1992–93 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1992–93 season
ChairmanMartin Lange
ManagerPhil Holder
StadiumGriffin Park
First Division22nd (relegated)
FA CupThird round
League CupSecond round
Anglo-Italian CupSemi-final
Top goalscorerLeague: Blissett (21)
All: Blissett (29)
Highest home attendance11,912
Lowest home attendance2,607
Average home league attendance8,476

During the 1992–93 English football season, Brentford competed in the second tier of English football for the first time since 1953–54. After rising to mid-table by December 1992, just four wins from the final 24 matches relegated the Bees straight back to the Second Division. Brentford played in the Anglo-Italian Cup for the first and only time during the season, losing to Derby County in the semi-finals.

Season summary[edit]

Brentford's 1992–93 First Division season would be the club's first in the second tier of English football since 1953–54.[1] Manager Phil Holder kept faith with the squad which won the 1991–92 Third Division title, with Jamie Bates, Paul Buckle, Keith Millen, Neil Smillie, Simon Ratcliffe, Chris Hughton, Kevin Godfrey and Lee Luscombe all signing new contracts.[2] The team was hit by the departure of star striker Dean Holdsworth,[2] who refused to sign a new contract and joined Premier League club Wimbledon on 20 July 1992 for a fee which rose to £720,000.[3] Holder signed Grimsby Town forward Murray Jones as Holdsworth's replacement for a £75,000 fee.[2] Other new signings were midfielders Mickey Bennett and Detzi Kruszyński from Wimbledon as part of the Holdsworth deal and Channel Islands midfielder Grant Chalmers.[2]

As soon as the season began, Brentford suffered an injury hoodoo, losing centre back Terry Evans, goalkeeper Graham Benstead and midfielders Bob Booker and Wilf Rostron to long-term knee injuries.[4] Just two wins from the opening 12 matches left the club in the relegation places and manager Phil Holder was forced to strengthen the team with loanee goalkeeper Gerry Peyton,[5] centre back Shane Westley (purchased from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £100,000) and forward Joe Allon from Chelsea for a club-record £275,000.[4] Brentford came into form in late October 1992, losing just two of 11 matches to rise to 10th place and within three points of the playoff positions by 28 December,[6] with Holder winning the December First Division Manager of the Month award.[7]

A catalogue of injuries to Chris Hughton, Simon Ratcliffe, Neil Smillie and Marcus Gayle in early 1993 saw Brentford lose 11 of 13 league matches and drop to 22nd place.[5][7] Some solace was found in the Anglo-Italian Cup, with the Bees winning six consecutive matches before falling to Derby County over two legs in the semi-finals.[5] In February and March, manager Holder strengthened the squad by bringing in former England left back Kenny Sansom, midfielder Alan Dickens, winger Paul Stephenson and former loan goalkeeper Gerry Peyton in on permanent deals.[7] The signings and the return to fitness of Terry Evans, Bob Booker, Neil Smillie and Wilf Rostron led to a revival in late March,[8] with Brentford winning twice and drawing three times in a six-match spell.[5]

Successive defeats to West Ham United and Watford in late April put Brentford back into the relegation places, before a 3–1 victory over Barnsley at Griffin Park in the penultimate match of the season elevated the club to 21st place.[5] 4,000 Brentford supporters travelled to Ashton Gate for the final match of the season versus Bristol City, knowing that at the very least, defeat for 22nd place Cambridge United and a draw for 23rd place Birmingham City would see the Bees retain their First Division status.[9] A 4–1 defeat and victory for Birmingham City relegated Brentford back to the Second Division.[5][10] Manager Phil Holder and assistant manager Wilf Rostron lost their jobs in the wake of the relegation and it wasn't until the 2014–15 season that Brentford would again play second-tier football.[1][11]

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Hummel International
Sponsor(s): KLM

Home
Away
Goalkeeper

Source: Historical Kits

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
20 Luton Town 46 10 21 15 48 62 −14 51
21 Sunderland 46 13 11 22 50 64 −14 50
22 Brentford 46 13 10 23 52 71 −19 49 Relegated
23 Cambridge United 46 11 16 19 48 69 −21 49
24 Bristol Rovers 46 10 11 25 55 87 −32 41
Source: [12]

Pre-season results[edit]

Football League First Division results[edit]

League results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 13 10 23 66 80  −14 49 7 6 10 28 30  −2 6 4 13 38 50  −12

Source: Statto

Results and position by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
GroundHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA
ResultLLWWLLDDLDDLWWWLLWWWDWDLLLLWDLLLLLLLWDWDLDLLWL
Position2321188111517161919202119181616171712111210101213131614121316171718192219191617201720222122
Source: Statto
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

Cup results[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Anglo-Italian Cup[edit]

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1992–93 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Tamer Aouf England (1974-12-07)7 December 1974 (aged 17) Youth 1993
GK Ashley Bayes England (1972-04-19)19 April 1972 (aged 20) Youth 1990 Loaned to Kingsbury Town
GK Graham Benstead England (1963-08-20)20 August 1963 (aged 28) Sheffield United 1990
GK Gerry Peyton Republic of Ireland (1956-05-20)20 May 1956 (aged 36) Everton 1993 Loaned from Everton before transferring permanently
Defenders
DF Jamie Bates England (1968-02-24)24 February 1968 (aged 24) Youth 1986
DF Terry Evans (c) England (1965-04-12)12 April 1965 (aged 27) Hillingdon 1985
DF Billy Manuel England (1969-06-28)28 June 1969 (aged 23) Gillingham 1991
DF Keith Millen England (1966-09-26)26 September 1966 (aged 25) Youth 1985
DF Kenny Sansom England (1958-09-26)26 September 1958 (aged 33) Everton 1993
DF Chris Sparks England (1973-12-28)28 December 1973 (aged 18) Youth 1992
DF Brian Statham England (1969-05-21)21 May 1969 (aged 23) Tottenham Hotspur 1992
DF Danny Tripp England (1974-08-11)11 August 1974 (aged 18) Youth 1992
DF Shane Westley England (1965-06-16)16 June 1965 (aged 27) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1992
Midfielders
MF Bob Booker England (1958-01-25)25 January 1958 (aged 34) Sheffield United 1991
MF Paul Buckle England (1970-12-16)16 December 1970 (aged 21) Youth 1988 Loaned to Wycombe Wanderers
MF Grant Chalmers England (1969-09-12)12 September 1969 (aged 22) Northerners 1992
MF Alan Dickens England (1964-09-03)3 September 1964 (aged 27) Chelsea 1993
MF Kevin Godfrey England (1960-02-24)24 February 1960 (aged 32) Leyton Orient 1988
MF Detzi Kruszyński Poland (1960-10-14)14 October 1960 (aged 31) Wimbledon 1992
MF Robbie Peters England (1971-05-18)18 May 1971 (aged 21) Youth 1989 Loaned to Woking
MF Simon Ratcliffe England (1967-02-08)8 February 1967 (aged 25) Norwich City 1989
MF Wilf Rostron England (1956-09-29)29 September 1956 (aged 35) Sheffield United 1991 Assistant manager
MF Neil Smilie England (1958-07-19)19 July 1958 (aged 34) Reading 1988
MF Paul Stephenson England (1968-01-02)2 January 1968 (aged 24) Millwall 1993
Forwards
FW Joe Allon England (1966-01-12)12 January 1966 (aged 26) Chelsea 1992
FW Mickey Bennett England (1969-07-27)27 July 1969 (aged 23) Wimbledon 1992
FW Gary Blissett England (1964-06-29)29 June 1964 (aged 28) Crewe Alexandra 1987
FW Marcus Gayle England (1970-09-27)27 September 1970 (aged 21) Youth 1988
FW Murray Jones England (1964-10-07)7 October 1964 (aged 27) Grimsby Town 1992
FW Lee Luscombe England (1971-07-16)16 July 1971 (aged 21) Southampton 1991
Players who left the club mid-season
DF Chris Hughton Republic of Ireland (1958-12-11)11 December 1958 (aged 33) West Ham United 1992 Coach, retired
DF Paul Mortimer England (1968-05-08)8 May 1968 (aged 24) Crystal Palace 1993 Returned to Crystal Palace after loan
  • Source: The Big Brentford Book Of The Nineties[14]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Phil Holder Manager
England Wilf Rostron Assistant manager
Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton Coach
England Graham Pearce Coach
England Fergus Dignan Medical officer
England Eric Radley-Smith Medical consultant
England Roy Clare Physiotherapist

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Substitute appearances in brackets.
Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup A-I Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Ashley Bayes 2 0 2 0 1 0 5 0
GK England Graham Benstead 25 0 1 0 2 0 4 0 32 0
GK Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton 19 0 3 0 22 0
DF England Jamie Bates 24 0 0 0 4 1 7 1 35 2
DF England Terry Evans 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
DF Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton 20 0 0 0 4 0 5 0 29 0
DF England Billy Manuel 39 (2) 1 1 0 0 (1) 0 6 0 46 (3) 1
DF England Keith Millen 43 4 0 0 4 1 7 0 54 5
DF England Kenny Sansom 8 0 8 0
DF England Brian Statham 45 0 1 0 4 0 8 0 58 0
DF England Shane Westley 15 (2) 1 1 0 0 0 16 (2) 1
MF England Bob Booker 1 (2) 0 0 0 2 (1) 1 0 0 3 (3) 1
MF England Paul Buckle 4 (1) 0 0 0 0 (3) 0 4 (4) 0
MF England Grant Chalmers 9 (2) 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 15 (2) 1
MF England Alan Dickens 13 (2) 1 13 (2) 1
MF England Kevin Godfrey 9 (12) 0 0 0 1 (2) 0 4 (3) 2 14 (17) 2
MF Poland Detzi Kruszyński 5 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 7 (1) 0
MF England Robbie Peters 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
MF England Simon Ratcliffe 25 (5) 2 0 0 4 0 4 1 33 (5) 3
MF England Wilf Rostron 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0
MF England Neil Smilie 18 (3) 1 1 0 4 0 2 (1) 0 25 (4) 1
MF England Paul Stephenson 11 0 11 0
FW England Joe Allon 17 (7) 6 1 0 5 5 23 (7) 11
FW England Mickey Bennett 34 (4) 4 1 0 2 (1) 0 6 (1) 0 43 (6) 4
FW England Gary Blissett 46 21 1 0 4 4 8 4 59 29
FW England Marcus Gayle 31 (7) 4 1 0 2 (2) 0 5 (3) 2 39 (12) 6
FW England Murray Jones 6 (10) 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 0 (2) 0 7 (13) 0
FW England Lee Luscombe 19 (10) 3 1 0 2 0 6 (2) 1 28 (12) 4
Players loaned in during the season
DF England Paul Mortimer 6 0 2 0 8 0
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: The Big Brentford Book Of The Nineties[14]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL1 FAC FLC AIC Total
FW England Gary Blissett 21 0 4 4 29
FW England Joe Allon 6 0 5 11
FW England Marcus Gayle 4 0 0 2 6
DF England Keith Millen 4 0 1 0 5
FW England Mickey Bennett 4 0 0 0 4
FW England Lee Luscombe 3 0 0 1 4
MF England Simon Ratcliffe 2 0 0 1 3
DF England Jamie Bates 0 0 1 1 2
MF England Kevin Godfrey 0 0 0 2 2
MF England Alan Dickens 1 1
DF England Shane Westley 1 0 0 1
MF England Grant Chalmers 1 0 0 0 1
DF England Billy Manuel 1 0 0 0 1
MF England Neil Smilie 1 0 0 0 1
MF England Bob Booker 0 0 1 0 1
Opponents 3 0 0 0 3
Total 52 0 7 16 75
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: The Big Brentford Book Of The Nineties[14]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Phil Holder England 15 August 1992 8 May 1993 59 22 10 27 037.29 46 13 10 23 028.26

Summary[edit]

Games played 59 (46 First Division, 1 FA Cup, 4 League Cup, 8 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Games won 22 (13 First Division, 0 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 7 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Games drawn 10 (10 First Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup, 0 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Games lost 27 (13 First Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 1 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Goals scored 75 (52 First Division, 0 FA Cup, 7 League Cup, 16 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Goals conceded 88 (71 First Division, 2 FA Cup, 7 League Cup, 8 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Clean sheets 15 (10 First Division, 0 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 3 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Biggest league win 5–1 versus Bristol City, 31 October 1992
Worst league defeat 6–1 versus Millwall, 17 January 1993
Most appearances 59, Gary Blissett (46 First Division, 1 FA Cup, 4 League Cup, 8 Anglo-Italian Cup)
Top scorer (league) 21, Gary Blissett
Top scorer (all competitions) 29, Gary Blissett

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
14 July 1992 FW England Mickey Bennett England Wimbledon n/a [15]
July 1992 FW England Murray Jones England Grimsby Town £75,000 [16]
July 1992 MF Poland Detzi Kruszyński England Wimbledon £60,000 [2]
August 1992 MF Guernsey Grant Chalmers England Northerners n/a [2]
September 1992 DF England Shane Westley England Wolverhampton Wanderers £100,000 [4]
19 November 1992 FW England Joe Allon England Chelsea £275,000 [17]
February 1993 DF England Alan Dickens England Chelsea Non-contract [7]
4 March 1993 MF England Paul Stephenson England Millwall £30,000 [18]
March 1993 GK Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton England Everton Free [7]
March 1993 DF England Kenny Sansom England Everton Free [7]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
September 1992 GK Republic of Ireland Gerry Peyton England Everton December 1992 [4]
22 January 1993 DF England Paul Mortimer England Crystal Palace 22 February 1993 [15]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
20 July 1992 FW England Dean Holdsworth England Wimbledon £720,000 [3]
Players loaned out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
December 1992 GK England Ashley Bayes England Kingsbury Town January 1993 [4]
December 1992 MF England Paul Buckle England Wycombe Wanderers January 1993 [4]
March 1993 MF England Robbie Peters England Woking End of season [7]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
April 1993 DF Republic of Ireland Chris Hughton Retired [19]
May 1993 GK England Ashley Bayes England Torquay United 13 August 1993 [11]
May 1993 MF England Bob Booker Retired [20]
May 1993 DF England Alan Dickens England Colchester United 4 September 1993 [21]
May 1993 MF England Kevin Godfrey England Yeading 1993 [11]
May 1993 FW Guernsey Lee Luscombe England Millwall June 1993 [22]
May 1993 MF England Wilf Rostron Retired [11]
May 1993 DF England Kenny Sansom England Chertsey Town 1993 [23]
May 1993 DF England Chris Sparks England Chertsey Town 1993 [11]
May 1993 DF England Danny Tripp England Grays Athletic 1993 [11]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 114-115.
  3. ^ a b Dean Holdsworth at Soccerbase
  4. ^ a b c d e f Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 115-117.
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  8. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 119-120.
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  13. ^ a b Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 94-113.
  14. ^ a b c Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 478.
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  17. ^ Joe Allon at Soccerbase
  18. ^ Paul Stephenson at Soccerbase
  19. ^ a b Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 120.
  20. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman 2013, p. 83.
  21. ^ "Alan Dickens – Players – Colchester United". www.coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
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  23. ^ "Kenny Sansom". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
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