1919–20 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1919–20 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Secretary Manager Fred Halliday
Stadium Griffin Park
Southern League Division One 15th
FA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Boyne (13)
All: Boyne (13)
Highest home attendance 15,000
Lowest home attendance 3,000

During the 1919–20 English football season, Brentford competed in the Southern League Division One. In the first season of competitive football since the end of the First World War in November 1918, Brentford consolidated with a mid-table finish. It was the club's final Southern League season, as 21 of the 22 Division One clubs would be voted into the new Football League Third Division in May 1920.

Season summary[edit]

English-born New Zealander Reginald Boyne was Brentford's top-scorer during the season.

Despite talk that Brentford would seek election to the Football League after the London Combination title success of the previous season, the directors of the club decided to remain in the Southern League.[1] As it was, with the resumption of the Southern League after the First World War, Brentford, Merthyr Town, Swansea Town and Newport County were elevated from Division Two to Division One by virtue of Division One having been expanded to 22 clubs, with West Ham United (voted into the Football League) and Croydon Common (resigned) having left the Southern League.[1]

Four years of war meant that secretary-manager Fred Halliday needed to rebuild and expand his squad, with prolific forwards Henry White and guest Jack Cock having left the club, in addition to full backs Jack Peart, Dusty Rhodes and half back Bill Stanton.[1] The only survivors of Brentford's final pre-war squad to make an appearance during 1919–20 would be goalkeeper Ted Price, half back Tom McGovern and outside left Patsy Hendren.[2]

New centre forward Reginald Boyne ensured Brentford got off to a good start to the season, with Boyne scoring six goals in six matches.[3] Once his goals dried up, the team was robbed of potency in attack and would go 10 matches without a win, which ended when the team went on a five-match unbeaten run through November and December.[3] While manager Fred Halliday was able to field a more or less a settled XI, numerous players were tried in the centre forward position before the arrival of Bert Spreadbury in February 1920.[3] Despite four goals in his first five matches, Spreadbury failed to help the team gain any consistency and Brentford finished the season in 15th position.[3]

League table[edit]

Pos Club P W D L GF GA GAv1 Pts2
1 Portsmouth 42 23 12 7 73 27 2.70 58
2 Watford 42 26 6 10 69 42 1.64 58
3 Crystal Palace 42 22 12 8 69 43 1.61 56
4 Cardiff City 42 18 17 7 70 43 1.63 53
5 Plymouth Argyle 42 20 10 12 57 29 1.97 50
6 Queens Park Rangers 42 18 10 14 62 50 1.24 46
7 Reading 42 16 13 13 51 43 1.19 45
8 Southampton 42 18 8 16 72 63 1.14 44
9 Swansea Town 42 16 11 15 53 45 1.18 43
10 Exeter City 42 17 9 16 57 51 1.12 43
11 Southend United 42 13 17 12 46 48 0.96 43
12 Norwich City 42 15 11 16 64 57 1.12 41
13 Swindon Town 42 17 7 18 65 68 0.96 41
14 Millwall 42 14 12 16 52 55 0.95 34
15 Brentford 42 15 10 17 52 59 0.88 40
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 14 8 20 60 72 0.83 36
17 Bristol Rovers 42 11 13 18 61 78 0.78 35
18 Newport County 42 13 7 22 45 70 0.64 33
19 Northampton Town 42 12 9 21 64 103 0.62 33
20 Luton Town 42 10 10 22 51 76 0.67 30
21 Merthyr Town 42 9 11 22 47 78 0.60 29
22 Gillingham 42 10 7 25 34 74 0.46 27

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 Division One[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 30 August 1919 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–1 Boyne, Morley
2 1 September 1919 Millwall H 2–2 Boyne, Gilboy
3 6 September 1919 Newport County A 4–2 Boyne (2), Gilboy, Morley
4 8 September 1919 Millwall A 2–0 Boyne, Thompson
5 13 September 1919 Portsmouth H 0–2
6 20 September 1919 Northampton Town A 1–1 Boyne
7 24 September 1919 Exeter City A 0–0
8 27 September 1919 Crystal Palace H 0–0
9 4 October 1919 Southend United H 1–3 Hendren
10 11 October 1919 Norwich City H 1–1 Boyne
11 18 October 1919 Watford A 0–1
12 25 October 1919 Merthyr Town A 0–2
13 1 November 1919 Plymouth Argyle H 0–0
14 8 November 1919 Bristol Rovers A 1–3 Cannon
15 15 November 1919 Reading H 1–0 Amos
16 22 November 1919 Southampton A 1–0 Morley
17 29 November 1919 Luton Town H 3–1 Searby, Morley, Cartmell
18 6 December 1919 Gillingham A 2–0 Morley, Hendren
19 13 December 1919 Swansea Town H 1–1 Hendren (pen)
20 25 December 1919 Queens Park Rangers A 0–2
21 26 December 1919 Queens Park Rangers H 2–1 Searby, Boyne
22 27 December 1919 Cardiff City H 1–2 Thompson
23 3 January 1920 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–4
24 17 January 1920 Newport County H 2–1 Searby, Embury
25 24 January 1920 Portsmouth A 0–3
26 31 January 1920 Northampton Town H 5–0 Boyne (3), Thompson, Hendren (pen)
27 7 February 1920 Crystal Palace A 1–1 Thompson
28 14 February 1920 Southend United H 2–0 Cartmell, Lockwood
29 21 February 1920 Norwich City A 1–1 Spreadbury
30 28 February 1920 Watford H 0–3
31 6 March 1920 Merthyr Town H 3–0 Spreadbury (2), Hendren
32 13 March 1920 Plymouth Argyle A 2–3 Thompson (2)
33 20 March 1920 Bristol Rovers H 3–0 Hendren, Morley, Spreadbury
34 27 March 1920 Reading A 0–1
35 2 April 1920 Swindon Town H 2–0 Morley, Boyne
36 3 April 1920 Southampton H 2–3 Taylor, Morley
37 5 April 1920 Swindon Town A 1–3 Gilboy
38 10 April 1920 Luton Town A 0–0
39 17 April 1920 Gillingham H 1–2 Thompson
40 24 April 1920 Swansea Town A 0–6
41 26 April 1920 Exeter City H 2–1 Thompson, Boyne
42 1 May 1920 Cardiff City A 0–2

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer
R1 10 January 1920 Huddersfield Town A 1–5 Morris
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1919–20 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Jack Durston England (1893-07-11)11 July 1893 (aged 26) Queens Park Rangers 1919 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
GK Ted Price England (1883-06-13)13 June 1883 (aged 36) Croydon Common 1912
Defenders
DF Edward Hawkins England (1895-10-31)31 October 1895 (aged 23) Portsmouth 1919
DF Jimmy Hodson England (1880-09-05)5 September 1880 (aged 38) Belfast Celtic 1919
DF Bertie Rosier England (1893-03-21)21 March 1893 (aged 26) Southall 1913
DF Fred Webster England (1887-04-03)3 April 1887 (aged 32) Unattached 1919
Midfielders
HB Alf Amos England (1893-02-09)9 February 1893 (aged 26) Old Kingstonians 1913
HB Herbert Ashford England (1896-02-18)18 February 1896 (aged 23) Southall 1919
HB Sam Morris England (1886-10-23)23 October 1886 (aged 32) Unattached 1919
HB Fred Taylor England (1884-01-03)3 January 1884 (aged 35) Unattached 1919
Forwards
FW Reginald Boyne New Zealand (1891-11-16)16 November 1891 (aged 27) Loughborough Brush 1919
FW Jack Cartmell England (1890-08-28)28 August 1890 (aged 29) Unattached 1919
FW Sidney Embury England (1893-06-12)12 June 1893 (aged 26) Park Royal Athletic 1920
FW Bertram Gilboy England (1894-08-15)15 August 1894 (aged 25) Unattached 1919
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 30) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW John Henery England n/a Houghton Rovers 1920
FW Fred Morley England (1888-03-01)1 March 1888 (aged 31) Unattached 1918
FW John Searby England (1897-09-02)2 September 1897 (aged 21) Unattached 1919
FW Bert Spreadbury England (1892-04-30)30 April 1892 (aged 27) Royal Ordnance Woolwich 1920
FW Alfred Thompson England (1891-04-28)28 April 1891 (aged 28) Unattached 1919
Players who left the club mid-season
GK Harry Dale England (1899-04-23)23 April 1899 (aged 20) Hampstead Town 1919 Transferred to Reading
DF Walter Loveday England 1890 (aged 29–30) Uxbridge 1920 n/a
HB Tom McGovern Scotland n/a Halifax Town 1913 Transferred to Queens Park Rangers
FW George Cannon England (1891-02-15)15 February 1891 (aged 28) Unattached 1919 Transferred to Wimbledon
FW Ernest Hanks England 1888 (aged 30–31) Unattached 1919 n/a
FW James Lockwood England (1887-02-20)20 February 1887 (aged 32) n/a 1920 n/a
FW R. J. Parr England n/a n/a 1919 n/a
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[3] Timeless Bees,[4] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[5]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Fred Halliday Secretary Manager
England Dusty Rhodes Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Harry Dale 1 0 1 0
GK England Jack Durston 20 0 1 0 21 0
GK England Ted Price 21 0 0 0 21 0
DF England Edward Hawkins 14 0 0 0 14 0
DF England Jimmy Hodson 34 0 1 0 35 0
DF England Walter Loveday 1 0 1 0
DF England Bertie Rosier 26 0 1 0 27 0
HB England Alf Amos 33 1 1 0 34 1
HB England Herbert Ashford 9 0 0 0 9 0
HB Scotland Tom McGovern 28 0 1 0 29 0
HB England Sam Morris 36 0 1 1 37 1
HB England Fred Taylor 22 1 0 0 22 1
FW New Zealand Reginald Boyne 27 13 1 0 28 13
FW England George Cannon 6 1 6 1
FW England Jack Cartmell 35 2 1 0 36 2
FW England Sidney Embury 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW England Bertram Gilboy 19 3 0 0 19 3
FW England Ernest Hanks 1 0 1 0
FW England Patsy Hendren 30 6 1 0 31 6
FW England John Henery 1 0 1 0
FW England James Lockwood 1 1 1 1
FW England Fred Morley 32 8 1 0 33 8
FW England R. J. Parr 1 0 1 0
FW England John Searby 11 3 0 0 11 3
FW England Bert Spreadbury 10 4 10 4
FW England Alfred Thompson 28 8 1 0 29 8
FW England Fred Webster 11 0 0 0 11 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player SL1 FAC Total
FW New Zealand Reginald Boyne 13 0 13
FW England Fred Morley 8 0 8
FW England Alfred Thompson 8 0 8
FW England Patsy Hendren 6 0 6
FW England Bert Spreadbury 4 4
FW England Bertram Gilboy 3 0 3
FW England John Searby 3 0 3
FW England Jack Cartmell 2 0 2
HB England Alf Amos 1 0 1
FW England George Cannon 1 0 1
FW England Sidney Embury 1 0 1
FW England James Lockwood 1 0 1
HB England Fred Taylor 1 0 1
HB England Sam Morris 0 1 1
Total 52 1 53
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Victory international caps[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Caps Goals Ref
FW England Patsy Hendren 1 0 [6]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Fred Halliday England 30 August 1919 1 May 1920 43 15 10 18 034.88| 42 15 10 17 035.71

Summary[edit]

Games played 43 (42 Southern League Division One, 1 FA Cup)
Games won 15 (15 Southern League Division One, 0 FA Cup)
Games drawn 10 (10 Southern League Division One, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 18 (17 Southern League Division One, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 53 (52 Southern League Division One, 1 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 64 (59 Southern League Division One, 5 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 13 (13 Southern League Division One, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 5–0 versus Northampton Town, 31 January 1920
Worst league defeat 6–0 versus Swansea Town, 24 April 1920
Most appearances 37, Sam Morris (36 Southern League Division One, 1 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 13, Reginald Boyne
Top scorer (all competitions) 13, Reginald Boyne

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
May 1919 FW Ireland Mick O'Brien Scotland Alloa Athletic n/a [7]
1919 FW New Zealand Reginald Boyne England Loughborough Brush n/a [8]
1919 FW England George Cannon Unattached n/a [3]
1919 FW England Jack Cartmell Unattached n/a [9]
1919 GK England Harry Dale England Hampstead Town n/a [3]
1919 FW England Bertram Gilboy Unattached n/a [3]
1919 FW England Ernest Hanks Unattached n/a [3]
1919 DF England Edward Hawkins England Portsmouth n/a [3]
1919 DF England Jimmy Hodson Ireland Belfast Celtic n/a [10]
1919 HB England Sam Morris Unattached n/a [11]
1919 FW England R. J. Parr Unattached n/a [3]
1919 HB England Fred Taylor Unattached n/a [3]
1919 FW England Alfred Thompson Unattached n/a [12]
1919 DF England Fred Webster Unattached n/a [3]
December 1919 HB England Herbert Ashford England Southall n/a [3]
December 1919 GK England Jack Durston England Queens Park Rangers n/a [13]
February 1920 HB England Bert Spreadbury England Royal Ordnance Woolwich n/a [14]
April 1920 FW England John Henery England Houghton Rovers n/a [15]
1920 FW England Sidney Embury England Park Royal Athletic n/a [3]
1920 FW England James Lockwood n/a n/a [3]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
December 1919 HB Scotland Jimmy Kennedy England Gillingham n/a [16]
1919 FW England George Cannon England Wimbledon n/a [3]
1919 GK England Harry Dale England Reading n/a [3]
1919 FW England Ernest Hanks n/a n/a [3]
1919 FW England R. J. Parr n/a n/a [3]
1919 FW England Henry White England Arsenal n/a [17]
1920 FW England James Lockwood n/a n/a [3]
1920 DF England Walter Loveday n/a n/a [3]
April 1920 HB Scotland Tom McGovern England Queens Park Rangers n/a [18]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
August 1919 FW Ireland Mick O'Brien England Norwich City August 1919 [7]
May 1920 GK England Herbert Ashford England Queens Park Rangers 28 August 1920 [19]
May 1920 FW England Sidney Embury n/a n/a [3]
May 1920 FW England Bertram Gilboy England Gillingham n/a [3]
May 1920 DF England Edward Hawkins England Maidstone United August 1920 [3]
May 1920 GK England Ted Price England Queens Park Rangers May 1920 [20]
May 1920 DF England Fred Webster England Gainsborough Trinity n/a [21]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ White 1989, p. 362.
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  8. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 25.
  9. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 35.
  10. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 78.
  11. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 111.
  12. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 159.
  13. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 51-52.
  14. ^ "Croydon Common FC – Bertie Spreadbury" (PDF). Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  15. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 75.
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  20. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1920–21". Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
  21. ^ Joyce 2012, p. 305.