1908–09 Blackpool F.C. season

Blackpool F.C.
Season 1908-09
LeagueDivision Two
League position20th (bottom)
Top goalscorerLeague: Bob Whittingham (13)
Combined: Bob Whittingham (13)
FA CupSecond round
Highest home attendance10,000 (v. Oldham)[1]
Lowest home attendance2,000 (v. Gainsborough Trinity and Chesterfield)[1]
Previous season1907-08
Next season1909-10

The 1908-09 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 12th season (ninth consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the twenty-team Division Two, then the second tier of English football, finishing bottom. The club's application for re-election was successful.

Bob Whittingham top-scored for the second consecutive season. He achieved the feat despite his leaving the club for Bradford City in January.

Season synopsis

Blackpool were undefeated in their first five league games, a sequence that included two victories. Their first turnover, a 0–4 scoreline, occurred at Barnsley on 3 October.[2] They failed to win away from Bloomfield Road in the League; a record that would not be equalled for 106 years.[3]

Only seven more victories ensued in their 31 remaining league games,[2] which largely accounted for their lowly finishing position. Of the eleven league games in which Bob Whittingham scored, Blackpool won four, drew five and lost two. After his departure, they only won three of their remaining sixteen games.[2]

The club's FA Cup run ended at the second-round stage, with a 2–1 defeat at Newcastle United on 6 February. They defeated Hastings & St Leonards United 2–0 in the first round.


1 Bolton Wanderers 38 24 4 10 59 28 2.107 52
2Tottenham Hotspur382011767322.09451
3West Bromwich Albion381913656272.07451
4Hull City381961363391.61544
5Derby County3816111155411.34143
6Oldham Athletic381761555431.27940
7Wolverhampton Wanderers3814111356481.16739
9Gainsborough Trinity381581549700.70038
12Leeds City381471743530.81135
13Grimsby Town381471741540.75935
15Clapton Orient381291737490.75533
16Bradford Park Avenue381361951590.86432
18Stockport County381432139710.54931

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: 28

FA Cup

Players used: 15



League goals scored: 46

FA Cup

FA Cup goals scored: 3



Date Player From Fee
1907 S. Whittingham
1908 George Beare Southampton
1908 Herbert Lyon Swindon Town
1908 Amos Baddeley Stoke City
1908 Eddie Whiteside
1908 P.C. Miller
1908 Herbert Lyon Swindon Town
1908 Eddie Latheron Guest
1908 Andrew Swan
1908 C. Stephenson
1908 Thomas Walker
1908 Charles Gladwin
1908 Arthur Whalley
1908 Benjamin Tonge
1908 R.L. Sterling
1908 Harry Dawson Everton
1908 Richard Bradshaw
1908 Charles Gillibrand


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

Date Player To Fee
1907 Ginger Owers West Bromwich Albion
1907 Horace King
1907 Horace Brindley Crewe Alexandra
1907 W. Lowe
1907 Frederick Rose
1907 J. Gow
1908 Walter Cookson Retired
1908 Hugh Rimmer
1908 Fred Heywood
1908 John Waddington
1908 William Birch Nottingham Forest


  1. 1 2 Attendances were approximated by the reporter at the ground.
  2. 1 2 3 Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, p. 192, Breedon Books Sport
  3. "Clark’s questions after matching 106 year record" - Blackpool Gazette, 27 April 2015
  4. Failed to be re-elected to the Football League


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