1905–06 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1905–06 season
Chairman Charlie Dorey
Secretary Manager Dick Molyneux
(until January 1906)
Bob Crone
(January – February 1906)
William Brown
(from February 1906)
Stadium Griffin Park
Southern League First Division 9th
FA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Corbett (11)
All: Corbett (15)

During the 1905–06 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League First Division, the mid-table season is best-remembered for the Bees' appearance in the FA Cup proper for the first time in club history. After victories over Football League Second Division clubs Bristol City and Lincoln City in the first and second rounds respectively, Brentford were defeated in the third round by top-flight club Liverpool at Anfield.

Season summary[edit]

New forward signing Fred Corbett was a hit at Griffin Park during the season, top-scoring with 15 goals.

After two successive mid-table seasons in the Southern League First Division and some positive showings in the FA Cup, Brentford manager Dick Molyneux was able to keep the majority of his full back and half back lines together for the 1905–06 season.[1] He brought goalkeeper Tommy Spicer back from Leyton as cover for Walter Whittaker and cleared out the forward line, making six new additions, with five of the players possessing Football League experience – Walter Cookson, Fred Corbett, Willie Cross, Jack Dewhurst and Jimmy Hartley.[1]

Three wins in the first four matches of the season put lifted Brentford high in the First Division table, but injury to Fred Corbett and the departure of Jack Dewhurst dropped the club back after successive defeats in late September and early October 1905.[1] Molyneux re-signed forward Fred Hobson as a replacement for Dewhurst and together with fit-again Fred Corbett, the pair began to score regularly.[1] Brentford's FA Cup campaign got underway in early December with a 4–0 fourth qualifying round victory over Southern League Second Division strugglers Wycombe Wanderers, a result which put Brentford in the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history.[1] Brentford were drawn against Football League Second Division high-flyers Bristol City at Griffin Park and came back from a goal down to emerge 2–1 victors,[2] with former City player Fred Corbett scoring both the Bees' goals.[1] The best result in the club's history so far was achieved without manager Dick Molyneux, who was confined to his home with a serious illness.[1]

In manager Molyneux's absence, trainer Bob Crone took over the day-to-day running of the team and the FA Cup second round draw produced a home tie versus Second Division club Lincoln City on 3 February 1906, whom Brentford swept aside 3–0 to go into the hat for the third round.[1] Though the still-seriously ill Molyneux had not left the club, he was replaced by William Brown in mid-February, who took charge of Brentford's FA Cup third round tie at Anfield,[1] after a week of hard training on Southport beach, the Bees produced a creditable performance in a 2–0 defeat and finally received national attention.[1] The end of the cup run left Brentford with the league season to play out and despite never falling below 7th position between December and mid-April, five defeats from the final six matches dropped the club to a 9th-place finish.[1] Former manager Dick Molyneux's contract was cancelled in May and he returned to Liverpool, where he died shortly after.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Fulham 34 19 12 3 44 15 2.93 50
2 Southampton 34 19 7 8 58 39 1.49 45
3 Portsmouth 34 17 9 8 61 35 1.74 43
4 Luton Town 34 17 7 10 64 40 1.6 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 34 16 7 11 46 29 1.59 39
6 Plymouth Argyle 34 16 7 11 52 33 1.58 39
7 Norwich City 34 13 10 11 46 38 1.21 36
8 Bristol Rovers 34 15 5 14 56 56 1 35
9 Brentford 34 14 7 13 43 52 0.83 35
10 Reading 34 12 9 13 53 46 1.15 33
11 West Ham United 34 14 5 15 42 39 1.08 33
12 Millwall 34 11 11 12 38 41 0.93 33
13 Queens Park Rangers 34 12 7 15 58 44 1.32 31
14 Watford 34 8 10 16 38 57 0.67 26
15 Swindon Town 34 8 9 17 31 52 0.6 25
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 9 7 18 30 55 0.55 25
17 New Brompton 34 7 8 19 20 62 0.32 22
18 Northampton Town 34 8 5 21 32 79 0.40 21

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 2 September 1905 Southampton A 1–0 Underwood
2 9 September 1905 Reading H 2–1 Shanks (pen), Underwood
3 16 September 1905 Watford A 0–1
4 23 September 1905 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–0 Shanks, Hartley
5 30 September 1905 West Ham United A 0–2
6 7 October 1905 Fulham H 0–2
7 14 October 1905 Queens Park Rangers A 2–1 Corbett, Underwood
8 21 October 1905 Bristol Rovers H 1–0 Cross
9 28 October 1905 New Brompton A 1–2 Corbett
10 4 November 1905 Portsmouth H 1–1 Parsonage
11 11 November 1905 Swindon Town A 1–1 Hobson
12 18 November 1905 Millwall H 1–1 Corbett
13 25 November 1905 Luton Town A 2–0 Hobson, Corbett
14 2 December 1905 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–3
15 16 December 1905 Norwich City A 1–1 Hartley
16 23 December 1905 Plymouth Argyle H 1–0 Underwood
17 30 December 1905 Southampton H 2–1 Hartley, Corbett
18 6 January 1906 Reading A 2–2 Corbett, Hartley
19 20 January 1906 Watford H 3–0 McCartney (og), Shanks, Jay
20 27 January 1906 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–3 Shanks, Corbett
21 10 February 1906 Fulham A 0–2
22 17 February 1906 Queens Park Rangers H 2–2 Greaves, Hartley
23 3 March 1906 New Brompton H 3–2 Shanks (2, 1 pen), Greaves
24 10 March 1906 Portsmouth A 0–5
25 12 March 1906 Northampton Town H 2–1 Corbett, Hobson
26 17 March 1906 Swindon Town H 3–1 Corbett, Shanks (2)
27 24 March 1906 Millwall A 1–1 Underwood
28 31 March 1906 Luton Town H 2–1 Corbett (2)
29 7 April 1906 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–4 Shanks
30 14 April 1906 Northampton Town A 0–4
31 21 April 1906 Norwich City H 0–2
32 23 April 1906 West Ham United H 3–1 Shanks, Hobson (2)
33 28 April 1906 Plymouth Argyle A 0–2
34 30 April 1906 Bristol Rovers A 1–2 Greaves

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
4QR 9 December 1905 Wycombe Wanderers H 4–0 Corbett, Hobson, Hartley, Shanks
1R 13 January 1906 Bristol City H 2–1 Corbett (2)
2R 3 February 1906 Lincoln City H 3–0 Parsonage, Underwood, Corbett
3R 24 February 1906 Liverpool A 0–2
  • 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 Tommy Spicer
England GK Walter Whittaker
Scotland DF James Bellingham
England DF Thomas Howarth
England DF Harry Robotham
Scotland DF Jock Watson
England MF George Gates
MF Hardisty
England MF Jimmy Jay
England MF George Parsonage (c)
No. Position Player
England MF Jimmy Tomlinson
England FW Walter Cookson
England FW Fred Corbett
Scotland FW Willie Cross
England FW David Greaves
Scotland FW Jimmy Hartley
England FW Fred Hobson
Ireland FW Tommy Shanks
England FW Tosher Underwood

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
England DF Tom Riley (to Aston Villa)
No. Position Player
England FW Jack Dewhurst (to Bury)
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

Dick Molyneux (2 September 1905 – January 1906)[edit]

Name Role
England Dick Molyneux Secretary Manager
Ireland Bob Crone Trainer

Bob Crone (January – February 1906)[edit]

Name Role
Ireland Bob Crone Caretaker Manager

William Brown (February – 30 April 1906)[edit]

Name Role
England William Brown Secretary Manager
Ireland Bob Crone Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Summary[edit]

Games played 38 (34 Southern League First Division, 4 FA Cup)
Games won 17 (14 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Games drawn 7 (7 Southern League First Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 14 (13 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 42 (33 Southern League First Division, 9 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 46 (43 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 8 (6 Southern League First Division, 2 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 versus Watford, 20 January 1906
Worst league defeat 5–0 versus Portsmouth, 10 March 1906
Most appearances 38, Tosher Underwood (34 Southern League First Division, 4 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 11, Fred Corbett
Top scorer (all competitions) 15, Fred Corbett

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l White, p. 85-87.
  2. ^ "Brentford FC Stats Zone: Bristol City". Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 358. ISBN 0951526200.