1924–25 Stoke F.C. season

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Stoke
1924–25 season
Chairman Mr A. McSherwin
Manager Tom Mather
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League Second Division 20th (35 Points)
FA Cup First Round
Top goalscorer League: Harry Davies (8)
All: Harry Davies (8)
Highest home attendance 22,747 vs Port Vale (20 September 1924)
Lowest home attendance 4,806 vs Bradford City (1 January 1925)
Average home league attendance 11,030
Home colours

The 1924–25 season was Stoke's 25th season in the Football League and the sixth in the Second Division.

Following the squad clear-out by manager Tom Mather and with a number of new useful signings Stoke had a decent looking squad on paper going into the 1924–25 season, however the performances out on the pitch were poor and the team was almost relegated staying up by a single point.[1]

Season review[edit]

League[edit]

A strong new chairman emerged with the arrival in August 1924 of Mr A. McSherwin who had already spent eleven years on the board and he would go on to hold his position for the next twelve years,[1] after a period of real doubt, confidence started to emerge for the 1924–25 season and was certainly helped by Tom Mather replacing old players with new fresh talent.[1] Under new skipper Vic Rouse, Stoke started the season reasonably well and seemed to have the basis of a useful side with the likes of goalkeeper Bob Dixon, Bob McGrory, Alec Milne, Bert Ralphs, Harry Davies and Len Armitage in the squad.[1]

But overall performances on the pitch were below standard and the team went 12 matches without a win (1 January 1925 to 21 March 1925) and were almost relegated.[1] Four wins and three draws in their last eight matches ensured survival by the narrowest of margins, a single point.[1]

FA Cup[edit]

Stoke exited the cup at the first round going down to a poor 3–0 defeat at Leicester City.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Leicester City 42 24 11 7 90 32 2.813 59
2 Manchester United 42 23 11 8 57 23 2.478 57
3 Derby County 42 22 11 9 71 36 1.972 55
4 Portsmouth 42 15 18 9 58 50 1.160 48
5 Chelsea 42 16 15 11 51 37 1.378 47
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 20 6 16 55 51 1.078 46
7 Southampton 42 13 18 11 40 36 1.111 44
8 Port Vale 42 17 8 17 48 56 0.857 42
9 South Shields 42 12 17 13 42 38 1.105 41
10 Hull City 42 15 11 16 50 49 1.020 41
11 Clapton Orient 42 14 12 16 42 42 1.000 40
12 Fulham 42 15 10 17 41 56 0.732 40
13 Middlesbrough 42 10 19 13 36 44 0.818 39
14 The Wednesday 42 15 8 19 50 56 0.893 38
15 Barnsley 42 13 12 17 46 59 0.780 38
16 Bradford City 42 13 12 17 37 50 0.740 38
17 Blackpool 42 14 9 19 65 61 1.066 37
18 Oldham Athletic 42 13 11 18 35 51 0.686 37
19 Stockport County 42 13 11 18 37 57 0.649 37
20 Stoke 42 12 11 19 34 46 0.739 35
21 Crystal Palace 42 12 10 20 38 54 0.704 34
22 Coventry City 42 11 9 22 45 84 0.536 31

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 Second Division[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 30 August 1924 Stockport County A 0–2 6,000
2 1 September 1924 Southampton H 2–0 14,806 Davies (2)
3 6 September 1924 Manchester United H 0–0 18,105
4 8 September 1924 Southampton A 0–3 10,000
5 13 September 1924 Leicester City A 1–0 15,000 Armitage
6 20 September 1924 Port Vale H 0–1 22,747
7 22 September 1924 Chelsea H 1–0 8,527 Sellars
8 27 September 1924 Coventry City H 4–1 11,338 Davies, Watkin, Brough, Eyres
9 4 October 1924 Oldham Athletic A 0–2 7,000
10 11 October 1924 The Wednesday H 0–2 12,388
11 18 October 1924 Clapton Orient A 2–0 5,000 Kelly (2)
12 25 October 1924 Middlesbrough A 0–1 10,000
13 1 November 1924 Barnsley H 1–1 5,281 Rouse
14 8 November 1924 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–1 15,000
15 15 November 1924 Fulham H 1–1 8,916 Eyres
16 22 November 1924 Portsmouth A 0–0 10,000
17 29 November 1924 Hull City H 2–0 7,136 Jones, Ralphs
18 6 December 1924 Blackpool A 2–1 10,000 Kelly, Hallham
19 13 December 1924 Derby County H 1–1 13,317 Watkin
20 20 December 1924 South Shields A 0–4 10,000
21 26 December 1924 Bradford City A 0–1 12,000
22 27 December 1924 Stockport County H 3–0 10,993 Hallham, Kelly (pen), Armitage
23 1 January 1925 Bradford City H 0–0 4,806
24 3 January 1925 Manchester United A 0–2 39,907
25 17 January 1925 Leicester City H 1–1 11,705 Watkin
26 24 January 1925 Port Vale A 0–2 17,214
27 31 January 1925 Coventry City A 1–3 10,000 Rouse
28 7 February 1925 Oldham Athletic H 0–1 7,656
29 14 February 1925 The Wednesday A 1–2 20,000 Davies
30 21 February 1925 Clapton Orient H 0–1 10,120
31 28 February 1925 Middlesbrough H 0–1 11,807
32 7 March 1925 Barnsley A 1–1 8,500 Davies
33 14 March 1925 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0–3 20,000
34 21 March 1925 Fulham A 0–1 10,000
35 28 March 1925 Portsmouth H 2–1 9,920 Clennell, Johnson
36 4 April 1925 Hull City A 0–0 7,000
37 10 April 1925 Crystal Palace A 1–0 10,000 Johnson
38 11 April 1925 Blackpool H 3–1 15,912 Johnson, Davies, Jones (o.g.)
39 13 April 1925 Crystal Palace H 1–1 12,000 Johnson
40 18 April 1925 Derby County A 2–1 10,000 Davies (2)
41 25 April 1925 South Shields H 0–0 13,875
42 27 April 1925 Chelsea A 1–2 10,000 Ralphs

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 10 January 1925 Leicester City A 0–3 30,000

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Kenny Campbell 9 0 0 0 9 0
GK England Bob Dixon 33 0 1 0 34 0
DF England Tommy Howe 19 0 0 0 19 0
DF Scotland Bob McGrory 40 0 1 0 41 0
DF England Alec Milne 18 0 1 0 19 0
MF England Tom Brittleton 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF England Harry Brough 35 1 0 0 35 1
MF England Tommy Dawson 5 0 0 0 5 0
MF England Peter Jackson 10 0 0 0 10 0
MF England Sam Johnson 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF England Alec McClure 24 0 1 0 25 0
MF England Vic Rouse 31 2 1 0 32 2
MF England Frank Searle 0 0 0 0 0 0
MF England George Stentiford 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF England John Walker 9 0 1 0 10 0
FW England Len Armitage 17 2 1 0 18 2
FW England Sid Blackie 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Joe Clennell 9 1 0 0 9 1
FW England Harry Davies 26 8 0 0 26 8
FW England John Evans 12 0 0 0 12 0
FW England Jack Eyres 14 2 0 0 14 2
FW England Charles Hallam 19 2 0 0 19 2
FW England Dick Johnson 13 4 0 0 13 4
FW England Alfred Jones 5 1 0 0 5 1
FW England Charles Kelly 17 4 1 0 18 4
FW Wales Dai Nicholas 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW Wales Edgar Powell 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Bert Ralphs 42 2 1 0 43 2
FW England Harry Sellars 8 1 1 0 9 1
FW England Arthur Watkin 14 3 1 0 15 3
FW England Bob White 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England William Wood 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 1 0 1

References[edit]

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