1908–09 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1908-09
League Division Two
Manager None
League position 20th (bottom)
Top goalscorer League: Bob Whittingham (13)
Combined: Bob Whittingham (13)
FA Cup Second round
Highest home attendance 10,000 (v. Oldham)[1]
Lowest home attendance 2,000 (v. Gainsborough Trinity and Chesterfield)[1]
Previous season 1907-08
Next season 1909-10

The 1908-09 season was Blackpool F.C.'s twelfth season (ninth consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the twenty-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing bottom. The club's application for re-election was successful.

Bob Whittingham top-scored for the second consecutive season. He achieved the feat despite his leaving the club for Bradford City in January.

Season synopsis[edit]

Blackpool were undefeated in their first five league games, a sequence that included two victories. Their first turnover, a 0–4 scoreline, occurred at Barnsley on 3 October.[2] They failed to win away from Bloomfield Road in the League; a record that would not be equalled for 106 years.[3]

Only seven more victories ensued in their 31 remaining league games,[2] which largely accounted for their lowly finishing position. Of the eleven league games in which Bob Whittingham scored, Blackpool won four, drew five and lost two. After his departure, they only won three of their remaining sixteen games.[2]

The club's FA Cup run ended at the second-round stage, with a 2–1 defeat at Newcastle United on 6 February. They defeated Hastings & St Leonards 2–0 in the first round.

Table[edit]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Bolton Wanderers 38 24 4 10 59 28 2.107 52
2 Tottenham Hotspur 38 20 11 7 67 32 2.094 51
3 West Bromwich Albion 38 19 13 6 56 27 2.074 51
4 Hull City 38 19 6 13 63 39 1.615 44
5 Derby County 38 16 11 11 55 41 1.341 43
6 Oldham Athletic 38 17 6 15 55 43 1.279 40
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 14 11 13 56 48 1.167 39
8 Glossop 38 15 8 15 57 53 1.075 38
9 Gainsborough Trinity 38 15 8 15 49 70 0.700 38
10 Fulham 38 13 11 14 58 48 1.208 37
11 Birmingham 38 14 9 15 58 61 0.951 37
12 Leeds City 38 14 7 17 43 53 0.811 35
13 Grimsby Town 38 14 7 17 41 54 0.759 35
14 Burnley 38 13 7 18 51 58 0.879 33
15 Clapton Orient 38 12 9 17 37 49 0.755 33
16 Bradford Park Avenue 38 13 6 19 51 59 0.864 32
17 Barnsley 38 11 10 17 48 57 0.842 32
18 Stockport County 38 14 3 21 39 71 0.549 31
19 Chesterfield[4] 38 11 8 19 37 67 0.552 30
20 Blackpool 38 9 11 18 46 68 0.676 29

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

League[edit]

  • Fiske – 37
  • Crewdson – 36
  • Connor – 35
  • Beare – 33
  • Baddeley – 32
  • Threlfall – 28
  • Parkinson – 26
  • Whittingham, S. – 23
  • Whittingham, B. – 22
  • Grundy – 21
  • Scott – 20
  • Weston – 20
  • Reid – 16
  • Clarke – 11
  • Dawson – 9
  • Lyon – 8
  • Swan – 7
  • Walker – 7
  • Whiteside – 6
  • Whalley – 5
  • Miller – 4
  • Tonge – 4
  • Bradshaw – 2
  • Gladwin – 2
  • Latheron – 1
  • Stephenson – 1
  • Sterling – 1
  • Tillotson – 1

Players used: 28

FA Cup[edit]

  • Baddeley – 2
  • Beare – 2
  • Connor – 2
  • Crewdson – 2
  • Fiske – 2
  • Parkinson – 2
  • Scott – 2
  • Gillibrand – 1
  • Lyon – 1
  • Reid – 1
  • Swan – 1
  • Threlfall – 1
  • Weston – 1
  • Whalley – 1
  • Whittingham, S. – 1

Players used: 15

Goals[edit]

League[edit]

  • Whittingham, B. – 13
  • Beare – 8
  • Grundy – 8
  • Weston – 4
  • Baddeley – 3
  • Walker – 3
  • Lyon – 2
  • Reid – 2
  • Whalley – 2
  • Swan – 1

League goals scored: 46

FA Cup[edit]

  • Threlfall – 1
  • Whalley – 1
  • Weston – 1

FA Cup goals scored: 3

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
1907 S. Whittingham
1908 George Beare Southampton
1908 Herbert Lyon Swindon Town
1908 Amos Baddeley Stoke City
1908 Eddie Whiteside
1908 P.C. Miller
1908 Herbert Lyon Swindon Town
1908 Eddie Latheron Guest
1908 Andrew Swan
1908 C. Stephenson
1908 Thomas Walker
1908 Charles Gladwin
1908 Arthur Whalley
1908 Benjamin Tonge
1908 R.L. Sterling
1908 Harry Dawson Everton
1908 Richard Bradshaw
1908 Charles Gillibrand

Out[edit]

The following players left after the final game of the previous season:

Date Player To Fee
1907 Ginger Owers West Bromwich Albion
1907 Horace King
1907 Horace Brindley Crewe Alexandra
1907 W. Lowe
1907 Frederick Rose
1907 J. Gow
1908 Walter Cookson Retired
1908 Hugh Rimmer
1908 Fred Heywood
1908 John Waddington
1908 William Birch Nottingham Forest

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Attendances were approximated by the reporter at the ground.
  2. ^ a b c Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, p. 192, Breedon Books Sport
  3. ^ "Clark’s questions after matching 106 year record" - Blackpool Gazette, 27 April 2015
  4. ^ Failed to be re-elected to the Football League

References[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.