1927–28 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1927–28 season
Chairman Louis P. Simon
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 12th
FA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Phillips (18)
All: Phillips (18)
Highest home attendance 12,335
Lowest home attendance 2,024
Average home league attendance 7,331

During the 1927–28 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. A season of transition saw the Bees finish in mid-table and score 76 goals, which was at that time the club's best goalscoring tally since joining the Football League in 1920.

Season summary[edit]

Brentford's 1927–28 team photograph.

Despite a sizeable amount of money in the bank after the previous season's cup exploits and big money sales of Jack Allen, Archie Clark and George Anderson, Brentford manager Harry Curtis elected to add to rather than rebuild his squad for the 1927–28 season, investing in Scottish youngsters John Cairns, Jimmy Drinnan, William Hodge, Alexander Stevenson, Samuel Ward and English teenager Joe Wiggins.[1] Three defeats in the opening 10 matches of the season sent the Bees as high as second place,[2] with summer signing Jack Phillips scoring 9 goals, Herbert Lawson five and Ernie Watkins four.[3] The goals had dried up by mid-October 1927 and Brentford lost 11 of 15 matches in all competitions,[2] sinking to 15th in the table and suffering a club record FA Cup defeat to Manchester United,[4] losing 7–1 after having received a bye to the third round.[5] A 3–2 victory over Walsall at Griffin Park on 5 December (one of just two wins in the midst of the bad run) was witnessed by 2,024, the club record lowest for a home Football League match.[6]

The Bees' form picked up again late January 1928, though the club could not finish any higher than 12th.[2] Youngster Joe Wiggins broke Brentford's outgoing transfer record in April, with Leicester City paying £1,400 for a centre forward who had made just four senior appearances, scoring two goals.[6] Jack Phillips finished the season as he began it, with 9 goals in 10 matches, to finish as top-scorer with 18 goals.[3] Brentford's 76 goals was the highest since joining the Football League in 1920.[7]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Millwall 42 19 2 0 87 15 11 3 7 40 35 127 50 2.540 +77 65
2 Northampton Town 42 17 3 1 67 23 6 6 9 35 41 102 64 1.594 +38 55
3 Plymouth Argyle 42 17 2 2 60 19 6 5 10 25 35 85 54 1.574 +31 53
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 14 4 3 51 24 5 6 10 30 45 81 69 1.174 +12 48
5 Crystal Palace 42 15 3 3 46 23 3 9 9 33 49 79 72 1.097 +7 48
6 Swindon Town 42 12 6 3 60 26 7 3 11 30 43 90 69 1.304 +21 47
7 Southend United 42 14 2 5 48 19 6 4 11 32 45 80 64 1.250 +16 46
8 Exeter City 42 11 6 4 49 27 6 6 9 21 33 70 60 1.167 +10 46
9 Newport County 42 12 5 4 52 38 6 4 11 29 46 81 84 0.964 –3 45
10 Queens Park Rangers 42 8 5 8 37 35 9 4 8 35 36 72 71 1.014 +1 43
11 Charlton Athletic 42 12 5 4 34 27 3 8 10 26 43 60 70 0.857 –10 43
12 Brentford 42 12 4 5 49 30 4 4 13 27 44 76 74 1.027 +2 40
13 Luton Town 42 13 5 3 56 27 3 2 16 38 60 94 87 1.080 +7 39
14 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 12 6 3 44 24 1 6 14 28 55 72 79 0.911 –7 38
15 Watford 42 10 5 6 42 34 4 5 12 26 44 68 78 0.872 –10 38
16 Gillingham 42 10 3 8 33 26 3 8 10 29 55 62 81 0.765 –19 37
17 Norwich City 42 9 8 4 41 26 1 8 12 25 44 66 70 0.943 –4 36
18 Walsall 42 9 6 6 52 35 3 3 15 23 66 75 101 0.743 –26 33
19 Bristol Rovers 42 11 3 7 41 36 3 1 17 26 57 67 93 0.720 –26 32
20 Coventry City 42 5 8 8 40 36 6 1 14 27 60 67 96 0.698 –29 31
21 Merthyr Town 42 7 6 8 38 40 2 7 12 15 51 53 91 0.582 –38 31
22 Torquay United 42 4 10 7 27 36 4 4 13 26 67 53 103 0.515 –50 30

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, see Torquay United
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 27 August 1927 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–5 Phillips, Drinnan
2 29 August 1927 Northampton Town H 3–0 Phillips (3)
3 3 September 1927 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 2–1 Fletcher, Douglas
4 5 September 1927 Northampton Town A 2–3 Lane, Watkins
5 10 September 1927 Queens Park Rangers A 3–2 Watkins, Phillips, Lane
6 14 September 1927 Bristol Rovers A 3–1 Phillips, Lawson, Watkins
7 17 September 1927 Luton Town A 2–5 Lawson (2)
8 24 September 1927 Millwall H 6–1 Douglas, Watkins (pen), Lawson (2), Phillips
9 1 October 1927 Crystal Palace A 2–0 Phillips, Lane
10 8 October 1927 Exeter City H 1–1 Lawson
11 15 October 1927 Torquay United A 1–2 Lawson
12 22 October 1927 Coventry City H 4–1 Craddock (2), Hodge, Lane
13 29 October 1927 Newport County A 0–3
14 5 November 1927 Swindon Town H 1–4 Lane
15 12 November 1927 Gillingham A 1–2 Lawson
16 3 December 1927 Plymouth Argyle H 0–2
17 5 December 1927 Walsall H 3–2 Watkins, Dearn (pen), Lane
18 10 December 1927 Merthyr Town A 1–3 Craddock
19 17 December 1927 Charlton Athletic H 1–1 Berry
20 24 December 1927 Watford A 1–1 Craddock
21 26 December 1927 Southend United A 2–3 Craddock (2)
22 31 December 1927 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–3 Lane
23 7 January 1928 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0–1
24 21 January 1928 Queens Park Rangers H 0–3
25 28 January 1928 Luton Town H 4–2 Watkins (4)
26 4 February 1928 Millwall A 0–3
27 11 February 1928 Crystal Palace H 2–1 Beacham, Drinnan
28 18 February 1928 Exeter City A 1–0 Drinnan
29 25 February 1928 Torquay United H 1–2 Lane
30 3 March 1928 Coventry City A 0–0
31 10 March 1928 Newport County H 3–1 Berry (2), Phillips
32 17 March 1928 Swindon Town A 1–1 Phillips
33 24 March 1928 Gillingham H 2–0 Lane (2)
34 31 March 1928 Walsall A 2–4 Phillips, Drinnan
35 6 April 1928 Norwich City H 3–1 Berry, Price, Wiggins
36 7 April 1928 Bristol Rovers H 5–1 Wiggins, Cairns, Drinnan (2), Lawson
37 9 April 1928 Norwich City A 1–1 Berry (pen)
38 14 April 1928 Plymouth Argyle A 0–1
39 21 April 1928 Merthyr Town H 4–0 Phillips (2), Berry, Lane
40 23 April 1928 Southend United H 2–2 Phillips (2)
41 28 April 1928 Charlton Athletic A 2–3 Watkins, Phillips
42 5 May 1928 Watford H 1–1 Phillips

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
3R 14 January 1928 Manchester United A 1–7 Jones (og)

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1927–28 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Henry Bailey England (1897-12-02)2 December 1897 (aged 29) Exeter City 1927
Defenders
DF Charlie Butler England (1897-10-10)10 October 1897 (aged 29) Gillingham 1926
DF James Donnelly Republic of Ireland (1899-12-18)18 December 1899 (aged 27) Southend United 1925
DF Dick Hendrie Scotland (1895-11-22)22 November 1895 (aged 31) Grays Thurrock United 1927 Assistant trainer
DF Alexander Stevenson Scotland (1903-10-24)24 October 1903 (aged 23) Armadale 1927
DF Ted Winship England 1900 (aged 26–27) Kidderminster Harriers 1926
Midfielders
HB Jack Beacham England (1902-08-15)15 August 1902 (aged 25) Weymouth 1925
HB Stephen Dearn England March 1901 (aged 25–26) Portsmouth 1926
HB Albert Fletcher England 1898 (aged 28–29) West Ham United 1927
HB William Hodge Scotland (1904-08-31)31 August 1904 (aged 22) Rangers 1927
HB Samuel Ward Scotland (1906-06-01)1 June 1906 (aged 21) Morton 1927
Forwards
FW Bill Berry England (1904-08-18)18 August 1904 (aged 23) Gillingham 1926
FW John Cairns Scotland (1902-11-14)14 November 1902 (aged 24) Charlton Athletic 1927
FW Alfred Douglas England (1899-03-26)26 March 1899 (aged 28) Washington Colliery 1925
FW Jimmy Drinnan Scotland (1906-05-28)28 May 1906 (aged 21) Newport County 1927
FW Jack Lane (c) England (1898-05-29)29 May 1898 (aged 29) Chesterfield 1925
FW Herbert Lawson England (1905-04-12)12 April 1905 (aged 22) Arsenal 1927
FW Jim McCafferty Scotland November 1900 (aged 26) Halifax Town 1927
FW Jack Phillips Wales 1903 (aged 23–24) Merthyr Town 1927
FW William Price England (1903-12-04)4 December 1903 (aged 23) Woking Town 1928 Amateur
FW Ernie Watkins England (1898-04-03)3 April 1898 (aged 29) Southend United 1926
Players who left the club mid-season
GK Jim Ferguson Scotland (1896-08-30)30 August 1896 (aged 30) St Roch's 1926 Transferred to Notts County
FW Joe Craddock England (1902-08-03)3 August 1902 (aged 25) Gillingham 1926 Transferred to Dundee
FW Joe Wiggins England (1909-04-01)1 April 1909 (aged 18) Grays Thurrock United 1927 Transferred to Leicester City
  • Sources: Timeless Bees,[8] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939,[9] 100 Years Of Brentford[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Harry Curtis Manager
Scotland Dick Hendrie Assistant 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 Henry Bailey 15 0 0 0 15 0
GK Scotland Jim Ferguson 27 0 1 0 28 0
DF England Charlie Butler 40 0 0 0 40 0
DF Republic of Ireland James Donnelly 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Scotland Dick Hendrie 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland Alexander Stevenson 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF England Ted Winship 41 0 1 0 42 0
HB England Jack Beacham 29 1 1 0 30 1
HB England Stephen Dearn 40 1 1 0 41 1
HB England Albert Fletcher 33 1 0 0 33 1
HB Scotland William Hodge 19 1 1 0 20 1
HB Scotland Samuel Ward 7 0 0 0 7 0
FW England Bill Berry 25 6 1 0 26 6
FW Scotland John Cairns 1 1 0 0 1 1
FW England Joe Craddock 11 6 1 0 12 6
FW England Alfred Douglas 24 2 1 0 25 2
FW Scotland Jimmy Drinnan 18 6 0 0 18 6
FW England Jack Lane 37 11 1 0 38 11
FW England Herbert Lawson 34 9 0 0 34 9
FW Scotland Jim McCafferty 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Wales Jack Phillips 23 18 0 0 23 18
FW England William Price 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Ernie Watkins 29 10 1 0 30 10
FW England Joe Wiggins 4 2 0 0 4 2
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW Wales Jack Phillips 18 0 18
FW England Jack Lane 11 0 11
FW England Ernie Watkins 10 0 10
FW England Herbert Lawson 9 0 9
FW England Bill Berry 6 0 6
FW England Joe Craddock 6 0 6
FW Scotland Jimmy Drinnan 6 0 6
FW England Alfred Douglas 2 0 2
FW England Joe Wiggins 2 0 2
HB England Jack Beacham 1 0 1
FW Scotland John Cairns 1 0 1
HB England Stephen Dearn 1 0 1
HB England Albert Fletcher 1 0 1
HB Scotland William Hodge 1 0 1
Opponent 0 1 1
Total 76 1 77
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Harry Curtis England 27 August 1927 5 May 1928 43 16 8 19 037.21 42 16 8 18 038.10

Summary[edit]

Games played 43 (42 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games won 16 (16 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games drawn 8 (8 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 19 (18 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 77 (76 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 81 (74 Third Division South, 7 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 6 (6 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 6–1 versus Millwall, 24 September 1927
Worst league defeat 3–0 on two occasions; 4–1 versus Swindon Town, 5 November 1927; 5–2 on two occasions
Most appearances 42, Ted Winship (41 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 18, Jack Phillips
Top scorer (all competitions) 18, Jack Phillips

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
August 1927 HB Scotland William Hodge Scotland Rangers Free [10]
1927 GK England Henry Bailey England Exeter City Free [11]
1927 FW Scotland John Cairns England Charlton Athletic Free [12]
1927 FW Scotland Jimmy Drinnan Wales Newport County Free [13]
1927 HB England Albert Fletcher England West Ham United Free [14]
1927 FW Scotland Dick Hendrie England Grays Thurrock United Free [15]
1927 FW Scotland Jim McCafferty England Halifax Town Free [16]
1927 FW Wales Jack Phillips Wales Merthyr Town Free [7]
1927 FW England William Price England Woking Town Amateur [17]
1927 DF Scotland Alexander Stevenson Scotland Armadale Free [18]
1927 HB Scotland Samuel Ward Scotland Morton Free [19]
March 1928 FW Scotland Thomas Brennan Scotland Longriggend Rob Roy n/a [20]
March 1928 GK England Freddie Fox England Halifax Town n/a [21]
March 1928 FW England Len Ramsell England Chatham Town n/a [19]
March 1928 HB England Teddy Ware England Chatham Town Amateur [20]
1928 FW Scotland Andy Durnion Scotland St Joseph's n/a [1]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
May 1927 FW Scotland George Anderson England Chelsea n/a [22]
May 1927 HB England Archie Clark England Arsenal £700 [23]
November 1927 HB Scotland Harry Rae Scotland Hamilton Academical n/a [24]
January 1928 HB Wales Evan Evans England Chatham Town n/a [25]
March 1928 GK Scotland Jim Ferguson England Notts County n/a [26]
April 1928 FW England Joe Craddock Scotland Dundee n/a [1]
April 1928 FW England Joe Wiggins England Leicester City £1,400 [6]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1928 DF England Charlie Butler Canada Montreal Carsteel 1928 [27]
May 1928 FW Scotland John Cairns England Leicester City 1928 [12]
May 1928 GK England Arthur Collins England Scarborough 1928 [28]
May 1928 HB England Albert Fletcher England Norwich City 1928 [14]
May 1928 FW England William Price England Fulham 1928 [17]
May 1928 HB Scotland Samuel Ward Retired [19]

References[edit]

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