1904–05 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1904–05 season
Chairman Mr W Cowlishaw
Manager Horace Austerberry
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League First Division 12th (30 Points)
FA Cup Second Round
Top goalscorer League: Fred Rouse (12)
All: Fred Rouse (12)
Highest home attendance 12,000 vs Newcastle United (22 October 1904)
Lowest home attendance 4,000 vs Everton (8 April 1905)
Average home league attendance 7,470
Home colours

The 1904–05 season was Stoke's 16th season in the Football League.

There was no relegation worries for Stoke this season due to the First Division being expanded to 20 clubs for the 1905–06 campaign. Stoke struggled for consistency and finished in a mid-table position of 12th after picking up 30 points.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

The summer of 1904 saw a further exodus of players, including Arthur Capes who left for Bristol City and Leigh Richmond Roose who went to Everton.[1] There was now a distinct lack of quality players available within the club and with these two major departures, the now despondent Stoke supporters saw very little hope of improvement out on the pitch.[1] Tom Holford took over captaincy whilst Jack Whitley arrived as first choice 'keeper from Everton.[1]

James Sheridan an Irish International forward also came in from Everton, but never fitted in at the Victoria Ground although he did win an Ireland cap whilst at Stoke becoming the clubs first capped Irishman.[1] Jack Hall another recruit signed from Newark, in October 1904 and his seven goals were only exceeded by Fred Rouse who was top scorer with 12.[1] Not being able to field a settled forward line was a major problem for manager Horace Austerberry and 12th place in the division was the final outcome in an inconsistent season.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke went out of this season FA Cup in the second round after being well beaten 4–0 at home to Everton.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Newcastle United 34 23 2 9 72 33 2.182 48
2 Everton 34 21 5 8 63 36 1.750 47
3 Manchester City 34 20 6 8 66 37 1.784 46
4 Aston Villa 34 19 4 11 63 43 1.465 42
5 Sunderland 34 16 8 10 60 44 1.364 40
6 Sheffield United 34 19 2 13 64 56 1.143 40
7 Small Heath 34 17 5 12 54 38 1.421 39
8 Preston North End 34 13 10 11 42 37 1.135 36
9 The Wednesday 34 14 5 15 61 57 1.070 33
10 Woolwich Arsenal 34 12 9 13 36 40 0.900 33
11 Derby County 34 12 8 14 37 48 0.771 32
12 Stoke 34 13 4 17 40 58 0.690 30
13 Blackburn Rovers 34 11 5 18 40 51 0.784 27
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 11 4 19 47 73 0.644 26
15 Middlesbrough 34 9 8 17 36 56 0.643 26
16 Nottingham Forest 34 9 7 18 40 61 0.656 25
17 Bury 34 10 4 20 47 67 0.701 24
18 Notts County 34 5 8 21 36 69 0.522 18

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 1 September 1904 Derby County H 1–2 10,000 Haworth
2 3 September 1904 Aston Villa A 0–3 25,000
3 10 September 1904 Manchester City H 1–0 13,000 Rouse
4 17 September 1904 Blackburn Rovers A 0–4 10,000
5 24 September 1904 Notts County H 0–2 8,000
6 1 October 1904 Nottingham Forest A 1–0 10,000 Whitehouse
7 8 October 1904 Sheffield United H 2–1 10,000 Groves (o.g.), Hall
8 15 October 1904 The Wednesday A 0–3 15,000
9 22 October 1904 Newcastle United H 1–0 12,000 Hall
10 29 October 1904 Sunderland A 1–3 12,000 Rouse
11 5 November 1904 Preston North End H 1–1 6,000 Rouse
12 12 November 1904 Woolwich Arsenal A 1–2 20,000 Whitehouse
13 19 November 1904 Middlesbrough H 3–1 6,000 Rouse (2), Hall
14 26 November 1904 Derby County A 0–3 6,000
15 3 December 1904 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 2–1 8,000 Sheridan, Betteley (o.g.)
16 10 December 1904 Everton A 1–4 9,000 Hall
17 21 December 1904 Bury A 1–3 4,000 Pitt
18 26 December 1904 Sheffield United A 2–5 8,000 Groves (o.g.), Hesham
19 31 December 1904 Aston Villa H 1–4 9,000 Hall
20 7 January 1905 Manchester City A 0–1 14,000
21 14 January 1905 Blackburn Rovers H 4–0 6,000 Holford, Rouse, Usherwood, Gallimore
22 21 January 1905 Notts County A 0–0 8,000
23 28 January 1905 Nottingham Forest H 0–0 8,000
24 11 February 1905 The Wednesday H 2–1 7,500 Fielding (2)
25 25 February 1905 Sunderland H 1–3 5,000 Hall
26 11 March 1905 Woolwich Arsenal H 2–0 6,000 Hall, Rouse
27 18 March 1905 Middlesbrough A 1–2 8,000 Rouse
28 1 April 1905 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 3–1 4,000 Rouse (2), Holdcroft
29 8 April 1905 Everton H 2–2 4,000 Holdcroft, Balmer (o.g.)
30 10 April 1905 Preston North End A 1–2 8,000 Fielding
31 15 April 1905 Bury H 2–0 8,000 Fielding, Holdcroft
32 21 April 1905 Newcastle United A 1–4 10,000 Hall
33 22 April 1905 Small Heath A 1–0 12,000 Holford (pen)
34 29 April 1905 Small Heath H 1–0 4,000 Haines

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 4 February 1905 Grimsby Town H 2–0 11,000 Godley, Baddeley
R2 18 February 1905 Everton H 0–4 25,700

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Benton 2 0 0 0 2 0
GK England Jack Whitley 32 0 2 0 34 0
FB England Harry Benson 25 0 2 0 27 0
FB England Charlie Burgess 15 0 0 0 15 0
FB England Arthur Hartshorne 23 0 2 0 25 0
FB Wales Sam Meredith 5 0 0 0 5 0
HB England George Baddeley 34 0 2 1 36 1
HB England James Bradley 25 0 2 0 27 0
HB England Tom Holford 34 2 2 0 36 2
HB England Albert Sturgess 9 0 0 0 9 0
FW England Horace Brindley 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England George Brown 8 0 0 0 8 0
FW England Tom Coxon 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England Ross Fielding 11 3 2 0 13 3
FW England George Gallimore 9 1 2 0 11 1
FW England Bill Godley 2 0 1 1 3 1
FW England Wilf Haines 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW England Jack Hall 25 7 0 0 25 7
FW England Jack Haworth 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW England Frank Hesham 17 1 0 0 17 1
FW England Ted Holdcroft 14 3 1 0 15 3
FW England Arthur Leonard 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England Albert Pitt 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW England Fred Rouse 30 12 2 0 32 12
FW Saint Patrick's Saltire.svg James Sheridan 12 1 0 0 12 1
FW England Arthur Usherwood 6 1 0 0 6 1
FW England Frank Whitehouse 16 2 2 0 18 2
FW England Bob Whittingham 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 4 0 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.