1941–42 Stoke City F.C. season

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Stoke City
1941–42 season
Chairman Mr H. Booth
Manager Bob McGrory
Stadium Victoria Ground
Football League North 1st Phase 5th
Football League North 2nd Phase 16th
Football League War Cup First Round
Top goalscorer Tommy Sale (56)
Highest home attendance 13,864 vs West Bromwich Albion (6 April 1942)
Lowest home attendance 1,500 vs Various teams
Home colours

The 1941–42 season was Stoke City's seventh season in the non-competitive War League.[1]

In 1939 World War II was declared and the Football League was cancelled. In its place were formed War Leagues and cups, based on geographical lines rather than based on previous league placement. However, none of these were considered to be competitive football, and thus their records are not recognised by the Football League and thus not included in official records.[1]

Season review[edit]

There were three separate competitions in the 1941–42 season, two series of Football League North and a Football League War Cup tournament.[1] Stoke did well without pulling up too many trees, finishing 5th in the first phase of the league and then a rather poor 16th in the second.[1] Attendances were quite small due to obvious restrictions imposed by the authorities but the entertainment value was high with goals in abundance, both home and away.[1] Among the many impressive scorelines for Stoke were those of 8–3 v Everton, 7–1 v Wrexham, 9–0 & 7–2 v Tranmere Rovers and a 10–0 defeat by Northampton Town in late May.[1] That heavy reverse against the "Cobblers" was unbelievable as Stoke fielded a strong line up.[1] Tommy Sale was in incredible goalscoring form this season hitting 56 goals including eleven hat-tricks.[1]

Results[edit]

Stoke's score comes first

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League North 1st Phase[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 30 August 1941 Everton H 8–3 4,000 Basnett (2), Sale (3), Brigham, Liddle, Blunt
2 6 September 1941 Everton H 1–3 6,000 Brigham
3 13 September 1941 Wrexham A 7–1 4,500 Blunt, Bowyer (2), Basnett, Brigham, Sale (2)
4 20 September 1941 Wrexham H 5–2 3,000 Blunt, Bowyer, Sale (3)
5 27 September 1941 Chester H 2–5 4,000 Blunt, Bowyer
6 4 October 1941 Chester A 4–3 4,000 Bowyer (2), Basnett, Sale
7 11 October 1941 Manchester City A 3–4 3,000 Sale (3)
8 18 October 1941 Manchester City H 5–0 3,000 Sale (3), Basnett, Peppitt
9 25 October 1941 Manchester United H 1–1 5,000 Liddle
10 1 November 1941 Manchester United A 0–3 4,000
11 8 November 1941 New Brighton A 5–3 2,000 Basnett, Hamlett, Mountford (2), Freddie Steele
12 15 November 1941 New Brighton H 4–0 2,094 Hamlett, Sale (3)
13 22 November 1941 Tranmere Rovers H 9–0 1,500 Sale (5), Basnett (2), Mountford, Bowyer
14 29 November 1941 Tranmere Rovers A 7–2 2,000 Sale (3), Basnett (3), Liddle
15 6 December 1941 Stockport County A 6–1 500 Sale (3), Soo (2), Basnett
16 13 December 1941 Stockport County H 3–1 2,000 Sale, Mountford, Basnett
17 20 December 1941 Liverpool A 1–1 4,000 Bowyer
18 25 December 1941 Liverpool H 4–3 11,000 Sale (2), Basnett, Liddle

Football League North 2nd Phase[edit]

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 28 March 1942 Blackpool A 0–4 4,000
2 11 April 1942 Walsall A 0–1 1,047
3 18 April 1942 Walsall H 2–3 1,500 Sale, Liddle
4 25 April 1942 Chester A 4–2 1,500 Sale, Basnett, Bowyer
5 2 May 1942 Chester H 2–2 2,000 Liddle (2)
6 9 May 1942 Preston North End A 2–1 2,500 Liddle (2)
7 23 May 1942 Northampton Town A 0–10 3,000
8 30 May 1942 Northampton Town H 3–2 1,500 Liddle, Liddle, Blunt

Football League War Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
QR 27 December 1941 Walsall A 4–1 3,000 Clewlow, Sale (3)
QR 3 January 1942 Walsall H 8–0 3,000 Sale (6), Soo, Blunt
QR 10 January 1942 West Bromwich Albion A 0–4 7,335
QR 17 January 1942 West Bromwich Albion H 2–1 4,573 Mitchell, Sale
QR 31 January 1942 Chesterfield H 2–1 1,500 Sale (2)
QR 14 February 1942 Bolton Wanderers H 3–1 2,000 Sale (3)
QR 21 February 1942 Nottingham Forest A 0–1 1,000
QR 28 February 1942 Nottingham Forest H 1–3 3,480 Sale
QR 14 March 1942 Chesterfield A 1–2 2,500 Sale
QR 21 March 1942 Bolton Wanderers A 1–1 3,000 Basnett
R1 1st leg 4 April 1942 West Bromwich Albion H 5–3 5,000 Basnett (2), Sale (3)
R1 2nd leg 6 April 1942 West Bromwich Albion H 1–6 13,864 Sale

Squad statistics[edit]

Pos. Name Matches
Apps Goals
GK England Dennis Herod 38 0
DF England Harry Brigham 33 3
DF England Roy Brown 1 0
DF England Sid Clewlow 2 1
DF England Neil Franklin 32 0
DF England Stanley Glover 34 0
DF England Harry Griffiths 3 0
DF England Lol Hamlett 35 2
DF England Eric Hampson 1 0
DF England Eric Hayward 3 0
DF England John McCue 3 0
DF England Billy Mould 10 0
DF Wales Emlyn Williams 3 0
MF England Edwin Blunt 20 6
MF England Stanley Harrison 2 0
MF Scotland Jock Kirton 8 0
MF England Bobby Liddle 33 10
MF England Frank Soo 12 3
FW England Fred Basnett 32 18
FW England Frank Bowyer 37 10
FW England Bill Caton 11 0
FW England Eric Longford 2 0
FW England Bert Mitchell 2 1
FW England Frank Mountford 8 4
FW England Alexander Ormston 2 0
FW England Syd Peppitt 4 1
FW England Tommy Sale 37 56
FW England Freddie Steele 8 1
FW England James Westland 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0952415100.