1926–27 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1926–27 season
Chairman W. Flewitt
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 11th
FA Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer League: Watkins (20)
All: Watkins (24)
Average home league attendance 9,713

During the 1926–27 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. In Harry Curtis' first season as manager, the club finished 11th and advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time.

Season summary[edit]

Brentford's 1926–27 team photograph.

After just one top-half finish in the Third Division South since entering the Football League in 1920, Brentford appointed former Gillingham manager Harry Curtis to the position on a one-year deal in May 1926,[1] still seeking to find a winning formula after generally poor league placings from previous managers Fred Halliday and Archie Mitchell.[2] The directors of the club cleared the decks, retaining just 9 of the previous season's squad.[3] Curtis brought with him assistant trainer Jack Cartmell (an ex-Brentford player) and five Gillingham players – full backs Wally Barnard and Charlie Butler, half back Charlie Reddock and forwards Bill Berry and Joe Craddock.[4] Former Gillingham half back Frank Marshall would also sign in January 1927.[5] Jim Ferguson replaced the departed John Thomson in goal, with defenders John Hodgson, Ted Winship, half backs Bert Bellamy, Joe Hodnett and forwards George Anderson and Stephen Dearn also coming in.

A 4–0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening day put Brentford at the top of the Third Division South table, the first time since joining the Football League that the club had occupied the top spot.[6] Defeat in the following match to Luton Town dropped the Bees back to 6th, but three successive wins in the following matches saw the club rise back to the top and stay there until 15 September.[6] The goalscoring of Ernie Watkins was a factor in the bright start, with the forward scoring 10 goals in the first 9 matches.[7] Brentford dropped down to 11th by 4 December and the side's league form was affected by a run to the fifth round of the FA Cup, which caused a fixture pile-up after replays were needed to defeat Clapton, Gillingham and West Ham United in the first, second and fourth rounds.[6] The 9 FA Cup matches played in a single season is the most ever by the club.[8] The run was a financial success for Brentford, generating enough money for the club to build a new grandstand on the Braemar Road side of Griffin Park.[2]

Harry Curtis would go on to become Brentford's longest-serving and most successful manager.

A goal drought suffered by forwards Ernie Watkins, Jack Lane, Stephen Dearn and the departure of Jack Allen to The Wednesday in March 1927 saw Brentford limp through the final three months of the season,[7][9] winning just five of the remaining 18 matches and drawing six of the last 10.[6] The Bees finished the campaign in 11th place, having been rooted in mid-table since 5 February 1927.[6] Ernie Watkins top-scored with 24 goals, then the highest tally for a Brentford player since the club joined the Football League.[7] Four consecutive home league draws between 2 and 30 April 1927 equalled the club record.[10]

A notable departure after the season was that of 38-year old cricketer Patsy Hendren,[11] who had played intermittently as an outside forward for Brentford since 1907.[12] During the season he had become the first Bees player since the club joined the Football League to score four goals in a match (during a 7–3 rout of Coventry City on 23 October 1926) and an 11,000 crowd turned up to see his final match against Newport County on Easter Saturday 1927.[7][11] Upon his departure, Hendren's 400-plus Brentford appearances was then the club record and he was posthumously inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in May 2015.[13][14]

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 19 1 1 71 24 8 7 6 33 30 104 54 1.926 +50 62
2 Plymouth Argyle 42 17 4 0 52 14 8 6 7 43 47 95 61 1.557 +34 60
3 Millwall 42 16 2 3 55 19 7 8 6 34 32 89 51 1.745 +38 56
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 15 4 2 61 24 6 7 8 18 26 79 50 1.580 +29 53
5 Swindon Town 42 16 3 2 64 31 5 6 10 36 54 100 85 1.176 +15 51
6 Crystal Palace 42 12 6 3 57 33 6 3 12 27 48 84 81 1.037 +3 45
7 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 13 2 6 49 24 5 6 10 29 42 78 66 1.182 +12 44
8 Luton Town 42 12 9 0 48 19 3 5 13 20 47 68 66 1.030 +2 44
9 Newport County 42 15 4 2 40 20 4 2 15 17 51 57 71 0.803 –14 44
10 Bristol Rovers 42 12 4 5 46 28 4 5 12 32 52 78 80 0.975 –2 41
11 Brentford 42 10 9 2 46 20 3 5 13 24 41 70 61 1.148 +9 40
12 Exeter City 42 14 4 3 46 18 1 6 14 30 55 76 73 1.041 +3 40
13 Charlton Athletic 42 13 5 3 44 22 3 3 15 16 39 60 61 0.984 –1 40
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 9 8 4 41 27 6 1 14 24 44 65 71 0.915 –6 39
15 Coventry City [notes3 1] 42 11 4 6 44 33 4 3 14 27 53 71 86 0.826 –15 37
16 Norwich City 42 10 5 6 41 25 2 6 13 18 46 59 71 0.831 –12 35
17 Merthyr Town 42 11 5 5 42 25 2 4 15 21 55 63 80 0.787 –17 35
18 Northampton Town 42 13 4 4 36 23 2 1 18 23 64 59 87 0.678 –28 35
19 Southend United 42 12 3 6 44 25 2 3 16 20 52 64 77 0.831 –13 34
20 Gillingham 42 10 5 6 36 26 1 5 15 18 46 54 72 0.750 –18 32
21 Watford 42 9 6 6 36 27 3 2 16 21 60 57 87 0.655 –30 32
22 Aberdare Athletic 42 8 2 11 38 48 1 5 15 24 53 62 101 0.614 –39 25

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

  1. ^ Coventry City was transferred to Third Division South for this season.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election

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 28 August 1926 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4–0 Rae (pen), Berry, Watkins (2)
2 30 August 1926 Luton Town A 1–2 Dearn
3 4 September 1926 Northampton Town A 3–2 Berry (2), Douglas
4 6 September 1926 Southend United H 3–1 Watkins (2), Dearn
5 11 September 1926 Queens Park Rangers H 4–2 Lane, Watkins (2), Douglas
6 15 September 1926 Southend United A 1–3 Dearn
7 18 September 1926 Millwall H 0–0
8 25 September 1926 Bristol Rovers A 3–1 Lane, Watkins (2)
9 2 October 1926 Swindon Town H 2–2 Watkins (2)
10 9 October 1926 Exeter City A 1–3 Lane
11 16 October 1926 Crystal Palace A 3–4 Berry (2), Lane
12 23 October 1926 Coventry City H 7–3 Hendren (4, 2 pens), Watkins, Dearn (2)
13 30 October 1926 Charlton Athletic A 1–1 Rae
14 6 November 1926 Bristol City H 3–0 Anderson (2), Dearn
15 20 November 1926 Plymouth Argyle H 0–0
16 4 December 1926 Aberdare Athletic H 1–4 Baynham (og)
17 18 December 1926 Watford H 3–0 Watkins, Dearn, Douglas
18 25 December 1926 Norwich City A 1–2 Hendren
19 27 December 1926 Norwich City H 3–0 Allen, Watkins, Douglas
20 1 January 1927 Luton Town H 2–2 Lane, Dearn
21 15 January 1927 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–1 Hendren
22 22 January 1927 Northampton Town H 1–1 Allen
23 5 February 1927 Millwall A 0–3
24 12 February 1927 Bristol Rovers H 0–2
25 26 February 1927 Exeter City H 6–1 Watkins (2), Lane (2), Craddock, Douglas
26 5 March 1927 Crystal Palace H 3–0 Watkins, Allen, Lane
27 9 March 1927 Swindon Town A 2–4 Craddock, Hendren
28 12 March 1927 Coventry City A 1–3 Watkins
29 16 March 1927 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 1–3 Watkins
30 19 March 1927 Charlton Athletic H 2–0 Donnelly (pen), Craddock
31 26 March 1927 Bristol City A 0–1
32 30 March 1927 Gillingham A 2–1 Watkins, Lawson
33 2 April 1927 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 0–0
34 9 April 1927 Plymouth Argyle A 1–2 Craddock
35 15 April 1927 Merthyr Town H 1–1 Lane
36 16 April 1927 Newport County H 1–1 Watkins
37 19 April 1927 Merthyr Town A 0–1
38 23 April 1927 Aberdare Athletic A 1–3 Craddock
39 25 April 1927 Newport County A 0–0
40 30 April 1927 Gillingham A 0–0
41 5 May 1927 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1
42 7 May 1927 Watford A 0–0 Lawson

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R 27 November 1926 Clapton A 1–1 Anderson
1R (replay) 1 December 1926 Clapton H 7–3 Lane (2), Watkins (3), Hendren (2)
2R 11 December 1926 Gillingham A 1–1 Hendren
2R (replay) 15 December 1926 Gillingham H 1–0 Dearn
3R 10 January 1927 Oldham Athletic A 4–2 Allen (3), Watkins
4R 29 January 1927 West Ham United A 1–1 Lane
4R (replay) 2 February 1927 West Ham United H 2–0 Lane, Allen
5R 19 February 1927 Reading A 0–1

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1926–27 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Arthur Collins England (1902-09-16)16 September 1902 (aged 23) Derby County 1926
GK Jim Ferguson Scotland (1896-08-30)30 August 1896 (aged 29) St Roch's 1926
Defenders
DF Charlie Butler England (1897-10-10)10 October 1897 (aged 28) Gillingham 1926
DF James Donnelly Republic of Ireland (1896-12-18)18 December 1896 (aged 29) Southend United 1925
DF John Hodgson England (1900-09-28)28 September 1900 (aged 25) Sunderland 1926
DF Ted Winship England 1900 (aged 25–26) Kidderminster Harriers 1926
Midfielders
HB Jack Beacham England (1902-08-15)15 August 1902 (aged 24) Weymouth 1925
HB Bert Bellamy England (1896-04-07)7 April 1896 (aged 30) Swansea Town 1926
HB Archie Clark England (1902-04-04)4 April 1902 (aged 24) Grays Thurrock United 1927
HB Joe Hodnett England (1896-07-18)18 July 1896 (aged 30) Merthyr Town 1926
HB Frank Marshall Scotland 1904 (aged 21–22) Gillingham 1927
HB Alan Noble England (1900-06-19)19 June 1900 (aged 26) Leeds United 1925
HB Harry Rae Scotland 1896 (aged 29–30) Clyde 1925
HB Charlie Reddock Scotland 1902 (aged 23–24) Gillingham 1926
Forwards
FW George Anderson Scotland (1904-10-24)24 October 1904 (aged 21) Airdrieonians 1926
FW Bill Berry England (1904-08-18)18 August 1904 (aged 22) Gillingham 1926
FW Joe Craddock England (1902-08-03)3 August 1902 (aged 24) Gillingham 1926
FW Stephen Dearn England March 1901 (aged 24–25) Portsmouth 1926
FW Alfred Douglas England (1899-03-26)26 March 1899 (aged 27) Washington Colliery 1925
FW Patsy Hendren England (1889-02-05)5 February 1889 (aged 37) Queens Park Rangers 1911 Played when his cricket commitments allowed
FW Jack Lane (c) England (1898-05-29)29 May 1898 (aged 28) Chesterfield 1925
FW Herbert Lawson England (1905-04-12)12 April 1905 (aged 21) Arsenal 1927
FW Ernie Watkins England (1898-04-03)3 April 1898 (aged 28) Southend United 1926
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Jack Allen England (1903-01-31)31 January 1903 (aged 23) Leeds United 1924 Transferred to The Wednesday
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[7] Timeless Bees,[15] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[16]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Harry Curtis Manager
England Tom Ratcliff Trainer
England Jack Cartmell Assistant Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Arthur Collins 4 0 0 0 4 0
GK Scotland Jim Ferguson 38 0 8 0 46 0
DF England Charlie Butler 27 0 8 0 35 0
DF Republic of Ireland James Donnelly 39 1 5 0 44 1
DF England John Hodgson 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF England Ted Winship 11 0 3 0 14 0
HB England Jack Beacham 14 0 6 0 20 0
HB England Bert Bellamy 33 0 6 0 39 0
HB England Archie Clark 1 0 1 0
HB England Joe Hodnett 9 0 0 0 9 0
HB Scotland Frank Marshall 21 0 21 0
HB England Alan Noble 10 0 2 0 12 0
HB Scotland Harry Rae 30 2 8 0 38 2
HB Scotland Charlie Reddock 6 0 0 0 6 0
FW England Jack Allen 7 3 4 4 11 7
FW Scotland George Anderson 8 2 1 1 9 3
FW England Bill Berry 22 5 2 0 24 5
FW England Joe Craddock 12 5 0 0 12 5
FW England Stephen Dearn 30 8 6 1 36 9
FW England Alfred Douglas 26 5 6 0 32 5
FW England Patsy Hendren 21 7 8 3 29 10
FW England Jack Lane 41 9 8 4 49 13
FW England Herbert Lawson 13 2 13 2
FW England Ernie Watkins 35 20 7 4 42 24
  • 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 Ernie Watkins 20 4 24
FW England Jack Lane 9 4 13
FW England Patsy Hendren 7 3 10
FW England Stephen Dearn 8 1 9
FW England Jack Allen 3 4 7
FW England Bill Berry 5 0 5
FW England Joe Craddock 5 0 5
FW England Alfred Douglas 5 0 5
FW Scotland George Anderson 2 1 3
FW England Herbert Lawson 2 0 2
HB Scotland Harry Rae 2 0 2
DF Republic of Ireland James Donnelly 1 0 1
Opponent 1 0 1
Total 70 17 87
  • 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 %
Harry Curtis England 28 August 1926 7 May 1927 50 17 17 16 034.00 42 13 14 15 030.95

Summary[edit]

Games played 50 (42 Third Division South, 8 FA Cup)
Games won 17 (13 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Games drawn 17 (14 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Games lost 16 (15 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 87 (70 Third Division South, 17 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 70 (61 Third Division South, 9 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 14 (12 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 6–1 versus Exeter City, 26 February 1927
Worst league defeat 3–0 versus Millwall, 5 February 1927; 4–1 versus Aberdare Athletic, 4 December 1926
Most appearances 48, Jim Ferguson (38 Third Division South, 8 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 20, Ernie Watkins
Top scorer (all competitions) 24, Ernie Watkins

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
May 1926 HB England Bert Bellamy Wales Swansea Town Free [17]
May 1926 GK England Arthur Collins England Derby County Free [18]
May 1926 GK Scotland Jim Ferguson Scotland St Roch's Free [19]
1926 FW Scotland George Anderson Scotland Airdrieonians Free [20]
1926 DF England Wally Barnard England Gillingham Free [21]
1926 FW England Bill Berry England Gillingham Free [22]
1926 DF England Charlie Butler England Gillingham Free [23]
1926 HB England Archie Clark England Grays Thurrock United Free [24]
1926 FW England Joe Craddock England Gillingham Free [25]
1926 FW England Stephen Dearn England Portsmouth Free [26]
1926 DF England John Hodgson England Sunderland Free [27]
1926 HB England Joe Hodnett Wales Merthyr Town Free [27]
1926 HB Scotland Charlie Reddock England Gillingham Free [28]
1926 DF England Ted Winship England Kidderminster Harriers Free [29]
January 1927 HB Scotland Frank Marshall England Gillingham £500 [5]
March 1927 FW England Herbert Lawson England Arsenal Free [30]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
March 1927 FW England Jack Allen England The Wednesday n/a [31]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
September 1926 FW Scotland Bill Finlayson United States Springfield Babes 1926 [32]
May 1927 DF England Wally Barnard Retired [33]
May 1927 HB England Bert Bellamy England Wellingborough Town May 1927 [17]
May 1927 GK England Arthur Collins England Scarborough 1927 [18]
May 1927 HB England Jimmy Elliott Retired [34]
May 1927 DF England John Hodgson England Hartlepools United 1927 [27]
May 1927 HB England Joe Hodnett England Gillingham 1927 [27]
May 1927 HB England Alan Noble England Millwall 1927 [35]
May 1927 DF England Jack Price England Torquay United 1927 [29]
May 1927 DF England Percival Whitton Retired [33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 175-176.
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  13. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 38.
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  26. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 47.
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  28. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 131.
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  30. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 95.
  31. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 120.
  32. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 56.
  33. ^ a b Dorey, F.W. (1926). Brentford Football Club Season 1926–27 Official Handbook. p. 9. 
  34. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 53.
  35. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 116.