1895–96 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1895–96 season
Chairman Edward Oliver
Manager Enoch Hood
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 14th (18 Points)
FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Birmingham Senior Cup First Round
Staffordshire Senior Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Ernest Beckett (8)
All: Ernest Beckett (8)
Highest home attendance 5,000 vs Burton Wanderers (18 January 1896)
Lowest home attendance 500 vs Rotherham Town (25 January 1896)
Average home league attendance 1,771
Home colours

The 1895–96 season was Burslem Port Vale's fourth consecutive season of football in the Football League.[1] Another poor season struggling at the wrong end of the table, this time they failed to gain re-election; two seasons in the Midlands League followed, and despite a finish of 7th and then 5th they were re-elected back into the Football League for the expanded 1898–99 season.[1]

A season to forget, a 5–4 victory over eventual champions Liverpool was one of the few memorable days, this came during a run of games which saw 65 goals in 11 games. Overall a leaky defence kept just 5 clean sheets in 30 league and 4 cup games, on their travels the team lost all their games save for a 2–0 win over Rotherham Town on the opening day.[1] From 21 September 1895 to 18 April 1896 they recorded 14 straight losses away from home, and went 27 games without a draw away from home between 26 January 1895 and 3 December 1898 – both club records.

Ever-present goalkeeper Tom Baddeley saved Vale from embarrassing scorelines on numerous occasions.
Ever-present George Price made his debut in 1896, and remained with the club for another eleven years.
Danny Simpson made his debut in 1896, and would become top scorer for 1896–97 and 1897–98.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

Vale finished in 14th place, with 18 points, 28 points short of champions Liverpool, they finished four points behind Lincoln City, who were safe from re-election. Having twice successfully applied for re-election in the past three seasons, this time round they lost their league status. Nearby Crewe Alexandra fared even worse than Vale, and didn't return to the Football League until 1921, whilst Rotherham Town were never to return, however Vale spent just two seasons in the Midland League before winning back their league status.[1]

The club suffered heavy defeats at Anfield, at Darwen, at Leicester Fosse, and in both clashes with Notts County and Grimsby Town. However they did manage victories over future giants of the game Liverpool, Newton Heath (later Manchester United), and Newcastle United.

Top scorers of previous years were lost, Billy Beats sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers in pre-season, whilst Meshach Dean lost his touch. Goals at a premium, Ernest Beckett (8), and Jim Mason (6) were the only players to score with anything approaching regularity. Highly impressive goalkeeper Tom Baddeley was an ever-present for the second successive season, with left-back George Youds and centre-half Ralph Barlow missing just one match each. At the end of the season Baddeley and Eccles left for Wolves, Eardley and McDonald left for Stoke; all wishing to remain Football League players.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

Again Vale failed poorly in the FA Cup, easing past Scottish club Hereford Thistle in the first round of qualification with a walkover, the Second Round held league rivals Burton Swifts, who managed to draw at Vale's home and then win the replay with the odd goal. Facing rivals Stoke in the Staffordshire Senior Cup, they lost 4–0 at home.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Liverpool 30 14 1 0 65 11 8 1 6 41 21 106 32 3.313 + 74 46
2 Manchester City 30 12 3 0 37 9 9 1 5 26 29 63 38 1.658 + 25 46
3 Grimsby Town 30 14 1 0 51 9 6 1 8 31 29 82 38 2.158 + 44 42
4 Burton Wanderers 30 12 1 2 43 15 7 3 5 26 25 69 40 1.725 + 29 42
5 Newcastle United 30 14 0 1 57 14 2 2 11 16 36 73 50 1.460 + 23 34
6 Newton Heath 30 12 2 1 48 15 3 1 11 18 42 66 57 1.158 + 9 33
7 Woolwich Arsenal 30 11 1 3 43 11 3 3 9 16 31 59 42 1.405 + 17 32
8 Leicester Fosse 30 10 0 5 40 16 4 4 7 17 28 57 44 1.295 + 13 32
9 Darwen 30 9 4 2 55 22 3 2 10 17 45 72 67 1.075 + 5 30
10 Notts County 30 8 1 6 41 22 4 1 10 16 32 57 54 1.056 + 3 26
11 Burton Swifts 30 7 2 6 24 26 3 2 10 15 43 39 69 0.565 – 30 24
12 Loughborough 30 7 3 5 32 25 2 2 11 8 42 40 67 0.597 – 27 23
13 Lincoln City 30 7 1 7 36 24 2 3 10 17 51 53 75 0.707 – 22 22
14 Burslem Port Vale 30 6 4 5 25 24 1 0 14 18 54 43 78 0.551 35 18
15 Rotherham Town 30 7 2 6 27 26 0 1 14 7 71 34 97 0.351 – 63 17
16 Crewe Alexandra 30 5 2 8 22 28 0 1 14 8 67 30 95 0.316 – 65 13

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; 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 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A H A A H A H H H A A A H H H H H A H H A A H A A A H A A H
Result W L L L D L W W L L L L W D W L L L L D L L L W L L D L L W
Position 1 11 11 14 12 13 12 11 13 13 13 14 13 13 12 13 13 13 14 14 14 15 14 14 15 15 15 15 15 14

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 September 1895 Rotherham Town A 2–0 2,000 Beckett, Handley
14 September 1895 Notts County H 0–4 2,000
21 September 1895 Burton Wanderers A 1–2 2,500 Dean
28 September 1895 Liverpool A 1–5 5,000 J. Mason
5 October 1895 Darwen H 3–3 1,000 Eardley (2), Evans
19 October 1895 Darwen A 2–8 4,000 Eardley (2)
21 October 1895 Liverpool H 5–4 1,000 Evans, J. Mason, Beckett, Downie, Black
26 October 1895 Crewe Alexandra H 2–1 1,500 J. Mason, Barlow
16 November 1895 Grimsby Town H 1–4 800 Beckett
7 December 1895 Notts County A 2–7 500 Evans, Beckett
25 December 1895 Woolwich Arsenal A 1–2 8,000 Fallows
4 January 1896 Grimsby Town A 1–6 2,000 Downie
11 January 1896 Burton Swifts H 1–0 1,500 Beckett
18 January 1896 Burton Wanderers H 2–2 5,000 Edwards, Sandham
25 January 1896 Rotherham Town H 4–0 500 Beckett, Sandham, McDonald, J. Mason
10 February 1896 Manchester City H 0–1 3,000
15 February 1896 Woolwich Arsenal H 0–2 1,000
17 February 1896 Manchester City A 0–1 3,000
22 February 1896 Lincoln City H 0–1 1,000
7 March 1896 Leicester Fosse H 1–1 1,500 Beckett
14 March 1896 Burton Swifts A 1–2 2,000 Beckett
21 March 1896 Leicester Fosse A 0–5 5,000
23 March 1896 Newton Heath H 3–0 3,000 Randles (2), J. Mason
25 March 1896 Crewe Alexandra A 2–3 C. Mason, Evans
3 April 1896 Newcastle United A 2–4 8,500 Simpson, Randles
6 April 1896 Newton Heath A 1–2 5,000 McDonald
7 April 1896 Loughborough H 1–1 Simpson
11 April 1896 Loughborough A 0–3 1,500
18 April 1896 Lincoln City A 2–4 Belfield (2)
20 April 1896 Newcastle United H 2–0 2,000 J. Mason, Randles

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1Q 12 October 1895 Hereford Thistle H walkover
2Q 2 November 1895 Burton Swifts H 1–1 1,500 unknown
2Q Replay 6 November 1895 Burton Swifts A 0–1 1,000

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 20 January 1896 Stourbridge A 2–3 2,000 Downie, own goal

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 8 February 1896 Stoke A 0–4 4,000

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
July 1895 FW England Ernest Beckett Newcastle Swifts Free transfer [3]
September 1895 FW England Billy Eardley Newcastle Swifts Free transfer [3]
September 1895 MF James Downie Blackburn Rovers Free transfer [3]
September 1895 FW David Black Blackburn Rovers Free transfer [3]
January 1896 MF England John Edwards Stockport County Free transfer [3]
January 1896 FW England Joseph Sandham Crewe Alexandra Free transfer [3]
February 1896 FW England Danny Simpson Tunstall Town Free transfer [3]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
October 1895 MF England Alf Wood Stoke Free transfer [3]
January 1896 FW David Black Released [3]
February 1896 FW England Joseph Sandham Dresden United Free transfer [3]
May 1896 DF England George Samuel Eccles Wolverhampton Wanderers 'considerable' [3]
Summer 1896 MF England Joseph Boughey Audley Released [3]
Summer 1896 MF England Meshach Dean Released [3]
Summer 1896 FW England Jimmy Ditchfield Released [3]
Summer 1896 MF James Downie Released [3]
Summer 1896 MF England John Edwards Grays United Free transfer [3]
Summer 1896 MF England Hamlet Handley Released [3]
Summer 1896 MF James Kirkham Released [3]
Summer 1896 FW Charlie Mason Released [3]
Summer 1896 DF William Rhodes Released [3]
August 1896 FW England Billy Eardley Stoke Free transfer [3]
August 1896 MF England Ted McDonald Stoke Free transfer [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 1895–1896 : 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 s t u v Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General