1955–56 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1955–56 season
Chairman Frank Davis
Manager Bill Dodgin Sr.
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division South 6th
FA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Towers (21)
All: Towers (22)
Highest home attendance 17,847
Lowest home attendance 5,291
Average home league attendance 10,302

During the 1955–56 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division South. A promising 6th-place finish was achieved with a squad mainly drawn from the club's youth system.

Season summary[edit]

Brentford went into the 1955–56 Third Division South season full of optimism,[1] with the side having lost only four of the final 18 matches of the 1954–55 season, winning 9.[2] Of the productive youth system (now led by former player Ernest Muttitt), forwards Jim Towers and Dennis Heath had established themselves in the first team, while George Francis and Gerry Cakebread had also made their debuts.[3] Full backs Alan Bassham, George Lowden and half backs Wally Bragg and George Bristow also made up the ranks of home-grown players in the first team squad and forward John Pearson would be another to graduate from the youth team during the 1955–56 season.[3] Chelsea full back Sid Tickridge was manager Bill Dodgin Sr.'s only major signing of the off-season and he replaced Frank Latimer as club captain.[1]

Despite winning more games than they had lost, Brentford hovered in mid-table during the opening three months of the season.[4] Forward Jeff Taylor led the attack, scoring 11 goals in as many matches during a five-week period in September and October 1955.[3] Buoyed by four goals in five league matches by Wendell Morgan and news from the boardroom that a £9,000 profit had been made on the year ending in May 1955,[3] the Bees moved as high as 8th-place in early December, before losing form again later in the month.[2] Victory over Exeter City on 4 February 1956 (courtesy of a George Francis brace) was the first win of a strong run which lasted for the remainder of the season, with the team's record almost mirroring that of the final 18 matches of the previous campaign.[3] Brentford finished the season in 6th-place, 11 points behind the leading three clubs, but 22-goal Jim Towers and goalkeeper Gerry Cakebread had established themselves as two of the best players in the Third Division South.[1]

Long-serving Jimmy Bain retired at the end of season, after nearly 27 years as a player, assistant manager and caretaker manager at Griffin Park.[5] He received a Long Service Medal from the Football League in recognition of his long service.[5]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Leyton Orient 46 18 3 2 76 20 11 5 7 30 29 106 49 2.163 +57 66
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 46 20 2 1 73 16 9 5 9 39 34 112 50 2.240 +62 65
3 Ipswich Town 46 16 6 1 59 28 9 8 6 47 32 106 60 1.767 +46 64
4 Southend United 46 16 4 3 58 25 5 7 11 30 55 88 80 1.100 +8 53
5 Torquay United 46 11 10 2 48 21 9 2 12 38 42 86 63 1.365 +23 52
6 Brentford 46 11 8 4 40 30 8 6 9 29 36 69 66 1.045 +3 52
7 Norwich City 46 15 4 4 56 31 4 9 10 30 51 86 82 1.049 +4 51
8 Coventry City 46 16 4 3 54 20 4 5 14 19 40 73 60 1.217 +13 49
9 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 13 6 4 39 14 6 4 13 24 37 63 51 1.235 +12 48
10 Gillingham 46 12 3 8 38 28 7 7 9 31 43 69 71 0.972 –3 48
11 Northampton Town 46 14 3 6 44 27 6 4 13 23 44 67 71 0.944 –3 47
12 Colchester United 46 14 4 5 56 37 4 7 12 20 44 76 81 0.938 –5 47
13 Shrewsbury Town 46 12 9 2 47 21 5 3 15 22 45 69 66 1.045 +3 46
14 Southampton 46 13 6 4 60 30 5 2 16 31 51 91 81 1.123 +10 44
15 Aldershot 46 9 9 5 36 33 3 7 13 34 57 70 90 0.778 –20 40
16 Exeter City 46 10 6 7 39 30 5 4 14 19 47 58 77 0.753 –19 40
17 Reading 46 10 2 11 40 37 5 7 11 30 42 70 79 0.886 –9 39
18 Queens Park Rangers 46 10 7 6 44 32 4 4 15 20 54 64 86 0.744 –22 39
19 Newport County 46 12 2 9 32 26 3 7 13 26 53 58 79 0.734 –21 39
20 Walsall 46 13 5 5 43 28 2 3 18 25 56 68 84 0.810 –16 38
21 Watford 46 8 5 10 31 39 5 6 12 21 46 52 85 0.612 –23 37
22 Millwall 46 13 4 6 56 31 2 2 19 27 69 83 100 0.830 –17 36
23 Crystal Palace 46 7 3 13 27 32 5 7 11 27 51 54 83 0.651 –29 34
24 Swindon Town 46 4 10 9 18 22 4 4 15 16 56 34 78 0.436 –44 30

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
New club in the league (none)
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

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 20 August 1955 Gillingham H 1–4 12,247 Towers (pen)
2 22 August 1955 Queens Park Rangers A 1–1 11,688 Stobbart
3 27 August 1955 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0–0 10,451
4 30 August 1955 Queens Park Rangers H 2–0 12,947 Towers, Taylor
5 3 September 1955 Norwich City H 1–2 12,565 Dudley
6 5 September 1955 Millwall A 0–4 6,911
7 10 September 1955 Colchester United A 3–0 7,843 Towers (2), Taylor
8 12 September 1955 Millwall H 2–2 7,597 Taylor, Stobbart
9 17 September 1955 Leyton Orient H 1–0 17,847 Taylor
10 19 September 1955 Watford H 0–0 6,864
11 24 September 1955 Exeter City A 3–2 9,454 Taylor (3)
12 26 September 1955 Coventry City A 1–2 12,584 Taylor
13 1 October 1955 Southend United H 2–1 14,329 Taylor, Towers
14 8 October 1955 Aldershot A 1–4 7,395 Towers
15 15 October 1955 Crystal Palace H 3–0 13,636 Taylor (2), Towers
16 22 October 1955 Brighton & Hove Albion A 0–3 12,771
17 29 October 1955 Southampton H 2–1 12,300 Morgan, Rainford
18 5 November 1955 Shrewsbury Town A 1–1 10,551 Morgan
19 12 November 1955 Ipswich Town H 3–2 14,795 Francis, Morgan, Towers
20 26 November 1955 Torquay United H 1–3 11,547 Heath
21 3 December 1955 Newport County A 2–1 8,035 Morgan, Dudley
22 17 December 1955 Gillingham A 2–1 5,867 Francis, Bristow
23 24 December 1955 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 2–1 8,592 Coote, Taylor
24 26 December 1955 Reading H 2–2 12,556 Robertson, Rainford
25 27 December 1955 Reading A 2–5 11,910 Bragg (pen), Francis
26 31 December 1955 Norwich City A 0–1 18,542
27 14 January 1956 Colchester United H 2–2 8,492 Rainford, Taylor
28 21 January 1956 Leyton Orient A 1–2 14,009 Morgan
29 4 February 1956 Exeter City H 2–0 6,309 Francis (2)
30 11 February 1956 Southend United A 2–2 5,124 Towers, Stirling (og)
31 18 February 1956 Aldershot H 2–0 7,026 Towers (2)
32 25 February 1956 Crystal Palace A 2–0 10,054 Towers (2)
33 3 March 1956 Brighton & Hove Albion H 4–2 11,061 Robertson (2), Goundry, Francis
34 10 March 1956 Southampton A 1–1 11,678 Towers
35 12 March 1956 Swindon Town H 1–2 7,249 Towers
36 17 March 1956 Shrewsbury Town H 1–1 9,156 Towers
37 24 March 1956 Ipswich Town A 1–1 13,672 Towers
38 31 March 1956 Walsall H 2–2 8,933 Towers, Coote
39 2 April 1956 Northampton Town H 2–1 9,527 Towers (2)
40 3 April 1956 Northampton Town A 0–1 8,248
41 7 April 1956 Torquay United A 1–3 5,574 Taylor
42 14 April 1956 Newport County H 1–1 5,291 Towers
43 21 April 1956 Swindon Town A 1–0 5,790 Peplow
44 23 April 1956 Coventry City H 1–1 6,078 Bragg (pen)
45 28 April 1956 Watford A 2–0 7,192 Robinson, Francis
46 3 May 1956 Walsall A 2–1 9,033 Taylor, Newcombe

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1R 19 November 1955 March Town United H 4–0 13,300 Stobbart (2), Towers (pen), Francis
2R 10 December 1955 Leyton Orient A 1–4 17,490 Taylor

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1955–56 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Gerry Cakebread England (1936-04-01)1 April 1936 (aged 19) Youth 1954
GK Reg Newton England (1926-06-30)30 June 1926 (aged 29) Leyton Orient 1949
Defenders
DF Alan Bassham England (1933-10-03)3 October 1933 (aged 21) Youth 1953
DF Ken Horne England (1926-06-25)25 June 1926 (aged 29) Blackpool 1950
DF George Lowden England (1933-03-02)2 March 1933 (aged 22) Unattached 1951
DF Sid Tickridge (c) England (1923-04-10)10 April 1923 (aged 32) Chelsea 1955
Midfielders
HB Wally Bragg England (1929-07-08)8 July 1929 (aged 26) Twickenham Celtic 1946
HB George Bristow England (1933-06-25)25 June 1933 (aged 22) Youth 1950
HB Ken Coote England (1928-05-19)19 May 1928 (aged 27) Wembley 1949
HB Ian Dargie England (1931-10-03)3 October 1931 (aged 23) Tonbridge 1952
HB Leonard Geard England (1934-02-12)12 February 1934 (aged 21) Fulham 1953
HB Frank Latimer England (1923-10-03)3 October 1923 (aged 31) Snowdown Colliery Welfare 1945
HB Johnny Rainford England (1930-12-11)11 December 1930 (aged 24) Cardiff City 1953
HB Terry Robinson England (1929-11-08)8 November 1929 (aged 25) Loughborough College 1954 Amateur
HB Len Roe England (1932-01-11)11 January 1932 (aged 23) Ruislip Manor 1951
Forwards
FW Frank Dudley England (1925-05-09)9 May 1925 (aged 30) Cardiff City 1953
FW George Francis England (1934-02-04)4 February 1934 (aged 21) Youth 1955
FW Billy Goundry England (1934-03-28)28 March 1934 (aged 21) Huddersfield Town 1955
FW Dennis Heath England (1934-09-28)28 September 1934 (aged 20) Youth 1954
FW Wendell Morgan Wales (1935-04-22)22 April 1935 (aged 20) Cardiff City 1954
FW Len Newcombe Wales (1931-02-28)28 February 1931 (aged 24) Fulham 1956
FW John Pearson England (1935-04-23)23 April 1935 (aged 20) Youth 1955
FW Ron Peplow England (1935-05-04)4 May 1935 (aged 20) Southall 1955
FW James Robertson Scotland (1929-02-20)20 February 1929 (aged 26) Arsenal 1953
FW Billy Sperrin England (1922-04-09)9 April 1922 (aged 33) Guildford City 1949
FW George Stobbart England (1921-01-09)9 January 1921 (aged 34) Millwall 1954
FW Jeff Taylor England (1930-09-20)20 September 1930 (aged 24) Fulham 1954
FW Jim Towers England (1933-04-15)15 April 1933 (aged 22) Youth 1954

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Bill Dodgin Sr. Manager
Scotland Jimmy Bain Assistant Manager
England Tommy Eggleston Trainer
England Jack Holliday Assistant Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Gerry Cakebread 45 0 2 0 47 0
GK England Reg Newton 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Alan Bassham 10 0 0 0 10 0
DF England Ken Horne 7 0 0 0 7 0
DF England George Lowden 15 0 0 0 15 0
DF England Sid Tickridge 39 0 2 0 41 0
HB England Wally Bragg 29 2 0 0 29 2
HB England George Bristow 27 1 1 0 28 1
HB England Ken Coote 45 2 2 0 47 2
HB England Ian Dargie 4 0 0 0 4 0
HB England Leonard Geard 3 0 0 0 3 0
HB England Frank Latimer 10 0 1 0 11 0
HB England Johnny Rainford 37 3 2 0 39 3
HB England Terry Robinson 15 1 2 0 17 1
HB England Len Roe 4 0 1 0 5 0
FW England Frank Dudley 14 2 1 0 15 2
FW England George Francis 17 7 1 1 18 8
FW England Billy Goundry 23 1 0 0 23 1
FW England Dennis Heath 17 1 1 0 18 1
FW Wales Wendell Morgan 16 5 1 0 17 5
FW Wales Len Newcombe 3 1 3 1
FW England John Pearson 4 0 0 0 4 0
FW England Ron Peplow 3 1 0 0 3 1
FW Scotland James Robertson 22 3 0 0 22 3
FW England Billy Sperrin 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW England George Stobbart 12 2 1 2 13 4
FW England Jeff Taylor 43 15 2 1 45 16
FW England Jim Towers 39 21 2 1 41 22
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[3]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC Total
FW England Jim Towers 21 1 22
FW England Jeff Taylor 15 1 16
FW England George Francis 7 1 8
FW Wales Wendell Morgan 5 0 5
FW England George Stobbart 2 2 4
HB England Johnny Rainford 3 0 3
FW Scotland James Robertson 3 0 3
HB England Wally Bragg 2 0 2
HB England Ken Coote 2 0 2
FW England Frank Dudley 2 0 2
FW Wales Len Newcombe 1 1
HB England George Bristow 1 0 1
FW England Billy Goundry 1 0 1
FW England Dennis Heath 1 0 1
FW England Ron Peplow 1 0 1
HB England Terry Robinson 1 0 1
Opponents 1 0 1
Total 69 5 74
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[3]

Amateur international caps[edit]

Pos. Nat Player Caps Goals Ref
HB England Terry Robinson 2 0 [7]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Bill Dodgin Sr. England 20 August 1955 3 May 1956 48 20 14 14 041.67 46 19 14 13 041.30

Summary[edit]

Games played 48 (46 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Games won 20 (19 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Games drawn 14 (14 Third Division South, 0 FA Cup)
Games lost 14 (13 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Goals scored 74 (69 Third Division South, 5 FA Cup)
Goals conceded 70 (66 Third Division South, 4 FA Cup)
Clean sheets 12 (11 Third Division South, 1 FA Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 on two occasions
Worst league defeat 4–0 versus Millwall, 5 September 1955
Most appearances 47, Gerry Cakebread, Ken Coote (45 Third Division South, 2 FA Cup)
Top scorer (league) 21, Jim Towers
Top scorer (all competitions) 22, Jim Towers

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
May 1955 FW England Billy Goundry England Huddersfield Town Free [8]
July 1955 DF England Sid Tickridge England Chelsea n/a [9]
August 1955 FW Wales Ken Morgan England Northampton Town n/a [10]
August 1955 FW England Ron Peplow England Southall n/a [11]
April 1956 FW Wales Len Newcombe England Fulham n/a [12]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
October 1955 FW Wales Ken Morgan England Crystal Palace n/a [10]
April 1956 DF England Ken Moffitt Scotland Berwick Rangers n/a [13]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1956 HB England Leonard Geard England Kettering Town 1956 [14]
May 1956 HB England Frank Latimer England Gravesend & Northfleet 1956 [15]
May 1956 FW Scotland James Robertson England Gravesend & Northfleet 1956 [16]
May 1956 FW England Billy Sperrin England Tunbridge Wells United 1956 [17]
May 1956 FW England George Stobbart England Bedford Town 1956 [18]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Barry Hugman's Footballers – Len Newcombe". hugmansfootballers.com. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Scottish Football Historical Archive – M". p. 443. 
  14. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 63.
  15. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 94.
  16. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 136.
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 152.
  18. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 155.