1901–02 Blackpool F.C. season

Blackpool F.C.
Season 1901-02
LeagueDivision Two
League position13th
Top goalscorerGeordie Anderson (12)
Highest home attendance6,000 (v. Preston North End, Burnley)[1]
Lowest home attendance1,000 (v. Doncaster Rovers)[1]
Previous season1900-01
Next season1902-03

The 1901-02 season was Blackpool F.C.'s fifth season (second consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the eighteen-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing thirteenth.

New arrivals this season included Jack Foster and William Anderton. Out had gone Jack Leadbetter, after 65 appearances for Blackpool.

Geordie Anderson was the club's top scorer, with twelve goals.

Two players were ever-present during the season: Jack Scott and Jack Birchall.

Bloomfield Road became Blackpool's permanent home for the start of the season.[2]

Season review

Blackpool began the season with a home game against Bristol City on 7 September. It was the visitors' first game in the Football League, and they returned south with both points after a 2–0 victory. Due to the club having no fit goalkeeper, Blackpool defender Harry Stirzaker played between the posts.

Burton Wanderers were Blackpool's next opponents, at Peel Croft, and the spoils were shared in a 1–1 draw. Jack Foster, in only his second game for Blackpool, got their goal.

Another away game followed, at Stockport County on 21 September. Bob Birkett scored for Blackpool, but it was in vain as the Seasiders lost 3–1.

Newton Heath visited Bloomfield Road seven days later, and they took both points after a 4–2 victory. Geordie Anderson opened his scoring account for the season, netting both of Blackpool's goals.

October opened with an away fixture against Glossop North End. Sammy Brookes scored for Blackpool, but Glossop were the victors, 3–1.

Six games into the season, and Blackpool finally gained their first victory. It occurred against Doncaster Rovers at Bloomfield Road. Lorenzo Evans, Harold Hardman and Anderson got the hosts' goals in the 3–1 scoreline.

Two draws followed — 0–0 at Lincoln City and 2–2 at home to West Bromwich Albion, Foster and Hardman striking for the Seasiders in the latter.

Blackpool travelled to Barnsley on 9 November and won 2–1. Stirzaker, opening his account for the season, and Birkett secured the points for the visitors.

Successive defeats against Lancashire rivals ensued — 4–1 at home to Preston North End on 23 November, and 2–0 at Burnley a week later.

A victory, against Gainsborough Trinity, was achieved on 21 December, after a three-week break. Foster, Evans and Stirzaker scored Blackpool's goals in the 3–0 result at Bloomfield Road.

Four days later, Blackpool returned from London with a point after a goalless draw against Woolwich Arsenal.

1901 was rounded off with a 2–1 defeat at Middlesbrough on 28 December, Jack Parkinson getting his first goal of the season for Blackpool.

On New Year's Day, Blackpool welcomed Burslem Port Vale to Bloomfield Road. The home side won by a single goal, scored by Anderson, his fourth of the season.

Three days later, the Seasiders returned from Bristol City pointless after a 3–0 reversal.

Blackpool's stop-start season gained some consistency for the remainder of January, with three consecutive victories single-goal victories: at home to Burton Wanderers on 11 January (Parkinson), against Stockport County on 18 January, also at home (Parkinson), and at Newton Heath on the 25th (Anderson).

February began with a 1–1 draw at home to Glossop North End, Edward Threlfall netting his only goal of the season for the hosts.

On 8 February, Blackpool travelled to Doncaster Rovers, who exacted revenge for their 3–1 defeat back in October. Anderson, Parkinson and Anderton were on target for the visitors in their 4–3 loss.

Lincoln City were the visitors to Bloomfield Road the following week, and Blackpool dispatched them with a 3–0 victory, Anderson (two) and Anderton finding the net.

On 22 February, Blackpool suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, at eventual champions West Bromwich Albion. The match finished 7–2, with a double from Anderson for the visitors.

Three more defeats followed — 3–1 at home to Woolwich Arsenal (Parkinson), 2–0 at Barnsley, and 1–0 at Leicester Fosse. Club secretary Tom Barcroft played in goal for Blackpool in the latter game, deputising for the absent Joe Dorrington, who missed the team's train from Lancashire.

Blackpool travelled to Preston North End for the second West Lancashire derby of the season on 22 March, and the honours were shared in a 1–1 draw. Alfred Boulton scored his first and only goal for Blackpool.

A win, Blackpool's biggest of the season, followed at home to Leicester Fosse on 28 March. Anderson, Foster (two) and Parkinson were the scorers in the 4–0 scoreline.

Burnley made the short trip to Bloomfield Road the very next day, and they returned to East Lancashire with a defeat. Anderton and Anderson netted Blackpool's goals in their 2–1 win.

Blackpool's third game in four days ended in a 3–1 defeat at Chesterfield. Anderton scored his fourth of the campaign.

On 5 April, Blackpool travelled to Burslem Port Vale and won by a single Jack Scott strike.

After a goalless draw at home to Chesterfield on 12 April, Blackpool finished the season with two defeats — firstly 3–0 at Gainsborough Trinity on 19 April,1 and a week later at home to Middlesbrough, 2–0.


1 West Bromwich Albion 34 25 5 4 82 29 2.828 55
3Preston North End341861071322.21942
4Woolwich Arsenal341861050261.92342
5Lincoln City341413745351.28641
6Bristol City341761152351.48640
7Doncaster Rovers341381349580.84534
8Glossop North End3410121236400.90032
10Burton United341181546540.85230
12Burslem Port Vale341091543590.72929
14Leicester Fosse341251738560.67929
15Newton Heath341161738530.71728
17Stockport County34871936720.50023
18Gainsborough Trinity344111930800.37519

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: 20


Goals scored: 40



Date Player From Fee
1901 Jack Foster Unknown Unknown
1901 William Anderton Unknown Unknown
1901 Watty Allan Watford Unknown
1901 Sammy Brookes Unknown Unknown
1901 W. Higginson Unknown Unknown
1901 Tom Barcroft Unknown Unknown
1901 Joseph Billington Unknown Unknown


The following players left after the final game of the previous season:

Date Player To Fee
1901 Jack Leadbetter Unknown Unknown
1901 James Baxendale Unknown Unknown
1901 Richard Howson Unknown Unknown
1901 Thomas Speight Unknown Unknown
1901 Thomas Taylor Unknown Unknown
1901 John Jones Unknown Unknown


  1. 1 2 Attendances were approximated by the reporter at the ground.
  2. "A MOMENTOUS DATE - 23 DECEMBER 1899" - Seasiders.net
  3. 1 2 Ever-present

^1 Blackpool played the match with only ten players


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