1962–63 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1962–63 season
ChairmanJack Dunnett
ManagerMalky MacDonald
StadiumGriffin Park
Fourth Division1st (promoted)
FA CupFirst round
League CupSecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: Dick (23)
All: Dick (24)
Highest home attendance15,820
Lowest home attendance6,800
Average home league attendance11,418

During the 1962–63 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Fourth Division for the first time in the club's history. 67 goals from former international forwards John Dick, Billy McAdams and Johnny Brooks helped fire the Bees to the division title and an immediate return to the Third Division.

Season summary[edit]

Wing half Matt Crowe transferred to Brentford for a £5,000 fee in July 1962.[1]

Brentford was at one of the lowest points in its history after suffering relegation for the Fourth Division at the end of the 1961–62 season.[2] The relegation completed a 15-year fall from the First Division to the bottom tier and the average attendance at Griffin Park had fallen by 18,000 in that time.[2] Chairman Jack Dunnett pledged that he and his directors would invest money in the first team squad, which had been ravaged by a mass clearout over the previous year in a bid to cut costs amidst the abolishment of the maximum wage.[2] Club legend George Francis was sold to Gillingham for a £4,000 fee, ending a six-year Brentford career in which he scored 136 goals in 280 matches.[3] Funds were made available to manager Malky MacDonald he spent £5,000 on Norwich City wing half Matt Crowe and £10,000 on Leeds United's former Northern Ireland centre forward Billy McAdams.[2] Tommy Cavanagh was appointed as trainer to replace the departed Fred Monk.[2]

Three wins and four defeats from the opening seven matches led to the chequebook opening again, with the £17,500 purchase of West Ham United's experienced inside left John Dick breaking Brentford's incoming transfer record.[2] The transfer meant the Fourth Division Bees could field an ex-international forward line – Dick (Scotland), McAdams (Northern Ireland) and Brooks (England).[2] The team showed excellent form between September 1962 and the end of the year, rising from mid-table to 2nd place.[4] John Dick had as yet failed to live up to his status, but Billy McAdams ended the year on 15 goals and Johnny Brooks on 12.[2] The football calendar was frozen out between late December 1962 and February 1963 due to poor weather, but as league play got back underway, Brentford solidified their position in the promotion places,[4] especially after another £18,500 was spent on new signings John Fielding and Mel Scott in March.[2] John Dick came into form in mid-March and supported by McAdams and Brooks,[5] his 15 goals in the final 17 matches helped fire Brentford to the Fourth Division title.[2] The title win made Brentford the first club to win each of the Second, Third and Fourth Division championships.[2]

A handful of records were set or equalled during the season:

  • Most points in a league season: 62 (two points for a win)[6]
  • Most league goals scored in a season: 98[7]
  • Most consecutive league appearances: 168 – Gerry Cakebread (1 November 1958 – 18 August 1963)[8]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Brentford 46 27 8 11 98 64 1.531 62 Division Champions, promoted
2 Oldham Athletic 46 24 11 11 95 60 1.583 59 Promoted
3 Crewe Alexandra 46 24 11 11 86 58 1.483 59
4 Mansfield Town 46 24 9 13 108 69 1.565 57
5 Gillingham 46 22 13 11 71 49 1.449 57
Source: rsssf.com

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Fourth Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1 18 August 1962 Doncaster Rovers A 2–0 8,247 McAdams (2)
2 21 August 1962 Gillingham H 1–2 11,914 Edgley
3 25 August 1962 Mansfield Town H 1–3 8,340 McAdams
4 29 August 1962 Gillingham A 4–1 8,832 Brooks (3), Block
5 1 September 1962 Workington A 1–3 3,373 Summers
6 8 September 1962 Exeter City H 3–1 11,153 McAdams, Dick, Hughes (og)
7 12 September 1962 Crewe Alexandra A 0–3 6,673
8 15 September 1962 Chesterfield A 1–1 6,114 McAdams
9 18 September 1962 Stockport County H 2–1 10,146 Dick, McAdams
10 22 September 1962 Rochdale H 1–0 10,753 McLeod
11 29 September 1962 Barrow H 2–1 9,541 Dick (2)
12 2 October 1962 Hartlepools United H 4–0 10,729 Dick (2), McAdams, Block
13 6 October 1962 Darlington A 3–1 4,683 Brooks (2, 1 pen), Block
14 13 October 1962 Southport H 3–3 11,651 McAdams, Brooks (2, 1 pen)
15 20 October 1962 Aldershot A 0–0 8,609
16 27 October 1962 Newport County H 3–1 11,312 McAdams (2), Block
17 10 November 1962 Bradford City H 5–2 8,396 McAdams (3), McLeod, Brooks (pen)
18 24 November 1962 Stockport County A 1–2 3,337 Block
19 1 December 1962 Lincoln City A 3–1 5,470 Brooks, Summers, McAdams
20 8 December 1962 Oldham Athletic H 2–1 12,144 Anthony, Brooks
21 15 December 1962 Doncaster Rovers H 1–0 9,589 Meadows (og)
22 22 December 1962 Mansfield Town A 2–1 9,468 Brooks (2)
23 26 December 1962 Chester H 2–1 9,724 Dick, McAdams
24 16 February 1963 Barrow A 1–1 4,187 Summers
25 23 February 1963 Darlington H 1–3 9,272 Dick
26 2 March 1963 Southport A 0–1 3,136
27 4 March 1963 Tranmere Rovers A 2–1 8,226 Summers (2)
28 9 March 1963 Aldershot H 4–2 8,390 Brooks (2, 1 pen), Henry (og), McAdams
29 12 March 1963 Torquay United H 2–2 13,084 Block, Brooks
30 16 March 1963 Newport County A 4–1 2,891 McAdams, Dick (2), Brooks (pen)
31 20 March 1963 Rochdale A 5–3 5,680 Dick (3), McAdams, Brooks
32 23 March 1963 Oxford United H 4–0 13,756 Block, Higginson, McAdams (2)
33 29 March 1963 Torquay United A 1–1 5,570 McAdams
34 3 April 1963 Chester A 2–1 5,991 Dick (2)
35 6 April 1963 Tranmere Rovers H 4–0 13,383 McLeod (2), Dick, Brooks (pen)
36 12 April 1963 York City A 1–1 7,757 Brooks (pen)
37 13 April 1963 Bradford City A 1–2 3,070 Dick
38 15 April 1963 York City H 2–1 15,070 Dick (2)
39 20 April 1963 Lincoln City H 3–2 11,384 Dick, Block, McAdams
40 22 April 1963 Hartlepools United A 1–2 3,755 Dick
41 27 April 1963 Oldham Athletic A 1–2 17,771 Brooks
42 30 April 1963 Crewe Alexandra H 3–1 15,820 Brooks (pen), Dick
42 4 May 1963 Chesterfield H 2–1 13,903 Dick, Fielding
44 11 May 1963 Oxford United A 1–2 11,247 Summers
45 18 May 1963 Exeter City A 2–2 3,600 Hales, Scott
46 23 May 1963 Workington H 4–3 13,158 Fielding (2), Hales, Brown (og)

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance
1R 3 November 1962 Aldershot A 0–1 12,200

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1R 4 September 1962 Wrexham H 3–0 6,800 Summers, McAdams, Edgley
2R 26 September 1962 Sheffield United H 1–4 13,850 Dick

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1962–63 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Gerry Cakebread England (1936-04-01)1 April 1936 (aged 26) Youth 1954
GK Fred Ryecraft England (1939-08-28)28 August 1939 (aged 22) Southall 1959
Defenders
DF Tom Anthony England (1943-08-16)16 August 1943 (aged 19) Youth 1961
DF Ken Coote (c) England (1928-05-19)19 May 1928 (aged 34) Wembley 1949
DF Jimmy Gitsham England (1942-05-12)12 May 1942 (aged 20) Youth 1959
DF Alan Hawley England (1946-06-07)7 June 1946 (aged 16) Youth 1962
Midfielders
HB Matt Crowe Scotland (1932-07-04)4 July 1932 (aged 30) Norwich City 1962
HB Ian Dargie England (1931-10-03)3 October 1931 (aged 30) Tonbridge 1952
HB Peter Gelson England (1941-10-18)18 October 1941 (aged 20) Youth 1961
HB Tommy Higginson Scotland (1937-01-06)6 January 1937 (aged 25) Kilmarnock 1959
HB Mel Scott England (1939-09-26)26 September 1939 (aged 22) Chelsea 1963
Forwards
FW Micky Block England (1940-01-28)28 January 1940 (aged 22) Chelsea 1962
FW Johnny Brooks England (1931-12-23)23 December 1931 (aged 30) Chelsea 1961
FW John Dick Scotland (1930-03-19)19 March 1930 (aged 32) West Ham United 1962
FW John Fielding England (1939-09-02)2 September 1939 (aged 22) Southport 1963
FW Johnny Hales Scotland (1940-05-15)15 May 1940 (aged 22) St Roch's 1958
FW Billy McAdams Northern Ireland (1934-01-20)20 January 1934 (aged 28) Leeds United 1962
FW George McLeod Scotland (1932-11-30)30 November 1932 (aged 29) Luton Town 1958
FW George Summers Scotland (1941-07-30)30 July 1941 (aged 21) Shawfield 1959
Players who left the club mid-season
FW Brian Edgley England (1937-08-26)26 August 1937 (aged 24) Cardiff City 1961 Transferred to Barnsley
  • Sources: 100 Years Of Brentford,[5] Timeless Bees[9]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
Scotland Malky MacDonald Manager
England Tommy Cavanagh Trainer

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Brentford's highest appearance-makers in each position during the Football League season.
Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Gerry Cakebread 28 0 1 0 2 0 31 0
GK England Fred Ryecraft 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
DF England Tom Anthony 33 1 1 0 1 0 35 1
DF England Ken Coote 46 0 1 0 2 0 49 0
DF England Jimmy Gitsham 16 0 0 0 2 0 18 0
DF England Alan Hawley 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
HB Scotland Matt Crowe 39 0 1 0 2 0 42 0
HB England Ian Dargie 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
HB England Peter Gelson 29 0 1 0 1 0 31 0
HB Scotland Tommy Higginson 46 1 1 0 2 0 49 1
HB England Mel Scott 17 1 17 1
FW England Micky Block 42 8 1 0 2 0 45 8
FW England Johnny Brooks 39 22 1 0 1 0 41 22
FW Scotland John Dick 38 23 1 0 1 1 40 24
FW England Brian Edgley 4 1 1 1 5 2
FW England John Fielding 7 3 7 3
FW Scotland Johnny Hales 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 2
FW Northern Ireland Billy McAdams 34 22 1 0 2 1 37 23
FW Scotland George McLeod 46 4 1 0 2 0 49 4
FW Scotland George Summers 15 6 0 0 1 1 16 7
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[5]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL4 FAC FLC Total
FW Scotland John Dick 23 0 1 24
FW Northern Ireland Billy McAdams 22 0 1 23
FW England Johnny Brooks 22 0 0 22
FW England Micky Block 8 0 0 8
FW Scotland George Summers 6 0 1 7
FW Scotland George McLeod 4 0 0 4
FW England John Fielding 3 3
FW Scotland Johnny Hales 2 0 0 2
FW England Brian Edgley 1 1 2
HB England Mel Scott 1 1
DF England Tom Anthony 1 0 0 1
HB Scotland Tommy Higginson 1 0 0 1
Opponents 4 0 0 4
Total 98 0 4 102
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: 100 Years Of Brentford[5]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Malky MacDonald Scotland 18 August 1962 23 May 1963 49 28 8 13 057.14 46 27 8 11 058.70

Summary[edit]

Games played 49 (46 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Games won 28 (27 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Games drawn 8 (8 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup)
Games lost 13 (11 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Goals scored 102 (98 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Goals conceded 69 (64 Fourth Division, 1 FA Cup, 4 League Cup)
Clean sheets 8 (7 Fourth Division, 0 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Biggest league win 4–0 on three occasions
Worst league defeat 3–0 versus Crewe Alexandra, 12 September 1962
Most appearances 49, Ken Coote, Tommy Higginson, George McLeod (46 Fourth Division, 2 FA Cup, 3 League Cup)
Top scorer (league) 23, John Dick
Top scorer (all competitions) 24, John Dick

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
June 1962 DF England Alan Hawley n/a n/a [10]
July 1962 HB Scotland Matt Crowe England Norwich City £5,000 [1]
July 1962 FW Northern Ireland Billy McAdams England Leeds United £10,000 [11]
September 1962 FW Scotland John Dick England West Ham United £17,500 [12]
March 1963 FW England John Fielding England Southport £7,000 [13]
March 1963 HB England Mel Scott England Chelsea £12,500 [14]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
9 June 1962 FW Scotland Dick Lowrie Scotland Morton n/a [15]
August 1962 FW England George Francis England Gillingham £4,000 [3]
1 September 1962 FW Scotland Danny O'Donnell Scotland Brechin City n/a [15]
November 1962 FW England Brian Edgley England Barnsley n/a [16]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
May 1963 HB England Ian Dargie England Yiewsley 1963 [17]
May 1963 DF England Jimmy Gitsham England Romford 1963 [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 43.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k White 1989, p. 246-249.
  3. ^ a b Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 186-188.
  4. ^ a b "Brentford results for the 1962-1963 season - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 387. ISBN 0951526200.
  6. ^ Wickham, Chris. "Brentford FC 2013/14 squad break a string of Club Records". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  7. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. p. 63. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.
  8. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 10.
  9. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  10. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Seventies. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. pp. 254–255. ISBN 978-1906796709.
  11. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 102.
  12. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 47-48.
  13. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 56.
  14. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 142.
  15. ^ a b "Scottish Football Historical Archive – Player's Transfers – 1962". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  16. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 52.
  17. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 45.
  18. ^ Haynes & Coumbe 2006, p. 65.