1928–29 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1928–29 season
Chairman Louis P. Simon
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 13th
FA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Watkins (14)
All: Watkins (14)
Average home league attendance 8,159

During the 1928–29 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. An unbeaten start to the season was cancelled out by a run of 11 defeats in 12 games which left the Bees bottom of the Football League, but the team recovered to finish in mid-table.

Season summary[edit]

Brentford's 1928–29 team photograph.

Still in search of a winning formula after two mid-table finishes, Brentford manager Harry Curtis elected to add to rather than remodel of his squad in the 1928 off-season, bringing in goalkeeper Freddie Fox, full back Baden Herod for a £1,500 club record fee, half back Reginald Davies and a number of young forwards.[1] He also brought in his former Gillingham trainer Bob Kane.[2] Good goalscoring form from Jack Lane and Jack Phillips at the start of the season saw Brentford go seven matches unbeaten and rise to the top of the table,[3] before Phillips was sold to Bristol Rovers and a run of 12 league matches without a win (including a club record-equalling 9 league defeats in a row) saw the club plummet to the bottom of the Football League.[4][5][6]

Manager Harry Curtis pulled off a crucial £500 signing of Jimmy Bain from Manchester Central in November 1928 and the centre half galvanised the team.[7] Just three defeats in 18 matches between Boxing Day 1928 and April Fools' Day 1929 averted any fears of having to campaign for re-election, with Brentford rising back to 11th in the table thanks to good goalscoring form from Ernie Watkins, Alfred Douglas and summer signing David Sherlaw.[6] Manager Curtis decided to cash in on club record signing Baden Herod, who was sold for a club record outgoing fee of £4,000 to Tottenham Hotspur in February 1929.[1] Just one draw from the final five matches of the season dropped Brentford to a final placing of 13th.[6]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Charlton Athletic 42 14 5 2 51 22 9 3 9 35 38 86 60 1.433 +26 54
2 Crystal Palace 42 14 2 5 40 25 9 6 6 41 42 81 67 1.209 +14 54
3 Northampton Town 42 14 6 1 68 23 6 6 9 28 34 96 57 1.684 +39 52
4 Plymouth Argyle 42 14 6 1 51 13 6 6 9 32 38 83 51 1.627 +32 52
5 Fulham 42 14 3 4 60 31 7 7 7 41 40 101 71 1.423 +30 52
6 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 7 1 50 22 6 7 8 32 39 82 61 1.344 +21 52
7 Luton Town 42 16 3 2 64 28 3 8 10 25 45 89 73 1.219 +16 49
8 Watford 42 15 3 3 55 31 4 7 10 24 43 79 74 1.068 +5 48
9 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 14 4 3 54 31 5 5 11 30 46 84 77 1.091 +7 47
10 Swindon Town 42 12 5 4 48 27 3 8 10 27 45 75 72 1.042 +3 43
11 Coventry City 42 9 6 6 35 23 5 8 8 27 34 62 57 1.088 +5 42
12 Southend United 42 10 7 4 44 27 5 4 12 36 48 80 75 1.067 +5 41
13 Brentford 42 11 4 6 34 21 3 6 12 22 39 56 60 0.933 –4 38
14 Walsall 42 11 7 3 47 25 2 5 14 26 54 73 79 0.924 –6 38
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 14 2 5 39 28 2 4 15 19 48 58 76 0.763 –18 38
16 Newport County 42 8 6 7 37 28 5 3 13 32 58 69 86 0.802 –17 35
17 Norwich City 42 12 3 6 49 29 2 3 16 20 52 69 81 0.852 –12 34
18 Torquay United 42 10 3 8 46 36 4 3 14 20 48 66 84 0.786 –18 34
19 Bristol Rovers 42 9 6 6 39 28 4 1 16 21 51 60 79 0.759 –19 33
20 Merthyr Town 42 11 6 4 42 28 0 2 19 13 75 55 103 0.534 –48 30
21 Exeter City 42 7 6 8 49 40 2 5 14 18 48 67 88 0.761 –21 29
22 Gillingham 42 7 8 6 22 24 3 1 17 21 59 43 83 0.518 –40 29

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 1928 Exeter City H 4–2 Phillips (2), Drinnan, Berry
2 1 September 1928 Southend United A 1–1 McKinley
3 3 September 1928 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 Lane
4 8 September 1928 Merthyr Town H 2–1 Lane, Phillips
5 10 September 1928 Swindon Town H 2–0 Lane, Phillips
6 15 September 1928 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 1–1 Watkins
7 22 September 1928 Queens Park Rangers H 1–1 Lane
8 29 September 1928 Luton Town H 0–1
9 6 October 1928 Coventry City A 0–1
10 13 October 1928 Northampton Town H 2–2 Watkins (2)
11 20 October 1928 Bristol Rovers A 0–2
12 27 October 1928 Watford H 0–1
13 3 November 1928 Walsall A 0–2
14 10 November 1928 Newport County H 1–3 Lane
15 17 November 1928 Crystal Palace A 0–1
16 1 December 1928 Torquay United A 1–4 Berry
17 15 December 1928 Plymouth Argyle A 0–4
18 22 December 1928 Fulham H 1–2 Watkins
19 25 December 1928 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–3 Douglas, Durnion
20 26 December 1928 Brighton & Hove Albion H 5–1 Lane (4), Sherlaw
21 29 December 1928 Exeter City A 3–2 Drinnan, Watkins, Sherlaw
22 5 January 1929 Southend United H 1–0 Drinnan
23 12 January 1929 Gillingham H 4–1 Douglas (2), Watkins, Sherlaw
24 19 January 1929 Merthyr Town A 2–2 Drinnan, Sherlaw
25 26 January 1929 Gillingham A 2–1 Watkins, Douglas
26 2 February 1929 Queens Park Rangers A 2–2 Sherlaw (2)
27 9 February 1929 Luton Town A 1–2 Lawson
28 16 February 1929 Coventry City H 1–0 Watkins
29 23 February 1929 Northampton Town A 1–1 Watkins
30 2 March 1929 Bristol Rovers H 2–0 Sherlaw, Drinnan
31 9 March 1929 Watford A 0–2
32 13 March 1929 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 0–0
33 16 March 1929 Walsall H 1–0 Douglas
34 23 March 1929 Newport County A 1–1 Douglas
35 29 March 1929 Norwich City H 4–0 Stone (2), Watkins (2)
36 30 March 1929 Crystal Palace H 2–4 Watkins, Berry
37 1 April 1929 Norwich City A 4–2 Berry (2), Watkins (2)
38 6 April 1929 Swindon Town A 1–3 Gamble
39 13 April 1929 Torquay United H 0–0
40 22 April 1929 Charlton Athletic A 0–1
41 27 April 1929 Plymouth Argyle H 0–2
42 4 May 1929 Fulham A 0–1

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R 24 November 1928 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4–1 Drinnan, Lane (2), Sherlaw
2R 8 December 1928 Plymouth Argyle H 0–1

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1928–29 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 30) Exeter City 1927
GK Freddie Fox England (1898-11-22)22 November 1898 (aged 29) Halifax Town 1928
Defenders
DF George Dumbrell England (1906-09-23)23 September 1906 (aged 21) Dartford 1928
DF Alexander Stevenson Scotland (1903-10-24)24 October 1903 (aged 24) Armadale 1927
DF Ted Winship England 1900 (aged 27–28) Kidderminster Harriers 1926
Midfielders
HB Jimmy Bain Scotland (1899-02-06)6 February 1899 (aged 29) Manchester Central 1928
HB Jack Beacham England (1902-08-15)15 August 1902 (aged 26) Weymouth 1925
HB Reginald Davies (c) England (1897-09-30)30 September 1897 (aged 30) Portsmouth 1928
HB Stephen Dearn England March 1901 (aged 26–27) Portsmouth 1926
HB William Hodge Scotland (1904-08-31)31 August 1904 (aged 23) Rangers 1927
HB Charlie Reddock Scotland 1902 (aged 25–26) Gillingham 1926
HB Teddy Ware England (1906-09-17)17 September 1906 (aged 21) Chatham Town 1928
HB Martin Woosnam Wales 1903 (aged 24–25) Ealing Association 1928 Amateur
Forwards
FW Bill Berry England (1904-08-18)18 August 1904 (aged 24) Gillingham 1926
FW Alfred Douglas England (1899-03-26)26 March 1899 (aged 29) Washington Colliery 1925
FW Jimmy Drinnan Scotland (1906-05-28)28 May 1906 (aged 22) Newport County 1927
FW Andy Durnion Scotland (1907-02-18)18 February 1907 (aged 21) St Joseph's 1928
FW Frederick Gamble England (1905-05-29)29 May 1905 (aged 23) Southall 1928
FW Jack Lane England (1898-05-29)29 May 1898 (aged 30) Chesterfield 1925
FW Herbert Lawson England (1905-04-12)12 April 1905 (aged 23) Arsenal 1927
FW Charles McKinley England (1902-09-13)13 September 1902 (aged 25) Leyton 1928
FW Albert Richards England (1903-07-18)18 July 1903 (aged 25) Chatham Town 1928
FW David Sherlaw Scotland (1901-09-17)17 September 1901 (aged 26) Charlton Athletic 1928
FW Norman Stone England 1904 (aged 23–24) Corinthian 1928 Amateur
FW Ernie Watkins England (1898-04-03)3 April 1898 (aged 30) Southend United 1926
FW Alexander Wood Scotland 1906 (aged 21–22) Airdrieonians 1928
Players who left the club mid-season
DF Baden Herod England (1900-05-16)16 May 1900 (aged 28) Charlton Athletic 1928 Transferred to Tottenham Hotspur
HB Andrew Heeps Scotland (1899-12-15)15 December 1899 (aged 28) Airdrieonians 1928 Transferred to Camelon Juniors
HB Albert Purdy England (1899-03-15)15 March 1899 (aged 29) Southend United 1928 Transferred to Dartford
FW Jack Phillips Wales 1903 (aged 24–25) Merthyr Town 1927 Transferred to Bristol Rovers

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Harry Curtis Manager
England Bob Kane Trainer
England Jack Cartmell Assistant Trainer
Scotland Dick Hendrie 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 29 0 1 0 30 0
GK England Freddie Fox 13 0 1 0 14 0
DF England George Dumbrell 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Baden Herod 28 0 2 0 30 0
DF Scotland Alexander Stevenson 21 0 0 0 21 0
DF England Ted Winship 34 0 2 0 36 0
HB Scotland Jimmy Bain 25 0 1 0 26 0
HB England Jack Beacham 15 0 0 0 15 0
HB England Reginald Davies 36 0 2 0 38 0
HB England Stephen Dearn 12 0 0 0 12 0
HB Scotland Andrew Heeps 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB Scotland William Hodge 3 0 2 0 5 0
HB England Albert Purdy 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB Scotland Charlie Reddock 3 0 0 0 3 0
HB England Teddy Ware 25 0 0 0 25 0
HB Wales Martin Woosnam 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Bill Berry 23 5 1 0 24 5
FW England Alfred Douglas 24 6 1 0 25 6
FW Scotland Jimmy Drinnan 25 5 2 1 27 6
FW Scotland Andy Durnion 2 1 0 0 2 1
FW England Frederick Gamble 7 1 7 1
FW England Jack Lane 32 9 1 2 33 11
FW England Herbert Lawson 8 1 1 0 9 1
FW England Charles McKinley 14 1 1 0 15 1
FW Wales Jack Phillips 6 4 6 4
FW England Albert Richards 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland David Sherlaw 27 7 2 1 29 8
FW England Norman Stone 4 2 0 0 4 2
FW England Ernie Watkins 36 14 2 0 38 14
FW Scotland Alexander Wood 1 0 0 0 1 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Ernie Watkins 14 0 14
FW England Jack Lane 9 2 11
FW Scotland David Sherlaw 7 1 8
FW England Alfred Douglas 6 0 6
FW Scotland Jimmy Drinnan 5 1 6
FW England Bill Berry 5 0 5
FW Wales Jack Phillips 4 4
FW England Norman Stone 2 0 2
FW England Frederick Gamble 1 1
FW Scotland Andy Durnion 1 0 1
FW England Herbert Lawson 1 0 1
FW England Charles McKinley 1 0 1
Total 56 4 60
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[3]

Amateur international caps[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Caps Goals Ref
HB Wales Martin Woosnam 1 0 [10]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Harry Curtis England 25 August 1928 4 May 1929 44 15 10 19 034.09 42 14 10 18 033.33

Summary[edit]

Games played 44 (42 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Games won 15 (14 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 10 (10 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 19 (18 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 60 (56 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 62 (60 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 9 (9 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 4–0 versus Norwich City, 29 March 1929; 5–1 versus Brighton & Hove Albion, 26 December 1928
Worst league defeat 4–0 versus Plymouth Argyle, 15 December 1928
Most appearances 38, Reginald Davies, Ernie Watkins (36 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 14, Ernie Watkins
Top scorer (all competitions) 14, Ernie Watkins

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1928 HB England Reginald Davies England Portsmouth £250 [11]
June 1928 HB England Albert Purdy England Southend United Free [11]
July 1928 DF England Baden Herod England Charlton Athletic £1,500 [1]
September 1928 FW Scotland David Sherlaw England Charlton Athletic n/a [12]
November 1928 HB Scotland Jimmy Bain England Manchester Central £500 [7]
1928 DF England George Dumbrell England Dartford Free [13]
1928 FW England Frederick Gamble England Southall Free [14]
1928 HB Scotland Andrew Heeps Scotland Airdrieonians Free [15]
1928 FW England Charles McKinley England Leyton Free [16]
1928 FW England Albert Richards England Chatham Town Free [17]
1928 FW England Norman Stone England Corinthian Amateur [18]
1928 FW Scotland Alexander Wood Scotland Airdrieonians Free [19]
1928 HB Wales Martin Woosnam England Ealing Association Amateur [20]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
1928 FW Wales Jack Phillips England Bristol City n/a [4]
December 1928 HB England Albert Purdy England Dartford n/a [21]
February 1929 DF England Baden Herod England Tottenham Hotspur £4,000 [1]
1929 HB Scotland Andrew Heeps Scotland Camelon Juniors n/a [15]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
August 1928 HB Scotland Frank Marshall Died of tuberculosis [22]
May 1929 GK England Henry Bailey England Thames 1929 [23]
May 1929 HB England Jack Beacham England Gillingham 1929 [24]
May 1929 FW Scotland Thomas Brennan England Gillingham n/a [11]
May 1929 FW England Stephen Dearn Retired [25]
May 1929 FW Scotland Jimmy Drinnan England Luton Town 1929 [26]
May 1929 FW Scotland Dick Hendrie Retired [27]
May 1929 FW Scotland Jim McCafferty Scotland Shieldmuir Celtic 1929 [28]
May 1929 FW England Charles McKinley Retired [16]
May 1929 FW England Len Ramsell Retired [29]
May 1929 FW England Albert Richards England Dartford 1929 [17]
May 1929 FW England Norman Stone Retired [18]
May 1929 FW Scotland Alexander Wood England Charlton Athletic 1929 [19]

References[edit]

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