1901–02 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1901–02 season
Chairman Charlie Dorey
Stadium York Road
Southern League First Division 15th
FA Cup Fourth qualifying round
Top goalscorer League: Shanks (9)
All: Shanks (11)

During the 1901–02 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League First Division. After a torrid season, the Bees were spared relegation after Second Division side Grays United forfeited promotion at the end of the campaign.

Season summary[edit]

Wing half Bill Regan joined Brentford during the 1901 off-season.

Despite having won election to the Southern League First Division in July 1901, the Brentford committee did not rest on its laurels and quickly realised that the team which finished top of the Second Division during the previous season needed drastic improvement if the club was to retain its First Division status.[1] Almost a whole new XI was signed, which included goalkeeper Tommy Spicer, half backs Bill Regan, Bob Stormont, Charlie McEleny and three new forwards.[1] Half back Ralph McElhaney and forwards E. Andrews, Roddy McLeod and Peter Turnbull, all lynchpins of the promotion side, would play a part in the upcoming season.[2] In late August, the club was registered as a limited liability company.[1]

Brentford began the season in poor form and it took the signings of forwards Tommy Shanks, Paddy Logan and Tom Grieve to inspire the team to its first league victory of the campaign on 9 November 1901.[1] The result inspired three wins and three draws from a seven-match spell through to January 1902, but the team soon regained the habit of losing.[2] Despite the loss of captain Bob Stormont due to an FA suspension and injury problems in February, Brentford struggled on until mid-April and with two matches to go, were level on points with fellow promotion-relegation test match contenders Watford, New Brompton and Wellingborough near the bottom of the First Division.[1] The Bees closed out the season with 7–1 and 3–0 defeats to Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, the top two sides in the First Division.[2] Brentford's 15th-place finish led to a promotion-relegation test match with Grays United, in which the Second Division side forfeited promotion by refusing to play extra time while the score was at 1–1, which preserved the Bees' First Division status.[1]

One club record was set during the season:

  • Least Southern League away wins in a season: 0[3]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Portsmouth 30 20 7 3 67 24 2.79 47
2 Tottenham Hotspur 30 18 6 6 61 22 2.77 42
3 Southampton 30 18 6 6 71 28 2.54 42
4 West Ham United 30 17 6 7 45 28 1.61 40
5 Reading 30 16 7 7 57 24 2.38 39
6 Millwall Athletic 30 13 6 11 46 31 1.48 32
7 Luton Town 30 11 10 9 31 36 0.86 32
8 Kettering 30 12 5 13 44 39 1.13 29
9 Bristol Rovers 30 12 5 13 43 39 1.1 29
10 New Brompton 30 10 7 13 39 38 1.03 27
11 Northampton Town 30 11 5 14 53 65 0.82 27
12 Queens Park Rangers 30 9 6 15 34 55 0.62 24
13 Watford 30 9 4 17 36 58 0.62 22
14 Wellingborough 30 9 3 18 34 72 0.47 21
15 Brentford 30 7 6 17 34 61 0.56 20 Relegation test matches
16 Swindon Town 30 2 3 25 17 92 0.18 7

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 First Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 7 September 1901 Swindon Town A 0–0
2 14 September 1901 West Ham United A 0–2
3 21 September 1901 Kettering A 1–3 McLeod
4 28 September 1901 Luton Town H 0–1
5 5 October 1901 Millwall Athletic A 1–4 McSwan
6 12 October 1901 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 Turnbull
7 19 October 1901 Reading A 0–2
8 26 October 1901 Southampton A 0–1
9 9 November 1901 New Brompton H 3–2 McElhaney, Shanks, Logan
10 30 November 1901 Wellingborough A 1–3 Crump
11 7 December 1901 Wellingborough H 3–0 Shanks, Andrews, McEleny
12 14 December 1901 Southampton H 1–1 Regan
13 21 December 1901 Swindon Town H 2–0 Stormont, Andrews
14 4 January 1902 Kettering H 1–1 Shanks
15 11 January 1902 Luton Town A 1–1 Regan
16 18 January 1902 Millwall Athletic H 0–2
17 25 January 1902 Queens Park Rangers A 2–3 Parkinson, Shanks
18 1 February 1902 Reading H 0–1
19 15 February 1902 Bristol Rovers H 2–0 Shanks, Jury
20 22 February 1902 New Brompton A 0–2
21 1 March 1902 Northampton Town H 4–2 Jury, Shanks, Grieve, Regan
22 3 March 1902 West Ham United H 0–2
23 8 March 1902 Watford A 1–2 Regan (pen)
24 15 March 1902 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–1 Logan, Shanks
25 28 March 1902 Bristol Rovers A 0–5
26 29 March 1902 Portsmouth H 1–4 Andrews
27 1 April 1902 Northampton Town A 2–2 Logan, Shanks
28 12 April 1902 Watford H 4–3 Shanks, Logan, Andrews, Regan (pen)
29 19 April 1902 Portsmouth A 1–7 Jury
30 26 April 1902 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–3

Southern League Test Match[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer Notes
28 April 1902 Grays United N 1–1 Andrews [nb 1]

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
3QR 2 November 1901 Marlow A 3–0 McLeod (pen), Broughton, McElhaney
4QR 23 November 1901 Shepherd's Bush H 2–3 Shanks, Turnbull
  • 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 Billy Green
England GK Tommy Spicer
England DF Harry Gilmour
England DF Nick Mattocks
Scotland DF Ralph McElhaney
England DF Dave Robson
Scotland DF A. Wylie
England MF Thomas Briddon
England MF Harry Crump
England MF William Hainsworth
Ireland MF Charlie McEleny
England MF Bill Regan
Scotland MF Bob Stormont (c)
England FW E. Andrews
No. Position Player
England FW Frederick Broughton
England FW F. Dexter
Scotland FW Tom Grieve
England FW Harry Harris
England FW Jury
Scotland FW Paddy Logan
Scotland FW Roddy McLeod
Scotland FW R. McSwan
FW J. Parkinson
Ireland FW Tommy Shanks
FW Spawton
England FW H. Squires
Scotland FW Peter Turnbull
England FW Joe Turner
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Tom King Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

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Gilmour
Robson
Jury
Andrews
Brentford's highest appearance-makers in each position during the Southern League season.






















Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player SL1 FAC TM Total
FW Ireland Tommy Shanks 9 2 0 11
HB England Bill Regan 5 0 0 5
FW England E. Andrews 4 0 1 5
FW Scotland Paddy Logan 4 0 0 4
FW England Jury 3 0 0 3
FW Scotland Peter Turnbull 1 2 0 3
DF Scotland Ralph McElhaney 1 1 0 2
FW Scotland Roddy McLeod 1 1 0 2
HB England Harry Crump 1 0 0 1
FW Scotland Tom Grieve 1 0 0 1
HB Ireland Charlie McEleny 1 0 0 1
FW Scotland R. McSwan 1 0 0 1
FW n/a J. Parkinson 1 0 0 1
HB Scotland Bob Stormont 1 0 0 1
Total 34 6 1 41
  • 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 7 September 1901 28 April 1902 33 8 7 18 024.24 30 7 6 17 023.33

Summary[edit]

Games played 33 (30 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 2 FA Cup)
Games won 8 (7 Southern League First Division, 0 Southern League Test Match, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 7 (6 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 18 (17 Southern League First Division, 0 Southern League Test Match, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 40 (34 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 5 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 65 (61 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 3 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 5 (4 Southern League First Division, 0 Southern League Test Match, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 versus Wellingborough, 7 December 1901
Worst league defeat 7–1 versus Portsmouth, 19 April 1902
Most appearances 29, Charlie McEleny (26 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 2 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 9, Tommy Shanks
Top scorer (all competitions) 10, Tommy Shanks

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match played at Memorial Grounds, Canning Town. With the score at 1–1, Grays United forfeited promotion by refusing to play extra time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f White, p. 76-78.
  2. ^ a b c d e f White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 356. ISBN 0951526200. 
  3. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. p. 117–120. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.