1929–30 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1929–30 season
Chairman Mr A.McSherwin
Manager Tom Mather
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 11th (40 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Charlie Wilson (20)
All: Charlie Wilson (20)
Highest home attendance 19,013 vs Cardiff City (14 September 1929)
Lowest home attendance 5,369 vs Nottingham Forest (15 March 1930)
Average home league attendance 11,523
Home colours

The 1929–30 season was Stoke City's 30th season in the Football League and the tenth in the Second Division.

With the 1920s, which had seen Stoke hit the highs of the First Division and lows of the Third Division, coming to an end there was hope around the city that the club could regain its top-flight status. The Victoria Ground was improved again and could now hold 50,000. Despite a good start to the season with 15 points collected from the first 12 matches Stoke could not maintain a promotion challenge and finished in mid-table.1

Season review

League

With the twenties now drawing to a close there were high hopes that, after three seasons of reasonable success on the pitch, a return to the First Division could be imminent.1 Tom Mather was proving to be a fine manager, who with little or no resources, had built a team good enough to compete with the best in the country.1 The bad feeling surrounding the sale of Harry Davies was slowly receding and two new forwards emerged, Wilf Kirkham from Port Vale and Wilf Chadwick from Wolverhampton Wanderers.1

The 1929–30 season was launched with a ceremony at the Victoria Ground which saw the Football League vice-president Mr C. Sutcliffe, officially declare open the new covered accommodation on the Butler Street stand for 12,000 spectators, bringing the overall number of fans under cover up to 20,000.1 At this time it was considered that the Victoria Ground was only second in the country to Liverpool's Anfield with the total capacity now at 50,000.1

With Dick Williams still in goal and Bob McGrory and Billy Spencer at full back, Stoke started the season well and after twelve matches they lay second in the table.1 However Stoke could not maintain their challenge as they were robbed of key players through injury mainly McGrory whose leadership was sorely missed and in the end Stoke settled for a position in mid table.1

FA Cup

Stoke suffered great misfortune in the FA Cup as in the third round Stoke were leading Doncaster Rovers 3–2 up until 76 minutes when the match was called off due to heavy snow fall. In the 'replay' Doncaster won 1–0.1

Final league table

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Blackpool 42 27 4 11 98 67 1.463 58
2 Chelsea 42 22 11 9 74 46 1.609 55
3 Oldham Athletic 42 21 11 10 90 51 1.765 53
4 Bradford Park Avenue 42 19 12 11 91 70 1.300 50
5 Bury 42 22 5 15 78 67 1.164 49
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 21 5 16 105 73 1.438 47
7 Southampton 42 17 11 14 77 76 1.013 45
8 Cardiff City 42 18 8 16 61 59 1.034 44
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 16 9 17 77 79 0.975 41
10 Nottingham Forest 42 13 15 14 55 69 0.797 41
11 Stoke City 42 16 8 18 74 72 1.028 40
12 Tottenham Hotspur 42 15 9 18 59 61 0.967 39
13 Charlton Athletic 42 14 11 17 59 63 0.937 39
14 Millwall 42 12 15 15 57 73 0.781 39
15 Swansea Town 42 14 9 19 57 61 0.934 37
16 Preston North End 42 13 11 18 65 80 0.813 37
17 Barnsley 42 14 8 20 56 71 0.789 36
18 Bradford City 42 12 12 18 60 77 0.779 36
19 Reading 42 12 11 19 54 67 0.806 35
20 Bristol City 42 13 9 20 61 83 0.735 35
21 Hull City 42 14 7 21 51 78 0.654 35
22 Notts County 42 9 15 18 54 70 0.771 33

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

Stoke's score comes first

Legend

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 31 August 1929 Bradford City H 2 – 0 16,568 Wilson, Archibald
2 2 September 1929 Charlton Athletic H 2 – 1 10,000 Wilson, Chadwick
3 7 September 1929 Swansea Town A 2 – 2 12,136 Wilson, Bussey
4 9 September 1929 Charlton Athletic A 4 – 4 20,000 Wilson, Bussey (2), Cull
5 14 September 1929 Cardiff City H 1 – 1 19,013 Wilson
6 21 September 1929 Preston North End A 1 – 5 8,000 Kirkham
7 28 September 1929 Bristol City H 6 – 2 13,492 Kirkham, Wilson (3), Cull, Mawson
8 30 September 1929 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 3 – 0 6,648 Kirkham, Mawson, Archibald
9 5 October 1929 Notts County A 3 – 3 7,000 Wilson, Liddle (2)
10 9 October 1929 Tottenham Hotspur A 1 – 3 12,000 Wilson
11 12 October 1929 Reading H 2 – 2 15,853 Wilson, Kirkham
12 19 October 1929 Southampton H 4 – 0 14,666 Kirkham, Sellars, Mawson, Williamson
13 26 October 1929 Millwall A 1 – 2 8,000 Mawson
14 2 November 1929 Oldham Athletic H 0 – 2 15,840
15 9 November 1929 Nottingham Forest A 1 – 2 6,000 Chadwick
16 16 November 1929 Chelsea H 1 – 1 8,000 Robertson
17 23 November 1929 Bury A 0 – 2 5,000
18 30 November 1929 Blackpool H 0 – 1 11,546
19 7 December 1929 Barnsley A 1 – 3 9,058 Liddle
20 14 December 1929 Bradford Park Avenue H 2 – 1 8,881 Shirley (2)
21 21 December 1929 West Bromwich Albion A 3 – 2 11,809 Shirley, Wilson (2)
22 25 December 1929 Hull City A 0 – 3 6,000
23 26 December 1929 Hull City H 3 – 1 11,553 Shirley, Williamson, Mawson
24 28 December 1929 Bradford City A 0 – 3 12,000
25 4 January 1930 Swansea Town H 0 – 1 6,640
26 18 January 1930 Cardiff City A 2 – 1 10,124 Wilson, Bussey
27 25 January 1930 Preston North End H 2 – 3 10,325 Wilson, Archibald
28 1 February 1930 Bristol City A 6 – 2 10,022 Wilson (4) (1 Pen), Bussey, Kirkham
29 8 February 1930 Notts County H 1 – 1 8,583 Kirkham
30 15 February 1930 Reading A 0 – 0 5,175
31 22 February 1930 Southampton A 1 – 2 10,000 Armitage (pen)
32 1 March 1930 Millwall H 1 – 0 8,987 Wilson
33 8 March 1930 Oldham Athletic A 0 – 5 17,749
34 15 March 1930 Nottingham Forest H 6 – 0 5,369 Kirkham (3), Williamson, Sellars, Bussey
35 22 March 1930 Chelsea A 2 – 3 35,000 Kirkham (2)
36 29 March 1930 Bury H 1 – 0 10,019 Liddle
37 5 April 1930 Blackpool A 2 – 0 9,959 Kirkham, Sellars
38 12 April 1930 Barnsley H 3 – 0 7,431 Kirkham, Armitage (pen), Liddle
39 19 April 1930 Bradford Park Avenue A 2 – 3 6,700 Liddle, Archibald
40 21 April 1930 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1 – 2 18,092 Kirkham
41 26 April 1930 West Bromwich Albion H 0 – 3 8,012
42 3 May 1930 Tottenham Hotspur H 1 – 0 6,570 Cull

FA Cup

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 11 January 1930 Doncaster Rovers A 3 – 2 13,224 Abandoned after 76 minutes
R3 16 January 1930 Doncaster Rovers A 0 – 1 7,748

Squad statistics

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Dick Williams 24 0 0 0 24 0
GK England Norman Lewis 17 0 1 0 18 0
GK England Dave Beswick 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Billy Spencer 40 0 1 0 41 0
DF England Harry Sellars 40 3 1 0 41 3
DF England Arthur Beachill 20 0 1 0 21 0
DF Scotland Thomas Godfrey 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Tommy Dawson 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF Scotland William Robertson 9 1 0 0 9 1
DF England Harold Watson 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Charlie Scrimshaw 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF Scotland Bob McGrory 21 0 0 0 21 0
MF Scotland Tom Williamson 37 3 1 0 38 3
MF England Peter Jackson 6 0 0 0 6 0
MF St Patrick's saltire.svg Paddy Turley 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Len Armitage 30 2 1 0 31 2
FW England Robert Liddle 25 6 0 0 25 6
FW England Walter Bussey 31 6 1 0 32 6
FW England Charlie Wilson 27 20 1 0 28 20
FW England Wilf Chadwick 7 2 1 0 8 2
FW Scotland Bobby Archibald 40 4 1 0 41 4
FW England John Cull 22 3 1 0 23 3
FW England John Shirley 14 4 0 0 14 4
FW England Wilf Kirkham 27 15 0 0 27 15
FW England Joe Mawson 11 5 0 0 11 5
FW England Harold Taylor 4 0 0 0 4 0

References

  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. 

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