1958–59 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1958–59 season
Chairman Mr C. Salmon
Manager Frank Taylor
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 5th (49 Points)
FA Cup Fourth Round
Top goalscorer League: Dennis Wilshaw (15)
All: Dennis Wilshaw (18)
Highest home attendance 30,083 vs Leyton Orient (27 December 1958)
Lowest home attendance 6,855 vs Grimsby Town (25 April 1959)
Average home league attendance 17,249
Home colours

The 1958–59 season was Stoke City's 52nd season in the Football League and the 19th in the Second Division.

Manager Frank Taylor again decided not to make any signings in the summer of 1958 and was to regret that decision as Stoke crashed to a 6–1 defeat on the opening day of the season. However Stoke's fortunes started to improve and two decent unbeaten runs before the new year lifted Stoke into the promotion race. But just six wins in 1959 saw Stoke finish in 5th position, eleven points behind second placed Fulham.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The rebuilding of the main stand at the Victoria Ground had been completed over the summer months and cost the club around £70,000 and whilst it was fine stand the supporters had hoped it would have cost less to avoid swallowing up the seasons transfer budget.[1] As a result, there were no major signings whatsoever for the 1958–59 season, and for the opening day match away at Fulham Stoke were without both Bobby Howitt and Tony Allen. They were badly missed as Stoke were hammered 6–1 by an impressive Fulham side led by Johnny Haynes.[1] After a poor start to their league campaign Stoke went on a nine match unbeaten run and didn't lose a match in December to lift Stoke to third in the table.[1] However following the turn of the year Stoke's form dropped and Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham pulled to far ahead as Stoke ended the season in 5th place.[1]

It had been a fairly uninspiring yet somewhat of a transitional season with Neville Coleman moving on to Crewe Alexandra for a modest fee after scoring 52 goals in 126 games for the club while three club legends Frank Bowyer, John McCue and Harry Oscroft where entering the veteran stage of their careers.[1] Before the season was out Oscroft was involved in a three-man swap, as he and Peter Ford move to Vale Park in exchange for John Cunliffe a left-winger who had a good career at Vale but failed to make an impression with Stoke.[1] John Sellars who missed the season due to an eye injury decided to retire and Stoke decided to end their season with a trip to Morocco.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

In the third round Dennis Wilshaw bagged a hat trick as Oldham Athletic were well beaten 5–1 before Ipswich Town came and frustrated Stoke and in the fourth round before nicking a 1–0 win.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Sheffield Wednesday 42 28 6 8 106 48 2.208 62
2 Fulham 42 27 6 9 96 61 1.574 60
3 Sheffield United 42 23 7 12 82 48 1.708 53
4 Liverpool 42 24 5 13 87 62 1.403 53
5 Stoke City 42 21 7 14 72 58 1.241 49
6 Bristol Rovers 42 18 12 12 80 64 1.250 48
7 Derby County 42 20 8 14 74 71 1.042 48
8 Charlton Athletic 42 18 7 17 92 90 1.022 43
9 Cardiff City 42 18 7 17 65 65 1.000 43
10 Bristol City 42 17 7 18 74 70 1.057 41
11 Swansea Town 42 16 9 17 79 81 0.975 41
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 15 11 16 74 90 0.822 41
13 Middlesbrough 42 15 10 17 87 71 1.225 40
14 Huddersfield Town 42 16 8 18 62 55 1.127 40
15 Sunderland 42 16 8 18 64 75 0.853 40
16 Ipswich Town 42 17 6 19 62 77 0.805 40
17 Leyton Orient 42 14 8 20 71 78 0.910 36
18 Scunthorpe United 42 12 9 21 55 84 0.655 33
19 Lincoln City 42 11 7 24 63 93 0.677 29
20 Rotherham United 42 10 9 23 42 82 0.512 29
21 Grimsby Town 42 9 10 23 62 90 0.689 28
22 Barnsley 42 10 7 25 55 91 0.604 27

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 23 August 1958 Fulham A 1–6 31,853 Oscroft
2 27 August 1958 Sheffield Wednesday H 3–0 24,126 King, Cairns (pen), Bullock
3 30 August 1958 Lincoln City H 1–0 20,359 Oscroft
4 30 August 1958 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–4 23,622 Oscroft
5 6 September 1958 Sunderland A 1–3 31,894 King (pen)
6 10 September 1958 Scunthorpe United H 4–3 17,824 King, Bullock, Wilshaw (2)
7 13 September 1958 Middlesbrough H 3–1 24,867 King, Oscroft, Ratcliffe
8 18 September 1958 Scunthorpe United A 1–1 14,232 Bullock
9 20 September 1958 Swansea Town H 3–0 20,196 King, Wilshaw (2)
10 27 September 1958 Ipswich Town A 2–0 17,569 King, Wilshaw
11 4 October 1958 Bristol Rovers H 2–2 19,763 Bowyer, Thomson
12 13 October 1958 Charlton Athletic A 2–1 17,959 King, Howitt
13 18 October 1958 Bristol City H 2–1 22,657 King (pen), Thomson
14 22 October 1958 Derby County H 2–1 20,456 Bowyer, Wilshaw
15 25 October 1958 Cardiff City A 1–2 20,351 King
16 1 November 1958 Liverpool H 0–2 26,919
17 8 November 1958 Barnsley A 1–2 12,080 Oscroft
18 15 November 1958 Rotherham United H 3–0 15,263 Oscroft, Howitt (2)
19 22 November 1958 Sheffield United A 1–2 18,636 Anderson
20 29 November 1958 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3–0 13,251 Wilshaw (2), Howitt
21 6 December 1958 Grimsby Town A 2–2 9,255 Howitt, Asprey
22 13 December 1958 Huddersfield Town H 5–1 12,761 Howitt, Wilshaw (2), Bowyer, Ward
23 20 December 1958 Fulham H 4–1 18,457 Howitt (2), Oscroft (2)
24 26 December 1958 Leyton Orient A 1–0 12,173 Ward
25 27 December 1958 Leyton Orient H 3–2 30,083 Asprey, Wilshaw (2)
26 3 January 1959 Lincoln City A 1–3 8,813 Bowyer
27 31 January 1959 Middlesbrough A 0–0 18,869
28 7 February 1959 Swansea Town A 0–1 11,123
29 16 February 1959 Ipswich Town H 1–0 11,230 King
30 21 February 1959 Bristol Rovers A 0–1 16,341
31 28 February 1959 Barnsley H 2–1 13,015 Asprey, Wilshaw
32 7 March 1959 Bristol City A 1–2 15,673 Howitt
33 14 March 1959 Cardiff City H 0–1 11,929
34 20 March 1959 Liverpool A 4–3 35,507 Asprey, Wilshaw (2), White (o.g.)
35 28 March 1959 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 14,115 Howitt, King
36 30 March 1959 Derby County A 0–3 24,342
37 4 April 1959 Rotherham United A 0–0 10,172
38 6 April 1959 Sunderland H 0–0 7,513
39 11 April 1959 Sheffield United H 1–2 10,439 Bullock
40 18 April 1959 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–2 19,501 Bowyer, Bullock
41 22 April 1959 Huddersfield Town A 2–1 9,891 Bowyer, Ward
42 25 April 1959 Grimsby Town H 4–0 6,855 Ward, Asprey, King (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1958–59 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 4 January 1959 Oldham Athletic H 5–1 22,035 Howitt, Asprey, Wilshaw (3)
R4 8 January 1959 Ipswich Town H 0–1 27,062

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Port Vale A 1–2
2 Port Vale A 4–0
3 Crewe Alexandra A 5–1
4 Bilston A 8–0
5 Airdrieonians H 3–1
6 First Vienna H 1–1
7 Macclesfield Town A 2–0
8 WAC Casablanca A 3–1
9 Royal Moroccan Army A 5–0

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Wilf Hall 11 0 2 0 13 0
GK England Bill Robertson 31 0 0 0 31 0
DF England Tony Allen 36 0 2 0 38 0
DF England Ron Andrew 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Peter Ford 7 0 0 0 7 0
DF England John McCue 42 0 2 0 44 0
DF Scotland Ken Thomson 38 2 2 0 40 2
MF England Bill Asprey 42 5 2 1 44 6
MF Scotland Bobby Cairns 29 1 2 0 31 1
FW Australia John Anderson 6 1 0 0 6 1
FW England Tony Bentley 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Frank Bowyer 24 6 2 0 26 6
FW England Peter Bullock 13 5 0 0 13 5
FW England Neville Coleman 8 0 0 0 8 0
FW Scotland Bobby Howitt 27 10 2 1 29 11
FW England Johnny King 33 13 0 0 33 13
FW England Harry Oscroft 28 8 2 0 30 8
FW England Don Ratcliffe 31 1 0 0 31 1
FW England Jimmy Wallace 6 0 0 0 6 0
FW England Derrick Ward 15 4 2 0 17 4
FW England Dennis Wilshaw 31 15 2 3 33 18
Own goals 1 0 1

References[edit]

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