1918–19 Stoke F.C. season

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

Stoke
1918–19 season
ChairmanMr E.Reynish
ManagerJoe Schofield
StadiumVictoria Ground
Lancashire Section Primary Competition2nd
Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group C2nd
Top goalscorerBob Whittingham
(23)
Highest home attendance24,000 vs Liverpool
(15 February 1919)
Lowest home attendance3,000 vs Various teams

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 reviewEdit

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 tableEdit

Lancashire Section Primary CompetitionEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
1 Everton 30 27 2 1 108 26 4.154 56
2 Stoke 30 20 3 7 84 36 2.333 43
3 Liverpool 30 19 4 7 82 33 2.485 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 0.925 33
7 Preston North End 30 12 6 12 41 51 0.804 30
8 Stockport County 30 11 7 12 48 52 0.923 29
9 Manchester United 30 11 5 14 51 50 1.020 27
10 Rochdale 30 11 5 14 56 61 0.918 27
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
14 Bury 30 7 6 17 27 58 0.466 20
15 Oldham Athletic 30 7 4 19 39 62 0.629 18
16 Blackburn Rovers 30 5 4 21 35 83 0.422 14

Lancashire Section Secondary Competition Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv 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 0.643 4
4 Port Vale 6 1 1 4 9 13 0.692 3

ResultsEdit

Stoke's score comes first

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Lancashire Section Primary CompetitionEdit

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 CEdit

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 statisticsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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