1929–30 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1929–30 season
Chairman Louis P. Simon
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 2nd
FA Cup First round
London Challenge Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: W. Lane (33)
All: W. Lane (33)
Highest home attendance 21,966
Lowest home attendance 5,041
Average home league attendance 12,123

During the 1929–30 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. Brentford finished as runners-up, the club's highest finish in the pyramid at that time and statistically it is the club's best-ever season.[1] Brentford became the fifth club to win all their home Football League matches in a season and as of the end of the 2015–16 season, the Bees' total of 21 home victories from 21 matches has never been bettered. Billy Lane set a new club record of 33 goals in all competitions, which would stand for three years and the club also reached the final of the London Challenge Cup for the first time.

Season summary[edit]

Right half Reginald Davies was named as captain for the 1929–30 season.

Brentford manager Harry Curtis tinkered with his squad in the 1929 off-season, releasing half backs Jack Beacham, Stephen Dearn and a number of young forwards who failed to make the grade during the previous season. In came full back Tom Adamson, half backs Reginald Davies (the new captain),[2] Harry Salt and forwards Cecil Blakemore, Jackie Foster, Billy Lane and John Payne.[3] Brentford went on to have their best season at that time in the Football League, ending 1929 in second place and ascending to the top of the Third Division South on 25 January 1930,[4] the good results were due to a consistently fit starting XI, which went unchanged for 21 consecutive matches in all competitions between 2 November 1929 and 15 March 1930, a club record.[5] Top spot was held onto until a 0–0 draw with Exeter City on 29 March saw Plymouth Argyle overtake the Bees and automatic promotion was effectively conceded after successive defeats in mid-April.[4] Brentford finished as runners-up and would remain in the Third Division South for 1930–31,[4] the Bees finished the season with four players scoring 15 goals or more – Billy Lane (33), Jack Lane (19), John Payne (16) and Cecil Blakemore (15).[6]

Brentford became the fifth club to win all their home league matches in a season and as of the end of the 2015–16 season, the club's achievement of 21 wins from 21 matches is still a national record.[7] Billy Lane's 33 goals smashed Brentford's record for goals scored in a season,[8] which stood until surpassed by Jack Holliday in 1933.[9] A club record was also set for most league victories in a season (28, which would not be equalled until the Bees' promotion from League One in 2013–14), most home league goals scored in a season (66) and owing to the 100% winning home record, fewest home league draws and defeats (0).[1][10] The 6–0 victory over Merthyr Town on 14 September 1929 set a new club record for highest winning margin in a Football League match,[11] while the 5–1 victory over West London rivals Fulham on 22 February 1930 attracted a 21,966 crowd to Griffin Park, then a club record for a home match.[12] Brentford also reached the final of the London Challenge Cup for the first time, but lost 2–1 to West Ham United;[13] in 2013, 1929–30 was voted by the Brentford supporters as the club's fourth-best season.[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 Plymouth Argyle 42 18 3 0 63 12 12 5 4 35 26 98 38 2.579 +60 68
2 Brentford 42 21 0 0 66 12 7 5 9 28 32 94 44 2.136 +50 61
3 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 5 3 46 26 8 4 9 34 42 80 68 1.176 +12 51
4 Northampton Town 42 14 6 1 53 20 7 2 12 29 38 82 58 1.414 +24 50
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 16 2 3 54 20 5 6 10 33 43 87 63 1.381 +24 50
6 Coventry City 42 14 3 4 54 25 5 6 10 34 48 88 73 1.205 +15 47
7 Fulham 42 12 6 3 54 33 6 5 10 33 50 87 83 1.048 +4 47
8 Norwich City 42 14 4 3 55 28 4 6 11 33 49 88 77 1.143 +11 46
9 Crystal Palace 42 14 5 2 56 26 3 7 11 25 48 81 74 1.095 +7 46
10 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 11 6 4 47 24 4 7 10 25 37 72 61 1.180 +11 43
11 Southend United 42 11 6 4 41 19 4 7 10 28 40 69 59 1.169 +10 43
12 Clapton Orient 42 10 8 3 38 21 4 5 12 17 41 55 62 0.887 –7 41
13 Luton Town 42 13 4 4 42 25 1 8 12 22 53 64 78 0.821 –14 40
14 Swindon Town 42 10 7 4 42 25 3 5 13 31 58 73 83 0.880 –10 38
15 Watford 42 10 4 7 37 30 5 4 12 23 43 60 73 0.822 –13 38
16 Exeter City 42 10 6 5 45 29 2 5 14 22 44 67 73 0.918 –6 35
17 Walsall 42 10 4 7 45 24 3 4 14 26 54 71 78 0.910 –7 34
18 Newport County 42 9 9 3 48 29 3 1 17 26 56 74 85 0.871 –11 34
19 Torquay United 42 9 6 6 50 38 1 5 15 14 56 64 94 0.681 –30 31
20 Bristol Rovers 42 11 3 7 45 31 0 5 16 22 62 67 93 0.720 –26 30
21 Gillingham 42 9 5 7 38 28 2 3 16 13 52 51 80 0.637 –29 30
22 Merthyr Town 42 5 6 10 39 49 1 3 17 21 86 60 135 0.444 –75 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

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Third Division South[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1 31 August 1929 Swindon Town H 3–2 11,084 Blakemore, Payne (2)
2 4 September 1929 Clapton Orient H 3–1 9,346 Blakemore, Galbraith (og), W. Lane
3 7 September 1929 Plymouth Argyle A 1–1 12,161 W. Lane
4 14 September 1929 Merthyr Town H 6–0 11,040 Whipp, W. Lane (4), Blakemore
5 16 September 1929 Clapton Orient A 1–1 6,854 Payne
6 21 September 1929 Torquay United A 1–2 5,012 W. Lane
7 25 September 1929 Bristol Rovers H 2–1 6,265 Foster, W. Lane
8 28 September 1929 Newport County H 1–0 11,073 Payne
9 5 October 1929 Watford A 2–1 10,814 Payne, Bain
10 12 October 1929 Coventry City H 3–1 11,957 Blakemore, J. Lane, Bain
11 19 October 1929 Fulham A 0–2 25,891
12 26 October 1929 Norwich City H 3–0 11,052 W. Lane (2), Blakemore
13 2 November 1929 Crystal Palace A 1–2 16,939 J. Lane
14 9 November 1929 Gillingham H 2–1 9,603 W. Lane (2)
15 16 November 1929 Northampton Town A 1–1 6,165 Foster
16 23 November 1929 Exeter City H 2–1 6,502 Blakemore, J. Lane
17 7 December 1929 Luton Town H 2–0 7,167 J. Lane (2)
18 21 December 1929 Walsall H 6–2 5,041 Payne (2), W. Lane (2), J. Lane, Blakemore (pen)
19 25 December 1929 Brighton & Hove Albion H 5–2 14,612 J. Lane (2), Payne, W. Lane, Blakemore
20 26 December 1929 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–2 19,193
21 28 December 1929 Swindon Town A 2–0 4,317 Blakemore (2)
22 4 January 1930 Plymouth Argyle H 3–0 20,511 Foster, J. Lane
23 11 January 1930 Southend United A 0–2 6,456
24 18 January 1930 Merthyr Town A 3–2 2,103 Blakemore, J. Lane (2)
25 25 January 1930 Torquay United H 5–0 10,497 J. Lane, Foster, W. Lane (3)
26 1 February 1930 Newport County A 3–1 3,827 W. Lane (2), Foster
27 8 February 1930 Watford H 5–0 11,356 Payne, Blakemore, W. Lane (2), J. Lane
28 15 February 1930 Coventry City A 1–2 12,146 Blakemore
29 22 February 1930 Fulham H 5–1 21,966 Blakemore, W. Lane, J. Lane (3)
30 1 March 1930 Norwich City A 2–2 14,081 Foster (2)
31 8 March 1930 Crystal Palace H 2–0 19,555 W. Lane, Payne
32 15 March 1930 Gillingham A 3–1 6,749 Payne (2), W. Lane
33 22 March 1930 Northampton Town H 2–0 16,460 W. Lane (2)
34 26 March 1930 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 2–1 5,494 W. Lane, Payne (pen)
35 29 March 1930 Exeter City A 0–0 7,219
36 5 April 1930 Southend United H 2–1 13,255 Payne (2)
37 12 April 1930 Luton Town A 1–2 11,150 W. Lane
38 18 April 1930 Queens Park Rangers A 1–2 22,179 Blakemore
39 19 April 1930 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 1–0 7,694 J. Lane
40 21 April 1930 Queens Park Rangers H 3–0 18,549 W. Lane (3)
41 26 April 1930 Walsall A 2–1 2,917 W. Lane, Sherlaw
42 3 May 1930 Bristol Rovers A 1–4 6,402 J. Lane

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Attendance Result
1R 30 November 1929 Southend United A n/a 0–1

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1929–30 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Freddie Fox England (1898-11-22)22 November 1898 (aged 30) Halifax Town 1928
Defenders
DF Tom Adamson Scotland (1901-02-12)12 February 1901 (aged 28) Bury 1929
DF George Dumbrell England (1906-09-23)23 September 1906 (aged 22) Dartford 1928
DF William Hodge Scotland (1904-08-31)31 August 1904 (aged 25) Rangers 1927
DF Alexander Stevenson Scotland (1903-10-24)24 October 1903 (aged 25) Armadale 1927
Midfielders
HB Jimmy Bain Scotland (1899-02-06)6 February 1899 (aged 30) Manchester Central 1928
HB Bill Caesar England (1899-11-25)25 November 1899 (aged 29) Dulwich Hamlet 1929 Amateur
HB Reginald Davies (c) England (1897-09-30)30 September 1897 (aged 31) Portsmouth 1928
HB Harry Salt England (1899-01-20)20 January 1899 (aged 30) Crystal Palace 1929
HB Teddy Ware England (1906-09-17)17 September 1906 (aged 22) Chatham Town 1928
Forwards
FW Cecil Blakemore England (1897-12-08)8 December 1897 (aged 31) Bristol City 1929
FW Jackie Foster England (1903-03-21)21 March 1903 (aged 26) Bristol City 1929
FW Billy Lane England (1904-10-23)23 October 1904 (aged 24) Reading 1929
FW Jack Lane England (1898-05-29)29 May 1898 (aged 31) Chesterfield 1925
FW John Payne England (1906-01-03)3 January 1906 (aged 23) West Ham United 1929
FW David Sherlaw Scotland (1901-09-17)17 September 1901 (aged 27) Charlton Athletic 1928
FW Percy Whipp Scotland (1897-06-28)28 June 1897 (aged 32) Airdrieonians 1929
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Ernie Watkins England (1898-04-03)3 April 1898 (aged 31) Southend United 1926 Transferred to Millwall
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[6] Timeless Bees,[14] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[15]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Harry Curtis Manager
England Bob Kane 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 Freddie Fox 42 0 1 0 43 0
DF Scotland Tom Adamson 35 0 1 0 36 0
DF England George Dumbrell 9 0 0 0 9 0
DF Scotland William Hodge 8 0 0 0 8 0
DF Scotland Alexander Stevenson 32 0 1 0 33 0
HB Scotland Jimmy Bain 41 2 1 0 42 2
HB England Bill Caesar 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Reginald Davies 42 0 1 0 43 0
HB England Harry Salt 40 0 1 0 41 0
HB England Teddy Ware 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Cecil Blakemore 42 15 1 0 43 15
FW England Jackie Foster 41 6 1 0 42 6
FW England Jack Lane 34 19 1 0 35 19
FW England Billy Lane 42 33 1 0 43 33
FW England John Payne 42 16 1 0 43 16
FW Scotland David Sherlaw 1 1 0 0 1 1
FW England Ernie Watkins 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland Percy Whipp 7 1 0 0 7 1
  • 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 Billy Lane 33 0 33
FW England Jack Lane 19 0 19
FW England John Payne 16 0 16
FW England Cecil Blakemore 15 0 15
FW England Jackie Foster 6 0 6
HB Scotland Jimmy Bain 2 0 2
FW Scotland David Sherlaw 1 0 1
FW Scotland Percy Whipp 1 0 1
Opponents 1 0 1
Total 94 0 94
  • 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 %
Harry Curtis England 31 August 1929 3 May 1930 43 28 5 10 065.12 42 28 5 9 066.67

Summary[edit]

Games played 43 (42 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games won 28 (28 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games drawn 5 (5 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 10 (9 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 94 (94 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 45 (44 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 13 (13 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 6–0 versus Merthyr Town, 14 September 1929
Worst league defeat 4–1 versus Bristol Rovers, 3 May 1930
Most appearances 43, Freddie Fox, Reginald Davies, Cecil Blakemore, Billy Lane, John Payne (42 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 33, Billy Lane
Top scorer (all competitions) 33, Billy Lane

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
2 May 1929 FW England Cecil Blakemore England Bristol City £250 [3]
2 May 1929 FW England Jackie Foster England Bristol City £250 [3]
May 1929 FW England Billy Lane England Reading Exchange [8]
May 1929 HB England Harry Salt England Crystal Palace Free [16]
May 1929 DF England George Weeks England Southall Free [17]
1929 DF Scotland Tom Adamson England Bury Free [18]
1929 HB England Joe James England Battersea Church Free [19]
1929 FW England John Payne England West Ham United Free [20]
1929 FW Scotland Percy Whipp Scotland Airdrieonians Free [21]
March 1930 FW England George Barnes England Chesham United Amateur [22]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
May 1929 FW England Alfred Douglas England Reading Exchange [23]
October 1929 FW Scotland Andy Durnion England Gillingham n/a [23]
February 1930 FW England Ernie Watkins England Milwall n/a [24]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
November 1929 DF England Ted Winship Died of yellow jaundice [25]
May 1930 FW England George Barnes England Chesham United 1930 [22]
May 1930 HB Scotland Charlie Reddock England Thames 1930 [26]
May 1930 FW Scotland Percy Whipp England Swindon Town May 1930 [27]

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