WBA 1922 team

1920’s – Games, results and tables

It was to be expected that the next season would be something of an anti-climax: a repetition of the previous league-winning season would have required quite heroic efforts. The team was living on its reputation, as is so often the case with champions out to hang on to their title, drawing the first four games although only losing three of the first sixteen.

The team was never really convincing even during this spell, suffering from a lack of goals something which had not been lacking in the previous season, with only three goals coming from the centre-forward position in the first twenty games.

In fact, during this time, the centre-forward spot was proving very difficult to fill being shared between Bentley, A.W. Smith, and young Harold Taylor for a run of only nine games in his one year in West Bromwich and bustling George James.

The situation deteriorated to such an extent that it was thought necessary to move into the transfer market and the fearsomely named Bobby Blood was bought from Port Vale. As it turned out, Blood, although quite a dynamic hard-shooting forward, was only a stop-gap, playing in but fifty-three games in his three years scoring twenty-six times but the problem remained.

Defensively, there were several lapses as changes were made, with Pennington’s understudies, Cook and Adams being given several outings in preparation for Pennington’s retirement, in Pennington’s absence, five goals were conceded, at Blackburn and Huddersfield.

The Cup run ended before they had begun, in the first round, as Notts County, relegated the year before gained revenge for the eight goals put past them at the Hawthorns by winning 3-0.

Games and results

DateEventHomeScoreAway
28-08-1920Newcastle1-1West Brom
01-09-1920West Brom1-1Liverpool
04-09-1920West Brom0-0Newcastle
06-09-1920Liverpool0-0West Brom
11-09-1920Bolton3-0West Brom
18-09-1920West Brom2-1Bolton
25-09-1920Derby1-1West Brom
02-10-1920West Brom3-0Derby
09-10-1920Blackburn5-1West Brom
16-10-1920West Brom1-1Blackburn
23-10-1920Huddersfiled5-1West Brom
30-10-1920West Brom3-0Huddersfield
06-11-1920Aston Villa0-0West Brom
13-11-1920West Brom2-1Aston Villa
27-11-1920West Brom2-0Bradford
04-12-1920West Brom4-1Sunderland
11-12-1920Sunderland3-0West Brom
18-12-1920West Brom1-2Everton
25-12-1920Man City4-0West Brom
27-12-1920West Brom2-2Man City
01-01-1921Everton2-2West Brom
08-01-1921FA Cup 1st RoundNotts County3-0West Brom
15-01-1921Man Utd1-4West Brom
22-01-1921West Brom0-2Man Utd
29-01-1921Middlesbrough0-1West Brom
05-02-1921West Brom0-1Middlesbrough
09-02-1921Bradford1-1West Brom
12-02-1921Chelsea3-0West Brom
23-02-1921West Brom3-1Tottenham
26-02-1921Tottenham1-0West Brom
12-03-1921Oldham0-3West Brom
14-03-1921West Brom1-1Chelsea
19-03-1921West Brom0-0Oldham
26-03-1921West Brom0-3Preston
28-03-1921Arsenal2-1West Brom
29-03-1921West Brom3-4Arsenal
02-04-1921Preston2-1West Brom
09-04-1921West Brom2-0Burnley
16-04-1921Burnley1-1West Brom
23-04-1921West Brom1-1Sheffield Utd
30-04-1921Sheffield Utd0-2West Brom
02-05-1921West Brom0-1Bradford Park Av
07-05-1921Bradford Park Av0-3West Brom

Division One 1920-21 final table

                              P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A  Pts
 1. BURNLEY                  42  17  3  1  56  16   6 10  5  23  20   59
 2. Manchester City          42  19  2  0  50  13   5  4 12  20  37   54
 3. Bolton Wanderers         42  15  6  0  53  17   4  8  9  24  36   52
 4. Liverpool                42  11  7  3  41  17   7  8  6  22  18   51
 5. Newcastle United         42  14  3  4  43  18   6  7  8  23  27   50
 6. Tottenham Hotspur        42  15  2  4  46  16   4  7 10  24  32   47
 7. Everton                  42   9  8  4  40  26   8  5  8  26  29   47
 8. Middlesbrough            42  10  6  5  29  21   7  6  8  24  32   46
 9. Arsenal                  42   9  8  4  31  25   6  6  9  28  38   44
10. Aston Villa              42  11  4  6  39  21   7  3 11  24  49   43
11. Blackburn Rovers         42   7  9  5  36  27   6  6  9  21  32   41
12. Sunderland               42  11  4  6  34  19   3  9  9  23  41   41
13. Manchester United        42   9  4  8  34  26   6  6  9  30  42   40
14. West Bromwich Albion     42   8  7  6  31  23   5  7  9  23  35   40
15. Bradford City            42   7  9  5  38  28   5  6 10  23  35   39
16. Preston North End        42  10  4  7  38  25   5  5 11  23  40   39
17. Huddersfield Town        42  11  4  6  26  16   4  5 12  16  33   39
18. Chelsea                  42   9  7  5  35  24   4  6 11  13  34   39
19. Oldham Athletic          42   6  9  6  23  26   3  6 12  26  60   33
20. Sheffield United         42   5 11  5  22  19   1  7 13  20  49   30
21. DERBY COUNTY             42   3 12  6  21  23   2  4 15  11  35   26
22. BRADFORD PARK AVENUE     42   6  5 10  29  35   2  3 16  14  41   24

Source: Football Statistics Archive (rsssf.com). Info by Stuart Jackson

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