1904–05 Burslem Port Vale F.C. season

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Burslem Port Vale
1904–05 season
Chairman Robert Audley
Manager Sam Gleaves
Stadium Athletic Ground
Football League Second Division 16th (27 Points)
FA Cup Sixth Qualification Round
Birmingham Senior Cup Semi-final
Staffordshire Senior Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Dick Allman (8)
All: Dick Allman (8)
Highest home attendance 5,000 vs Manchester United (3 September 1904)
Lowest home attendance 500 vs Bradford City (21 January 1905) & vs Doncaster Rovers (18 March 1905)
Average home league attendance 2,536+
Home colours

The 1904–05 season was Burslem Port Vale's seventh consecutive season (11th overall) of football in the Football League.[1] A poor season, the club had to apply (successfully) for re-election, the club had to continue their policy of selling their best players to survive.

An extremely poor defence saw some embarrassing scorelines away from home, and the lack of a consistent goalscorer was also a cause for concern.

Bert Eardley, was in his sixth season with Vale.
George Price was, as ever, a vital member of the first team.
Adrian Capes failed to find the form that saw him the club's top scorer for the previous four seasons.
Right-back Ernest Mullineux was sold for £600.
Half-back Harry Croxton was an ever-present.
Albert Cook as usual made only sporadic appearances.

Overview[edit]

Second Division[edit]

A rather quiet pre-season saw no signings of note, however past player, outside-right Dick Evans re-signed from Southampton in September,[1] this return was ended in his second game of the season – a Staffordshire Senior Cup defeat to Wolves – when he suffered a career-ending injury.[1]

The first game of the season saw 5,000 turn up to witness a 2–2 draw with Manchester United, this positive start soon ended as despite going their first four games unbeaten, the club had to wait until their ninth match for their first victory, on 5 November 1904, the club's record 29 away games without a win streak came to an end with a 3–0 victory at Grimsby Town.[1] The next match saw Liverpool win 2–1 thanks to a goal that never actually crossed the line – the referee had to leave the pitch under escort.[1] Following the sale of key players in December, the form of the "Valeites" took a hit as from 4 December to the end of February they recorded just two victories – both against West Bromwich Albion,[1] this run included heavy defeats at Manchester United and Burnley. In February the club's revival was helped by new signing Robert Carter, as six of the last seven home games were wins,[1] despite this they still suffered on their travels, taking an 8–1 hammering at Anfield.

The club finished in sixteenth place, though their 27 points saw them just one point off Blackpool, and six points off seventh place. Burton United and Doncaster Rovers both finished well below Vale, and at the end of the season both Vale and Burton were re-elected.[1]

Dick Allman was top scorer with a pitiful eight goals, though scoring proved to be a team effort to give Vale a reasonable total of 47 league goals. However, in defensive terms the season was awful, their 72 conceded would always guarantee a battle against dropping into the lottery of the re-election zones.

Allman left for Reading at the season's end.[1] Harry Croxton was an ever-present, and other regulars included goalkeeper Harry Cotton, and outfielders Sam Whittingham, Joseph Holyhead, George Price, and Adrian Capes. Manager Sam Gleaves stepped down at the end of the season, and was given the position of director, his replacement was former player Tommy Clare.[1]

Finances[edit]

The financial outlook was as grim as ever, as directors were forced to sell Ernest Mullineux and Tom Simpson to Bury for £600 and £200 respectively.[1] This gave the club a season profit of £140, and reduced club debt to just £33, however gate receipts had fallen by £150.[1]

Cup competitions[edit]

The club came up against tough competition in both county cup competitions, losing 1–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the First Round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup,[1] they found rather more success in the Birmingham Senior Cup, where Vale defeated rivals Stoke with a Tom Simpson hat-trick at home, following a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground.[1] This achievement was less significant due to a slight from Stoke, who only sent out their reserve side.[1] Following this success the club lost in the semi-final to Second Division rivals West Bromwich Albion,[1] the club yet again failed to qualify for the FA Cup, losing narrowly to Barnsley in the qualification stages.[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 34 14 3 0 60 12 13 1 3 33 13 93 25 3.720 + 68 58
2 Bolton Wanderers 34 15 0 2 53 16 12 2 3 34 16 87 32 2.719 + 55 56
3 Manchester United 34 16 0 1 60 10 8 5 4 21 20 81 30 2.700 + 51 53
4 Bristol City 34 12 3 2 40 12 7 1 9 26 33 66 45 1.467 + 21 42
5 Chesterfield Town 34 9 6 2 26 11 5 5 7 18 24 44 35 1.257 + 9 39
6 Gainsborough Trinity 34 11 4 2 32 15 3 4 10 29 43 61 58 1.052 + 3 36
7 Barnsley 34 11 4 2 29 13 3 1 13 9 43 38 56 0.679 – 18 33
8 Bradford City 34 8 5 4 31 20 4 3 10 14 29 45 49 0.918 – 4 32
9 Lincoln City 34 9 4 4 31 16 3 3 11 11 25 42 41 1.024 + 1 31
10 West Bromwich Albion 34 8 2 7 29 20 5 2 10 28 28 57 48 1.188 + 9 30
11 Burnley 34 10 1 6 31 21 2 5 10 12 31 43 52 0.827 – 9 30
12 Glossop 34 7 5 5 23 14 3 5 9 14 32 37 46 0.804 – 9 30
13 Grimsby Town 34 9 3 5 22 14 2 5 10 11 32 33 46 0.717 – 13 30
14 Leicester Fosse 34 8 3 6 30 25 3 4 10 10 30 40 55 0.727 – 15 29
15 Blackpool 34 8 5 4 26 15 1 5 11 10 33 36 48 0.750 – 12 28
16 Burslem Port Vale 34 7 4 6 28 25 3 3 11 19 47 47 72 0.653 – 25 27
17 Burton United 34 7 2 8 20 29 1 2 14 10 55 30 84 0.357 – 54 20
18 Doncaster Rovers 34 3 2 12 12 32 0 0 17 11 49 23 81 0.284 – 58 8

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 H H A H A H A H H A H A A H A A A H H A A H A H A H A H H A A H H A
Result D D D D L L L L W W L D W L L W L L D D L W L W L W L W L L L W W L
Position 11 7 9 6 13 13 15 16 15 10 11 11 11 12 15 12 14 15 16 15 16 16 16 16 16 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Sourced from Statto.[2]

Football League Second Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
3 September 1904 Manchester United H 2–2 5,000 Bowen, Allman
5 September 1904 Blackpool H 2–2 Capes, Eardley
10 September 1904 Glossop A 0–0 4,000
17 September 1904 Chesterfield Town H 0–0 3,500
24 September 1904 Bradford City A 1–2 10,000 Holyhead
1 October 1904 Lincoln City H 0–1
8 October 1904 Leicester Fosse A 0–3 3,000
15 October 1904 Barnsley H 0–2 3,000
29 October 1904 Burnley H 3–1 1,500 Simpson (2), Mountford
5 November 1904 Grimsby Town A 3–0 2,500 Mountford, Simpson, Price
12 November 1904 Liverpool H 1–2 3,000 Price
19 November 1904 Doncaster Rovers H 2–2 1,800 Eardley, o.g.
3 December 1904 Burton United A 3–2 Eardley (2), Simpson
17 December 1904 Bolton Wanderers H 1–2 3,000 Whittingham
24 December 1904 Bristol City A 2–4 6,000 Allman (2)
26 December 1904 West Bromwich Albion A 1–0 3,000 Allman
31 December 1904 Manchester United A 1–6 15,000 Price
7 January 1905 Glossop H 0–1 2,000
21 January 1905 Bradford City H 1–1 1,000 Croxton
28 January 1905 Lincoln City A 3–3 3,000 Croxton, Capes, Cope
11 February 1905 Barnsley A 0–3
18 February 1905 West Bromwich Albion H 3–2 3,500 Carter (2), Allman
25 February 1905 Burnley A 0–5 1,000
4 March 1905 Grimsby Town H 2–0 2,000 Capes, Whittingham
11 March 1905 Blackpool A 0–3 1,400
18 March 1905 Doncaster Rovers H 2–0 1,000 Price, Whittingham
25 March 1905 Gainsborough Trinity A 0–1
1 April 1905 Burton United H 4–2 Allman, Price, Carter, Mountford
3 April 1905 Leicester Fosse H 1–3 2,000 Allman
8 April 1905 Liverpool A 1–8 14,000 Croxton
15 April 1905 Bolton Wanderers A 1–3 12,000 Horrocks
21 April 1905 Gainsborough Trinity H 3–2 3,000 Horrocks, Carter, Thomas
22 April 1905 Bristol City H 3–2 2,000 Allman, Capes, Carter
24 April 1905 Chesterfield Town A 1–2 4,000 Price

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
6Q 10 December 1904 Barnsley A 0–0 2,000
6Q Replay 15 December 1904 Barnsley H 1–2 Loverseed

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 26 September 1904 Stoke A 0–0
Replay 3 October 1904 Stoke H 3–1 Simpson (3)
SF 22 October 1904 West Bromwich Albion A 1–2 3,000 Price

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
1 12 September 1903 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–1 handful

Player statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1904 MF England Robert Carter Selbourne Free transfer [3]
August 1904 MF England George Bowen Wolverhampton Wanderers Free transfer [3]
August 1904 GK England Arthur Box Stoke Free transfer [3]
August 1904 DF England William Cope Mount Pleasant Free transfer [3]
August 1904 FW W. Edwards Crewe Alexandra Free transfer [3]
August 1904 MF England Ben Jones Alsagers Bank Church Free transfer [3]
August 1904 DF Thomas Reaney Bridgetown Amateurs Free transfer [3]
September 1904 FW England Dick Evans Southampton Free transfer [3]
September 1904 FW Enoch Rowley Biddulph Free transfer [3]
April 1905 MF Vic Horrocks Goldenhill United Free transfer [3]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1904 FW England Dick Evans Retired [3]
December 1904 DF England Ernest Mullineux Bury £600 [3]
December 1904 FW Tom Simpson Bury £200 [3]
May 1905 FW England Dick Allman Reading Free transfer [3]
Summer 1905 MF England George Bowen Released [3]
Summer 1905 GK Harry Cotton Crewe Alexandra Free transfer [3]
Summer 1905 FW England Sam Howshall Salisbury City Free transfer [3]
Summer 1905 FW England William Loverseed Released [3]
Summer 1905 DF W. H. Machin Released [3]
Summer 1905 DF Thomas Reaney Released [3]
Summer 1905 FW Enoch Rowley Released [3]
Summer 1905 FW England Edward Williams Released [3]

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q 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 1904–1905 : 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