 Stockport County (H) 1–2 Manock 5,217
1 February 1930 New Brighton (A) 1–2 Buchanan 3,906
8 February 1930 Port Vale (H) 2–3 Carmedy, Weedall 5,045
15 February 1930 Barrow (A) 2–0 Carmedy, Weedall 4,916
22 February 1930 Hartlepools United (H) 3–2 Buchanan, Dixon, Hedley 2,862
1 March 1930 Doncaster Rovers (A) 0–3 4,445
8 March 1930 Chesterfield (H) 0–2 3,077
15 March 1930 Lincoln City (A) 1–4 Dixon 2,057
22 March 1930 Tranmere Rovers (H) 0–1 2,403
24 March 1930 Rotherham United (A) 2–1 Dixon (2) 1,831
29 March 1930 Halifax Town (A) 1–1 Carmedy 4,185
5 April 1930 Rotherham United (H) 0–1 2,280
12 April 1930 Rochdale (A) 1–4 Carmedy 2,621
18 April 1930 Wigan Borough (H) 1–3 Carmedy 1,795
19 April 1930 South Shields (H) 0–1 1,553
21 April 1930 Wigan Borough (A) 0–2 3,004
3 May 1930 Wrexham (A) 1–5 Weedall 1,926

Final league position[edit]

Pos Team Games played Won Drawn Lost Goals for Goals against Points
19 Nelson 42 13 7 22 51 80 33

FA Cup[edit]

Match results[edit]

Round Date Opponents Result Goalscorers Attendance
First round 30 November 1929 Crewe Alexandra (H) 0–3 3,000

Player statistics[edit]

Key to positions
Statistics
Nat. Position Player Third Division North FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England IF Joseph Baldwin 1 0 0 0 1 0
England GK Lewis Botto 1 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland IF Jim Buchanan 34 9 1 0 35 9
England HB James Caine 2 0 0 0 2 0
England CF Tom Carmedy 29 10 0 0 29 10
England OF Ralph Chapman 6 0 0 0 6 0
England CF Ernie Dixon 28 10 1 0 29 10
England FB Billy Fairhurst 40 0 1 0 41 0
England IF Robert Ferguson 1 0 0 0 1 0
England FB Ted Ferguson 31 0 1 0 32 0
England CF Fred Ferrari 7 3 0 0 7 3
England CF Bob Gartside 1 0 0 0 1 0
England OF Foster Hedley 26 5 1 0 27 5
England FB Harry Hooper 8 0 0 0 8 0
England OF Gerry Kelly 9 4 0 0 9 4
England GK James Mangham 1 0 0 0 1 0
England IF Edward Manock 13 1 0 0 13 1
Scotland HB Jimmy McKinnell 10 0 1 0 11 0
Scotland IF George McLaughlan 29 2 1 0 30 2
England HB Jim Metcalfe 30 1 0 0 30 1
England OF Frank Parry 24 2 1 0 25 2
England FB Gilbert Richmond 5 0 0 0 5 0
Scotland GK Peter Shevlin 37 0 1 0 38 0
England HB Steve Spargo 21 0 1 0 22 0
Scotland HB David Suttie 38 0 1 0 39 0
England HB Harry Tordoff 8 0 0 0 8 0
England GK Sam Warhurst 3 0 0 0 3 0
England OF John Weedall 7 3 0 0 7 3
England HB George Wilson 12 0 0 0 12 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Dykes, Garth (2009). Nelson FC in the Football League. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 83. ISBN 978-1-905891-29-0.