1969–70 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1969–70 season
Chairman Walter Wheatley
Manager Jimmy Sirrel
(until 10 November 1969)
Ron Fenton
(10 November 1969 – December 1969)
Frank Blunstone
(from December 1969)
Stadium Griffin Park
Fourth Division 5th
FA Cup Second round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Ross (13)
All: Ross (13)
Highest home attendance 12,261
Lowest home attendance 4,383
Average home league attendance 7,773

During the 1969–70 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Fourth Division. Despite staying in the promotion places throughout much of the campaign, three-late season defeats cost the Bees promotion to the Third Division.

Season summary[edit]

There was the perception around Griffin Park during the 1969 off-season that after the financial austerity of the previous two-and-a-half years, the extreme cost-cutting measures enacted by former chairman Ron Blindell had reduced Brentford's target to merely staying in business, rather than challenging for promotion to the Third Division.[1] Former director Walter Wheatley's loans to the club had taken its debts down to a manageable proportion, but after being installed as chairman (Blindell had died in January 1969), Wheatley carried on the austerity into the 1969–70 season.[1] Manager Jimmy Sirrel once again had his hands tied in the transfer market, releasing experienced campaigners Dennis Hunt, Pat Terry and Ron Foster and bringing in three attackers, two on free transfers (Bill Brown and Micky Cook) and one on trial (Roger Frude).[1]

From the point of view of manpower, Brentford began the season in the worst possible way, with just 14 fit players.[1] Despite the early-season transfer of the versatile John Richardson to rivals Fulham for £10,000, Brentford had an excellent start to the season,[1] with goals from Allan Mansley, Bobby Ross and Micky Cook helping the club stabilise its position in the promotion places.[2] The number of fit players had dropped to 13 by October 1969, with the lack of a recognised centre forward being the problem.[1] On 10 November, manager Jimmy Sirrel dropped the bombshell that he would be leaving the club to take up the manager's position at Notts County.[1] Forward Ron Fenton took over as caretaker manager and though the Bees exited the FA Cup in the first round, quickly ending any chances of a money-spinning cup run, Fenton managed to keep the club in and around the promotion places before Frank Blunstone was installed as manager just prior to Christmas 1969.[1]

Despite an inconsistent first month under new manager Frank Blunstone, Brentford continued to keep pace with the promotion race.[2] Blunstone was able to expand the squad slightly, with midfielders Brian Turner and Brian Tawse signing on a permanent basis and forward Alan Cocks coming in on loan to replace departed loanee Gerry Baker.[1] Ever-present goalkeeper Chic Brodie was having his best season so far at Griffin Park and went on to keep 20 clean sheets.[3] The Bees moved as high as 2nd position in late January and early February 1970 and manager Blunstone went for broke, finally signing a recognised forward (Roger Cross from West Ham United for £10,000) and bringing winger John Docherty back for a third spell with the club.[1] Three defeats in four matches in late March and early April effectively ended the promotion charge,[2] with the three-point gap to 4th-place Port Vale proving to be insurmountable.[4]

Two records were set during the season, which as of the end of the 2015–16 season have never been bettered:[5]

  • Least Football League goals conceded in a season: 39
  • Least home Football League goals conceded in a season: 11

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GA GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Chesterfield 46 19 1 3 55 12 8 9 6 22 20 77 32 2.406 +45 64
2 Wrexham 46 17 6 0 56 16 9 3 11 28 33 84 49 1.714 +35 61
3 Swansea City 46 14 8 1 43 14 7 10 6 23 31 66 45 1.467 +21 60
4 Port Vale 46 13 9 1 39 10 7 10 6 22 23 61 33 1.848 +28 59
5 Brentford 46 14 8 1 36 11 6 8 9 22 28 58 39 1.487 +19 56
6 Aldershot 46 16 5 2 52 22 4 8 11 26 43 78 65 1.200 +13 53
7 Notts County 46 14 4 5 44 21 8 4 11 29 41 73 62 1.177 +11 52
8 Lincoln City 46 11 8 4 38 20 6 8 9 28 32 66 52 1.269 +14 50
9 Peterborough United 46 13 8 2 51 21 4 6 13 26 48 77 69 1.116 +8 48
10 Colchester United 46 14 5 4 38 22 3 9 11 26 41 64 63 1.016 +1 48
11 Chester 46 14 3 6 39 23 7 3 13 19 43 58 66 0.879 –8 48
12 Scunthorpe United 46 11 6 6 34 23 7 4 12 33 42 67 65 1.031 +2 46
13 York City 46 14 7 2 38 16 2 7 14 17 46 55 62 0.887 –7 46
14 Northampton Town 46 11 7 5 41 19 5 5 13 23 36 64 55 1.164 +9 44
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 12 6 5 37 18 4 6 13 14 33 51 51 1.000 ±0 44
16 Grimsby Town 46 9 9 5 33 24 5 6 12 21 34 54 58 0.931 –4 43
17 Southend United 46 12 8 3 40 28 3 2 18 19 57 59 85 0.694 –26 40
18 Exeter City 46 13 5 5 48 20 1 6 16 9 39 57 59 0.966 –2 39
19 Oldham Athletic 46 11 4 8 45 28 2 9 12 15 37 60 65 0.923 –5 39
20 Workington 46 9 9 5 31 21 3 5 15 15 43 46 64 0.719 –18 38
21 Newport County 46 12 3 8 39 24 1 8 14 14 50 53 74 0.716 –21 37
22 Darlington 46 8 7 8 31 27 5 3 15 22 46 53 73 0.726 –20 36
23 Hartlepool 46 7 7 9 31 30 3 3 17 11 52 42 82 0.512 –40 30
24 Bradford Park Avenue 46 6 5 12 23 32 0 6 17 18 64 41 96 0.427 –55 23

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
Re-elected
Failed re-election

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Fourth Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
1 9 August 1969 Hartlepool A 0–0
2 16 August 1969 Notts County H 1–0 Mansley (2)
3 23 August 1969 Crewe Alexandra A 2–1 Renwick, Cook
4 27 August 1969 Chester A 2–1 Dobson, Ross
5 30 August 1969 Darlington H 1–1 Dobson
6 6 September 1969 Newport County A 0–1
7 13 September 1969 Swansea City H 2–2 Mansley, Ross (pen)
8 15 September 1969 Southend United H 3–1 Mansley, Neilson, Fenton
9 20 September 1969 Bradford Park Avenue A 1–0 Ross
10 27 September 1969 Wrexham H 0–0
11 29 September 1969 Lincoln City H 2–1 Gelson, Cook
12 4 October 1969 Workington A 2–1 Mansley, Ross
13 8 October 1969 Notts County A 0–1
14 11 October 1969 Scunthorpe United H 3–0 Cook, Mansley (2)
15 18 October 1969 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 Cook
16 25 October 1969 Chesterfield A 0–1
17 1 November 1969 Peterborough United H 5–2 Baker, Wile (og), Ross, Higginson, Fenton
18 8 November 1969 Exeter City A 2–2 Renwick (2)
19 22 November 1969 Northampton Town A 1–1 Dobson
20 24 November 1969 Grimsby Town H 3–0 Baker, Ross, Mansley
21 13 December 1969 Swansea City A 0–1
22 20 December 1969 Newport County H 1–0 Ross
23 26 December 1969 Crewe Alexandra H 1–1 Ross
24 27 December 1969 Darlington A 2–1 Fenton, Ross
25 3 January 1970 Lincoln City A 0–1
26 10 January 1970 Bradford Park Avenue H 1–1 Fenton
27 17 January 1970 Wrexham A 0–1
28 24 January 1970 Port Vale H 1–0 Boulton (og)
29 31 January 1970 Workington H 1–0 Dobson
30 10 February 1970 Scunthorpe United A 1–1 Gelson
31 21 February 1970 Chesterfield H 0–1
32 23 February 1970 Hartlepool H 3–0 Gelson, Turner, Hawley
33 28 February 1970 Peterborough United A 0–0
34 7 March 1970 Northampton Town H 1–0 Cocks
35 9 March 1970 York City H 0–0
36 14 March 1970 Colchester United A 1–1 Ross
37 16 March 1970 Port Vale A 0–0
38 21 March 1970 Aldershot H 0–0
39 27 March 1970 Exeter City H 2–0 Cross, Ross (pen)
40 28 March 1970 York City A 2–4 Docherty, Neilson
41 31 March 1970 Oldham Athletic A 1–4 Cocks
42 4 April 1970 Chester H 2–0 Gelson, Docherty
43 7 April 1970 Grimsby Town A 1–2 Cross
44 13 April 1970 Southend United A 2–2 Neilson, Ross
45 18 April 1970 Colchester United H 2–0 Renwick, Docherty
46 24 April 1970 Aldershot A 2–1 Cross (2)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result
1R 15 November 1969 Plymouth Argyle H 0–0
1R (replay) 19 November 1969 Plymouth Argyle A 0–2

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s) Notes
1R 12 August 1969 Southend United A 2–2 Mansley (2)
1R (replay) 18 August 1969 Southend United H 0–0 (a.e.t.)
1R (2nd replay) 21 August 1969 Southend United N 2–3 (a.e.t.) Mansley, Gelson [nb 1]

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1969–70 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 32) Northampton Town 1963
Defenders
DF Peter Gelson England (1941-10-18)18 October 1941 (aged 27) Youth 1961
DF Alan Hawley England (1946-06-07)7 June 1946 (aged 23) Youth 1962
DF Tommy Higginson Scotland (1937-01-06)6 January 1937 (aged 32) Kilmarnock 1959
DF Allan Jones Wales (1940-01-06)6 January 1940 (aged 29) Liverpool 1963
DF Alan Nelmes England (1948-10-20)20 October 1948 (aged 20) Chelsea 1967
DF Dick Renwick England (1942-11-27)27 November 1942 (aged 26) Aldershot 1969
Midfielders
MF George Dobson England (1949-08-24)24 August 1949 (aged 19) Youth 1966
MF John Docherty Scotland (1940-04-29)29 April 1940 (aged 29) Reading 1970
MF Allan Mansley England (1946-08-31)31 August 1946 (aged 22) Blackpool 1968
MF Gordon Neilson Scotland (1947-05-28)28 May 1947 (aged 22) Arsenal 1968
MF Bobby Ross Scotland (1942-05-10)10 May 1942 (aged 27) Shrewsbury Town 1966
MF Brian Tawse Scotland (1945-07-30)30 July 1945 (aged 24) Brighton & Hove Albion 1970
MF Brian Turner New Zealand (1949-07-31)31 July 1949 (aged 20) Portsmouth 1970
Forwards
FW Micky Cook England (1950-01-25)25 January 1950 (aged 19) Crystal Palace 1969
FW Roger Cross England (1948-10-20)20 October 1948 (aged 20) West Ham United 1970
FW Ron Fenton (c) England (1940-09-21)21 September 1940 (aged 28) Birmingham City 1968
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Gerry Baker United States (1938-04-11)11 April 1938 (aged 31) Coventry City 1969 Returned to Coventry City after loan
FW Bill Brown England (1943-02-07)7 February 1943 (aged 26) Portsmouth 1969 Released
FW Alan Cocks England (1951-05-07)7 May 1951 (aged 18) Chelsea 1969 Returned to Chelsea after loan
FW Roger Frude England (1946-11-19)19 November 1946 (aged 22) Mansfield Town 1969 Released
FW David Harney England (1947-03-02)2 March 1947 (aged 22) Scunthorpe United 1969 Released
FW John Richardson England (1949-02-05)5 February 1949 (aged 20) Millwall 1966 Transferred to Fulham

Coaching staff[edit]

Jimmy Sirrel (10 August – 10 November 1969)[edit]

Name Role
Scotland Jimmy Sirrel Manager
England Eddie Lyons Physiotherapist

Ron Fenton (10 November – December 1969)[edit]

Name Role
England Ron Fenton Caretaker Manager
England Eddie Lyons Physiotherapist

Frank Blunstone (December 1969 – 24 April 1970)[edit]

Name Role
England Frank Blunstone Manager
England Eddie Lyons Physiotherapist

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Substitute appearances in brackets.
Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK Scotland Chic Brodie 46 0 2 0 3 0 51 0
DF England Peter Gelson 43 4 2 0 3 1 48 5
DF England Alan Hawley 46 1 1 0 3 0 50 1
DF Scotland Tommy Higginson 39 (1) 1 2 0 3 0 44 (1) 0
DF Wales Allan Jones 9 (3) 0 1 0 0 0 10 (3) 0
DF England Alan Nelmes 45 0 2 0 3 0 50 0
DF England Dick Renwick 39 4 2 0 3 0 44 4
MF England George Dobson 15 (5) 4 0 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 16 (7) 4
MF Scotland John Docherty 11 3 11 3
MF England Allan Mansley 26 6 2 0 3 3 31 9
MF Scotland Gordon Neilson 33 (1) 3 2 0 3 0 38 (1) 3
MF Scotland Bobby Ross 46 13 2 0 3 0 51 13
MF Scotland Brian Tawse 13 0 13 0
MF New Zealand Brian Turner 14 (2) 1 14 (2) 1
FW England Bill Brown 4 0 4 0
FW England Micky Cook 17 (3) 4 2 0 3 0 22 (3) 4
FW England Roger Cross 11 4 11 4
FW England Ron Fenton 29 (2) 4 2 0 0 0 31 (2) 4
FW England Roger Frude 1 (1) 0 1 (1) 0 2 (2) 0
FW England David Harney 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0
FW England John Richardson 2 0 2 0 4 0
Players loaned in during the season
FW United States Gerry Baker 8 2 8 2
FW England Alan Cocks 11 2 11 2
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[3]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL4 FAC FLC Total
MF Scotland Bobby Ross 13 0 0 13
MF England Allan Mansley 6 0 3 9
DF England Peter Gelson 4 0 1 5
FW England Roger Cross 4 4
FW England Micky Cook 4 0 0 4
MF England George Dobson 4 0 0 4
FW England Ron Fenton 4 0 0 4
DF England Dick Renwick 4 0 0 4
MF Scotland John Docherty 3 3
MF Scotland Gordon Neilson 3 0 0 3
FW United States Gerry Baker 2 2
FW England Alan Cocks 2 2
MF New Zealand Brian Turner 1 1
DF England Alan Hawley 1 0 0 1
Opponents 2 0 0 2
Total 58 0 4 62
  • 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 %
Jimmy Sirrel Scotland 9 August 1969 8 November 1969 21 9 8 4 042.86 18 9 6 3 050.00
Ron Fenton (caretaker) England 15 November 1969 20 December 1969 6 2 2 2 033.33 4 2 1 1 050.00
Frank Blunstone England 26 December 1969 24 April 1970 24 9 9 6 037.50 24 9 9 6 037.50

Summary[edit]

Games played 51 (46 Fourth Division, 2 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Games won 20 (20 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Games drawn 19 (16 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Games lost 12 (10 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 62 (58 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Goals conceded 46 (39 Fourth Division, 2 FA Cup, 5 League Cup)
Clean sheets 20 (18 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Biggest league win 3–0 on three occasions; 5–2 versus Peterborough United, 1 November 1969
Worst league defeat 4–1 versus Oldham Athletic, 31 March 1970
Most appearances 51, Chic Brodie, Bobby Ross (46 Fourth Division, 2 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Top scorer (league) 13, Bobby Ross
Top scorer (all competitions) 13, Bobby Ross

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
July 1969 FW England Bill Brown England Portsmouth Free [7]
July 1969 FW England Roger Frude England Mansfield Town Trial [8]
August 1969 FW England Micky Cook England Crystal Palace Free [9]
October 1969 FW England Brian Caterer England Leatherhead Amateur [10]
October 1969 FW England David Harney England Scunthorpe United Trial [11]
1969 MF England Alan Gane England Slough Town n/a [12]
January 1970 MF New Zealand Brian Turner England Portsmouth n/a [13]
February 1970 MF Scotland Brian Tawse England Brighton & Hove Albion n/a [14]
March 1970 FW England Roger Cross England Crystal Palace £10,000 [15]
March 1970 MF Scotland John Docherty England Reading n/a [16]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
October 1969 FW United States Gerry Baker England Coventry City January 1970 [17]
January 1970 FW England Alan Cocks England Chelsea March 1970 [18]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
August 1969 FW England John Richardson England Fulham £10,000 [18]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
August 1969 FW England Roger Frude England Falmouth Town 1969 [8]
October 1969 FW England Bill Brown England Margate 1969 [7]
October 1969 FW England Brian Caterer England Leatherhead October 1969 [10]
October 1969 FW England David Harney England Wimbledon 1969 [11]
April 1970 FW England Micky Cook England Folkestone 1970 [9]
April 1970 MF England George Dobson England Guildford City 1970 [19]
April 1970 FW England Ron Fenton Retired [20]
April 1970 DF Scotland Tommy Higginson England Hillingdon Borough 1970 [21]
April 1970 DF Wales Allan Jones Australia Croatia 1970 [22]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Match played at The Den, London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j White 1989, p. 274-276.
  2. ^ a b c Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford results for the 1969-1970 season - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 390. ISBN 0951526200. 
  4. ^ Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford League Table 1969-1970 - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. pp. 78–79. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  6. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  7. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 29.
  8. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 61.
  9. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 39.
  10. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 35.
  11. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 72.
  12. ^ White 1989, p. 391.
  13. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 163.
  14. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 158.
  15. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 42-43.
  16. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 49.
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 15.
  18. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 134.
  19. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 48.
  20. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 55.
  21. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 76.
  22. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 88-89.