1897–98 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1897–98 season
Chairman Bill Stephenson
Stadium Shotter's Field
London League First Division 2nd
FA Cup Second qualifying round
London Senior Cup Winners
Middlesex Senior Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Field (11)
All: Field (26)

During the 1897–98 English football season, Brentford competed in the London League First Division. A hugely successful season saw the Bees win the London Senior Cup, the Middlesex Senior Cup and finish as runners-up in the league.

Season summary[edit]

After winning promotion from the London League Second Division at the first attempt, the Brentford committee bolstered the team's firepower for its first season in the First Division by signing forwards Thomas Knapman, John Richardson and Ernest Booth.[1] Goalkeeper Jack Foster, then one of the club's highest appearance-makers, elected to retire from football and Arthur Charlton, one of the club's first great players,[2] moved to Nottingham and was succeeded as captain by Herbert Edney – though Charlton would return to play for Brentford sporadically through the season.[1]

Brentford obliterated all opposition throughout the season, with the goals of forward Oakey Field providing the firepower to help the club win the London Senior Cup and the Middlesex Senior Cup.[1] The pileup of London League fixtures meant that the Bees had to close the season with seven matches in just over three weeks, which included two matches in one day on 16 April.[3] Brentford went into the final day of the season knowing that a victory over strugglers Barking Woodville would seal the league title, but the best the jaded team could manage was a 0–0 draw, which allowed Thames Ironworks, who won their final match, to finish the season as champions.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts Notes
1 Thames Ironworks 16 12 3 1 47 15 27 Elected to the 1898–99 Southern League Second Division
2 Brentford 16 12 2 2 43 17 26 Elected to the 1898–99 Southern League Second Division
3 Leyton 16 8 4 4 41 33 20 Left league at end of season
4 3rd Grenadier Guards 16 7 3 6 34 33 17 Left league at end of season
5 Ilford 16 5 7 4 33 25 17 Left league at end of season
6 Stanley 16 5 4 7 22 22 14 Left league at end of season
7 Barking Woodville 16 2 6 8 16 37 10 Left league at end of season
8 Bromley 16 4 2 10 20 49 10 Transferred to Kent League at end of season
9 2nd Grenadier Guards 16 0 3 13 17 42 3 Left league at end of season

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

Key
Division Champions
Runners-up

Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

London League First Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
1 11 September 1897 Thames Ironworks A 0–1
2 18 September 1897 2nd Grenadier Guards H 4–2 Untraced, Dailley, Wade, Field
3 9 October 1897 Ilford A 2–2 Dailley, Field
4 6 November 1897 Stanley A 1–0 Booth
5 4 December 1897 Barking Woodville A 2–1 Untraced
6 11 December 1897 Bromley A 1–0 Booth
7 8 January 1898 Leyton H 8–4 Dailley, Field (6), Booth
8 15 January 1898 3rd Grenadier Guards A 5–1 Dailley, Field (3), Knapman
9 10 March 1898 2nd Grenadier Guards A 2–1 Wade (2) [nb 1]
10 7 April 1898 Bromley H 9–1 Untraced
11 9 April 1898 Stanley H 1–0 Knapman
12 16 April 1898 Leyton A 1–2 Knapman
13 16 April 1898 Ilford H 2–1 Fox, Butcher
14 23 April 1898 Thames Ironworks H 1–0 Lloyd
15 27 April 1898 3rd Grenadier Guards H 4–1 Booth (2), Richardson, Butcher
16 30 April 1898 Barking Woodville H 0–0

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1QR 25 September 1897 1st Coldstream Guards H 6–1 Wade (3), Knapman, Field, untraced
2QR 16 October 1897 3rd Grenadier Guards H 1–1 Swann (pen)
2QR (replay) 20 October 1897 3rd Grenadier Guards A 1–4 Richardson

London Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
1R 22 January 1898 Stanley H 4–2 Field (3), Dailley
2R 19 February 1898 Clapton H 4–1 Dailley, Earle (og), Field, Swann (pen)
SF 12 March 1898 Casuals N 4–3 Field (3), Knapman [nb 2]
F 2 April 1898 Ilford N 5–1 Lloyd (2), Field (2), Booth [nb 2]

Middlesex Senior Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
1R 29 January 1898 1st Scots Guards H 4–2 Field (2), Booth, Knapman
2R 26 February 1898 2nd Grenadier Guards H 0–0
2R (replay) 5 March 1898 2nd Grenadier Guards H 3–1 Newman (2), Booth
SF 19 March 1898 3rd Grenadier Guards N 4–1 Field (2), Booth, Richardson [nb 3]
F 28 April 1898 2nd Scots Guards N 3–2 (a.e.t.) Field, Charlton, Knapman [nb 4]
  • 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
England GK Charles Gillett
England GK Harry Pennington
DF G. Collings
England DF Alfred Lugg
England DF J. Reed
England DF Percy Swann
England DF Archie Williams
DF Harry Williams
England MF "A. Bee"
MF Blunt
Scotland MF Arthur Charlton
England MF Herbert Edney (c)
MF Harrison
England MF George Haslen
England MF Nick Mattocks
England MF "A. Newman"
No. Position Player
England MF G. Pearce
England MF Billy Smith
England MF W. Walker
England MF J. Yeoman
England FW Ernest Booth
England FW Fred Butcher
England FW C. Fox
England FW Richard Dailley
England FW Oakey Field
England FW Harold Hudson
England FW Thomas Knapman
England FW David Lloyd
England FW John Richardson
England FW J. Rough
England FW Billy Steers
FW J. Wade
  • "A. Bee" and "A. Newman" are aliases
  • 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 11 September 1897 30 April 1898 28 21 4 3 075.00 16 12 2 2 075.00

Summary[edit]

Games played 28 (16 London League First Division, 3 FA Cup, 4 London Senior Cup, 5 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Games won 21 (12 London League First Division, 1 FA Cup, 4 London Senior Cup, 4 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Games drawn 4 (2 London League First Division, 1 FA Cup, 0 London Senior Cup, 1 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Games lost 3 (2 London League First Division, 1 FA Cup, 0 London Senior Cup, 0 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Goals scored 82 (43 London League First Division, 8 FA Cup, 17 London Senior Cup, 14 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Goals conceded 36 (17 London League First Division, 6 FA Cup, 7 London Senior Cup, 6 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Clean sheets 6 (5 London League First Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 London Senior Cup, 1 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Biggest league win 9–1 versus Bromley, 7 April 1898
Worst league defeat 1–0 versus Thames Ironworks, 11 September 1897; 2–1 versus Leyton, 16 April 1898
Most appearances (where traced) 25, Richard Dailley (13 London League First Division, 3 FA Cup, 4 London Senior Cup, 5 Middlesex Senior Cup)
Top scorer (league, where traced) 11, Oakey Field
Top scorer (all competitions, where traced) 26, Oakey Field

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match played at Shotter's Field, Brentford.
  2. ^ a b Match played at Essex County Ground, Leyton.
  3. ^ Match played at Gunnersbury Lane, Acton.
  4. ^ Match played at National Athletic Grounds, Kensal Rise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d White, p. 68-70.
  2. ^ Wickham, Chris. "BRENTFORD FC TREASURE TROVE". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 354. ISBN 0951526200.