1907–08 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1907–08 season
Chairman Charlie Dorey
Secretary Manager William Brown
(until February 1908)
George Parsonage
(from February 1908)
Stadium Griffin Park
Southern League First Division 16th
FA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Bowman (21)
All: Bowman (22)

During the 1907–08 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League First Division. A poor season ended with a 16th-place finish.

Season summary[edit]

Centre half Jock Hamilton joined Brentford for the first of two spells with the club during the 1907 off-season.

Though Brentford manager William Brown managed to retain most of his key players for the 1907–08 season, his release of future England international forward Fred Pentland was seen as being ill-advised.[1] In came goalkeeper John Montgomery, full back Vince Hayes, half back Jock Hamilton and centre forward Adam Bowman.[1] Brentford started the Southern League First Division season poorly and with the club entering a period of financial instability, the relationship between the committee and the players began to deteriorate.[1] Hopes of a money-spinning FA Cup run ended in the first round at the hands of Lancashire Combination club Carlisle United and in February 1908 manager Brown tendered his resignation, which was accepted.[1]

Captain George Parsonage was named as player-caretaker manager in February 1908 and after reshuffling the lineup, he oversaw an upturn in form which led the Bees to a 16th-place finish.[1] One of the highlights of a dreadful season was the goalscoring of forward Adam Bowman, who scored 22 goals in all competitions before being sold to Leeds City for £300 in April.[1] There was some cheer to be had in the United League, in which the first team won the division title, while the reserve team finished the season as Great Western Suburban League champions.[1]

The season marked a beginning of a period of financial trouble for Brentford, with Fulham's election to the Football League and Chelsea's home fixtures clashing with those at Griffin Park conspiring to draw potential support in West London away from the Bees.[1] By mid-April 1908, the club owed its players £500 in unpaid wages, necessitating the sale of top-scorer Bowman.[1]

One club record was set during the season:[2]

  • Most Southern League away defeats in a season: 16

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Queens Park Rangers 38 21 9 8 82 57 1.44 51
2 Plymouth Argyle 38 19 11 8 50 31 1.61 49
3 Millwall 38 19 8 11 49 32 1.53 46
4 Crystal Palace 38 17 10 11 54 51 1.06 44
5 Swindon Town 38 16 10 12 55 40 1.38 42
6 Bristol Rovers 38 16 10 12 59 56 1.05 42
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38 17 7 14 59 48 1.23 41 Elected to the 1908–09 Football League
8 Northampton Town 38 15 11 12 50 41 1.22 41
9 Portsmouth 38 17 6 15 64 52 1.23 40
10 West Ham United 38 15 10 13 47 48 0.98 40
11 Southampton 38 16 6 16 51 60 0.85 38
12 Reading 38 15 6 17 55 50 1.1 36
13 Bradford Park Avenue 38 12 12 14 53 54 0.98 36 Elected to the 1908–09 Football League
14 Watford 38 12 10 16 47 59 0.8 34
15 Norwich City 38 12 9 17 46 49 0.94 33
16 Brentford 38 14 5 19 49 53 0.92 33
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 12 8 18 46 59 0.77 32
18 Luton Town 38 12 6 20 33 56 0.58 30
19 Leyton 38 8 11 19 52 74 0.70 27
20 New Brompton 38 9 7 22 44 75 0.58 25

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 1907 Leyton A 0–2
2 7 September 1907 Bristol Rovers A 0–3
3 14 September 1907 Leyton H 2–0 Hagan, Parsonage
4 21 September 1907 Reading A 1–5 Bowman
5 28 September 1907 Watford H 4–1 Bowman (2), Corbett (2)
6 5 October 1907 Norwich City A 2–3 Bowman (2)
7 12 October 1907 Northampton Town H 3–1 Bowman (3)
8 19 October 1907 Southampton A 0–3
9 26 October 1907 Plymouth Argyle H 2–1 Parsonage, Corbett
10 2 November 1907 West Ham United A 1–5 Hagan (pen)
11 9 November 1907 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 Hagan (pen)
12 16 November 1907 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–1
13 23 November 1907 Swindon Town H 2–0 Corbett, Hagan
14 30 November 1907 Crystal Palace A 1–2 McAllister
15 7 December 1907 Luton Town H 3–1 Underwood, Bowman (2)
16 14 December 1907 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–1
17 21 December 1907 Portsmouth H 1–1 Corbett
18 25 December 1907 Millwall H 1–2 Corbett
19 26 December 1907 New Brompton A 1–2 Bowman
20 28 December 1907 Bradford Park Avenue A 0–2
21 4 January 1908 Bristol Rovers H 0–3
22 18 January 1908 Reading H 1–0 Parsonage
23 25 January 1908 Watford A 2–1 Corbett, Bowman
24 8 February 1908 Northampton Town A 0–0
25 15 February 1908 Southampton H 4–0 Corbett, Bowman (2), Underwood
26 22 February 1908 Plymouth Argyle A 1–2 Black (og)
27 29 February 1908 West Ham United H 4–0 Bowman (2), Corbett, Parsonage
28 7 March 1908 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1
29 9 March 1908 Norwich City H 2–1 Bowman, Brown
30 14 March 1908 Tottenham Hotspur H 3–0 Bowman (3)
31 21 March 1908 Swindon Town A 0–0
32 28 March 1908 Crystal Palace H 1–1 Corbett
33 4 April 1908 Luton Town A 0–1
34 11 April 1908 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–0 Underwood, Bowman
35 17 April 1908 Millwall A 0–2
36 18 April 1908 Portsmouth A 2–3 Underwood, Tomlinson
37 20 April 1908 New Brompton H 1–0 Corbett
38 25 April 1908 Bradford Park Avenue H 1–2 Underwood

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R 11 January 1908 Carlisle United A 2–2 Bowman, Corbett
1R (replay) 15 January 1908 Carlisle United H 1–3 (a.e.t.) Tomlinson
  • 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
Scotland GK John Montgomery
England GK Charlie Williams
England DF Raymond Abbott
Scotland DF Andy Clark
England DF Vince Hayes
Scotland DF Jock Watson
England MF Albert Bull
Scotland MF Jock Hamilton
England MF Jimmy Jay
England MF George Parsonage (c)
No. Position Player
England MF Jimmy Tomlinson
England FW Norman Brown
England FW Fred Corbett
Scotland FW Patrick Hagan
England FW Patsy Hendren
England FW James Lloyd-Evans
Scotland FW Tom McAllister
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
Scotland FW Adam Bowman (to Leeds City)
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

William Brown (3 September 1907 – February 1908)[edit]

Name Role
England William Brown Secretary Manager
Ireland Bob Crone Trainer

George Parsonage (February – 25 April 1908)[edit]

Name Role
England George Parsonage Caretaker Manager
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 Total
FW Scotland Adam Bowman 21 1 22
FW England Fred Corbett 11 1 12
FW England Tosher Underwood 5 0 5
FW Scotland Patrick Hagan 4 0 4
HB England George Parsonage 4 0 4
HB England Jimmy Tomlinson 1 1 2
FW England Norman Brown 1 0 1
FW Scotland Tom McAllister 1 0 1
Opponents 1 0 1
Total 49 3 52
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[3]

Summary[edit]

Games played 40 (38 Southern League First Division, 2 FA Cup)
Games won 14 (14 Southern League First Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games drawn 6 (5 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games lost 20 (19 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 52 (49 Southern League First Division, 3 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 58 (53 Southern League First Division, 5 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 10 (10 Southern League First Division, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 4–0 on two occasions
Worst league defeat 5–1 on two occasions
Most appearances 40, George Parsonage (38 Southern League First Division, 2 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 21, Adam Bowman
Top scorer (all competitions) 22, Adam Bowman

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i White, p. 90-91.
  2. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. pp. 117–120. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  3. ^ a b c White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 359. ISBN 0951526200.