1900–01 Blackpool F.C. season

Blackpool F.C.
Season 1900–01
LeagueDivision Two
League position12th
Top goalscorerBob Birkett (10)
Highest home attendance4,000 (v. Woolwich Arsenal)[1]
Lowest home attendance500 (v. Barnsley)[1]
Previous season1898–99
Next season1901–02

The 1900–01 season was Blackpool F.C.'s first season back in the Football League (fourth total). They competed in the eighteen-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing twelfth.

Arrivals, either during the season in exile or during this campaign, included Jack Parkinson (returning after a season with Liverpool), goalkeeper Joe Dorrington from Blackburn Rovers, Jack Birchall, John Burden, Edward Threlfall, Alfred Boulton, Lorenzo Evans, former schoolboy Harold Hardman, and Geordie Anderson. Out went Henry Parr (who played in the club's first game in the Football League), Jack Morris (despite scoring four goals in his five appearances the previous season), and Gamble.

Bob Birkett top-scored with ten goals in his 32 appearances. Goalkeeper Joe Dorrington was ever-present throughout the club's 34 league games.

Season review

Blackpool's starting eleven for the opening game of the season featured eight new players from the squad of two seasons earlier, plus Jack Parkinson, who returned from a season with Liverpool while Blackpool were in their exile from the Football League.

New Brighton Tower were their first opponents, and Blackpool returned from Wallasey with a point after a goalless draw, goalkeeper Joe Dorrington keeping a clean sheet on his Football League debut for the club.

On 8 September, Gainsborough Trinity were the first visitors to Bloomfield Road for a League game. In front of a "good" attendance, the honours were shared with a 1–1 draw.[2] Bob Birkett scored for the hosts in a game in which an 18-year-old Harold Hardman made his debut.[3]

Blackpool's first victory of the season followed, 2–1 at Walsall, with Birkett and Lorenzo Evans finding the net.

Two more victories ensued — 2–0 at home to Burton Swifts (Harry Stirzaker and Birkett), and 1–0 at Barnsley (Evans).

October began with two 1–1 home draws — firstly against Woolwich Arsenal (Hardman getting his first goal for the club), then against Chesterfield (Parkinson).

Blackpool continued their unbeaten start to the season with a single-goal victory at Stockport County on 20 October, Birkett getting the goal.

The following week Small Heath visited the seaside and held their hosts to a goalless draw.

After a two-week break, Blackpool hosted Lincoln City on 10 November. A double from Birkett gave the Seasiders both points.

Blackpool's third successive home game ended in a goalless draw against Glossop North End on 24 November.

After an eleven-game unbeaten run, Blackpool suffered their first defeat on 1 December, 3–1 at Middlesbrough. Jack Leadbetter scored his only goal of the season for Blackpool.

Two defeats followed — at home to local rivals Burnley by a single goal, and 4–0 at Burslem Port Vale.

Blackpool's first win five games was obtained on 22 December, by a single goal, at home to Leicester Fosse. Birkett scored the goal, his seventh of the campaign.

A Boxing Day visit to Newton Heath resulted in a 4–0 defeat, while another road trip, to New Brighton Tower three days later, was also met with defeat. Evans scored his third of the season in the 1–2 result.

Into the New Year, and Blackpool strung three successive wins together for the second time in the season. Firstly, they travelled to Gainsborough Trinity and won 3–1, with Hardman, Jack Birchall (his first for the club), and Stirzaker finding the net. Next, they hosted Walsall and won courtesy of a solitary Evans strike. Finally, on 19 January, Blackpool beat Burton Swifts 2–1 at Peel Croft. Birkett and Stirzaker were the scorers.

To offset their run of victories, Blackpool went on to lose their next two games — at Grimsby Town and Chesterfield, respectively — both by a 2–0 scoreline.

Blackpool returned to winning ways on 23 February with a 3–0 result at home to Stockport County. Parkinson, Stirzaker (penalty), and Birchall got the goals.

On 2 March, Blackpool suffered a record 10–1 defeat at Small Heath. Geordie Anderson, on his debut after joining from Blackburn Rovers, scored Blackpool's goal.

Grimsby Town completed a double over Blackpool seven days later, and that was followed by a 3–0 defeat at Lincoln City on 16 March.

Blackpool stemmed the tide four days later with a 1–1 draw at Barnsley, Birkett scoring their goal, but another defeat followed — 2–1 at home to Newton Heath, with Birkett netting his tenth and final goal of the season.

On 30 March, Glossop North End put six past Blackpool without reply.

Blackpool were victorious for the first time in six games thanks to a 2–1 result against Burslem Port Vale at Bloomfield Road on 5 April. Stirzaker and Parkinson scored the hosts' goals.

The very next day, Middlesbrough returned to the North East pointless after Blackpool won 3–0, Anderson, Parkinson, and a 'Boro own goal doing the damage.

Blackpool's travelled to London on 8 April to face Woolwich Arsenal. Stirzaker scored for Blackpool, but the visitors lost 3–1.

For Blackpool's fourth game in five days, they visited Leicester Fosse and lost by the same scoreline. Parkinson scored his fifth of the campaign.

The season concluded with a visit to Lancashire neighbours Burnley, who ended their season on a high with a 4–0 victory.


1 Grimsby Town 34 20 9 5 60 33 1.818 49
2Small Heath341910557242.37548
4New Brighton Tower34178957381.50042
5Glossop North End341581151331.54538
7Woolwich Arsenal341561339351.11436
8Lincoln City341371443391.10333
9Burslem Port Vale3411111245470.95733
10Newton Heath341441642381.10532
11Leicester Fosse3411101339371.05432
13Gainsborough Trinity3410101445600.75030
17Stockport County341132038680.55925
18Burton Swifts34842234660.51520

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GA = Goal average; Pts = Points

Player statistics


Players used: 18

No appearances: Nicholas Gillett.


Total goals scored: 32 (plus one own-goal)



Date Player From Fee
1900 Jack Parkinson[6] Liverpool Unknown
1900 Joe Dorrington Blackburn Rovers Unknown
1900 Jack Birchall Liverpool Unknown
1900 John Burden Unknown Unknown
1900 Edward Threlfall Unknown Unknown
1900 Alfred Boulton Unknown Unknown
1900 Lorenzo Evans Unknown Unknown
1900 Harold Hardman Schoolboy Free
1900 James Baxendale Unknown Unknown
1900 Geordie Anderson Blackburn Rovers Unknown
1900 Thomas Speight Unknown Unknown
1900 Thomas Taylor Unknown Unknown


The following players left between the end of the 1898–99 season (two seasons earlier) and the beginning of this one:

Date Player To Fee
1899–1900 F.A. Fletcher Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 Henry Parr Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 E.L. Williams Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 Thomas Hoyle Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 W. Atherton Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 Alex Stuart Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 J. Banks Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 H. Elston Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 G.F. Gamble Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 Arthur Nightingale Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 Jack Morris Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 J. Cartmell Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 F. Harrison Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 Andrew Hateley Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 John Scarr Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 R. Eaves Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 J. Kirkham Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 W.A. Dewhurst Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 F. Mayor Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 J. Dickson Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 E. Exton Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 G. Gosling Unknown Unknown
1899–1900 William Harrison Unknown Unknown


  1. 1 2 Attendances were approximated by the reporter at the ground.
  2. Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, p. 176
  3. Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992, p. 177
  4. Failed to be re-elected to the Football League
  5. Ever-present
  6. Prior to Blackpool's season in exile from the Football League, Parkinson was transferred to Liverpool


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