1925–26 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1925–26 season
Chairman Alderman A.W. Bradford
Manager Fred Halliday
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 18th
FA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Watkins (11)
All: Watkins (11)
Average home league attendance 9,146

During the 1925–26 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South and finished in 18th place, conceding a club record 94 goals.

Season summary[edit]

Brentford's 1925–26 team photograph.

Brentford manager Fred Halliday overhauled the club's squad during the 1925 off-season, with all but seven players being released.[1] Despite running a deficit of £6,000, the board of directors pledged a "substantial sum of money for the transfer of quality players, in came new goalkeeper John Thomson, four defenders, four half backs and new forwards Bill Finlayson and Bert Young.[1] 9 defeats from the opening 10 matches of the season left Brentford rooted to the bottom of the Football League and forward Reginald Parker (one of the club's highest scorers during the previous two seasons) elected to transfer to South Shields.[2][3] Griffin Park was closed by the Football League for the first and only time due to crowd disturbance during a 6–1 thrashing at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion on 12 September 1925.[4] The ground was reopened 14 days later.[4] The poor run ended with the first victory of the season on 17 October, 2–1 over Bristol Rovers.[2] Five wins in the following seven matches lifted the Bees out of the re-election places,[2] with forwards Jack Lane, Bill Finlayson and full back Percival Whitton (who had been deployed up front by manager Halliday) all coming into form,[5] with half back Alex Graham converting a number of penalties.[6]

By 20 February 1926, a run of just five defeats in 19 matches lifted Brentford to 13th in the table.[2] The signing of forward Ernie Watkins from Southend United for a then-club record fee of £1,000 in January 1928 proved to be money well-spent,[7] with Watkins scoring 11 goals in his first 12 matches, including a hat-trick in the Bees' biggest victory of the season, 5–1 versus Norwich City on 2 April.[6] The Bees' form petered out in the final two months of the season, winning just 3 of the final 12 matches to finish 18th with the worst defensive record in the division.[1][2] The 94 goals conceded during the 1925–26 season is a club record.[8]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Reading 42 16 5 0 49 16 7 6 8 28 36 77 52 1.481 +25 57
2 Plymouth Argyle 42 16 2 3 71 33 8 6 7 36 34 107 67 1.597 +40 56
3 Millwall 42 14 6 1 52 12 7 5 9 21 27 73 39 1.872 +34 53
4 Bristol City 42 14 3 4 42 15 7 6 8 30 36 72 51 1.412 +21 51
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 12 4 5 47 33 7 5 9 37 40 84 73 1.151 +11 47
6 Swindon Town 42 16 2 3 48 22 4 4 13 21 42 69 64 1.078 +5 46
7 Luton Town 42 16 4 1 60 25 2 3 16 20 50 80 75 1.067 +5 43
8 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 10 5 6 44 30 7 4 10 31 61 75 91 0.824 –16 43
9 Aberdare Athletic 42 11 6 4 50 24 6 2 13 24 42 74 66 1.121 +8 42
10 Gillingham 42 11 4 6 36 19 6 4 11 17 30 53 49 1.082 +4 42
11 Southend United 42 13 2 6 50 20 6 2 13 28 53 78 73 1.068 +5 42
12 Northampton Town 42 13 3 5 47 26 4 4 13 35 54 82 80 1.025 +2 41
13 Crystal Palace 42 16 1 4 50 21 3 2 16 25 58 75 79 0.949 –4 41
14 Merthyr Town 42 13 3 5 51 25 1 8 12 18 50 69 75 0.920 –6 39
15 Watford 42 12 5 4 47 26 3 4 14 26 63 73 89 0.820 –16 39
16 Norwich City 42 11 5 5 35 26 4 4 13 23 47 58 73 0.795 –15 39
17 Newport County 42 11 5 5 39 27 3 5 13 25 47 64 74 0.865 –10 38
18 Brentford 42 12 4 5 44 32 4 2 15 25 62 69 94 0.734 –25 38
19 Bristol Rovers 42 9 4 8 44 28 6 2 13 22 41 66 69 0.957 –3 36
20 Exeter City 42 13 2 6 54 25 2 3 16 18 45 72 70 1.029 +2 35
21 Charlton Athletic 42 9 7 5 32 23 2 6 13 16 45 48 68 0.706 –20 35
22 Queens Park Rangers 42 5 7 9 23 32 1 2 18 14 52 37 84 0.440 –47 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 29 August 1925 Northampton Town H 3–4 Allen (2), Graham
2 2 September 1925 Southend United H 1–3 Allen
3 5 September 1925 Aberdare Athletic A 0–3
4 7 September 1925 Southend United H 1–3 Douglas
5 12 September 1925 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–6 Parker
6 19 September 1925 Watford A 2–2 Young, Parker
7 23 September 1925 Plymouth Argyle A 0–4
8 26 September 1925 Queens Park Rangers H 1–2 Beacham
9 3 October 1925 Crystal Palace A 0–2
10 10 October 1925 Bristol City A 0–3
11 17 October 1925 Bristol Rovers A 2–1 Lane, Whitton
12 24 October 1925 Swindon Town H 3–1 Whitton, Finlayson, Graham (pen)
13 31 October 1925 Newport County A 3–2 Lane (2), Finlayson
14 7 November 1925 Luton Town H 1–0 Lane
15 14 November 1925 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 2–3 Whitton (2)
16 21 November 1925 Charlton Athletic H 4–0 Whitton, Allen, Lane, Graham (pen)
17 5 December 1925 Merthyr Town H 1–1 Graham (pen)
18 19 December 1925 Reading H 1–0 Graham
19 25 December 1925 Millwall A 1–2 Hendren
20 26 December 1925 Millwall H 2–0 Allen (2)
21 28 December 1925 Exeter City A 1–6 Finlayson
22 2 January 1926 Northampton Town A 1–6 Allen
23 9 January 1926 Gillingham A 3–1 Watkins, Douglas (2)
24 16 January 1926 Aberdare Athletic H 1–0 Douglas
25 23 January 1926 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–3 Lane, Watkins
26 30 January 1926 Watford H 4–3 Graham (2), Rae, Hendren
27 6 February 1926 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 Plunkett (og)
28 13 February 1926 Crystal Palace H 3–2 Watkins (2), Douglas
29 20 February 1926 Bristol City H 2–1 Watkins, Graham
30 27 February 1926 Bristol Rovers H 4–1 Watkins, Douglas, Graham (pen), Rae
31 6 March 1926 Swindon Town A 1–2 Hendren
32 13 March 1926 Newport County H 3–3 Watkins (2), Rae
33 20 March 1926 Luton Town A 2–4 Lane, Till (og)
34 27 March 1926 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 0–2
35 2 April 1926 Norwich City H 5–1 Hendren, Watkins (3)
36 3 April 1926 Charlton Athletic A 2–0 Young, Rae
37 5 April 1926 Norwich City A 0–1
38 10 April 1926 Gillingham H 0–0
39 17 April 1926 Merthyr Town A 0–6
40 24 April 1926 Exeter City H 2–0 Finlayson, Douglas
41 26 April 1926 Plymouth Argyle H 2–2 Finlayson, Douglas
42 1 May 1926 Reading A 1–7 Lane

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R 28 November 1925 Barnet H 3–1 Lane, Whitton, Graham (pen)
2R 12 December 1925 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 1–2 Whitton

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1925–26 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Harry Stanford England n/a Southend United 1925
GK John Thomson Scotland (1896-07-27)27 July 1896 (aged 29) Aberdare Athletic 1925
Defenders
DF James Donnelly Republic of Ireland (1896-12-18)18 December 1896 (aged 28) Southend United 1925
DF James McClennon England (1900-12-16)16 December 1900 (aged 24) Grimsby Town 1925
DF Jack Price England (1900-06-09)9 June 1900 (aged 25) Swindon Town 1925
Midfielders
HB Jack Beacham England (1902-08-15)15 August 1902 (aged 23) Weymouth 1925
HB Tommy Cain England (1892-11-10)10 November 1892 (aged 32) Sheppey United 1924
HB Evan Evans Wales (1903-07-25)25 July 1903 (aged 22) Llanidloes Town 1925
HB Alex Graham (c) Scotland (1889-07-11)11 July 1889 (aged 36) Arsenal 1924 Assistant manager
HB Alan Noble England (1900-06-19)19 June 1900 (aged 25) Leeds United 1925
HB Harry Rae Scotland 1896 (aged 28–29) Clyde 1925
HB Jimmy Walton England (1904-12-03)3 December 1904 (aged 20) Bristol Rovers 1924
Forwards
FW Jack Allen England (1903-01-31)31 January 1903 (aged 22) Leeds United 1924
FW Alfred Douglas England (1899-03-26)26 March 1899 (aged 26) Washington Colliery 1925
FW Bill Finlayson Scotland (1899-03-29)29 March 1899 (aged 26) Clapton Orient 1925
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 36) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Jack Lane England (1898-05-29)29 May 1898 (aged 27) Chesterfield 1925
FW Ernie Watkins England (1898-04-03)3 April 1898 (aged 27) Southend United 1926
FW Frank Watson England (1898-11-15)15 November 1898 (aged 26) Leeds United 1925
FW Percival Whitton England (1892-01-14)14 January 1892 (aged 33) Newport County 1925
FW Bert Young England (1899-09-04)4 September 1899 (aged 25) Aberdare Athletic 1925
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Reginald Parker England (1902-07-08)8 July 1902 (aged 23) Boldon Comrades 1922 Transferred to South Shields
  • Sources: Timeless Bees,[9] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939,[10] 100 Years Of Brentford[6]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Fred Halliday Manager
England Tom Ratcliff Trainer
Scotland Alex Graham Assistant Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Harry Stanford 2 0 0 0 2 0
GK Scotland John Thomson 40 0 2 0 42 0
DF Republic of Ireland James Donnelly 39 0 2 0 41 0
DF England James McClennon 24 0 2 0 26 0
DF England Jack Price 12 0 0 0 12 0
HB England Jack Beacham 4 1 0 0 4 1
HB England Tommy Cain 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB Wales Evan Evans 7 0 1 0 8 0
HB Scotland Alex Graham 25 9 2 1 27 10
HB England Alan Noble 31 0 1 0 32 0
HB Scotland Harry Rae 37 4 1 0 38 4
HB England Jimmy Walton 36 0 1 0 37 0
FW England Jack Allen 11 7 2 0 13 7
FW England Alfred Douglas 27 8 0 0 27 8
FW Scotland Bill Finlayson 21 5 1 0 22 5
FW England Patsy Hendren 28 5 2 0 30 5
FW England Jack Lane 38 8 2 1 40 9
FW England Reginald Parker 5 2 5 2
FW England Ernie Watkins 19 11 19 11
FW England Frank Watson 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW England Percy Whitton 25 5 2 2 27 7
FW England Bert Young 22 2 1 0 23 2
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[6]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Ernie Watkins 11 11
HB Scotland Alex Graham 9 1 10
FW England Jack Lane 8 1 9
FW England Alfred Douglas 8 0 8
FW England Jack Allen 7 0 7
FW England Percy Whitton 5 2 7
FW Scotland Bill Finlayson 5 0 5
FW England Patsy Hendren 5 0 5
HB Scotland Harry Rae 4 0 4
FW England Reginald Parker 2 2
FW England Bert Young 2 0 2
HB England Jack Beacham 1 0 1
Opponents 2 0 2
Total 62 4 68
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[6]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Fred Halliday England 29 August 1925 1 May 1926 44 17 6 21 038.64 42 16 6 20 038.10

Summary[edit]

Games played 44 (42 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Games won 17 (16 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 6 (6 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 21 (20 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 73 (69 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 97 (94 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 8 (8 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 5–1 versus Norwich City, 2 April 1926
Worst league defeat 6–0 versus Merthyr Town, 2 April 1926; 7–1 versus Reading, 1 May 1926
Most appearances 42, John Thomson (40 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 11, Ernie Watkins
Top scorer (all competitions) 11, Ernie Watkins

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
May 1925 HB England Alan Noble England Leeds United Free [11]
30 June 1925 HB Scotland Harry Rae Scotland Clyde n/a [12]
26 August 1925 GK Scotland John Thomson Wales Aberdare Athletic Free [12]
1925 HB England Jack Beacham England Weymouth Free [13]
1925 DF Republic of Ireland James Donnelly England Southend United Free [14]
1925 FW England Alfred Douglas England Washington Colliery Free [15]
1925 HB Wales Evan Evans Wales Llanidloes Town Amateur [16]
1925 FW Scotland Bill Finlayson England Clapton Orient Free [17]
1925 DF England James McClennon England Grimsby Town Free [18]
1925 DF England Jack Price England Swindon Town Free [19]
1925 GK England Harry Stanford England Southend United Free [20]
1925 FW England Frank Watson England Leeds United Free [21]
1925 FW England Percival Whitton Wales Newport County Free [5]
January 1926 FW England Ernie Watkins England Southend United Free [22]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
September 1925 FW England Reginald Parker England South Shields Nominal [3]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
June 1926 HB England Tommy Cain Retired [23]
June 1926 HB Scotland Alex Graham England Folkestone 1926 [24]
June 1926 DF England James McClennon England Grimsby Town 1926 [18]
June 1926 FW England William Relph England Blyth Spartans 1926 [25]
June 1926 GK England Harry Stanford England Bristol Rovers 1926 [20]
June 1926 DF Scotland John Steel Retired [23]
June 1926 GK Scotland John Thomson England Plymouth Argyle 1926 [26]
June 1926 HB England Jimmy Walton England Hartlepools United 1926 [27]
June 1926 FW England Frank Watson England Southend United 1926 [21]
June 1926 FW England Bert Young Wales Bangor City 1926 [28]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 160.
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