1964–65 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1964–65 season
Chairman Jack Dunnett
Manager Malky MacDonald
(until 16 January 1965)
Tommy Cavanagh
(from 17 January 1965)
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division 5th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Cobb (15)
All: Cobb (18)
Highest home attendance 30,448
Lowest home attendance 5,380
Average home league attendance 10,740

During the 1964–65 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division. Despite topping the table between September and October 1964, the worst away record in the division and a change of managers in January 1965 derailed the club's promotion charge.

Season summary[edit]

After a disappointing first season back in the Third Division, Brentford chairman Jack Dunnett again allowed manager Malky MacDonald significant funds for new signings.[1] £18,000 was spent on inside forward Jimmy Bloomfield (who returned to Griffin Park after a decade away) and Newport County's journeyman forward Joe Bonson.[1] The team began the season in good form, winning six and drawing one of the first 9 matches to sit atop the Third Division table.[2] The early season goalscoring form of Joe Bonson meant that Billy McAdams, previously a regular scorer for the team, was seen as surplus to requirements and sold to local rivals Queens Park Rangers for £5,000.[1] With the Bees establishing themselves in the promotion places, £29,000 was spent on forwards Billy Cobb and Ian Lawther in October and November 1964.[1] As a sign of chairman Dunnett's aim to secure promotion at all costs, a massive £40,000 bid for Torino's Gerry Hitchens was tabled but unsuccessful.[1]

Despite a solid home record and regular goals from front players Cobb, Bonson, Lazarus, Lawther and Fielding,[3] a failure to convert away defeats into draws dropped the Bees back into 4th place by January 1965.[2] The FA Cup was exited after a third round replay defeat at the hands of First Division Burnley and a matter of days later, manager Malky MacDonald revealed that he would leave Brentford at the end of the season to return to Kilmarnock, from whom he had originally joined the club in 1957.[1] MacDonald intended to see out the remainder of his contract, which expired at the end of the season, but he was immediately placed on gardening leave by chairman Jack Dunnett and replaced on an interim basis by trainer Tommy Cavanagh.[1] Cavanagh won four and drew two of his first 10 matches, but a 2–0 away defeat to Scunthorpe United on 26 March emphasised the team's poor away record and effectively ended any chances of promotion.[2] Despite the blow, the team reacted positively, winning five and drawing two of the remaining eight matches of the season to secure a 5th-place finish.[2]

Brentford's 18 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat at home was the best home record in the Third Division (and also club's best home record in a single season since the Second World War) and promotion may have been attained had the team not lost five consecutive away matches in mid-season.[1][4] Just one league win away from home equalled the club record.[5] By 19 December 1964, Joe Bonson, Mark Lazarus and Billy Cobb had each reached 10 or more goals for the season, which was the second instance of three Brentford players reaching double-figures before Christmas Day.[6]

The Brentford reserve team had a successful season, winning the London Challenge Cup after a 2–1 victory over Chelsea, courtesy of goals from George Summers and Micky Block.[7] In goal was Gerry Cakebread,[7] who had dropped into the reserve team for his final season at Griffin Park after making 374 first team appearances, the most by any goalkeeper for Brentford.[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 Carlisle United 46 14 5 4 46 24 11 5 7 30 29 76 53 1.434 +23 60
2 Bristol City 46 14 6 3 53 18 10 5 8 39 37 92 55 1.673 +37 59
3 Mansfield Town 46 17 4 2 61 23 7 7 9 34 38 95 61 1.557 +34 59
4 Hull City 46 14 6 3 51 25 9 6 8 40 32 91 57 1.596 +34 58
5 Brentford 46 18 4 1 55 18 6 5 12 28 37 83 55 1.509 +28 57
6 Bristol Rovers 46 14 7 2 52 21 6 8 9 30 37 82 58 1.414 +24 55
7 Gillingham 46 16 5 2 45 13 7 4 12 25 37 70 50 1.400 +20 55
8 Peterborough United 46 16 3 4 61 33 6 4 13 24 41 85 74 1.149 +11 51
9 Watford 46 13 8 2 45 21 4 8 11 26 43 71 64 1.109 +7 50
10 Grimsby Town 46 11 10 2 37 21 5 7 11 31 46 68 67 1.015 +1 49
11 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 46 12 4 7 40 24 6 7 10 32 39 72 63 1.143 +9 47
12 Southend United 46 14 4 5 48 24 5 4 14 30 47 78 71 1.099 +7 46
13 Reading 46 12 8 3 45 26 4 6 13 25 44 70 70 1.000 ±0 46
14 Queens Park Rangers 46 15 5 3 48 23 2 7 14 24 57 72 80 0.900 –8 46
15 Workington 46 11 7 5 30 22 6 5 12 28 47 58 69 0.841 –11 46
16 Shrewsbury Town 46 10 6 7 42 38 5 6 12 34 46 76 84 0.905 –8 42
17 Exeter City 46 8 7 8 33 27 4 10 9 18 25 51 52 0.981 –1 41
18 Scunthorpe United 46 9 8 6 42 27 5 4 14 23 45 65 72 0.903 –7 40
19 Walsall 46 9 4 10 34 36 6 3 14 21 44 55 80 0.688 –25 37
20 Oldham Athletic 46 10 3 10 40 39 3 7 13 21 44 61 83 0.735 –22 36
21 Luton Town 46 6 8 9 32 36 5 3 15 19 58 51 94 0.543 –33 33
22 Port Vale 46 7 6 10 27 33 2 8 13 14 43 41 76 0.539 –35 32
23 Colchester United 46 7 6 10 30 34 3 4 16 20 55 50 89 0.562 –39 30
24 Barnsley 46 8 5 10 33 31 1 6 16 21 59 54 90 0.600 –36 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 Third Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 22 August 1964 Luton Town H 2–2 Bonson (2)
2 24 August 1964 Mansfield Town A 1–4 Fielding
3 28 August 1964 Carlisle United A 1–0 Bonson
4 31 August 1964 Mansfield Town H 1–0 Lazarus
5 5 September 1964 Port Vale H 4–0 Summers, Dick (2, 1 pen), Bonson
6 9 September 1964 Grimsby Town A 1–2 Ward
7 12 September 1964 Colchester United A 3–0 Fielding (2), Lazarus
8 15 September 1964 Grimsby Town H 2–0 Ward, Lazarus
9 19 September 1964 Gillingham H 2–0 Fielding, Bonson
10 26 September 1964 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 Summers
11 28 September 1964 Peterborough United A 1–3 Dick
12 3 October 1964 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 Fielding
13 6 October 1964 Peterborough United H 3–1 Fielding (2), Cobb
14 9 October 1964 Queens Park Rangers A 3–1 Bonson (2), Lazarus
15 14 October 1964 Exeter City A 0–0
16 17 October 1964 Shrewsbury Town H 2–0 Fielding, Bonson
17 20 October 1964 Exeter City H 2–1 Lazarus, Bloomfield
18 24 October 1964 Reading A 1–1 Lazarus
19 27 October 1964 Hull City H 1–3 Higginson
20 31 October 1964 Southend United H 2–1 Dick, Lazarus
21 7 November 1964 Barnsley A 1–3 Bonson
22 21 November 1964 Walsall A 3–4 Cobb (2), Bonson
23 28 November 1964 Watford H 5–1 Cobb (2), Lazarus (2, 1 pen), Bloomfield
24 12 December 1964 Luton Town A 2–4 Lazarus, Lawther
25 19 December 1964 Carlisle United H 6–1 Cobb (3), Lawther, Lazarus (2)
26 26 December 1964 Bristol City H 2–1 Lawther, Bloomfield
27 2 January 1965 Port Vale A 1–2 Lawther
28 16 January 1965 Colchester United H 1–0 Gelson
29 23 January 1965 Gillingham A 0–1
30 6 February 1965 Bristol Rovers A 2–1 Lawther, Lazarus
31 13 February 1965 Oldham Athletic H 2–2 Lazarus, Lawther
32 20 February 1965 Queens Park Rangers H 5–2 Higginson, Cobb (3), Bedford (og)
33 27 February 1965 Shrewsbury Town A 0–1
34 2 March 1965 Bristol City A 2–3 Cobb, Block (pen)
35 13 March 1965 Southend United A 1–0 Lawther
36 17 March 1965 Workington A 1–1 Cobb
37 20 March 1965 Barnsley H 1–0 Cobb
38 26 March 1965 Scunthorpe United A 0–2
39 3 April 1965 Walsall H 0–0
40 7 April 1965 Workington H 3–0 Lawther (2), Cobb
41 10 April 1965 Watford A 1–1 Lawther
42 16 April 1965 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic H 2–1 Fielding (2)
43 17 April 1965 Reading H 2–1 Evans (og), Block
44 19 April 1965 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic A 1–0 Gater (og)
45 24 April 1965 Hull City A 1–2 Lawther
46 27 April 1965 Scunthorpe United H 4–0 Bonson (2), Block, Bloomfield

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1R 14 November 1964 Wisbech Town A 2–0 Bonson, Cobb
2R 5 December 1964 Notts County H 4–0 Bonson, Fielding, Cobb (2)
3R 9 January 1965 Burnley A 1–1 Lazarus
3R (replay) 12 January 1965 Burnley H 0–2

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result
1R 2 September 1964 Southend United H 0–2

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1964–65 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 27) Northampton Town 1963
GK Gordon Phillips England (1946-11-17)17 November 1946 (aged 17) Hayes 1963
Defenders
DF Alan Hawley England (1946-06-07)7 June 1946 (aged 18) Youth 1962
DF Allan Jones Wales (1940-01-06)6 January 1940 (aged 24) Liverpool 1963
DF George Thomson Scotland (1936-10-19)19 October 1936 (aged 27) Everton 1963
Midfielders
HB Peter Gelson England (1941-10-18)18 October 1941 (aged 22) Youth 1961
HB Tommy Higginson Scotland (1937-01-06)6 January 1937 (aged 27) Kilmarnock 1959
HB Hamish MacKenzie Scotland (1945-03-11)11 March 1945 (aged 19) Dunfermline Athletic 1964
HB Hugh McLaughlin Scotland (1943-09-02)2 September 1943 (aged 20) St Roch's 1961
HB Mel Scott (c) England (1939-09-26)26 September 1939 (aged 24) Chelsea 1963
HB Willie Smith Scotland (1943-12-06)6 December 1943 (aged 20) Celtic 1963
Forwards
FW Micky Block England (1940-01-28)28 January 1940 (aged 24) Chelsea 1962
FW Jimmy Bloomfield England (1934-02-15)15 February 1934 (aged 30) Birmingham City 1964
FW Joe Bonson England (1936-06-09)9 June 1936 (aged 28) Newport County 1964
FW Billy Cobb England (1940-09-29)29 September 1940 (aged 23) Plymouth Argyle 1964
FW John Dick Scotland (1930-03-19)19 March 1930 (aged 34) West Ham United 1962
FW John Fielding England (1939-09-02)2 September 1939 (aged 24) Southport 1963
FW Ian Lawther Northern Ireland (1939-10-20)20 October 1939 (aged 24) Scunthorpe United 1964
FW Mark Lazarus England (1938-12-05)5 December 1938 (aged 25) Queens Park Rangers 1964
FW Dai Ward Wales (1934-07-13)13 July 1934 (aged 30) Watford 1963
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Billy McAdams Northern Ireland (1934-01-20)20 January 1934 (aged 30) Leeds United 1962 Transferred to Queens Park Rangers
FW George Summers Scotland (1941-07-30)30 July 1941 (aged 23) Shawfield 1959 Transferred to Port Elizabeth City

Coaching staff[edit]

Malky MacDonald (22 August 1964 – 16 January 1965)[edit]

Name Role
Scotland Malky MacDonald Manager
England Tommy Cavanagh Trainer

Tommy Cavanagh (17 January – 27 April 1965)[edit]

Name Role
England Tommy Cavanagh Manager
Scotland Jimmy Sirrel Trainer
England Eddie Lyons Physiotherapist

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 45 0 4 0 1 0 50 0
GK England Gordon Phillips 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
DF Wales Allan Jones 37 0 4 0 1 0 42 0
DF England Alan Hawley 18 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
DF Scotland George Thomson 41 0 4 0 1 0 46 0
HB England Peter Gelson 42 1 4 0 0 0 46 1
HB Scotland Tommy Higginson 31 2 3 0 1 0 35 2
HB Scotland Hamish MacKenzie 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
HB Scotland Hugh McLaughlin 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB England Mel Scott 46 0 4 0 1 0 51 0
HB Scotland Willie Smith 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
FW England Micky Block 20 3 0 0 1 0 21 3
FW England Jimmy Bloomfield 42 4 4 0 1 0 47 4
FW England Joe Bonson 23 12 4 2 1 0 28 14
FW England Billy Cobb 35 15 4 3 0 0 39 18
FW Scotland John Dick 4 4 0 0 0 0 4 4
FW England John Fielding 38 10 4 1 0 0 42 11
FW Northern Ireland Ian Lawther 23 11 23 11
FW England Mark Lazarus 33 14 4 1 1 0 38 15
FW Northern Ireland Billy McAdams 2 0 0 0 2 0
FW Scotland George Summers 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
FW Wales Dai Ward 14 2 0 0 1 0 15 2
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[3]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC FLC Total
FW England Billy Cobb 15 3 0 18
FW England Mark Lazarus 14 1 0 15
FW England Joe Bonson 12 2 0 14
FW Northern Ireland Ian Lawther 11 11
FW England John Fielding 10 1 0 11
FW England Jimmy Bloomfield 4 0 0 4
FW Scotland John Dick 4 0 0 4
FW England Micky Block 3 0 0 3
HB Scotland Tommy Higginson 2 0 0 2
FW Scotland George Summers 2 0 0 2
FW Wales Dai Ward 2 0 0 2
HB England Peter Gelson 1 0 0 1
Opponents 3 0 0 3
Total 83 7 0 90
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[3]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Malky MacDonald Scotland 22 August 1964 16 January 1965 33 17 6 10 051.52 28 15 5 8 053.57
Tommy Cavanagh England 23 January 1965 27 April 1965 18 9 4 5 050.00 18 9 4 5 050.00

Summary[edit]

Games played 51 (46 Third Division, 4 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Games won 26 (24 Third Division, 2 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Games drawn 10 (9 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Games lost 15 (13 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 90 (83 Third Division, 7 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Goals conceded 60 (55 Third Division, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Clean sheets 16 (15 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Biggest league win 6–1 versus Carlisle United, 19 December 1964
Worst league defeat 4–1 versus Mansfield Town, 24 August 1964
Most appearances 50, Chic Brodie (45 Third Division, 4 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Top scorer (league) 15, Billy Cobb
Top scorer (all competitions) 18, Billy Cobb

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1964 DF England Billy Bloomfield England Birmingham City £12,000 [10]
June 1964 FW England Joe Bonson Wales Newport County £6,000 [10]
August 1964 FW England Joe Gadston England West Ham United n/a [11]
August 1964 HB Scotland Hamish MacKenzie Scotland Dunfermline Athletic Free [12]
October 1964 FW England Billy Cobb England Plymouth Argyle £12,000 [13]
November 1964 FW Northern Ireland Ian Lawther England Scunthorpe United £17,000 [14]
1964 HB England Eddie Reeve n/a n/a [15]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
22 September 1964 FW Northern Ireland Billy McAdams England Queens Park Rangers £5,000 [16]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
1965 FW Scotland George Summers South Africa Port Elizabeth City 1965 [17]
April 1965 DF England Tom Anthony England Guildford City 1966 [18]
April 1965 GK England Gerry Cakebread England Hillingdon Borough 1965 [8]
April 1965 FW Scotland John Dick England Gravesend & Northfleet 1965 [19]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 33.
  9. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
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  12. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 99.
  13. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 38.
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  15. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 132.
  16. ^ "QPRnet – Seasonal Stats – 1964/65". Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 156.
  18. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 12.
  19. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 47-48.