1932–33 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1932–33 season
Chairman Mr A.McSherwin
Manager Tom Mather
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 1st (56 Points)
FA Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League: Joe Mawson (16)
All: Joe Mawson (16)
Highest home attendance 29,243 vs Port Vale (22 October 1932)
Lowest home attendance 7,962 vs Bradford Park Avenue (18 February 1933)
Average home league attendance 15,858
Home colours

The 1932–33 season was Stoke City's 33rd season in the Football League and the 13th in the Second Division.

After almost gaining promotion last season there was great belief that Stoke would finally make a return to the First Division. And they would do so in impressive style, setting a number of records as they finished in 1st place, a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur to claim the Second Division title.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

After last season's success the main topic amongst the supporters was whether or not their squad of up-and-coming young players was good enough to get Stoke promoted.[1] Mather didn't sign anyone during the summer claiming he was happy with his squad and confident that promotion could be gained.[1]

Stoke started the 1932–33 season brilliantly winning 13 from their first 18 matches, with Joe Johnson, Joe Mawson, Bobby Liddle and Stanley Matthews in fine form.[1] No wins in December allowed Tottenham Hotspur to close the gap at the top of the table and they would be destined to be running partners for the rest of the season.[1] Mawson suffered injury towards the end of the season which would ruin his career and Mather brought in Reading forward Jack Palethorpe to fill the gap and he did well scoring eight goals in ten matches.[1]

Stoke produced the goods and with a 5–2 win over Lincoln City they finished top of the table taking the Second Division title in style finishing a point above Tottenham Hotspur and six ahead of third-placed Fulham.[1] Stoke achieved a number of records during a memorable season, such as most wins in the Football League (25), the best goal average in the top two leagues (2.000), the best away record in Division Two, and the best defensive record. Joe Mawson became leading goalscorer for the second season running with 16 goals.[1] During the season Bob McGrory was made coach of the reserve squad and only made a few appearances.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

With Stoke's main goal achieving promotion little pressure was placed on the FA Cup and ultimately they tamely lost 4–1 at Middlesbrough.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Stoke City 42 25 6 11 78 39 2.000 56
2 Tottenham Hotspur 42 20 15 7 96 51 1.882 55
3 Fulham 42 20 10 12 78 65 1.200 50
4 Bury 42 20 9 13 84 59 1.424 49
5 Nottingham Forest 42 17 15 10 67 59 1.136 49
6 Manchester United 42 15 13 14 71 68 1.044 43
7 Millwall 42 16 11 15 59 57 1.035 43
8 Bradford Park Avenue 42 17 8 17 77 71 1.085 42
9 Preston North End 42 16 10 16 74 70 1.057 42
10 Swansea Town 42 19 4 19 50 54 0.926 42
11 Bradford City 42 14 13 15 65 61 1.066 41
12 Southampton 42 18 5 19 66 66 1.000 41
13 Grimsby Town 42 14 13 15 79 84 0.940 41
14 Plymouth Argyle 42 16 9 17 63 67 0.940 41
15 Notts County 42 15 10 17 67 78 0.859 40
16 Oldham Athletic 42 15 8 19 67 80 0.838 38
17 Port Vale 42 14 10 18 66 79 0.835 38
18 Lincoln City 42 12 13 17 72 87 0.828 37
19 Burnley 42 11 14 17 67 79 0.848 36
20 West Ham United 42 13 9 20 75 93 0.806 35
21 Chesterfield 42 12 10 20 61 84 0.726 34
22 Charlton Athletic 42 12 7 23 60 91 0.659 31

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 27 August 1932 Manchester United A 2–0 24,996 Mawson (2)
2 29 August 1932 Millwall H 1–2 13,026 Mawson
3 3 September 1932 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 12,230 Davies (2)
4 5 September 1932 Millwall A 0–0 10,000
5 10 September 1932 Grimsby Town A 1–0 6,000 Ware
6 17 September 1932 Oldham Athletic H 4–0 13,528 Mawson (2), Johnson (2)
7 24 September 1932 Preston North End A 3–1 10,000 Turner, Mawson, Ware
8 1 October 1932 Burnley H 3–0 12,583 Johnson (3)
9 8 October 1932 Bradford Park Avenue A 2–2 8,000 Turner, Mawson
10 15 October 1932 Plymouth Argyle H 2–0 10,156 Mawson (2)
11 22 October 1932 Port Vale H 1–0 29,243 Johnson
12 29 October 1932 Notts County A 4–3 8,500 Liddle, Mawson (2), Johnson
13 5 November 1932 Swansea Town H 2–0 15,268 Davies, Johnson
14 12 November 1932 Southampton A 0–1 10,000
15 19 November 1932 West Ham United H 0–0 11,069
16 26 November 1932 Fulham A 3–1 25,000 Turner, Sale, Mawson
17 3 December 1932 Chesterfield H 2–1 12,102 Davies, Johnson
18 10 December 1932 Lincoln City A 3–2 4,500 Mawson, Johnson, Sale
19 17 December 1932 Bury H 2–3 13,521 Turner, Sale
20 24 December 1932 Bradford City A 1–1 7,500 Sale
21 26 December 1932 Nottingham Forest H 0–1 22,279
22 27 December 1932 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 13,000
23 31 December 1932 Manchester United H 0–0 14,115
24 7 January 1933 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–3 20,000 Liddle, Ware
25 21 January 1933 Grimsby Town H 2–0 8,421 Mawson, Johnson
26 31 January 1933 Oldham Athletic A 4–0 3,908 Johnson (2), Ware, Salmon
27 4 February 1933 Preston North End H 1–1 12,750 Sale
28 11 February 1933 Burnley A 2–1 12,228 Sellars, Mawson
29 18 February 1933 Bradford Park Avenue H 4–0 7,962 Sellars, Liddle, Mawson, Ware
30 25 February 1933 Plymouth Argyle A 0–1 8,000
31 4 March 1933 Port Vale A 3–1 19,484 Johnson, Ware, Matthews
32 11 March 1933 Notts County H 0–2 14,223
33 18 March 1933 Swansea Town A 2–0 7,000 Palethorpe (2)
34 25 March 1933 Southampton H 3–1 18,891 Sale, Jackson, Palethorpe
35 1 April 1933 West Ham United A 2–1 10,000 Sale, Palethorpe
36 8 April 1933 Fulham H 0–1 17,000
37 14 April 1933 Charlton Athletic A 0–1 10,000
38 15 April 1933 Chesterfield A 2–1 8,000 Sale, Palethorpe
39 17 April 1933 Charlton Athletic H 2–0 22,341 Liddle, Palethorpe
40 22 April 1933 Lincoln City H 5–2 19,998 Liddle, Sale (2), Palethorpe, Ware
41 29 April 1933 Bury A 2–3 8,790 Johnson, Palethorpe
42 6 May 1933 Bradford City H 4–1 17,380 Turner, Liddle (2), Sale

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1932–33 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 14 January 1933 Southampton H 1–0 18,526 Davies
R4 28 January 1933 Middlesbrough A 1–4 25,000 Liddle

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Dave Beswick 2 0 0 0 2 0
GK Wales Roy John 40 0 2 0 42 0
DF England Arthur Beachill 36 0 2 0 38 0
DF England Joe Buller 3 0 1 0 4 0
DF Scotland Bob McGrory 8 0 0 0 8 0
DF England Charlie Scrimshaw 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Billy Spencer 37 0 2 0 39 0
MF England Peter Jackson 3 1 0 0 3 1
MF Scotland William Robertson 39 0 1 0 40 0
MF England Henry Salmon 3 1 0 0 3 1
MF England Harry Sellars 39 2 2 0 41 2
MF England Arthur Turner 42 5 2 0 44 5
FW England Walter Bussey 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Harry Davies 31 4 2 1 33 5
FW England Joe Johnson 41 15 2 0 43 15
FW England Bobby Liddle 33 7 2 1 35 8
FW England Stanley Matthews 15 1 0 0 15 1
FW England Joe Mawson 26 16 2 0 28 16
FW England Jack Palethorpe 10 8 0 0 10 8
FW England Tommy Sale 21 11 0 0 21 11
FW England Harry Ware 29 7 2 0 31 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.