1987–88 Brentford F.C. season

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Brentford
1987–88 season
ChairmanMartin Lange
Player-managerSteve Perryman
StadiumGriffin Park
Third Division12th
FA CupFirst round
League CupFirst round
Football League TrophyFirst round
Top goalscorerLeague: Sinton (11)
All: Sinton (12)
Highest home attendance8,712
Lowest home attendance2,005
Average home league attendance4,581

During the 1987–88 English football season, Brentford competed in the Football League Third Division. The Bees contended for a place in the play-offs until a run of just two wins from the final 17 matches of the season dropped the club into mid-table.

Season summary[edit]

After taking over as Brentford manager in January 1987, Steve Perryman continued the remodelling of his squad through the 1987 off-season.[1] Transferred out were defender Phil Bater, midfielder Paul Maddy and forward Francis Joseph, with the deals raising £37,000.[2] In came a number of players on free transfers or a trial basis, the most notable of whom being former Chelsea midfielder Colin Lee, in a dual player/Youth Development Officer role.[2] After beginning the Third Division season in and around the relegation places,[3] manager Perryman continued to buy and sell players, raising another £10,000 from the sale of defender Jamie Murray and winger Ian Holloway and bringing in former Chelsea midfielder Keith Jones for a £40,000 fee.[2] With forward Gary Blissett failing to show form in front of goal and Andy Sinton almost single-handedly leading the attack from midfield, the loan signing of Paul Williams in October 1987 galvanised the team,[2] with Williams scoring six goals in eight appearances before being recalled by Charlton Athletic.[4] An eight-match unbeaten run from mid-November 1987 to 2 January 1988, despite the £30,000 sale of forward Robbie Cooke,[2] put Brentford as high as 6th position, once place outside the play-off zone.[3] The December loan signing of Arsenal midfielder Graham Rix proved key to the continued good form.[1]

A 1–0 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on 16 January 1988, courtesy of a Keith Millen goal, raised Brentford into the play-off zone.[3] After 3–1 victory over rivals Fulham in the following league match and the recall of Graham Rix to Highbury, the Bees' form disintegrated.[3] The team lost four consecutive matches in February without scoring a goal and would win just two of the final 17 matches of the season to finish in 12th place.[3] Manager Steve Perryman had attempted to rectify the slump by signing midfielder Ian Stewart and forward Les Ferdinand on loan, but both proved to be a disappointment.[1] Right back Roger Joseph's performances earned him a place in the Third Division PFA Team of the Year, the first time a Brentford player had been recognised by the PFA.[5]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
10 Blackpool 46 17 14 15 71 62 +9 65
11 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 58 56 +2 65
12 Brentford 46 16 14 16 53 59 −6 62
13 Gillingham 46 14 17 15 77 61 +16 59
14 Bury 46 15 14 17 58 57 +1 59
Source: [6]

Results[edit]

Brentford's goal tally listed first.

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Scorer(s)
23 July 1987 Camberley Town A 2–0 Priddle, Blissett
27 July 1987 Truro City A 6–2 Blissett (2), Cooke (pen), Sinton, Carroll, Holloway
1 August 1987 Yeading A 0–1
10 August 1987 Chelsea H 0–3

Football League Third Division[edit]

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
1 15 August 1987 Sunderland H 0–1 7,509
2 29 August 1987 Bristol City H 0–2 4,328
3 31 August 1987 Grimsby Town A 1–0 3,361 Blissett
4 5 September 1987 Rotherham United H 1–1 3,604 Jones
5 9 September 1987 Northampton Town A 1–2 5,748 Cooke (pen)
6 12 September 1987 Southend United A 3–2 4,418 Blissett, Cooke, Sinton
7 15 September 1987 Chesterfield H 2–0 3,183 Benjamin (og), Cooke (pen)
8 19 September 1987 Blackpool H 2–1 3,886 Sinton, Smith
9 26 September 1987 Aldershot A 1–4 3,651 Sinton
10 29 September 1987 Preston North End A 2–1 4,241 Sinton, Carroll
11 3 October 1987 Port Vale H 1–0 4,007 Sinton
12 10 October 1987 Bury A 2–2 2,300 Bates, Sinton
13 17 October 1987 Walsall H 0–0 5,056
14 20 October 1987 Chester City H 1–1 4,027 Cooke
15 24 October 1987 Brighton & Hove Albion A 1–2 7,600 Stanislaus
16 31 October 1987 Bristol Rovers H 1–1 4,487 Williams
17 3 November 1987 Gillingham A 1–0 4,513 Thorne
18 7 November 1987 Notts County A 0–3 5,634
19 21 November 1987 Wigan Athletic H 2–1 3,625 Sinton (pen), Williams
20 28 November 1987 Doncaster Rovers A 1–0 1,360 Williams
21 12 December 1987 Mansfield Town H 2–2 3,729 Carroll, Blissett
22 18 December 1987 York City A 1–1 1,801 Turner
23 26 December 1987 Aldershot H 3–0 5,578 Millen, Sinton, Birch
24 28 December 1987 Fulham A 2–2 9,369 Evans, Birch
25 1 January 1988 Bristol City A 3–2 12,877 Blissett (2), Sinton
26 2 January 1988 Southend United H 1–0 5,752 Stanislaus
27 9 January 1988 Northampton Town H 0–1 6,025
28 16 January 1988 Blackpool A 1–0 3,911 Millen
29 14 February 1988 Fulham H 3–1 8,712 Blissett, Elkins (og), Millen
30 17 February 1988 Rotherham United A 0–2 2,572
31 20 February 1988 Sunderland A 0–2 15,458
32 23 February 1988 Grimsby Town H 0–2 3,534
33 27 February 1988 Port Vale A 0–1 3,876
34 1 March 1988 Preston North End H 2–0 3,505
35 5 March 1988 Walsall A 2–4 4,548 Blissett, Evans
36 12 March 1988 Bury H 0–3 3,920
37 19 March 1988 Bristol Rovers A 0–0 3,380
38 26 March 1988 Brighton & Hove Albion H 1–1 5,331 Lee
39 2 April 1988 Notts County H 1–0 4,388 Blissett
40 4 April 1988 Wigan Athletic A 1–1 3,297 Evans
41 9 April 1988 Gillingham H 2–2 3,875 Sinton (2)
42 19 April 1988 Chesterfield A 1–2 2,010 Turner
43 23 April 1988 Chester City A 1–1 1,793 Cockram
44 30 April 1988 Doncaster Rovers H 1–1 3,122 Cockram
45 2 May 1988 Mansfield Town A 1–2 2,664 Carroll
46 7 May 1988 York City H 1–2 4,180 Carroll

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance
1R 14 November 1987 Brighton & Hove Albion H 0–2 6,358

Football League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer(s)
R1 (1st leg) 18 August 1987 Southend United H 2–1 2,837 Sinton, Blissett
R1 (2nd leg) 25 August 1987 Southend United A 2–4 (lost 4–5 on aggregate) 2,111 Carroll, Cooke

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorer
SPR (match 1) 28 October 1987 Northampton Town A 0–1 3,076
SPR (match 2) 24 November 1987 Notts County H 3–2 2,005 Williams (3)
SR1 19 January 1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0–4 6,298
  • Sources: 100 Years of Brentford,[4] The Big Brentford Book of the Eighties,[7] Statto

Playing squad[edit]

Players' ages are as of the opening day of the 1987–88 season.
Pos. Name Nat. Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Notes
Goalkeepers
GK Tony Oliver England (1967-09-22)22 September 1967 (aged 19) Portsmouth 1987
GK Gary Phillips England (1961-09-20)20 September 1961 (aged 25) Barnet 1984
Defenders
DF Jamie Bates England (1968-02-24)24 February 1968 (aged 19) Youth 1986
DF Terry Evans England (1965-04-12)12 April 1965 (aged 22) Hillingdon 1985
DF Matthew Howard England (1970-12-05)5 December 1970 (aged 16) Youth 1988
DF Roger Joseph England (1965-12-24)24 December 1965 (aged 21) Southall 1984
DF Keith Millen England (1966-09-26)26 September 1966 (aged 20) Youth 1985
DF Roger Stanislaus England (1968-11-02)2 November 1968 (aged 18) Arsenal 1987
Midfielders
MF Paul Buckle England (1970-12-16)16 December 1970 (aged 16) Youth 1988
MF Robbie Carroll England (1968-02-15)15 February 1968 (aged 19) Gosport Borough 1986
MF Allan Cockram England (1963-10-08)8 October 1963 (aged 23) St Albans City 1988
MF Andy Feeley England (1961-09-30)30 September 1961 (aged 25) Leicester City 1987
MF Keith Jones England (1965-10-14)14 October 1965 (aged 21) Chelsea 1987
MF Colin Lee England (1956-06-12)12 June 1956 (aged 31) Chelsea 1987 Youth Development Officer
MF Steve Perryman England (1951-12-21)21 December 1951 (aged 35) Oxford United 1986 Manager
MF Andy Sinton England (1966-03-19)19 March 1966 (aged 21) Cambridge United 1985
MF Paul Smith England (1967-10-05)5 October 1967 (aged 19) Arsenal 1987
MF Wayne Turner (c) England (1961-03-09)9 March 1961 (aged 26) Coventry City 1986
Forwards
FW Paul Birch England (1968-12-03)3 December 1968 (aged 18) Portsmouth 1987 Loaned from Portsmouth before transferring permanently
FW Gary Blissett England (1964-05-29)29 May 1964 (aged 23) Crewe Alexandra 1987
FW Bob Booker England (1958-01-25)25 January 1958 (aged 29) Bedmond Sports & Social 1978
Players who left the club mid-season
DF Jamie Murray Scotland (1958-12-27)27 December 1958 (aged 28) Cambridge United 1984 Transferred to Cambridge United
MF Ian Holloway England (1963-03-12)12 March 1963 (aged 24) Wimbledon 1986 Transferred to Bristol Rovers
MF Sean Priddle England (1965-12-14)14 December 1965 (aged 21) Exeter City 1987 Released
MF Graham Rix England (1957-10-23)23 October 1957 (aged 29) Portsmouth 1987 Returned to Portsmouth after loan
MF Ian Stewart Northern Ireland (1961-09-10)10 September 1961 (aged 25) Arsenal 1988 Returned to Arsenal after loan
MF Steve Thorne England (1968-09-15)15 September 1968 (aged 18) Watford 1987 Released
FW Robbie Cooke England (1957-02-16)16 February 1957 (aged 30) Cambridge United 1984 Transferred to Millwall
FW Les Ferdinand England (1966-12-08)8 December 1966 (aged 20) Queens Park Rangers 1987 Returned to Queens Park Rangers after loan
FW Warren Gravette England (1968-09-13)13 September 1968 (aged 18) Tottenham Hotspur 1987 Released
FW Paul Williams England (1965-04-16)16 April 1965 (aged 22) Charlton Athletic 1987 Returned to Charlton Athletic after loan
  • Sources: The Big Brentford Book of the Eighties,[8] Timeless Bees[9]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
England Steve Perryman Manager
England Phil Holder Assistant Manager
England Roy Clare Physiotherapist

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Substitute appearances in brackets.
Pos Nat Name League FA Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Tony Oliver 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
GK England Gary Phillips 35 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 41 0
DF England Jamie Bates 20 (3) 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 23 (3) 1
DF England Terry Evans 29 4 1 0 0 0 2 0 32 4
DF England Matthew Howard 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
DF England Roger Joseph 43 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 49 0
DF England Keith Millen 40 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 44 3
DF Scotland Jamie Murray 4 0 2 0 6 0
DF England Roger Stanislaus 36 (1) 2 1 0 3 0 40 (1) 2
MF England Paul Buckle 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 0
MF England Robbie Carroll 8 (4) 4 0 (1) 0 2 1 0 (1) 0 10 (6) 5
MF England Allan Cockram 7 2 7 2
MF England Andy Feeley 27 (7) 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 32 (7) 0
MF England Ian Holloway 1 0 1 0
MF England Keith Jones 34 (2) 1 1 0 1 0 36 (2) 1
MF England Colin Lee 19 (3) 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 23 (3) 1
MF England Steve Perryman 16 (5) 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 3 0 21 (6) 0
MF England Sean Priddle 5 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 (1) 0
MF England Andy Sinton 46 11 1 0 2 1 3 0 52 12
MF England Paul Smith 10 (7) 1 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 11 (8) 1
MF England Steve Thorne 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
MF England Wayne Turner 24 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 26 2
FW England Paul Birch 13 (3) 2 1 0 14 (3) 2
FW England Gary Blissett 40 (1) 9 0 0 2 1 2 0 44 (1) 10
FW England Bob Booker 1 (11) 0 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 1 (14) 0
FW England Robbie Cooke 15 (1) 4 1 0 2 1 1 0 19 (1) 5
FW England Warren Gravette 1 (4) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (4) 0
Players loaned in during the season
MF Northern Ireland Ian Stewart 4 (3) 0 4 (3) 0
MF England Graham Rix 6 0 6 0
FW England Les Ferdinand 3 0 3 0
FW England Paul Williams 7 3 1 3 8 6
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: The Big Brentford Book of the Eighties[10]

Goalscorers[edit]

Pos. Nat Player FL3 FAC FLC FLT Total
MF England Andy Sinton 11 0 1 0 12
FW England Gary Blissett 9 0 1 0 10
FW England Paul Williams 3 3 6
MF England Robbie Carroll 4 0 1 0 5
FW England Robbie Cooke 4 0 1 0 5
DF England Terry Evans 4 0 0 0 4
DF England Keith Millen 3 0 0 0 3
MF England Allan Cockram 2 2
FW England Paul Birch 2 0 2
DF England Roger Stanislaus 2 0 0 2
MF England Wayne Turner 2 0 0 0 2
MF England Keith Jones 1 0 0 1
DF England Jamie Bates 1 0 0 0 1
MF England Colin Lee 1 0 0 0 1
MF England Paul Smith 1 0 0 0 1
MF England Steve Thorne 1 0 0 0 1
Opponents 2 0 0 0 2
Total 53 0 4 3 60
  • Players listed in italics left the club mid-season.
  • Source: The Big Brentford Book of the Eighties[10]

Management[edit]

Name Nat From To Record All Comps Record League
P W D L W % P W D L W %
Steve Perryman England 15 August 1987 7 May 1988 52 18 14 20 034.62 46 16 14 16 034.78

Summary[edit]

Games played 52 (46 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 3 Football League Trophy)
Games won 18 (16 Third Division, 0 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 1 Football League Trophy)
Games drawn 14 (14 Third Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup, 0 Football League Trophy)
Games lost 20 (16 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 2 Football League Trophy)
Goals scored 60 (53 Third Division, 0 FA Cup, 4 League Cup, 3 Football League Trophy)
Goals conceded 73 (59 Third Division, 2 FA Cup, 5 League Cup, 7 Football League Trophy)
Clean sheets 13 (13 Third Division, 0 FA Cup, 0 League Cup, 0 Football League Trophy)
Biggest league win 3–0 versus Aldershot, 26 December 1987
Worst league defeat 3–0 on two occasions; 4–1 versus Aldershot, 26 September 1987
Most appearances 52, Andy Sinton (46 Third Division, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 3 Football League Trophy)
Top scorer (league) 11, Andy Sinton
Top scorer (all competitions) 12, Andy Sinton

Transfers & loans[edit]

Players transferred in
Date Pos. Name Previous Club Fee Ref.
July 1987 FW England Warren Gravette England Tottenham Hotspur Free [2]
July 1987 MF England Colin Lee England Chelsea n/a [2]
July 1987 GK England Tony Oliver England Portsmouth Trial [2]
July 1987 MF England Sean Priddle England Exeter City Free [2]
August 1987 MF England Andy Feeley England Leicester City Trial [2]
August 1987 MF England Paul Smith England Arsenal Trial [2]
3 September 1987 MF England Keith Jones England Chelsea £40,000 [11]
18 September 1987 DF England Roger Stanislaus England Arsenal Trial [2]
September 1987 MF England Steve Thorne England Watford Trial [2]
1987 MF England Paul Buckle n/a n/a [2]
1987 DF England Jason Cousins n/a n/a [2]
1987 MF Jamaica Marcus Gayle n/a n/a [2]
1987 DF England Matthew Howard England Watford n/a [2]
January 1988 FW England Paul Birch England Portsmouth £10,000 [2]
March 1988 MF England Allan Cockram England St Albans City Non-contract [2]
Players loaned in
Date from Pos. Name From Date to Ref.
20 October 1987 FW England Paul Williams England Charlton Athletic November 1987 [2]
December 1987 FW England Paul Birch England Portsmouth January 1988 [2]
December 1987 MF England Graham Rix England Arsenal February 1988 [2]
February 1988 MF Northern Ireland Ian Stewart England Portsmouth March 1988 [2]
24 March 1988 FW England Les Ferdinand England Queens Park Rangers April 1988 [2]
Players transferred out
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Fee Ref.
July 1987 DF Wales Phil Bater Wales Cardiff City £5,000 [2]
July 1987 FW England Francis Joseph England Reading £25,000 [2]
July 1987 MF Wales Paul Maddy England Chester City £7,000 [2]
21 August 1987 MF England Ian Holloway England Bristol Rovers £5,000 [2]
September 1987 DF Scotland Jamie Murray England Cambridge United £5,000 [2]
December 1987 FW England Robbie Cooke England Millwall £30,000 [2]
Players loaned out
Date from Pos. Name To Date to Ref.
1987 FW England Francis Joseph Finland HJK Helsinki July 1987 [2]
January 1988 n/a England Mark Gill England Feltham n/a [2]
January 1988 n/a England Chris Good England Hitchin Town n/a [2]
Players released
Date Pos. Name Subsequent club Join date Ref.
January 1988 MF England Steve Thorne n/a n/a [2]
April 1988 n/a England Chris Good n/a n/a [2]
April 1988 FW England Warren Gravette England Maidenhead United April 1988 [2]
April 1988 MF England Sean Priddle England Weymouth 1988 [2]
May 1988 n/a England Mark Gill n/a n/a [2]
May 1988 MF England Paul Smith England Bristol Rovers 15 July 1988 [2]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c White, p. 334-336.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 218-222.
  3. ^ a b c d e Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Brentford results for the 1987-1988 season - Statto.com". Statto.com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 399. ISBN 0951526200.
  5. ^ a b c d Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 383.
  6. ^ Edward Ackers. "Season 1987-88". English Football League Tables. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  7. ^ Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 204-217.
  8. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the Eighties. Sunbury, Middlesex: Legends Publishing. ISBN 978-1906796716.
  9. ^ Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-0955294914.
  10. ^ a b Croxford, Lane & Waterman, p. 429.
  11. ^ Keith Jones at Soccerbase