1893–94 St. Mary's F.C. season

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St. Mary's F.C.
1893–94 season
Honorary President Canon Basil Wilberforce
Secretary Cecil Knight
Stadium Antelope Ground
FA Cup Second Qualifying round
Hampshire Senior Cup Finalists
Top goalscorer League: N/A
All: Jack Dorkin (6)
Highest home attendance >7,000 vs Freemantle
(3 February 1894) (Hampshire Senior Cup semi-final)
(Played at The County Ground)
Home colours

The 1893–94 season was the ninth since the foundation of St. Mary's F.C. based in Southampton in southern England. For the third consecutive year, the club were eliminated in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup; they were also defeated in the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup.

Summary of the season[edit]

Having embraced professionalism in the previous season, the club recruited two players from The Football League in the summer of 1893:[1] Jack Angus from Ardwick[2] and Harry Offer, who had previously been with Royal Arsenal.[3] The season started well, with four consecutive victories in friendly matches, including a 9–2 victory over Christchurch (in which Angus scored four) on 22 September and a 7–0 victory over the Royal Engineers two weeks later.[4]

In the FA Cup an easy victory over Uxbridge was followed by defeat at Reading. Two days after the cup defeat, St. Mary's entertained Bolton Wanderers with the Football League side demonstrating their superiority with an emphatic 5–0 victory. This was the only defeat before Christmas.[4]

In the New Year, a series of injuries, including to full-back Ginger Price and captain George Carter, led to a fall off in form.[1] In the Hampshire Senior Cup, the holders Freemantle were defeated at the second attempt in the semi-final (in which Angus was sent off) leading to the final, where St. Mary's lost to a team from the Royal Engineers.[1] In the final, Price's replacement, Rowthorn, suffered serious internal injuries, thus ending his football career.[1] Shortly afterwards, St. Mary's recruited a replacement full-back, when they signed Lachie Thomson from Stoke. Thomson was the first of several players to be recruited from Stoke; he would be joined by six of his former Stoke colleagues by October 1895.[5]

Also injured in the final was long-term goalkeeper Ralph Ruffell whose playing career was ended by a dislocated knee-cap. Ruffell was the sole remaining player from the eleven who had played the club's inaugural match in November 1885.[6]

St. Mary's gained some compensation for their failure in the Hampshire Senior Cup, when they won the Hampshire County Cricket Club Charity Cup. Charles Miller, who was still studying in the town, played in all three matches in this cup; these were his final competitive appearances before returning to his native Brazil, where he introduced football and became known as the "father" of Brazilian football.[7]

During the 1893–94 season, the Saints arranged a match under "Well's Patent" lights, but it was called off due to bad weather; it would be another 60 years before Southampton played their first match under floodlights.[1] At the end of the season, the Saints were able to report a "profit" of over £85 — gate receipts and subscriptions had produced income of £768, with expenses of £683 including wages of £221 and rent for the Antelope Ground of £42.[1]

In June 1894, St. Mary's Church, who owned the freehold of the Antelope Ground, were short of funds and decided that the ground should be sold. They offered it to the Town Council for £5,000 but this was declined.[8] There was a brief half-hearted campaign to persuade the Saints to purchase the freehold, but the club could not afford it but instead considered a permanent move to the County Ground.[8] Ultimately, this all came to nothing and the Saints remained at the Antelope Ground for the start of the next, historic season, when they would play league football for the first time.[8]

FA Cup[edit]

As in the two previous seasons, St. Mary's exited the FA Cup in the Second Qualifying Round. After a straightforward victory over Uxbridge in the First Qualifying Round, the Saints were drawn against Reading who had gone through at the Saints' expense in controversial circumstances two years earlier. The Saints were not able to gain revenge, however, and were defeated 2–1. Reading went on to defeat Swindon Town in the next qualifying round to enter the First Round Proper for the first time where they visited Preston North End, losing 18–0, with Frank Becton and Jimmy Ross each scoring six goals.[9] This remains Reading's worst-ever defeat.[10]


Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
4 November 1893 1st Qualifying Round Uxbridge H 3 – 1 Taylor, Ward, Nicholls
25 November 1893 2nd Qualifying Round Reading A 1 – 2 Own goal


Win Draw Loss

Hampshire Senior Cup[edit]

Having exited the FA Cup in November, St. Mary's only realistic hope for a significant trophy was in the Hampshire Senior Cup. After defeating Cowes in the first round, they were drawn against the holders, local rivals Freemantle in the semi-final. St. Mary's were looking to gain revenge for their controversial defeat in the 1893 final and the match attracted great interest in the town with the crowd at the County Ground being reported as "larger than for the final the previous year".[7] St. Mary's were without full-back Ginger Price and captain George Carter, both of whom were injured with their places being filled by Rowthorn and "Banquo" Stride respectively.[1]

The first match ended in a 1–1 draw so the teams met again three weeks later. Despite having Jack Angus sent off for an "over zealous" tackle (thus becoming the first St. Mary's player to be dismissed)[11] and Freemantle having a shot hit the crossbar, St. Mary's won the replay 2–1 to set up the final with the Royal Engineers.

With Angus not being able to play, and Carter and Price still injured, the Saints fielded a weakened side in the final. Things got worse when Rowthorn was injured after only five minutes with serious internal injuries which ended his football career. Midway through the second half, the St. Mary's goalkeeper Ralph Ruffell suffered a dislocated kneecap, thus reducing St. Mary's to nine players. In the circumstances, to lose the final by only a single goal was a "creditable" result.[7]


Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
9 December 1893 1st Cowes H 2 – 0 Dorkin, Nicholls
3 February 1894 Semi-final Freemantle N 1 – 1 Dorkin >7,000
24 February 1894 Semi-final replay Freemantle N 2 – 1 Dorkin, Ward
10 March 1894 Final Royal Engineers, Aldershot N 0 – 1

Hampshire County Cricket Club Charity Cup[edit]


Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
18 April 1894 Semi-final Lancashire Regiment N 2 – 2 Dorkin, Offer
21 April 1894 Semi-final replay Lancashire Regiment N 3 – 0 Angus, Dorkin, Offer
23 April 1894 Final 15 Company, Royal Artillery N 5 – 0 Offer (2), Dorkin, Furby, Angus

Portsmouth & District Cup[edit]


Date Round Opponents H / A Result
F – A
Scorers Attendance
23 December 1893 Semi-final 15 Company, Royal Artillery H 3 – 2 Angus (2), Offer
17 March 1894 Final Freemantle N 0 – 2

Friendly matches[edit]

In the absence of a local league structure, St. Mary's continued to arrange friendly matches against military sides and club sides from around the country. Three teams from The Football League visited the Antelope Ground: Bolton Wanderers won 5–0 on 23 November and Stoke won 3–2 in the final match of the season, on 25 April 1894. On 13 January, the Saints entertained, and defeated, Woolwich Arsenal for the third consecutive year with Angus and Nineham both scoring twice, with the Gunners only able to score twice in reply.[4] Other large victories included those over Christchurch (9–2), Royal Engineers (7–0) and "Cameronians" (6–1).[4]

In all, St. Mary's played 23 friendlies, with 13 wins, four draws and six defeats.[1]

Player statistics[edit]

The players who appeared in any of the four Cup tournaments were as follows. This list does not include players who only played in friendly matches.[1]

Position Nationality Name FA Cup
FA Cup
Hampshire Cup
Hampshire Cup
Other Cups
Other Cups
FW  Scotland Jack Angus 2 0 3 0 4 4 9 4
GK  England Jack Barrett 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
FB  England George Carter 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
FW  England Jack Dorkin 2 0 4 3 5 3 11 6
HB  England Bill Furby 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1
FW  England Bob Kiddle 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
HB  England George Marshall 2 0 4 0 4 0 10 0
HB Not known Matthew Marshall 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW  Brazil Charles Miller 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
FW  England Ernie Nicholls 2 1 2 1 1 0 5 2
FW  England Arthur Nineham 1 0 4 0 5 0 10 0
FW  England Harry Offer 2 0 3 0 5 5 10 5
FB Not known T. Price 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
FB Not known Rowthorn 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
GK  England Ralph Ruffell 2 0 4 0 1 0 7 0
HB  England William Stride 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 0
FB  England Ernie Taylor 1 1 4 0 4 0 9 1
FB  England Lachie Thomson 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
HB Not known George Verney 2 0 4 0 5 0 11 0
FW  England Herbert Ward 2 1 4 1 2 0 8 2




Date Position Name From
Summer 1893 FW Jack Angus Ardwick
March 1894 GK Jack Barrett Local football
March 1894 HB Bill Furby Local football
Summer 1893 FW Harry Offer Swindon Town
April 1894 FW Lachie Thomson Stoke
March 1894 FW Herbert Ward Local football


Date Position Name To
Summer 1893 FW F. A. Delamotte Retired
Summer 1893 FW Jack Dollin Freemantle
Summer 1893 FW Arthur Farwell Retired
January 1894 FB Ginger Price Retired, injured
March 1894 GK Ralph Ruffell Retired, injured


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Chalk & Holley 1987, p. 15.
  2. ^ Holley & Chalk 1992, p. 14.
  3. ^ Holley & Chalk 1992, p. 258.
  4. ^ a b c d Chalk & Holley 1987, pp. 210–211.
  5. ^ Holley & Chalk 1992, p. 333.
  6. ^ Holley & Chalk 1992, p. 294.
  7. ^ a b c Juson & Bull 2001, pp. 33–34.
  8. ^ a b c Juson & Bull 2001, p. 35.
  9. ^ Collett 2003, pp. 499, 511.
  10. ^ "Club Honours and Records". Reading F.C. Archived from the original on 14 February 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Holley & Chalk 1992, p. 269.


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  • Collett, Mike (2003). The Complete Record of the FA Cup. Sports Books. ISBN 1-899807-19-5. 
  • Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  • Juson, Dave; Bull, David (2001). Full-Time at The Dell. Hagiology Publishing. ISBN 0-9534474-2-1. 

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