1923–24 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1923–24 season
Manager Archie Mitchell
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 17th
FA Cup Sixth qualifying round
Top goalscorer League: Parker (18)
All: Parker (20)
Average home league attendance 6,825

During the 1923–24 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South and finished in 17th place.

Season summary[edit]

Reginald Parker scored almost half of Brentford's goals during the season.

Unlike the previous two summers, Third Division South club Brentford decided not to conduct an overhaul of its squad during the 1923 off-season.[1] Goalkeeper and half backs William Young, Cyril Hunter, Bill Inglis and James Kerr remained,[2] as did outside forward Patsy Hendren.[3] Up front, Bobby Hughes, Henry Parkinson and Harry Williams were signed to boost the team's strikeforce,[4][5][6] with Freddy Capper, Billy Clayson and Sidney Mulford all being retained despite scoring just 11 goals between them during the 1922–23 season.[7]

Aside from a six-match unbeaten run in November and December 1923, Brentford spent much of the 1923–24 season in the bottom four of the Third Division South, but three wins in the final four matches lifted the club to a 17th-place finish.[8] Youngster Reginald Parker proved to be a revelation up front, becoming the first Brentford player to hit 20 goals in a season since the club entered the Football League in 1920.[7] Billy Clayson also scored 10 goals, meaning Parker and Clayson accounted for 30 of the 45 goals the Bees scored during the season.[7] Brentford failed to draw an away league match during the campaign, a joint-club record.[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 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 25 August 1923 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1
2 27 August 1923 Plymouth Argyle H 1–1 Hughes
3 1 September 1923 Queens Park Rangers H 0–1
4 3 September 1923 Plymouth Argyle A 1–4 Clayson
5 8 September 1923 Luton Town H 2–1 Clayson, Parkinson
6 10 September 1923 Aberdare Athletic A 2–1 Parkinson, Hughes
7 15 September 1923 Luton Town A 1–2 Hunter
8 22 September 1923 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–2 Hunter
9 29 September 1923 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–2
10 6 October 1923 Bristol Rovers A 0–2
11 13 October 1923 Bristol Rovers H 1–2 Mulford
12 20 October 1923 Southend United A 1–3 Capper
13 27 October 1923 Southend United H 3–1 Hughes, Parker (2)
14 3 November 1923 Portsmouth A 0–3
15 10 November 1923 Portsmouth H 1–1 Capper
16 24 November 1923 Exeter City H 1–0 Williams
17 8 December 1923 Aberdare Athletic H 1–1 Clayson
18 22 December 1923 Gillingham H 3–2 Johnstone, Clayson, Parker
19 25 December 1923 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 4–2 Parker (2)
20 26 December 1923 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 2–0 Clayson, Parker
21 29 December 1923 Millwall A 1–4 Parker (pen)
22 5 January 1924 Millwall H 1–3 Amos (og)
23 26 January 1924 Newport County H 0–0
24 2 February 1924 Merthyr Town A 0–2
25 9 February 1924 Merthyr Town H 0–0
26 16 February 1924 Charlton Athletic A 1–3 Parker
27 24 February 1924 Charlton Athletic H 0–0
28 1 March 1924 Norwich City A 3–2 Parker (2), Williams
29 8 March 1924 Norwich City H 3–0 Mulford, Parker, Inglis
30 15 March 1924 Swindon Town H 2–2 Alton (pen), Parker
31 19 March 1924 Gillingham A 0–6
32 22 March 1924 Swindon Town A 1–2 Parker
33 29 March 1924 Watford H 4–1 Parker (2), Garnish, Clayson
34 2 April 1924 Exeter City A 0–1
35 5 April 1924 Watford A 1–0 Williams
36 12 April 1924 Swansea Town H 2–2 Parker, Clayson
37 18 April 1924 Reading A 0–1
38 19 April 1924 Swansea Town A 0–4
39 21 April 1924 Reading H 4–1 Williams (2), Parker, Alton (pen)
40 22 April 1924 Newport County A 2–3 Hughes, Parker
41 26 April 1924 Northampton Town H 1–0 Clayson
42 3 May 1924 Northampton Town A 3–2 Hughes (3)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
5QR 1 December 1923 Hayes A 1–2 Parker [nb 1]
5QR (replay) 5 December 1923 Hayes H 2–0 Clayson, Parker (pen)
6QR 15 December 1923 Portsmouth H 1–1 Clayson
6QR (replay) 19 December 1923 Portsmouth A 0–1

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1923–24 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 31) South Shields 1920
Defenders
DF Philip Allen England (1902-11-05)5 November 1902 (aged 20) Grenadier Guards 1922
DF Charles Alton England (1891-12-24)24 December 1891 (aged 31) Rotherham County 1921
DF George Kell England (1896-07-13)13 July 1896 (aged 27) The Wednesday 1922
DF John Pearson England (1896-03-14)14 March 1896 (aged 27) Burnley 1923
Midfielders
HB Cyril Hunter England (1898-02-08)8 February 1898 (aged 25) Leadgate Park 1921
HB Bill Inglis England (1899-09-04)4 September 1899 (aged 23) Derby County 1922
HB Roland James England (1897-05-04)4 May 1897 (aged 26) West Bromwich Albion 1922
HB Horace Jones England n/a Ton Pentre 1922
HB James Kerr Scotland (1894-11-04)4 November 1894 (aged 28) Blackburn Rovers 1921
Forwards
FW Freddy Capper (c) England 8 May 1892 (aged 32) The Wednesday 1921
FW Billy Clayson England (1897-07-12)12 July 1897 (aged 26) Wellingborough Town 1922
FW Tom Garnish England (1900-05-03)3 May 1900 (aged 23) Wandsworth 1923
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 34) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Bobby Hughes England (1892-09-05)5 September 1892 (aged 30) Sheffield United 1923
FW Gordon Johnstone England (1900-04-21)21 April 1900 (aged 23) Houghton Rovers 1922
FW Sidney Mulford England (1896-11-23)23 November 1896 (aged 26) Kew Association 1922
FW Reginald Parker England (1902-07-08)8 July 1902 (aged 21) Boldon Comrades 1922
FW Henry Parkinson England 1899 (aged 23–24) Oldham Athletic 1923
FW Harry Williams England (1898-07-29)29 July 1898 (aged 25) Manchester United 1923
Players who left the club mid-season
DF Bert Gower England (1899-03-26)26 March 1899 (aged 24) Ealing Celtic 1923 Amateur, transferred to Southall
  • Sources: Timeless Bees,[10] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939,[11] 100 Years Of Brentford[7]

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 William Young 42 0 4 0 46 0
DF England Bert Gower 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Philip Allen 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Charles Alton 31 2 0 0 31 2
DF England George Kell 24 0 4 0 28 0
DF England John Pearson 26 0 4 0 30 0
HB England Cyril Hunter 31 2 3 0 34 2
HB England Bill Inglis 30 1 4 0 34 1
HB England Roland James 15 0 0 0 15 0
HB England Horace Jones 12 0 1 0 13 0
HB Scotland James Kerr 23 0 4 0 27 0
FW England Freddy Capper 23 3 4 0 27 3
FW England Billy Clayson 26 8 3 2 29 10
FW England Tom Garnish 19 1 1 0 20 1
FW England Patsy Hendren 27 0 4 0 31 0
FW England Bobby Hughes 16 7 1 0 17 7
FW England Gordon Johnstone 29 1 0 0 29 1
FW England Sidney Mulford 14 2 0 0 14 2
FW England Reginald Parker 39 18 4 2 43 20
FW England Henry Parkinson 7 2 0 0 7 2
FW England Harry Williams 25 5 3 0 28 5
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[7]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Reginald Parker 18 2 20
FW England Billy Clayson 9 2 11
FW England Bobby Hughes 7 0 7
HB England Harry Williams 5 0 5
FW England Freddy Capper 3 0 3
DF England Charles Alton 2 0 2
HB England Cyril Hunter 2 0 2
FW England Sidney Mulford 2 0 2
FW England Henry Parkinson 2 0 2
FW England Tom Garnish 1 0 1
HB England Bill Inglis 1 0 1
FW England Gordon Johnstone 1 0 1
Opponents 1 0 1
Total 41 4 45
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[7]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Archie Mitchell England 25 August 1923 3 May 1924 46 14 14 18 030.43 42 13 12 17 030.95

Summary[edit]

Games played 46 (42 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Games won 14 (13 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 14 (12 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Games lost 18 (17 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 45 (41 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 55 (51 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 9 (8 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 versus Norwich City, 8 March 1924; 4–1 on two occasions
Worst league defeat 6–0 versus Gillingham, 19 March 1924
Most appearances 46, William Young (42 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 18, Reginald Parker
Top scorer (all competitions) 20, Reginald Parker

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
July 1923 DF England John Pearson England Burnley Free [12]
August 1923 DF England Bert Gower England Ealing Celtic Free [13]
September 1923 FW England Harry Williams England Manchester United £300 [6]
1923 FW England James Batchelor England Gillingham n/a [14]
1923 FW England Tom Garnish England Wandsworth Free [15]
1923 FW England Bobby Hughes England Sheffield United Free [4]
1923 FW Wales Arthur Isaac England Cambridge Town Amateur [16]
1923 FW England Henry Parkinson England Oldham Athletic Free [5]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
February 1924 DF England Bert Gower England Southall Amateur [13]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1924 DF England Philip Allen England Peterborough & Fletton United 1924 [17]
May 1924 FW England Freddy Capper Retired [18]
May 1924 FW England Bobby Hughes England Rochdale 1924 [4]
May 1924 HB England Cyril Hunter England South Shields 1924 [19]
May 1924 HB England Roland James England Stockport County 1924 [20]
May 1924 HB Scotland James Kerr Scotland Annandale United 1924 [21]
May 1924 FW England Sidney Mulford England Northfleet United 1924 [22]
May 1924 FW England Henry Parkinson England Lytham 1924 [5]
May 1924 DF England John Pearson England Grimsby Town 1924 [12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match played at RAF Stadium, Uxbridge.

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 117–118. ISBN 0951526200. 
  2. ^ Joyce 2012, p. 148-149.
  3. ^ Joyce 2012, p. 135.
  4. ^ a b c Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 83.
  5. ^ a b c Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 120.
  6. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 170.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g White 1989, p. 367.
  8. ^ Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford results for the 1923-1924 season - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Harefield, Middlesex: Yore Publications. p. 78. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  10. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  11. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. ISBN 190589161X. 
  12. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 123.
  13. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 68.
  14. ^ Joyce 2012, p. 20.
  15. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 62.
  16. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 86.
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 9.
  18. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 34.
  19. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 84.
  20. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 87.
  21. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 92.
  22. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 112.