1972–73 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1972–73 season
ChairmanLes Davey &
Walter Wheatley
ManagerFrank Blunstone
StadiumGriffin Park
Third Division22nd (relegated)
FA CupFirst round
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: Docherty,
Murray (7)

All: Docherty (8)
Highest home attendance11,803
Lowest home attendance6,067
Average home league attendance8,742

During the 1972–73 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division. The early-season departures of goalscorers John O'Mara and Bobby Ross and 15 consecutive away league defeats led to Brentford's relegation straight back to the Fourth Division.

Season summary[edit]

The signing of former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur winger David Jenkins promised much, but he left the club on loan in March 1973.

Brentford's promotion to the Third Division at the end of the 1971–72 season meant that the club would compete in the third-tier for the first time since 1965–66.[1] Self-imposed financial austerity since the club's relegation to the Fourth Division had enabled the club's large debts to be paid off, but despite promotion and increasing attendances, manager Frank Blunstone would again be forced to maintain a small playing squad.[1] Blunstone turned down the chance to become assistant manager at Everton during the off-season.[1] Released in the wake of the promotion were defender Steven Tom, midfielder Brian Turner and winger Gordon Neilson and in came amateur goalkeeper Paul Priddy, midfielders David Court and Alan Murray, winger David Jenkins and Stewart Houston's loan was turned into a permanent transfer for a £15,000 fee.[1] The Brentford youth team was also reactivated after being disbanded due to the budget cuts of 1967, with Kevin Harding, Richard Poole and Graham Pearce being taken on as apprentices.[1] Gary Huxley would win an England Youth cap during the season.[1]

Despite losing and drawing the first two league matches of the season, three consecutive wins put Brentford in 2nd position by 2 September 1972.[2] 10 days later, forward John O'Mara, the previous season's Gallagher's Divisional Footballer Of The Year, was sold to Third Division rivals Blackburn Rovers for a club-record £50,000 fee.[1] Given that Chelsea had recently paid Southend United £100,000 for 25-goal forward Bill Garner, it was felt amongst the Brentford supporters that O'Mara had been sold cheaply.[1] The loss of O'Mara's goals and the departure of captain Bobby Ross shortly afterwards contributed a great deal to Brentford's relegation at the end of the season, given that the two players had scored over half of Brentford's goals during the previous campaign.[1]

By early October 1972, Brentford were in the bottom-six of the Third Division, but a profit of nearly £80,000 from the first eight league matches of the season and the £50,000 from the sale of John O'Mara allowed manager Frank Blunstone to pay £10,000 for Carlisle United forward Stan Webb.[1] By mid-December, Blunstone had just 12 fit players available and despite spending over a further £25,000 on attackers Roger Cross, Barry Salvage and Andy Woon, Brentford's slide towards relegation continued through the early months of 1973.[1] The mid-season signings failed to help arrest the slump and Brentford were relegated after taking just two points from the final six matches of the season.[2] Aside from the lack of goals (winger John Docherty top-scored with 8), Brentford lost 15 consecutive away league matches during the season, a new club record.[3]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Promotion or relegation
20 Halifax Town 46 13 15 18 43 53 0.811 41
21 Rotherham United 46 17 7 22 51 65 0.785 41 Relegated
22 Brentford 46 15 7 24 51 69 0.739 37
23 Swansea City 46 14 9 23 51 73 0.699 37
24 Scunthorpe United 46 10 10 26 33 72 0.458 30
Source: rsssf.com

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
29 July 1972 Portsmouth H 0–1 n/a
1 August 1972 Hillingdon Borough A 2–1 n/a Allen, Murray (pen)
5 August 1972 Aldershot A 1–1 2,730 Allen
8 August 1972 Ashford A 1–4 n/a Murray (pen)

Football League Third Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1 12 August 1972 Halifax Town H 0–1 10,164
2 19 August 1972 Oldham Athletic A 1–1 6,106 Houston
3 26 August 1972 Blackburn Rovers H 4–0 9,427 Arentoft (og), Houston, O'Mara, Graham
4 28 August 1972 Bolton Wanderers H 2–1 11,803 Allen, Murray
5 2 September 1972 Plymouth Argyle A 1–0 7,833 Murray
6 9 September 1972 Swansea City H 0–2 9,986
7 16 September 1972 Port Vale A 0–1 4,663
8 20 September 1972 Chesterfield A 0–3 6,507
9 23 September 1972 Bournemouth H 1–1 11,100 Docherty
10 25 September 1972 Bristol Rovers H 2–1 9,720 Docherty, Jenkins
11 30 September 1972 Notts County A 0–1 8,152
12 7 October 1972 Scunthorpe United A 0–1 3,378
13 9 October 1972 Tranmere Rovers H 2–0 8,154 Docherty, D'Arcy (og)
14 14 October 1972 Walsall H 2–0 9,493 Houston, Docherty
15 21 October 1972 Southend United A 0–4 7,205
16 28 October 1972 Rochdale H 1–0 9,201 Docherty
17 4 November 1972 Bristol Rovers A 1–3 7,916 Houston
18 11 November 1972 Chesterfield H 3–1 8,078 Murray (pen), Webb, Houston
19 25 November 1972 York City H 2–0 7,111 Webb, Graham
20 28 November 1972 Charlton Athletic A 1–2 6,192 Docherty
21 2 December 1972 Shrewsbury Town A 0–2 2,079
22 16 December 1972 Grimsby Town A 0–4 9,110
23 23 December 1972 Wrexham H 1–0 6,067 Docherty
24 26 December 1972 Bournemouth A 2–3 14,372 Houston, Graham
25 30 December 1972 Oldham Athletic H 1–1 7,719 Webb
26 6 January 1973 Blackburn Rovers A 1–2 6,534 Graham
27 13 January 1973 Rotherham United H 1–1 7,446 Cross
28 20 January 1973 Plymouth Argyle H 0–2 7,075
39 26 January 1973 Swansea City A 1–2 2,119 Murray
30 2 February 1973 Tranmere Rovers A 2–6 6,650 Court, Murray
31 10 February 1973 Port Vale H 5–0 6,694 Woon (3), Graham, Salvage
32 24 February 1973 Grimsby Town H 0–1 9,302
33 26 February 1973 Charlton Athletic H 1–0 9,929 Salvage
34 3 March 1973 Scunthorpe United H 1–0 7,896 Murray
35 6 March 1973 Rotherham United A 1–2 3,758 Webb
36 10 March 1973 Walsall A 0–3 4,192
37 17 March 1973 Southend United H 1–2 8,051 Cross
38 19 March 1973 Watford H 1–1 8,232 Cross
39 24 March 1973 Rochdale A 1–0 1,747 Allen
40 31 March 1973 York City A 1–0 2,307 Allen
41 4 April 1973 Halifax Town A 2–3 970 Webb, Allen
42 7 April 1973 Shrewsbury Town H 1–2 6,758 Salvage
43 14 April 1973 Watford A 2–2 7,813 Cross, Murray
44 20 April 1973 Notts County H 1–1 11,658 Graham
45 23 April 1973 Wrexham A 1–4 2,611 Webb
46 28 April 1973 Bolton Wanderers A 0–2 21,917

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer
1R 18 November 1972 Yeovil Town A 1–2 9,447 Allen

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer
1R 16 August 1972 Cambridge United H 1–0 7,750 Docherty
2R 5 September 1972 Rotherham United A 0–2 4,996
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[4] The Big Brentford Book of the Seventies,[5] Statto

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1972–73 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Gordon Phillips England (1946-11-17)17 November 1946 (aged 25) Hayes 1963
GK Paul Priddy England (1953-07-11)11 July 1953 (aged 19) Maidenhead United 1972
Defenders
DF Peter Gelson England (1941-10-18)18 October 1941 (aged 30) Youth 1961
DF Alan Hawley (c) England (1946-06-07)7 June 1946 (aged 26) Youth 1962
DF Alan Nelmes England (1948-10-20)20 October 1948 (aged 23) Chelsea 1967
DF Terry Scales England (1951-01-18)18 January 1951 (aged 21) West Ham United 1971
Midfielders
MF Michael Allen England (1949-03-30)30 March 1949 (aged 23) Middlesbrough 1971
MF Paul Bence England (1948-12-21)21 December 1948 (aged 23) Reading 1970
MF David Court England (1944-03-01)1 March 1944 (aged 28) Luton Town 1972
MF John Docherty Scotland (1940-04-29)29 April 1940 (aged 32) Reading 1970
MF Jackie Graham Scotland (1946-07-16)16 July 1946 (aged 26) Guildford City 1970
MF David Jenkins England (1946-09-02)2 September 1946 (aged 25) Tottenham Hotspur 1972 Loaned to Hereford United
MF Alan Murray England (1949-11-05)5 November 1949 (aged 22) York City 1972
MF Barry Salvage England (1946-12-21)21 December 1946 (aged 25) Queens Park Rangers 1973
Forwards
FW Roger Cross England (1948-10-20)20 October 1948 (aged 23) Fulham 1973
FW Stewart Houston Scotland (1949-08-20)20 August 1949 (aged 22) Chelsea 1972
FW Stan Webb England (1947-12-06)6 December 1947 (aged 24) Carlisle United 1972
FW Andy Woon England (1952-06-26)26 June 1952 (aged 20) Bognor Regis Town 1973
Players who left the club mid-season
GK Kieron Baker England (1949-10-29)29 October 1949 (aged 22) Bournemouth 1972 Returned to Bournemouth after loan
FW John O'Mara England (1947-03-19)19 March 1947 (aged 25) Wimbledon 1971 Transferred to Blackburn Rovers
FW Bobby Ross Scotland (1942-05-10)10 May 1942 (aged 30) Shrewsbury Town 1966 Released

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Frank Blunstone Manager
England Eddie Lyons Trainer

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 Gordon Phillips 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0
GK England Paul Priddy 25 0 0 0 2 0 27 0
DF England Peter Gelson 41 (1) 0 1 0 2 0 44 (1) 0
DF England Alan Hawley 43 0 0 0 2 0 45 0
DF England Alan Nelmes 35 (1) 0 1 0 2 0 38 (1) 0
DF England Terry Scales 41 0 1 0 2 0 44 0
MF England Michael Allen 26 4 1 1 1 0 28 5
MF England Paul Bence 33 (3) 0 0 0 1 0 34 (3) 0
MF England David Court 8 (4) 1 0 0 1 0 9 (4) 1
MF Scotland John Docherty 34 (2) 7 1 0 1 1 36 (2) 8
MF Scotland Jackie Graham 30 (1) 6 1 0 2 0 33 (1) 6
MF England David Jenkins 13 (5) 1 0 0 1 0 14 (5) 1
MF England Alan Murray 42 (3) 7 1 0 2 0 45 (3) 7
MF England Barry Salvage 16 3 16 3
FW England Roger Cross 19 4 19 4
FW Scotland Stewart Houston 39 6 1 0 2 0 42 6
FW England John O'Mara 4 1 1 0 5 1
FW Scotland Bobby Ross 7 0 1 (1) 0 8 (1) 0
FW England Stan Webb 24 6 1 0 25 6
FW England Andy Woon 5 (1) 3 5 (1) 3
Players loaned in during the season
GK England Kieron Baker 6 0 6 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[4]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC FLC Total
MF Scotland John Docherty 7 0 1 8
MF England Alan Murray 7 0 0 7
MF Scotland Jackie Graham 6 0 0 6
FW Scotland Stewart Houston 6 0 0 6
FW England Stan Webb 6 0 0 6
MF England Michael Allen 5 1 0 6
FW England Roger Cross 4 4
MF England Barry Salvage 3 3
FW England Andy Woon 3 3
FW England John O'Mara 1 0 1
MF England David Court 1 0 0 1
MF England David Jenkins 1 0 0 1
Opponents 2 0 0 2
Total 51 1 1 53
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years of Brentford[4]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Frank Blunstone England 12 August 1972 28 April 1973 49 16 7 26 032.65 46 15 7 24 032.61

Summary[edit]

Games played 49 (46 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Games won 16 (15 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Games drawn 7 (7 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Games lost 26 (24 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 53 (51 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals conceded 73 (69 Fourth Division, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Clean sheets 13 (12 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Biggest league win 5–0 versus Port Vale, 10 February 1973
Worst league defeat 4–0 on two occasions; 6–2 versus Tranmere Rovers, 2 February 1973
Most appearances 48, Alan Murray (45 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Top scorer (league) 7, John Docherty, Alan Murray
Top scorer (all competitions) 8, John Docherty

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1972 MF England Alan Murray England Middlesbrough Free [8]
July 1972 MF England David Jenkins England Tottenham Hotspur Free [8]
August 1972 MF England David Court England Luton Town Free [8]
October 1972 MF England Billy Stagg n/a n/a [8]
October 1972 FW England Stan Webb England Carlisle United £10,000 [8]
1972 FW Scotland Stewart Houston England Chelsea £15,000 [8]
1972 FW England Roy Cotton England Tottenham Hotspur n/a [9]
January 1973 FW England Roger Cross England Fulham £16,000 [8]
February 1973 MF England Barry Salvage England Queens Park Rangers £9,000 [8]
February 1973 FW England Andy Woon England Bognor Regis Town £1,000 [10]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
February 1973 GK England Kieron Baker England Bournemouth March 1973 [8]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
12 September 1972 FW England John O'Mara England Blackburn Rovers £50,000 [1]
Players loaned out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
March 1973 MF England David Jenkins England Hereford United End of season [8]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
October 1972 FW Scotland Bobby Ross England Cambridge United October 1972 [8]
May 1973 MF England David Court England Barnet 1973 [8]
May 1973 MF England Alan Murray England Doncaster Rovers July 1973 [8]
May 1973 GK England Gordon Phillips England Hillingdon Borough 1973 [8]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l White, p. 288-291.
  2. ^ a b "Brentford results for the 1972-1973 season - Statto.com". Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Brentford scoring and sequence records - Statto.com". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 392. ISBN 0951526200.
  5. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 58-69.
  6. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Seventies. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. ISBN 978-1906796709.
  7. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 70-74.
  9. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 358.
  10. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 266.
  11. ^ a b Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 295.