Hall of Shame #32: 1901/02 Season
The 1901/02 season for Swindon Town was one of our worst ever campaigns and a new entrant to our Hall of Shame…
In the Amatuer days in the Southern League, where Town were founder members of Southern League Division One in 1894, the 1901/02 season was woeful.
In those early times, Town were playing football wearing green bodies with white sleeves, after ditching a white shirt and black short combo in 1897. Following the club being unable to source a suitable green dye, the only positive to arise from the dreadful 1901/02 season was a change to a new strip of red shirts.
That colour change did Swindon no good whatsoever. Town finished bottom of the 16 team Southern League Division One with a pathetic return of just seven points from 30 games. This was Swindon’s worst points return in our 22 Southern League seasons between 1894/95 to 1919/20.
This seven point total over the course of a season also remains the fewest points return per game for Town in any competitive league. This amounts to 0.23 points per game using two points for a win and 0.3 points per game for three points for a win – equivalent to 14 points over a 46 game game season.
Town won only two games in 1901/02: a 2-1 win over Millwall Athletic in September and a 4-1 victory over the mighty Wellingborough in March. Three draws were secured against Brentford, Southampton and New Brompton. All the seven points were secured at the County Ground – all very indicative of early Southern League football and the difficulties of winning on your travels.
Swindon were defeated in the remaining 25 games, including thrashings away by Southampton (1-6), Kettering Town (1-10), Northampton Town (0-8), Tottenham Hotspur (1-7) and New Brompton (0-5).
With a seven point return, finishing 14 points behind 14th placed Wellingborough, Town slumped to the bottom of the division for the second season running, needing a ‘Test Match’ to retain League status again.
Surprisingly though, Town managed to avoid relegation after a disastrous season, when they beat ‘non-league’ Fulham 3-1 in a Test Match.
Swindon also finished bottom of the Western League, drawing two and losing fourteen of their sixteen games – and they decide to resign from the competition at the end of the season – never to return.
Southern League Division One: 16th of 16
Western League Division One: 9th of 9
Swindon vs Bristol Rovers match reports from 1901/02 – http://beforethetoteend.weebly.com/190102-southern-league-div-1.html
|4||West Ham United||30||17||6||7||45||28||1.61||40|
|12||Queens Park Rangers||30||9||6||15||34||55||0.62||24|
|15||Brentford||30||7||6||17||34||61||0.56||20||Relegation test matches|