1920–21 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1920–21 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Secretary Manager Fred Halliday
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division 21st
FA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: King (17)
All: King (18)
Average home league attendance 8,660

During the 1920–21 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division. It was Brentford's inaugural season in the Football League and ended with the club successfully applying for re-election.

Season summary[edit]

Harry King was the leading goalscorer during the season and was the first Brentford player to register a Football League hattrick.

Brentford competed in the First Division of the Southern League during the 1919–20 season and were named as founder members of the new Football League Third Division for 1920–21.[1] In preparation, 11 new players were signed and £2,000 was spent on improvements to Griffin Park prior to the beginning of the season.[2] Despite flirting with a position in mid-table during August and September 1920, the club endured a torrid season, sinking to the re-election places by October and largely remaining there for the rest of the season, in addition to exiting the FA Cup in the first round.[3] Brentford successfully applied for re-election to the Football League at the end of the season without going to a poll.[4] Three directors resigned after the season, due to a deficit of nearly £6,000.[2]

The goalscoring of former Arsenal forward Harry King provided one of the rare bright spots of the season, with his 18 goals accounting for nearly half that of the team's total.[5] King also became the first Brentford player to register a Football League hat-trick in a 5–0 thrashing of Grimsby Town on 28 March 1921,[5] the Bees' biggest win of the season.[3] The result established the club record for the highest winning margin in a Football League match, which would stand until broken in September 1929.[6] Secretary manager Fred Halliday stood down after the season and reverted to an administrative role within the club,[7] with management advisor Billy Brawn also stepping down.[8] Brentford's 9 league victories during the season is the joint-fewest in the club's history and Jimmy Hodson became the club's record-oldest player when he appeared in the final match of the season at age 40 years, 8 months and two days.[9]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Crystal Palace 42 15 4 2 45 17 9 7 5 25 17 70 34 2.059 +36 59
2 Southampton 42 14 5 2 46 10 5 11 5 18 18 64 28 2.286 +36 54
3 Queens Park Rangers 42 14 4 3 38 11 8 5 8 23 21 61 32 1.906 +29 53
4 Swindon Town 42 14 5 2 51 17 7 5 9 22 32 73 49 1.490 +24 52
5 Swansea Town 42 9 10 2 32 19 9 5 7 24 26 56 45 1.244 +11 51
6 Watford 42 14 4 3 40 15 6 4 11 19 29 59 44 .341 +15 48
7 Millwall 42 11 5 5 25 8 7 6 8 17 22 42 30 1.400 +12 47
8 Merthyr Town 42 13 5 3 46 20 2 10 9 14 29 60 49 1.224 +11 45
9 Luton Town 42 14 6 1 51 15 2 6 13 10 41 61 56 1.089 +5 44
10 Bristol Rovers 42 15 3 3 51 22 3 4 14 17 35 68 57 1.193 +11 43
11 Plymouth Argyle 42 10 7 4 25 13 1 14 6 10 21 35 34 1.029 +1 43
12 Portsmouth 42 10 8 3 28 14 2 7 12 18 34 46 48 0.958 –2 39
13 Grimsby Town 42 12 5 4 32 16 3 4 14 17 43 49 59 0.831 –10 39
14 Northampton Town 42 11 4 6 32 23 4 4 13 27 52 59 75 0.787 –16 38
15 Newport County 42 8 5 8 20 23 6 4 11 23 41 43 64 0.672 –21 37
16 Norwich City 42 9 10 2 31 14 1 6 14 13 39 44 53 0.830 –9 36
17 Southend United 42 13 2 6 32 20 1 6 14 12 41 44 61 0.721 –17 36
18 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 11 6 4 28 20 3 2 16 14 41 42 61 0.689 –19 36
19 Exeter City 42 9 7 5 27 15 1 8 12 12 39 39 54 0.722 –15 35
20 Reading 42 8 4 9 26 22 4 3 14 16 37 42 59 0.712 –17 31
21 Brentford 42 7 9 5 27 23 2 3 16 15 44 42 67 0.627 –25 30
22 Gillingham 42 6 9 6 19 24 2 3 16 15 50 34 74 0.459 –40 28

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against;
GA = Goal average; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league: all except Grimsby Town
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Third Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 28 August 1920 Exeter City A 0–3
2 30 August 1920 Millwall H 1–0 Boyne
3 4 September 1920 Exeter City H 0–0
4 6 September 1920 Millwall A 0–0
5 11 September 1920 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–0 Amos, Challinor
6 18 September 1920 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–4
7 25 September 1920 Crystal Palace H 0–4
8 2 October 1920 Crystal Palace A 2–4 King (2)
9 9 October 1920 Norwich City A 0–0
10 16 October 1920 Norwich City H 3–1 King (2), Thompson
11 23 October 1920 Southampton A 0–3
12 30 October 1920 Southampton H 1–1 Thompson (pen)
13 6 November 1920 Bristol Rovers A 1–2 King
14 13 November 1920 Bristol Rovers H 0–0
15 20 November 1920 Reading A 1–2 Spreadbury
16 27 November 1920 Reading H 3–2 Boyne (2), King
17 4 December 1920 Luton Town A 0–2
18 11 December 1920 Luton Town H 1–0 Boyne
19 18 December 1920 Newport County H 2–2 King (2, 1 pen)
20 25 December 1920 Queens Park Rangers H 0–2
21 27 December 1920 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1
22 1 January 1921 Newport County A 1–3 King
23 15 January 1921 Gillingham A 3–1 Boyne (2), King
24 22 January 1921 Gillingham H 3–3 Amos, King (pen), Boyne
25 5 February 1921 Swansea Town H 1–2 Elliott
26 12 February 1921 Swindon Town A 0–1
27 19 February 1921 Swindon Town H 0–1
28 26 February 1921 Portsmouth A 2–0 Henery, Anstiss
29 5 March 1921 Portsmouth H 1–2 Boyne
30 12 March 1921 Watford A 0–1
31 19 March 1921 Watford H 1–0 Anstiss
32 25 March 1921 Grimsby Town A 0–2
33 26 March 1921 Northampton Town H 1–1 King
34 28 March 1921 Grimsby Town H 5–0 King (3, 1 pen), Boyne, Anstiss
35 2 April 1921 Northampton Town A 2–6 King, Elliott
36 9 April 1921 Southend United H 2–2 Spreadbury, Boyne
37 16 April 1921 Southend United A 1–4 Anstiss
38 25 April 1921 Merthyr Town H 0–0
39 28 April 1921 Swansea Town A 1–1 King (pen)
40 30 April 1921 Merthyr Town A 1–3 Challinor
41 2 May 1921 Plymouth Argyle A 0–0
42 7 May 1921 Plymouth Argyle H 0–1

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer
R1 8 January 1921 Huddersfield Town H 1–2 King

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1920–21 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 27) Queens Park Rangers 1919 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
GK William Young England (1892-08-04)4 August 1892 (aged 28) South Shields 1920
Defenders
DF Jimmy Hodson England (1880-09-05)5 September 1880 (aged 39) Belfast Celtic 1919
DF William Kearney England (1895-09-18)18 September 1895 (aged 24) Sunderland Celtic 1920
DF Bertie Rosier England (1893-03-21)21 March 1893 (aged 27) Southall 1913
DF Walter Spratt England (1889-04-14)14 April 1889 (aged 31) Manchester United 1920
Midfielders
HB Alf Amos England (1893-02-09)9 February 1893 (aged 27) Old Kingstonians 1913
HB Samuel Challinor England (1890-04-02)2 April 1890 (aged 30) Unattached 1920
HB Jimmy Elliott England 1891 (aged 28–29) Tottenham Hotspur 1920
HB Fred Howe England 1895 (aged 24–25) Coventry City 1921
HB Sam Morris England (1886-10-23)23 October 1886 (aged 33) Unattached 1919
Forwards
FW Harry Anstiss England (1899-08-22)22 August 1899 (aged 21) Hammersmith Athletic 1920
FW Billy Baker England (1894-01-08)8 January 1894 (aged 26) Unattached 1920
FW Reginald Boyne New Zealand (1891-11-16)16 November 1891 (aged 28) Loughborough Brush 1919
FW Jack Cartmell England (1890-08-28)28 August 1890 (aged 30) Unattached 1919
FW Herbert Cock England (1900-10-07)7 October 1900 (aged 19) Unattached 1921
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 31) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW John Henery England n/a Houghton Rovers 1920
FW Harry King England (1886-01-04)4 January 1886 (aged 34) Leicester City 1920
FW George Smith England n/a South Shields 1920
FW Bert Spreadbury England (1892-04-30)30 April 1892 (aged 28) Royal Ordnance Woolwich 1920
FW George Taylor England (1900-06-03)3 June 1900 (aged 20) Brentford Thursday 1920
FW Alfred Thompson England (1891-04-28)28 April 1891 (aged 29) Unattached 1919
Players who left the club mid-season
HB Ernest Levitt England (1893-04-02)2 April 1893 (aged 27) New Silksworth 1920 Released
FW Fred Morley England (1888-03-01)1 March 1888 (aged 32) Blackpool 1913 Released
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[10] Timeless Bees,[11] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[12]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Fred Halliday Secretary Manager
England Billy Brawn Advisory Manager
England Michael Witham Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Jack Durston 24 0 0 0 24 0
GK England William Young 18 0 1 0 19 0
DF England Jimmy Hodson 33 0 1 0 34 0
DF England William Kearney 6 0 0 0 6 0
DF England Bertie Rosier 34 0 1 0 35 0
DF England Walter Spratt 4 0 0 0 4 0
HB England Alf Amos 35 2 1 0 36 2
HB England Samuel Challinor 31 2 1 0 32 2
HB England Jimmy Elliott 38 2 1 0 39 2
HB England Fred Howe 2 0 2 0
HB England Ernest Levitt 6 0 0 0 6 0
HB England Sam Morris 27 0 0 0 27 0
FW England Harry Anstiss 19 4 0 0 19 4
FW England Billy Baker 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW New Zealand Reginald Boyne 21 10 1 0 22 10
FW England Jack Cartmell 29 0 1 0 30 0
FW England Herbert Cock 1 0 1 0
FW England Patsy Hendren 2 0 2 0
FW England John Henery 20 1 1 0 21 0
FW England Harry King 33 17 1 1 34 18
FW England Fred Morley 16 0 1 0 17 0
FW England George Smith 9 0 0 0 9 0
FW England Bert Spreadbury 12 2 0 0 12 2
FW England George Taylor 23 0 0 0 23 0
FW England Alfred Thompson 15 2 0 0 15 2
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[10]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Harry King 17 1 18
FW New Zealand Reginald Boyne 10 0 10
FW England Harry Anstiss 4 0 4
HB England Alf Amos 2 0 2
HB England Samuel Challinor 2 0 2
HB England Jimmy Elliott 2 0 2
FW England Bert Spreadbury 2 0 2
FW England Alfred Thompson 2 0 2
Total 42 1 43
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[10]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Fred Halliday England 28 August 1920 7 May 1921 43 9 12 22 020.93 42 9 12 21 021.43

Summary[edit]

Games played 43 (42 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games won 9 (9 Third Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games drawn 12 (12 Third Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 22 (21 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 43 (42 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 69 (67 Third Division, 2 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 12 (12 Third Division, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 5–0 versus Grimsby Town, 28 March 1921
Worst league defeat 4–0 on two occasions, 6–2 versus Northampton Town, 2 April 1921
Most appearances 39, Jimmy Elliott (38 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 17, Harry King
Top scorer (all competitions) 18, Harry King

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1920 DF England Walter Spratt England Manchester United Free [13]
August 1920 FW England Harry Anstiss England Hammersmith Athletic Amateur [14]
1920 FW England Billy Baker Unattached Free [15]
1920 HB England Samuel Challinor Unattached Free [16]
1920 HB England Jimmy Elliott England Tottenham Hotspur Free [17]
1920 DF England William Kearney England Sunderland Celtic Free [18]
1920 FW England Harry King England Leicester City Free [19]
1920 HB England Ernest Levitt England New Silksworth Free [20]
1920 FW England George Smith England South Shields Free [19]
1920 FW England George Taylor England Brentford Thursday Free [21]
1920 GK England William Young England South Shields Free [22]
1921 HB England Fred Howe England Coventry City Free [23]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
December 1920 HB England Ernest Levitt England West Stanley n/a [20]
January 1921 FW England Fred Morley United States Philadelphia Field Club 1921 [24]
May 1921 FW New Zealand Reginald Boyne Retired [25]
May 1921 FW England Billy Baker England Hampstead Town n/a [15]
May 1921 HB England Jack Cartmell England Boscombe 1921 [26]
May 1921 HB England Samuel Challinor England Halifax Town 1921 [16]
May 1921 FW England Herbert Cock Retired [27]
May 1921 FW England John Henery England Darlington 1921 [28]
May 1921 DF England Jimmy Hodson England Guildford United 1921 [29]
May 1921 DF England William Kearney Retired [18]
May 1921 FW England Harry King Retired [5]
May 1921 HB England Sam Morris England Maidstone United 1921 [30]
May 1921 FW England George Smith Retired [19]
May 1921 DF England Walter Spratt England Sittingbourne 1921 [13]
May 1921 FW England Bert Spreadbury England Woolwich 1921 [13]
May 1921 FW England George Taylor England Millwall 1921 [21]
May 1921 FW England Alfred Thompson England Guildford United 1921 [21]

References[edit]

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