1915–16 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1915–16 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Secretary-Manager Fred Halliday
Stadium Griffin Park
London Combination Principle Tournament 7th
London Combination Supplementary Tournament 8th
Top goalscorer League: White (13)
All: White (13)
Highest home attendance 5,000
Lowest home attendance 1,000

During the 1915–16 English football season, Brentford competed in the London Combination. In the first season of non-competitive wartime football during the First World War, the Bees finished in mid-table in each of the leagues run by the London Combination.

Season summary[edit]

Future Cardiff City captain Fred Keenor guested for Brentford in each wartime season.

Having ended the 1914–15 Southern League Division Two season £7,000 in debt, the suspension of competitive football due to the ongoing First World War proved to be a blessing for Brentford, who were given the chance to face Football League clubs Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Clapton Orient and Fulham in the wartime London Combination.[1] Professionalism had also been abolished, meaning that the club needed only to pay its players expenses and in addition, the clubs of the London Combination were predominantly London-based, meaning those expenses would be lower than that of previous seasons.[1] The squad had been decimated by the entry of players into the Army or munitions work,[1] which meant that only goalkeeper Ted Price, full backs Dusty Rhodes and Bertie Rosier, half back Alf Amos and forwards Patsy Hendren and Henry White would play in the majority of Brentford's matches during the season.[2] White would top-score with 13 goals.[2]

Brentford began the London Combination's Principle Tournament strongly, losing just one of the first 10 matches, but the departure of the locally-based Football Battalion to the Western Front robbed the club of a source of quality guest players.[1] Local amateurs, guests and soldiers were brought in to plug gaps in the team,[1] though a few guests did make notable contributions during the season – Swindon Town's Bertie Denyer (9 goals in 9 appearances) and Middlesbrough's Dick Wynn (8 goals in 20 appearances).[2] Middlesbrough proved to be a ready source of players, with former Brentford full back Joe Hisbent, half backs Henry Cook, George Malcolm and forward Harry Chapelhow also guesting.[2] Brentford finished the London Combination's two league competitions in mid-table, with the highlights being two West London derby wins versus Queens Park Rangers and wins over Football League clubs Clapton Orient, Arsenal and neighbours Fulham.[2]

Two former Brentford players died during the season:

League tables[edit]

London Combination Principle Tournament[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
6 Tottenham Hotspur 22 8 8 6 38 35 1.727 24
7 Brentford 22 6 8 8 36 40 1.636 20
8 Queens Park Rangers 22 8 3 11 27 41 1.227 19

London Combination Supplementary Tournament[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
7 Watford 14 5 3 6 22 20 1.571 13
8 Brentford 14 5 2 7 29 33 2.071 12
9 Croydon Common 14 4 3 7 28 27 2.000 11

Source: Football and the First World War[6][7]

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

London Combination Principle Tournament[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 4 September 1915 West Ham United H 2–1 Powell, F. Price
2 11 September 1915 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 Sloley
3 18 September 1915 Crystal Palace H 1–0 Keenor
4 25 September 1915 Queens Park Rangers A 2–1 F. Price, Gregson
5 2 October 1915 Fulham H 2–2 White, Sloley
6 9 October 1915 Clapton Orient A 3–1 Sloley (3)
7 16 October 1915 Watford H 1–2 Sloley (pen)
8 23 October 1915 Millwall A 3–3 Gregson, White, Wynn
9 30 October 1915 Croydon Common H 2–1 Allman (og), Sloley
10 6 November 1915 Arsenal A 1–3 Shaw (og)
11 13 November 1915 West Ham United A 1–4 Hooper
12 20 November 1915 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 Wynn
13 27 November 1915 Crystal Palace A 0–1
14 4 December 1915 Queens Park Rangers H 4–0 White, Hendren (2), Wynn
15 11 December 1915 Fulham A 3–4 White (2), Wynn
16 18 December 1915 Clapton Orient H 1–1 Denyer
17 25 December 1915 Chelsea H 1–2 G. Curtis
18 27 December 1915 Chelsea A 1–4 Malcolm
19 1 January 1916 Watford A 1–3 Denyer
20 8 January 1916 Millwall H 1–1 Wynn
21 15 January 1916 Croydon Common A 2–2 Denyer (2)
22 22 January 1916 Arsenal H 2–2 Chapelhow, Denyer

London Combination Supplementary Tournament[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 5 February 1916 Luton Town A 3–4 White (2), Hendren
2 12 February 1916 Arsenal H 2–1 Denyer, White
3 19 February 1916 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 Wynn
4 4 March 1916 West Ham United A 2–4 Denyer (2)
5 11 March 1916 Croydon Common H 3–1 Amos, Gordon, Hooper
6 18 March 1916 Arsenal A 2–5 Denyer, Hooper
7 25 March 1916 Queens Park Rangers H 4–0 Wynn, Hooper (2), Sloley
8 1 April 1916 Crystal Palace A 3–6 Sloley (2), Hendren
9 8 April 1916 West Ham United H 1–3 White
10 15 April 1916 Croydon Common A 0–0
11 21 April 1916 Fulham H 2–1 White, Wynn, (pen)
12 24 April 1916 Fulham A 0–1
13 29 April 1916 Luton Town H 0–3
14 6 May 1916 Crystal Palace H 6–3 Knight (2, 1 pen), White (3), Trumper
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1915–16 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Ted Price England (1883-06-13)13 June 1883 (aged 32) Croydon Common 1912
Defenders
DF Dusty Rhodes (c) England (1882-08-16)16 August 1882 (aged 33) Sunderland 1908 Trainer
DF Bertie Rosier England (1893-03-21)21 March 1893 (aged 22) Southall 1913
Midfielders
HB Charles Allwright England (1888-06-11)11 June 1888 (aged 27) Kingston-on-Thames 1915
HB Alf Amos England (1893-02-09)9 February 1893 (aged 22) Old Kingstonians 1913
HB George Curtis England (1888-10-22)22 October 1888 (aged 26) Kingston-on-Thames 1914
HB Mick O'Brien Ireland (1893-08-10)10 August 1893 (aged 22) Celtic 1915
Forwards
FW Herbert Allwright England (1892-03-04)4 March 1892 (aged 23) Unattached 1915
FW Walter Chalk England (1885-07-10)10 July 1885 (aged 30) Old Kingstonians 1915 Amateur
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 26) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Charles Hibbert England 1894 (aged 20–21) Uxbridge 1914 Amateur
FW Fred Price England n/a Shepherds Bush 1914
FW Alfred Rosier England (1888-09-06)6 September 1888 (aged 26) Unattached 1915 Amateur
FW Richard Sloley England (1891-08-20)20 August 1891 (aged 24) Cambridge University 1914 Amateur
FW Henry White England (1895-08-08)8 August 1895 (aged 20) Whamcliffe Athletic 1913 Amateur
Guest players
GK W. Griffiths n/a n/a West Ham United 1916 Guest from West Ham United
DF Joe Hisbent England (1881-12-29)29 December 1881 (aged 33) Middlesbrough 1915 Guest from Middlesbrough
DF Fred Keenor Wales (1894-07-31)31 July 1894 (aged 21) Cardiff City 1915 Guest from Cardiff City
HB Henry Cook England 1893 (aged 21–22) Middlesbrough 1915 Guest from Middlesbrough
HB W. G. Hatherall n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
HB J. Jepson n/a n/a Spennymoor United 1915 Guest from Spennymoor United
HB John Lamb England 1893 (aged 21–22) The Wednesday 1915 Guest from The Wednesday
HB George Malcolm England (1889-06-20)20 June 1889 (aged 26) Middlesbrough 1915 Guest from Middlesbrough
HB Billy Matthews Wales 1883 (aged 31–32) Chester 1915 Guest from Chester
HB Archie Mitchell England (1885-12-15)15 December 1885 (aged 29) Queens Park Rangers 1916 Guest from Queens Park Rangers
HB F. Stuckey n/a n/a Old Kingstonians 1916 Amateur, guest from Old Kingstonians
HB Billy Wake England (1886-01-05)5 January 1886 (aged 29) Queens Park Rangers 1916 Guest from Queens Park Rangers
FW George Bowler England (1890-01-23)23 January 1890 (aged 25) Tottenham Hotspur 1915 Guest from Tottenham Hotspur
FW J. Champion n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW Harry Chapelhow England 1886 (aged 28–29) Middlesbrough 1916 Guest from Middlesbrough
FW Billy Clarkson England (1891-09-22)22 September 1891 (aged 23) Burnley 1915 Guest from Burnley
FW Jack Curtis England (1888-12-13)13 December 1888 (aged 26) Stockport County 1915 Guest from Stockport County
FW Bertie Denyer England (1893-04-09)9 April 1893 (aged 22) Swindon Town 1915 Guest from Swindon Town
FW Arthur Featherstone England n/a n/a 1915 Guest
FW Charlie Freeman England (1887-08-22)22 August 1887 (aged 28) Chelsea 1915 Guest from Chelsea
FW T. Gordon n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW Alf Gregson England (1889-03-02)2 March 1889 (aged 26) Grimsby Town 1915 Guest from Grimsby Town
FW Bill Hooper England (1884-02-20)20 February 1884 (aged 31) Southport Central 1915 Guest from Southport Central
FW W. J. Knight England n/a Wimbledon 1916 Guest from Wimbledon
FW Newman n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW Bert Powell England (1886-11-23)23 November 1886 (aged 28) Boscombe 1915 Guest from Boscombe
FW William Steer England (1888-10-10)10 October 1888 (aged 26) Chelsea 1915 Guest from Chelsea
FW H. Trumper n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW Dick Wynn England 1892 (aged 22–23) Middlesbrough 1915 Guest from Middlesbrough
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[2] Timeless Bees,[8] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[9]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Fred Halliday Secretary-Manager
England Dusty Rhodes Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League
(Principle)
League
(Suppl.)
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Ted Price 22 0 13 0 35 0
DF England Dusty Rhodes 21 0 13 0 34 0
DF England Bertie Rosier 19 0 10 0 29 0
HB England Charles Allwright 7 0 1 0 8 0
HB England Alf Amos 13 0 10 1 23 1
HB England George Curtis 6 1 5 0 11 1
HB Ireland Mick O'Brien 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Herbert Allwright 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Walter Chalk 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Patsy Hendren 8 2 14 2 22 4
FW England Charles Hibbert 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Fred Price 4 2 0 0 4 2
FW England Alfred Rosier 3 0 4 0 7 0
FW England Richard Sloley 9 7 6 4 15 11
FW England Henry White 17 5 13 8 30 13
Players guested during the season
GK n/a W. Griffiths 1 0 1 0
DF England Joe Hisbent 12 0 6 0 18 0
DF Wales Fred Keenor 5 1 5 1
HB England Henry Cook 10 0 9 0 19 0
HB n/a W. G. Hatherall 2 0 2 0
HB n/a J. Jepson 2 0 1 0 3 0
HB England John Lamb 6 0 6 0
HB England George Malcolm 11 1 7 0 18 1
HB Wales Billy Matthews 1 0 1 0
HB England Archie Mitchell 1 0 1 0
HB n/a F. Stuckey 1 0 1 0
HB England Billy Wake 1 0 1 0
FW England George Bowler 2 0 2 0
FW n/a J. Champion 1 0 1 0
FW England Harry Chapelhow 2 1 10 0 12 1
FW England Billy Clarkson 7 0 7 0
FW England Jack Curtis 13 0 13 0
FW England Bertie Denyer 5 5 4 4 9 9
FW England Arthur Featherstone 1 0 1 0
FW England Charlie Freeman 1 0 1 0
FW n/a T. Gordon 1 1 1 1
FW England Alf Gregson 4 2 4 2
FW England Bill Hooper 5 1 6 3 11 4
FW England W. J. Knight 2 2 2 2
FW n/a Newman 1 0 1 0
FW England Bert Powell 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW England William Steer 4 0 4 0
FW n/a H. Trumper 3 1 3 1
FW England Dick Wynn 12 5 8 3 20 8
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player LCP LCS Total
FW England Henry White 5 8 13
FW England Richard Sloley 7 4 11
FW England Bertie Denyer 5 4 9
FW England Dick Wynn 5 3 8
FW England Bill Hooper 1 3 5
FW England Patsy Hendren 2 2 4
FW England Alf Gregson 2 2
FW England Fred Price 2 2
FW England W. J. Knight 2 2
HB Wales Fred Keenor 1 1
FW England Bert Powell 1 1
FW England Harry Chapelhow 1 0 1
HB England George Curtis 1 0 1
HB England George Malcolm 1 0 1
FW n/a T. Gordon 1 1
FW n/a H. Trumper 1 1
HB England Alf Amos 0 1 1
Opponents 2 0 2
Total 36 29 65
  • 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
(Principle)
Record League
(Suppl.)
P W D L W % P W D L W % P W D L W %
Fred Halliday England 4 September 1915 6 May 1916 36 11 10 15 030.56 14 5 2 7 035.71 22 6 8 8 027.27

Summary[edit]

Games played 36 (22 London Combination Principle Tournament, 14 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Games won 11 (5 London Combination Principle Tournament, 6 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Games drawn 10 (2 London Combination Principle Tournament, 8 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Games lost 15 (7 London Combination Principle Tournament, 8 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Goals scored 65 (36 London Combination Principle Tournament, 29 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Goals conceded 73 (40 London Combination Principle Tournament, 33 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Clean sheets 4 (2 London Combination Principle Tournament, 2 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Biggest win 4–0 on two occasions
Worst defeat 3–0 versus Luton Town, 29 April 1916; 4–1 on two occasions; 5–2 versus Arsenal, 18 March 1916; 6–3 versus Crystal Palace, 1 April 1916
Most appearances 35, Ted Price (22 London Combination Principle Tournament, 13 London Combination Supplementary Tournament)
Top scorer 13, Henry White

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
4 December 1915 FW England Alfred Rosier Unattached Amateur [2]
n/a HB Scotland Jimmy Kennedy England Watford n/a [10]
Guest players in
Date from Pos. Name Previous Club Date to Ref.
4 September 1915 FW England Jack Curtis England Stockport County 1 January 1916 [2]
4 September 1915 HB Wales Fred Keenor Wales Cardiff City 9 October 1915 [2]
4 September 1915 FW England Bert Powell England Boscombe 11 September 1915 [2]
11 September 1915 FW England Billy Clarkson England Burnley 30 October 1915 [2]
11 September 1915 HB England John Lamb England The Wednesday 30 October 1915 [2]
25 September 1915 FW England Alf Gregson England Grimsby Town 23 October 1915 [2]
16 October 1915 FW England William Steer England Chelsea 8 January 1916 [2]
23 October 1915 DF England Joe Hisbent England Middlesbrough 21 April 1916 [2]
23 October 1915 HB England George Malcolm England Middlesbrough 21 April 1916 [2]
23 October 1915 FW England Dick Wynn England Middlesbrough 21 April 1916 [2]
30 October 1915 FW England Arthur Featherstone n/a 30 October 1915 [2]
6 November 1915 HB England Henry Cook England Middlesbrough 30 October 1915 [2]
13 November 1915 FW England Bill Hooper England Southport Central 15 April 1916 [2]
20 November 1915 HB Wales Billy Matthews England Chester 20 November 1915 [2]
11 December 1915 FW England Bertie Denyer England Swindon Town 1 April 1916 [2]
11 December 1915 FW England Charlie Freeman England Chelsea 11 December 1915 [2]
25 December 1915 FW England George Bowler England Tottenham Hotspur 27 December 1915 [2]
27 December 1915 HB J. Jepson England Spennymoor United 5 February 1916 [2]
15 January 1916 FW England Harry Chapelhow England Middlesbrough 29 April 1916 [2]
19 February 1919 FW Newman n/a 19 February 1919 [2]
11 March 1916 FW T. Gordon n/a 11 March 1916 [2]
1 April 1916 GK W. Griffiths England West Ham United 1 April 1916 [2]
1 April 1916 HB W. G. Hatherall n/a End of season [2]
15 April 1916 FW H. Trumper n/a End of season [2]
24 April 1916 FW J. Champion n/a 24 April 1916 [2]
24 April 1916 FW England W. J. Knight England Wimbledon End of season [2]
24 April 1916 HB F. Stuckey England Old Kingstonians 24 April 1916 [2]
6 May 1916 HB England Archie Mitchell England Queens Park Rangers End of season [2]
6 May 1916 HB England Billy Wake England Queens Park Rangers End of season [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e White 1989, p. 106-107.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 363. ISBN 0951526200. 
  3. ^ "Well played Dunblane! A football club goes to war in 1914". Scottish Sport History – devoted to our sporting heritage. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  4. ^ "Casualty". www.cwgc.org. Retrieved 22 July 2018. 
  5. ^ Manchester, Reading Room. "Casualty Details". www.cwgc.org. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "London Combination Table 1915/16". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "London Combination (Supplementary) Table 1915/16". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  9. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. ISBN 190589161X. 
  10. ^ Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.