1921–22 Nelson F.C. season

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Nelson F.C.
1921–22 season
Manager David Wilson (player-manager)
Football League Third Division North 16th (W:13 D:7 L:18 Pts:33)
FA Cup Sixth Qualifying Round
Highest home attendance 9,000 (vs Wigan Borough, 27 August 1921)
Home colours

The 1921–22 season was the 41st season of football played by Nelson. It was their first season as a professional club, and their first in the Football League Third Division North, after the restructuring of the English league system. The side ended the season in 16th place in the division, finishing behind Barrow on goal average.[1] The campaign started on 27 August 1921 with a 1–2 defeat by Wigan Borough, which was attended by a then record crowd of 9,000 at Seedhill.[2] Nelson's first win in the Football League came on 3 September 1921, when they beat Wigan Borough 4–1 at Springfield Park. The season ended with a 0–0 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers on 6 May 1922. By the end of the campaign, the side had a league record of 13 wins, seven draws and 18 defeats, giving them a total of 33 points.[1]

In the FA Cup, the side entered the competition in the Fourth Qualifying Round. They defeated Accrington Stanley and then won their Fifth Qualifying Round match 3–2 at home to Rochdale. However, they did not progress past the Sixth Qualifying Round, when they were knocked out by Worksop Town.[3]

Season review[edit]

Events[edit]

  • 27 August: Billy Halligan scores Nelson's first-ever goal in the Football League, two minutes into the first game of the season against Wigan Borough.
  • 3 September: Nelson get their first win in the Football League, defeating Wigan Borough 4–1 at Springfield Park.
  • 8 October: Nelson's six-match unbeaten run in the league comes to an end following a 1–4 defeat away at Accrington Stanley.
  • 19 November: Nelson progress through to the Fifth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a 1–0 win over Accrington Stanley.
  • 3 December: A 3–2 victory over Rochdale sees Nelson through to the Sixth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
  • 17 December: Nelson are knocked out of the FA Cup, losing 1–2 away at Worksop Town.
  • 2 January: The side achieve their biggest win of the campaign, a 4–0 victory against Wrexham at Seedhill.
  • 28 January: Hartlepools United inflict Nelson's heaviest defeat of the season, a 6–1 drubbing at Victoria Park.
  • 6 May: Nelson draw their final league game of the season, a 0–0 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers.

League progress[edit]

The chart below shows Nelson's league positions throughout the course of the 1921–22 season. The green area (position 1) represents the automatic promotion place to the Football League Second Division, while the red area (positions 19 and 20) shows the teams who had to apply for re-election to the League at the end of the season. The highest position achieved by Nelson during the season was 1st place, after the fourth match. In the middle of the season Nelson slipped down the league table, eventually finishing in 16th position. NelsonFC1921-22.gif

Statistics[edit]

League position[edit]

Pos
Club
Pld
W
D
L
F
A
GA
Pts
15
Barrow
38
14
5
19
42
54
0.78
33
16
Nelson
38
13
7
18
48
66
0.73
33
17
Wigan Borough
38
11
9
18
46
72
0.64
31

Pld = Games played, W = Games won, D = Games drawn, L = Games lost, F = Goals scored, A = Goals against, GA = Goal average, Pts = Points (Win = 2 points, Draw = 1 point, Loss = 0 points)

Player details[edit]

During the 1921–22 season, 29 different players appeared in at least one competitive match for Nelson. The table below shows the number of appearances and goals scored by each player.

Nat. Position Player Third Division (North) FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England FW Harold Andrews 8 1 0 0 8 1
England MF Richard Baird 2 0 0 0 2 0
Scotland FW John Bennie 12 6 2 0 14 6
Scotland GK Robert Bruce 7 0 3 0 10 0
England GK Harry Clegg 5 0 0 0 5 0
England DF Eddie Eastwood 1 0 0 0 1 0
England FW Joe Eddleston 37 16 3 1 40 17
England MF Thomas Garnett 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ireland FW Billy Halligan 17 6 3 0 20 6
England FW Harry Hargreaves 13 2 0 0 13 2
England DF Ray Hartley 1 0 0 0 1 0
England GK Harry Heyes 26 0 0 0 26 0
England MF Sid Hoad 16 0 0 0 16 0
England DF Thomas Jacques 17 1 3 0 20 1
England DF Bob Lilley 34 0 3 1 37 1
England FW William McGreevy 3 1 0 0 3 1
England FW Cecil Marsh 17 2 2 0 19 2
England FW Harry Mellor 1 0 0 0 1 0
Scotland DF James Price 20 0 0 0 20 0
England MF Wilfred Proctor 14 1 2 0 16 1
England DF Clement Rigg 29 0 3 0 32 0
Scotland DF John Steel 25 0 0 0 25 0
England DF Albert Turner 1 0 0 0 1 0
England FW William Waller 25 7 3 3 28 10
England DF John Walmsley 1 0 0 0 1 0
England DF Bob Wilde 36 0 3 0 39 0
Scotland DF David Wilson 34 3 3 0 37 3
England MF William Wilson 1 0 0 0 1 0
England MF James Wootton 14 1 0 0 14 1

FW = Forward, MF = Midfielder, GK = Goalkeeper, DF = Defender

Match results[edit]

Football League Third Division North[edit]

Nelson 1–2 Wigan Borough
Halligan Goal 2'
Attendance: 9,000

Wigan Borough 1–4 Nelson

Lincoln City 0–2 Nelson

Nelson 1–0 Stalybridge Celtic

Nelson 0–0 Lincoln City

Darlington 0–1 Nelson

Nelson 1–1 Darlington


Nelson 0–1 Accrington Stanley

Chesterfield 1–2 Nelson

Nelson 2–0 Chesterfield

Crewe Alexandra 2–1 Nelson

Nelson 1–2 Crewe Alexandra

Wrexham 4–2 Nelson

Barrow 0–2 Nelson

Nelson 3–5 Durham City


Ashington 4–0 Nelson

Nelson 4–0 Wrexham

Nelson 0–2 Ashington

Nelson 0–4 Hartlepools United


Nelson 3–2 Southport

Southport 0–1 Nelson

Nelson 2–2 Stockport County

Stockport County 3–0 Nelson

Nelson 3–0 Grimsby Town


Walsall 2–0 Nelson

Nelson 0–0 Halifax Town

Halifax Town 3–1 Nelson

Durham City 2–0 Nelson

Rochdale 2–2 Nelson

Nelson 1–1 Barrow

Nelson 4–1 Rochdale

Nelson 1–0 Walsall


FA Cup[edit]

Fourth Qualifying Round[edit]

Accrington Stanley 0–1 Nelson

Fifth Qualifying Round[edit]

Nelson 3–2 Rochdale

Sixth Qualifying Round[edit]

Worksop Town 2–1 Nelson
Central Avenue, Worksop

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Robinson, M (ed.) (2006). Football League Tables 1888–2006. Soccer Books. p. 16. ISBN 1-86223-143-5. 
  2. ^ "Nelson FC: 1921–1923". Nelson F.C. 2005-04-08. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  3. ^ Broughton, Gary (2007-10-29). "Blues Complete F.A. Cup History". Nelson FC. Archived from the original on 19 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-11.