1901–02 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1901–02 season
Chairman Robert Audley
Manager Sam Gleaves
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 13th (29 Points)
FA Cup Fifth Qualification Round
Birmingham Senior Cup Semi-final
Staffordshire Senior Cup Semi-final
Top goalscorer League: Adrian Capes (14)
All: Adrian Capes (18)
Highest home attendance 8,000 vs Leicester Fosse (12 October 1901)
Lowest home attendance 100 vs Blackpool (5 April 1902)
Average home league attendance 2,931+
Home colours

The 1901–02 season was Burslem Port Vale's fourth consecutive season (eighth overall) of football in the Football League,[1] the season was an unremarkable mid-table affair, however was a positive step for the club as they managed to turn a profit without selling any major players.

The Burslem Port Vale team in 1901.
George Price put in a 42-game shift.
Midfielder Bert Eardley hardly played all season.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

After an indifferent start to the season, Vale fell apart at the end of 1901, going on a run of five defeats in seven games, however they turned their form around by the end of the season, going five games unbeaten in March. Vale finished in thirteenth place, but only six points separated seventh spot from the re-election zones,[1] as it happened Chesterfield, Stockport County, and Gainsborough Trinity all won re-election. However West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough ran away with the league, leaving Vale 22 points off a promotion place.

A settled side saw Lucien Boullemier, Ernest Mullineux, George Price, and Adrian Capes ever-presents in the league. Capes was leading scorer with eighteen goals, with Danny Simpson's twelve goal haul a major contribution to the campaign, at the end of the season centre-half Jim Beech retired, having spent eight years with the club.[1]

Finances[edit]

On the financial front things were looking up for the club.[1] A £368 profit was made, with most of this figure coming from the club's annual Easter bazaar at Burslem Town Hall,[1] this upturn in finances caused the directors to loosen their unwritten rule on only recruiting local players.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

In the FA Cup the club decimated Wellington Town 6–0, before beating Wrexham after two replays. The first encounter with Wrexham was called off due to fog, the rearranged tie resulted in a 2–1 defeat, however a replay was scheduled when it was discovered that their opponents had fielded an ineligible player.[1] Eventually vanquishing the Welsh side, the next round saw Walsall knock the Vale out before the First Round Proper;[1] in the Birmingham Senior Cup the "Valeites" defeated local rivals 4–0 Stoke in a First Round replay, after a 2–2 draw at Stoke.[1] Vale lost in the semi-final in a replay with Wolverhampton Wanderers;[1] in the Staffordshire Senior Cup Vale brushed aside Walsall 5–2, before Stoke took their revenge in the semi-final, with a 2–1 victory over Vale in Cobridge.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 West Bromwich Albion 34 14 2 1 52 13 11 3 3 30 16 82 29 2.828 + 53 55
2 Middlesbrough 34 15 1 1 58 7 8 4 5 32 17 90 24 3.750 + 66 51
3 Preston North End 34 12 3 2 50 11 6 3 8 21 21 71 32 2.219 + 39 42
4 Woolwich Arsenal 34 13 2 2 35 9 5 4 8 15 17 50 26 1.923 + 24 42
5 Lincoln City 34 11 6 0 26 4 3 7 7 19 31 45 35 1.286 + 10 41
6 Bristol City 34 13 1 3 39 12 4 5 8 13 23 52 35 1.486 + 17 40
7 Doncaster Rovers 34 12 3 2 39 12 1 5 11 10 46 49 58 0.845 – 9 34
8 Glossop 34 7 6 4 22 15 3 6 8 14 25 36 40 0.900 – 4 32
9 Burnley 34 9 6 2 30 8 1 4 12 11 37 41 45 0.911 – 4 30
10 Burton United 34 8 6 3 32 23 3 2 12 14 31 46 54 0.852 – 8 30
11 Barnsley 34 9 3 5 36 33 3 3 11 15 30 51 63 0.810 – 12 30
12 Burslem Port Vale 34 7 7 3 26 17 3 2 12 17 42 43 59 0.729 – 16 29
13 Blackpool 34 9 3 5 27 21 2 4 11 13 35 40 56 0.714 – 16 29
14 Leicester Fosse 34 11 2 4 26 14 1 3 13 12 42 38 56 0.679 – 18 29
15 Newton Heath 34 10 2 5 27 12 1 4 12 11 41 38 53 0.717 – 15 28
16 Chesterfield 34 10 3 4 35 18 1 3 13 12 50 47 68 0.691 – 21 28
17 Stockport County 34 8 3 6 25 20 0 4 13 11 52 36 72 0.500 – 36 23
18 Gainsborough Trinity 34 4 9 4 26 25 0 2 15 4 55 30 80 0.375 – 50 19

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 31 32 33 34
Ground A H H A H A H A H A A H A A H A H A H A H H A A H H A H H A H A H A
Result D W L L W L W L D L L D L L W L D D L W W D L L W W W D D L L L D W
Position 9 4 8 11 9 12 7 12 9 12 13 13 15 16 15 16 14 15 15 13 11 14 14 14 14 10 9 8 8 11 13 14 15 13

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 September 1901 Doncaster Rovers A 3–3 2,000 Eardley, Simpson, Capes
9 September 1901 Bristol City H 3–0 5,000 Simpson (2), Capes
14 September 1901 Lincoln City H 1–2 4,000 Simpson
21 September 1901 West Bromwich Albion A 1–3 5,000 Price
28 September 1901 Woolwich Arsenal H 1–0 3,000 Simpson
5 October 1901 Barnsley A 0–4
12 October 1901 Leicester Fosse H 3–0 6,500 Rushton, Capes, Jones
19 October 1901 Preston North End A 0–2 5,000
26 October 1901 Burnley H 1–1 4,000 Tunstall
9 November 1901 Chesterfield A 3–4 3,000 Capes, unknown, Simpson
23 November 1901 Middlesbrough A 0–3 7,000
14 December 1901 Stockport County H 1–1 unknown
21 December 1901 Newton Heath A 0–1 3,000
26 December 1901 Woolwich Arsenal A 1–3 5,500 Heames
28 December 1901 Glossop H 1–0 Rushton
1 January 1902 Blackpool A 0–1 4,000
4 January 1902 Doncaster Rovers H 2–2 1,500 Heames, Price
11 January 1902 Lincoln City A 1–1 2,000 Capes
18 January 1902 West Bromwich Albion H 2–3 4,000 Heames, Rushton
25 January 1902 Leicester Fosse A 1–0 2,000 Boullemier
1 February 1902 Barnsley H 2–1 1,500 Simpson, Capes
15 February 1902 Preston North End H 0–0 3,500
22 February 1902 Burnley A 1–4 2,500 Price
1 March 1902 Burton United A 0–3 3,000
8 March 1902 Chesterfield H 4–2 1,000 Simpson (2), Rushton, Capes
10 March 1902 Burton United H 2–1 Rushton, Capes
15 March 1902 Gainsborough Trinity A 3–2 1,200 Capes (2), o.g.
22 March 1902 Middlesbrough H 1–1 2,000 Capes
28 March 1902 Gainsborough Trinity H 1–1 Capes
29 March 1902 Bristol City A 0–4 5,000
5 April 1902 Blackpool H 0–1 100
12 April 1902 Stockport County A 2–4 Capes (2)
19 April 1902 Newton Heath H 1–1 2,000 Heames
26 April 1902 Glossop A 1–0 1,500 unknown

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
3Q 2 November 1901 Wellington Town H 6–0 Capes (2), Simpson (2), Price (2)
4Q 20 November 1901 Wrexham A 1–2 Eardley
4Q Replay 28 November 1901 Wrexham A 0–0 1,500
4Q Replay 30 November 1901 Wrexham H 3–1 Boullemier, Capes, Rushton
5Q Replay 7 December 1901 Walsall H 1–2 1,200 Heames

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 30 September 1901 Stoke A 2–2 3,500 unknown
Replay 7 October 1901 Stoke H 4–0 1,500 unknown
SF 14 October 1901 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1–1 4,000 Capes
Replay 2 December 1901 Wolverhampton Wanderers N 0–2 500

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 16 September 1900 Walsall H 5–2 handful Croxton (2), Heames, Price, Simpson
SF 21 October 1900 Stoke H 1–2 unknown

Player statistics[edit]

Albert Cook played the occasional game.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
May 1901 GK William Chadwick Hanley Swifts Free transfer [3]
May 1901 GK Harry Cotton Nantwich Free transfer [3]
June 1901 MF England George Rushton Leek Broughs Free transfer [3]
June 1901 FW Tom Simpson Stoke Free transfer [3]
November 1901 DF England Duncan Cooper Witton Albion Free transfer [3]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
Summer 1902 DF England Jim Beech Smallthorne Albion Retired [3]
Summer 1902 MF England Tommy Lander Released [3]
Summer 1902 MF England George Rushton Barrow Free transfer [3]
Summer 1902 MF England Thomas Wainwright Crewe Alexandra Released [3]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Kent, Jeff (1990). "The Hopeless Struggle (1898-1907)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 50–70. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7. 
  2. ^ Port Vale 1901–1902 : Results & Fixtures. Statto Organisation. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
General