1931–32 Torquay United F.C. season

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Torquay United
1931–32 season
Chairman England Charles Dear
Manager England Frank Womack
Third Division South 19th
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League:
Billy Clayson (14)

All:
Billy Clayson (14)
Highest home attendance 6,000 v Southend United, 28 November 1931
(FA Cup)
Lowest home attendance 2,547 v Northampton Town, 5 December 1931
(Third Division South)
Average home league attendance 3,718
Home colours

The 1931–32 Torquay United F.C. season was Torquay United's fifth season in the Football League and their fifth consecutive season in Third Division South. The season runs from 1 July 1931 to 30 June 1932.

Overview[edit]

Having just enjoyed their most successful season so far in the Football League, Torquay United were keen to build upon last season's achievements. Unfortunately, the season got off to a terrible start with an opening day 7–0 defeat at Crystal Palace. After conceding six goals to Watford in their second home game of the season, Torquay then had to endure a mortifying 10–2 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage. Results did slowly begin to improve after that humiliation but Torquay would never find themselves any higher than 15th in the League table all season. The team were also to make an early exit from the FA Cup, losing 3–1 at home to Southend United in the First Round.

Torquay also had to make do without last season's top goalscorer Jimmy Trotter for the second half of the season after he was sold to Watford in December.[1] Billy Clayson did his best to fill Trotter's boots, eventually becoming this season's top scorer. However, Cyril Hemingway, returning for his second spell at the club, could not recreate the form which saw him top Torquay's goalscoring charts for the 1928–29 season. Nevertheless, Paignton born striker George Stabb showed much potential after signing from Dartmouth United, while another local lad, Lew Tapp, was also a promising new addition to the defence.[1]

Torquay did at least have one memorable victory with an 8–1 defeat of Bristol Rovers on Easter Monday, but it was ultimately a hugely disappointing season for Frank Womack and the team. Finishing in 19th place and narrowly avoiding the need for re-election, it was clear that Torquay United were in desperate need of improvement.

League statistics[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Fulham (C) (P) 42 24 9 9 111 62 1.790 57 Promotion to the Second Division
2 Reading 42 23 9 10 97 67 1.448 55
3 Southend United 42 21 11 10 77 53 1.453 53
4 Crystal Palace 42 20 11 11 74 63 1.175 51
5 Brentford 42 19 10 13 68 52 1.308 48
6 Luton Town 42 20 7 15 95 70 1.357 47
7 Exeter City 42 20 7 15 77 62 1.242 47
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 17 12 13 73 58 1.259 46
9 Cardiff City 42 19 8 15 87 73 1.192 46
10 Norwich City 42 17 12 13 76 67 1.134 46
11 Watford 42 19 8 15 81 79 1.025 46
12 Coventry City 42 18 8 16 108 97 1.113 44
13 Queens Park Rangers 42 15 12 15 79 73 1.082 42
14 Northampton Town 42 16 7 19 69 69 1.000 39
15 Bournemouth & Boscombe 42 13 12 17 70 78 0.897 38
16 Clapton Orient 42 12 11 19 77 90 0.856 35
17 Swindon Town 42 14 6 22 70 84 0.833 34
18 Bristol Rovers 42 13 8 21 65 92 0.707 34
19 Torquay United 42 12 9 21 72 106 0.679 33
20 Mansfield Town 42 11 10 21 75 108 0.694 32
21 Gillingham 42 10 8 24 40 82 0.488 28 Re-elected to the Third Division South
22 Thames (R) 42 7 9 26 53 109 0.486 23 Failed re-election to the Third Division South

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 12 9 21 72 106 0.679 33 9 6 6 49 39 24 3 3 15 23 67 9

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 A H H A A H H A H A A H A H A H H A H H A H A A H A H A H H A H A A H H A H A H A A
Result L D L L W L D L W W D D L D D L W L W L L W L L D W L L W W L W L D W W L D L L L L
Position 19 19 21 21 21 21 21 21 20 17 15 16 16 16 15 16 16 16 15 16 18 18 19 19 20 18 19 20 19 18 18 17 18 18 17 16 17 17 17 19 19 19

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

Results[edit]

Third Division South[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1931–32 FA Cup

Club statistics[edit]

First team appearances[edit]

Nat Pos Player Total Third Division South FA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England GK Joe Wright 29 0 28 0 1 0
England GK Laurie Millsom 14 0 14 0 0 0
England DF Jack Fowler 43 8 42 8 1 0
England DF Wally Webster 24 0 24 0 0 0
England DF Lew Tapp 19 0 18 0 1 0
England DF Jim Wright 2 0 2 0 0 0
England MF Don Hewitt 28 0 27 0 1 0
England MF Bob Smith 28 0 27 0 1 0
England MF Ted Anderson 19 0 19 0 0 0
England MF Jack Butler 18 0 18 0 0 0
England MF George Parkin 8 0 8 0 0 0
England MF Wilf Freer 6 1 6 1 0 0
England MF Bob Meacock 4 0 4 0 0 0
England FW Albert Hutchinson 43 10 42 10 1 0
England FW Billy Clayson 41 14 40 14 1 0
England FW Ralph Birkett 37 8 37 8 0 0
England FW Harry Waller 28 4 28 4 0 0
England FW Cyril Hemingway 24 4 23 4 1 0
England FW Jimmy Trotter 19 11 18 10 1 1
England FW Jack Cooper 14 7 14 7 0 0
England FW George Stabb 12 3 11 3 1 0
Scotland FW Willie Miller 7 1 7 1 0 0
England FW Arthur Griffiths 5 1 5 1 0 0
England FW ? Rodgers 1 0 0 0 1 0

Source:[2]

Top Scorers[edit]

Place Position Nation Name Third Division South FA Cup Total
1 FW England Billy Clayson 14 0 14
2 FW England Jimmy Trotter 10 1 11
3 FW England Albert Hutchinson 10 0 10
4 FW England Ralph Birkett 8 0 8
= DF England Jack Fowler 8 0 8
6 FW England Jack Cooper 7 0 7
7 FW England Cyril Hemingway 4 0 4
= FW England Harry Waller 4 0 4
9 FW England George Stabb 3 0 3
10 MF England Ted Anderson 1 0 1
= MF England Wilf Freer 1 0 1
= FW England Arthur Griffiths 1 0 1
= FW Scotland Willie Miller 1 0 1
TOTAL 72 1 73

Source:[2]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

First appearance Nat. Pos. Name From
29 August 1931 England MF George Parkin West Ham United
2 September 1931 England MF Bob Meacock Blackpool
5 September 1931 England DF Wally Webster Sheffield United
7 September 1931 England FW Jack Cooper Walsall
7 September 1931 England FW George Stabb Dartmouth United
12 September 1931 England DF Lew Tapp Newton Abbot F.C.
16 September 1931 England FW Cyril Hemingway Wolverhampton Wanderers
26 December 1931 England MF Ted Anderson Wolverhampton Wanderers
30 January 1932 Scotland FW Willie Miller St Johnstone
28 March 1932 England FW Arthur Griffiths Unattached

Out[edit]

Last appearance Nat. Pos. Name To
2 September 1931 England DF Jim Wright Grimsby Town
26 September 1931 England MF Bob Meacock Tranmere Rovers
12 December 1931 England MF George Parkin Halifax Town
12 December 1931 England FW Jimmy Trotter Watford
13 February 1932 England GK Joe Wright Brighton & Hove Albion
20 February 1932 England FW Cyril Hemingway Dartmouth United
19 March 1932 Scotland FW Willie Miller Released
9 Apr 1932 England MF Bob Smith Released
23 Apr 1932 England FW Jack Cooper Released
30 Apr 1932 England MF Wilf Freer Released
7 May 1932 England MF Jack Butler Daring Club
7 May 1932 England FW Billy Clayson Scarborough
7 May 1932 England FW Arthur Griffiths Newport County
7 May 1932 England GK Laurie Millsom Released
7 May 1932 England FW Harry Waller Wrexham

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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 Edwards, Leigh (1997). The Definitive Torquay United F.C.. The Association of Football Statisticians. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.

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