1979–80 Brentford F.C. season

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.

Brentford
1979–80 season
ChairmanDan Tana
ManagerBill Dodgin Jr.
(until 15 March 1980)
Fred Callaghan
(from 15 March 1980)
StadiumGriffin Park
Third Division19th
FA CupFirst round
League CupFirst round
Top goalscorerLeague: Phillips (12)
All: Phillips (12)
Highest home attendance13,764
Lowest home attendance4,992
Average home league attendance7,818

Season summaryEdit

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 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 Brentford 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 one of Bill Dodgin Jr.'s final signings, Tony Funnell, was enough to preserve Brentford's Third Division status.[1][5]

One club record was equalled during the season:

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
17 Oxford United 46 14 13 19 57 62 −5 41
18 Blackpool 46 15 11 20 62 74 −12 41
19 Brentford 46 15 11 20 59 73 −14 41
20 Hull City 46 12 16 18 51 69 −18 40
21 Bury 46 16 7 23 45 59 −14 39 Relegated
Source: rsssf.com

ResultsEdit

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

LegendEdit

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season and friendliesEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
31 July 1979 Wrexham H 5–1 Phillips (3), Shrubb, Fraser
3 August 1979 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 McNichol, L. Holmes
7 August 1979 St Albans City A 1–0 McNichol
8 August 1979 Epson & Ewell A 2–0 L. Holmes, Glover
14 April 1980 Slough Town A 2–1 Booker
6 May 1980 Tooting & Mitcham United A 1–2 Phillips

Football League Third DivisionEdit

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 CupEdit

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

Football League CupEdit

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][9] Statto

Playing squadEdit

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

Coaching staffEdit

Bill Dodgin Jr. (15 August 1979 – 15 March 1980)Edit

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

Fred Callaghan (15 March – 3 May 1980)Edit

Name Role
  Fred Callaghan Manager
  Eddie Lyons Physiotherapist

StatisticsEdit

Appearances and goalsEdit

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

GoalscorersEdit

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC FLC Total
FW   Steve Phillips 12 0 0 12
DF   Jim McNichol 8 0 0 8
FW   Lee Holmes 7 0 0 7
FW   Bob Booker 6 0 0 6
FW   Dean Smith 5 1 0 6
MF   John Fraser 4 0 0 4
DF   Pat Kruse 3 0 0 3
DF   Danis Salman 3 0 0 3
MF   Keith Fear 2 2
FW   Tony Funnell 2 2
MF   Dave Carlton 2 0 0 2
FW   Billy Holmes 2 0 0 2
MF   Doug Allder 1 0 0 1
MF   Jackie Graham 1 0 0 1
DF   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]

ManagementEdit

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

SummaryEdit

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 & loansEdit

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1979 FW   Lee Holmes   Haringey Borough n/a [12]
August 1979 FW   Billy Holmes   Hereford United £10,000 [2]
September 1979 DF   Dave O'Mahoney n/a n/a [2]
November 1979 DF   Iori Jenkins   Chelsea Free [2]
1979 MF   Terry Benning   Watford n/a [2]
January 1980 n/a   Barry Bowen n/a Non-contract [2]
March 1980 FW   Tony Funnell   Gillingham £56,000 [2]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
November 1979 MF   Keith Fear   Plymouth Argyle January 1980 [2]
January 1980 DF   Steve Harding   Bristol Rovers February 1980 [2]
February 1980 MF   Noel Parkinson   Ipswich Town April 1980 [2]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
June 1979 FW   Andrew McCulloch   Sheffield Wednesday £60,000 [2]
Players loaned out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
October 1979 FW   Bob Booker   Barnet December 1979 [2]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1980 MF   Doug Allder   Tooting & Mitcham United 1980 [13]
May 1980 MF   Terry Benning n/a n/a [13]
May 1980 MF   Allan Glover   Staines Town 1980 [13]
May 1980 MF   Jackie Graham   Addlestone & Weybridge Town 1980 [13]
May 1980 FW   Billy Holmes   Aylesbury United 1980 [13]
May 1980 GK   Trevor Porter Retired [13]

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 "Brentford results for the 1979–1980 season". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Brentford Table on Saturday 10th November 1979". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 6 April 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  5. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 198.
  6. ^ "Brentford scoring and sequence records". 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, Lane & Waterman, p. 315.
  10. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Seventies. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. ISBN 978-1906796709.
  11. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  12. ^ "Lee Holmes". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e f White, p. 314.
  14. ^ a b Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 295.