1918–19 Port Vale F.C. season

The 1918–19 season was Port Vale's third season of football after going into abeyance during World War I.[1] They finished 12th in the Football League Lancashire Section, going on to finish bottom of their group in the Subsidiary Tournament. The club applied to join the Football League in March, but were unsuccessful.

Port Vale
1918–19 season
ChairmanFrank Huntbach
ManagerJock Cameron
(until January)
Joe Schofield
(January onwards)
StadiumOld Recreation Ground
Football League Lancashire Section12th (24 points)
Lancashire Section Subsidiary Tournament4th (3 points)
Top goalscorerLeague: Harry Howell (6)
All: Harry Howell (9)
Highest home attendance16,000 vs. Stoke, 28 April 1919
Lowest home attendance2,000 vs. Blackpool, 28 September 1918
Average home league attendance5,772
Biggest win4–1 vs. Stoke, 28 April 1919
Biggest defeat1–8 vs. Stoke, 12 October 1918

OverviewEdit

With Tom Holford largely unavailable, Jock Cameron was promoted to captain and team manager.[1] The squad had to be made up largely of players available and willing to play, with only the Pearson brothers (Harry and Albert) offering much in the way of continuity from the previous campaign.[1] The team started with a four-game unbeaten run, only to pick up one point from their next six games.[1] The poor run included an embarrassing 8–1 defeat by Stoke at the Old Recreation Ground.[1] The war was drawing to a close, ending on 11 November, but not before claiming the lives of Bob Suart and Jack Shelton.[1] Vale beat bottom-club Burnley 4–2 five days later, and began to be strengthened by first-team players who returned from their wartime duties – as were every other club however.[1] From this point Vale began winning their home games but losing their away matches, ending this run with a 2–0 win over Preston North End at Deepdale on 18 January – the first away win of the campaign.[1] A sign of things returning to normal was the sale of Albert Pearson to Liverpool in January.[1]

As players again started to be paid their regular wage, the Football League began a tax on rich clubs to support poorer clubs, which benefited Vale to the tune of £71.[1] Eager to win a place in the expanding Football League the following season, Vale appointed former England international Joe Schofield as team secretary in January.[1] Four straight wins around new year was followed by four straight defeats in February, though attendances began to rise again back to regular peacetime levels.[1] On 10 March the Football League held a vote on which clubs to admit for the 1919–20 season and Vale were disappointed to only tally 27 votes, leaving Stoke, West Ham United, South Shields, Rotherham County and Coventry City as the successful applicants.[1] Vale also ended the league programme with eight defeats in their last ten matches, losing heavily to Oldham Athletic, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.[1] They ended the season 12th out of 16 teams, scoring 39 goals whilst conceding 77.[1] The club set up a Supporters' club in April with 220 members each contributing a shilling subscription.[1] Vale again fared poorly in the six game Subsidiary Tournament, losing four and winning only once.[1] They did end in positive fashion though, beating Potteries derby rivals Stoke 4–1 in front of a season-high crowd of 16,000.[1]

ResultsEdit

Port Vale's score comes first

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Football League Lancashire SectionEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
11 Blackpool 30 10 5 15 45 61 0.738 25
12 Port Vale 30 10 4 16 39 77 0.506 24
13 Burnley 30 10 3 17 54 76 0.711 23

MatchesEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
7 September 1918 Bury A 1–1 Rogers
14 September 1918 Bury H 2–1 McCarthy, Lyons
21 September 1918 Blackpool A 1–1 Davies
28 September 1918 Blackpool H 1–1 2,000 A.Pearson
5 October 1918 Stoke A 2–3 Foster (2)
12 October 1918 Stoke H 1–8 Davies
19 October 1918 Stockport County A 0–3 3,000
26 October 1918 Stockport County H 2–2 Blood, H.Pearson
2 November 1918 Liverpool H 0–2 5,000
9 November 1918 Liverpool A 0–4 14,000
16 November 1918 Burnley H 4–2 4,000 H.Pearson, Salt, Cope, o.g.
23 November 1918 Burnley A 1–4 4,000 Fitchford
30 November 1918 Southport Vulcan H 2–0 Kelly, A.Pearson
7 December 1918 Southport Vulcan A 0–4
14 December 1918 Manchester United H 3–1 4,000 Burgess, Garner, Brennan
21 December 1918 Manchester United A 1–5 5,000 H.Pearson (pen)
28 December 1918 Bolton Wanderers H 3–1 5,000 o.g., Fitchford, Asbury
11 January 1919 Preston North End H 1–0 4,000 Burgess
18 January 1919 Preston North End A 2–0 Cameron, Burgess
25 January 1919 Rochdale H 2–0 3,000 Howell, Burgess
1 February 1919 Rochdale A 0–2 3,500
8 February 1919 Everton H 0–1 10,000
15 February 1919 Everton A 1–3 20,000 Howell
22 February 1919 Oldham Athletic A 0–6 5,875
1 March 1919 Oldham Athletic H 3–1 5,301 Brennan, Howell, Hill
8 March 1919 Manchester City A 1–6 14,000 Howell
15 March 1919 Manchester City H 1–5 8,500 Fitchford
22 March 1919 Blackburn Rovers H 3–2 5,000 Howell (2), Fitchford
29 March 1919 Blackburn Rovers A 0–6 5,000
18 April 1919 Bolton Wanderers A 1–2 20,000 Hill (pen)

Lancashire Section Subsidiary TournamentEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
2 Stoke 6 2 2 2 9 10 0.900 6
3 Manchester United 6 2 0 4 9 14 0.643 4
4 Port Vale 6 1 1 4 9 13 0.692 3

MatchesEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
5 April 1919 Manchester United H 1–3 6,000 J.Parker
12 April 1919 Manchester United A 1–2 8,000 J.Parker
19 April 1919 Manchester City H 0–1 8,000
21 April 1919 Stoke A 2–2 Briscoe, Brennan
26 April 1919 Manchester City A 1–4 20,000 Howell
28 April 1919 Stoke H 4–1 16,000 Howell (2), o.g., Joe Smith

Player statisticsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Pos. Name League Subsidiary Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK   Jonathan Hammond 28 0 6 0 34 0
GK   F Clements 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK   John Dennis 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF   Jock Cameron 7 1 0 0 7 1
DF   George Holmes 20 0 0 0 20 0
DF   Tom Lyons 25 1 5 0 30 1
DF   Harry Pearson 29 3 6 0 35 3
DF   Edgar Bentley 11 0 2 0 13 0
DF   W Dalton 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF   Eli Fletcher 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF   W Garner 1 1 0 0 1 1
DF   Harry Leese 1 0 5 0 6 0
DF   Ben Marsden 6 0 0 0 6 0
DF   Andie Newton 1 0 3 0 4 0
DF   Fred Parker 6 0 0 0 6 0
DF   J Taylor 8 0 1 0 9 0
MF   G Arrowsmith 11 0 0 0 11 0
MF   Tom Holford 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF   Joe Daley 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF   James Hill 12 2 4 0 16 2
MF   William Ashmole 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF   E Bell 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF   Albert Broadhouse 6 0 4 0 10 0
MF   Sammy Brooks 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF   W Brooks 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF   Billy Fitchford 13 4 3 0 16 4
MF   H Hale 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF   J Kelly 2 1 0 0 2 1
MF   F Langley 10 0 1 0 11 0
MF   Arthur McGarry 7 0 5 0 12 0
MF   J McGarry 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF   Walter Rowley 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF   Alf Smith 12 0 0 0 12 0
MF   Jack Smith 5 0 0 0 5 0
MF   Walter Watson 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW   David Bowcock 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW   Tom Brennan 11 2 2 1 13 3
FW   Billy Briscoe 1 0 3 1 4 1
FW   Jack Foster 14 2 1 0 15 2
FW   Albert Pearson 19 2 0 0 19 2
FW   Arthur Rogers 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW   J Asbury 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW   Bobby Blood 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW   J Bradbury 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW   David Brown 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW   Dick Burgess 7 4 0 0 7 4
FW   G Cooper 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW   A Cope 1 1 0 0 1 1
FW   Tom Davies 4 2 0 0 4 2
FW   Alex Donaldson 0 0 1 0 1 0
FW   A Floyd 0 0 2 0 2 0
FW   W Gould 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW   Harry Howell 9 6 2 3 11 9
FW   F McCarthy 5 1 0 0 5 1
FW   J Parker 4 0 3 2 7 2
FW   A Salt 1 1 0 0 1 1
FW   Joe Smith 0 0 1 1 1 1
FW   Bob Whittingham 0 0 2 0 2 0

Top scorersEdit

Place Position Nation Name League Subsidiary Total
1 FW   England Harry Howell 6 3 9
2 FW   England Dick Burgess 4 0 4
MF   England Billy Fitchford 4 0 4
4 FW   England Harry Pearson 3 0 3
FW   England Tom Brennan 2 1 3
6 FW   England Tom Davies 2 0 2
FW   England Jack Foster 2 0 2
MF   England James Hill 2 0 2
DF   England Albert Pearson 2 0 2
FW   England J Parker 0 2 2
11 FW   England A Cope 1 0 1
FW   England A Salt 1 0 1
DF   England Tom Lyons 1 0 1
DF   Scotland Jock Cameron 1 0 1
FW   England Bobby Blood 1 0 1
FW   England Arthur Rogers 1 0 1
MF   England J Kelly 1 0 1
DF   England W Garner 1 0 1
FW   England F McCarthy 1 0 1
FW   England Joe Smith 0 1 1
FW   England Billy Briscoe 0 1 1
FW   England J Asbury 1 0 1
Own goals 2 1 2
TOTALS 39 9 48

TransfersEdit

Transfers inEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1918 DF   Ben Marsden Free transfer [2]
Summer 1918 FW   F McCarthy Free transfer [2]
Autumn 1918 MF   Arthur McGarry Free transfer [2]
Autumn 1918 DF   J Taylor Free transfer [2]
November 1918 FW   J Parker Longton Free transfer [2]
December 1918 FW   Dick Burgess Free transfer [2]
April 1919 MF   Andie Newton Manchester City Free transfer [2]

Transfers outEdit

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
Autumn 1918 MF   Joe Daley Released [2]
October 1918 FW   F McCarthy Stafford Rangers Free transfer [2]
November 1918 MF   Alf Smith Released [2]
1919 FW   Tom Davies Released [2]
1919 FW   Arthur Rogers Released [2]
January 1919 FW   Albert Pearson Liverpool Transfer [2]
February 1919 FW   Dick Burgess Arsenal Free transfer [2]
Summer 1919 MF   G Arrowsmith Released [2]
Summer 1919 GK   John Dennis Released [2]
Summer 1919 FW   A Floyd Released [2]
Summer 1919 FW   Jack Foster Released [2]
Summer 1919 DF   George Holmes   Merthyr Tydfil Released [2]
Summer 1919 DF   Harry Leese Crewe Alexandra Released [2]
Summer 1919 FW   J Parker Released [2]
Summer 1919 MF   Jack Smith Released [2]
Summer 1919 DF   J Taylor Released [2]

ReferencesEdit

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Kent, Jeff (1990). "The Hard Road Back (1907–1919)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 71–97. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.
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