1904–05 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1904–05 season
Chairman Charlie Dorey
Secretary Manager Dick Molyneux
Stadium Griffin Park
Southern League First Division 14th
FA Cup Intermediate round
Top goalscorer League: Shanks (7)
All: Shanks (7)

During the 1904–05 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League First Division; in its first season at Griffin Park, the club finished in 14th place.

Season summary[edit]

Signed from Darwen during the 1904 off-season, Jimmy Tomlinson would go on to be a mainstay at centre half until his departure in 1908.

It was a summer of fundraising for the Brentford board during the 1904 off-season, with the club needing to raise money for the work being undertaken at its new Griffin Park ground.[1] £600 was raised (approximately £66,000 in 2017) to pay summer wages for the squad and manager Dick Molyneux was once again able to sign new players soon after the end of the 1903–04 season, with goalkeeper Walter Whittaker, half back Jimmy Tomlinson and forwards John Boag, Fred Hobson, Frank Oliver, Alex Walker and Joe Warrington being signings of note.[1] Molyneux's biggest transfer coup was that of forward Tommy Shanks, who returned to Brentford after 18 months away and off the back of a season in which he had scored 25 goals in Woolwich Arsenal's Football League Second Division triumph.[1] The summer wages allowed full backs Jock Watson, Tommy Davidson and half backs James Bellingham, Jimmy Jay and George Parsonage to be retained, which on paper made the Bees' 1904–05 Southern League First Division squad arguably the club's strongest yet.[1]

Though the season proved to be a slight improvement on the previous one, with two more points won, but finishing one place lower in 14th, Brentford's first season at Griffin Park was a disappointment.[1] Though he finished the season as top scorer and became Brentford's second international player,[1] forward Tommy Shanks could not recreate his prolific form of the previous season and scored just seven goals,[2] the Bees reached the intermediate round of the FA Cup for the third successive season, but could not find a way past fellow First Division club Reading.[2]

Two club records were set during the season:[3]

  • Most Southern League draws in a season: 9
  • Most Southern League home draws in a season: 7

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Bristol Rovers 34 20 8 6 74 36 2.06 48
2 Reading 34 18 7 9 57 38 1.5 43
3 Southampton 34 18 7 9 54 40 1.35 43
4 Plymouth Argyle 34 18 5 11 57 39 1.46 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 34 15 8 11 53 34 1.56 38
6 Fulham 34 14 10 10 46 34 1.35 38
7 Queens Park Rangers 34 14 8 12 51 46 1.11 36
8 Portsmouth 34 16 4 14 61 56 1.09 36
9 New Brompton 34 11 11 12 40 40 1 33
10 Watford 34 15 3 16 44 45 0.98 33
11 West Ham United 34 12 8 14 48 42 1.14 32
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 13 6 15 44 45 0.98 32
13 Northampton Town 34 12 8 14 43 54 0.8 32
14 Brentford 34 10 9 15 33 38 0.87 29
15 Millwall 34 11 7 16 38 47 0.81 29
16 Swindon Town 34 12 5 17 41 59 0.69 29
17 Luton Town 34 12 3 19 45 54 0.83 27
18 Wellingborough 34 5 3 26 25 107 0.23 13 Left league at end of season

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 3 September 1904 West Ham United H 0–0
2 10 September 1904 Reading A 0–1
3 17 September 1904 Bristol Rovers H 0–1
4 24 September 1904 Northampton Town A 2–3 Warrington, Boag
5 1 October 1904 Portsmouth H 1–3 Warrington
6 8 October 1904 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–0 Shanks (pen)
7 15 October 1904 Queens Park Rangers A 2–3 Shanks, Gates
8 22 October 1904 Millwall H 2–0 Hobson (2)
9 29 October 1904 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 Shanks
10 5 November 1904 Luton Town H 3–0 Shanks (3)
11 12 November 1904 Swindon Town A 3–1 Oliver (2), Hobson
12 19 November 1904 New Brompton H 0–2
13 3 December 1904 Southampton H 0–1
14 17 December 1904 Watford H 1–1 Jay
15 24 December 1904 Plymouth Argyle A 0–1
16 31 December 1904 West Ham United A 1–0 Oliver
17 7 January 1905 Reading H 0–0
18 21 January 1905 Northampton Town H 3–4 Jay, Fletcher (2)
19 28 January 1905 Portsmouth A 0–5
20 4 February 1905 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–0 Shinner
21 11 February 1905 Queens Park Rangers H 0–0
22 18 February 1905 Millwall A 1–1 Parsonage
23 25 February 1905 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–0
24 4 March 1905 Luton Town A 0–1
25 11 March 1905 Swindon Town H 1–1 Warrington
26 18 March 1905 New Brompton A 1–0 Gates
27 25 March 1905 Wellingborough H 3–0 Parsonage, Fletcher, Warrington
28 27 March 1905 Wellingborough A 4–0 Hobson (3), Shinner
29 1 April 1905 Southampton A 0–2
30 8 April 1905 Fulham H 1–1 Gates
31 15 April 1905 Watford A 0–1
32 22 April 1905 Plymouth Argyle H 1–0 Shanks (pen)
33 25 April 1905 Bristol Rovers A 0–3
34 29 April 1905 Fulham A 0–1

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
6QR 10 December 1904 Queens Park Rangers A 2–1 Archer (og), Swarbrick
IR 14 January 1905 Reading H 1–1 Warrington
IR (replay) 18 January 1905 Reading A 0–2
  • 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
GK McBride
England GK Walter Whittaker
Scotland DF Tommy Davidson
England DF Thomas Howarth
Scotland DF Jock Watson
Scotland MF James Bellingham
Scotland MF Jimmy Jay
England MF George Parsonage (c)
England MF Jimmy Tomlinson
Scotland FW John Boag
England FW Chris Duffy
No. Position Player
England FW Harry Fletcher
England FW George Gates
England FW Fred Hobson
England FW John Moulder
England FW Frank Oliver
Ireland FW Tommy Shanks
England FW James Shinner
England FW James Swarbrick
England FW Tosher Underwood
Scotland FW Alex Walker
England FW Joe Warrington
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Dick Molyneux Secretary Manager
Ireland Bob Crone Trainer

Statistics[edit]

International caps[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Caps Goals Ref
FW Ireland Tommy Shanks 1 0 [4]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Dick Molyneux England 3 September 1904 29 April 1905 37 11 10 16 029.73 34 10 9 15 029.41

Summary[edit]

Games played 37 (34 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Games won 11 (10 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 10 (9 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games lost 16 (15 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 36 (33 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 42 (38 Southern League First Division, 4 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 13 (13 Southern League First Division, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 4–0 versus Wellingborough, 27 March 1905
Worst league defeat 5–0 versus Portsmouth, 28 January 1905
Most appearances 37, George Parsonage (34 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 7, Tommy Shanks
Top scorer (all competitions) 7, Tommy Shanks

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f White, p. 82-85.
  2. ^ a b c d White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 358. ISBN 0951526200. 
  3. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. pp. 117–120. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  4. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "England vs. Northern Ireland (1:1)". www.national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 2 March 2017.