1906–07 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1906–07 season
Chairman Charlie Dorey
Secretary Manager William Brown
Stadium Griffin Park
Southern League First Division 10th
FA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Corbett (15)
All: Corbett (16)
Highest home attendance 21,478

During the 1906–07 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League First Division, the highlight of the mid-table season was a run to the third round of the FA Cup.

Season summary[edit]

Future England international forward Fred Pentland scored 13 goals during the season.

Following the death of Dick Molyneux, William Brown was appointed Brentford secretary-manager on a permanent basis at the end of the 1905–06 season, having initially been appointed interim manager in February 1906.[1] He retained the Bees' nucleus of players (Watson, Jay, Parsonage, Tomlinson, Corbett, Underwood, Greaves, Shanks) and brought in a new goalkeeper (Williams), two full backs (McConnell and Taylor), half back Haworth and four new forwards (Greechan, Hagan, McAllister and Pentland).[1]

Brentford were a model of inconsistently throughout the Southern League First Division campaign, only winning consecutive matches on two occasions.[2] Key forward Tommy Shanks went on strike early in the season and was transferred to Leicester Fosse for £250, which weakened the forward line.[1] Fred Pentland proved to be an able replacement and finished as second-leading goalscorer behind Fred Corbett,[2] the highlight of the mid-table season was a run to the third round of the FA Cup for the second consecutive season, though the Bees were denied a first appearance in the fourth round after being taken to a replay by Southern League First Division strugglers Crystal Palace and then suffering defeat at Griffin Park.[2] Brentford finished the season £150 in profit (approximately £17,000 in 2017), the first time the club had done so since turning professional in late 1899.[1]

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

  • Most Southern League home wins in a season: 14
  • Most Southern League away draws in a season: 5

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Fulham 38 20 13 5 58 32 1.81 53 Elected to the 1907–08 Football League
2 Portsmouth 38 22 7 9 64 36 1.78 51
3 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 18 9 11 53 43 1.23 45
4 Luton Town 38 18 9 11 52 52 1 45
5 West Ham United 38 15 14 9 60 41 1.46 44
6 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 9 12 63 45 1.4 43
7 Millwall 38 18 6 14 71 50 1.42 42
8 Norwich City 38 15 12 11 57 48 1.19 42
9 Watford 38 13 16 9 46 43 1.07 42
10 Brentford 38 17 8 13 57 56 1.02 42
11 Southampton 38 13 9 16 49 56 0.88 35
12 Reading 38 14 6 18 57 47 1.21 34
13 Leyton 38 11 12 15 38 60 0.63 34
14 Bristol Rovers 38 12 9 17 55 54 1.02 33
15 Plymouth Argyle 38 10 13 15 43 50 0.86 33
16 New Brompton 38 12 9 17 47 59 0.8 33
17 Swindon Town 38 11 11 16 43 54 0.79 33
18 Queens Park Rangers 38 11 10 17 47 55 0.85 32
19 Crystal Palace 38 8 9 21 46 66 0.69 25
20 Northampton Town 38 5 9 24 29 88 0.32 19

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 1 September 1906 Watford H 2–0 Corbett, Underwood
2 8 September 1906 Northampton Town A 0–4
3 15 September 1906 Queens Park Rangers H 4–1 Greechan, Corbett, Underwood, Pentland
4 22 September 1906 Fulham A 0–1
5 29 September 1906 Southampton H 2–1 Greechan, Corbett
6 6 October 1906 West Ham United A 1–3 Pentland (pen)
7 13 October 1906 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–2 Greaves, Underwood
8 20 October 1906 Swindon Town A 0–2
9 27 October 1906 Norwich City H 2–1 Corbett (2)
10 3 November 1906 Luton Town A 0–2
11 10 November 1906 Crystal Palace H 2–0 Hagan, Pentland (pen)
12 17 November 1906 Bristol Rovers A 1–3 McAllister
13 24 November 1906 Millwall A 0–0
14 1 December 1906 Leyton H 2–0 Tomlinson, Corbett
15 8 December 1906 Portsmouth A 0–0
16 15 December 1906 New Brompton H 3–0 Harvey (og), McAllister, Hagan
17 22 December 1906 Plymouth Argyle A 2–2 Corbett, McAllister
18 25 December 1906 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3–1 Hagan, Parsonage, Corbett
19 27 December 1906 Reading A 0–4
20 29 December 1906 Watford A 4–1 McAllister, Pentland (2), Syrad
21 5 January 1907 Northampton Town H 2–0 Corbett, Hagan
22 26 January 1907 Fulham H 1–0 Corbett
23 9 February 1907 West Ham United H 0–0
24 16 February 1907 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–2
25 2 March 1907 Norwich City A 1–1 Greaves
26 9 March 1907 Luton Town H 0–1
27 11 March 1907 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 Greaves
28 16 March 1907 Crystal Palace A 3–0 Parsonage, Pentland (2, 1 pen)
29 18 March 1907 Southampton A 0–5
30 23 March 1907 Bristol Rovers H 2–1 McAllister, Hagan
31 29 March 1907 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–3 Pentland
32 30 March 1907 Millwall H 0–2
33 1 April 1907 Reading H 4–2 Pentland (4, 2 pen)
34 6 April 1907 Leyton A 3–1 McAllister, Corbett (2)
35 8 April 1907 Swindon Town H 5–2 McAllister, Underwood, Corbett (2), Hagan
36 13 April 1907 Portsmouth H 1–1 McAllister
37 20 April 1907 New Brompton A 0–5
38 27 April 1907 Plymouth Argyle H 2–1 Hagan, Corbett

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R 12 January 1907 Glossop H 2–1 Corbett, Pentland (pen)
2R 2 February 1907 Middlesbrough H 1–0 Hagan
3R 23 February 1907 Crystal Palace A 1–1 Hagan
3R (replay) 27 February 1907 Crystal Palace H 0–1
  • 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 Charlie Williams
England DF Raymond Abbott
England DF Albert Bull
England DF Alf Gilson
Scotland DF John McConnell
Scotland DF Jock Watson
England MF Robert Haworth
England MF Jimmy Jay
England MF George Parsonage (c)
England MF Jimmy Tomlinson
No. Position Player
England FW Fred Corbett
England FW David Greaves
Scotland FW James Greechan
England FW Neve Grice
Scotland FW Patrick Hagan
Scotland FW Tom McAllister
Scotland FW John McCourt
England FW Fred Pentland
England FW Lindsay Syrad
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
Ireland FW Tommy Shanks (to Leicester Fosse)
No. Position Player
Scotland DF Archie Taylor (to West Ham United)
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England William Brown Secretary Manager
Ireland Bob Crone Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
William Brown England 1 September 1906 27 April 1907 42 20 8 14 047.62 38 17 8 13 044.74

Summary[edit]

Games played 42 (38 Southern League First Division, 4 FA Cup)
Games won 20 (17 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Games drawn 8 (8 Southern League First Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 14 (13 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 61 (57 Southern League First Division, 4 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 59 (56 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 11 (10 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 on two occasions; 4–1 on two occasions; 5–2 versus Swindon Town, 8 April 1907
Worst league defeat 5–0 on two occasions
Most appearances 42, Jock Watson, Charlie Williams (38 Southern League First Division, 4 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 15, Fred Corbett
Top scorer (all competitions) 16, Fred Corbett

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d White, p. 88-90.
  2. ^ a b c d e White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 359. ISBN 0951526200. 
  3. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. pp. 117–120. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.