1930–31 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1930–31 season
Chairman Louis P. Simon
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 3rd
FA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: W. Lane (27)
All: W. Lane (32)
Highest home attendance 23,544
Lowest home attendance 2,306
Average home league attendance 8,236

During the 1930–31 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. Despite failing to challenge for promotion, the Bees finished in 3rd place and advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in four years.

Season summary[edit]

Inside right Jack Lane, one of Brentford's great players of the 1920s and early 1930s, transferred out of the club in January 1931.

Brentford entered the 1930–31 Third Division South season with largely the same personnel which secured a runners-up finish the previous year. The only significant signing was goalkeeper Edward Nash from Swindon Town in September 1930, to cover for Freddie Fox,[1] from whom Nash would take over the goalkeeping position during the second half of the season.[2] The previous season's prolific forward line of Billy Lane, Jack Lane and Cecil Blakemore again showed excellent goalscoring form during the first half of the season, with Bill Berry returning to the fold after a season in the reserve team and replacing the out-of-form John Payne.[2]

Despite the large number of goals, the team's form was patchy, though a run of 8 defeats in 15 league matches between 27 September and 27 December 1930 only dropped the Bees from 5th to 7th position.[3] An 8–2 victory over Crystal Palace on Christmas Day was Brentford's biggest win of the season and equalled the club record for highest aggregate score in a Football League match.[4] The Bees also embarked on a run to the fourth round of the FA Cup, falling to First Division Portsmouth at Griffin Park.[3] Despite the transfer of 19-goal Jack Lane to Crystal Palace in January 1931,[5] Brentford's form improved,[3] with Billy Lane continuing to score and new forward signings George Robson and Les Wilkins making a contribution.[2] 9 wins in the final 31 matches saw the Bees finish the season in 3rd place,[3] 9 points behind champions Notts County.[6]

Brentford's 1930–31 season is notable for the amount of hat-tricks scored, with Billy Lane claiming three, Jack Lane two and Frederick Gamble one,[2] which convinced West Ham United to sign Gamble in exchange for Les Wilkins in February 1931, despite Gamble having made only 13 appearances in just under two years.[7] During the season, Billy Lane and Jack Lane each scored a hat-trick in the same match twice during a one-month period – in the 6–1 FA Cup first round victory over Ilford on 29 November 1930 and in the 8–2 league victory over Crystal Palace on Christmas Day.[8] Jack Lane's only goal of the game versus Norwich City in the FA Cup second round on 13 December 1930 marked the first time in the club's Football League history that three players had reached 10 goals for the season prior to Christmas Day.[9] The other goalscorers then on double figures were Billy Lane and Cecil Blakemore.[9]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts Notes
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Notts County 42 16 4 1 58 13 8 7 6 39 33 97 46 2.109 +51 59
2 Crystal Palace 42 17 2 2 71 20 5 5 11 36 51 107 71 1.507 +36 51 [notes 1]
3 Brentford 42 14 3 4 62 30 8 3 10 28 34 90 64 1.406 +26 50
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 13 5 3 45 20 4 10 7 23 33 68 53 1.283 +15 49
5 Southend United 42 16 0 5 53 26 6 5 10 23 34 76 60 1.267 +16 49
6 Northampton Town 42 10 6 5 37 20 8 6 7 40 39 77 59 1.305 +18 48
7 Luton Town 42 15 3 3 61 17 4 5 12 15 34 76 51 1.490 +25 46
8 Queens Park Rangers 42 15 0 6 57 23 5 3 13 25 52 82 75 1.093 +7 43
9 Fulham 42 15 3 3 49 21 3 4 14 28 54 77 75 1.027 +2 43
10 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 11 7 3 39 22 4 6 11 33 51 72 73 0.986 –1 43
11 Torquay United 42 13 5 3 56 26 4 4 13 24 58 80 84 0.952 –4 43
12 Swindon Town 42 15 5 1 68 29 3 1 17 21 65 89 94 0.947 –5 42
13 Exeter City 42 12 6 3 55 35 5 2 14 29 55 84 90 0.933 –6 42
14 Coventry City 42 11 4 6 55 28 5 5 11 20 37 75 65 1.154 +10 41
15 Bristol Rovers 42 12 3 6 49 36 4 5 12 26 56 75 92 0.815 –17 40
16 Gillingham 42 10 6 5 40 29 4 4 13 21 47 61 76 0.803 –15 38
17 Walsall 42 9 5 7 44 38 5 4 12 34 57 78 95 0.821 –17 37 [notes 2]
18 Watford 42 9 4 8 41 29 5 3 13 31 46 72 75 0.960 –3 35
19 Clapton Orient 42 12 3 6 47 33 2 4 15 16 58 63 91 0.692 –28 35
20 Thames 42 12 5 4 34 20 1 3 17 20 73 54 93 0.581 –39 34
21 Newport County 42 10 5 6 45 31 1 1 19 24 80 69 111 0.622 –42 28 [notes 3]
22 Norwich City 42 10 7 4 37 20 0 1 20 10 56 47 76 0.618 –29 28

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. ^ Eight teams, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday (First Division), Everton (Second Division), Chesterfield, Lincoln City, Tranmere Rovers (Third Division North) and Crystal Palace (Third Division South) all scored over 100 goals, the most in Football League history.
  2. ^ Walsall were transferred to Third Division North for the following season.
  3. ^ Newport County appear to have failed in the re-election process this year, but they were back in the league for the 1932–33 season.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league
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) Notes
1 30 August 1930 Luton Town A 1–1 11,686 Foster
2 3 September 1930 Northampton Town H 0–4 11,356
3 6 September 1930 Bristol Rovers H 4–0 9,919 Blakemore (2), W. Lane (2)
4 8 September 1930 Fulham A 1–1 12,248 W. Lane
5 13 September 1930 Newport County A 2–0 2,758 W. Lane
6 17 September 1930 Fulham H 4–1 9,564 W. Lane (2), J. Lane, Payne
7 20 September 1930 Gillingham H 1–1 9,407 Payne
8 24 September 1930 Notts County H 2–2 9,999 Blakemore (pen), W. Lane
9 27 September 1930 Exeter City A 0–4 5,352
10 4 October 1930 Brighton & Hove Albion H 3–2 9,348 W. Lane, Blakemore, J. Lane
11 11 October 1930 Torquay United A 3–0 6,944 J. Lane, Hill (og), W. Lane
12 18 October 1930 Coventry City H 1–2 10,244 W. Lane
13 25 October 1930 Walsall A 4–1 2,943 J. Lane, W. Lane, Berry
14 1 November 1930 Queens Park Rangers H 5–3 10,857 Berry (2), J. Lane, Blakemore (2, 1 pen)
15 8 November 1930 Norwich City A 0–3 9,172
16 15 November 1930 Thames H 6–1 7,211 Berry (2), J. Lane, Blakemore (2), W. Lane (2)
17 22 November 1930 Clapton Orient N 0–3 8,319 [nb 1]
18 6 December 1930 Watford A 3–1 6,775 W. Lane, Berry, Blakemore (pen)
19 18 December 1930 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 1–2 2,306 J. Lane
20 20 December 1930 Swindon Town A 2–3 4,728 Blakemore, J. Lane
21 25 December 1930 Crystal Palace H 8–2 11,770 J. Lane (3), Berry (2), W. Lane (3)
22 26 December 1930 Crystal Palace A 1–5 15,853 W. Lane
23 27 December 1930 Luton Town H 0–1 7,353
24 3 January 1931 Bristol Rovers A 5–2 7,449 W. Lane (3), Berry (2)
25 17 January 1931 Newport County H 3–2 7,170 J. Lane, Berry, W. Lane
26 28 January 1931 Gillingham A 1–1 2,547 J. Lane
27 31 January 1931 Exeter City H 2–1 7,575 Gamble, Berry
28 7 February 1931 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–1 9,451
29 14 February 1931 Torquay United H 0–0 6,464
30 21 February 1931 Coventry City A 1–0 9,651 Blakemore
31 28 February 1931 Walsall H 6–1 7,117 Berry (2), Gamble (3), John (og)
32 7 March 1931 Queens Park Rangers A 1–3 10,331 Sherlaw
33 14 March 1931 Norwich City H 3–1 9,013 (og), Robson, Wilkins
34 21 March 1931 Thames A 0–2 3,675
35 28 March 1931 Clapton Orient H 3–0 7,757 W. Lane, Robson, Berry
36 3 April 1931 Southend United H 3–1 6,027 W. Lane, Blakemore, Robson
37 4 April 1931 Notts County A 0–1 14,759
38 6 April 1931 Southend United A 1–0 9,969 Berry
39 11 April 1931 Watford H 2–1 8,163 W. Lane, Blakemore (pen)
40 18 April 1931 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0–1 3,662
41 25 April 1931 Swindon Town H 5–2 4,327 Berry (2), W. Lane, Robson
42 2 May 1931 Northampton Town A 2–1 3,698 Sherlaw, Berry

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1R 29 November 1930 Ilford A 6–1 5,718 W. Lane (3), J. Lane (3)
2R 13 December 1930 Norwich City H 1–0 12,000 J. Lane
3R 10 January 1931 Cardiff City H 2–2 16,500 Berry, W. Lane
3R (replay) 14 January 1931 Cardiff City A 2–1 25,000 W. Lane, J. Lane
4R 24 January 1931 Portsmouth H 0–1 23,544

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1930–31 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 31) Halifax Town 1928
GK Frank McDonough England (1899-12-24)24 December 1899 (aged 30) Annfield Plain 1930
GK Edward Nash England (1902-04-12)12 April 1902 (aged 28) Swindon Town 1930
Defenders
DF Tom Adamson Scotland (1901-02-12)12 February 1901 (aged 29) Bury 1929
DF Bill Bann Scotland (1902-08-15)15 August 1902 (aged 28) Tottenham Hotspur 1930
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 26) Armadale 1927
Midfielders
HB Jimmy Bain Scotland (1899-02-06)6 February 1899 (aged 31) Manchester Central 1928
HB Reginald Davies (c) England (1897-09-30)30 September 1897 (aged 32) Portsmouth 1928
HB Harry Salt England (1899-01-20)20 January 1899 (aged 31) Crystal Palace 1929
HB Teddy Ware England (1906-09-17)17 September 1906 (aged 23) Chatham Town 1928
Forwards
FW Ralph Allen England (1906-06-30)30 June 1906 (aged 24) Fulham 1930
FW Bill Berry England (1904-08-18)18 August 1904 (aged 26) Gillingham 1926
FW Cecil Blakemore England (1897-12-08)8 December 1897 (aged 32) Bristol City 1929
FW Jackie Foster England (1903-03-21)21 March 1903 (aged 27) Bristol City 1929
FW Billy Lane England (1904-10-23)23 October 1904 (aged 25) Reading 1929
FW Herbert Lawson England (1905-04-12)12 April 1905 (aged 25) Arsenal 1927
FW George Robson England (1908-06-17)17 June 1908 (aged 22) West Ham United 1931
FW James Shaw England (1904-08-08)8 August 1904 (aged 26) Arsenal 1930
FW David Sherlaw Scotland (1901-09-17)17 September 1901 (aged 28) Charlton Athletic 1928
FW Norman Thomson Scotland (1901-02-20)20 February 1901 (aged 29) Norwich City 1930
FW Les Wilkins Wales (1907-01-21)21 January 1907 (aged 23) West Ham United 1931
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Frederick Gamble England (1905-05-29)29 May 1905 (aged 25) Southall 1928 Transferred to West Ham United
FW Jack Lane England (1898-05-29)29 May 1898 (aged 32) Chesterfield 1925 Transferred to Crystal Palace
FW John Payne England (1906-01-03)3 January 1906 (aged 24) West Ham United 1929 Transferred to Manchester City
FW Les Roberts England (1901-05-28)28 May 1901 (aged 29) Swindon Town 1930 Transferred to Manchester City
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[2] Timeless Bees,[10] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[11]

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 19 0 2 0 21 0
GK England Frank McDonough 2 0 0 0 2 0
GK England Edward Nash 21 0 3 0 24 0
DF Scotland Tom Adamson 36 0 5 0 41 0
DF Scotland Bill Bann 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF Scotland William Hodge 19 0 0 0 19 0
DF Scotland Alexander Stevenson 26 0 5 0 31 0
HB Scotland Jimmy Bain 42 0 5 0 47 0
HB England Reginald Davies 38 0 4 0 42 0
HB England Harry Salt 25 0 5 0 30 0
HB England Teddy Ware 17 0 0 0 17 0
FW England Ralph Allen 2 0 2 0
FW England Bill Berry 32 18 5 1 37 19
FW England Cecil Blakemore 35 13 5 0 40 13
FW England Jackie Foster 39 1 5 0 44 1
FW England Frederick Gamble 6 4 0 0 6 4
FW England Billy Lane 33 27 5 5 38 32
FW England Jack Lane 25 14 5 5 30 19
FW England Herbert Lawson 4 0 1 0 5 0
FW England John Payne 10 2 0 0 10 2
FW England Les Roberts 5 0 0 0 5 0
FW England George Robson 13 5 13 5
FW England James Shaw 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland David Sherlaw 6 2 0 0 6 2
FW Scotland Norman Thomson 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Wales Les Wilkins 2 1 2 1
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Billy Lane 27 5 32
FW England Bill Berry 18 1 19
FW England Jack Lane 14 5 19
FW England Cecil Blakemore 13 0 13
FW England George Robson 5 5
FW England Frederick Gamble 4 0 4
FW England John Payne 2 0 2
FW Scotland David Sherlaw 2 0 2
FW Wales Les Wilkins 1 1
FW England Jackie Foster 1 0 1
Opponents 3 0 3
Total 90 11 101
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[2]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Harry Curtis England 30 August 1930 2 May 1931 47 25 7 15 053.19 42 22 6 14 052.38

Summary[edit]

Games played 47 (42 Third Division South, 5 FA Cup)
Games won 25 (22 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Games drawn 7 (6 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games lost 15 (14 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 101 (90 Third Division South, 11 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 69 (64 Third Division South, 5 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 8 (7 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 8–2 versus Crystal Palace, 25 December 1930
Worst league defeat 4–0 on two occasions
Most appearances 47, Jimmy Bain (42 Third Division South, 5 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 27, Billy Lane
Top scorer (all competitions) 32, Billy Lane

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
May 1930 FW England James Shaw England Arsenal Free [12]
September 1930 GK England Edward Nash England Swindon Town n/a [1]
1930 DF Scotland Bill Bann England Tottenham Hotspur Free [13]
1930 GK England Frank McDonough England Annfield Plain Free [14]
1930 FW England Les Roberts England Swindon Town Free [15]
1930 FW Scotland Norman Thomson England Norwich City Free [16]
February 1931 FW England George Robson England West Ham United n/a [17]
February 1931 FW Wales Les Wilkins England West Ham United Exchange [18]
March 1931 FW England Ralph Allen England Fulham Free [19]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
1930 DF England George Dumbrell England Leicester City £1,750 [20]
29 January 1931 FW England Jack Lane England Crystal Palace n/a [21]
January 1931 FW England John Payne England Manchester City n/a [22]
January 1931 FW England Les Roberts England Manchester City n/a [15]
February 1931 FW England Frederick Gamble England West Ham United Exchange [7]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1931 FW England Cecil Blakemore England Norwich City 1931 [23]
May 1931 GK England Freddie Fox England Truro City n/a [24]
May 1931 GK England Frank McDonough England Thames 1931 [14]
May 1931 FW England James Shaw England Gillingham 1931 [25]
May 1931 HB Wales Martin Woosnam England Thames 1931 [26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match played at Wembley Stadium, London due to Clapton Orient's Lea Bridge Stadium being temporarily closed due it failing to satisfy Football League requirements. This is the only occasion on which Brentford have played a league match on neutral territory.

References[edit]

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  15. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 134-135.
  16. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 160.
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 136.
  18. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 169.
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  23. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 21.
  24. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 59-60.
  25. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 144.
  26. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 172.