1895–96 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1895–96 season
Chairman Mr S. Barker
Manager Bill Rowley
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 6th (30 Points)
FA Cup Third Round
Top goalscorer League: Tommy Hyslop (17)
All: Tommy Hyslop (21)
Highest home attendance 12,000 vs West Bromwich Albion (21 September 1895)
Lowest home attendance 1,000 vs Burnley (7 December 1895)
Average home league attendance 7,600
Home colours

The 1895–96 season was Stoke's seventh season in the Football League.

Stoke enjoyed their best season yet under new manager Bill Rowley finishing in 6th position with 30 points. Stoke only drew one game this season and that came in the FA Cup against Burnley.[1]

Season Review[edit]

League[edit]

In the summer of 1895 the club had become a Limited liability company and long serving goalkeeper Bill Rowley was given the position of secretary-manager.[1] One of Rowley's best pieces of business was to bring William Maxwell to the club from Dundee.[1] Maxwell went on to score 75 goals in 156 matches in six seasons with Stoke,[1] before the start of the season, there was a mini-exodus of players to Southampton St. Mary's such as Jack Farrell, Samuel Meston, Willie Naughton and trainer Bill Dawson. Some players would later return to Stoke after their spell on the south coast.[1]

One of Stoke's most bizarre transfer deals took place in February 1896 when they signed Alan Maxwell from Darwen. Instead of requesting a transfer fee Darwen wanted a set of wrought iron gates to be supplied by Stoke,[1] on the pitch Stoke finished their highest position yet of sixth place, picking up 30 points in the process. No league draw was forthcoming for Stoke their only draw came in the FA Cup against Burnley.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

For the second season running Stoke were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers this time 3–0 in the third round.[1] Prior to this Stoke were in free scoring form beating Tottenham Hotspur 5–0 and Burnley 7–1.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Aston Villa 30 20 5 5 78 45 1.733 45
2 Derby County 30 17 7 6 68 35 1.943 41
3 Everton 30 16 7 7 66 43 1.535 39
4 Bolton Wanderers 30 16 5 9 49 37 1.324 37
5 Sunderland 30 15 7 8 52 41 1.268 37
6 Stoke 30 15 0 15 56 47 1.191 30
7 The Wednesday 30 12 5 13 44 53 0.830 29
8 Blackburn Rovers 30 12 5 13 40 50 0.800 29
9 Preston North End 30 11 6 13 44 48 0.917 28
10 Burnley 30 10 7 13 48 44 1.091 27
11 Bury 30 12 3 15 50 54 0.926 27
12 Sheffield United 30 10 6 14 40 50 0.800 26
13 Nottingham Forest 30 11 3 16 42 57 0.737 25
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 10 1 19 61 65 0.938 21
15 Small Heath 30 8 4 18 39 79 0.494 20
16 West Bromwich Albion 30 6 7 17 30 59 0.508 19

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 League First Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 2 September 1895 Bolton Wanderers H 2–0 7,000 Dickson, Maxwell
2 7 September 1895 Derby County H 2–1 6,000 Schofield (2)
3 14 September 1895 Small Heath A 2–1 6,000 Dickson, Hyslop
4 21 September 1895 West Bromwich Albion H 3–1 12,000 Hyslop (3)
5 28 September 1895 Sheffield United A 0–1 6,000
6 5 October 1895 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 4,000
7 12 October 1895 Derby County A 1–2 8,000 Wood
8 19 October 1895 Small Heath H 6–1 8,000 Schofield (3), Hyslop, Maxwell, Grewer
9 26 October 1895 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 4,000 Hyslop
10 2 November 1895 Sheffield United H 4–0 8,000 Hyslop (2), Dickson, Clare
11 9 November 1895 West Bromwich Albion A 0–1 3,500
12 11 November 1895 Preston North End H 4–0 7,000 Hyslop (2), Lonie (2)
13 16 November 1895 The Wednesday A 1–2 4,000 Maxwell
14 23 November 1895 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 4–1 5,000 Lonie, Dickson (3)
15 28 November 1895 Nottingham Forest A 0–4 4,000
16 30 November 1895 Bury A 1–0 2,500 Hyslop
17 7 December 1895 Burnley H 2–1 1,000 Lonie, Schofield
18 14 December 1895 Everton A 2–7 10,000 Schofield, Sandland
19 21 December 1895 The Wednesday H 5–0 4,000 Hyslop (3), Dickson, Proctor
20 25 December 1895 Preston North End A 1–0 5,000 Proctor
21 26 December 1895 Bury H 0–2 4,000
22 4 January 1896 Aston Villa H 1–2 12,000 Schofield
23 22 February 1896 Aston Villa A 2–5 10,000 Dickson, Maxwell
24 14 March 1896 Sunderland H 5–0 6,000 Maxwell, Heames, Hyslop, A Maxwell, McNeill (o.g.)
25 16 March 1896 Burnley A 0–2 3,000
26 21 March 1896 Nottingham Forest H 1–0 5,000 Hyslop
27 28 March 1896 Sunderland A 1–4 3,000 Hyslop
28 3 April 1896 Blackburn Rovers A 1–3 3,000 Turner
29 4 April 1896 Blackburn Rovers H 3–0 3,500 Maxwell (2), Johnson
30 11 April 1896 Everton H 1–2 3,000 Schofield

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 1 February 1896 Tottenham Hotspur H 5–0 6,000 Maxwell (3), Dickson, A Maxwell
R2 15 February 1896 Burnley A 1–1 10,000 Dickson
R2 Replay 20 February 1896 Burnley H 7–1 4,000 Dickson, Hyslop (4), A Maxwell, Maxwell
R3 29 February 1896 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–3 16,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Albert Boardman 3 0 0 0 3 0
GK England George Clawley 26 0 4 0 30 0
GK England Bill Rowley 1 0 0 0 1 0
FB England Bill Capewell 1 0 1 0 2 0
FB England Tommy Clare 30 1 4 0 34 1
FB England Jack Eccles 28 0 4 0 32 0
HB Scotland Davy Brodie 29 0 2 0 31 0
HB Scotland Jimmy Grewer 29 1 4 0 33 1
HB Scotland Tom Robertson 13 0 2 0 15 0
HB England Edgar Sanderson 0 0 0 0 0 0
HB England Jimmy Turner 24 1 3 0 27 1
HB England Alf Wood 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW England Arthur Brookfield 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland Billy Dickson 30 8 4 3 34 11
FW England Billy Heames 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW Scotland Tommy Hyslop 27 17 3 4 30 21
FW England Freddie Johnson 8 1 1 0 9 1
FW Scotland Tom Lonie 9 4 0 0 9 4
FW Scotland Alan Maxwell 8 1 4 2 12 3
FW Scotland William Maxwell 23 7 4 4 27 11
FW England Edward Proctor 3 2 0 0 3 2
FW England Teddy Sandland 1 1 0 0 1 1
FW Scotland Bill Sawers 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Joe Schofield 28 9 4 0 32 9
Own goals 1 0 1

References[edit]

  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.