1922–23 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1922–23 season
Chairman George Pauling
Manager Archie Mitchell
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 14th
FA Cup Sixth qualifying round
Top goalscorer League: Morris (13)
All: Morris (13)
Average home league attendance 8,350

During the 1922–23 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South and finished in 14th place.

Season summary[edit]

Inside forward Billy Clayson was one of the few successful signings of Brentford's early years in the Football League.[1]

After a promising 9th-place finish at the end of the 1921–22 Third Division South season, Brentford player-manager Archie Mitchell retired from playing in order to concentrate solely on management.[2] The squad was hit by the triple-departure of forwards Harry Anstiss, George Pither and long-serving wing half Alf Amos to league rivals Millwall in the summer of 1922, though the previous season's leading goalscorer Harry Morris was successfully retained and the money generated from the sales allowed the squad's wages to be paid through the off-season.[3][4] 11 new players were transferred in, with a contingent from the North East, including full back George Kell, half backs Bill Inglis and John Haggan and forwards Gordon Johnstone, Reginald Parker, Harry Stott and John Thain.[4] Trainer Michael Whitham was replaced by former Bees manager Dusty Rhodes.[4]

Despite Harry Morris scoring 10 goals in an 11 match spell early in the season,[5] Brentford were rooted in mid-table by early November 1921.[6] A failure to convert draws into wins dropped the club down to 18th on Christmas Day and the sales of Harry Morris to Millwall and long-serving full back Bertie Rosier to Clapton Orient in February 1923 exacerbated the team's problems scoring and conceding goals.[6][7][8] Though never looking in any danger of having to seek re-election, a run of goals from Gordon Johnstone and Reginald Parker inspired a seven match unbeaten spell from mid-March to mid-April which lifted Brentford to 14th.[6][5] Three draws and two defeats in the final five matches of the season saw the Bees secure a 14th-place finish.[6]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Bristol City 42 16 4 1 43 13 8 7 6 23 27 66 40 1.650 +26 59
2 Plymouth Argyle 42 18 3 0 47 6 5 4 12 14 23 61 29 2.103 +32 53
3 Swansea Town 42 13 6 2 46 14 9 3 9 32 31 78 45 1.733 +33 53
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 15 3 3 39 13 5 8 8 13 21 52 34 1.529 +18 51
5 Luton Town 42 14 4 3 47 18 7 3 11 21 31 68 49 1.388 +19 49
6 Millwall 42 9 10 2 27 13 5 8 8 18 27 45 40 1.125 +5 46
7 Portsmouth 42 10 5 6 34 20 9 3 9 24 32 58 52 1.115 +6 46
8 Northampton Town 42 13 6 2 40 17 4 5 12 14 27 54 44 1.227 +10 45
9 Swindon Town 42 14 4 3 41 17 3 7 11 21 39 62 56 1.107 +6 45
10 Watford 42 10 6 5 35 23 7 4 10 22 31 57 54 1.056 +3 44
11 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 4 7 34 24 6 6 9 20 25 54 49 1.102 +5 42
12 Charlton Athletic 42 11 6 4 33 14 3 8 10 22 37 55 51 1.078 +4 42
13 Bristol Rovers 42 7 9 5 25 19 6 7 8 10 17 35 36 0.972 –1 42
14 Brentford 42 9 4 8 27 23 4 8 9 14 28 41 51 0.804 –10 38
15 Southend United 42 10 6 5 35 18 2 7 12 14 36 49 54 0.907 –5 37
16 Gillingham 42 13 4 4 38 18 2 3 16 13 41 51 59 0.864 –8 37
17 Merthyr Town 42 10 4 7 27 17 1 10 10 12 31 39 48 0.813 –9 36
18 Norwich City 42 8 7 6 29 26 5 3 13 22 45 51 71 0.718 –20 36
19 Reading 42 9 8 4 24 15 1 6 14 12 40 36 55 0.655 –19 34
20 Exeter City 42 10 4 7 27 18 3 3 15 20 66 47 84 0.560 –37 33
21 Aberdare Athletic 42 6 8 7 25 23 3 3 15 17 47 42 70 0.600 –28 29
22 Newport County 42 8 6 7 28 21 0 5 16 12 49 40 70 0.571 –30 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 (none)
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 26 August 1922 Gillingham A 0–2
2 28 August 1922 Luton Town H 3–2 Morris (3)
3 2 September 1922 Gillingham H 2–0 Morris, Haggan
4 4 September 1922 Luton Town A 0–4
5 9 September 1922 Norwich City A 2–0 Morris, Clayson
6 11 September 1922 Queens Park Rangers H 1–3 Clayson
7 16 September 1922 Norwich City H 1–4 Alton (pen)
8 23 September 1922 Northampton Town A 1–1 Johnstone
9 30 September 1922 Northampton Town H 2–1 Clayson, Morris
10 7 October 1922 Exeter City A 2–0 Morris (2)
11 14 October 1922 Exeter City H 0–1
12 21 October 1922 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–2 Capper
13 28 October 1922 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–2 Morris
14 4 November 1922 Merthyr Town H 3–1 Hendren, Morris, Alton (pen)
15 11 November 1922 Merthyr Town A 0–1
16 18 November 1922 Reading H 1–1 Clayson
17 25 November 1922 Reading A 0–1
18 9 December 1922 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 Clayson
19 23 December 1922 Bristol Rovers H 0–1
20 25 December 1922 Watford A 0–2
21 26 December 1922 Watford H 2–1 Morris, Duncan
22 6 January 1923 Plymouth Argyle H 2–0 Morris, Duncan
23 20 January 1923 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 Hendren
24 27 January 1923 Charlton Athletic H 0–3
25 3 February 1923 Swindon Town A 0–3
26 10 February 1923 Swindon Town H 3–0 Thain, Mulford, Morris
27 17 February 1923 Aberdare Athletic A 0–0
28 24 February 1923 Aberdare Athletic H 0–1
29 3 March 1923 Swansea Town A 0–0
30 10 March 1923 Swansea Town H 0–1
31 17 February 1923 Newport County H 0–0
32 24 March 1923 Newport County A 1–0 James
33 30 March 1923 Southend United H 0–0
34 31 March 1923 Bristol City H 4–0 Johnstone (2), Parker (2)
35 2 April 1923 Southend United A 2–1 Clayson, Alton (pen)
36 7 April 1923 Bristol City H 1–1 Johnstone
37 14 April 1923 Portsmouth H 1–0 Parker
38 21 April 1923 Portsmouth A 0–3
39 28 April 1923 Millwall H 1–1 Parker
40 30 April 1923 Bristol Rovers A 1–1 Johnstone
41 2 May 1923 Plymouth Argyle A 0–3
42 5 May 1923 Millwall H 1–1 Johnstone

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
5QR 2 December 1922 Maidstone United A 0–0
5QR (replay) 6 December 1922 Maidstone United H 4–0 Clayson (2), Mulford, Alton (pen)
6QR 16 December 1922 Merthyr Town H 0–1

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1922–23 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Edmund Wright England (1902-03-07)7 March 1902 (aged 20) Aston Villa 1921
GK William Young England (1892-08-04)4 August 1892 (aged 30) South Shields 1920
Defenders
DF Philip Allen England (1902-11-05)5 November 1902 (aged 19) Grenadier Guards 1922
DF Charles Alton England (1891-12-24)24 December 1891 (aged 30) Rotherham County 1921
DF George Kell England (1896-07-13)13 July 1896 (aged 26) The Wednesday 1922
Midfielders
HB John Haggan England (1896-12-16)16 December 1896 (aged 25) Sunderland 1922
HB Cyril Hunter England (1898-02-08)8 February 1898 (aged 24) Leadgate Park 1921
HB Bill Inglis England (1899-09-04)4 September 1899 (aged 22) Derby County 1922
HB Roland James England (1897-05-04)4 May 1897 (aged 25) West Bromwich Albion 1922
HB James Kerr Scotland (1894-11-04)4 November 1894 (aged 27) Blackburn Rovers 1921
Forwards
FW Freddy Capper England 8 May 1892 (aged 31) The Wednesday 1921
FW Billy Clayson England (1897-07-12)12 July 1897 (aged 25) Wellingborough Town 1922
FW Peter Duncan Scotland (1890-07-01)1 July 1890 (aged 32) Blackburn Rovers 1922
FW Thomas Elliott England (1890-04-06)6 April 1890 (aged 32) Nottingham Forest 1921
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 33) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Gordon Johnstone England (1900-04-21)21 April 1900 (aged 22) Houghton Rovers 1922
FW Horace Jones England n/a Ton Pentre 1922
FW Sidney Mulford England (1896-11-23)23 November 1896 (aged 25) Kew Association 1922
FW Reginald Parker England (1902-07-08)8 July 1902 (aged 20) Boldon Comrades 1922
FW Harry Stott England (1899-04-24)24 April 1899 (aged 23) Aston Villa 1922
FW John Thain England (1903-02-03)3 February 1903 (aged 19) Newcastle United 1922
Players who left the club mid-season
DF Bertie Rosier England (1893-03-21)21 March 1893 (aged 29) Southall 1913 Transferred to Clapton Orient
FW Harry Morris England (1897-11-25)25 November 1897 (aged 24) Fulham 1921 Transferred to Millwall
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[5] Timeless Bees,[9] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939,[10] 100 Years Of Brentford[5]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Archie Mitchell 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 Edmund Wright 6 0 0 0 6 0
GK England William Young 36 0 3 0 39 0
DF England Philip Allen 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Charles Alton 42 3 3 1 45 4
DF England George Kell 17 0 0 0 17 0
DF England Bertie Rosier 24 0 3 0 27 0
HB England John Haggan 18 1 3 0 21 1
HB England Cyril Hunter 26 0 0 0 26 0
HB England Bill Inglis 25 0 3 0 28 0
HB England Roland James 20 1 1 0 21 1
HB Scotland James Kerr 42 0 2 0 44 0
FW England Freddy Capper 38 1 3 0 41 1
FW England Billy Clayson 29 6 3 2 32 8
FW Scotland Peter Duncan 13 2 0 0 13 2
FW England Thomas Elliott 10 0 3 0 13 0
FW England Patsy Hendren 25 2 3 0 28 2
FW England Gordon Johnstone 14 6 0 0 14 6
FW England Horace Jones 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England Harry Morris 23 13 1 0 24 13
FW England Sidney Mulford 7 1 2 1 9 2
FW England Reginald Parker 14 4 0 0 14 4
FW England Harry Stott 24 0 0 0 24 0
FW England John Thain 5 1 0 0 5 1
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[5]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Harry Morris 13 0 13
FW England Thomas Elliott 8 1 9
FW England Billy Clayson 6 2 8
FW England Gordon Johnstone 6 0 6
FW England Reginald Parker 4 0 4
DF England Charles Alton 3 1 4
FW Scotland Peter Duncan 2 0 2
FW England Patsy Hendren 2 0 2
FW England Sidney Mulford 1 1 2
FW England Freddy Capper 1 0 1
HB England John Haggan 1 0 1
HB England Roland James 1 0 1
FW England John Thain 1 0 1
Total 41 4 45
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[5]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Archie Mitchell England 26 August 1922 5 May 1923 45 14 13 18 031.11 42 13 12 17 030.95

Summary[edit]

Games played 45 (42 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Games won 14 (13 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 13 (12 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games lost 18 (17 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 45 (41 Third Division, 4 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 52 (51 Third Division, 1 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 14 (12 Third Division, 2 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 4–0 versus Bristol City, 31 March 1923
Worst league defeat 4–0 versus Luton Town, 4 September 1922
Most appearances 45, Charles Alton (42 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 13, Harry Morris
Top scorer (all competitions) 13, Harry Morris

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
May 1922 HB England Bill Inglis England Derby County Free [11]
May 1922 HB England John Thain England Newcastle United Free [12]
July 1922 DF England George Kell England The Wednesday Free [13]
August 1922 FW England Horace Jones Wales Ton Pentre Free [14]
1922 DF England Philip Allen England Grenadier Guards Free [15]
1922 FW England Billy Clayson England Wellingborough Town Free [1]
1922 FW Scotland Peter Duncan England Blackburn Rovers Free [16]
1922 HB England John Haggan England Sunderland Free [17]
1922 HB England Roland James England West Bromwich Albion Free [18]
1922 FW England Gordon Johnstone England Houghton Rovers Free [19]
1922 FW England Sidney Mulford England Kew Association Free [20]
1922 FW England Reginald Parker England Boldon Comrades Free [21]
1922 FW England Harry Stott England Aston Villa Free [22]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
May 1922 DF England Alf Amos England Millwall n/a [23]
May 1922 FW England Harry Anstiss England Millwall £650 [24]
May 1922 FW England George Pither England Millwall n/a [23]
February 1923 FW England Harry Morris England Millwall £750 [7]
February 1923 DF England Bertie Rosier England Clapton Orient n/a [8]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1923 FW Scotland Peter Duncan Scotland Annandale United 1923 [16]
May 1923 FW England Thomas Elliott England Durham City 1923 [25]
May 1923 HB England John Haggan England Preston Colliery 1923 [17]
May 1923 FW England Harry Stott England Preston Colliery 1923 [22]
May 1923 FW England John Thain England Peterborough & Fletton United 1923 [12]
May 1923 GK England Edmund Wright Retired [26]

References[edit]

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