1963–64 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1963–64 season
Chairman Jack Dunnett
Manager Malky MacDonald
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division 15th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League: Ward (19)
All: Ward (22)
Highest home attendance 26,000
Lowest home attendance 6,800
Average home league attendance 11,883

During the 1963–64 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division. Despite expectations that the club could achieve a second-successive promotion, poor form in late 1963 and early 1964 led to a mid-table finish.

Season summary[edit]

After a single-season stay in the Fourth Division, Brentford had returned to the Third Division as champions for the 1963–64 season.[1] A large outlay had been made on new signings during the previous 12 months and though chairman Jack Dunnett stated that the club's big-spending days were a thing of the past, he would continue to make money available to manager Malky MacDonald during the season.[1] There was very little transfer activity during the 1963 off-season, with half backs Willie Smith and Bill Slater coming in (Slater returned to Griffin Park after 11 years away) and £5,000 was spent on Liverpool full back Allan Jones as a replacement for the inexperienced Tom Anthony.[1] Redevelopment work was carried out on Griffin Park throughout the summer, with floodlight pylons erected at each corner of the ground, while new club offices and a bar were built into the Braemar Road stand.[1]

Brentford had what was perceived to be a poor start to the season and sat in mid-table after 10 matches.[1][2] Expectations had been high after the Fourth Division championship triumph at the end of the previous season, but defeat to an attractive Coventry City side (managed by former Brentford player Jimmy Hill) on 5 October 1963 highlighted the gulf between the Third and Fourth Divisions.[1] In the wake of the defeat, Brentford rapidly recovered and won six and drew two of the following 10 matches, which included a 9–0 thrashing of Wrexham at Griffin Park,[2] a result which remains as the club's record Football League win.[3] The team's form collapsed in late November 1963 and despite something of a recovery after a spell of over three months without a league win, the Bees were consigned to a 15th-place finish.[2] Some success was had in the FA Cup with a run to the fourth round, but after seeing off Second Division Middlesbrough in the third round, Fourth Division strugglers Oxford United took Brentford to a replay in the fourth round and then emerged 2–1 victors at Griffin Park.[2]

100 goals were scored during the season,[2] just two shy of the total set during the previous campaign,[4] but the team's achilles heel was the goalkeeping position, with four players vying for the position, though November 1963 signing Chic Brodie would eventually make the position his own.[5] The end of the 1963–64 season was notable for the retirement of full back and captain Ken Coote.[6] He had made 559 appearances and scored 15 goals over the course of 15 seasons for Brentford and is the club's all-time record appearance maker.[6]

A large number of record were set or equalled during the season:

  • Record Football League win: 9–0 versus Wrexham, 15 October 1963[3]
  • Most goals conceded in a home Football League defeat: 6 (2–6 versus Luton Town, 8 February 1964)[3]
  • Most consecutive matches without failing to score a Football League goal: 26 (4 March – 14 September 1963)[3]
  • Most consecutive matches without failing to score a home Football League goal: 41 (21 August 1962 – 28 March 1964)[3]
  • Most Football League away draws in a season: 10[7]
  • Most home Football League goals conceded in a season: 36[7]
  • Quickest time to reach 50 Football League goals in a season: 22 matches[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 Coventry City 46 14 7 2 62 32 8 9 6 36 29 98 61 1.607 +27 60
2 Crystal Palace 46 17 4 2 38 14 6 10 7 35 37 73 51 1.431 +22 60
3 Watford 46 16 6 1 57 28 7 6 10 22 31 79 59 1.339 +20 58
4 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 17 4 2 47 15 7 4 12 32 43 79 58 1.362 +21 56
5 Bristol City 46 13 7 3 52 24 7 8 8 32 40 84 64 1.313 +20 55
6 Reading 46 15 5 3 49 26 6 5 12 30 36 79 62 1.274 +17 52
7 Mansfield Town 46 15 8 0 51 20 5 3 15 25 42 76 62 1.226 +14 51
8 Hull City 46 11 9 3 45 27 5 8 10 28 41 73 68 1.074 +5 49
9 Oldham Athletic 46 13 3 7 44 35 7 5 11 29 35 73 70 1.043 +3 48
10 Peterborough United 46 13 6 4 52 27 5 5 13 23 43 75 70 1.071 +5 47
11 Shrewsbury Town 46 13 6 4 43 19 5 5 13 30 61 73 80 0.912 –7 47
12 Bristol Rovers 46 9 6 8 52 34 10 2 11 39 45 91 79 1.152 +12 46
13 Port Vale 46 13 6 4 35 13 3 8 12 18 36 53 49 1.082 +4 46
14 Southend United 46 9 10 4 42 26 6 5 12 35 52 77 78 0.987 –1 45
15 Queens Park Rangers 46 13 4 6 47 34 5 5 13 29 44 76 78 0.974 –2 45
16 Brentford 46 11 4 8 54 36 4 10 9 33 44 87 80 1.087 +7 44
17 Colchester United 46 10 8 5 45 26 2 11 10 25 42 70 68 1.029 +2 43
18 Luton Town 46 12 2 9 42 41 4 8 11 22 39 64 80 0.800 –6 42
19 Walsall 46 7 9 7 34 35 6 5 12 25 41 59 76 0.776 –17 40
20 Barnsley 46 9 9 5 34 29 3 6 14 34 65 68 94 0.723 –26 39
21 Millwall 46 9 4 10 33 29 5 6 12 20 38 53 67 0.791 –14 38
22 Crewe Alexandra 46 10 5 8 29 26 1 7 15 21 51 50 77 0.649 –27 34
23 Wrexham 46 9 4 10 50 42 4 2 17 25 65 75 107 0.701 –32 32
24 Notts County 46 7 8 8 29 26 2 1 20 16 66 45 92 0.489 –47 27

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 Third Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 24 August 1963 Notts County H 4–1 Block, Brooks, Loxley (og), McAdams
2 27 August 1963 Bristol City H 1–2 Dick
3 31 August 1963 Crewe Alexandra A 1–1 McLeod
4 7 September 1963 Crystal Palace H 2–1 Block, McAdams
5 10 September 1963 Bristol City A 3–3 Dick (2), Kurila (og)
6 14 September 1963 Walsall A 2–2 McAdams, Block
7 16 September 1963 Port Vale A 0–3
8 21 September 1963 Reading H 4–2 Dick (3), Block
9 28 September 1963 Luton Town A 2–0 Dick, McAdams
10 1 October 1963 Port Vale H 1–2 McAdams
11 5 October 1963 Coventry City H 2–3 Dick, McAdams
12 9 October 1963 Wrexham A 4–2 Slater (2), McAdams, Dick
13 12 October 1963 Bristol Rovers H 2–5 Fielding, Dick
14 15 October 1963 Wrexham H 9–0 McAdams (2), Ward (2), Fox (og), Hales, Brooks (2), Summers
15 19 October 1963 Barnsley A 1–1 Brooks
16 21 October 1963 Mansfield Town A 2–2 Dick, Ward
17 26 October 1963 Millwall H 3–1 McAdams, Block (2)
18 29 October 1963 Mansfield Town H 4–0 Dick, Ward (3)
19 2 November 1963 Colchester United A 2–1 Block, Dick
20 9 November 1963 Watford H 1–2 Dick
21 23 November 1963 Peterborough United H 2–0 Dick (2)
22 30 November 1963 Oldham Athletic A 1–4 Block
23 14 December 1963 Notts County A 0–2
24 21 December 1963 Crewe Alexandra H 2–2 Fielding, Dick
25 28 December 1963 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 0–2
26 11 January 1964 Crystal Palace A 0–1
27 18 January 1964 Walsall H 1–1 Ward
28 1 February 1964 Reading A 3–4 Block, Lazarus, Ward
29 8 February 1964 Luton Town H 2–6 McAdams, Lazarus
30 15 February 1964 Coventry City A 2–2 Dick, Ward
31 22 February 1964 Bristol Rovers A 1–3 Block
32 29 February 1964 Queens Park Rangers H 2–2 Block, Lazarus
33 7 March 1964 Millwall A 3–1 McAdams, Ward (2)
34 14 March 1964 Colchester United H 3–1 Ward (2), Lazarus
35 16 March 1964 Southend United A 1–2 Ward
36 20 March 1964 Queens Park Rangers A 2–2 Ward (2)
37 28 March 1964 Southend United H 3–0 Higginson, Fielding, McAdams
38 30 March 1964 Shrewsbury Town H 0–1
39 31 March 1964 Shrewsbury Town A 1–1 Summers
40 4 April 1964 Peterborough United A 0–3
41 11 April 1964 Oldham Athletic H 2–0 Ward (2)
42 13 April 1964 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 2–0 Jones, Ward
43 18 April 1964 Hull City A 0–0
44 21 April 1964 Watford A 2–2 Fielding, McAdams
45 25 April 1964 Barnsley H 1–1 Thomson
46 28 April 1964 Hull City H 1–3 Hales

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R 16 November 1963 Margate H 2–2 Block, Dick
1R (replay) 20 November 1963 Margate A 2–0 Ward (2)
2R 7 December 1963 Gravesend & Northfleet H 1–0 Block
3R 4 January 1964 Middlesbrough H 2–1 Dick, McAdams
4R 25 January 1964 Oxford United A 2–2 Block, Ward
4R (replay) 28 January 1964 Oxford United H 1–2 McAdams

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R (1st leg) 4 September 1963 Reading A 1–1 Block
1R (replay) 23 September 1963 Reading H 2–0 Spiers (og), McLaughlin
2R 25 September 1963 Bournemouth H 0–0
2R (replay) 4 November 1963 Bournemouth A 0–2

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1963–64 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Chic Brodie Scotland (1937-02-22)22 February 1937 (aged 26) Northampton Town 1963
GK Gerry Cakebread England (1936-04-01)1 April 1936 (aged 27) Youth 1954
GK Gordon Phillips England (1946-11-17)17 November 1946 (aged 16) Hayes 1963
GK Fred Ryecraft England (1939-08-28)28 August 1939 (aged 23) Southall 1959
Defenders
DF Tom Anthony England (1943-08-16)16 August 1943 (aged 20) Youth 1961
DF Ken Coote (c) England (1928-05-19)19 May 1928 (aged 35) Wembley 1949
DF Alan Hawley England (1946-06-07)7 June 1946 (aged 17) Youth 1962
DF Allan Jones Wales (1940-01-06)6 January 1940 (aged 23) Liverpool 1963
DF George Thomson Scotland (1936-10-19)19 October 1936 (aged 26) Everton 1963
Midfielders
HB Matt Crowe Scotland (1932-07-04)4 July 1932 (aged 31) Norwich City 1962
HB Peter Gelson England (1941-10-18)18 October 1941 (aged 21) Youth 1961
HB Tommy Higginson Scotland (1937-01-06)6 January 1937 (aged 26) Kilmarnock 1959
HB Hugh McLaughlin Scotland (1943-09-02)2 September 1943 (aged 19) St Roch's 1961
HB Mel Scott England (1939-09-26)26 September 1939 (aged 23) Chelsea 1963
HB Bill Slater England (1927-04-29)29 April 1927 (aged 36) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1963 Amateur
HB Willie Smith Scotland (1943-12-06)6 December 1943 (aged 19) Celtic 1963
Forwards
FW Micky Block England (1940-01-28)28 January 1940 (aged 23) Chelsea 1962
FW John Dick Scotland (1930-03-19)19 March 1930 (aged 33) West Ham United 1962
FW John Fielding England (1939-09-02)2 September 1939 (aged 23) Southport 1963
FW Johnny Hales Scotland (1940-05-15)15 May 1940 (aged 23) St Roch's 1958
FW Mark Lazarus England (1938-12-05)5 December 1938 (aged 24) Queens Park Rangers 1964
FW Billy McAdams Northern Ireland (1934-01-20)20 January 1934 (aged 29) Leeds United 1962
FW Tim Soutar England (1946-02-25)25 February 1946 (aged 17) Youth 1961
FW George Summers Scotland (1941-07-30)30 July 1941 (aged 22) Shawfield 1959
FW Dai Ward Wales (1934-07-13)13 July 1934 (aged 29) Watford 1963
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Johnny Brooks England (1931-12-23)23 December 1931 (aged 31) Chelsea 1961 Transferred to Crystal Palace
FW George McLeod Scotland (1932-11-30)30 November 1932 (aged 30) Luton Town 1958 Transferred to Queens Park Rangers

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
Scotland Malky MacDonald Manager
England Tommy Cavanagh Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Chic Brodie 25 0 4 0 29 0
GK England Gerry Cakebread 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
GK England Gordon Phillips 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK England Fred Ryecraft 15 0 1 0 4 0 20 0
DF England Tom Anthony 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Ken Coote 19 0 1 0 4 0 24 0
DF Wales Allan Jones 45 1 6 0 4 0 55 1
DF England Alan Hawley 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
DF Scotland George Thomson 23 1 4 0 27 1
HB Scotland Matt Crowe 34 0 6 0 1 0 41 0
HB England Peter Gelson 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB Scotland Tommy Higginson 37 1 5 0 1 0 43 1
HB Scotland Hugh McLaughlin 2 0 0 0 2 1 4 1
HB England Mel Scott 44 0 6 0 4 0 54 0
HB England Bill Slater 5 2 0 0 0 0 5 2
HB Scotland Willie Smith 13 0 1 0 4 0 18 0
FW England Micky Block 35 11 6 3 4 1 45 15
FW England Johnny Brooks 6 4 0 0 2 0 8 4
FW Scotland John Dick 30 18 6 2 4 0 40 20
FW England John Fielding 28 4 0 0 3 0 31 4
FW Scotland Johnny Hales 9 2 3 0 0 0 12 2
FW England Mark Lazarus 20 4 20 4
FW Northern Ireland Billy McAdams 39 14 6 2 3 0 48 16
FW Scotland George McLeod 14 1 3 0 3 0 20 1
FW England Tim Soutar 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
FW Scotland George Summers 9 2 0 0 1 0 10 2
FW Wales Dai Ward 33 19 6 3 39 22
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[5]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC FLC Total
FW Wales Dai Ward 19 3 22
FW Scotland John Dick 18 2 0 20
FW Northern Ireland Billy McAdams 14 2 0 16
FW England Micky Block 11 3 1 15
FW England Mark Lazarus 4 4
FW England Johnny Brooks 4 0 0 4
FW England John Fielding 4 0 0 4
FW Scotland Johnny Hales 2 0 0 2
HB England Bill Slater 2 0 0 2
FW Scotland George Summers 2 0 0 2
HB Scotland Tommy Higginson 1 0 0 1
DF Wales Allan Jones 1 0 0 1
FW Scotland George McLeod 1 0 0 1
DF Scotland George Thomson 1 0 0 1
HB Scotland Hugh McLaughlin 0 0 1 1
Opponents 3 0 0 3
Total 87 10 3 100
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[5]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Malky MacDonald Scotland 24 August 1963 28 April 1964 56 19 18 19 033.93 46 15 14 17 032.61

Summary[edit]

Games played 56 (46 Third Division, 6 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Games won 19 (15 Third Division, 3 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Games drawn 18 (14 Third Division, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Games lost 19 (17 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 100 (87 Third Division, 10 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Goals conceded 90 (80 Third Division, 7 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Clean sheets 10 (8 Third Division, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Biggest league win 9–0 versus Wrexham, 12 September 1963
Worst league defeat 6–2 versus Luton Town, 8 February 1964
Most appearances 55, Allan Jones (45 Third Division, 6 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Top scorer (league) 19, Dai Ward
Top scorer (all competitions) 22, Dai Ward

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1963 HB Scotland Willie Smith Scotland Celtic Free [10]
July 1963 HB England Bill Slater England Wolverhampton Wanderers Amateur [11]
August 1963 DF Wales Allan Jones England Liverpool £5,000 [12]
October 1963 FW Wales Dai Ward England Watford £8,000 [13]
November 1963 GK Scotland Chic Brodie England Northampton Town £10,000 [14]
November 1963 DF Scotland George Thomson England Everton n/a [15]
1963 GK England Gordon Phillips England Hayes n/a [16]
1963 n/a England John Todd n/a n/a [1]
January 1964 FW England Mark Lazarus England Queens Park Rangers Part-exchange [17]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
January 1964 FW Scotland George McLeod England Queens Park Rangers Part-exchange [18]
January 1964 FW England Johnny Brooks England Crystal Palace n/a [19]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
April 1964 DF England Ken Coote Retired [6]
April 1964 HB Scotland Matt Crowe South Africa Port Elizabeth City n/a [20]
April 1964 FW Scotland Johnny Hales Retired [21]
April 1964 GK England Fred Ryecraft England Gravesend & Northfleet n/a [22]
April 1964 HB England Graham Sawyer England Bexley United 1964 [23]
April 1964 HB England Bill Slater England Northern Nomads n/a [11]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b c d e White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 387. ISBN 0951526200. 
  6. ^ a b c Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 40-41.
  7. ^ a b Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. pp. 78–79. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  8. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 50.
  9. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  10. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 150.
  11. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 146.
  12. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 88-89.
  13. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 164-165.
  14. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Seventies. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. pp. 255–256. ISBN 978-1906796709. 
  15. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 160.
  16. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 124.
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 96.
  18. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 107.
  19. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 28.
  20. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 43.
  21. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 71.
  22. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 139-140.
  23. ^ "Graham Sawyer". Retrieved 23 January 2017.