1947–48 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1947–48 season
Chairman Frank Davis
Manager Harry Curtis
Stadium Griffin Park
First Division 15th
FA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Gibbons (13)
All: Gibbons (14)
Highest home attendance 34,500
Lowest home attendance 13,723
Average home league attendance 23,341

During the 1947–48 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Second Division. In the Bees' first second-tier season since 1934–35, the club slumped to a 15th-place finish.

Season summary[edit]

After relegation to the Second Division at the end of the 1946–47 season, Brentford were forced to cash in on their assets, receiving £16,000 from the sales of George Smith and Scotland international Archie Macaulay.[1] No less than 14 players departed Griffin Park during the off-season, with five players coming in at a cost of nearly £20,000 – half back David Nelson and forwards Peter Buchanan, Tommy Dawson, Tommy Dougall and Jackie Gibbons, with Gibbons rejoining the club after making 11 appearances while an amateur during the 1938–39 season.[1] After a poor start to the season, Jimmy Hogan was brought in as a coach.[1]

Brentford had an awful start to the season, winning one and losing eight of the opening 9 matches to leave the club rooted to the bottom of the table.[2] Bit-part half back Cyril Toulouse was sent to Tottenham Hotspur in exchange for Jack Chisholm, who would lead the team's recovery from the centre of the field.[3] Just three defeats in 13 matches between late-September and mid-December 1946 finally lifted the club out of the relegation places.[2] More players would come and go in the second half of the season – Tony Harper and Fred Monk from non-league football,[3] with Percy Gleeson, George Stewart and Arthur Shaw moving out.[4][5][6] Jackie Gibbons would go on to top-score with 14 goals, while Malky MacDonald, Bill Gorman, Dave Nelson, Jack Chisholm and Tom Manley would eventually form solid full and half back lines.[3] Brentford eventually finished a tumultuous season in 15th place, 11 points above the relegation zone, having lost just four of the final 20 matches of the league campaign.[2] The season ended with an irksome 1–0 defeat to local rivals (and Second Division champions) Queens Park Rangers in the Ealing Hospital Cup final.[1] The club record for fewest goalscorers in a season was equalled, with just eight players finding the net.[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 Birmingham City 42 12 7 2 34 13 10 8 3 21 11 55 24 2.292 +31 59
2 Newcastle United 42 18 1 2 46 13 6 7 8 26 28 72 41 1.756 +31 56
3 Southampton 42 15 3 3 53 23 6 7 8 18 30 71 53 1.340 +18 52
4 Sheffield Wednesday 42 13 6 2 39 21 7 5 9 27 32 66 53 1.245 +13 51
5 Cardiff City 42 12 6 3 36 18 6 5 10 25 40 61 58 1.052 +3 47
6 West Ham United 42 10 7 4 29 19 6 7 8 26 34 55 53 1.038 +2 46
7 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 4 6 37 29 7 5 9 26 29 63 58 1.086 +5 45
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 10 6 5 36 24 5 8 8 20 19 56 43 1.302 +13 44
9 Leicester City 42 10 5 6 36 29 6 6 9 24 28 60 57 1.053 +3 43
10 Coventry City 42 10 5 6 33 16 4 8 9 26 36 59 52 1.135 +7 41
11 Fulham 42 6 9 6 24 19 9 1 11 23 27 47 46 1.022 +1 40
12 Barnsley 42 10 5 6 31 22 5 5 11 31 42 62 64 0.969 –2 40
13 Luton Town 42 8 8 5 31 25 6 4 11 25 34 56 59 0.949 –3 40
14 Bradford Park Avenue 42 11 3 7 45 30 5 5 11 23 42 68 72 0.944 –4 40
15 Brentford 42 10 6 5 31 26 3 8 10 13 35 44 61 0.721 –17 40
16 Chesterfield 42 8 4 9 32 26 8 3 10 22 29 54 55 0.982 –1 39
17 Plymouth Argyle 42 8 9 4 27 22 1 11 9 13 36 40 58 0.690 –18 38
18 Leeds United 42 12 5 4 44 20 2 3 16 18 52 62 72 0.861 –10 36
19 Nottingham Forest 42 10 5 6 32 23 2 6 13 22 37 54 60 0.900 –6 35
20 Bury 42 6 8 7 27 28 3 8 10 31 40 58 68 0.853 –10 34
21 Doncaster Rovers 42 7 8 6 23 20 2 3 16 17 46 40 66 0.606 –26 29
22 Millwall 42 7 7 7 27 28 2 4 15 17 46 44 74 0.595 –30 29

P = 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
Promoted
Relegated

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Second Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1 23 August 1947 Fulham A 0–5 32,823
2 27 August 1947 Luton Town H 0–3 17,022
3 30 August 1947 Coventry City H 1–4 19,107 Gibbons
4 3 September 1947 Luton Town A 0–3 20,921
5 6 September 1947 Newcastle United A 0–1 56,692
6 10 September 1947 Nottingham Forest H 3–1 15,005 Buchanan, Nelson, Blakeman
7 13 September 1947 Birmingham City H 1–2 25,523 Dawson
8 17 September 1947 Nottingham Forest A 0–2 18,617
9 20 September 1947 West Bromwich Albion A 2–3 29,445 Buchanan, Gibbons
10 27 September 1947 Barnsley H 3–3 22,137 Gleeson, Gibbons, Buchanan
11 4 October 1947 Plymouth Argyle A 0–0 23,959
12 11 October 1947 Bradford Park Avenue H 2–1 24,682 Dawson, Girling
13 18 October 1947 Cardiff City H 0–0 34,483
14 25 October 1947 Sheffield Wednesday H 1–0 29,112 Gibbons
15 1 November 1947 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–4 42,362
16 8 November 1947 Millwall H 2–1 26,251 Buchanan, Girling
17 15 November 1947 Chesterfield A 0–4 11,320
18 22 November 1947 West Ham United H 1–1 24,105 Dawson
19 29 November 1947 Bury A 2–2 12,856 Dawson, Gibbons
20 6 December 1947 Southampton H 2–2 18,735 Dawson, Nelson
21 13 December 1947 Doncaster Rovers A 0–0 16,916
22 20 December 1947 Fulham H 0–2 20,717
23 25 December 1947 Leicester City H 2–2 21,291 Dawson (2)
24 27 December 1947 Leicester City A 2–1 32,440 Dawson, Girling
25 3 January 1948 Coventry City A 0–3 20,180
26 17 January 1948 Newcastle United H 1–0 29,684 Gibbons
27 31 January 1948 Birmingham City A 0–0 37,542
28 7 February 1948 West Bromwich Albion H 1–0 25,234 Nelson
29 14 February 1948 Barnsley A 1–1 21,399 Gibbons
30 21 February 1948 Plymouth Argyle H 0–0 13,723
31 28 February 1948 Bradford Park Avenue A 1–1 11,666 Buchanan
32 6 March 1948 Cardiff City A 0–1 41,032
33 20 March 1948 Tottenham Hotspur H 2–0 31,297 Buchanan, Monk
34 26 March 1948 Leeds United H 3–0 30,538 Girling, Gibbons (2)
35 27 March 1948 Millwall A 1–0 27,519 Monk
36 29 March 1948 Leeds United A 1–1 26,775 Dawson
37 3 April 1948 Chesterfield H 0–3 24,164
38 10 April 1948 West Ham United A 1–0 21,471 Gibbons
39 12 April 1948 Sheffield Wednesday A 1–1 36,130 Gibbons
40 17 April 1948 Bury H 4–1 20,419 Blakeman, Gibbons, Buchanan, Dawson
41 24 April 1948 Southampton A 1–2 18,511 Gibbons
42 1 May 1948 Doncaster Rovers H 2–1 16,939 Buchanan, Girling

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
3R 10 January 1948 Rotherham United A 3–0 22,000 Dawson, Gibbons, Buchanan
4R 24 January 1948 Middlesbrough H 1–2 34,500 Girling

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1947–48 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Joe Crozier Scotland (1914-12-02)2 December 1914 (aged 32) East Fife 1937
GK Ted Gaskell England (1916-12-19)19 December 1916 (aged 30) Buxton 1937
Defenders
DF Bill Gorman Republic of Ireland (1911-01-13)13 January 1911 (aged 36) Bury 1938
DF Malky MacDonald Scotland (1913-10-26)26 October 1913 (aged 33) Kilmarnock 1946
DF Roddy Munro Scotland (1920-07-27)27 July 1920 (aged 27) Rangers 1946
DF Harry Oliver England (1921-02-16)16 February 1921 (aged 26) Hartlepools United 1938
DF Eric Ventom England (1920-02-15)15 February 1920 (aged 27) Unattached 1946
Midfielders
HB Jack Chisholm England (1924-10-09)9 October 1924 (aged 22) Tottenham Hotspur 1947
HB Frank Latimer England (1923-10-03)3 October 1923 (aged 23) Snowdown Colliery Welfare 1945
HB Tom Manley England (1912-10-07)7 October 1912 (aged 34) Manchester United 1939
HB John Moore England (1923-09-25)25 September 1923 (aged 23) Unattached 1938
HB David Nelson Scotland (1918-02-03)3 February 1918 (aged 28) Fulham 1947
HB George Paterson Scotland (1914-09-26)26 September 1914 (aged 32) Celtic 1946
Forwards
FW Alec Blakeman England (1922-04-01)1 April 1922 (aged 25) Oxford City 1946
FW Peter Buchanan Scotland (1915-10-13)13 October 1915 (aged 31) Fulham 1947
FW Tommy Dawson England (1915-02-06)6 February 1915 (aged 32) Charlton Athletic 1947
FW Tommy Dougall Scotland (1921-05-17)17 May 1921 (aged 26) Coventry City 1947
FW José Gallego Spain (1923-04-08)8 April 1923 (aged 24) Cambridge City 1947
FW Jackie Gibbons England (1914-04-10)10 April 1914 (aged 33) Bradford Park Avenue 1947
FW Dickie Girling England (1922-05-24)24 May 1922 (aged 25) Crystal Palace 1947
FW Fred Monk England (1920-10-09)9 October 1920 (aged 26) Guildford City 1948
Players who left the club mid-season
HB Cyril Toulouse England (1923-12-24)24 December 1923 (aged 23) St Cuthberts 1946 Transferred to Tottenham Hotspur
FW Percy Gleeson England (1921-07-18)18 July 1921 (aged 26) Hounslow Town 1947 Transferred to Guildford City
FW George Stewart Scotland (1920-10-18)18 October 1920 (aged 26) Hamilton Academical 1946 Transferred to Queens Park Rangers

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Harry Curtis Manager
Scotland Jimmy Bain Assistant Manager
England Jimmy Hogan Coach
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 Scotland Joe Crozier 40 0 2 0 42 0
GK England Ted Gaskell 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF Republic of Ireland Bill Gorman 17 0 2 0 19 0
DF Scotland Malky MacDonald 41 0 2 0 43 0
DF Scotland Roddy Munro 21 0 0 0 21 0
DF England Harry Oliver 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF England Eric Ventom 1 0 0 0 1 0
HB England Jack Chisholm 19 0 2 0 21 0
HB England Frank Latimer 16 0 0 0 16 0
HB England Tom Manley 27 0 2 0 29 0
HB England John Moore 2 0 0 0 2 0
HB Scotland David Nelson 40 3 2 0 42 3
HB Scotland George Paterson 26 0 0 0 26 0
HB England Cyril Toulouse 3 0 3 0
FW England Alec Blakeman 25 2 2 0 27 2
FW Scotland Peter Buchanan 40 8 2 1 42 9
FW England Tommy Dawson 36 10 2 1 38 11
FW Scotland Tommy Dougall 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Spain José Gallego 5 0 0 0 5 0
FW England Jackie Gibbons 41 13 2 1 43 14
FW England Dickie Girling 33 5 2 1 35 6
FW England Percy Gleeson 9 1 0 0 9 1
FW England Fred Monk 4 2 4 2
FW Scotland George Stewart 8 0 0 0 8 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[8]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL2 FAC Total
FW England Jackie Gibbons 13 1 14
FW England Tommy Dawson 10 1 11
FW Scotland Peter Buchanan 8 1 9
FW England Dickie Girling 5 1 6
HB Scotland David Nelson 3 0 3
FW England Alec Blakeman 2 0 2
FW England Fred Monk 2 0 2
FW England Percy Gleeson 1 0 1
Total 44 4 48
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[8]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Harry Curtis England 23 August 1947 1 May 1948 44 14 14 16 031.82 42 13 14 15 030.95

Summary[edit]

Games played 44 (42 Second Division, 2 FA Cup)
Games won 14 (13 Second Division, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 14 (14 Second Division, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 16 (15 Second Division, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 48 (44 Second Division, 4 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 63 (61 Second Division, 2 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 13 (12 Second Division, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 versus Leeds United, 26 March 1948; 4–1 versus Bury, 17 April 1948
Worst league defeat 5–0 versus Fulham, 23 August 1947
Most appearances 46, Jackie Gibbons, Malky MacDonald (41 Second Division, 2 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 13, Jackie Gibbons
Top scorer (all competitions) 14, Jackie Gibbons

Transfers & loans[edit]

Cricketers are not included in this list.
Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
August 1947 FW Scotland Peter Buchanan England Fulham £3,000 [10]
August 1947 n/a Scotland Tommy Connors n/a n/a [11]
August 1947 FW England Tommy Dawson England Charlton Athletic £5,000 [12]
August 1947 FW Scotland Tommy Dougall England Coventry City n/a [13]
August 1947 FW England Jackie Gibbons England Bradford Park Avenue £8,000 [14]
August 1947 HB Scotland David Nelson England Fulham £3,000 [15]
October 1947 HB England Jack Chisholm England Tottenham Hotspur Exchange [3]
March 1948 HB England Tony Harper England Headington United n/a [16]
March 1948 FW England Fred Monk England Guildford City Exchange [17]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
15 May 1947 GK England Frank Clack England Bristol City £1,500 [18]
June 1947 FW England Bill Naylor England Leyton Orient £2,000 [19]
June 1947 HB England George Smith England Queens Park Rangers £6,000 [20]
July 1947 FW Scotland Archie Macaulay England Arsenal £10,000 [21]
October 1947 HB England Cyril Toulouse England Tottenham Hotspur Exchange [22]
March 1948 FW England Percy Gleeson England Guildford City Exchange [4]
March 1948 FW Scotland George Stewart England Queens Park Rangers £4,000 [23]
14 April 1948 HB England Arthur Shaw England Arsenal n/a [6]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1948 FW Spain José Gallego England Southampton May 1948 [24]
May 1948 HB England John Moore England Gloucester City 1948 [17]
May 1948 DF England Eric Ventom Retired [25]

References[edit]

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