1909–10 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1909–10 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Secretary Manager Fred Halliday
Stadium Griffin Park
Southern League First Division 14th
FA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Reid (17)
All: Reid (19)

During the 1909–10 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League First Division. A mid-table season ended on a positive note, with a run of just three defeats from the final 17 matches.

Season summary[edit]

H. Jason-Saunders was appointed chairman in 1909 and would hold the position until 1922, by which time Brentford was a member of the Football League.

Brentford manager Fred Halliday assembled a small squad for the 1909–10 season, with the club having withdrawn from the Western League and United League in favour of concentrating solely on the Southern League.[1] A handful of the previous season's squad was retained and in came a number of new players, including goalkeeper Archie Ling and former Brentford pair Jock Hamilton and Adam Bowman.[1] The club adopted new colours prior to the season, with the gold and blue-striped shirts being replaced by a gold shirt with a blue 'V' on the front and back.[1]

Injury to captain Dusty Rhodes, illness suffered by Jock Hamilton and poor form from forward George Rushton contributed to Brentford's bad start to the Southern League First Division season.[1] Manager Halliday was forced to play natural centre forward Adam Bowman at inside forward, which conflicted with centre forward Geordie Reid's role and necessitated the swapping of Bowman for Portsmouth inside forward Bill McCafferty in October 1909.[1] After exiting the FA Cup in the second round at the hands of Accrington Stanley, Brentford emerged from a poor Christmas period to slowly pick up form again in late-January 1910, culminating in a strong run of 10 wins and four draws from the final 17 matches of the season.[2] The Bees finished comfortably in 14th position.[1]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2 Notes
1 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 23 13 6 69 28 2.46 59
2 Swindon Town 42 22 10 10 92 46 2 54
3 Queens Park Rangers 42 19 13 10 56 47 1.19 51
4 Northampton Town 42 22 4 16 90 44 2.05 48
5 Southampton 42 16 16 10 64 55 1.16 48
6 Portsmouth 42 20 7 15 70 63 1.11 47
7 Crystal Palace 42 20 6 16 69 50 1.38 46
8 Coventry City 42 19 8 15 71 60 1.18 46
9 West Ham United 42 15 15 12 69 56 1.23 45
10 Leyton 42 16 11 15 60 46 1.3 43
11 Plymouth Argyle 42 16 11 15 61 54 1.13 43
12 New Brompton 42 19 5 18 76 74 1.03 43
13 Bristol Rovers 42 16 10 16 37 48 0.77 42
14 Brentford 42 16 9 17 50 58 0.86 41
15 Luton Town 42 15 11 16 72 92 0.78 41
16 Millwall 42 15 7 20 45 59 0.76 37
17 Norwich City 42 13 9 20 59 78 0.75 35
18 Exeter City 42 14 6 22 60 69 0.86 34
19 Watford 42 10 13 19 51 76 0.67 33
20 Southend United 42 12 9 21 51 90 0.56 33
21 Croydon Common 42 13 5 24 52 96 0.54 31 Relegated to Division Two
22 Reading 42 7 10 25 38 73 0.52 24

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 1909 Crystal Palace A 0–1
2 4 September 1909 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0–0
3 8 September 1909 Swindon Town A 0–4
4 11 September 1909 West Ham United A 2–3 Rushton, Reid
5 13 September 1909 Crystal Palace H 1–0 Richards
6 18 September 1909 Portsmouth H 2–0 Bowman (2)
7 25 September 1909 Bristol Rovers A 0–3
8 27 September 1909 Swindon Town H 1–1 Bowman (2)
9 2 October 1909 Norwich City H 0–1
10 9 October 1909 Exeter City A 1–4 Reid
11 11 October 1909 Plymouth Argyle H 2–2 Riley, Bowman
12 16 October 1909 Coventry City A 0–3
13 23 October 1909 Watford H 2–0 Reid (2, 1 pen)
14 30 October 1909 Reading A 0–2
15 6 November 1909 Southend United H 4–1 Bartlett, Hollinrake, Reid (2)
16 13 November 1909 Leyton A 0–0
17 27 November 1909 Southampton A 0–1
18 11 December 1909 Millwall A 1–1 Reid
19 18 December 1909 New Brompton H 4–1 Reid (3), Rhodes (pen)
20 25 December 1909 Northampton Town H 2–1 Walker, Bartlett
21 27 December 1909 Northampton Town A 1–4 Rushton (pen)
22 28 December 1909 Luton Town A 2–4 Rhodes (pen), Bartlett
23 1 January 1910 Queens Park Rangers H 0–1
24 8 January 1910 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–3
25 15 January 1910 Croydon Common H 1–2 McCafferty
26 22 January 1910 West Ham United H 0–0
27 29 January 1910 Portsmouth A 2–0 McCafferty, Reid
28 5 February 1910 Croydon Common A 2–1 Hollinrake, Bartlett
29 12 February 1910 Norwich City A 1–5 Hollinrake
30 14 February 1910 Bristol Rovers H 1–0 Walker
31 19 February 1910 Exeter City H 3–0 Anderson, Hollinrake, Reid
32 26 February 1910 Coventry City H 3–1 Hollinrake (2), Bartlett
33 5 March 1910 Watford A 0–0
34 12 March 1910 Reading H 1–0 Reid
35 19 March 1910 Southend United A 3–0 Walker, Hollinrake, Anderson
36 25 March 1910 Queens Park Rangers A 0–0
37 26 March 1910 Leyton H 1–0 Hollinrake
38 28 March 1910 Luton Town H 2–2 Sibbald, Anderson
39 2 April 1910 Plymouth Argyle A 0–3
40 9 April 1910 Southampton H 1–0 Reid
41 23 April 1910 Millwall H 2–0 Reid, McCafferty
42 30 April 1910 New Brompton A 2–3 Reid (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer
1R 20 November 1909 Luton Town H 2–1 Reid (2)
2R 4 December 1909 Accrington Stanley A 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 Archie Ling
England GK Albert Wise
England DF Steve Buxton
England DF Dusty Rhodes (c)
England DF Tommy Stewart
England MF Charlie Blackall
Scotland MF Jock Hamilton
England MF Jimmy Jay
England MF Phil Richards
England MF James Riley
No. Position Player
England FW George Anderson
England FW Albert Bartlett
England FW Arthur Cowley
Scotland FW Billy Grassam
England FW Bert Hollinrake
Scotland FW Bill McCafferty
England FW James McDonald
Scotland FW Geordie Reid
England FW Jack Sibbald
England FW Lindsay Syrad

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 Portsmouth)
England FW George Rushton (to Swindon Town)
No. Position Player
England FW Alf Walker (to Wycombe Wanderers)
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Fred Halliday Secretary Manager
England Tom Cowper 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 Geordie Reid 17 2 19
FW England Bert Hollinrake 8 0 8
FW England Albert Bartlett 5 0 5
FW Scotland Adam Bowman 4 0 4
FW England George Anderson 3 0 3
FW Scotland Bill McCafferty 3 0 3
FW England Alf Walker 3 0 3
DF England Dusty Rhodes 2 0 2
FW England George Rushton 2 0 2
HB England Phil Richards 1 0 1
HB England James Riley 1 0 1
FW England Jack Sibbald 1 0 1
Total 50 2 52
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Fred Halliday England 1 September 1909 30 April 1910 44 17 9 18 038.64 42 16 9 17 038.10

Summary[edit]

Games played 44 (42 Southern League First Division, 2 FA Cup)
Games won 17 (16 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 9 (9 Southern League First Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 18 (17 Southern League First Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 52 (50 Southern League First Division, 2 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 60 (58 Southern League First Division, 2 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 16 (16 Southern League First Division, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 on two occasions; 4–1 on two occasions
Worst league defeat 4–0 versus Swindon Town, 8 September 1909; 5–1 versus Norwich City, 12 February 1910
Most appearances 44, Albert Bartlett, Archie Ling (42 Southern League First Division, 2 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 17, Geordie Reid
Top scorer (all competitions) 19, Geordie Reid

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f White, p. 94-95.
  2. ^ a b c d White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 360. ISBN 0951526200.