1918–19 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1918–19 season
Chairman Mr E.Reynish
Manager Joe Schofield
Stadium Victoria Ground
Lancashire Section Primary Competition 2nd
Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group C 2nd
Top goalscorer Bob Whittingham (23)
Highest home attendance 24,000 vs Liverpool (15 February 1919)
Lowest home attendance 3,000 vs Various teams
Home colours

The 1918–19 season was Stoke's fourth season in the non-competitive War League.[1]

With the start of World War I, all Football League football was cancelled.[1] In its place were formed War Leagues, based on geographical lines rather than based on previous league placement. Stoke contested the Lancashire Section in the Principal Tournament, and the Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group C. However, none of these were considered to be competitive football, and thus their records are not recognised by the Football League.[1]

Season review[edit]

The final war-time season of 1918–19 saw Stoke take the runners-up spot behind Everton.[1] Stoke were again in impressive goal scoring form among those victories were those of 8–1 over Port Vale, 7–0 v Blackburn Rovers and 7–1 v Bolton Wanderers. Bob Whittingham top scored again with 23 goals taking his war-time total for Stoke to 86.[1] With the war now over it was announced that the Football League would return for the 1919–20 season and Stoke were due to enter the Second Division.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Lancashire Section Primary Competition[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Everton 30 27 2 1 108 26 4.153 56
2 Stoke 30 20 3 7 84 36 2.333 43
3 Liverpool 30 19 4 7 82 33 2.484 42
4 Bolton Wanderers 30 15 6 9 58 58 1.000 36
5 Manchester City 30 15 3 12 57 36 1.583 33
6 Southport Vulcan 30 15 3 12 49 53 0.924 33
7 Preston North End 30 12 6 12 41 51 0.803 30
8 Stockport County 30 11 7 12 48 52 0.923 29
9 Manchester United 30 11 5 14 51 50 1.022 27
10 Rochdale 30 11 5 14 56 61 0.918 27
11 Blackpool 30 10 5 15 45 61 0.737 25
12 Port Vale 30 10 4 16 39 77 0.506 24
13 Burnley 30 10 3 17 54 76 0.710 23
14 Bury 30 7 6 17 27 58 0.465 20
15 Oldham Athletic 30 7 4 19 39 62 0.629 18
16 Blackburn Rovers 30 5 4 21 35 83 0.421 14

Key: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group C[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Manchester City 6 5 1 0 14 4 3.500 11
2 Stoke 6 2 2 2 9 10 0.900 6
3 Manchester United 6 2 0 4 9 14 0.642 4
4 Port Vale 6 1 1 4 9 13 0.692 3

Results[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Lancashire Section Primary Competition[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 7 September 1918 Manchester City H 3–0 8,000 P. Jones (2), Watkin
2 14 September 1918 Manchester City A 2–0 10,000 Turner, Lockett
3 21 September 1918 Oldham Athletic H 1–0 3,000 Harrison
4 28 September 1918 Oldham Athletic A 1–3 3,000 Turner
5 5 October 1918 Port Vale H 3–2 14,000 Turner, Bowser, McGregor
6 12 October 1918 Port Vale A 8–1 13,000 Bowser, Lockett (2), Whittingham (4), Herbert
7 19 October 1918 Blackburn Rovers H 7–0 8,000 Lockett (3), Turner (2), Herbert, Harrison
8 26 October 1918 Blackburn Rovers A 6–0 700 Harrison, Bowser, Herbert (3), Parker
9 2 November 1918 Everton A 1–5 14,000 Bowser
10 9 November 1918 Everton H 0–2 12,000
11 16 November 1918 Rochdale A 2–3 4,000 Bowser, Jones
12 23 November 1918 Rochdale H 1–1 12,000 Herbert
13 30 November 1918 Preston North End A 1–0 12,000 Brown
14 7 December 1918 Preston North End H 5–0 12,000 Brown (2), Harrison, Whittingham (2)
15 14 December 1918 Bolton Wanderers A 1–1 13,000 Whittingham
16 21 December 1918 Bolton Wanderers H 7–1 12,000 Whittingham (3), Brown (3), Parker
17 28 December 1918 Bury A 2–0 4,000 Whittingham, Turner
18 4 January 1919 Bury H 3–1 12,000 Whittingham (2), Wootton
19 11 January 1919 Blackpool A 6–1 6,000 Whittingham (2), Brown (2), Harrison, Herbert
20 18 January 1919 Blackpool H 2–1 10,000 Whittingham, Brown
21 25 January 1919 Stockport County A 2–1 10,000 Whittingham, Brown
22 1 February 1919 Stockport County H 1–0 10,000 Whittingham
23 8 February 1919 Liverpool A 1–1 23,000 Brown
24 15 February 1919 Liverpool H 3–1 24,000 Whittingham (2), Harrison
25 22 February 1919 Southport Vulcan H 0–2 8,000
26 1 March 1919 Southport Vulcan A 5–3 4,000 Herbert (3), Whittingham (2)
27 8 March 1919 Manchester United H 1–2 10,000 Whittingham
28 15 March 1919 Manchester United A 1–3 30,000 Wootton
29 22 March 1919 Burnley A 2–1 15,000 Martin (2)
30 29 March 1919 Burnley H 2–1 8,000 Whittingham, Herbert

Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group C[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 5 April 1919 Manchester City A 0–1 25,000
2 12 April 1919 Manchester City H 1–1 14,000 Phillips
3 19 April 1919 Manchester United A 1–0 28,000 Phillips
4 21 April 1919 Port Vale H 2–2 28,000 Phillips, Wootton
5 26 April 1919 Manchester United H 4–2 28,000 Jones, Martin (3)
6 28 April 1919 Port Vale A 1–4 28,000 Herbert

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name Matches
Apps Goals
GK England Tom Kay 2 0
GK England A. Morris 6 0
GK England Teddy Peers 28 0
DF England Alf Bishop 1 0
DF England Arthur Cook 5 0
DF England J. Emery 4 0
DF England George Garratly 10 0
DF England Jack Maddock 14 0
DF England Alec Milne 1 0
DF England B. Smart 1 0
DF England George Smart 7 0
DF England Billy Twemlow 26 0
DF England Tommy Weston 1 0
DF England F. Wilkinson 1 0
DF England Harry Wootton 3 0
MF England Bill Charnley 1 0
MF England George Clarke 6 0
MF Wales Joe Jones 28 2
MF England Charlie Parker 22 2
MF England Fred Parker 5 0
MF England Dick Smith 28 0
MF England H. Sweetmore 1 0
FW England R. Bowers 2 0
FW England Sid Bowser 10 5
FW England Tommy Bowyer 3 0
FW England David Boxley 2 0
FW Scotland David Brown 10 12
FW England A. Ellis 1 0
FW England P. Flaherty 1 0
FW England Fred Groves 2 0
FW England Harry Hampton 8 3
FW England Billy Harrison 28 7
FW England Billy Herbert 27 12
FW England L. Jones 2 0
FW England P. Jones 1 2
FW England Aaron Lockett 12 6
FW England George Limer 1 0
FW Scotland G. McGregor 5 1
FW England James Martin 7 5
FW England Wilf Phillips 5 3
FW England Billy Tempest 9 0
FW England S. Timms 1 0
FW England E. Turner 15 6
FW England Arthur Watkin 2 1
FW England G. Whipp 2 0
FW England Bob Whittingham 17 23
FW England J. Wootton 23 3

References[edit]

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