1920–21 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1920-21
League Division Two
Manager Bill Norman
League position 4th
Top goalscorer League: Jimmy Heathcote (18)
Combined: Jimmy Heathcote (18)
FA Cup Second round
Highest home attendance
Lowest home attendance
Previous season 1919-20
Next season 1921-22

The 1920-21 season was Blackpool F.C.'s twentieth season (seventeenth consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the 22-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing fourth.

Blackpool defender Horace Fairhurst suffered a head injury during Blackpool's game against Barnsley at Oakwell on 27 December 1920. He died at home eleven days later as a result of the injury.

Jimmy Heathcote was the club's top scorer, with eighteen goals.

Season synopsis[edit]

Although Blackpool matched the previous season's fourth-placed finishing position, this campaign's League season got off to a slow start, picking up only two points from a possible eight from their opening four games. A victory, 4–0 at home to Coventry City on 11 September, got them on their way. Two wins in their next three games followed.

At the halfway point, they had 25 points to their name. They acquired another 25 in the second half, but a loss and three draws in their final four fixtures saw them unable to keep pace with Birmingham and Cardiff City.

For the second straight season, Blackpool exited the FA Cup in Round Two.

Table[edit]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Birmingham 42 24 10 8 79 38 2.079 58
2 Cardiff City 42 24 10 8 59 32 1.844 58
3 Bristol City 42 19 13 10 49 29 1.690 51
4 Blackpool 42 20 10 12 54 42 1.286 50
5 West Ham United 42 19 10 13 51 30 1.700 48
6 Notts County 42 18 11 13 55 40 1.375 47
7 Clapton Orient 42 16 13 13 43 42 1.024 45
8 South Shields 42 17 10 15 61 46 1.326 44
9 Fulham 42 16 10 16 43 47 0.915 42
10 The Wednesday 42 15 11 16 48 48 1.000 41
11 Bury 42 15 10 17 45 49 0.918 40
12 Leicester City 42 12 16 14 39 46 0.848 40
13 Hull City 42 10 20 12 43 53 0.811 40
14 Leeds United 42 14 10 18 40 45 0.889 38
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 16 6 20 49 66 0.742 38
16 Barnsley 42 10 16 16 48 50 0.960 36
17 Port Vale 42 11 14 17 43 49 0.878 36
18 Nottingham Forest 42 12 12 18 48 55 0.873 36
19 Rotherham County 42 12 12 18 37 53 0.698 36
20 Stoke 42 12 11 19 46 56 0.821 35
21 Coventry City 42 12 11 19 39 70 0.557 35
22 Stockport County 42 9 12 21 42 75 0.560 30

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

League[edit]

Mingay 13, Fairhurst 20, Tulloch 40, Keenan 42, Halstead 1, Howard 8, Charles 33, Heathcote 40, Ratcliffe 13, McGinn 24, Donachie 19, Benton 39, Popplewell 1, Barrass 32, Burke 7, Gavin 18, Brown 1, Richardson 29, Bainbridge 2, Rooks 17, Mee 29, Baker 12, Hunter 2, Reid 3, Lovett 2, Marsh 1, Leaver 3, Bedford 10

Players used: 28

FA Cup[edit]

Tulloch 2, Keenan 3, Charles 3, Heathcote 3, Ratcliffe 2, McGinn 3, Benton 3, Barrass 3, Gavin 3, Richardson 3, Mee 3, Rooks 2

Players used: 12

Goals[edit]

League[edit]

Heathcote 18, Barrass 9, Bedford 7, Benton 6, Keenan 3, Charles 3, Ratcliffe 2, Mee 2, Reid 2, Donachie 1, Rooks 1

Goals scored: 54

FA Cup[edit]

Ratcliffe 2, Barrass 1, McGinn 1

Goals scored: 4

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee

Out[edit]

Date Player From Fee

References[edit]

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