1986–87 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1986–87 season
Chairman Peter Coates
Manager Mick Mills
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 8th (58 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Round
League Cup Second Round
Full Members Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Carl Saunders (14)
All: Carl Saunders (19)
Highest home attendance 19,382 vs Shrewsbury Town (1 January 1987)
Lowest home attendance 6,229 vs Bradford City (2 May 1987)
Average home league attendance 9,987
Home colours

The 1986–87 season was Stoke City's 80th season in the Football League and 27th in the Second Division.

Peter Coates became Stoke's new chairman in September 1986 which helped Mills to make a number of useful signings. After a slow start to the season Stoke hit form in November and went on an eleven-match unbeaten run which lasted until the start of February. During this run Stoke beat Leeds United 7–2 and Sheffield United 5–2 which lifted Stoke up the table and in to contention for a place in newly formed Football League play-offs. Unfortunately for Stoke they could not keep up the good results, winning only four of their last 16 matches, finishing in 8th position.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

With Mills wanting to bring in new players for the 1986–87 season he had to sell before he could buy, with Ian Painter joining Coventry City for £75,000 and youth team product Neil Adams joined Everton for £150,000, a move which angered the Stoke fans.[1] Into the camp came right back Lee Dixon from Bury for £50,000 and winger Tony Ford from Grimsby Town for £35,000.[1] Stoke again participated in the annual Isle of Man Trophy, but they failed to make it out of the group stage.[1] There was a familiar problem as the season got under way - a lack of goals.[1]

In September 1986 local businessman Peter Coates assumed the role of chairman and a full-strength board backed manager Mills with money for players.[1] In came Mills' former Ipswich Town team mate Brian Talbot from Watford.[1] After 10 matches Stoke were bottom of the table with performances leaving a lot to be desired but the arrival of ex-England international Talbot boosted morale and after striker Nicky Morgan arrived from Portsmouth a remarkable transformation took place.[1] Stoke began to climb the table, going eleven matches without defeat which included a famous 7–2 victory over Leeds United and a 5–2 victory over Sheffield United.[1] As well as Morgan, youngster Carl Saunders started to hit form as Stoke leapt into 4th place and there was great excitement that Stoke could make a return to the First Division.[1] Alas it turned out to be a false dawn as just four wins and five draws in a row in their remaining 16 matches meant Stoke finished the season in 8th spot with 58 points, six away from a play-off spot.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke beat Grimsby Town 6–0 in a second replay and then a victory over Cardiff City saw Stoke drawn against Coventry City in the fifth round.[1] A near full house of 31,255 saw the "Sky Blues" narrowly beat Stoke 1–0 and they went on to lift the cup.[1]

League Cup[edit]

Shrewsbury Town who were becoming something of a bogey side for Stoke were able to grind out a 2–1 victory.[1]

Full Members Cup[edit]

Stoke made a quick exit in this season's Full Members losing at home to Sheffield United 2–1.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Derby County 42 25 9 8 64 38 +26 84
2 Portsmouth 42 23 9 10 53 28 +25 78
3 Oldham Athletic 42 22 9 11 65 44 +21 75
4 Leeds United 42 19 11 12 58 44 +14 68
5 Ipswich Town 42 17 13 12 59 43 +16 64
6 Crystal Palace 42 19 5 18 51 53 –2 62
7 Plymouth Argyle 42 16 13 13 62 57 +5 61
8 Stoke City 42 16 10 16 63 53 +10 58
9 Sheffield United 42 15 13 14 50 49 +1 58
10 Bradford City 42 15 10 17 62 62 0 55
11 Barnsley 42 14 13 15 49 52 –3 55
12 Blackburn Rovers 42 15 10 17 45 55 –10 55
13 Reading 42 14 11 17 52 59 –7 53
14 Hull City 42 13 14 15 41 55 –14 53
15 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 12 17 51 49 +2 51
16 Millwall 42 14 9 19 39 45 –6 51
17 Huddersfield Town 42 13 12 17 54 61 –7 51
18 Shrewsbury Town 42 15 6 21 41 53 –12 51
19 Birmingham City 42 11 17 14 47 59 –12 50
20 Sunderland 42 12 12 18 49 59 –10 48
21 Grimsby Town 42 10 14 18 39 59 –20 44
22 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 9 12 21 37 54 –17 39

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 23 August 1986 Birmingham City H 0–2 11,548
2 25 August 1986 Leeds United A 1–2 13,334 Saunders 1'
3 30 August 1986 Crystal Palace A 0–1 6,864
4 2 September 1986 West Bromwich Albion H 1–1 8,668 Berry 29'
5 6 September 1986 Millwall H 2–0 7,100 Berry 34', Shaw 37' (pen)
6 13 September 1986 Oldham Athletic A 0–2 6,513
7 20 September 1986 Portsmouth H 1–1 8,440 Kelly 58'
8 27 September 1986 Sunderland A 0–2 14,394
9 4 October 1986 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–1 8,341
10 11 October 1986 Huddersfield Town H 2–0 7,543 Berry 24', Bertschin 29'
11 18 October 1986 Blackburn Rovers H 1–0 7,715 Shaw 49'
12 25 October 1986 Ipswich Town A 0–2 11,054
13 1 November 1986 Derby County H 0–2 12,358
14 8 November 1986 Hull City A 4–0 5,252 Ford 16', McEwan (o.g.) 37', Morgan 41', Bertschin 64'
15 15 November 1986 Sheffield United A 1–3 11,177 Bertschin 19'
16 22 November 1986 Reading H 3–0 7,465 Bertschin (3) 12', 58', 79'
17 29 November 1986 Bradford City A 4–1 6,191 Saunders (2) 17', 65', Ford 35', Berry 60' (pen)
18 6 December 1986 Plymouth Argyle H 1–0 10,043 Berry 64' (pen)
19 13 December 1986 Grimsby Town A 1–1 4,642 Saunders 88'
20 21 December 1986 Leeds United H 7–2 12,358 Morgan (3) 5', 35', 72', Saunders 11', Dixon 21', Kelly 44', Ford 62'
21 26 December 1986 Barnsley A 2–0 7,436 Saunders 30', Kelly 87'
22 27 December 1986 Sheffield United H 5–2 17,320 Bould 5', Saunders (3) 17', 55', 82', Morgan 77'
23 1 January 1987 Shrewsbury Town H 1–0 19,382 Saunders 1'
24 3 January 1987 Millwall A 1–1 6,134 Heath 32'
25 24 January 1987 Birmingham City A 0–0 10,643
26 7 February 1987 Crystal Palace H 3–1 13,154 Ford 2', Dixon 64', Berry 73' (pen)
27 14 February 1987 West Bromwich Albion A 1–4 12,366 Bertschin 80'
28 28 February 1987 Portsmouth A 0–3 14,607
29 14 March 1987 Blackburn Rovers A 1–2 10,075 Morgan 83'
30 17 March 1987 Sunderland H 3–0 9,420 Berry 21' (pen), Dixon 60', Morgan 89'
31 21 March 1987 Huddersfield Town A 2–2 7,222 Ford 67', Bertschin 87'
32 25 March 1987 Ipswich Town H 0–0 11,805
33 28 March 1987 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–1 10,216 Morgan 47'
34 4 April 1987 Hull City H 1–1 8,146 Talbot 15'
35 11 April 1987 Derby County A 0–0 19,038
36 18 April 1987 Shrewsbury Town A 1–4 6,777 Saunders 88'
37 20 April 1987 Barnsley H 1–2 7,260 Morgan 52'
38 25 April 1987 Reading A 1–0 5,927 Morgan 12'
39 28 April 1987 Oldham Athletic H 0–2 7,228
40 2 May 1987 Bradford City H 2–3 6,229 Gayle (2) 81', 86'
41 4 May 1987 Plymouth Argyle A 3–1 13,774 Saunders (2) 35', 38', Talbot 46'
42 9 May 1987 Grimsby Town H 5–1 6,406 Kelly 6', Talbot 14', Berry 40' (pen), Saunders 57', Ford 76'

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1986–87 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 10 January 1987 Grimsby Town A 1–1 7,367 Saunders 38'
R3 Replay 26 January 1987 Grimsby Town H 1–1 (aet) 14,340 Saunders 71'
R3 2nd Replay 28 January 1987 Grimsby Town H 6–0 12,087 Morgan (2) 10', 48', Talbot 17', Heath 22', Saunders (2) 41', 81'
R4 31 January 1987 Cardiff City H 2–1 20,423 Saunders 33', Heath 70'
R5 21 February 1987 Coventry City H 0–1 31,255

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 1st Leg 23 September 1986 Shrewsbury Town A 1–2 5,343 Maskery 17'
R2 2nd Leg 8 October 1986 Shrewsbury Town H 0–0 6,468

Full Members Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 30 September 1986 Sheffield United H 1–2 3,987 Ford

Isle of Man Trophy[edit]

Round Opponent Result
Group match 1 Heart of Midlothian 1–0
Group match 2 Manchester City 0–0
Group match 3 Wigan Athletic 0–1

Friendlies[edit]

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Stafford Rangers A 3–1
2 Port Vale A 3–1
3 Parkway Clayton A 2–0
4 Wrexham A 2–2
5 Oxford United A 2–2
6 Watford H 0–0
7 Bangor City A 4–1

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Full Members Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Peter Fox 39 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 47 0
GK England Paul Reece 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
GK Netherlands Hans Segers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Steve Bould 28 1 5 0 2 0 1 0 36 1
DF Republic of Ireland Aaron Callaghan 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
DF England Lee Dixon 42 3 5 0 2 0 1 0 50 3
DF England Lee Fowler 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF England Chris Hemming 21(1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 23(1) 0
DF England Mick Mills 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
DF England Brian Talbot 32 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 37 4
MF Wales George Berry 40 8 5 0 1 0 0 0 46 8
MF Republic of Ireland Gerry Daly 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Tony Ford 41 6 5 0 2 0 1 1 49 7
MF England Tony Kelly 32(3) 4 5 0 2 0 1 0 40(3) 4
MF England Chris Maskery 10(3) 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 13(3) 1
MF England Steve Parkin 37(1) 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 45(1) 0
MF England Terry Williams 1(2) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 1(4) 0
FW England Keith Bertschin 16(5) 8 0(4) 0 1 0 1 0 18(9) 8
FW England Paul Crooks 0(1) 0 0 0 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0(3) 0
FW England Howard Gayle 4(2) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4(2) 2
FW England Phil Heath 37(1) 1 5 2 2 0 1 0 45(1) 3
FW England Nicky Morgan 29 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 34 12
FW England Carl Saunders 26(5) 14 5 5 0 0 0 0 31(5) 19
FW England Graham Shaw 15(3) 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 17(3) 2
Own goals 1 0 0 0 1

References[edit]

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