1979–80 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1979–80 season
Chairman Dan Tana
Manager Bill Dodgin Jr.
(until 15 March 1980)
Fred Callaghan
(from 15 March 1980)
Stadium Griffin Park
Third Division 19th
FA Cup First round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Phillips (12)
All: Phillips (12)
Highest home attendance 13,764
Lowest home attendance 4,992
Average home league attendance 7,818

During the 1979–80 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division, despite challenging for promotion in the first half of the season, a barren run between December 1979 and March 1980 meant that the Bees' Third Division status was only preserved on the final day of the season.

Season summary[edit]

Brentford manager Bill Dodgin Jr. oversaw one of the quietest off-seasons in recent years, with the only change being in the striking department – Andrew McCulloch departed for a club record £60,000 fee and in came Lee Holmes and Billy Holmes,[1] the latter for a £10,000 fee.[2] In direct contrast to the previous two seasons, Brentford started strongly, winning six and drawing three of the first 11 league matches of the season to rise to 3rd position in the Third Division on 10 October 1979.[3] Continued good results and a boost from the loan signing of winger Keith Fear put the Bees in 2nd place behind leaders Sheffield United one month later,[4] but after a 7–2 victory over Hull City on 8 December, the Bees' biggest win of the season, the team's form collapsed.[3]

Between 15 December 1979 and 29 March 1980, Brentford won just 7 of a possible 36 points and dropped down from 3rd to 18th place.[3] A 1–0 home defeat to Rotherham United at Griffin Park on 29 March left the Bees just two points above the relegation zone and the result spelt the end for manager Bill Dodgin Jr, who was given a paid leave of absence until the end of the season by the club's board.[1] Former Woking manager Fred Callaghan was appointed to the position and oversaw something of a revival, though Brentford went into the final match of the season versus Millwall needing at least a point to guarantee safety.[1] A goal from Tony Funnell (whom Bill Dodgin Jr. had signed for a £56,000 club record fee in March 1980)[5] was enough to preserve Brentford's Third Division status.[1]

One club record was equalled during the season:

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld Home Away F A GD Pts
W D L F A W D L F A
1 Grimsby Town 46 18 2 3 46 16 8 8 7 27 26 73 42 +31 62
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 13 5 5 34 17 12 4 7 24 19 58 36 +22 59
3 Sheffield Wednesday 46 12 6 5 44 20 9 10 4 37 27 81 47 +34 58
4 Chesterfield 46 16 5 2 46 16 7 6 10 25 30 71 46 +25 57
5 Colchester United 46 10 10 3 39 20 10 2 11 25 36 64 56 +8 52
6 Carlisle United 46 13 6 4 45 26 5 6 12 21 30 66 56 +10 48
7 Reading 46 14 6 3 43 19 2 10 11 23 46 66 65 +1 48
8 Exeter City 46 14 5 4 38 22 5 5 13 22 46 60 68 –8 48
9 Chester 46 14 6 3 29 18 3 7 13 20 39 49 57 –8 47
10 Swindon Town 46 15 4 4 50 20 4 4 15 21 43 71 63 +8 46
11 Barnsley 46 10 7 6 29 20 6 7 10 24 36 53 56 –3 46
12 Sheffield United 46 13 5 5 34 21 5 5 13 25 45 59 66 –7 46
13 Rotherham United 46 13 4 6 38 24 5 6 12 20 42 58 66 –8 46
14 Millwall 46 14 6 3 49 23 2 7 14 16 36 65 59 +6 45
15 Plymouth Argyle 46 13 7 3 39 17 3 5 15 20 38 59 55 +4 44
16 Gillingham 46 8 9 6 26 18 6 5 12 23 33 49 51 –2 42
17 Oxford United 46 10 4 9 34 24 4 9 10 23 38 57 62 –5 41
18 Blackpool 46 10 7 6 39 34 5 4 14 23 40 62 74 –12 41
19 Brentford 46 10 6 7 33 26 5 5 13 26 47 59 73 –14 41
20 Hull City 46 11 7 5 29 21 1 9 13 22 48 51 69 –18 40
21 Bury 46 10 4 9 30 23 6 3 14 15 36 45 59 –14 39
22 Southend United 46 11 6 6 33 23 3 4 16 14 34 47 57 –10 38
23 Mansfield Town 46 9 9 5 31 24 1 7 15 16 34 47 58 –11 36
24 Wimbledon 46 6 8 9 34 38 4 6 13 18 43 52 81 –29 34

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; 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 Attendance Scorer(s)
1 18 August 1979 Reading A 2–2 8,140 Henderson (og), Fraser
2 25 August 1979 Swindon Town A 0–4 7,204
3 1 September 1979 Chesterfield H 3–1 5,762 Carlton, Fraser, W. Holmes
4 8 September 1979 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–0 11,778 L. Holmes, Phillips
5 15 September 1979 Grimsby Town H 1–0 7,121 Salman
6 17 September 1979 Exeter City H 0–2 7,809
7 22 September 1979 Wimbledon A 0–0 5,524
8 29 September 1979 Southend United H 2–0 6,928 McNichol, Phillips
9 3 October 1979 Exeter City A 0–0 3,297
10 6 October 1979 Barnsley H 3–1 7,292 Kruse, L. Holmes, Smith
11 10 October 1979 Oxford United A 2–0 6,362 McNichol, Phillips
12 13 October 1979 Blackpool A 4–5 5,386 Carlton, Phillips, W. Holmes, McNichol
13 20 October 1979 Blackburn Rovers H 2–0 7,970 McNichol, Phillips
14 22 October 1979 Sheffield United H 1–2 13,764 Smith
15 27 October 1979 Plymouth Argyle A 1–0 5,203 J. Graham
16 3 November 1979 Reading H 2–2 10,011 Smith (2)
17 6 November 1979 Sheffield United A 2–0 14,808 Tibbott (og), Smith
18 10 November 1979 Colchester United H 1–0 9,070 McNichol
19 17 November 1979 Rotherham United A 2–4 4,709 McNichol (2, 1 pen)
20 1 December 1979 Carlisle United A 1–3 4,275 L. Holmes
21 8 December 1979 Hull City H 7–2 6,793 Phillips (2), Booker (3), Fear, Kruse
22 15 December 1979 Oxford United H 1–1 7,592 Salman
23 21 December 1979 Bury A 2–4 2,443 Fraser, Booker
24 26 December 1979 Chester H 2–2 10,139 McNichol, Fear
25 29 December 1979 Swindon Town H 1–3 12,122 Fraser
26 5 January 1980 Gillingham H 0–2 7,849
27 12 January 1980 Chesterfield A 0–1 5,529
28 19 January 1980 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–2 8,389 Phillips, L. Holmes
29 2 February 1980 Grimsby Town A 1–5 9,817 Phillips
30 9 February 1980 Wimbledon H 0–1 7,383
31 16 February 1980 Southend United A 2–3 4,198 Shrubb, Phillips
32 23 February 1980 Blackpool H 2–1 6,403 Booker, Salman
33 1 March 1980 Blackburn Rovers A 0–3 10,227
34 8 March 1980 Plymouth Argyle H 0–0 6,462
35 10 March 1980 Mansfield Town A 0–0 3,461
36 15 March 1980 Barnsley A 0–1 9,368
37 18 March 1980 Millwall A 1–3 6,107 Kruse
38 23 March 1980 Colchester United A 1–6 3,821 Funnell
39 29 March 1980 Rotherham United H 0–1 4,992
40 5 April 1980 Chester A 1–1 2,930 Phillips
41 7 April 1980 Mansfield Town H 2–0 6,057 L. Holmes, Phillips
42 8 April 1980 Bury H 0–0 6,751
43 12 April 1980 Gillingham A 1–0 5,889 Booker
44 19 April 1980 Carlisle United H 0–3 6,130
45 26 April 1980 Hull City A 1–2 5,382 L. Holmes
46 3 May 1980 Millwall H 1–0 7,033 Funnell

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer
1R 24 November 1979 Swindon Town A 1–4 9,472 Smith

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer
1R (1st leg) 15 August 1979 Southend United A 1–2 4,780 L. Holmes
1R (2nd leg) 21 August 1979 Southend United H 1–4 (lost 6–2 on aggregate) 7,818 Allder
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[7] The Big Brentford Book of the Seventies,[8] Statto

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1979–80 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Len Bond England (1954-01-12)12 January 1954 (aged 25) Bristol City 1977
GK Trevor Porter England (1956-10-16)16 October 1956 (aged 22) Slough Town 1978
Defenders
DF Iori Jenkins Wales (1959-12-11)11 December 1959 (aged 19) Chelsea 1979
DF Pat Kruse England (1953-11-30)30 November 1953 (aged 25) Torquay United 1977
DF Jim McNichol Scotland (1958-06-09)9 June 1958 (aged 21) Luton Town 1978
DF Danis Salman England (1960-03-12)12 March 1960 (aged 19) Youth 1975
DF Paul Shrubb England (1955-08-01)1 August 1955 (aged 24) Hellenic 1977
DF Barry Tucker Wales (1952-08-28)28 August 1952 (aged 26) Northampton Town 1978
Midfielders
MF Doug Allder England (1951-12-30)30 December 1951 (aged 27) Unattached 1977
MF Dave Carlton England (1952-11-24)24 November 1952 (aged 26) Northampton Town 1976
MF John Fraser England (1953-07-12)12 July 1953 (aged 26) Fulham 1976
MF Allan Glover England (1950-10-21)21 October 1950 (aged 28) Orient 1978
MF Jackie Graham (c) Scotland (1946-07-16)16 July 1946 (aged 33) Guildford City 1970
MF Willie Graham Northern Ireland (1959-02-14)14 February 1959 (aged 20) Northampton Town 1977
MF Paul Walker England (1960-12-17)17 December 1960 (aged 18) Youth 1976
Forwards
FW Bob Booker England (1958-01-25)25 January 1958 (aged 21) Bedmond Sports & Social 1978 Loaned to Barnet
FW Tony Funnell England (1957-08-20)20 August 1957 (aged 21) Gillingham 1980
FW Billy Holmes England (1951-02-04)4 February 1951 (aged 28) Hereford United 1979
FW Lee Holmes England (1955-09-28)28 September 1955 (aged 23) Haringey Borough 1979
FW Steve Phillips England (1954-08-04)4 August 1954 (aged 25) Northampton Town 1977
FW Dean Smith England (1958-11-28)28 November 1958 (aged 20) Leicester City 1977
Players who left the club mid-season
DF Steve Harding England (1956-07-23)23 July 1956 (aged 23) Bristol Rovers 1980 Returned to Bristol Rovers after loan
MF Noel Parkinson England (1959-11-16)16 November 1959 (aged 19) Ipswich Town 1980 Returned to Ipswich Town from loan
FW Keith Fear England (1952-05-08)8 May 1952 (aged 27) Plymouth Argyle 1979 Returned to Plymouth Argyle after loan

Coaching staff[edit]

Bill Dodgin Jr. (15 August 1979 – 15 March 1980)[edit]

Name Role
England Bill Dodgin Jr. Manager
England Tommy Baldwin Assistant Manager
England Eddie Lyons Physiotherapist

Fred Callaghan (15 March – 3 May 1980)[edit]

Name Role
England Fred Callaghan 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 England Len Bond 42 0 1 0 2 0 45 0
GK England Trevor Porter 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
DF Wales Iori Jenkins 1 0 1 0
DF England Pat Kruse 44 3 1 0 2 0 47 3
DF Scotland Jim McNichol 31 8 1 0 2 0 34 8
DF England Danis Salman 39 (2) 3 1 0 1 0 41 (2) 3
DF England Paul Shrubb 34 (5) 1 0 (1) 0 2 0 36 (6) 1
DF Wales Barry Tucker 41 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 42 (1) 0
MF England Doug Allder 19 (8) 0 1 0 1 (1) 1 21 (9) 1
MF England Dave Carlton 38 2 1 0 2 0 41 2
MF England John Fraser 42 4 1 0 2 0 45 4
MF England Allan Glover 3 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 5 (1) 0
MF Scotland Jackie Graham 30 (1) 1 1 0 0 0 31 (1) 1
MF Northern Ireland Willie Graham 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Paul Walker 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 2 (1) 0
FW England Bob Booker 9 (3) 6 0 0 9 (3) 6
FW England Tony Funnell 8 (1) 2 8 (1) 2
FW England Billy Holmes 8 (7) 2 0 0 0 0 8 (7) 2
FW England Lee Holmes 26 (2) 6 0 0 2 1 28 (2) 7
FW England Steve Phillips 45 (1) 12 1 0 2 0 48 (1) 12
FW England Dean Smith 20 (2) 5 1 1 2 0 23 (2) 6
Players loaned in during the season
DF England Steve Harding 3 (1) 0 3 (1) 0
MF England Keith Fear 7 (1) 2 7 (1) 2
MF England Noel Parkinson 9 (1) 0 9 (1) 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[7]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC FLC Total
FW England Steve Phillips 12 0 0 12
DF Scotland Jim McNichol 8 0 0 8
FW England Lee Holmes 7 0 0 7
FW England Bob Booker 6 0 0 6
FW England Dean Smith 5 1 0 6
MF England John Fraser 4 0 0 4
DF England Pat Kruse 3 0 0 3
DF England Danis Salman 3 0 0 3
MF England Keith Fear 2 2
FW England Tony Funnell 2 2
MF England Dave Carlton 2 0 0 2
FW England Billy Holmes 2 0 0 2
MF England Doug Allder 1 0 0 1
MF Scotland Jackie Graham 1 0 0 1
DF England Paul Shrubb 1 0 0 1
Opponents 2 0 0 2
Total 59 1 2 62
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[7]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Bill Dodgin, Jr. England 15 August 1979 29 March 1980 42 12 9 21 028.57 39 12 9 18 030.77
Fred Callaghan England 29 March 1980 3 May 1980 7 3 2 2 042.86 7 3 2 2 042.86

Summary[edit]

Games played 49 (46 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Games won 15 (15 Third Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Games drawn 11 (11 Third Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Games lost 23 (20 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Goals scored 62 (59 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Goals conceded 83 (73 Third Division, 4 FA Cup, 6 League Cup)
Clean sheets 16 (16 Third Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Biggest league win 7–2 versus Hull City, 8 December 1979
Worst league defeat 6–1 versus Colchester United, 23 March 1980
Most appearances 49, Steve Phillips (46 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Top scorer (league) 12, Steve Phillips
Top scorer (all competitions) 12, Steve Phillips

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1979 FW England Lee Holmes England Haringey Borough n/a [11]
August 1979 FW England Billy Holmes England Hereford United £10,000 [2]
September 1979 DF England Dave O'Mahoney n/a n/a [2]
November 1979 DF Wales Iori Jenkins England Chelsea Free [2]
1979 MF England Terry Benning England Watford n/a [2]
January 1980 n/a England Barry Bowen n/a Non-contract [2]
March 1980 FW England Tony Funnell England Gillingham £56,000 [2]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
November 1979 MF England Keith Fear England Plymouth Argyle January 1980 [2]
January 1980 DF England Steve Harding England Bristol Rovers February 1980 [2]
February 1980 MF England Noel Parkinson England Ipswich Town April 1980 [2]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
June 1979 FW England Andrew McCulloch England Sheffield Wednesday £60,000 [2]
Players loaned out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
October 1979 FW England Bob Booker England Barnet December 1979 [2]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1980 MF England Doug Allder England Tooting & Mitcham United 1980 [12]
May 1980 MF England Terry Benning n/a n/a [12]
May 1980 MF England Allan Glover England Staines Town 1980 [12]
May 1980 MF Scotland Jackie Graham England Addlestone & Weybridge Town 1980 [12]
May 1980 FW England Billy Holmes England Aylesbury United 1980 [12]
May 1980 GK England Trevor Porter Retired [12]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d White, p. 312-313.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 212-216.
  3. ^ a b c Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford results for the 1979-1980 season - Statto.com". Statto.com. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford Table on Saturday 10th November 1979 - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 2017-04-06. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 198.
  6. ^ Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford scoring and sequence records - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 395. ISBN 0951526200. 
  8. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 158-169.
  9. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Seventies. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. ISBN 978-1906796709. 
  10. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  11. ^ "Barry Hugman's Footballers – Lee Holmes". hugmansfootballers.com. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f White, p. 314.
  13. ^ a b Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 295.