1921–22 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1921–22 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Manager Archie Mitchell
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 9th
FA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Morris (16)
All: Morris (17)
Average home league attendance 9,115

During the 1921–22 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. The club improved on its debut season in the league to finish 9th, which would be its highest placing until 1929–30.

Season summary[edit]

Archie Mitchell took over as player-manager for the 1921–22 season.

After a torrid first season in the Football League, Brentford's squad was overhauled and Archie Mitchell took over as player-manager,[1] focusing solely on the team, with his predecessor Fred Halliday taking up secretarial duties.[2] Charles Alton and John Bethune were brought in to bolster the defence, half backs Charles Fisher and James Kerr came in and Thomas Elliott and Harry Morris were signed to replace the previous season's leading goalscorers Harry King and Reginald Boyne. Cricketer and outside forward Patsy Hendren would prove to be available for much of the season.[3]

Brentford began the season inconsistently and hovered around mid-table, before a run of just four defeats in 17 games firmly established the club in the top six by January 1922.[4] Player-manager Mitchell had replaced himself with Cyril Hunter in December 1921 and forwards Harry Morris and Harry Anstiss scored the majority of the team's goals.[3][5] On 11 February, Freddy Capper became the first Brentford player to be sent off in a Football League match, receiving his marching orders from referee Harry Curtis, who would be appointed as Brentford's manager in 1926.[6] Five defeats in seven matches during February and March and poor away form throughout the season ruled out the possibility of automatic promotion, but the team finished strongly, winning five of the final eight matches of the season to finish 9th.[4] Brentford won just one away league match during the season, the joint-fewest in club history.[7]

A rare event occurred on the final day of the season at Swansea Town's Vetch Field, when Brentford were able to field just 9 men at the kick off.[2] William Young, Harry Anstiss and Freddy Capper missed their train at Paddington and manager Archie Mitchell was forced into action as an emergency goalkeeper.[2]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GA GD Pts
1 Southampton 42 14 7 0 50 8 9 8 4 18 13 68 21 3.238 +47 61
2 Plymouth Argyle 42 17 4 0 43 4 8 7 6 20 20 63 24 2.625 +39 61
3 Portsmouth 42 13 5 3 38 18 5 12 4 24 21 62 39 1.590 +23 53
4 Luton Town 42 16 2 3 47 9 6 6 9 17 26 64 35 1.829 +29 52
5 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 7 1 36 12 5 6 10 17 32 53 44 1.205 +9 49
6 Swindon Town 42 10 7 4 40 21 6 6 9 32 39 72 60 1.200 +12 45
7 Watford 42 9 9 3 34 21 4 9 8 20 27 54 48 1.125 +6 44
8 Aberdare Athletic 42 11 6 4 38 18 6 4 11 19 33 57 51 1.118 +6 44
9 Brentford 42 15 2 4 41 17 1 9 11 11 26 52 43 1.209 +9 43
10 Swansea Town 42 11 8 2 40 19 2 7 12 10 28 50 47 1.064 +3 41
11 Merthyr Town 42 14 2 5 33 15 3 4 14 12 41 45 56 0.804 –11 40
12 Millwall 42 6 13 2 22 10 4 5 12 16 32 38 42 0.905 –4 38
13 Reading 42 10 5 6 28 15 4 5 12 12 32 40 47 0.851 –7 38
14 Bristol Rovers 42 8 8 5 32 24 6 2 13 20 43 52 67 0.776 –15 38
15 Norwich City 42 8 10 3 29 17 4 3 14 21 45 50 62 0.806 –12 37
16 Charlton Athletic 42 10 6 5 28 19 3 5 13 15 37 43 56 0.768 –13 37
17 Northampton Town 42 13 3 5 30 17 0 8 13 17 54 47 71 0.662 –24 37
18 Gillingham 42 11 4 6 36 20 3 4 14 11 40 47 60 0.783 –13 36
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 9 6 6 33 19 4 3 14 12 32 45 51 0.882 –6 35
20 Newport County 42 8 7 6 22 18 3 5 13 22 43 44 61 0.721 –17 34
21 Exeter City 42 7 5 9 22 29 4 7 10 16 30 38 59 0.644 –21 34
22 Southend United 42 7 5 9 23 23 1 6 14 11 51 34 74 0.459 –40 27

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
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Third Division South[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 27 August 1921 Merthyr Town H 0–1
2 29 August 1921 Southend United A 1–1 Morris
3 3 September 1921 Merthyr Town A 0–2
4 5 September 1921 Southend United H 1–0 Bertram
5 10 September 1921 Watford H 1–1 Morris
6 14 September 1921 Bristol Rovers A 0–0
7 17 September 1921 Watford A 0–0
8 24 September 1921 Charlton Athletic H 0–2
9 1 October 1921 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 Anstiss
10 8 October 1921 Northampton Town H 1–0 Morris
11 15 October 1921 Northampton Town A 0–2
12 21 October 1921 Queens Park Rangers H 5–1 Morris (3), T. Elliott, Bertram
13 29 October 1921 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 Mitchell (pen)
14 5 November 1921 Portsmouth H 2–2 Mitchell (pen), Morris
15 12 November 1921 Portsmouth A 0–1
16 19 November 1921 Norwich City A 0–0
17 26 November 1921 Norwich City H 2–1 Shields, Morris
18 10 December 1921 Reading A 3–0 Anstiss (2), Morris
19 24 December 1921 Bristol Rovers H 4–2 T. Elliott, Anstiss (2), Morris
20 26 December 1921 Aberdare Athletic H 2–1 T. Elliott, Anstiss
21 27 December 1921 Aberdare Athletic A 0–2
22 31 December 1921 Southampton A 0–0
23 14 January 1922 Southampton H 1–0 T. Elliott (pen)
24 21 January 1922 Plymouth Argyle H 3–1 Morris (2), Norton
25 28 January 1922 Plymouth Argyle A 1–4 Morris
26 4 February 1922 Newport County H 1–0 T. Elliott
27 11 February 1922 Newport County A 1–2 Norton
28 18 February 1922 Luton Town H 0–2
29 25 February 1922 Luton Town A 0–3
30 4 March 1922 Swindon Town H 3–0 Anstiss, Norton, Amos
31 11 March 1922 Swindon Town A 1–2 T. Elliott
32 18 March 1922 Gillingham A 0–0
33 25 March 1922 Gillingham H 0–1
34 1 April 1922 Millwall A 1–1 Morris
35 8 April 1922 Millwall H 1–0 Anstiss
36 14 April 1922 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4–0 Anstiss (3), Hendren
37 15 April 1922 Exeter City A 0–1
38 17 April 1922 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–2 Anstiss
39 18 April 1922 Reading H 2–0 Anstiss, T. Elliott
40 24 April 1922 Exeter City H 5–2 Anstiss, Kerr, Morris, Capper, Amos
41 29 April 1922 Swansea Town A 0–1
42 6 May 1922 Swansea Town H 3–1 Morris, T. Elliott, Anstiss

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
5QR 3 December 1921 Dulwich Hamlet H 3–1 Capper, Mitchell, Morris
6QR 17 December 1921 Shildon Athletic H 1–0 T. Elliott
R1 7 January 1922 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–2

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1921–22 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK William Young England (1892-08-04)4 August 1892 (aged 29) South Shields 1920
Defenders
DF Charles Alton England (1891-12-24)24 December 1891 (aged 29) Rotherham County 1921
DF John Bethune Scotland (1888-10-19)19 October 1888 (aged 32) Bristol Rovers 1921
DF Bertie Rosier England (1893-03-21)21 March 1893 (aged 28) Southall 1913
Midfielders
HB Alf Amos England (1893-02-09)9 February 1893 (aged 28) Old Kingstonians 1913
HB Jimmy Elliott England 1891 (aged 29–30) Tottenham Hotspur 1920
HB Charles Fisher England (1899-06-09)9 June 1899 (aged 22) Kidderminster Harriers 1921
HB Fred Howe England 1895 (aged 25–26) Coventry City 1921
HB Cyril Hunter England (1898-02-08)8 February 1898 (aged 23) Leadgate Park 1921
HB James Kerr Scotland (1894-11-04)4 November 1894 (aged 26) Blackburn Rovers 1921 Amateur
HB Archie Mitchell England (1885-12-15)15 December 1885 (aged 35) Queens Park Rangers 1921 Manager
Forwards
FW Harry Anstiss England (1899-08-22)22 August 1899 (aged 22) Hammersmith Athletic 1920
FW George Bertram England (1896-01-15)15 January 1896 (aged 25) Fulham 1921
FW Freddy Capper England 8 May 1892 (aged 30) The Wednesday 1921
FW Thomas Elliott England (1890-04-06)6 April 1890 (aged 31) Nottingham Forest 1921
FW Patsy Hendren (c) England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 32) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Harry Morris England (1897-11-25)25 November 1897 (aged 23) Fulham 1921
FW Horace Norton England (1896-09-15)15 September 1896 (aged 24) Bradford City 1921
FW George Pither England (1899-06-24)24 June 1899 (aged 22) Isleworth Town 1921
FW Ralph Shields England 1892 (aged 28–29) Exeter City 1921
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[3] Timeless Bees,[8] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[9]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Archie Mitchell 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 William Young 41 0 3 0 44 0
DF England Charles Alton 36 0 3 0 39 0
DF Scotland John Bethune 10 0 0 0 10 0
DF England Bertie Rosier 34 0 3 0 37 0
HB England Alf Amos 40 2 3 0 43 2
HB England Jimmy Elliott 27 0 3 0 30 0
HB England Charles Fisher 6 0 0 0 6 0
HB England Fred Howe 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Cyril Hunter 21 0 21 0
HB Scotland James Kerr 21 1 0 0 21 1
HB England Archie Mitchell 13 2 3 1 16 3
FW England Harry Anstiss 23 15 2 0 25 15
FW England George Bertram 10 2 0 0 10 2
FW England Freddy Capper 35 1 3 1 38 2
FW England Thomas Elliott 39 8 3 1 42 9
FW England Patsy Hendren 35 1 3 0 38 1
FW England Harry Morris 36 16 3 1 39 17
FW England Horace Norton 19 3 0 0 19 3
FW England George Pither 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW England Ralph Shields 8 1 1 0 9 1
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Harry Morris 16 1 17
FW England Harry Anstiss 15 0 15
FW England Thomas Elliott 8 1 9
FW England Horace Norton 3 0 3
HB England Archie Mitchell 2 1 3
HB England Alf Amos 2 0 2
FW England George Bertram 2 0 2
HB England Jimmy Elliott 2 0 2
FW England Freddy Capper 1 1 2
FW England Patsy Hendren 1 0 1
HB Scotland James Kerr 1 0 1
FW England Ralph Shields 1 0 1
Total 52 4 58
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Archie Mitchell England 27 August 1921 6 May 1922 45 18 11 16 040.00 42 16 11 15 038.10

Summary[edit]

Games played 45 (42 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Games won 18 (16 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Games drawn 11 (11 Third Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 16 (15 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 56 (52 Third Division, 4 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 46 (43 Third Division, 3 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 15 (14 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 4–0 versus Brighton & Hove Albion, 14 April 1922; 5–1 versus Queens Park Rangers, 21 October 1921
Worst league defeat 3–0 versus Luton Town, 25 February 1922
Most appearances 44, William Young (41 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 16, Harry Morris
Top scorer (all competitions) 17, Harry Morris

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1921 FW England George Bertram England Fulham Free [10]
June 1921 FW England Harry Morris England Fulham Free [11]
August 1921 HB England Archie Mitchell England Queens Park Rangers Free [12]
August 1921 GK England Edmund Wright England Aston Villa Free [13]
September 1921 GK England Ted Price England Queens Park Rangers Free [14]
December 1921 HB England Cyril Hunter England Leadgate Park Free [5]
1921 DF England Charles Alton England Rotherham County Free [15]
1921 DF Scotland John Bethune England Bristol Rovers Free [16]
1921 FW England Freddy Capper England The Wednesday Free [17]
1921 FW England Thomas Elliott England Nottingham Forest Free [18]
1921 HB England Charles Fisher England Kidderminster Harriers Free [19]
1921 HB Scotland James Kerr England Blackburn Rovers Amateur [20]
1921 FW England Horace Norton England Bradford City Free [21]
1921 FW England George Pither England Isleworth Town Amateur [22]
1921 DF England Archie Reay England Gnome Athletic Free [23]
1921 FW England Ralph Shields England Exeter City Free [24]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1922 FW England George Bertram England Sittingbourne 1922 [16]
May 1922 DF Scotland John Bethune England Sittingbourne 1922 [16]
May 1922 HB England Charles Fisher England Margate n/a [19]
May 1922 HB England Fred Howe England Peterborough & Fletton United n/a [25]
May 1922 HB England Archie Mitchell Retired [12]
May 1922 FW England Horace Norton England Darlington 1922 [21]
May 1922 FW England George Pither England Millwall 1922 [22]
May 1922 DF England Archie Reay England Gillingham 1922 [23]
May 1922 FW England Ralph Shields England Sittingbourne 1922 [24]

References[edit]

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