1890–91 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1890–91 season
Chairman Mr S. Barker
Manager Joseph Bradshaw
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football Alliance 1st (33 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Alf Edge (12)
All: Alf Edge
& Wilmot Turner (12)
Highest home attendance 4,000 vs Walsall Town Swifts (11 October 1890)
Lowest home attendance 1,000 vs Crewe Alexandra (8 November 1890)
Average home league attendance 2,136
Home colours

The 1890–91 season was Stoke's only season in the Football Alliance.

Stoke played their only season in the Football Alliance which they won the title and were re-elected back into the Football League at the end of the season. Stoke found life much easier in the Alliance and lost just twice as they ended up with 33 points and their first league title.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

For the 1890–91 season Stoke joined the Football Alliance which comprised 12 teams made up from the Midlands and the North,[1] this was very much the secondary competition to the Football League and while Stoke had struggled in their two previous seasons, they quickly came to grips with life in the Alliance and finished as champions.[1] Stoke only lost two matches all season and were re-elected back into the Football League.[1] Both defeats came in Birmingham, 5–2 at St George's and 5–1 at Small Heath and in both games they had their goalkeeper (Bill Rowley and Wilf Merritt respectively) carried off due to injury.[1] With no reserve 'keepers available for the following fixtures Stoke resorted to utilising two outfield players, Hughie Phillips v Crewe Alexandra and Alf Underwood v Bootle in goal.[1] Eventually Ike Brookes the Staffordshire County cricket wicket-keeper was signed for the rest of the season and played in the last 12 matches where Stoke remained unbeaten to claim the title.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

While out of the Football League, Stoke played a major part in the formation of the penalty kick when, in February 1891 they were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round by Notts County 1–0 after two previous 3–0 victory's over Preston North End and Aston Villa. With time running out and Stoke pressing forward for an equalizer, Notts County's defender Hendry handled in the area so the referee gave a free kick to Stoke. Notts County put all eleven men on the line and Stoke failed to score, this same referee, who recognised what an unjust event had occurred later became a football legislator and it was he who introduced the penalty kick to the Football League and FA Cup competitions for the 1891–92 season.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Stoke 22 13 7 2 57 39 1.461 33
2 Sunderland Albion 22 12 6 4 69 28 2.464 30
3 Grimsby Town 22 11 5 6 43 27 1.592 27
4 Birmingham St George's 22 12 2 8 64 62 1.032 26
5 Nottingham Forest 22 9 7 6 66 39 1.692 25
6 Darwen 22 10 3 9 64 59 1.084 23
7 Walsall Town Swifts 22 9 3 10 34 61 0.557 21
8 Crewe Alexandra 22 8 4 10 59 67 0.880 20
9 Newton Heath 22 7 3 12 37 55 0.672 17
10 Small Heath 22 7 2 13 58 66 0.878 16
11 Bootle 22 3 7 12 40 61 0.655 13
12 The Wednesday 22 4 5 13 39 66 0.590 13

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[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football Alliance[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 13 September 1890 Birmingham St George's H 6–3 1,500 Ballham, Baker (4), Turner
2 20 September 1890 Grimsby Town H 2–1 2,000 Edge, Coupar
3 27 September 1890 Newton Heath H 2–1 2,000 Edge, Dunn
4 3 October 1890 Nottingham Forest A 2–2 2,000 Turner, Baker
5 4 October 1890 Grimsby Town A 1–1 2,000 Baker
6 11 October 1890 Walsall Town Swifts H 1–0 4,000 Baker
7 18 October 1890 Birmingham St George's A 2–5 2,000 Edge, Turner
8 1 November 1890 Small Heath A 1–5 2,500 Edge
9 8 November 1890 Crewe Alexandra H 2–2 1,000 Turner, Dunn
10 15 November 1890 Bootle H 2–1 1,500 Dunn (2)
11 22 November 1890 Sunderland Albion A 1–1 1,500 Dunn
12 29 November 1890 Nottingham Forest H 2–1 2,000 Dunn, Ballham
13 6 December 1890 Bootle A 2–2 1,000 Dunn, Baker
14 13 December 1890 The Wednesday A 4–2 6,000 Dunn, Baker (2), Edge
15 26 December 1890 Darwen H 6–2 3,000 Baker, Edge (2), Ballham, Turner (2)
16 27 December 1890 Small Heath H 4–2 3,000 Edge, Ballham, Turner (2)
17 3 January 1891 Sunderland Albion H 1–1 2,000 Naughton
18 5 January 1891 Newton Heath A 1–0 2,000 Turner
19 24 January 1891 Crewe Alexandra A 4–2 1,500 Coupar, Dunn, Ballham, Clifford
20 7 March 1891 Walsall Town Swifts A 3–1 4,000 Edge (2), Turner
21 21 March 1891 Darwen A 3–3 1,000 Edge, Turner, Dunn
22 4 April 1891 The Wednesday H 5–1 1,500 Edge, Naughton, Dunn, Christie, Ballham

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 17 January 1891 Preston North End H 3–0 8,000 Ballham, Coupar, Turner
R2 31 January 1891 Aston Villa H 3–0 7,000 Ballham (2), Coupar
R3 14 February 1891 Notts County A 0–1 16,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Ike Brookes 12 0 3 0 15 0
GK England Wilf Merritt 2 0 0 0 2 0
GK England Bill Rowley 6 0 0 0 6 0
FB England George Bateman 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB England Tommy Clare 22 0 3 0 25 0
FB England Jack Eccles 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB England Alf Underwood 21 0 3 0 24 0
HB Scotland Davy Brodie 22 0 3 0 25 0
HB Scotland Davy Christie 22 1 3 0 25 1
HB Scotland Hughie Clifford 17 1 3 0 20 1
HB Scotland Hughie Phillips 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW England Charlie Baker 17 11 0 0 17 11
FW England Lewis Ballham 20 6 3 3 23 9
FW Scotland Peter Coupar 3 2 3 2 6 4
FW Scotland Billy Dunn 21 11 3 0 24 11
FW England Alf Edge 22 12 3 0 25 12
FW Scotland Willie Naughton 6 2 0 0 6 2
FW England Wilmot Turner 20 11 3 1 23 12

References[edit]

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