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194647 Stoke City F.C. season


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The 194647 season was Stoke City's 40th season in the


Football League and the 26th in the First Division.
After seven years out the Football League made a
welcome return for the 194647 season. Stoke were
boosted by their time in the war leagues where they used
many younger players to speed up their development. So
Stoke now with a squad full of talent went on to achieve
the finest league season in the club's history as they were
involved in their first real attempt at winning the English
title. The season was expanded until June due to a poor
winter weather wise and on the final day of the season
Stoke needed to beat Sheffield United to claim their first
league title, but with the unhappy Stanley Matthews now
moved on to Blackpool, Stoke lost 21 and ended up in
4th position.[1] The 194647 season finish of 4th is only
matched by the performance by the Stoke team of the
193536 season.[1]

Contents
1 Season review
1.1 League
1.2 FA Cup
2 Final league table
3 Results
3.1 Legend
3.2 Football League First Division
3.3 FA Cup
4 Squad statistics
5 References

Stoke City
194647 season
Chairman

Mr H. Booth

Manager

Bob McGrory

Stadium

Victoria Ground

Football
League First

4th (55 Points)

Division
FA Cup

Fifth Round

Top goalscorer League: Freddie Steele (29)


All: Freddie Steele (31)
Highest home

45,000 vs Wolverhampton

attendance

Wanderers (26 October 1946)

Lowest home

23,450 vs Bolton Wanderers (2

attendance

September 1946)

Average home
league
attendance

30,863

Home colours
194546

194748

Season review
League
After a seven-year break the Football League returned for the 194647 season.[1] Stoke, relying on many of
their wartime discoveries along with quite a few who had served the club before the war commenced, were
confident of doing well, and manager Bob McGrory announced that his squad consisted of 45 players (19 of
them were amateurs) of which 22 were eventually used.[1] As the season took its course a number of players
were sold for a profit and the only signing McGrory made was that of 31 years old goalkeeper Arthur
Jepson.[1] McGrory indicated that with full-time training, his side would thrive and given the right coaching
and facilities in which to train and reach peak fitness.[1] And he was proved right, despite the team picking
up one point in their first four matches, the side started to play as a unit and thanks to two unbeaten runs, a

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challenge was made for top spot.[1]


By October the saga involving Stanley Matthews and McGrory reared its ugly head again this time after the
manager had asked the England winger to 'prove his fitness' in the reserves.[1] Matthews now living in
Blackpool refused and he drifted in and out of the squad following the fall out.[1] One of the worst winters
on the 20th century gripped Britain in 1947 and consequently the football season was extended into June and
indeed it was late in the season when Stanley Matthews again asked to leave. He was 32, and running his
own hotel with his wife in Blackpool, and he named the club he wanted to join unsurprisingly it was the
Bloomfield Road club Blackpool.[1] Matthews was worried that his career had only four years left and
wanted to end it near his business.[1] Matthews' career would however continue for another 20 years.[1]
The 194647 season came to a climax in mid June when Stoke visited Sheffield United. A victory at
Bramall Lane would give Stoke the league title, anything less would hand the honour to Liverpool.[1] Stoke
took around 10,000 of their fans to Sheffield but it was the "Blades" who proved to be too sharp for Stoke as
they scored twice and despite Alexander Ormston replying for Stoke the title bid was over.[1] Stoke were
awarded 110 'talent money' for their performance during the season.[1]

FA Cup
Stoke beat Tottenham Hotspur and Chester both after replays before meeting Sheffield United who again
proved be their bogey side winning 10 in front of 39,683 at the Victoria Ground.[1]

Final league table

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Pos

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GA

Pts

Liverpool

42

25

10

84

52

1.615

57

Manchester United

42

22

12

95

54

1.759

56

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

25

11

98

56

1.750

56

Stoke City

42

24

11

90

53

1.698

55

Blackpool

42

22

14

71

70

1.014

50

Sheffield United

42

21

14

89

75

1.187

49

Preston North End

42

18

11

13

76

74

1.027

47

Aston Villa

42

18

15

67

53

1.264

45

Sunderland

42

18

16

65

66

0.985

44

10 Everton

42

17

16

62

67

0.925

43

11 Middlesbrough

42

17

17

73

68

1.074

42

12 Portsmouth

42

16

17

66

60

1.100

41

13 Arsenal

42

16

17

72

70

1.029

41

14 Derby County

42

18

19

73

79

0.924

41

15 Chelsea

42

16

19

69

84

0.821

39

16 Grimsby Town

42

13

12

17

61

82

0.744

38

17 Blackburn Rovers

42

14

20

45

53

0.849

36

18 Bolton Wanderers

42

13

21

57

69

0.826

34

19 Charlton Athletic

42

11

12

19

57

71

0.803

34

20 Huddersfield Town

42

13

22

53

79

0.671

33

21 Brentford

42

26

45

88

0.511

25

22 Leeds United

42

30

45

90

0.500

18

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
Stoke's score comes first

Legend
Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division

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Match

Date

Opponent

Venue Result Attendance

Scorers

31 August 1946

Charlton Athletic

22

31,846

Steele, Ormston

2 September
1946

Bolton Wanderers

12

23,450

Steele

7 September
1946

Middlesbrough

45

45,000

Steele (3), Mountford

11 September
1946

Bolton Wanderers

23

25,300

Ormston, Mountford

14 September
1946

Derby County

32

35,000

Ormston, Mountford, Steele

16 September
1946

Leeds United

52

25,000

Ormston, Antonio (2),


Steele (2)

21 September
1946

Manchester United

32

40,000

Antonio, Steele (2)

28 September
1946

Preston North End

31

25,000

Antonio, Steele, Ormston

5 October 1946

Sheffield United

30

29,146

Steele (3)

10

12 October
1946

Chelsea

52

68,189

Steele, Ormston (3), Kirton

11

19 October
1946

Arsenal

01

62,000

12

26 October
1946

Wolverhampton
Wanderers

03

45,000

13

2 November
1946

Sunderland

10

53,000

14

9 November
1946

Aston Villa

00

35,000

15

16 November
1946

Portsmouth

31

38,000

Steele, Ormston, Peppitt

16

23 November
1946

Everton

21

27,798

Matthews, Antonio

17

30 November
1946

Huddersfield Town

01

26,767

18

7 December
1946

Blackpool

41

30,000

Steele, Peppitt, Baker,


Matthews

19

14 December
1946

Brentford

41

29,172

Peppitt (3), Ormston

20

21 December
1946

Blackburn Rovers

00

23,518

21

25 December
1946

Liverpool

21

30,518

Baker

Steele (2)

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22

26 December
1946

Liverpool

02

49,494

23

28 December
1946

Charlton Athletic

01

36,388

24

4 January 1947

Middlesbrough

31

33,986

25

18 January
1947

Derby County

03

31,156

26

1 February
1947

Preston North End

50

30,000

Peppitt (2), Steele (2),


Ormston

27

5 February
1947

Manchester United

11

8,456

Ormston (pen)

28

15 February
1947

Chelsea

61

30,469

Ormston (2), Peppitt (2),


Baker, Sellars

29

22 February
1947

Arsenal

31

31,642

Baker, Sellars, Jackson

30

1 March 1947

Wolverhampton
Wanderers

03

45,000

31

22 March 1947

Portsmouth

11

27,708

Steele

32

29 March 1947

Everton

22

40,092

Peppitt, Baker

33

4 April 1947

Grimsby Town

52

20,000

Peppitt, Steele (3), Ormston


(pen)

34

5 April 1947

Huddersfield Town

30

28,966

Steele, Ormston, Baker

35

7 April 1947

Grimsby Town

30

34,269

Ormston, Jackson (2)

36

12 April 1947

Blackpool

20

30,000

Ormston (pen), Mountford

37

19 April 1947

Brentford

31

25,000

Steele, Mountford,
Matthews

38

26 April 1947

Blackburn Rovers

20

26,300

Matthews, Ormston

39

3 May 1947

Leeds United

21

20,000

Steele (2)

40

17 May 1947

Sunderland

00

32,000

41

26 May 1947

Aston Villa

10

42,000

Mountford

42

12 June 1947

Sheffield United

12

30,000

Ormston

Peppitt, Mitchell (2)

FA Cup
Round
R3

Date

Opponent

Venue Result Attendance

Scorers

11 January 1947 Tottenham Hotspur

22

65,681

F Mountford, Ludford (o.g.)

R3 Replay 15 January 1947 Tottenham Hotspur

10

38,830

Matthews

R4

25 January 1947

Chester

00

18,500

R4 Replay 29 January 1947

Chester

32

22,863

Sheffield United

01

39,683

R5

8 February 1947

Steele (2), Ormston

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Squad statistics
Pos.

Name

League

FA Cup

Total

Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals

GK

Emmanuel Foster

GK

Dennis Herod

14

15

GK

Arthur Jepson

27

31

DF

Harry Brigham

12

12

DF

Neil Franklin

37

42

DF

John McCue

36

41

DF

Harry Meakin

DF

Billy Mould

30

35

MF

Roy Brown

MF

Jock Kirton

37

42

MF

Frank Mountford

26

30

MF

John Sellars

17

18

MF

Edward Wordley

FW

George Antonio

16

16

FW

Frank Baker

39

44

FW

John Jackson

FW

Stanley Matthews

23

28

FW

Bert Mitchell

FW

George Mountford

23

23

FW

Alexander Ormston

40

20

45

21

FW

Syd Peppitt

24

12

29

12

FW

Freddie Steele

38

29

43

31

Own goals

References
1. Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.

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