1892–93 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1892–93 season
Chairman Edward Oliver
Manager Enoch Hood
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 11th (15 Points)
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Birmingham Senior Cup Second Round
Staffordshire Senior Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Meshach Dean (5)
All: Meshach Dean (6)
Highest home attendance 2,000 vs Darwen (1 October 1892)
Lowest home attendance 500 vs Grimsby Town (17 February 1893)
Average home league attendance 1,344+
Home colours

The 1892–93 season was Burslem Port Vale's first season of football in the Football League, the club were founding members of the Football League Second Division, the First Division having been in operation for four seasons prior to 1892–93. A learning curve for the club, it marked the first of four seasons of struggle in what was rapidly becoming the second tier of the strongest league in the world, this learning curve was punctuated by the biggest league defeat in the club's history, a 10–0 humiliation in a snowstorm at home to Sheffield United on 10 December 1892, still a Football League record for a home defeat.[1]

Other than the record defeat (which saw right-half Billy Delves play in goal[1]), and two away performances where five goals were conceded, the Vale were competitive in most matches, winning three of their games by at least a three-goal margin. If not for the capitulation to Sheffield United then the club would have had one of the better defensive records in the league, however a run of one goal scored in five consecutive games highlighted their lack of offensive firepower. This run saw them lose eight of ten games.

Winning Football League status[edit]

Having spent their early history playing only friendly matches, cup games, and in minor leagues such as the Midland Football League; 1892–93 marked the club's first season in the Football League.[1] The Football League's merger with the Football Alliance saw the club granted Second Division status, due to their third place standing in the Midland League in 1891–92, along with Northwich Victoria and Sheffield United.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

The pre-season started terribly, star striker Frank McGinnes dying of kidney disease before a ball was kicked,[1] his replacement was Wallace Bliss, and local headmaster Fred Farrington was appointed captain.[1] The first match continued in desperately poor fashion; Billy Beats missed the train, and so Vale played with ten men against Small Heath, losing 5–1, with Bliss scoring the club's first Football League goal – his only goal in the league ever. Away matches were difficult for the "Valeites" as players had trouble gaining permission from their employers to miss work.[1]

Finishing in 11th place, they finished one place above bottom club Walsall Town Swifts, and level on points with Crewe Alexandra, their fifteen points were less than half the tally of champions Small Heath (who were not promoted after losing their 'Test Match'). A time of expansion for the competition, they retained their league status despite their poor showing (disbanded Bootle were the only team to lose their status), and the next season three more teams were added to the league. Vale's defence performed admirably (most of the time), however Vale only scored 30 goals in their 22 league games, their first ever point came at Bootle, and their first ever win was a 4–1 home victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Cup competitions[edit]

Despite reaching the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in 1885–86, they failed to make it through the qualifying stages this time round; in the Staffordshire Senior Cup they exited in the First Round to Burton Wanderers, and in the Birmingham Senior Cup they left at the Second Round after a 4–1 defeat by Aston Villa.

Final league table[edit]

Billy Beats, one of the club's key players during the campaign.
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Small Heath 22 10 1 0 57 16 7 1 3 33 19 90 35 2.571 + 45 36
2 Sheffield United 22 10 1 0 35 8 6 2 3 27 11 62 19 3.263 + 43 35
3 Darwen 22 10 0 1 43 15 4 2 5 17 21 60 36 1.667 + 24 30
4 Grimsby Town 22 8 1 2 25 7 3 0 8 17 34 42 41 1.024 + 1 23
5 Ardwick 22 6 3 2 27 14 3 0 8 18 26 45 40 1.125 + 5 21
6 Burton Swifts 22 7 1 3 30 18 2 1 8 17 29 47 47 1.000 ± 0 20
7 Northwich Victoria 22 7 0 4 25 26 2 2 7 17 32 42 58 0.724 – 16 20
8 Bootle 22 8 1 2 35 20 0 2 9 14 43 49 63 0.778 – 14 19
9 Lincoln City 22 6 2 3 30 18 1 1 9 15 33 45 51 0.882 – 6 17
10 Crewe Alexandra 22 6 1 4 30 24 0 2 9 12 45 42 69 0.609 – 27 15
11 Burslem Port Vale 22 4 1 6 16 23 2 2 7 14 34 30 57 0.526 27 15
12 Walsall Town Swifts 22 4 3 4 25 24 1 0 10 12 51 37 75 0.493 – 40 13

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]

Burslem Port Vale's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Ground A A A H H H H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A
Result L L D W L W L W L D L L L L W L L L W D L W
Position 10 12 9 7 8 7 7 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 9 11 12 12 11 11 11

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
3 September 1892 Small Heath A 1–5 2,500 Bliss
10 September 1892 Ardwick A 0–2 2,000
12 September 1892 Bootle A 1–1 3,000 Dean
24 September 1892 Crewe Alexandra H 4–1 1,500 Farrington (2), Walker, Dean
1 October 1892 Darwen H 2–4 2,000 Walker, Bliss
8 October 1892 Burton Swifts H 1–0 Farrington
10 October 1892 Ardwick H 1–2 1,000 Walker
22 October 1892 Lincoln City A 4–3 1,000 J.Mountford, Bliss, unknown, unknown
5 November 1892 Darwen A 1–4 3,000 Farrington
12 November 1892 Bootle H 0–0 1,300
26 November 1892 Crewe Alexandra A 0–5
3 December 1892 Lincoln City H 1–2 Beats
10 December 1892 Sheffield United H 0–10 1,000
17 December 1892 Sheffield United A 0–4 2,000
31 December 1892 Walsall Town Swifts H 3–0 1,000 Lander (2), unknown
14 January 1893 Grimsby Town A 0–2 500
11 February 1893 Grimsby Town H 0–1 500
18 February 1893 Walsall Town Swifts A 0–3 1,000
4 March 1893 Northwich Victoria H 4–0 800 Wood (2), Beats, Dean
18 March 1893 Burton Swifts A 3–3 Dean (2), Scarratt
25 March 1893 Small Heath H 0–3 3,000
8 April 1893 Northwich Victoria A 4–2 1,000 Beats (2), G.Mountford (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Goalscorers
1Q 15 October 1892 Burton Swifts H 0–2

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
2 2 February 1893 Aston Villa H 1–4 2,000 Elson

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 7 January 1893 Burton Wanderers H 2–4 100 Scarratt, Dean

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
October 1892 DF C. McAlpine Darlington Free transfer [3]
November 1892 DF George Youds Kettering Town Free transfer [3]
December 1892 MF England Alf Wood Smallthorne Albion Free transfer [3]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
February 1893 DF C. McAlpine Released [3]
March 1893 MF Tommy Walker Burton Swifts Free transfer [3]
Summer 1893 FW England Wallace Bliss Released [3]
Summer 1893 MF Billy Delves Released [3]
Summer 1893 DF W. Downwood Released [3]
Summer 1893 FW Charles Garner Released [3]
Summer 1893 MF W. Jones) Released [3]
Summer 1893 MF Johnny Lander Released [3]
Summer 1893 FW William McFarlane Released [3]
Summer 1893 FW George Mountford Released [3]
Summer 1893 MF James Mountford Released [3]
Summer 1893 FW England John Nash Released [3]
Summer 1893 FW England Arthur Pimlott Released [3]
Summer 1893 DF W.E. Powell Released [3]
Summer 1893 DF England Albert Skinner Released [3]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1990). "Trying to make the Grade (1888-1898)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 26–50. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  2. ^ Port Vale 1892–1893 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General