1902–03 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1902–03 season
Chairman Charlie Dorey
Stadium York Road
Southern League First Division 16th
FA Cup Intermediate round
Top goalscorer League: Maher,
Underwood (3)

All: Shanks (9)

During the 1902–03 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League First Division. An appalling season led to a bottom-place finish in the First Division, but the Bees retained their First Division status with a victory over Second Division champions Fulham in a promotion-relegation test match.

Season summary[edit]

Tommy Shanks' eighth goal in seven FA Cup appearances came against Woolwich Arsenal, who signed him in part-exchange for Joe Connor in January 1903.

After a rude awakening to the Southern League First Division during the previous season and despite having become a professional club in 1900, the Brentford committee continued with an amateur attitude with regards to the running of first team affairs.[1] Despite almost all of the First Division clubs utilising a first team manager, the committee would continue to run first team affairs.[1] Had Brentford been relegated at the end of the previous season, the £557 loss on the season (approximately £63,000 in 2017) would have spelt the end of the club, but attendances had almost doubled at York Road and gate receipts of £1,244 were taken (£140,000 in 2017).[1] Frustratingly, Brentford's promotion to the First Division had necessitated a trebling of the wage bill, which offset the increased gate receipts.[1] To increase revenue, the club would also enter into the London League and Western League during the season and the squad was expanded to 26 professionals, which led to a 60% expansion of the wage bill.[1] Previous regulars Grieve, Logan, McEleny, McElhaney and captain Stormont all left the club and were replaced by full backs Gilson, Nidd, half backs Green, Newsome and forwards Maher, Pickering, Turner and Underwood.[1]

Brentford began the First Division season in even worse form than it had the last, losing the first 9 matches.[2] Bristol City trainer Bob Crone was brought in to replace Tom King and while the team's fitness improved, its form did not.[1] The FA Cup provided a welcome distraction and the team's form belied that of in the league, scoring 16 goals in six matches to advance from the third qualifying round to the intermediate round and a matchup with Football League First Division club Woolwich Arsenal.[2] The Bees took the Gunners to a replay at the Manor Ground, but the run ended with a 5–0 defeat.[2] While the cup exploits had inspired Brentford to a first league victory of the season on 22 November 1902, it had raised the profile of forward Tommy Shanks, who had scored in 9 goals in a 10-match spell through November and December 1902.[1]

1903 began with the shock transfer of Tommy Shanks to Woolwich Arsenal, with Brentford receiving £200 and forward Joe Connor, who on 21 March 1903 would become Brentford's first international player when he played and scored for Ireland in a 2–0 victory over Scotland.[1] The Bees took just 3 points from a possible 34 during the rest of the season and finished bottom of the First Division, which led to a promotion-relegation test match versus Second Division champions Fulham on 28 April.[2] The team put in its best performance of the season to run out 7–2 victors, with Joe Connor scoring four goals.[2]

Statistically, 1902–03 was Brentford's worst Southern League season, winning just twice and drawing once.[3] A number of club records were set or equalled during the season:

  • Most Southern League home defeats in a season: 12
  • Most Southern League away defeats in a season: 0
  • Least Southern League wins in a season: 2
  • Least Southern League home wins in a season: 2
  • Least Southern League away wins in a season: 0
  • Least Southern League draws in a season: 1
  • Least Southern League home draws in a season: 1
  • Least Southern League away draws in a season: 0
  • Most FA Cup goals in a season: 8 – Tommy Shanks[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Southampton 30 20 8 2 83 20 4.15 48
2 Reading 30 19 7 4 72 30 2.4 45
3 Portsmouth 30 17 7 6 69 32 2.16 41
4 Tottenham Hotspur 30 14 7 9 47 31 1.52 35
5 Bristol Rovers 30 13 8 9 46 34 1.35 34
6 New Brompton 30 11 11 8 37 35 1.06 33
7 Millwall Athletic 30 14 3 13 52 37 1.41 31
8 Northampton Town 30 12 6 12 39 48 0.81 30
9 Queens Park Rangers 30 11 6 13 34 42 0.81 28
10 West Ham United 30 9 10 11 35 49 0.71 28
11 Luton Town 30 10 7 13 43 44 0.98 27
12 Swindon Town 30 10 7 13 38 46 0.83 27
13 Kettering 30 8 11 11 33 40 0.83 27
14 Wellingborough 30 11 3 16 36 56 0.64 25
15 Watford 30 6 4 20 35 87 0.4 16 Relegation test matches
16 Brentford 30 2 1 27 16 84 0.19 5

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 6 September 1902 Southampton A 0–6
2 13 September 1902 Wellingborough A 0–3
3 20 September 1902 Bristol Rovers H 0–2
4 27 September 1902 Northampton Town A 0–2
5 4 October 1902 Watford H 2–3 Pickering (2)
6 11 October 1902 Millwall Athletic A 1–3 Regan (pen)
7 18 October 1902 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–3 Regan (pen)
8 25 October 1902 West Ham United H 0–3
9 8 November 1902 New Brompton H 1–2 Shanks
10 22 November 1902 Kettering H 2–0 Maher (2)
11 6 December 1902 Reading H 0–3
12 20 December 1902 Southampton H 0–4
13 27 December 1902 Wellingborough H 1–2 Warren
14 3 January 1903 Bristol Rovers A 0–2
15 10 January 1903 Northampton Town H 0–2
16 17 January 1903 Watford A 1–3 Connor
17 24 January 1903 Millwall Athletic H 1–4 Connor
18 31 January 1903 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 Warren
19 7 February 1903 West Ham United A 0–2
20 14 February 1903 Portsmouth H 0–5
21 21 February 1903 New Brompton A 0–4
22 28 February 1903 Swindon Town H 1–0 Underwood
23 4 March 1903 Queens Park Rangers A 0–3
24 7 March 1903 Kettering A 2–3 Warren, Turner
25 14 March 1903 Luton Town H 1–3 Maher
26 21 March 1903 Reading A 0–5
27 28 March 1903 Queens Park Rangers H 0–2
28 11 April 1903 Portsmouth A 1–4 Underwood
29 14 April 1903 Luton Town A 0–2
30 18 April 1903 Swindon Town A 0–3

Southern League Test Match[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
28 April 1903 Fulham N 7–2 Connor (3, 1 pen), Turner (2), Pickering [nb 1]

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
3QR 1 November 1902 Oxford City A 2–2 Regan (pen), Shanks
3QR (replay) 5 November 1902 Oxford City H 5–4 Maher (2), Shanks (2), Pickering
4QR 15 November 1902 Southall H 5–0 Shanks (4), Green (pen)
5QR 29 November 1902 Shepherd's Bush H 2–2 Green, Maher
5QR (replay) 3 December 1902 Shepherd's Bush A 1–1 Maher
5QR (2nd replay) 8 December 1902 Shepherd's Bush N 1–0 Turner [nb 2]
IR 13 December 1902 Woolwich Arsenal H 1–1 Shanks
IR (replay) 17 December 1902 Woolwich Arsenal A 0–5
  • 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
Scotland GK John Bishop
England GK Billy Green
England GK Tommy Spicer
DF Ball
Ireland DF Bob Crone
England DF Dutfield
England DF Alf Gilson
Scotland DF William Halley
England DF Fred Nidd
England MF Ellis Green (c)
England MF William Hainsworth
England MF Harry Harris
England MF Bill Keech
England MF Arthur Newsome
England MF Bill Regan
No. Position Player
MF E. Roberts
England MF Thomas Shufflebotham
MF F. Williams
England FW E. Andrews
Scotland FW John Bayne
England FW T. Carr
England FW W. Childs
Ireland FW Joe Connor
Ireland FW Frederick Jordan
England FW Jury
England FW Davie Maher
England FW George Pickering
England FW Percy Turner
England FW Tosher Underwood
England FW F. Walker

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
Ireland FW Tommy Shanks (to Woolwich Arsenal)
No. Position Player
England FW Arnold Warren (Released)
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
Ireland Bob Crone Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

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 1 8 9
FW England Davie Maher 3 4 0 7
FW Ireland Joe Connor 2 0 4 6
FW England George Pickering 2 1 1 4
FW England Percy Turner 1 1 2 4
FW England Tosher Underwood 3 0 0 3
HB England Bill Regan 2 1 0 3
FW England Arnold Warren 2 0 2
HB England Ellis Green 0 2 0 2
Total 16 17 7 40
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

International caps[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Caps Goals Ref
FW Ireland Joe Connor 2 1 [1]

Management[edit]

Name From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Committee 6 September 1902 28 April 1903 39 6 5 28 015.38 30 2 1 27 006.67

Summary[edit]

Games played 39 (30 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 8 FA Cup)
Games won 6 (2 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 3 FA Cup)
Games drawn 5 (1 Southern League First Division, 0 Southern League Test Match, 4 FA Cup)
Games lost 28 (27 Southern League First Division, 0 Southern League Test Match, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 40 (16 Southern League First Division, 7 Southern League Test Match, 17 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 101 (84 Southern League First Division, 2 Southern League Test Match, 15 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 4 (2 Southern League First Division, 0 Southern League Test Match, 2 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 2–0 versus Kettering, 22 November 1902
Worst league defeat 6–0 versus Southampton, 6 September 1902
Most appearances 38, Davie Maher (29 Southern League First Division, 1 Southern League Test Match, 8 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 3, Davie Maher, Tosher Underwood
Top scorer (all competitions) 9, Tommy Shanks

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match played at Wormholt Farm, Shepherd's Bush.
  2. ^ Match played at Kensal Rise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k White, p. 78-80.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 357. ISBN 0951526200. 
  3. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. pp. 117–120. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.