1924–25 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1924–25 season
Chairman H. Jason-Saunders
Manager Archie Mitchell
(until 2 December 1924)
Fred Halliday
(from 3 December 1924)
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 21st
FA Cup Fifth qualifying round
Top goalscorer League: Allen (14)
All: Allen (14)
Average home league attendance 7,010

During the 1924–25 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. After finishing in 21st place, the club successfully applied for re-election, the 41 goals scored during the season is the fewest in club history.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Fred Halliday took over as Brentford manager for the fourth and final time in December 1924.

Brentford manager Archie Mitchell conducted an overhaul of his half back and forward lines during the 1924 off-season, releasing James Kerr, Freddy Capper, Bobby Hughes, Sidney Mulford and Henry Parkinson and signing 12 new players,[2] which included new forward Jack Allen to partner Reginald Parker in attack.[3] Aside from a three-match winning streak in September which lifted the club as high as 9th,[4] 10 defeats in the following 12 games saw Mitchell step down as manager after a 5–3 defeat to Isthmian League side St Albans City in the FA Cup fifth qualifying round on 29 November 1924.[5] He was replaced by Fred Halliday, who stepped up from an administrative role to take over as Brentford manager for the third time.[5]

At the time of Halliday's first match in charge, Brentford had been rooted to the bottom of the Third Division South since 1 November 1924.[4] Halliday fared little better than his predecessor, despite a 10 match spell from mid-December to early February which saw the Bees lose just three times.[4] Incoming signings Jimmy McCree, Bert Young and new captain Alex Graham failed to strengthen the team,[6] though four goals in 9 late-season appearances from new acquisition Jack Lane at least inspired the team to score 12 goals in the matches in which he played.[4][7]

Brentford finished the 1924–25 season in 21st place and successfully applied for re-election to the Football League.[8] Though statistically it was not Brentford's worst season, many Football League club records were set or equalled during the campaign, including fewest away victories (1), fewest victories (9), fewest draws (0), consecutive home draws (4), most away defeats (20), most defeats (26), fewest away goals scored (10), fewest goals scored (38) and most away goals conceded (65).[9][10] A 7–0 defeat to Swansea Town on 8 November 1924 is Brentford's joint-worst league defeat and together with a 7–1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle on 6 September 1924, is a joint-club record for most goals conceded in an away league loss.[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 Swansea Town 42 17 4 0 51 12 6 7 8 17 23 68 35 1.943 +33 57
2 Plymouth Argyle 42 17 3 1 55 12 6 7 8 22 26 77 38 2.026 +39 56
3 Bristol City 42 14 5 2 40 10 8 4 9 20 31 60 41 1.463 +19 53
4 Swindon Town 42 17 2 2 51 13 3 9 9 15 25 66 38 1.737 +28 51
5 Millwall 42 12 5 4 35 14 6 8 7 23 24 58 38 1.526 +20 49
6 Newport County 42 13 6 2 35 12 7 3 11 27 30 62 42 1.476 +20 49
7 Exeter City 42 13 4 4 37 19 6 5 10 22 29 59 48 1.229 +11 47
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 14 3 4 43 17 5 5 11 16 28 59 45 1.311 +14 46
9 Northampton Town 42 12 3 6 34 18 8 3 10 17 26 51 44 1.159 +7 46
10 Southend United 42 14 1 6 34 18 5 4 12 17 43 51 61 0.836 –10 43
11 Watford 42 12 3 6 22 20 5 6 10 16 27 38 47 0.809 –9 43
12 Norwich City 42 10 8 3 39 18 4 5 12 14 33 53 51 1.039 +2 41
13 Gillingham 42 11 8 2 25 11 2 6 13 10 33 35 44 0.795 –9 40
14 Reading 42 9 6 6 28 15 5 4 12 9 23 37 38 0.974 –1 38
15 Charlton Athletic 42 12 6 3 31 13 1 6 14 15 35 46 48 0.958 –2 38
16 Luton Town 42 9 10 2 34 15 1 7 13 15 42 49 57 0.860 –8 37
17 Bristol Rovers 42 10 5 6 26 13 2 8 11 16 36 42 49 0.857 –7 37
18 Aberdare Athletic 42 13 4 4 40 21 1 5 15 14 46 54 67 0.806 –13 37
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 10 6 5 28 19 4 2 15 14 44 42 63 0.667 –21 36
20 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 8 6 7 20 17 5 2 14 20 41 40 58 0.690 –18 34
21 Brentford 42 8 7 6 28 26 1 0 20 10 65 38 91 0.418 –53 25
22 Merthyr Town 42 8 3 10 24 27 0 2 19 11 50 35 77 0.455 –42 21

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 30 August 1924 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–4 Garnish, Parker
2 3 September 1924 Gillingham A 0–1
3 6 September 1924 Plymouth Argyle A 1–7 Parker
4 8 September 1924 Gillingham H 2–1 Parker, Allen
5 13 September 1924 Bristol City H 1–0 Allen
6 15 September 1924 Newport County H 2–0 Parker (2)
7 20 September 1924 Swindon Town A 0–2
8 27 September 1924 Aberdare Athletic H 2–2 Parker, H. Williams
9 4 October 1924 Norwich City A 0–3
10 11 October 1924 Queens Park Rangers H 0–1
11 18 October 1924 Millwall H 1–0 R. Williams
12 22 October 1924 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0–2
13 25 October 1924 Merthyr Town A 0–4
14 1 November 1924 Reading H 0–1
15 8 November 1924 Swansea Town A 0–7
16 15 November 1924 Exeter City H 2–5 Garnish, Parker
17 22 November 1924 Bristol Rovers A 0–2
18 6 December 1924 Southend United A 1–6 Relph
19 13 December 1924 Watford H 0–0
20 20 December 1924 Northampton Town A 2–0 Allen (2)
21 25 December 1924 Charlton Athletic A 0–3
22 26 December 1924 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 Allen
23 27 December 1924 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–4 Parker
24 3 January 1925 Plymouth Argyle H 1–0 Graham (pen)
25 10 January 1925 Southend United H 2–2 Garnish, V. Rowe
26 17 January 1925 Bristol City A 0–3
27 24 January 1925 Swindon Town H 0–0
28 7 February 1925 Norwich City H 1–1 Allen
29 14 February 1925 Queens Park Rangers A 0–1
30 16 February 1925 Aberdare Athletic A 1–2 Hughes
31 21 February 1925 Millwall A 0–3
32 28 February 1925 Merthyr Town H 2–2 Isaac, H. Williams
33 7 March 1925 Reading A 1–3 Allen
34 14 March 1925 Swansea Town H 3–1 Allen (2), Lane
35 21 March 1925 Exeter City A 1–5 Lane
36 28 March 1925 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 Allen
37 4 April 1925 Newport County A 0–1
38 10 April 1925 Luton Town H 3–0 Allen (2), Lane
39 13 April 1925 Luton Town A 1–3 Garnish
40 18 April 1925 Watford A 1–3 Allen
41 25 April 1925 Northampton Town H 1–3 Lane
42 2 May 1925 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 1–2 Allen

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
5QR 29 November 1924 St Albans City A 3–5 Parker, H. Williams, Garnish

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1924–25 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Albert Gilbert England (1892-02-09)9 February 1892 (aged 32) Civil Service 1924
GK William Young England (1892-08-04)4 August 1892 (aged 32) South Shields 1920
Defenders
DF Charles Alton England (1891-12-24)24 December 1891 (aged 32) Rotherham County 1921
DF Edwin Cooke England (1903-02-26)26 February 1903 (aged 21) Barnsley 1924
DF George Kell England (1896-07-13)13 July 1896 (aged 28) The Wednesday 1922
DF Edward Shepherd England (1903-05-18)18 May 1903 (aged 21) Harrow Weald 1924
DF John Steel Scotland 1895 (aged 28–29) Arthurlie 1925
Midfielders
HB Billy Broadbent England (1901-11-20)20 November 1901 (aged 22) Oldham Athletic 1924
HB Tommy Cain England (1892-11-10)10 November 1892 (aged 31) Sheppey United 1924
HB Alex Graham (c) Scotland (1889-07-11)11 July 1889 (aged 35) Arsenal 1924
HB Frank Henderson England (1900-09-24)24 September 1900 (aged 23) Stockport County 1924
HB Bill Inglis England (1899-09-04)4 September 1899 (aged 24) Derby County 1922
HB Gordon Johnstone England (1900-04-21)21 April 1900 (aged 24) Houghton Rovers 1922
HB Horace Jones England n/a Ton Pentre 1922
HB Ronald Rowe England (1902-10-11)11 October 1902 (aged 21) Wimbledon 1924 Amateur
HB Jimmy Walton England (1904-12-03)3 December 1904 (aged 19) Bristol Rovers 1924
Forwards
FW Jack Allen England (1903-01-31)31 January 1903 (aged 21) Leeds United 1924
FW Billy Clayson England (1897-07-12)12 July 1897 (aged 27) Wellingborough Town 1922
FW Tom Garnish England (1900-05-03)3 May 1900 (aged 24) Wandsworth 1923
FW Harold Hughes Wales 1902 (aged 21–22) Aberdare Athletic 1924
FW Arthur Isaac Wales 1902 (aged 21–22) Cambridge Town 1923 Amateur
FW Jack Lane England (1898-05-29)29 May 1898 (aged 26) Chesterfield 1925
FW Jimmy McCree Scotland (1902-11-16)16 November 1902 (aged 21) London Caledonians 1925 Amateur
FW Charles McGuigan England (1900-12-13)13 December 1900 (aged 23) Newcastle United 1924
FW Reginald Parker England (1902-07-08)8 July 1902 (aged 22) Boldon Comrades 1922
FW William Relph England (1900-01-26)26 January 1900 (aged 24) Ashington 1924
FW Vivian Rowe England (1901-02-18)18 February 1901 (aged 23) Dulwich Hamlet 1924 Amateur
FW Harry Williams England (1898-07-29)29 July 1898 (aged 26) Manchester United 1923
FW Ralph Williams Wales (1905-10-02)2 October 1905 (aged 18) Aberdare Athletic 1924
FW Bert Young England (1899-09-04)4 September 1899 (aged 24) Aberdare Athletic 1925
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[7] Timeless Bees,[11] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[12]

Coaching staff[edit]

Archie Mitchell (30 August–2 December 1924)[edit]

Name Role
England Archie Mitchell Manager
England Dusty Rhodes Trainer

Fred Halliday (3 December 1924 – 2 May 1925)[edit]

Name Role
England Fred Halliday 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 Albert Gilbert 10 0 1 0 11 0
GK England William Young 32 0 0 0 32 0
DF England Charles Alton 17 0 1 0 18 0
DF England Edwin Cooke 6 0 0 0 6 0
DF England George Kell 35 0 1 0 36 0
DF England Edward Shepherd 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF Scotland John Steel 16 0 16 0
HB England Billy Broadbent 17 0 1 0 18 0
HB England Tommy Cain 9 0 1 0 10 0
HB Scotland Alex Graham 22 1 22 1
HB England Frank Henderson 8 0 0 0 8 0
HB England Bill Inglis 25 0 0 0 25 0
HB England Gordon Johnstone 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB England Horace Jones 16 0 0 0 16 0
HB England Ronald Rowe 8 0 0 0 8 0
HB England Jimmy Walton 23 0 1 0 24 0
FW England Jack Allen 36 14 1 0 37 14
FW England Billy Clayson 26 0 0 0 26 0
FW England Tom Garnish 25 4 1 1 26 5
FW Wales Harold Hughes 14 1 0 0 14 1
FW Wales Arthur Isaac 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW England Jack Lane 9 4 9 4
FW Scotland Jimmy McCree 3 0 3 0
FW England Charles McGuigan 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Reginald Parker 41 8 1 1 42 9
FW England William Relph 7 1 1 0 8 1
FW England Vivian Rowe 4 1 0 0 4 1
FW England Harry Williams 27 2 1 1 28 3
FW Wales Ralph Williams 7 1 0 0 7 1
FW England Bert Young 11 0 11 0
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[7]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Jack Allen 14 0 14
FW England Reginald Parker 8 1 9
FW England Tom Garnish 4 1 5
FW England Jack Lane 4 4
FW England Harry Williams 2 1 3
HB Scotland Alex Graham 1 1
FW Wales Harold Hughes 1 0 1
FW Wales Arthur Isaac 1 0 1
FW England William Relph 1 0 1
FW England Vivian Rowe 1 0 1
FW Wales Ralph Williams 1 0 1
Total 38 3 41
  • 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 30 August 1924 29 November 1924 18 4 1 13 022.22 17 4 1 12 023.53
Fred Halliday England 6 November 1924 2 May 1925 25 5 6 14 020.00 25 5 6 14 020.00

Summary[edit]

Games played 43 (42 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games won 9 (9 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games drawn 7 (7 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 27 (26 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 41 (38 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 96 (91 Third Division South, 5 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 9 (9 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 versus Luton Town, 10 April 1925
Worst league defeat 7–0 versus Swansea Town, 8 November 1924
Most appearances 42, Reginald Parker (42 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 14, Jack Allen
Top scorer (all competitions) 14, Jack Allen

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
August 1924 FW England Jack Allen England Leeds United Free [13]
September 1924 GK England Albert Gilbert England Civil Service Amateur [14]
November 1924 HB England Jimmy Walton England Bristol Rovers £125 [15]
3 December 1924 HB Scotland Alex Graham England Arsenal Free [2]
1924 HB England Billy Broadbent England Oldham Athletic Free [16]
1924 HB England Tommy Cain England Sheppey United Free [17]
1924 DF England Edwin Cooke England Barnsley Free [18]
1924 HB England Frank Henderson England Stockport County Free [19]
1924 FW Wales Harold Hughes Wales Aberdare Athletic Free [20]
1924 HB England C. F. Kelly n/a n/a [21]
1924 FW England Charles McGuigan England Newcastle United Free [22]
1924 FW England William Relph England Ashington Free [23]
1924 HB England Ronald Rowe England Wimbledon Amateur [24]
1924 FW England Vivian Rowe England Dulwich Hamlet Amateur [25]
1924 DF England Edward Shepherd England Harrow Weald Amateur [26]
1924 FW Wales Ralph Williams Wales Aberdare Athletic Free [27]
January 1925 DF Scotland John Steel Scotland Arthurlie Free [28]
February 1925 FW England Bert Young Wales Aberdare Athletic n/a [29]
March 1925 FW England Jack Lane England Chesterfield £115 [30]
1925 FW Scotland Jimmy McCree England London Caledonians Amateur [31]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1925 HB England Billy Broadbent England Clapton Orient 1925 [16]
May 1925 FW England Billy Clayson England Crewe Alexandra 1925 [32]
May 1925 DF England Edwin Cooke England Grantham 1925 [18]
May 1925 FW England Tom Garnish England Fulham September 1925 [33]
May 1925 HB England Frank Henderson Retired [19]
May 1925 FW Wales Harold Hughes n/a [20]
May 1925 HB England Bill Inglis England Reading May 1925 [34]
May 1925 FW Wales Arthur Isaac England Corinthian 1925 [35]
May 1925 FW England Gordon Johnstone England Felling Colliery 1925 [36]
May 1925 HB England Horace Jones England Hednesford Town n/a [37]
May 1925 DF England George Kell England Hartlepools United 1925 [38]
May 1925 HB England C. F. Kelly n/a n/a [21]
May 1925 FW Scotland Jimmy McCree England London Caledonians 1925 [31]
May 1925 FW England Charles McGuigan England Wheatley Hill Colliery 1925 [22]
May 1925 HB England Ronald Rowe England Wimbledon 1925 [24]
May 1925 FW England Vivian Rowe England Wimbledon 1925 [25]
May 1925 DF England Edward Shepherd Retired [26]
May 1925 FW England Harry Williams Retired [27]
May 1925 FW Wales Ralph Williams Wales Aberaman Athletic 1925 [27]
May 1925 GK England William Young Retired [29]

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