1931–32 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1931–32 season
Chairman Louis P. Simon
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 5th
FA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Lane (22)
All: Lane (27)
Highest home attendance 26,139
Lowest home attendance 4,902
Average home league attendance 11,347

During the 1931–32 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. Despite leading the division for two months in mid-season, the Bees fell away to finish 5th.

Season summary[edit]

Future captain Joe James made his debut on 21 November 1931.[1]

Brentford manager Harry Curtis' additions to his squad for the 1931–32 Third Division South season were minor – backup goalkeeper Dave Smith, amateur half back Jackie Gibbons and forwards George Cook, George Robson and Bert Stephens. The team had a very strong first half of the season, rising to the top of the table by 5 December 1931 and staying there until 13 February 1932, when a run of just five defeats in 31 matches in all competitions came to an end.[2] Billy Lane kept up his prolific goalscoring form from the previous two seasons, scoring 20 goals in a 27 match spell, with Jackie Foster, Bill Berry and Jackie Gibbons also supporting with regular goals.[1]

As in the previous two seasons, Brentford's suffered a slump in the second half of the campaign, losing 9 of 14 matches between mid-February and late April to drop to as low as 9th, though two wins from the final two matches of the season elevated the side to a 5th-place finish.[2] Brentford had also reached the fourth round of the FA Cup for the second successive season, exiting the competition after a heavy 6–1 defeat at the hands of top-flight Manchester City at Maine Road.[2] It had been rumoured in April 1932 that manager Curtis had tendered his resignation, but chairman Louis P. Simon recognised his good work over the previous six years and persuaded him to stay.[3] A run of four successive home Football League draws during the season equalled the club record,[4] while Billy Lane's seventh and final Brentford hattrick (scored versus Coventry City on 12 September 1931) set a new club record.[5]

Reserve team[edit]

Brentford's reserve team finished as champions of the London Combination for the first time.[6] The team went undefeated at home from 21 November 1931, setting off a run which extended until 4 November 1933.[7] Ralph Allen captained the team and scored a large percentage of the goals.[7][8]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Fulham 42 15 3 3 72 27 9 6 6 39 35 111 62 1.790 +49 57
2 Reading 42 19 1 1 65 21 4 8 9 32 46 97 67 1.448 +30 55
3 Southend United 42 12 5 4 41 18 9 6 6 36 35 77 53 1.453 +24 53
4 Crystal Palace 42 14 7 0 48 12 6 4 11 26 51 74 63 1.175 +11 51
5 Brentford 42 11 6 4 40 22 8 4 9 28 30 68 52 1.308 +16 48
6 Luton Town 42 16 1 4 62 25 4 6 11 33 45 95 70 1.357 +25 47
7 Exeter City 42 16 3 2 53 16 4 4 13 24 46 77 62 1.242 +15 47
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 12 4 5 42 21 5 8 8 31 37 73 58 1.259 +15 46
9 Cardiff City 42 14 2 5 62 29 5 6 10 25 44 87 73 1.192 +14 46
10 Norwich City 42 12 7 2 51 22 5 5 11 25 45 76 67 1.134 +9 46
11 Watford 42 14 4 3 49 27 5 4 12 32 52 81 79 1.025 +2 46
12 Coventry City 42 17 2 2 74 28 1 6 14 34 69 108 97 1.113 +11 44
13 Queens Park Rangers 42 11 6 4 50 30 4 6 11 29 43 79 73 1.082 +6 42
14 Northampton Town 42 12 3 6 48 26 4 4 13 21 43 69 69 1.000 ±0 39
15 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 42 8 8 5 42 32 5 4 12 28 46 70 78 0.897 –8 38
16 Clapton Orient 42 7 8 6 41 35 5 3 13 36 55 77 90 0.856 –13 35
17 Swindon Town 42 12 2 7 47 31 2 4 15 23 53 70 84 0.833 –14 34
18 Bristol Rovers 42 11 6 4 46 30 2 2 17 19 62 65 92 0.707 –27 34
19 Torquay United 42 9 6 6 49 39 3 3 15 23 67 72 106 0.679 –34 33
20 Mansfield Town[notes2 1] 42 11 5 5 54 45 0 5 16 21 63 75 108 0.694 –33 32
21 Gillingham 42 8 6 7 26 26 2 2 17 14 56 40 82 0.488 –42 28
22 Thames 42 6 7 8 35 35 1 2 18 18 74 53 109 0.486 –56 23

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. ^ Mansfield Town were transferred to Third Division North for the following season.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)
(Thames decided not to seek 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 29 August 1931 Queens Park Rangers H 1–0 20,739 Robson
2 3 September 1931 Thames A 1–1 4,217 Cook
3 5 September 1931 Exeter City A 1–4 7,093 Lane
4 9 September 1931 Reading A 2–1 9,155 Lane, Foster
5 12 September 1931 Coventry City H 4–2 8,017 Lane (3), Foster
6 19 September 1931 Gillingham A 2–1 7,225 Lane, Foster
7 24 September 1931 Reading H 3–0 8,942 Lane (2), Foster
8 26 September 1931 Luton Town H 1–0 12,540 Burns
9 3 October 1931 Cardiff City A 2–3 9,521 Burns, Lane
10 10 October 1931 Northampton Town H 2–0 12,694 Lane (pen), Robson
11 17 October 1931 Bristol Rovers H 4–2 11,338 Burns, Robson (2 pens), Berry
12 24 October 1931 Torquay United A 1–1 4,650 Robson (pen)
13 31 October 1931 Clapton Orient H 3–0 11,295 Berry (2), Burns
14 7 November 1931 Swindon Town A 3–1 6,415 Lane, Foster (2)
15 14 November 1931 Norwich City H 0–1 11,484
16 21 November 1931 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–1 9,582 Lane, Berry
17 5 December 1931 Watford A 4–1 12,086 Robson, Foster, Lane (2)
18 19 December 1931 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 3–1 5,000 Lane, Foster, Burns
19 25 December 1931 Fulham H 0–0 26,139
20 26 December 1931 Fulham A 1–2 29,253 Robson
21 2 January 1932 Queens Park Rangers A 2–1 33,553 Lane (2)
22 13 January 1932 Mansfield Town H 1–1 4,902 Lane
23 16 January 1932 Exeter City H 2–2 11,981 Lane, Foster
24 28 January 1932 Coventry City A 1–0 6,172 Berry
25 30 January 1932 Gillingham H 1–1 11,361 Berry
26 6 February 1932 Luton Town A 1–1 7,402 Lane
27 13 February 1932 Cardiff City H 2–3 16,239 Crompton, Gibbins
28 20 February 1932 Northampton Town A 0–3 6,533
29 27 February 1932 Bristol Rovers A 0–2 6,114
30 5 March 1932 Torquay United H 3–2 11,293 Webster (og), Burns, Gibbins
31 12 March 1932 Clapton Orient A 2–2 10,700 Crompton, Foster
32 19 March 1932 Swindon Town H 2–0 10,179 Robson (pen), Foster
33 25 March 1932 Southend United H 2–3 15,237 Crompton, Gibbins
34 26 March 1932 Norwich City A 0–1 10,422
35 28 March 1932 Southend United A 0–1 17,313
36 2 April 1932 Brighton & Hove Albion H 2–2 9,107 Gibbins (2)
37 9 April 1932 Mansfield Town A 0–2 4,932
38 13 April 1932 Crystal Palace H 1–1 5,816 Lane
39 16 April 1932 Watford H 1–2 6,723 Burns
40 23 April 1932 Crystal Palace A 0–1 12,138
41 30 April 1932 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 4–2 5,906 Foster (2), Cook, Lane
42 7 May 1932 Thames H 1–0 6,364 Robson

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1R 28 November 1931 Tunbridge Wells Rangers A 1–1 5,680 Burns
1R (replay) 2 December 1931 Tunbridge Wells Rangers H 2–1 10,000 Lane (pen), Burns
2R 12 December 1931 Norwich City H 4–1 17,050 Lane (2), Robson, Berry
3R 9 January 1932 Bath City H 2–0 15,700 Lane, Berry
4R 23 January 1932 Manchester City A 1–6 56,190 Lane

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1931–32 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Edward Nash England (1902-04-12)12 April 1902 (aged 29) Swindon Town 1930
GK Dave Smith Scotland (1903-07-06)6 July 1903 (aged 28) Gillingham 1931
Defenders
DF Tom Adamson Scotland (1901-02-12)12 February 1901 (aged 30) Bury 1929
DF Bill Bann Scotland (1902-08-15)15 August 1902 (aged 29) Tottenham Hotspur 1930
DF William Hodge Scotland (1904-08-31)31 August 1904 (aged 26) Rangers 1927
DF Alexander Stevenson Scotland (1903-10-24)24 October 1903 (aged 27) Armadale 1927
DF George Weeks England (1902-08-05)5 August 1902 (aged 29) Southall 1929
Midfielders
HB Jimmy Bain (c) Scotland (1899-02-06)6 February 1899 (aged 32) Manchester Central 1928
HB Jackie Burns England (1906-11-27)27 November 1906 (aged 24) Queens Park Rangers 1931 Amateur
HB Joe James England (1910-01-13)13 January 1910 (aged 21) Battersea Church 1929
HB Harry Salt England (1899-01-20)20 January 1899 (aged 32) Crystal Palace 1929
HB Teddy Ware England (1906-09-17)17 September 1906 (aged 24) Chatham Town 1928
Forwards
FW Ralph Allen England (1906-06-30)30 June 1906 (aged 25) Fulham 1930
FW Bill Berry England (1904-08-18)18 August 1904 (aged 27) Gillingham 1926
FW George Cook England (1895-02-27)27 February 1895 (aged 36) Tottenham Hotspur 1931
FW Arthur Crompton England (1903-01-09)9 January 1903 (aged 28) Southend United 1932
FW Jackie Foster England (1903-03-21)21 March 1903 (aged 28) Bristol City 1929
FW Vivian Gibbins England (1901-08-10)10 August 1901 (aged 30) Clapton 1932 Amateur
FW Billy Lane England (1904-10-23)23 October 1904 (aged 26) Reading 1929
FW Herbert Lawson England (1905-04-12)12 April 1905 (aged 26) Arsenal 1927
FW George Robson England (1908-06-17)17 June 1908 (aged 23) West Ham United 1931
FW Bert Stephens England (1909-05-13)13 May 1909 (aged 22) Ealing Association 1931
FW Les Wilkins Wales (1907-01-21)21 January 1907 (aged 24) West Ham United 1931
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[1] Timeless Bees,[9] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939[10]

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 Edward Nash 35 0 5 0 40 0
GK Scotland Dave Smith 7 0 0 0 7 0
DF Scotland Tom Adamson 35 0 5 0 40 0
DF Scotland Bill Bann 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF Scotland William Hodge 29 0 3 0 32 0
DF Scotland Alexander Stevenson 14 0 2 0 16 0
DF England George Weeks 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB Scotland Jimmy Bain 37 0 3 0 40 0
HB England Jackie Burns 36 7 5 2 41 7
HB England Joe James 5 0 2 0 7 0
HB England Harry Salt 13 0 0 0 13 0
HB England Teddy Ware 41 0 5 0 46 0
FW England Ralph Allen 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England Bill Berry 31 6 5 2 36 8
FW England George Cook 14 3 1 0 15 3
FW England Arthur Crompton 12 3 12 3
FW England Jackie Foster 40 12 5 0 45 12
FW England Vivian Gibbins 8 5 8 5
FW England Billy Lane 37 22 5 5 42 27
FW England Herbert Lawson 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW England George Robson 38 9 5 1 43 10
FW England Bert Stephens 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Wales Les Wilkins 17 0 4 0 21 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[1]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Billy Lane 22 5 27
FW England Jackie Foster 12 0 12
FW England George Robson 9 1 10
FW England Bill Berry 6 2 8
HB England Jackie Burns 7 2 5
FW England Vivian Gibbins 5 5
FW England Arthur Crompton 3 3
FW England George Cook 3 0 3
Opponents 1 0 1
Total 68 10 78
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[1]

Amateur international caps[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Caps Goals Ref
FW England Jackie Burns 3 0 [11]
FW England Vivian Gibbins 2 0 [11]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Harry Curtis England 9 August 1931 7 May 1932 47 22 11 14 046.81 42 19 10 13 045.24

Summary[edit]

Games played 47 (42 Third Division South, 5 FA Cup)
Games won 22 (19 Third Division South, 3 FA Cup)
Games drawn 11 (10 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games lost 14 (13 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 78 (68 Third Division South, 10 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 61 (52 Third Division South, 9 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 10 (9 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 on two occasions; 4–1 versus Watford, 5 December 1931
Worst league defeat 3–0 versus Northampton Town, 20 February 1932; 4–1 versus Exeter City, 5 September 1931
Most appearances 46, Teddy Ware (41 Third Division South, 5 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 22, Billy Lane
Top scorer (all competitions) 27, Billy Lane

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
May 1931 HB England Jackie Burns England Queens Park Rangers Amateur [12]
August 1931 FW England George Cook England Tottenham Hotspur n/a [3]
1931 FW England Andy Anderson England Blyth Spartans n/a [3]
1931 FW Scotland Malcolm Comrie Scotland Denny Hibernians n/a [3]
1931 HB England Cecil Smith England Brentford Market Free [13]
1931 GK Scotland Dave Smith England Gillingham Free [13]
1931 FW England Bert Stephens England Ealing Association Free [14]
February 1932 FW England Arthur Crompton England Southend United n/a [15]
February 1932 FW England Vivian Gibbins England Clapton Amateur [16]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1932 FW England Andy Anderson n/a n/a [3]
May 1932 DF Scotland Bill Bann England Bristol Rovers 4 June 1932
May 1932 FW England George Cook Wales Colwyn Bay United 1932 [17]
May 1932 HB England Reginald Davies England Mansfield Town 1932 [18]
May 1932 FW England Vivian Gibbins England Bristol Rovers Amateur [16]
May 1932 GK England Edward Nash England Crystal Palace August 1932 [19]
May 1932 HB England Harry Salt England Walsall 1932 [20]
May 1932 GK Scotland Dave Smith Scotland Nithsdale Wanderers 1932 [13]
May 1932 DF England George Weeks England Watford July 1932 [21]
May 1932 FW Wales Les Wilkins England Swindon Town 1932 [22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f White 1989, p. 371.
  2. ^ a b c Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford results for the 1931-1932 season - Statto.com". Statto.com. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 132–135. ISBN 0951526200. 
  4. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Harefield, Middlesex: Yore Publications. p. 78. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  5. ^ "Brentford FC They played for both: Bristol City". Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 83.
  7. ^ a b Haynes 1998, p. 108-110.
  8. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 10.
  9. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  10. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. ISBN 190589161X. 
  11. ^ a b "England Matches – The Amateurs 1906–1939". www.englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1931–32". 
  13. ^ a b c Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 147.
  14. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 154.
  15. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 42.
  16. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 64.
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 39.
  18. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 45-46.
  19. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 114.
  20. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 140.
  21. ^ "Watford Football Club archive 1881–2016: Players – Waugh to Williams" (PDF). 
  22. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 169.