1987–88 Stoke City F.C. season

The 1987–88 season was Stoke City's 81st season in the Football League and 28th in the Second Division.

Stoke City
1987–88 season
ChairmanPeter Coates
ManagerMick Mills
StadiumVictoria Ground
Football League Second Division11th (62 Points)
FA CupThird Round
League CupFourth Round
Full Members' CupQuarter Final
Top goalscorerLeague: Phil Heath (8)
All: Graham Shaw (10)
Highest home attendance18,020 vs Manchester City (28 December 1987)
Lowest home attendance6,293 vs Swindon Town (23 April 1988)
Average home league attendance9,607

After the previous season's decent performance there was great optimism ahead for Mick Mills' third season in charge. However it turned out to be a frustrating season with Stoke unable to maintain a good run of form and they unsurprisingly finished in mid-table in a season of little progress.[1]

Season reviewEdit

LeagueEdit

Mick Mills now entering into his third season as City boss had the support of the fans following last season's improvement and for the third season running the club played in the Isle of Man Trophy, with Stoke beating Dundee in the final.[1] This created great optimism amongst supporters that they would enjoy a good league campaign.[1] However that quickly vanished on the opening day of the season as Birmingham City scored the first goal after just 45 seconds.[1] This seemed to set the tone for a frustrating season.[1] The team made a poor start winning just three of their first nine matches and it always looked too much for them to recover from.[1] When Stoke did hit a run of form in January injury prevented any meaningful attempt to mount a push for a play-off place and the side made no progress and finished in 11th place.[1]

Lee Dixon was sold to Arsenal in January for £375,000 a good price for a full back in 1988 and with Steve Bould's contract running out he also joined the "Gunners" for a fee of £390,000 which was settled at a tribunal.[1]

FA CupEdit

Stoke drew First Division side Liverpool in the third round and produced two excellent performances. In the first game at Stoke almost 32,000 saw a goalless draw which Stoke should have won but Graham Shaw missed an easy chance.[1] In the replay a battling Stoke lost by a goal to nil.[1]

League CupEdit

In the League Cup Stoke beat Gillingham and Norwich City, but then lost in the next round to Arsenal.[1]

Full Members' CupEdit

Stoke had their best run in the Full Members' Cup beating Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City before losing to eventual runner-up Luton Town in the quarter final.[1]

Final league tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
9 Manchester City 44 19 8 17 80 60 +20 65
10 Oldham Athletic 44 18 11 15 72 64 +8 65
11 Stoke City 44 17 11 16 50 57 −7 62
12 Swindon Town 44 16 11 17 73 60 +13 59
13 Leicester City 44 16 11 17 62 61 +1 59

ResultsEdit

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second DivisionEdit

Match Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 15 August 1987 Birmingham City A 0–2 13,137
2 18 August 1987 Hull City H 1–1 9,139 Ford 68'
3 22 August 1987 Middlesbrough H 1–0 9,345 Berry 60' (pen)
4 29 August 1987 Ipswich Town A 0–2 11,149
5 31 August 1987 Leicester City H 2–1 9,948 Saunders 4' Heath 45'
6 5 September 1987 Sheffield United A 0–0 10,086
7 12 September 1987 Bradford City H 1–2 9,571 Berry 50'
8 16 September 1987 Reading A 1–0 5,349 Parkin 50'
9 19 September 1987 Manchester City A 0–3 19,322
10 26 September 1987 Huddersfield Town H 1–1 8,665 Ford 74'
11 30 September 1987 Leeds United A 0–0 17,208
12 3 October 1987 Bournemouth H 1–0 8,104 Ford 77'
13 10 October 1987 Plymouth Argyle H 1–0 8,275 Heath 10'
14 17 October 1987 Blackburn Rovers A 0–2 7,280
15 20 October 1987 Swindon Town A 0–3 9,160
16 24 October 1987 Aston Villa H 0–0 13,494
17 31 October 1987 Barnsley A 2–5 5,908 Shaw 62', Ford 75'
18 7 November 1987 West Bromwich Albion H 3–0 9,992 Berry 16' (pen), Heath 45', Parkin 77'
19 14 November 1987 Crystal Palace A 0–2 8,309
20 21 November 1987 Millwall H 1–2 7,998 Heath 36'
21 28 November 1987 Shrewsbury Town A 3–0 5,158 Dixon 22', Ford 25', Saunders 32'
22 8 December 1987 Oldham Athletic H 2–2 6,470 Shaw 14', Heath 77'
23 12 December 1987 Middlesbrough A 0–2 12,289
24 19 December 1987 Reading H 4–2 6,968 Morgan 52', Talbot 72', Henry 82', Ford 85'
25 26 December 1987 Huddersfield Town A 3–0 9,510 Morgan 55', Parkin 75', Shaw 84'
26 28 December 1987 Manchester City H 1–3 18,020 Berry 82' (pen)
27 1 January 1988 Ipswich Town H 1–2 9,976 Morgan 8'
28 2 January 1988 Bradford City A 4–1 12,223 Morgan 10', Ford 14', Dixon 39', Henry 64'
29 16 January 1988 Birmingham City H 3–1 10,076 Talbot 7', Henry (2) 82', 87'
30 6 February 1988 Sheffield United H 1–0 9,344 Saunders 63'
31 13 February 1988 Hull City A 0–0 6,424
32 23 February 1988 Leeds United H 2–1 10,129 Heath 35', Berry 90'
33 27 February 1988 Bournemouth A 0–0 6,871
34 5 March 1988 Blackburn Rovers H 2–1 14,098 Morgan 14', Shaw 76'
35 12 March 1988 Plymouth Argyle A 0–3 8,749
36 16 March 1988 Leicester City A 1–1 10,502 Shaw 72'
37 19 March 1988 Barnsley H 3–1 8,029 Daly 53', Henry 60', Hemming 78'
38 26 March 1988 Aston Villa A 1–0 20,392 Heath 71'
39 2 April 1988 West Bromwich Albion A 0–2 12,144
40 4 April 1988 Crystal Palace H 1–1 9,613 Shaw 43'
41 9 April 1988 Oldham Athletic A 1–5 6,505 Heath 23'
42 23 April 1988 Swindon Town H 1–0 6,293 Stainrod 16'
43 30 April 1988 Millwall A 0–2 12,636
44 2 May 1988 Shrewsbury Town H 1–1 7,452 Stainrod 59'

FA CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R3 9 January 1988 Liverpool H 0–0 31,979
R3 Replay 12 January 1988 Liverpool A 0–1 39,147

League CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R2 1st Leg 22 September 1987 Gillingham H 2–0 7,189 Shaw (2) 18', 65'
R2 2nd Leg 6 October 1987 Gillingham A 1–0 5,039 Morgan 12'
R3 27 October 1987 Norwich City H 2–1 8,603 Daly 14', Talbot 17'
R4 17 November 1987 Arsenal A 0–3 30,059

Full Members' CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
R1 10 November 1987 Portsmouth A 3–0 3,226 Heath 16', Daly 36', Shaw 51'
R2 2 December 1987 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–0 15,228 Berry 54'
R3 19 January 1988 Leicester City A 0–0 (5–3 pens) 5,161
QF 1 March 1988 Luton Town A 1–4 4,480 Shaw 71'

Isle of Man TrophyEdit

Round Opponent Result
Group match 1 Isle of Man XI 3–1
Group match 2 Wigan Athletic 2–0
Semi Final Hibernian 1–0
Final Dundee 1–0

FriendliesEdit

Match Opponent Venue Result
1 Port Vale H 2–0
2 Eastwood Hanley A 1–1
3 Newcastle Town A 0–0
4 Derby County H 0–0
5 Port Vale A 1–1
6 Telford United A 3–3

Squad statisticsEdit

Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Full Members' Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK   Scott Barrett 27 0 2 0 1 0 3 0 33 0
GK   Peter Fox 17 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 21 0
DF   Steve Bould 30 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 36 0
DF   Cliff Carr 39(2) 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 48(2) 0
DF   Lee Dixon 29 2 2 0 4 0 3 0 38 2
DF   Lee Fowler 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
DF   Chris Hemming 20(4) 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 23(4) 1
DF   Andy Holmes 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2(1) 0
DF   Kevin Lewis 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
DF   Mick Mills 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF   Brian Talbot 19(3) 2 2 0 1 1 2 0 24(3) 3
MF   Ian Allinson 6(3) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 7(3) 0
MF   Carl Beeston 12 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
MF   George Berry 35(1) 5 2 0 4 0 4 1 45(1) 6
MF   Gerry Daly 16(5) 1 0 0 4 1 4 1 24(5) 3
MF   Tony Ford 44 7 2 0 4 0 4 0 54 7
MF   Tony Henry 22 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 24 5
MF   Steve Parkin 42(1) 3 2 0 3 0 2 0 49(1) 3
MF   David Puckett 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
MF   Paul Ware 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW   Ian Gibbons 0(1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(1) 0
FW   Gary Hackett 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW   Phil Heath 32(7) 8 0 0 4 0 3(1) 1 39(8) 9
FW   Nicky Morgan 27(1) 5 2 0 3 1 3 0 35(1) 6
FW   Carl Saunders 15(2) 3 0 0 1 0 2(1) 0 18(3) 3
FW   Graham Shaw 30(3) 6 0(2) 0 4 2 2(1) 2 36(6) 10
FW   Simon Stainrod 11(1) 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 15(1) 2

ReferencesEdit

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