List of Port Vale F.C. seasons

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Port Vale F.C. is an English professional association football club based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, playing in EFL League Two, the fourth level of the English football league system, as of the 2017–18 season. The club was probably formed in 1879[1] and in 1884 took the name Burslem Port Vale F.C. The club folded in 1907 and the new club dropped 'Burslem' from its name. They played their home matches at the Athletic Ground between 1886 and 1913, at The Old Recreation Ground between 1913 and 1950, and at Vale Park from 1950 to the present day. The club joined the Football League in 1892 as founder members of the Football League Second Division, resigning in 1907, only to return in 1919.

Twice in the 20th century Port Vale came close to winning promotion to the highest tier of English football, in 1930–31; they finished fifth, eight points from automatic promotion. In 1996–97 they finished eighth, four points away from sixth place Crystal Palace (who went on to win promotion to the Premier League in the play-offs). However a decline then set in and by 2008 the club had plummeted to the Football League's basement division. They were promoted in 2012–13, before suffering relegation again in 2016–17.

First team matches were recorded for the first time in 1882, meaning records go back over 125 years, friendlies are not included in this data (including goal tallies). As of the start of the 2017–18 season, Port Vale have never played top-flight football, they have spent 43 seasons in the second tier, 44 seasons in the third tier, 19 seasons in the fourth tier of the Football League, as well as 16 seasons in non-league football. No team has played more Football League seasons without ever reaching the top-flight.

Seasons[edit]

Season League FA Cup League Cup[A] Other Top scorer[B]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1882–83 Burslem Port Vale did not play league football NSCCC winners Enoch Hood 2
1883–84 Burslem Port Vale did not play league football SSC SF Charles Simpson 1
1884–85 Burslem Port Vale did not play league football BCC winners Ernie Payne 5
1885–86 Burslem Port Vale did not play league football R5 NSCCC runners-up Billy Reynolds 7
1886–87 Burslem Port Vale did not play league football R3 SSC SF 11
1887–88 Burslem Port Vale did not play league football 1Q SSC R3 Harry Cookson 23[E]
1888–89 The Combination 26 7 4 15 40 57 22 2Q NSCCC SF Jimmy Ditchfield 8
1889–90 Burslem Port Vale did not play league football 2Q SSC SF Frank McGinnes 2
1890–91 Midland Football League 24 11 3 10 59 49 25 8th 2Q NSCCC winners 19
1891–92 21 12 1 8 52 33 25 3rd 1Q SCC winners 19
1892–93 Second Division 22 6 3 13 30 57 15 11th 1Q BSC 2R Meshach Dean 6
1893–94 28 13 4 11 66 64 30 7th 1Q SSC 2R Billy Beats 20
1894–95 30 7 4 19 39 77 18 15th 1Q SSC 2R Meshach Dean 8
1895–96 30 7 4 19 43 78 18 14th 2Q SSC 1R Ernest Beckett 8
1896–97 Midland Football League 28 14 3 11 64 56 31 7th 5Q SSCC winners Dick Evans
Danny Simpson
14
1897–98 22 10 3 7 46 32 23 5th R2 SSC winners 11
1898–99 Second Division 34 17 5 12 56 34 39 9th 5Q BSC runners-up James Peake 17
1899–00 34 14 6 14 39 49 34 11th 5Q BSC runners-up Howard Harvey 17
1900–01 34 11 11 12 45 47 33 9th R1 SSC QF Adrian Capes 11
1901–02 34 10 9 15 43 59 29 12th 5Q SSC SF 20
1902–03 34 13 8 13 57 62 34 9th 4Q SSC R1 18
1903–04 34 10 9 15 54 52 29 13th R1 SSC R1 17
1904–05 34 10 7 17 47 72 27 16th 6Q BSC SF Dick Allman 8
1905–06 38 12 4 22 49 82 28 17th R1 SSC SF Harry Mountford 15
1906–07 38 12 7 19 60 83 31 16th R2 SSC SF Billy Beats 15
1907–08 North Staffordshire Federation League 16 8 3 5 34 28 19 5th NSFLC R6 Bert Beech 11
1908–09 North Staffordshire & District League 26 11 3 12 57 51 25 8th HC R2 17
1909–10 26 21 1 4 89 25 43 1st SJC winners Joe Brough 43
1910–11 26 14 3 9 50 41 31 4th NSNSC SF J. Tunnicliffe 11
1911–12 The Central League 32 15 12 5 46 23 42 2nd SSC winners Frank Cannon 18
1912–13 38 19 7 12 55 38 45 4th 3Q BSC winners Eli Adams 20
1913–14 38 17 11 10 78 62 45 4th R1 BSC runners-up Chris Young 37
1914–15 38 25 3 10 84 42 53 3rd 5Q NSIC winners 40
No competitive football was played for the 1914–1915 season due to the First World War.
1916–17 Lancashire Regional Section 30 7 7 16 50 40 21 15th ST 12th Jack Needham 12
1917–18 30 9 8 13 47 55 26 11th ST 14th David Bowcock 7
1918–19 30 10 4 16 39 78 24 12th ST 4th Harry Howell 9
1919–20 Second Division 42 16 8 18 59 62 40 13th R1 SSC winners Bobby Blood 26
1920–21 42 11 14 17 43 49 36 17th 6Q NSIC runners-up 20
1921–22 42 14 8 20 43 57 36 18th R1 NSIC winners Tom Page 10
1922–23 42 14 9 19 39 51 37 17th 5Q NSIC runners-up Tom Butler 9
1923–24 42 13 12 17 50 66 38 16th 5Q NSIC runners-up Billy Briscoe
Tom Page
10
1924–25 42 17 8 17 48 56 42 8th R1 Wilf Kirkham 33
1925–26 42 19 6 17 79 69 44 8th R3 35
1926–27 42 16 13 13 88 78 45 8th R4 NSRIC runners-up 41
1927–28 42 18 8 16 68 57 44 9th R5 14
1928–29 42 15 4 23 71 86 34 21st R3 15
1929–30 Third Division North 42 30 7 5 103 37 67 1st R2 NSRIC runners-up Sam Jennings 21
1930–31 Second Division 42 21 5 16 67 61 47 5th R4 17
1931–32 42 13 7 22 58 89 33 20th R4 NSRIC runners-up Tom Nolan 11
1932–33 42 14 10 18 66 79 38 17th R3 Wilf Kirkham 15
1933–34 42 19 7 16 60 55 45 8th R3 Tom Nolan 22
1934–35 42 11 12 19 55 74 34 18th R3 16
1935–36 42 12 8 22 56 106 32 21st R4 Jack Roberts 12
1936–37 Third Division North 42 17 10 15 58 64 44 11th R3 NSC SF Tommy Ward 18
1937–38 42 12 14 16 65 73 38 15th R1 NSC R1 Jack Roberts 28
1938–39 Third Division South 42 14 9 19 52 58 37 18th R2 SoSC SF Tom Nolan 17
1939–40[D] 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 P FLWRT 8th Jack Roberts 13
No competitive football was played between 1940 and 1944 due to the Second World War.
1944–45 Football League North 18 5 2 11 22 36 12 45th FLN2C 54th Alf Bellis 10
1945–46 Third Division (South) North Region 20 9 6 5 34 25 24 3rd R3 TDSRC 8th Bill Pointon 19
1946–47 Third Division South 42 17 9 16 68 63 43 10th R4 Morris Jones 26
1947–48 42 16 11 15 63 54 43 8th R1 Ronnie Allen 13
1948–49 42 14 11 17 51 54 39 13th R1 Walter Aveyard 13
1949–50 42 15 11 16 47 42 41 13th R4 Cliff Pinchbeck 16
1950–51 46 16 13 17 60 65 45 12th R3 19
1951–52 46 14 15 17 50 66 43 13th R1 Albert Mullard 13
1952–53 Third Division North 46 20 18 8 67 35 58 2nd R2 CC runners-up Basil Hayward 22
1953–54 46 26 17 3 74 21 69 1st SF 25
1954–55 Second Division 42 12 11 19 48 71 35 17th R4 Cyril Done 13
1955–56 42 16 13 13 60 58 45 12th R4 Len Stephenson 14
1956–57 42 8 6 28 57 101 22 22nd R3 Cyril Done 9
1957–58 Third Division South 46 16 10 20 67 58 42 15th R2 Stan Steele 22
1958–59 Fourth Division 42 26 12 8 110 58 64 1st R1 22
1959–60 Third Division 46 19 8 19 80 79 46 14th R5 SCT runners-up Graham Barnett 17
1960–61 46 17 15 14 96 79 49 7th R3 R2 SCT winners Cliff Portwood 26
1961–62 46 17 11 18 65 58 45 12th R5 R1 Bert Llewellyn
Arthur Longbottom
20
1962–63 46 23 8 17 72 58 54 3rd R4 R2 Tony Richards 13
1963–64 46 16 14 16 53 49 46 13th R4 R2 13
1964–65 46 9 14 23 41 76 32 22nd R2 R1 Albert Cheesebrough 7
1965–66 Fourth Division 46 15 9 22 48 59 39 19th R3 R1 John Rowland 23
1966–67 46 14 15 17 55 58 43 13th R2 R1 Mick Cullerton 12
1967–68 46 12 15 19 61 72 39 18th R1 R2 Roy Chapman 25
1968–69 46 16 14 16 46 46 46 13th R3 R1 12
1969–70 46 20 19 7 61 33 59 4th R2 R1 John James 17
1970–71 Third Division 46 15 12 19 52 59 42 17th R1 R1 15
1971–72 46 13 15 18 43 59 41 15th R3 R1 Bobby Gough 10
1972–73 46 21 11 14 56 69 53 6th R3 R2 Sammy Morgan
Ray Williams
11
1973–74 46 14 14 18 52 58 42 20th R3 R1 John Woodward 18
1974–75 46 18 15 13 61 54 51 6th R1 R1 Terry Bailey
Ray Williams
14
1975–76 46 15 16 15 55 54 46 12th R2 R1 Mick Cullerton 21
1976–77 46 11 16 19 47 71 38 19th R5 R1 DC runners-up Ken Beamish 18
1977–78 46 8 20 18 46 67 36 21st R2 R1 16
1978–79 Fourth Division 46 14 14 18 57 70 42 16th R1 R1 Bernie Wright 15
1979–80 46 12 12 22 56 70 36 20th R1 R1 Neville Chamberlain 11
1980–81 46 12 15 19 57 70 39 19th R3 R1 13
1981–82 46 18 16 12 56 49 70 7th R3 R2 Ernie Moss 17
1982–83 46 26 10 10 67 34 88 3rd R1 R1 Robert Newton 20
1983–84 Third Division 46 11 10 25 51 83 43 23rd R1 R2 FLT R2 Eamonn O'Keefe 11
1984–85 Fourth Division 46 14 18 14 61 59 60 12th R3 R2 FLT R2 Alistair Brown 21
1985–86 46 21 16 9 67 37 79 4th R2 R2 FLT ASF Andy Jones 18
1986–87 Third Division 46 15 12 19 76 70 57 12th R2 R2 FLT AQF 37
1987–88 46 18 11 17 58 56 65 11th R5 R1 FLT R1 Darren Beckford
David Riley
10
1988–89 46 24 12 10 78 48 84 3rd R3 R2 FLT P Darren Beckford 23
1989–90 Second Division 46 15 16 15 62 57 61 11th R4 R2 FMC R2 21
1990–91 46 15 12 19 56 64 57 15th R4 R2 FMC R1 23
1991–92 46 10 15 27 42 59 45 24th R3 R3 FMC R2 Martin Foyle 16
1992–93 46 26 11 9 79 44 89 3rd R3 R1 FLT winners Ian Taylor 19
1993–94 46 26 10 10 79 46 88 2nd R4 R1 FLT AQF Martin Foyle 18
1994–95 First Division 46 15 13 18 58 64 58 17th R2 R2 20
1995–96 46 15 15 16 59 66 60 12th R5 R1 AIC runners-up Tony Naylor 12
1996–97 46 17 16 13 58 55 67 8th R3 R3 20
1997–98 46 13 10 23 56 55 49 19th R3 R1 Lee Mills 16
1998–99 46 13 8 25 45 75 47 21st R3 R1 Martin Foyle 9
1999–00 46 7 15 24 48 69 36 23rd R3 R1 Tony Rougier 9
2000–01 Second Division 46 16 14 16 55 49 62 11th R1 R1 FLT winners Tony Naylor 21
2001–02 46 16 10 20 51 62 58 14th R2 R2 FLT AQF Stephen McPhee 14
2002–03 46 14 11 21 54 70 53 17th R1 R1 FLT AQF Marc Bridge-Wilkinson 9
2003–04 46 21 10 15 73 62 73 7th R2 R1 FLT AR1 Stephen McPhee 27
2004–05 League One 46 17 5 24 49 59 56 18th R2 R1 FLT AR2 Billy Paynter 13
2005–06 46 16 12 18 49 54 60 13th R4 R1 FLT AR2 Leon Constantine 12
2006–07 46 18 6 22 64 65 60 12th R2 R4 FLT AR2 26
2007–08 46 9 11 26 47 81 38 23rd R2 R1 FLT P Luke Rodgers 12
2008–09 League Two 46 13 9 24 44 66 48 18th R2 R1 FLT R1 Marc Richards 11
2009–10 46 17 17 12 61 50 68 10th R2 R3 FLT R3 23
2010–11 46 17 14 15 54 49 65 11th R3 R2 FLT R2 20
2011–12 46 20 9 17 68 60 59 12th R1 R1 FLT R1 17
2012–13 46 21 15 11 87 52 78 3rd R2 R1 FLT R3 Tom Pope 33
2013–14 League One 46 18 7 21 59 73 61 9th R4 R1 FLT R2 16
2014–15 46 15 9 22 55 65 54 18th R1 R2 FLT R2 12
2015–16 46 18 11 17 56 58 65 12th R2 R2 FLT R2 AJ Leitch-Smith 13
2016–17 46 12 13 21 45 70 49 21st R3 R1 EFLT GS Alex Jones 10

Key[edit]

Winners Runners up Promoted Relegated

Notes[edit]

A. ^ The Football League Cup competition did not start until the 1960–61 season.
B. ^ Other than where stated, includes all senior competitive first-team matches.
C. ^ The Second Division was renamed Football League One as part of a new sponsorship deal in the 2004–05 season.
D. ^ League abandoned due to WW2.
E. ^ Friendly matches are the only recorded matches for this season

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale, ISBN 0-9508981-4-7, 1990, pages 4-13, The Port Vale Record 1879-1993, ISBN 0-9508981-9-8, 1993, page 4, and What If There Had Been No Port In The Vale?: Startling Port Vale Stories, ISBN 978-0-952915-28-7, 2011, pages 18-33, all by Kent, Jeff.