1918–19 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1918–19 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Secretary Manager Fred Halliday
Stadium Griffin Park
London Combination 1st
London Victory Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: White (25)
All: White (26)
Highest home attendance 15,000
Lowest home attendance 3,000

During the 1918–19 English football season, Brentford competed in the London Combination, due to the cessation of competitive football for the duration of the First World War. Buoyed by larger crowds after the Armistice, Brentford finished the season as champions of the London Combination.

Season summary[edit]

11 members of the Brentford squad line up prior to a match at Griffin Park during the season.

Brentford entered the London Combination for the fourth consecutive season in 1918–19, for what would become the final campaign of wartime football during the First World War.[1] Just 11 contracted players would be available throughout the course of the season, necessitating the use of a large number of guest players, the most notable of whom being future internationals Jackie Carr, Jack Cock and Fred Bullock (England), Fred Keenor (Wales) and Jack Doran (Ireland).[2] Cock, Henry White and Ted Hanney would all play in an England trial match on 14 April 1919.[3]

A chronic lack of players saw Brentford win just one of the opening six matches of the season, before Jack Cock came into the team after settling a dispute which unsettled, would have led him to play for Fulham during the season.[3] The Bees' forward line was immediately galvanised and the goals of Cock, Henry White and Fred Morley would lead Brentford on a run of 11 wins in 14 matches in all competitions, which included resounding wins over Tottenham Hotspur (7–1, home), Arsenal (4–1, home), Crystal Palace (4–0, away) and home and away victories over rivals Fulham over Christmas.[2] The Armistice of 11 November 1918 brought the war to a close and attendances began to rise, which coupled with the club only having to pay its players £2 a week plus expenses, meant that Brentford would finish the season with a profit of £2,000.[3]

Despite four draws in January 1919 and three losses in February (which included a second round defeat to Crystal Palace in the one-off London Victory Cup), a return to form and a 2–0 victory over nearest challengers Arsenal on 15 March put the Bees eight points clear at the top of the table with six matches left to play.[3] Aided by additional goals from Patsy Hendren and Royal Navy serviceman Billy Baker,[4] Brentford finished the season as champions,[2] the first time it had finished top of a division since winning the Southern League Second Division title in 1900–01.[5]

One more former Brentford player would die before the end of the war – Sapper Fred Alborough, who made three appearances as a guest in September and October 1918.[2] He died of influenza on 31 October 1918, just five days after his final Brentford appearance.[6] He had served with the Royal Engineers during the war.[7]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A GA Pts
1 Brentford 36 20 9 7 94 46 2.611 49
2 Arsenal 36 20 5 11 85 56 2.361 45
3 West Ham United 36 17 7 12 65 51 1.805 41
4 Fulham 36 17 6 13 70 55 1.944 40
5 Queens Park Rangers 36 16 7 13 69 60 1.916 39
6 Chelsea 36 13 11 12 70 53 1.944 37
7 Crystal Palace 36 14 6 16 66 73 1.833 34
8 Tottenham Hotspur 36 13 8 15 52 72 1.444 34
9 Millwall 36 10 9 17 50 67 1.388 29
10 Clapton Orient 36 3 6 27 35 123 0.972 12

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 7 September 1918 West Ham United H 2–0 Stanton, Amos (pen)
2 14 September 1918 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 Denyer
3 21 September 1918 Chelsea H 0–0
4 28 September 1918 Arsenal A 1–1 White
5 5 October 1918 Crystal Palace H 2–3 Morley, Peart (pen)
6 12 October 1918 Queens Park Rangers A 1–2 Peart (pen)
7 19 October 1918 Millwall H 4–2 White, Cock (2), Morley
8 26 October 1918 Clapton Orient A 2–1 Cock (2)
9 2 November 1918 West Ham United A 3–1 Wright, Morley (2)
10 9 November 1918 Tottenham Hotspur H 7–1 Chalmers (2), Stanton, Cock (2), Morley (2)
11 16 November 1918 Chelsea A 2–2 White, Cock
12 23 November 1918 Arsenal H 4–1 Hendren (2, 1 pen), White, Cock
13 30 November 1918 Crystal Palace A 4–0 Cock (2), White (2)
14 7 December 1918 Queens Park Rangers H 5–1 White (5)
15 14 December 1918 Millwall A 1–3 Hendren
16 21 December 1918 Clapton Orient H 7–0 White (3), Cock (2), Keenor, Chester
17 25 December 1918 Fulham H 2–1 White, Hendren (pen)
18 26 December 1918 Fulham A 4–1 Hendren, Cock (2), White
19 28 December 1918 West Ham United H 3–1 Morley, Keenor, White
20 4 January 1919 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–1 Cock
21 11 January 1919 Chelsea H 1–1 Cock
22 18 January 1919 Arsenal A 3–3 Baker, White, Cock
23 25 January 1919 Crystal Palace H 6–1 Doran (2), Cock (3), Pick
24 1 February 1919 Queens Park Rangers A 0–0
25 8 February 1919 Millwall H 2–1 Hendren, Morley
26 15 February 1919 Fulham A 2–3 Morley, Cock
27 22 February 1919 West Ham United A 1–2 White
28 1 March 1919 Tottenham Hotspur H 4–1 White (2), Morley (2)
29 8 March 1919 Chelsea A 4–1 Morley, Baker (2), White
30 15 March 1919 Arsenal H 2–0 White (2)
31 22 March 1919 Crystal Palace A 3–2 Peart (pen), Baker, Morley
32 29 March 1919 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 Baker
33 5 April 1919 Millwall A 0–3
34 12 April 1919 Fulham H 5–0 Cock (3), McGovern, White
35 18 April 1919 Clapton Orient H 2–0 Morley, Baker
36 21 April 1919 Clapton Orient A 2–4 White, Cock

London Victory Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
R1 30 December 1918 Clapton Orient H 3–2 Cock, White (2)
R2 17 February 1919 Crystal Palace H 0–1
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1918–19 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 35) Croydon Common 1912
Defenders
DF Alf Amos England (1893-02-09)9 February 1893 (aged 25) Old Kingstonians 1913
DF Jack Peart England (1884-10-13)13 October 1884 (aged 33) Croydon Common 1916
DF Dusty Rhodes England (1882-08-16)16 August 1882 (aged 36) Sunderland 1908
DF Bertie Rosier England (1893-03-21)21 March 1893 (aged 25) Southall 1913
Midfielders
HB Tom McGovern Scotland n/a Halifax Town 1913
HB Bill Stanton England (1890-05-09)9 May 1890 (aged 28) Watford 1917
Forwards
FW Billy Baker England (1894-01-08)8 January 1894 (aged 24) Unattached 1918
FW Albert Chester England (1886-03-17)17 March 1886 (aged 32) Millwall 1916
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 29) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Fred Morley England (1888-03-01)1 March 1888 (aged 30) Unattached 1918
FW Henry White England (1895-08-08)8 August 1895 (aged 23) Whamcliffe Athletic 1913
Guest players
GK Jimmy Morris England n/a Clapton Orient 1918 Guest from Clapton Orient
GK Fred Pickup England n/a Bury 1918 Guest from Bury
DF Fred Bullock England (1886-07-01)1 July 1886 (aged 32) Huddersfield Town 1918 Guest from Huddersfield Town
HB Jimmy Brandham England 1890 (aged 27–28) Fulham 1918 Guest from Fulham
HB John Green England September 1894 (aged 23–24) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1918 Guest from Wolverhampton Wanderers
HB Ted Hanney England (1889-01-19)19 January 1889 (aged 29) Manchester City 1918 Guest from Manchester City
HB J. James n/a n/a n/a 1918 Guest
HB Fred Keenor Wales (1894-07-31)31 July 1894 (aged 24) Cardiff City 1918 Guest from Cardiff City
HB Parsons n/a n/a n/a 1918 Guest
HB Maurice Woodward England (1891-10-12)12 October 1891 (aged 26) Southend United 1918 Guest from Southend United
HB E. J. Wright England n/a Hampstead Town 1918 Amateur, guest from Hampstead Town
FW Fred Alborough England 1892 (aged 25–26) Unattached 1918 Guest
FW Jackie Carr England (1892-11-26)26 November 1892 (aged 25) Middlesbrough 1919 Guest from Middlesbrough
FW David Chalmers Scotland (1891-07-22)22 July 1891 (aged 27) Grimsby Town 1918 Guest from Grimsby Town
FW Jack Cock England (1893-11-14)14 November 1893 (aged 24) Huddersfield Town 1918 Guest from Huddersfield Town
FW Bertie Denyer England (1893-04-09)9 April 1893 (aged 25) Swindon Town 1918 Guest from Swindon Town
FW Jack Doran Ireland (1896-01-03)3 January 1896 (aged 22) Coventry City 1919 Guest from Coventry City
FW J. Gillies n/a n/a Unattached 1918 Guest
FW Charles Hibbert England 1894 (aged 23–24) Uxbridge 1919 Guest from Uxbridge
FW Harry Lappin England (1879-01-16)16 January 1879 (aged 39) Unattached 1918 Guest
FW W. Pick n/a n/a n/a 1919 Guest
FW Wilcox n/a n/a n/a 1918 Guest
FW Dick Wynn England 1892 (aged 25–26) Middlesbrough 1918 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 Victory Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Ted Price 26 0 2 0 28 0
DF England Alf Amos 13 1 1 0 14 1
DF England Jack Peart 25 3 2 0 27 3
DF England Dusty Rhodes 14 0 14 0
DF England Bertie Rosier 2 0 2 0
HB Scotland Tom McGovern 26 1 2 0 28 1
HB England Bill Stanton 29 2 2 0 31 2
FW England Billy Baker 26 6 2 0 28 6
FW England Albert Chester 5 1 5 1
FW England Patsy Hendren 27 6 2 0 29 6
FW England Fred Morley 31 14 2 0 33 14
FW England Henry White 31 24 2 2 33 26
Players guested during the season
GK England Jimmy Morris 5 0 5 0
GK England Fred Pickup 5 0 5 0
DF England Fred Bullock 12 0 12 0
HB England Jimmy Brandham 3 0 3 0
HB England John Green 1 0 1 0
HB England Ted Hanney 21 0 2 0 23 0
HB n/a J. James 5 0 5 0
HB Wales Fred Keenor 19 2 19 2
HB n/a Parsons 1 0 1 0
HB England Maurice Woodward 13 0 1 0 14 0
HB England E. J. Wright 3 1 3 1
FW England Fred Alborough 3 0 3 0
FW England Jackie Carr 2 0 2 0
FW Scotland David Chalmers 5 2 5 2
FW England Jack Cock 25 24 2 1 27 25
FW England Bertie Denyer 4 1 4 1
FW Ireland Jack Doran 2 2 2 2
FW n/a J. Gillies 2 0 2 0
FW n/a Charles Hibbert 2 0 2 0
FW England Harry Lappin 2 0 2 0
FW n/a W. Pick 3 1 3 1
FW n/a Wilcox 1 0 1 0
FW England Dick Wynn 2 0 2 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player LC VC Total
FW England Henry White 24 2 26
FW England Jack Cock 24 1 25
FW England Fred Morley 14 0 14
FW England Billy Baker 6 0 6
FW England Patsy Hendren 6 0 6
DF England Jack Peart 3 0 3
FW Scotland David Chalmers 2 2
FW Ireland Jack Doran 2 2
HB Wales Fred Keenor 2 2
HB England Bill Stanton 2 2
FW England Albert Chester 1 1
FW England Bertie Denyer 1 1
FW n/a W. Pick 1 1
HB England E. J. Wright 1 1
DF England Alf Amos 1 0 1
HB Scotland Tom McGovern 1 0 1
Total 94 3 97
  • 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 7 September 1918 21 April 1919 38 21 9 8 055.26 36 20 9 7 055.56

Summary[edit]

Games played 38 (36 London Combination, 2 London Victory Cup)
Games won 21 (20 London Combination, 1 London Victory Cup)
Games drawn 9 (9 London Combination, 0 London Victory Cup)
Games lost 8 (7 London Combination, 1 London Victory Cup)
Goals scored 97 (94 London Combination, 3 London Victory Cup)
Goals conceded 49 (46 London Combination, 3 London Victory Cup)
Clean sheets 8 (8 London Combination, 0 London Victory Cup)
Biggest league win 7–0 versus Clapton Orient, 21 December 1918
Worst league defeat 3–0 versus Millwall, 5 April 1919
Most appearances 33, Fred Morley, Henry White (31 London Combination, 2 London Victory Cup)
Top scorer (league) 25, Henry White
Top scorer (all competitions) 26, Henry White

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
October 1918 FW England Billy Baker Unattached Free [4]
1918 FW England Fred Morley Unattached Free [2]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
March 1919 FW England Albert Chester England Tottenham Hotspur 1919 [10]
April 1919 FW England Billy Baker Unattached [4]
April 1919 DF England Jack Peart England Arsenal 1919 [11]
April 1919 DF England Dusty Rhodes Retired [12]
April 1919 HB England Bill Stanton England Rotherham County 1919 [13]
Guest players in
Date from Pos. Name Previous Club Date to Ref.
7 September 1918 HB England Jimmy Brandham England Fulham 30 November 1918 [2]
7 September 1918 FW Scotland David Chalmers England Grimsby Town 9 November 1918 [2]
7 September 1918 FW England Bertie Denyer England Swindon Town 28 September 1918 [2]
7 September 1918 FW J. Gillies Unattached 12 October 1918 [2]
7 September 1918 GK England Jimmy Morris England Clapton Orient 26 October 1918 [2]
14 September 1918 HB J. James n/a 16 November 1918 [2]
14 September 1918 HB Wales Fred Keenor Wales Cardiff City 12 April 1919 [2]
14 September 1918 FW England Dick Wynn England Middlesbrough 21 September 1918 [2]
28 September 1918 FW England Fred Alborough Unattached 26 October 1918 [2]
28 September 1918 GK England Fred Pickup England Bury 4 January 1919 [2]
28 September 1918 HB England E. J. Wright England Hampstead Town 2 November 1918 [2]
5 October 1918 FW England Harry Lappin Unattached 5 October 1918 [2]
5 October 1918 HB Parsons n/a 5 October 1918 [2]
5 October 1918 FW Wilcox n/a 5 October 1918 [2]
5 October 1918 HB England Maurice Woodward England Southend United End of season [2]
19 October 1918 FW England Jack Cock England Huddersfield Town End of season [2]
26 October 1918 FB England Fred Bullock England Huddersfield Town 15 March 1919 [2]
30 November 1918 HB England John Green England Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 November 1918 [2]
7 December 1918 HB England Ted Hanney England Manchester City End of season [2]
25 January 1919 FW Ireland Jack Doran England Coventry City 22 February 1919 [2]
25 January 1919 FW England Charles Hibbert England Uxbridge 22 February 1919 [2]
25 January 1919 FW W. Pick n/a End of season [2]
18 April 1919 FW England Jackie Carr England Middlesbrough End of season [2]
Guest players out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
1918 HB Scotland Jimmy Kennedy Scotland St Mirren 1918 [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White 1989, p. 363-365.
  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 White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 365. ISBN 0951526200. 
  3. ^ a b c d White 1989, p. 109-110.
  4. ^ a b c Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 15.
  5. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. p. 118. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  6. ^ "Remember & Honour – The WW1 Brentford Players | Beesotted". beesotted.co.uk. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Manchester, Reading Room. "Casualty Details". www.cwgc.org. Retrieved 22 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. ^ "Croydon Common Football Club Biographies – Albert Chester" (PDF). Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Group, Arsenal Media. "Jack Peart | Arsenal.com". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 175.
  13. ^ Joyce 2012, p. 275.
  14. ^ Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.