1899–1900 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1899–1900 season
Chairman William Lewis
Stadium Cross Roads
Southern League Second Division 9th
FA Cup Third qualifying round
Top goalscorer League: E. Andrews (7)
All: E. Andrews,
Dailley (7)

During the 1899–1900 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League Second Division. A Middlesex FA investigation into the club's financial affairs necessitated a change to professional status mid-season, but a forgettable campaign ended with the Bees finishing third-from-bottom.

Season summary[edit]

Forward Ralph McElhaney was a late-season signing from East Stirlingshire.

After a difficult first season in the Southern League Second Division, Brentford's AGM in May 1899 revealed that the club had lost £100 on the previous season, taking the overall debt to £180 (approximately £16,000 in 2017).[1] After a series of meetings, a new committee was elected in July after it was decided that the club would continue to operate on an amateur basis.[1] On the playing side, only six members of the team that finished the previous season remained at the club – goalkeeper Ben Brown, full back George Turner, half backs Nick Mattocks, Billy Smith and forwards Richard Dailley, Thomas Knapman and Charlie Evans.[1] Incoming transfers included full back Bert Lane, half back G. Pearce and forwards E. Andrews and John Bayne.[1]

Brentford won and drew each of the opening two Second Division fixtures, with new forward John Bayne scoring in each, before he and George Turner, both soldiers, departed for service in the Second Boer War with their regiments.[1] Things went from bad to worse in October when the Middlesex FA opened an enquiry into Brentford's "shamateurism", the results of which saw the club fined £10 and suspended from football for a month beginning 20 November.[1] Additionally, a number of members of the club's committee were suspended sine die or until 30 April 1900.[1] A new committee took charge of the club and elected to turn professional.[1]

Following the resumption of competitive play on 23 December, Brentford showed appalling form, failing to win until late March 1900.[1] A 13-match winless streak, which stretched back to 23 September, culminated in a 7–0 thrashing at the hands of Grays United on 24 March.[2] Additionally, a meeting had been called in January to discuss if the club could even continue, but donations of £60 (£6,500 in 2017) helped to ensure that the Bees would survive for the immediate future.[1] Late in the season, professional half backs Frederick Broughton and Ralph McElhaney joined the club and immediately fortunes turned around on the pitch, with Brentford winning four and drawing one of the final six matches of the season to finish in 9th position, two places off the bottom.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Watford 20 14 2 4 57 25 2.28 30 Promotion test matches
2 Fulham 20 10 4 6 44 23 1.91 24
3 Chesham Town 20 11 2 7 43 37 1.16 24
4 Wolverton London & North Western Railway 20 9 6 5 46 36 1.28 24 Left league at end of season
5 Grays United 20 8 6 6 63 29 2.17 22
6 Shepherds Bush 20 9 4 7 45 37 1.22 22
7 Dartford 20 8 3 9 36 44 0.82 19 Left league at end of season
8 Wycombe Wanderers 20 8 3 9 35 50 0.7 19
9 Brentford 20 5 7 8 31 48 0.65 17
10 Southall 20 6 3 11 21 44 0.48 15
11 Maidenhead 20 1 2 17 16 64 0.25 4

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Southern League Second Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 9 September 1899 Wycombe Wanderers H 1–0 Bayne
2 23 September 1899 Shepherds Bush A 2–2 Bayne, Knapman
3 7 October 1899 Watford A 0–4
4 4 November 1899 Fulham H 3–3 Knapman, E. Andrews, Dailley (pen)
5 11 November 1899 Maidenhead A 0–2
6 23 December 1899 Chesham A 1–4 Harding (og)
7 30 December 1899 Fulham A 0–5
8 27 January 1900 Watford H 2–2 E. Andrews, Dailley
9 8 February 1900 Grays United H 0–5
10 17 February 1900 Wolverton London & North Western Railway A 1–5 Dailley
11 24 February 1900 Shepherds Bush H 1–1 Edwards
12 3 March 1900 Southall A 0–0
13 17 March 1900 Chesham H 1–1 Dailley
14 24 March 1900 Grays United A 0–7
15 31 March 1900 Dartford H 4–0 Dailley (2), Asbury, E. Andrews
16 16 April 1900 Dartford A 1–2 Mattocks
17 21 April 1900 Maidenhead H 3–2 Asbury, E. Andrews (2)
18 26 April 1900 Wolverton London & North Western Railway H 3–1 Allwright, Watt (2)
19 28 April 1900 Southall H 6–0 Knapman (3), E. Andrews (2), Evans
20 30 April 1900 Wycombe Wanderers A 2–2 Broughton, Evans

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer
3QR 28 October 1899 Richmond Association H 1–2 Dailley
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

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 S. Andrews
England GK Ben Brown
England GK L. Hare
England GK S. Marshall
England DF R. Davis
England DF E. Dicks
England DF Herbert Edney
England DF Bert Lane
England DF J. Pilgrim
England MF R. Allen
England MF Frederick Broughton
England MF F. Dean
England MF P. Duncan
England MF Billy Green
MF Hay
England MF H. Hood
Wales MF T. Jones
England MF J. Lucas
England MF Nick Mattocks
England MF H. Mayhew
No. Position Player
Scotland MF Ralph McElhaney
England MF G. Pearce
England MF Billy Smith
England FW B. Allen
England FW William Allwright
England FW E. Andrews
England FW Benjamin Asbury
FW "Bailey"
Scotland FW F. Carte
England FW Richard Dailley (c)
England FW B. Edwards
FW Charlie Evans
FW Granger
England FW Thomas Knapman
England FW J. Read
England FW John Richardson
England FW Harry Thurston
England FW A. Townsend
England FW S. Vincent
England FW A. Watt

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Scotland DF George Turner
No. Position Player
Scotland FW John Bayne
  • "Bailey" is an alias
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

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Brown
Lane
Dicks
Broughton
Pearce
Smith
Asbury
Watt
Edwards
Dailley (c)
E. Andrews
Brentford's highest appearance-makers in each position during the Southern League season.






















Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player SL2 FAC Total
FW England E. Andrews 7 0 7
FW England Richard Dailley 6 1 7
FW England Thomas Knapman 5 0 5
FW Scotland John Bayne 2 2
FW England Benjamin Asbury 2 0 2
FW n/a Charlie Evans 2 0 2
FW England A. Watt 2 0 2
FW England William Allwright 1 0 1
HB England Frederick Broughton 1 0 1
FW England B. Edwards 1 0 1
HB England Nick Mattocks 1 0 1
Opponents 1 0 1
Total 31 1 32
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Management[edit]

Name From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Committee 9 September 1899 30 April 1900 21 5 7 9 023.81 20 5 7 8 025.00

Summary[edit]

Games played 28 (20 Southern League Second Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games won 5 (5 Southern League Second Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games drawn 7 (7 Southern League Second Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 9 (8 Southern League Second Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 32 (31 Southern League Second Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 50 (48 Southern League Second Division, 2 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 4 (4 Southern League Second Division, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 6–0 versus Southall, 28 April 1900
Worst league defeat 7–0 versus Grays United, 24 March 1900
Most appearances 17, E. Andrews, Richard Dailley (17 Southern League Second Division, 1 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 7, E. Andrews
Top scorer (all competitions) 7, E. Andrews, Richard Dailley

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k White, p. 71-74.
  2. ^ a b c d White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 355. ISBN 0951526200.