1896–97 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1896–97 season
Chairman Bill Stephenson
Stadium Shotter's Field
London League Second Division 2nd (promoted)
London Senior Cup Semi-final
Middlesex Senior Cup Second qualifying round
West Middlesex Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Field (8)
All: Field (15)

During the 1896–97 English football season, Brentford competed in the London League Second Division, the club finished as runners-up to gain promotion.

Season summary[edit]

The goals of Oakey Field fired Brentford to promotion at the end of the season.

During the 1896 off-season, Brentford was elected into the Second Division of the newly-formed London League.[1] 1896–97 would mark the club's first full season of competitive league play since 1892–93, when it finished as champions of the West London Alliance.[2] Long-serving half back Jimmy Ray and outside left Tommy Stevenson were released and transferred in were forwards Oakey Field, Harold Hudson, J. Wade and left half Billy Smith.[1]

Despite a failure to win either the London Senior Cup, Middlesex Senior Cup or the West Middlesex Cup, Brentford took the London League Second Division by storm, losing just one match all season to finish as runners-up to champions Bromley and gain promotion to the First Division.[2] Attendances at Shotter's Field were rarely below 1,500 and forward Oakey Field and captain Arthur Charlton scored many of the team's goals.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Bromley 16 11 3 2 42 16 25
2 Brentford 16 9 6 1 42 19 24
3 Queens Park Rangers 16 10 1 5 31 14 21
4 Stanley 16 7 6 3 22 10 20
5 Hammersmith Athletic 16 5 3 8 18 25 13
6 Harrow Athletic 16 4 3 9 19 34 11
7 Forest Swifts 16 3 4 9 25 37 10
8 Fulham 16 3 4 9 17 40 10
9 West Croydon 16 3 4 9 12 33 10

Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted

Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

London League Second Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 3 October 1896 Fulham H 6–1 Wade, Field (3), H. Williams, Hester
2 21 November 1896 Fulham A 2–0 Steers, Ingram
3 5 December 1896 Bromley A 2–2 A. Williams, Swann (pen)
4 12 December 1896 West Croydon A 2–2 Hudson, Bailey
5 20 February 1897 Bromley H 3–2 Untraced, Hudson, Swann (pen)
6 6 March 1897 Harrow Athletic A 2–2 Field, Ingram
7 18 March 1897 West Croydon H 4–0 Untraced
8 24 March 1897 Stanley A 2–1 Field (2)
9 27 March 1897 Forest Swifts A 1–1 Field
10 31 March 1897 Hammersmith Athletic A 3–0 Untraced
11 1 April 1897 Forest Swifts H 3–2 Untraced
12 3 April 1897 Harrow Athletic H 5–0 Hudson, Wade (2), Charlton (2)
13 10 April 1897 Queens Park Rangers H 2–2 Field, Hudson
14 16 April 1897 Hammersmith Athletic H 4–1 Untraced
15 17 April 1897 Stanley H 0–0
16 22 April 1897 Queens Park Rangers A 1–3 Untraced

London Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
1QR 17 October 1896 Novocastrians H 3–1 Hudson, Charlton, Field
2QR 7 November 1896 Harrow Athletic A 3–0 Hudson, Charlton, Field
3QR 28 November 1896 Crescent H 5–1 Charlton (2), Hester (2), Bailey
4QR 19 December 1896 Old St. Mark's H 2–1 Charlton, Swann (pen)
1R 6 February 1897 Old Foresters H 4–2 Bailey (2), Hudson, H. Williams
2R 27 February 1897 Bromley H 3–1 Butcher, Batchelor, Swann (pen)
SF 8 April 1897 Old Carthusians N 1–5 Field [nb 1]

Middlesex Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1QR 10 October 1896 Bow H 8–0 A. Williams, untraced, Field (2), untraced (2 og), Charlton, Hester
2QR 14 November 1896 Royal Scots Greys A 0–1

West Middlesex Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
1R 13 February 1897 Southall A 3–1 Charlton, Wade (2)
SF 13 March 1897 Harrow Athletic N 5–2 Hudson, Field (2), Salt (og), untraced [nb 2]
F 24 April 1897 Hanwell N 0–1 [nb 3]
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Playing squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Jack Foster
England DF A. Collins
England DF Alfred Lugg
DF Shields
England DF Percy Swann
England DF Archie Williams
Scotland MF Arthur Charlton (c)
England MF Richard Dailley
England MF Herbert Edney
England MF E. Osbourne
England MF Arthur Pring
England MF Billy Smith
FW A. Adams
No. Position Player
England FW G. Bailey
FW Batchelor
FW Fred Butcher
England FW Oakey Field
England FW George Hester
England FW Harold Hudson
England FW L. Ingram
FW Hilton Saunders
England FW Billy Steers
FW J. Wade
England FW George Whitmarsh
FW Harry Williams
  • Player of unknown position: Batchelor
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Statistics[edit]

Management[edit]

Name From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Committee 3 October 1896 24 April 1897 28 18 6 4 064.29 16 9 6 1 056.25

Summary[edit]

Games played 28 (16 London League Second Division, 7 London Senior Cup, 2 Middlesex Senior Cup, 3 West Middlesex Cup)
Games won 18 (9 London League Second Division, 6 London Senior Cup, 1 Middlesex Senior Cup, 2 West Middlesex Cup)
Games drawn 6 (6 London League Second Division, 0 London Senior Cup, 0 Middlesex Senior Cup, 0 West Middlesex Cup)
Games lost 4 (1 London League Second Division, 1 London Senior Cup, 1 Middlesex Senior Cup, 1 West Middlesex Cup)
Goals scored 74 (42 London League Second Division, 21 London Senior Cup, 8 Middlesex Senior Cup, 3 West Middlesex Cup)
Goals conceded 39 (19 London League Second Division, 11 London Senior Cup, 1 Middlesex Senior Cup, 8 West Middlesex Cup)
Clean sheets 7 (5 London League Second Division, 1 London Senior Cup, 1 Middlesex Senior Cup, 0 West Middlesex Cup)
Biggest league win 5–0 versus Harrow Athletic, 3 April 1897; 6–1 versus Fulham, 3 October 1896
Worst league defeat 3–1 versus Queens Park Rangers, 22 April 1897
Most appearances (where traced) 17, Arthur Charlton, Richard Dailley, Jack Foster (7 London League Second Division, 6 London Senior Cup, 2 Middlesex Senior Cup, 2 West Middlesex Cup)
Top scorer (league, where traced) 8, Oakey Field
Top scorer (all competitions, where traced) 15, Oakey Field

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match played at Essex County Ground, Leyton.
  2. ^ Match played at unknown venue, Hanwell.
  3. ^ Match played at unknown venue, Southall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c White, p. 67.
  2. ^ a b White, p. 60.
  3. ^ a b c White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 354. ISBN 0951526200.