Part 1 - Results
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Leeds City began 1912 facing a very real threat of having to
seek re-election to the Football League. Though there were six
teams below them in the rankings, the Peacocks enjoyed only a
meagre points advantage over them. They had just six victories
from their 21 games and the worst defensive record in the division,
having conceded 44 goals. The gloom was lifted a little by a 3-1
victory against Nottingham Forest on 30 December, but the future
was not bright, especially considering the parlous state of the
club's financial affairs.
City kicked off the New Year with a daunting challenge, at Stamford
Bridge, home of championship-chasing Chelsea. Leeds were not fancied
to gain even a point, but they gave a good account of themselves
and the Yorkshire Post rated them as "distinctly the better side
for the greater part of the first half". It was only down to Billy
McLeod's lack of sharpness that they were not ahead at the break,
but the 0-0 scoreline was encouraging.
The Londoners roused themselves after the resumption, though
their opening goal was fortunate. City skipper Tom Morris headed
clear only for the ball to strike Joe
Moran and rebound into the Leeds net. Chelsea moved into a
three goal lead, before the Citizens fought back, netting twice
through McLeod and Mick Foley. That was as good as it got, and
Chelsea netted a fourth to emerge clear winners.
The following week brought the excitement of an FA Cup-tie against
Glossop. The visitors' party made their way to the ground in a
fleet of cabs after arriving in Leeds by train and centre-forward
William Berwick twisted an ankle disembarking on arrival at Elland
Road. He had to be replaced by Herbert, with the veteran amateur
Herbert Stapley moving to centre.
Undeterred, Glossop took the game to City early on and the game
was played out in the Leeds half for the first fifteen minutes.
In that time Scottish international Tom Fitchie saw his shot strike
the angle of post and crossbar. City opened the scoring from their
first real attack with twenty minutes gone as Hugh
Roberts headed home a cross from Fred Croot.
Tom Mulholland's fierce
shot rattled the crossbar just before half time, Croot later hit
the post and Glossop's Stapley was denied by the bar after virtually
the last kick of the contest, but Roberts' goal was the only one
that counted and City had won a first round tie for the second
time in their brief history.
The Leeds public flocked to see the game, with 21,000 excited
spectators paying gate receipts of £570 for the privilege. Flaneur
wrote in the Leeds Mercury: "It was shown on Saturday that the
Leeds public need only the smallest encouragement to rally round
the club ... Is not this more than sufficient proof that first
class soccer would be supported splendidly in Leeds?"
Centre-forward Billy McLeod had not played well and his form
was at a low ebb. The Mercury's Flaneur opined, "There was one
distinct weakness in the Leeds City team. McLeod, who, on his
day, is as classy a player as the club possesses, was unaccountably
off colour. He lacked fire and determination, he was neither a
leader of forwards nor a good distributor of the ball, and he
was very easily dispossessed."
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The centre-forward received support by way of a fan's letter
printed in the Yorkshire Evening Post. "He is by far the best
centre Leeds City
have had, and he has more brains and ability than any other individual
in the team ... The fault is with the half-backs, who cannot hold
the opposing forwards sufficiently to be able to give a centre-forward
the chance he reasonably expects. Again, the inside men are small,
and cannot rush any opposing backs. This makes it all the harder
for the pivot of the front line to get through. My advice to Leeds
City spectators is to give up laying the blame upon McLeod for
missing opportunities which he never gets, and to digest the fact
that in the centre-forward they have a class man."
There was some truth in the letter, but McLeod was unquestionably
out of form and after playing in the home defeat against Clapton
Orient, he missed 6 of the next seven fixtures, declaring himself
unfit with a groin strain. In his absence, Mick Foley filled the
void energetically, if none too artistically. The Yorkshire Post
described him as "a somewhat unskilled hustler" and reported after
a win at Grimsby on 23 January: "Foley, if not showing special
talent as a distributor of the ball, certainly exhibited a pleasing
disposition to shoot for goal whenever a chance presented itself."
City were unlucky to lose to Clapton, for whom goalkeeper
Hugall,who would guest for Leeds during the First World War,
gave a memorable display. The Yorkshire Post: "Probably the City
have never had so much of the play in any match and finished on
the losing side." Flaneur wrote in the Mercury of "a young man
in a purple jersey, who seemed all arms, and who could anticipate
anything. No matter how the ball came to Hugall, high or low,
straight or from an acute angle, he stopped it and cleared, and
he wound up a wonderful afternoon's work by saving a penalty kick
from the foot of the usually certain Croot."
The Peacocks thoroughly merited their 2-1 victory at Grimsby,
but were hammered 4-1 at Bristol City a week later, with three
of the goals coming in the first 20 minutes.
The setback was poor preparation for the FA Cup clash with First
Division West Bromwich Albion on 3 February. Another 20,000-plus
crowd was on hand to see the Peacocks substantiate the popular
theory that they raised their game against high class opposition.
The pitch was covered with a foot of snow in the days before
the tie, but a multitude of men were set to work on shovelling
clear to ensure that the money spinning contest went ahead. The
move paid off and City banked gate receipts of £666.
The game was played in a driving snowstorm, but there was no
danger of abandonment as two well-matched teams battled for supremacy.
It was nip and tuck throughout.
Albion played against the storm in the first half and had a golden
opportunity to take the lead in the opening minutes when a penalty
was awarded against George Affleck for handball. Goalkeeper Hubert
Pearson was entrusted with the spot kick, but he had to dash back
smartly to his station when his shot struck the post.
City could not capitalise on their reprieve. They were regularly
on the attack with Hugh Roberts in splendid form on the right
wing, supplying a string of promising centres, but none could
be converted. Roberts was guilty of a cardinal miss himself when
he slammed a shot high over the bar with only the keeper to beat.
City had the advantage after the break, though Albion enjoyed
the clearer opportunities. There were no goals and the game seemed
to be drifting towards a replay.
However, Albion scored a controversial winner in the closing
seconds. Leeds lost possession on the left and West Bromwich winger
Claude Jephcott beat Alec Creighton
to send in a cross from the byline. Centre-forward
Sid Bowser controlled the ball and forced it home from close range.
There was considerable dispute about the legitimacy of the goal,
with home crowd and players equally vocal in their protests. They
argued on a variety of grounds, claiming offside, accusing Bowser
of hands as he controlled Jephcott's centre, and asserting that
Reinhardt had scooped the
ball round the post the ball before it crossed the goal line.
The referee, L F James of Birkenhead, consulted the linesman
before awarding the goal, to the frustration of City players and
Flaneur in the Mercury: "So open to question was the deciding
point that one can understand the disappointment of the home partisans.
Yet there was no justification for hooting Mr James and there
was no sense in the conduct of several hundred people who declined
to leave the ground until appealed to by Mr Scott-Walford. The
game was handled very well, indeed, and we must give the referee
credit for an honest decision on a point of which he was in a
much better position to judge than were the majority of those
who hooted him as he left the field.
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"There was more class to the work of the visitors, who placed
the ball with greater accuracy than their opponents, and showed
just sufficient superiority in method to suggest that they would
have won nicely in normal conditions of ground and weather. In
the prevailing conditions they attempted, in my judgement, rather
too much close passing, whereas the Leeds City men swung the ball
well out and played with great dash and fire.
"But the home team lacked coolness in front of goal; they were
deficient in that extra bit of class that makes the difference
between winning and losing matches. Roberts in the first half
and Enright in the second each had a magnificent chance to score
at close range, with the defence well beaten, but each man shot
wildly high above the bar. The chance that came to Roberts was
so excellent that he could have dribbled the ball in or placed
it just where he pleased had he been content to merely beat the
goalkeeper rather than anxious to burst the net."
Two Mulholland goals brought a victory in the local derby at
Huddersfield on 10 February and Enright scored the only goal against
Blackpool a week later to lift City seven points clear of the
re-election positions. The Peacocks' position was improving, but
all the teams below them had games in hand and when City lost
2-1 at bottom club Glossop on 24 February, the alarm bells started
City were one of three clubs on 21 points, and the four points
above them separated another six clubs. Glossop and Gainsborough
looked dead and buried with 15 and 14 points respectively, but
the number of games played was of greatest concern, with Leeds
having played more than any of their rivals.
City could only draw 0-0 at home to Hull City on 2 March and
lost the next three games on the bounce. The second of those saw
the team plumbing new depths with a 7-2 reverse at Fulham on 23
March. The 1-0 defeat at home to Derby a week later saw City drop
into the bottom two.
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On a positive note, Joe Moran and Joe
Enright were called up by the Irish selectors for the game
with Scotland on 16 March. They cemented their selection during
a friendly against Linfield in Belfast at the start of the month
in a 2-2 draw. The directors were unanimous in their decision
to release the two players for the international. In their absence,
City lost 2-1 at home to Bradford Park Avenue in a bad tempered
game that was peppered by fouls and watched by two antagonistic
sets of supporters.
The club's dismal financial situation mirrored the onfield chaos.
Scott-Walford had to vehemently deny newspaper
reports that City intended to sell gifted Welsh winger Hugh Roberts.
Nothing came of the rumours, but it was clear that the directors
desperately needed to raise funds to cover the club's operating
Flaneur in the Mercury: "Mr Scott-Walford has a great deal of
faith in the future of his young men, whom he regards as likely
to develop into a very fine side, and of whose general conduct
he speaks in the warmest terms ... The spade work that is being
done at Elland Road cannot be of any real value if so soon as
a player begins to stand out above his fellows he is lost to the
club because the City cannot afford to refuse tempting offers.
The necessity of parting with promising players, and the inability
of the club to purchase good men, are discouraging features ...
and it may be some years yet ere the Leeds public have the luxury
of First Division football, for which they are already ripe."
After the draw with Hull at the start of March, news broke that
Scott-Walford had reached the end of his tether. On 27 February
he informed the board of his intention to resign, writing as follows:
"I find it impossible for me to conduct the affairs of the club
any longer under present existing circumstances. As you know,
I have had to meet expenses, players' wages, etc, times without
number, also to advance transfer fees, signing on fees, and summer
wages during the past three years.
"The strain of these worries has caused a breakdown in my health,
for, as you all know, I have been ill for some considerable time.
I should, therefore, feel grateful if the directors will endeavour
to relieve me of the financial obligations that are due to me
from the club on or before March 31st, 1912.
"I feel it is a duty that I owe to my wife and family, and you
will agree it is not fair that a servant of the company should
be continually called upon to meet the club's liabilities. I must,
therefore, kindly ask you to make proper financial arrangements
or relieve me of my duties as secretary and general manager of
the club on March 31st next."
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The last sentence hinted that the letter might have been a ploy
to persuade the board to repay him, but if that was the case it
backfired. None of the directors deigned to discuss the matter
with Scott-Walford and the next he knew was that the club had
advertised in the Athletic News for someone to replace him as
At a board meeting at the end of January, Scott-Walford had been
instructed to prepare the details of a financial reconstruction
scheme. Following his resignation, he became persona non grata
at the club and was never asked to submit his scheme.
At the beginning of April Scott-Walford was reported to have
been appointed as secretary of Nottingham Forest, but the deal
fell through and he eventually re-emerged as manager at Southern
League Coventry City a year later.
By the end of March it was clear that Leeds City had reached
crisis point, with the bank's decision to call in the club's £8,000
overdraft the catalyst. Chairman
Norris Hepworth appointed a Receiver to handle the club's
affairs. Solicitor R Agar Chadwick issued a letter on the 27th
saying that the accountant Tom Coombs,
of King Street, Leeds, would henceforth manage the club's financial
The Yorkshire Post reported as follows:
"At the commencement of the present football season it was stated
that the indebtedness of the club to Mr Norris Hepworth, the chairman,
was £10,733, and that the club's total indebtedness to all sources
at that date was £13,297. At a special general meeting of the
shareholders, held just after the season commenced, the directors
submitted a scheme which aimed at the liquidation of the whole
of the club's indebtedness by an appeal for fresh capital. New
proposals were advanced by the shareholders, however, and a small
committee of shareholders was appointed to confer with the directors
on the matter, but apparently no substantial result has been forthcoming
from the movement. Mr Hepworth is still the principal creditor
of the club, and holds the bulk of the debentures."
Alf Masser, who had been installed by the shareholders as a director
following the previous discussions, called a public meeting on
the evening of Thursday 11 April at the Grand Central Hotel in
Leeds to consider the reconstruction scheme. Masser chaired the
meeting, saying that the large number of attendees had confirmed
"that there was a great and genuine demand for first class Association
football in Leeds and that they were not going to allow themselves
to go under without a very great effort. "(Hear, hear.) Masser
revealed Norris Hepworth's asking price for the transfer of his
interest in the club.
The Leeds Mercury: "Mr Hepworth had sunk in the club from £14,000
to £15,000. That amount would include the sum of money which would
be necessary to clear the club at the present moment from all
debt. Mr Hepworth had offered to him to transfer his interest
if he found a gentleman with £7,000. He had hoped to be able to
tell them that night that he had found such a gentleman. He had
been in touch with two or three gentlemen, and the most he could
tell them was that they were all nibbling, but he had not yet
had a genuine bite.
"He could offer to any such purchaser a team of players who had
been valued at from £3,500 to £4,000. The stands and ground equipment
had been valued at £4,000, so that he was able to offer in bona
fide cash value £8,000 for the £7,000 he was asking. In addition,
he wanted £3,000 from the old shareholders and the public, and
with that sum of money he was certain the future welfare and success
of the club was assured."
The Elland Road ground was not actually owned by Hepworth, but
he had an option to purchase it and was willing to transfer that
right to the club. The purchase price had been set at £4,500 and
it was proposed that if the deal proceeded £3,500 would be left
on mortgage until the club's financial position had started to
improve. It was promised that if the £3,000 sought from shareholders
was forthcoming, it would be made available for the purchase of
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It was proposed that the company would be refloated with a total
capital of £10,000, the first £3,000 to be issued initially at
a purchase price of 5s each with the rest to follow as circumstances
Receiver Tom Coombs was present and moved that, "This meeting
heartily endorses the scheme of reconstruction put forward by
Mr Masser, and pledges itself by all means in its power to assist
in raising the necessary funds to place the club in a sound financial
condition." This motion was carried unanimously and a number of
committees, divided across the wards of Leeds, were appointed
to raise the required funds.
It was clear that the management of the club had improved little
since Masser had criticised it so strongly in 1910/11.
Nothing could have provided more tangible evidence than the appalling
scenes witnessed at Elland Road when the ground was chosen to
host the FA Cup replay between Bradford City and Barnsley on 18
In March 1910, the Football Association had agreed to stage the
Barnsley-Everton Cup semi final at Elland Road and the event had
been spoiled by inept administration. Chaotic scenes resulted
from overcrowding and thousands more were locked outside.
City officials had claimed before that game that the stadium
could comfortably house 50,000 spectators. The gates were closed
an hour before kick off with less than 40,000 inside.
It was now accepted that the Elland Road enclosure could only
accommodate a crowd of 40,000. It seemed foolhardy therefore for
City directors to agree to the staging of a major derby which
was bound to attract an enormous crowd. As Yorkist noted in the
Leeds Mercury: "When the teams met at Barnsley there was a crowd
of about 25,000, and when they were at Bradford close on 40,000
people saw the match. These figures were easily beaten yesterday,
and had the ground been big enough there is not the least doubt
that the attendance would have reached 70,000. Nobody could dream
that the opening of the gates two hours before the start was not
early enough, but within an hour the ground was packed and there
were still thousands of people clamouring for admission."
When it became clear that demand for admission far exceeded the
capacity, ground officials again decided to lock the turnstiles,
denying thousands the opportunity to witness what was expected
to be a thrilling encounter. Frustrated by the move, a furious
mob stormed the Elland Road end of the ground and forced their
way in. Tragedy could have resulted as those already inside were
forced forward by the rush, pouring over the rails and onto the
pitch. They swarmed across the playing area and assumed possession
of the main stand with its empty seats, awaiting the arrival of
spectators with reservations. The police were helpless in the
face of the mass hysteria and could not prevent the theft of a
cash box containing more than £100. Three thieves were detained
and were convicted at Leeds Town Hall later in the week.
Yorkist takes up the story: "Hundreds of venturesome enthusiasts
crowded the housetops overlooking the ground, and others had the
temerity to climb onto the roof of the Leeds City secretary's
office, and they refused to be moved. The scene inside the enclosure
itself was one which will never be forgotten by all who witnessed
it, and many will have wounds and bruises to remind them of it.
"It seemed impossible that the crowd could be kept off the field
of play, though mounted officers were doing all in their power
to press the people back over the touchlines ... Naturally there
were numerous cases of fainting owing to the crush, and before
the game started there was a pitiful procession of fainting and
injured unfortunates carried across the ground to be treated by
the ambulance men underneath the chief stand. This continued practically
all through the game, but it is pleasing to record that there
was no serious mishap to any of the spectators, all of them being
afterwards able to proceed home.
"For a long time it looked impossible for the game to be started.
The crowd had ruined the playing pitch, which had been on the
soft side, and soon became like a ploughed field. The touchlines
and goal lines were
obliterated, and they had to be re-marked with whitewash before
play could begin. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the mounted
officers the crowd were pressed back, and the game was started
a few minutes late. Time after time, however, the crowd encroached
over the lines and play had to be stopped until they were forced
back and the lines re-marked with whitewash again.
"At half time the pent up crowd again broke loose and crowded
over the playing area, and it certainly now seemed hopeless to
attempt any further play, but the crowd was not bad natured, and
they were forced back again, and the game was restarted. The play
had to be frequently stopped, however, and eventually, five or
ten minutes before time, the referee found it was hopeless to
proceed, and he sounded his whistle and motioned the players to
leave the field. Neither side had scored, and in the ordinary
way, an extra half hour should have been played, but no more play
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"The official return of the attendance was that 37,000 paid for
admission, the turnstile receipts being £1,800. This does not
include the money from the sale of tickets. It is estimated that
about 30,000 people saw the match, and that the receipts will
eventually amount to over £2,000."
The money was very useful, but Leeds City took little credit
from the day. Their reputation was badly damaged, and nothing
could have made it clearer that the directors cared less for the
safety and comfort of spectators than they did for filthy lucre.
It was evident that nothing had been learned from their previous
Away from the controversy, successive home draws against Birmingham
(during which George Affleck and Birmingham outside-right Hastings
were dismissed) and Stockport on Good Friday and Easter Saturday
(5 and 6 April) kept City in the bottom two and their visit to
Cup finalists Barnsley on 11 April assumed must win status.
Billy McLeod scored two goals, his first since 6 January and
Fred Croot added two penalties to secure an exciting 4-3 victory,
but the points were insufficient to take City out of the re-election
positions. They were locked on 26 points with Glossop and when
the Derbyshire team lost 2-1 at Clapton on 13 April to leave both
clubs with 3 games to play, it seemed certain that one of them
would face re-election alongside doomed Gainsborough.
City had a chance to steal a march on their rivals with a match
at Stockport on Monday
15 April. County themselves were not quite mathematically safe,
though it would have taken an extraordinary combination of results
to drag them into the mire.
City took the lead after ten minutes when McLeod, under the shadow
of the bar, headed home a centre from Fred Croot as the County
backs appealed vainly for offside. Rodgers equalised for Stockport
within two minutes, but City were ahead again on the half hour
when Mulholland scored from close range. Stockport were level
again by the break.
With ten minutes remaining, County keeper McIvor parried a Roberts
shot and McLeod headed City into the lead. That should really
have been enough to secure the points, but Stockport were in combative
form. Five minutes later they drew level for a third time when
Smith equalised from a corner and the match ended 3-3.
The draw took Leeds a point clear of Glossop, but when City dropped
a home point to Wolves on 20 April as Glossop hammered Bristol
City 3-0, the teams were tied again on 28 points. City's inferior
goal average and Glossop's game in hand gave the Derbyshire team
a clear advantage.
It was no real comfort, but City had been unlucky to draw against
Wolves. The Midlanders had equalised from a rare attack and Mulholland
was denied by the bar three minutes from time.
Leeds now faced a crucial final game at Leicester with their
very survival as a League club resting on the outcome of the match.
City set their stall out from the start and they should have
scored twice within the first five minutes. But Fosse custodian
Mearns was in splendid form and proved equal to everything the
Peacocks could throw at him. The Leicester eleven had no sympathy
for their opponents' plight and took the lead midway through the
City got a second wind after the break and were on continual
attack. However, Leicester broke away to grab a second goal. Enright
managed to pull one back with a fine drive and City poured forward
in search of an equaliser. It was all in vain as Leicester held
out to secure a 2-1 victory.
Though Glossop lost 2-0 at Birmingham that same afternoon, their
goal average kept them clear of City. They had a game still to
come, at Barnsley two days later, but would have had to lose by
ten goals for City to avoid the re-election vote. They lost, but
only by a single goal, and the 78 that City had conceded ensured
it was they who had to rely on the votes of their fellow clubs
to preserve their Second Division status.
Alf Masser had indicated that "he had received assurances from
responsible members of the Football League that wherever Leeds
City were at the end of the season, they would be re-elected,"
but nothing was certain.
Indeed, before the end of April, City were forced to issue hasty
and strenuous denials of a number of recent announcements. There
had been claims that George Morrell of Woolwich Arsenal had been
appointed to replace Frank Scott-Walford as secretary and two
local worthies, Ed Wood and Samuel Samuel, had agreed to invest
the £7,000 required to put the club on its feet again. Further,
according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, "most of the players
of the club
were up in arms because of an announcement which appeared in the
morning papers that only eight of their number were to be signed
on for another season."
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There had been "intelligent anticipation" about the appointment
of Morrell. Hepworth confirmed that he had held discussions with
him in London and that "It is a thousand to one that Mr Morrell
will get the appointment. But I have practically only settled
with him this morning, so that no one in Leeds had any authority
for stating last night that Mr Morrell had been appointed."
It was also reported that the Receiver, Tom Coombs, had only
just asked the City directors to meet him to discuss players.
He wrote to them as follows, "As you are aware it is imperative
and necessary that the list of players to be retained and those
who are to be put on the transfer list should be made up and completed
this week. I shall therefore esteem it a favour if you will be
good enough to meet me at Elland Road on Friday, the 26th inst,
at two o'clock, for the purpose of giving me your advice and counsel
as to the players who ought to be signed on and those who ought
to be placed on the transfer list. This invitation has been sent
to the directors, Messrs Henry, Masser, Whiteman and Bromley and
to Mr Clifford Hepworth, as Mr N R Hepworth's representative."
Coombs was angry about the release of misleading statements and
claimed that they did nothing but harm at a difficult time for
the club. He told the Evening Post, "Association football in Leeds
ought to be successful, can be successful and will be successful.
If only the public of Leeds will stand by the club and have a
little patience and confidence we shall yet have a club at Elland
Road capable of taking its place in the front rank of Association
It was confirmed that the required £7,000 had not yet been raised
and that while Alf Masser had held positive discussions with Wood
and Samuel, nothing had been agreed. Speculation could only lead
to delays and should be avoided at all costs.
The Evening Post profiled the supposed new City manager. "Morrell
has been looked upon as almost a fixture at Woolwich, and during
the four and a half years in which he has been associated with
the club he has seen many exciting periods ... He had to take
charge of the club when it was in a bad financial position ...
Messrs Norris and Hall of Fulham came along with money and assistance,
and once this was done the way was paved for Mr Morrell to build
up a team. He went in mainly for young players, and was never
keen on paying large transfer fees. A native of Glasgow, he was,
prior to taking up the reins at Woolwich, manager for Greenock
Morton, a famous Scottish club, for three and a half years. His
first experience in football management, however, was as assistant
to William Wilton, secretary of the Glasgow Rangers."
Within the week, it was announced that Morrell had turned down
the City post after originally indicating that he would accept.
A number of friends and acquaintances had persuaded him to remain
It was a sad disappointment for City, but there was soon better
news. On Monday, 6 May, the Leeds Mercury reported that an appointment
had finally been made. "The Leeds City club appear to have made
a distinct capture in their new football manager, Mr
"It was about a decade ago he first made the acquaintance of
the Cobblers. He left there to play for the Spurs in 1904, but
came back as player manager in 1907. The Cobblers
were at the time in terrible straits. They were the wooden spoonists
of the Southern League, and only Mr A J Darnell's persistent pleading
saved them from relegation.
"Mr Chapman was the physician called in, and he succeeded in
healing their wounds. In his first year the Cobblers climbed into
sixth position in the Southern League ladder. The next year they
actually won championship honours. The balance sheet showed splendid
gate receipts and members' subscriptions totalled £1,855 in April
1907; in the return published for 1910/11 they aggregated £5,309,
and when the complete return is issued for the past season further
progress will be seen. Both the ground and the stand accommodation
have been materially improved.
"Northampton folk will be sorry indeed to lose Mr Chapman, but
there is not one of them who will not wish him the best of luck."
Chapman would certainly need "the best of luck" at Leeds. He
had but a couple of weeks to ensure that the City club would be
able to garner sufficient votes to ensure that they remained members
of the Football League. On the evidence of the disastrous season
they had just experienced, retention of their status might only
lead to further humiliation and Chapman had much work to do.
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