1916–17 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1916–17 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Secretary-Manager Fred Halliday
Stadium Griffin Park
London Combination 12th
Top goalscorer League: White (20)
All: White (20)
Highest home attendance 3,500
Lowest home attendance 1,000

During the 1916–17 English football season, Brentford competed in the London Combination, due to the cessation of competitive football for the duration of the First World War. Restricted by league rules mandating that all players must be members of the armed forces or munitions workers, Brentford finished third-from-bottom, having been forced to field over 50 guest players.

Season summary[edit]

Former Brentford forward Patrick Hagan was killed during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.

Straddling the middle period the First World War, the London Combination introduced a new rule that for the 1916–17 season, stating all players must be members of the armed forces or munitions workers, which meant Brentford secretary-manager Fred Halliday (himself a worker at the Ministry of Munitions) had trouble securing players to play.[1] Full back Dusty Rhodes, half back Alf Amos and forwards Patsy Hendren and Henry White would be the only pre-war Bees players to appear in more than half of the matches during the season.[2] Albert Chester joined the club from Millwall in December 1916 and also appeared in over half the matches.[2] Due to a wrist injury suffered by Ted Price, Bradford Park Avenue's Frank Drabble was the main goalkeeper during the season, while Croydon Common's William Bushell was also a regular in the half back line.[1]

Brentford had a torrid season, winning just 9 of the 40 matches.[3] Defeats by three, four, five and six goal margins were a regular occurrence, contributing to a total of 99 goals conceded during the campaign.[2] 16 goals were conceded in four matches versus Luton Town.[2] The highlights were a 7–0 victory over Portsmouth at Griffin Park on 30 December 1916 and Henry White's performances, who top-scored for the third-consecutive season with 20 goals from 35 matches.[2]

The Battle of the Somme, which began on 1 July 1916, represented the lowest period so far for the British Army during the war and a number of former Brentford players were killed in the battle:[4]

Lieutenant Alex Glen, who played at inside left during the 1908–09 season, was serving into the Royal Army Medical Corps when he committed suicide while in camp in Ripon, Yorkshire on 21 September 1916.[6][7]

League table[edit]

London Combination[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A GA Pts
11 Watford 39 8 9 22 69 115 1.769 25
12 Brentford 40 9 7 24 56 99 1.400 25
13 Portsmouth 40 9 4 27 58 117 1.450 22

Source: Football and the First World War

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

London Combination[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 2 September 1916 Crystal Palace A 0–4
2 9 September 1916 Southampton H 1–1 Kirby
3 16 September 1916 Chelsea H 0–3
4 23 September 1916 Arsenal A 0–0
5 30 September 1916 Luton Town H 1–3 Hendren (pen)
6 7 October 1916 Reading A 2–0 Gregson (2)
7 14 October 1916 Millwall H 0–3
8 21 October 1916 Watford A 2–4 Sloley, White
9 28 October 1916 Clapton Orient H 3–0 White, Gregson, Clarkson
10 4 November 1916 Fulham A 0–2
11 11 November 1916 Queens Park Rangers H 1–4 Sloley
12 18 November 1916 West Ham United A 0–4
13 25 November 1916 Crystal Palace H 3–1 White, Sloley, Kirby
14 2 December 1916 Southampton A 1–3 Hendren
15 9 December 1916 Chelsea A 2–7 White, Hendren
16 23 December 1916 Luton Town A 2–5 Bushell, Chester
17 25 December 1916 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–5 White
18 26 December 1916 Tottenham Hotspur A 2–5 White, Spencer
19 30 December 1916 Portsmouth H 7–0 White, Sloley, Hendren, Clarkson
20 6 January 1917 Millwall A 0–3
21 13 January 1917 Watford H 4–1 Sloley, White (2), Clarkson
22 20 January 1917 Clapton Orient A 2–5 White (2)
23 27 January 1917 Fulham H 1–1 Dillimore
24 3 February 1917 Queens Park Rangers A 0–2
25 10 February 1917 West Ham United H 1–1 Gregson
26 17 February 1917 Millwall A 3–2 Chester, Dillimore, White
27 24 February 1917 Fulham H 1–4 Dillimore
28 3 March 1917 Chelsea H 3–0 Gregson, White (2)
29 10 March 1917 Watford A 2–5 White, Hendren
30 17 March 1917 Luton Town H 1–2 Hendren
31 24 March 1917 Queens Park Rangers A 2–2 Hendren, Dillimore
32 31 March 1917 Millwall H 1–3 Dillimore
33 6 April 1917 West Ham United A 0–2
34 7 April 1917 Fulham A 2–0 Keenor, Gregson
35 9 April 1917 West Ham United H 1–2 Hendren (pen)
36 14 April 1917 Chelsea A 2–3 Hendren (2, 1 pen)
37 19 April 1917 Queens Park Rangers H 0–0
38 21 April 1917 Watford H 2–1 White (2)
39 26 April 1917 Arsenal H 0–0
40 28 April 1917 Luton Town A 0–6
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1916–17 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 33) Croydon Common 1912
Defenders
DF George Curtis England (1888-10-22)22 October 1888 (aged 27) Kingston upon Thames 1914
DF Jack Peart England (1884-10-13)13 October 1884 (aged 31) Croydon Common 1916
DF Dusty Rhodes (c) England (1882-08-16)16 August 1882 (aged 34) Sunderland 1908 Trainer
Midfielders
HB Charles Allwright England (1888-06-11)11 June 1888 (aged 28) Kingston upon Thames 1915
HB Alf Amos England (1893-02-09)9 February 1893 (aged 23) Old Kingstonians 1913
HB Alec Barclay England (1885-11-01)1 November 1885 (aged 30) Ilford 1910 Amateur
HB Bertie Rosier England (1893-03-21)21 March 1893 (aged 23) Southall 1913
Forwards
FW Herbert Allwright England (1892-03-04)4 March 1892 (aged 24) Unattached 1915
FW Walter Chalk England (1885-07-10)10 July 1885 (aged 31) Old Kingstonians 1915 Amateur
FW Albert Chester England (1886-03-17)17 March 1886 (aged 30) Millwall 1916
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 27) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Richard Sloley England (1891-08-20)20 August 1891 (aged 25) Cambridge University 1914 Amateur
FW Henry White England (1895-08-08)8 August 1895 (aged 21) Whamcliffe Athletic 1913 Amateur
Guest players
GK Frank Drabble England (1888-07-08)8 July 1888 (aged 28) Bradford Park Avenue 1916 Guest from Bradford Park Avenue
GK A. Harvey n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
GK Jimmy Morris England n/a Clapton Orient 1917 Guest from Clapton Orient
GK Bernard Neville England n/a Unattached 1916 Guest, referee
DF Fred Bullock England (1886-07-01)1 July 1886 (aged 30) Huddersfield Town 1916 Guest from Huddersfield Town
DF Walker Hampson England (1889-07-24)24 July 1889 (aged 27) Burnley 1916 Guest from Burnley
DF Ted Hanney England (1889-01-19)19 January 1889 (aged 27) Manchester City 1917 Guest from Manchester City
DF Kennedy n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
DF J. Mason n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
DF H. W. Skinner England n/a Nunhead 1916 Amateur, guest from Nunhead
HB Birtwhistle n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
HB William Bushell England (1880-06-30)30 June 1880 (aged 36) Croydon Common 1916 Guest from Croydon Common
HB J. Carter n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
HB H. T. Caves England n/a Hampstead Town 1916 Amateur, guest from Hampstead Town
HB A. Davis n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
HB Charles Hollidge England (1881-10-14)14 October 1881 (aged 34) Croydon Common 1916 Guest from Croydon Common
HB George Hunter England (1885-06-01)1 June 1885 (aged 31) Manchester United 1916 Guest from Manchester United
HB Fred Keenor Wales (1894-07-31)31 July 1894 (aged 22) Cardiff City 1916 Guest from Cardiff City
HB John Lamb England 1893 (aged 22–23) The Wednesday 1916 Guest from The Wednesday
HB James Lockwood n/a n/a Queens Park Rangers 1916 Guest from Queens Park Rangers
HB C. Morris n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
HB Robert Nash England n/a Unattached 1917 Guest
HB S. Nunn n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
HB Frank Roberts England (1894-04-03)3 April 1894 (aged 22) Bolton Wanderers 1916 Guest from Bolton Wanderers
HB Billy Thompson England August 1886 (aged 29–30) Queens Park Rangers 1916 Guest from Queens Park Rangers
HB B. Toms n/a n/a Luton Town 1917 Guest from Luton Town
FW Tommy Barber England (1886-07-22)22 July 1886 (aged 30) Aston Villa 1917 Guest from Aston Villa
FW W. Blackmore n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW Billy Brawn England (1878-08-01)1 August 1878 (aged 38) Unattached 1916 Guest
FW David Chalmers Scotland (1891-07-22)22 July 1891 (aged 25) Grimsby Town 1917 Guest from Grimsby Town
FW Billy Clarkson England (1891-09-22)22 September 1891 (aged 24) Burnley 1916 Guest from Burnley
FW J. Cooper n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
FW Harold Crockford England (1893-09-25)25 September 1893 (aged 22) Chatham Town 1916 Guest from Chatham Town
FW Bertie Denyer England (1893-04-09)9 April 1893 (aged 23) Swindon Town 1917 Guest from Swindon Town
FW Ernie Dilley England (1896-06-05)5 June 1896 (aged 20) Millwall 1917 Guest from Millwall
FW James Dillimore England (1894-12-19)19 December 1894 (aged 21) Unattached 1917 Guest
FW Fawcett n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW Thomas Graham England (1887-07-20)20 July 1887 (aged 29) Castleford Town 1916 Guest from Castleford Town
FW Alf Gregson England (1889-03-02)2 March 1889 (aged 27) Grimsby Town 1916 Guest from Grimsby Town
FW Frederick Groves England (1891-01-13)13 January 1891 (aged 25) Woolwich Arsenal 1916 Guest from Woolwich Arsenal
FW H. Hogarth n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
FW Bill Hooper England (1884-02-20)20 February 1884 (aged 32) Southport Central 1917 Guest from Southport Central
FW E. A. Hunt n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
FW William Kirby England (1883-06-21)21 June 1883 (aged 33) Croydon Common 1916 Guest from Croydon Common
FW J. Macey n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
FW H. Palmer n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW W. Shaw n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW J. Smith n/a n/a n/a 1917 Guest
FW Albert Spencer England n/a Clapton Orient 1916 Guest from Clapton Orient
FW Tuckfield n/a n/a Millwall 1917 Guest from Millwall
FW F. Walker n/a n/a n/a 1916 Guest
FW J. Wood n/a n/a Luton Town 1917 Guest from Luton Town
  • 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 Total
Apps Goals
GK England Ted Price 9 0
DF England George Curtis 6 0
DF England Jack Peart 9 0
DF England Dusty Rhodes 32 0
HB England Bertie Rosier 8 0
HB England Charles Allwright 6 0
HB England Alf Amos 22 0
HB England Alec Barclay 5 0
FW England Herbert Allwright 2 0
FW England Walter Chalk 2 0
FW England Albert Chester 23 2
FW England Patsy Hendren 39 10
FW England Richard Sloley 9 5
FW England Henry White 35 20
Players guested during the season
GK England Frank Drabble 24 0
GK n/a A. Harvey 1 0
GK England Jimmy Morris 5 0
GK England Bernard Neville 1 0
DF England Fred Bullock 11 0
DF England Walker Hampson 3 0
DF England Ted Hanney 3 0
DF n/a Kennedy 1 0
DF n/a J. Mason 1 0
DF n/a H. W. Skinner 5 0
HB n/a Birtwhistle 1 0
HB England William Bushell 22 1
HB n/a J. Carter 1 0
HB England H. T. Caves 1 0
HB n/a A. Davis 4 0
HB England Charles Hollidge 2 0
HB England George Hunter 1 0
HB Wales Fred Keenor 13 1
HB England John Lamb 3 0
HB n/a James Lockwood 10 0
HB n/a C. Morris 3 0
HB England Robert Nash 1 0
HB n/a S. Nunn 1 0
HB England Frank Roberts 10 0
HB England Billy Thompson 1 0
HB n/a B. Toms 1 0
FW England Tommy Barber 2 0
FW n/a W. Blackmore 1 0
FW England Billy Brawn 2 0
FW Scotland David Chalmers 1 0
FW England Billy Clarkson 16 3
FW n/a J. Cooper 1 0
FW England Harold Crockford 3 0
FW England Bertie Denyer 1 0
FW England Ernie Dilley 2 0
FW England James Dillimore 12 5
FW n/a Fawcett 1 0
FW England Thomas Graham 3 0
FW England Alf Gregson 11 6
FW England Frederick Groves 1 0
FW n/a H. Hogarth 2 0
FW England Bill Hooper 4 0
FW n/a E. A. Hunt 1 0
FW England William Kirby 18 2
FW n/a J. Macey 2 0
FW n/a H. Palmer 1 0
FW n/a W. Shaw 1 0
FW n/a J. Smith 3 0
FW England Albert Spencer 1 1
FW n/a Tuckfield 1 0
FW n/a F. Walker 11 0
FW n/a J. Wood 1 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Total
FW England Henry White 20
FW England Patsy Hendren 10
FW England Alf Gregson 6
FW England James Dillimore 5
FW England Richard Sloley 5
FW England Billy Clarkson 3
FW England Albert Chester 2
FW England William Kirby 2
HB England William Bushell 1
HB Wales Fred Keenor 1
FW England Albert Spencer 1
Total 56
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record
P W D L W %
Fred Halliday England 2 September 1916 28 April 1917 40 9 7 24 022.50|

Summary[edit]

Games played 40
Games won 9
Games drawn 7
Games lost 24
Goals scored 56
Goals conceded 99
Clean sheets 8
Biggest win 7–0 versus Portsmouth, 30 December 1916
Worst defeat 6–0 versus Luton Town, 28 April 1917
Most appearances 39, Patsy Hendren
Top scorer 20, Henry White

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
2 September 1916 DF England Jack Peart England Croydon Common Free [10]
9 December 1916 FW England Albert Chester England Millwall Free [11]
Guest players in
Date from Pos. Name Previous Club Date to Ref.
2 September 1916 HB England H. T. Caves England Hampstead Town 2 September 1916 [2]
2 September 1916 FW England Billy Clarkson England Burnley 19 April 1917 [2]
2 September 1916 FW England Thomas Graham England Castleford Town 21 October 1916 [2]
2 September 1916 FW England William Kirby England Croydon Common 20 January 1917 [12]
9 September 1916 FW England Billy Brawn Unattached 25 November 1916 [2]
9 September 1916 HB England William Bushell England Croydon Common 17 March 1917 [13]
9 September 1916 FW F. Walker n/a 20 January 1917 [2]
16 September 1916 FW England Harold Crockford England Chatham Town 30 September 1916 [2]
23 September 1916 GK England Frank Drabble England Bradford Park Avenue 26 April 1917 [2]
7 October 1916 DF England Fred Bullock England Huddersfield Town End of season [2]
7 October 1916 FW England Alf Gregson England Grimsby Town 26 April 1917 [2]
7 October 1916 HB Wales Fred Keenor Wales Cardiff City 26 April 1917 [2]
21 October 1916 FW W. Shaw n/a 21 October 1916 [2]
21 October 1916 HB England Billy Thompson England Queens Park Rangers 21 October 1916 [2]
18 November 1916 FW Birtwhistle n/a 18 November 1916 [2]
18 November 1916 FW England Frederick Groves England Woolwich Arsenal 18 November 1916 [2]
18 November 1916 DF Kennedy n/a 18 November 1916 [2]
18 November 1916 HB England John Lamb England The Wednesday 14 April 1917 [2]
2 December 1916 FW W. Blackmore n/a 2 December 1916 [2]
2 December 1916 FW Fawcett n/a 2 December 1916 [2]
2 December 1916 HB England George Hunter England Manchester United 2 December 1916 [2]
2 December 1916 HB England Frank Roberts England Bolton Wanderers 17 February 1917 [2]
9 December 1916 DF England H. W. Skinner England Nunhead 31 March 1917 [2]
23 December 1916 DF England Walker Hampson England Burnley 26 December 1916 [2]
23 December 1916 GK A. Harvey n/a 23 December 1916 [2]
23 December 1916 HB England Charles Hollidge England Croydon Common 25 December 1916 [14]
23 December 1916 FW H. Palmer n/a 23 December 1916 [2]
25 December 1916 HB England James Lockwood England Queens Park Rangers 24 March 1917 [2]
26 December 1916 FW England Albert Spencer England Clapton Orient 26 December 1916 [2]
13 January 1917 GK England Bernard Neville Unattached 13 January 1917 [15]
27 January 1917 FW England James Dillimore n/a 21 April 1917 [2]
3 February 1917 FW England Bertie Denyer England Swindon Town 3 February 1917 [2]
17 February 1917 HB A. Davis n/a 9 April 1917 [2]
17 February 1917 FW J. Smith n/a End of season [2]
17 February 1917 FW Tuckfield England Millwall 17 February 1917 [2]
17 March 1917 GK England Jimmy Morris England Clapton Orient End of season [2]
24 March 1917 FW England Ernie Dilley England Millwall 31 March 1917 [2]
24 March 1917 DF J. Mason n/a 24 March 1917 [2]
24 March 1917 HB S. Nunn n/a 24 March 1917 [2]
31 March 1917 HB J. Carter n/a 31 March 1917 [2]
31 March 1917 FW H. Hogarth n/a 14 April 1917 [2]
31 March 1917 FW J. Macey n/a 6 April 1917 [2]
9 April 1917 FW J. Cooper n/a 9 April 1917 [2]
14 April 1917 FW England Tommy Barber England Aston Villa 26 April 1917 [2]
14 April 1917 DF England Ted Hanney England Manchester City End of season [2]
14 April 1917 FW E. A. Hunt n/a 14 April 1917 [2]
19 April 1917 FW Scotland David Chalmers England Grimsby Town 19 April 1917 [2]
19 April 1917 FW England Bill Hooper England Southport Central End of season [2]
21 April 1917 HB C. Morris n/a End of season [2]
26 April 1917 HB England Robert Nash Unattached 26 April 1917 [16]
28 April 1917 HB B. Toms England Luton Town End of season [2]
28 April 1917 FW J. Wood England Luton Town End of season [2]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Croydon Common FC – Albert Chester" (PDF). Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  12. ^ "Croydon Common FC – William Kirby" (PDF). Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  13. ^ "Croydon Common FC – William Bushell" (PDF). Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  14. ^ "Croydon Common FC – Charles Hollidge" (PDF). Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
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