1941–42 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1941–42 season
Chairman Louis P. Simon
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
London League 9th
London War Cup Winners
War Cup Winners' Match Draw
Top goalscorer League: Perry (16)
All: Perry (20)
Highest home attendance 12,000
Lowest home attendance 3,000

During the 1941–42 English football season, Brentford competed in the London League, due to the cessation of competitive football for the duration of the Second World War. Despite scoring over 80 goals in what proved to be a forgettable season in the league, the Bees won the London War Cup, emerging victorious in what is as of June 2016, the club's only victory at Wembley Stadium.

Season summary[edit]

Pre-war Brentford wing half Tally Sneddon returned to the club as a guest from Swansea Town in January 1942.

With the Second World War in full swing, the Football League's London clubs took a stand against the Football League and its upcoming regional competition for the 1941–42 season, citing the financial difficulties of raising a team during wartime and having to travel long distances to away matches.[1] The rebel clubs broke away and would compete in the London League during the 1941–42 season.[1] Brentford began the season with a heavily depleted squad, with no goalkeeper available for the entirety of the season and just five of the club's 12 available outfield players made over 30 appearances during the 40-match campaign.[2] Despite 16 goals in 19 appearances and 14 in 24 from returning guest forwards Eddie Perry and Douglas Hunt respectively,[2] Brentford finished 9th of 16 teams in the London League.[3] The team scored 80 goals, but the lack of a first team goalkeeper saw eight guests wear the jersey and concede 76 goals between them.[3]

After finishing as runners-up in the previous season's London War Cup final,[4] attentions turned to the 1941–42 edition of the competition when the group stage kicked off on 21 March 1942.[2] Aided by goals from all across the forward line,[2] Brentford finished the group stage unbeaten as leaders.[5] The Bees faced Arsenal in the semi-final at Stamford Bridge, drawing 0–0.[2] The two sides met again for the replay White Hart Lane a fortnight later, with goals from George Wilkins, Douglas Hunt and a late penalty save from John Jackson ensuring Brentford's passage through to the final versus Portsmouth, who had beaten Charlton Athletic in the other semi-final on 26 April.[1] Brentford and Portsmouth faced off at Wembley Stadium on 30 May and two goals from Les Smith saw the Bees run out 2–0 winners, in what is still the Bees' only victory at Wembley Stadium.[6] The 69,792 crowd is still the largest attendance at any Brentford match.[7] Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers met in a North versus South cup winners' charity match a week later, drawing 1–1 at Stamford Bridge to bring an end to the 1941–42 season.[2]

On the night of 1/2 March 1942, Percy Saunders, a pre-war Brentford player, was killed when his ship was torpedoed in the Indian Ocean.[8] The inside forward had made his final appearance for the club in January 1940 and was serving as a sergeant in the 18th Divisional Workshops of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.[9] Saunders was the only former Brentford player to be killed in action during the Second World War.[9]

Tables[edit]

London League[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
8 Charlton Athletic 30 14 5 11 72 64 33
9 Brentford 30 14 2 14 80 76 30
10 Queens Park Rangers 30 11 3 16 52 59 25

Source: Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

London War Cup Group 2[edit]

Pos Club P W D L F A Pts
1 Brentford 6 4 2 0 17 9 10
2 Queens Park Rangers 6 2 3 1 15 12 7
3 Millwall 6 2 1 3 8 7 5
4 Aldershot 6 1 0 5 8 20 2

Source: A Record Of British Wartime Football[5]

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

London League[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1 30 August 1941 Arsenal H 4–1 12,000 Hapgood (og), Wilkins, Perry, L. Smith
2 6 September 1941 Queens Park Rangers A 4–3 8,000 Hunt, Wilkins, Perry
3 13 September 1941 Reading H 3–2 6,100 Perry (2), Wilkins
4 20 September 1941 Brighton & Hove Albion A 2–2 5,000 Perry, Hunt
5 27 September 1941 Clapton Orient A 3–1 3,500 Perry, L. Smith, Hopkins
6 4 October 1941 Crystal Palace H 1–2 5,000 Perry
7 11 October 1941 Fulham A 3–4 6,000 Townsend, Smale, Perry
8 18 October 1941 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–4 6,000 Hunt
9 25 October 1941 Portsmouth A 1–2 5,000 Hunt
10 1 November 1941 Chelsea H 3–1 4,650 Perry, James, Hunt
11 8 November 1941 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 6,320 L. Smith, Hunt
12 15 November 1941 West Ham United H 0–5 5,000
13 22 November 1941 Watford A 6–1 4,000 Hopkins (2), Perry (4)
14 29 November 1941 Aldershot H 5–1 4,410 Hopkins, Hunt (2), Townsend, Duns
15 6 December 1941 Millwall A 2–4 2,000 Muttitt, Townsend
16 13 December 1941 Arsenal A 3–1 9,739 L. Smith, Duns, Perry
17 20 December 1941 Queens Park Rangers H 4–3 3,500 Townsend (3), Hunt
18 25 December 1941 Reading A 3–4 n/a Townsend, Hopkins, L. Smith
19 27 December 1941 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4–2 5,000 Townsend (2), Tooze (og), L. Smith
20 3 January 1942 Clapton Orient H 5–2 3,420 Barnes (og), Holliday (2), McKenzie
21 10 January 1942 Crystal Palace A 0–2 6,000
22 17 January 1942 Fulham H 2–3 3,000 L. Smith, Hopkins
23 31 January 1942 Portsmouth H 2–5 3,820 Wilkins, Holliday
24 7 February 1942 Chelsea A 1–1 3,135 Wilkins
25 14 February 1942 Charlton Athletic A 2–3 3,909 Perry, Duncan
26 21 February 1942 West Ham United A 1–2 4,000 Hunt
27 28 February 1942 Watford H 5–3 3,110 L. Smith, Hunt (2), Hopkins (2)
28 7 March 1942 Aldershot A 3–6 3,000 Hopkins, Hunt, McKenzie
29 14 March 1942 Millwall H 4–3 4,500 Hopkins, L. Smith, Cardwell (og), Hunt
30 25 April 1942 Tottenham Hotspur A 1–2 6,000 Sneddon

London War Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s) Notes
Grp 21 March 1942 Aldershot H 6–2 5,120 Hunt (2), L. Smith, Perry, Wilkins
Grp 28 March 1942 Millwall H 3–3 3,500 Perry, McKenzie (pen)
Grp 4 April 1942 Queens Park Rangers A 2–1 3,000 Cheetham, Hunt
Grp 6 April 1942 Millwall A 2–2 n/a Cheetham (2)
Grp 11 April 1942 Queens Park Rangers H 1–0 7,310 Perry
Grp 18 April 1942 Aldershot A 3–1 4,000 Hopkins, L. Smith, J. Smith
SF 2 May 1942 Arsenal N 0–0 41,154 [nb 1]
SF (replay) 16 May 1942 Arsenal N 2–1 40,000 Wilkins, Hunt [nb 2]
F 30 May 1942 Portsmouth N 2–0 69,752 L. Smith (2) [nb 3]

War Cup Winners' Match[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer Notes
6 June 1942 Wolverhampton Wanderers N 1–1 20,174 Collett [nb 1]
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1941–42 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Defenders
DF Buster Brown England (1910-09-06)6 September 1910 (aged 30) Huddersfield Town 1937
DF George Poyser England (1910-02-06)6 February 1910 (aged 31) Port Vale 1934
Midfielders
HB Vic Aicken Ireland (1914-10-29)29 October 1914 (aged 26) Glentoran 1937 Guest for Clapton Orient
HB Jack Holliday England (1908-12-19)19 December 1908 (aged 32) Middlesbrough 1932
HB Joe James England (1910-01-13)13 January 1910 (aged 31) Battersea Church 1929
HB Tom Manley England (1912-10-07)7 October 1912 (aged 28) Manchester United 1939
HB Ernest Muttitt England (1908-07-24)24 July 1908 (aged 33) Middlesbrough 1932
Forwards
FW Tommy Cheetham England (1910-10-11)11 October 1910 (aged 30) Queens Park Rangers 1939 Guest for Lincoln City
FW Idris Hopkins Wales (1910-10-11)11 October 1910 (aged 30) Crystal Palace 1932
FW Les Smith England (1918-03-13)13 March 1918 (aged 23) Petersham 1934
FW Len Townsend England (1917-08-31)31 August 1917 (aged 23) Hayes 1937 Guest for Chelsea
FW George Wilkins England (1919-10-27)27 October 1919 (aged 21) Hayes 1939
Guest players
GK Sam Bartram England (1914-01-22)22 January 1914 (aged 27) Charlton Athletic 1941 Guest from Charlton Athletic
GK Harry Brown England (1924-04-09)9 April 1924 (aged 17) Queens Park Rangers 1942 Guest from Queens Park Rangers
GK David Davison England n/a Blackburn Rovers 1941 Guest from Blackburn Rovers
GK Harry Dukes England (1912-03-31)31 March 1912 (aged 29) Norwich City 1941 Guest from Norwich City
GK John Jackson Scotland (1906-11-29)29 November 1906 (aged 34) Chelsea 1941 Guest from Chelsea
GK George Poland Wales (1913-09-21)21 September 1913 (aged 27) Wrexham 1941 Guest from Wrexham
GK Jock Purdie England (1918-05-24)24 May 1918 (aged 23) Bradford City 1942 Guest from Bradford City
GK Horace Rickett England (1912-01-03)3 January 1912 (aged 29) Southend United 1942 Guest from Southend United
DF Doug Anderson Scotland (1914-03-25)25 March 1914 (aged 27) Aberdeen 1941 Guest from Aberdeen
DF Jimmy Harrison England (1921-02-12)12 February 1921 (aged 20) Leicester City 1941 Guest from Leicester City
HB Ernie Collett England (1914-11-17)17 November 1914 (aged 26) Arsenal 1942 Guest from Arsenal
HB Duncan McKenzie Scotland (1912-08-10)10 August 1912 (aged 29) Middlesbrough 1941 Guest from Middlesbrough
HB Tally Sneddon Scotland (1914-04-01)1 April 1914 (aged 27) Swansea Town 1942 Guest from Swansea Town
HB Bill Whittaker England (1922-12-20)20 December 1922 (aged 18) Charlton Athletic 1942 Guest from Charlton Athletic
FW Albert Bonass England (1911-05-29)29 May 1911 (aged 30) Queens Park Rangers 1941 Guest from Queens Park Rangers
FW Andy Duncan Scotland (1911-01-25)25 January 1911 (aged 30) Tottenham Hotspur 1942 Guest from Tottenham Hotspur
FW Len Duns England (1916-09-26)26 September 1916 (aged 24) Sunderland 1941 Guest from Sunderland
FW Douglas Hunt England (1914-05-19)19 May 1914 (aged 27) Sheffield Wednesday 1942 Guest from Sheffield Wednesday
FW Eric Jones England (1915-02-15)15 February 1915 (aged 26) West Bromwich Albion 1942 Guest from West Bromwich Albion
FW Tommy Kiernan Scotland (1918-10-20)20 October 1918 (aged 22) Albion Rovers 1942 Guest from Albion Rovers
FW David McCulloch Scotland (1912-10-05)5 October 1912 (aged 28) Derby County 1941 Guest from Derby County
FW Tom Peacock England (1912-09-14)14 September 1912 (aged 28) Nottingham Forest 1942 Guest from Nottingham Forest
FW Eddie Perry Wales (1909-01-19)19 January 1909 (aged 32) Doncaster Rovers 1941 Guest from Doncaster Rovers
FW Douglas Smale England (1916-03-27)27 March 1916 (aged 25) Chelsea 1941 Guest from Chelsea
FW John Smith England 1921 (aged 20–21) Chelsea 1942 Guest from Chelsea
FW Trevor Smith England (1910-09-08)8 September 1910 (aged 29) Crystal Palace 1941 Guest from Crystal Palace
  • Sources: Timeless Bees,[10] Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939,[11] 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Harry Curtis Manager
Scotland Jimmy Bain Assistant Manager
England Bob Kane Trainer
England Jack Cartmell Assistant Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League L War Cup Cup Win. Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
DF England Buster Brown 29 0 9 0 1 0 39 0
DF England George Poyser 24 0 8 0 1 0 33 0
HB Ireland Vic Aicken 7 0 7 0
HB England Jack Holliday 18 3 18 3
HB England Joe James 30 1 7 0 1 0 38 1
HB England Ernest Muttitt 12 1 1 0 13 1
HB England Tom Manley 1 0 1 0
FW England Tommy Cheetham 2 3 2 3
FW Wales Idris Hopkins 28 11 9 1 1 0 38 12
FW England Les Smith 20 9 9 4 1 0 30 13
FW England Len Townsend 13 9 13 9
FW England George Wilkins 17 5 7 3 1 0 25 8
Players guested during the season
GK England Harry Brown 1 0 1 0 2 0
GK England David Davison 1 0 1 0
GK England Harry Dukes 1 0 1 0
GK Scotland John Jackson 8 0 3 0 1 0 12 0
GK Wales George Poland 14 0 5 0 19 0
GK England Jock Purdie 2 0 2 0
GK England Horace Rickett 2 0 2 0
GK England Sam Bartram 1 0 1 0
DF Scotland Doug Anderson 5 0 5 0
DF England Jimmy Harrison 2 0 2 0
HB England Ernie Collett 1 1 1 1
HB Scotland Duncan McKenzie 26 2 9 1 1 0 36 3
HB Scotland Tally Sneddon 8 1 8 0 16 1
HB England Bill Whittaker 2 0 2 0
FW England Albert Bonass 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland Andy Duncan 1 1 1 1
FW England Len Duns 5 2 2 0 7 2
FW England Douglas Hunt 24 14 8 4 1 0 33 18
FW England Eric Jones 4 0 4 0
FW Scotland Tommy Kiernan 1 0 1 0
FW Scotland David McCulloch 1 0 1 0
FW England Tom Peacock 1 0 1 0
FW Wales Eddie Perry 19 16 7 4 1 0 27 20
FW England Douglas Smale 3 1 3 1
FW England John Smith 1 1 1 1
FW England Trevor Smith 1 0 1 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player LFL LWC CWM Total
FW Wales Eddie Perry 16 4 0 20
FW England Douglas Hunt 14 4 0 18
FW England Les Smith 9 4 0 13
FW Wales Idris Hopkins 11 1 0 12
FW England Len Townsend 9 9
FW England George Wilkins 5 3 0 8
HB England Jack Holliday 3 3
HB Scotland Duncan McKenzie 2 1 0 3
FW England Tommy Cheetham 3 3
FW England Len Duns 2 0 2
FW Scotland Andy Duncan 1 1
FW England Douglas Smale 1 1
HB England Joe James 1 0 1
FW England Ernest Muttitt 1 0 1
HB Scotland Tally Sneddon 1 0 1
HB England Ernie Collett 1 1
FW England John Smith 1 1
Opponents 4 0 0 4
Total 80 21 1 102
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[2]

Wartime international caps[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Caps Goals Ref
FW Wales Idris Hopkins 2 1 [12]
FW England Les Smith 1 0 [13]

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 1941 6 June 1942 40 20 6 14 050.00 30 14 2 14 046.67

Summary[edit]

Games played 40 (30 London League, 9 London War Cup, 1 War Cup Winners' Match)
Games won 20 (14 London League, 6 London War Cup, 0 War Cup Winners' Match)
Games drawn 6 (2 London League, 3 London War Cup, 1 War Cup Winners' Match)
Games lost 14 (14 London League, 0 London War Cup, 0 War Cup Winners' Match)
Goals scored 102 (80 London League, 21 London War Cup, 1 War Cup Winners' Match)
Goals conceded 87 (76 London League, 10 London War Cup, 1 War Cup Winners' Match)
Clean sheets 3 (0 London League, 3 London War Cup, 0 War Cup Winners' Match)
Biggest league win 6–1 versus Watford, 22 November 1941
Worst league defeat 5–0 versus West Ham United, 15 November 1941
Most appearances 40, Buster Brown (29 London League, 9 London War Cup, 1 War Cup Winners' Match)
Top scorer (league) 16, Eddie Perry
Top scorer (all competitions) 20, Eddie Perry

Transfers & loans[edit]

Guest players' arrival and departure dates correspond to their first and last appearances of the season.
Guest players in
Date from Pos. Name Previous Club Date to Ref.
30 August 1941 FW England Douglas Hunt England Sheffield Wednesday End of season [2]
30 August 1941 GK Scotland John Jackson England Chelsea End of season [2]
30 August 1941 HB Scotland Duncan McKenzie England Middlesbrough End of season [2]
30 August 1941 FW Wales Eddie Perry England Doncaster Rovers End of season [2]
6 September 1941 FW England Eric Jones England West Bromwich Albion 18 October 1941 [2]
11 October 1941 FW England Douglas Smale England Chelsea 3 January 1942 [2]
25 October 1941 GK England Sam Bartram England Charlton Athletic 25 October 1941 [2]
25 October 1941 FW England Albert Bonass England Queens Park Rangers 25 October 1941 [2]
25 October 1941 FW England Trevor Smith England Crystal Palace 25 October 1941 [2]
1 November 1941 GK Wales George Poland Wales Wrexham 25 April 1942 [2]
8 November 1941 FW Scotland David McCulloch England Derby County 8 November 1941 [2]
15 November 1941 GK England Harry Dukes England Norwich City 15 November 1941 [2]
29 November 1941 DF Scotland Doug Anderson Scotland Aberdeen 31 January 1942 [2]
29 November 1941 FW England Len Duns England Sunderland 18 April 1942 [2]
6 December 1941 GK England David Davison England Blackburn Rovers 6 December 1941 [2]
27 December 1941 DF England Jimmy Harrison England Leicester City 10 January 1942 [2]
27 December 1941 GK England Horace Rickett England Southend United 10 January 1942 [2]
17 January 1942 HB Scotland Tally Sneddon Wales Swansea Town 30 May 1942 [2]
7 February 1942 GK England Jock Purdie England Bradford City 28 February 1942 [2]
14 February 1942 FW Scotland Andy Duncan England Tottenham Hotspur 14 February 1942 [2]
7 March 1942 FW England Tom Peacock England Nottingham Forest 7 March 1942 [2]
14 March 1942 GK England Harry Brown England Queens Park Rangers 21 March 1942 [2]
11 April 1942 HB England Bill Whittaker England Charlton Athletic 18 April 1942 [2]
18 April 1942 FW England John Smith England Chelsea 18 April 1942 [2]
25 April 1942 FW Scotland Tommy Kiernan Scotland Albion Rovers 25 April 1942 [2]
6 June 1942 HB England Ernie Collett England Arsenal End of season [2]
Guest players out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
30 August 1941 GK Scotland Joe Crozier Scotland Hibernian 4 July 1942 [14]
22 November 1941 FW England Tommy Cheetham England Lincoln City n/a [15]
14 February 1942 FW England Len Townsend England Chelsea 6 April 1942 [1]
n/a HB Ireland Vic Aicken England Clapton Orient n/a [1]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
2 March 1942 FW England Percy Saunders Killed in action [8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Match played at Stamford Bridge, London.
  2. ^ Match played at White Hart Lane, London.
  3. ^ Match played at Wembley Stadium, London.

References[edit]

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  9. ^ a b White 1989, p. 375.
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  13. ^ "Les Smith". 11v11.com. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
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