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Moment in time: Sheffield United

Blades beaten as Brentford secure top-flight football for first time

4 August 2017

We're putting together a new feature this season, telling the story of a memorable photo from a game between The Bees and our weekend's opponents. Today, we head back to 1935 as Harry Curtis' secures top flight football at Griffin Park for the first time.

The Bees had already secured promotion to the top tier as Champions, for the first-ever time, by the time Sheffield United headed to Griffin Park on 4 May for the final game of the season.

Harry Curtis' side had led Division Two for most of the season and a 3-2 win at Bradford Park Avenue on Easter Monday, thanks to Dai Hopkins' double and one for Arthur Bateman, confirmed that the giants of English football would be heading to Griffin Park, just three years after The Bees had been in the Football League's bottom division.

More than 21,000 fans packed Griffin Park for the game against the mid-table Blades. On the pitch, Charles Fletcher, Jack Holliday, and Billy Scott got the goals as Curtis' side picked up a 19th home win of the season and took their goals tally to 93 for the campaign. 

At full-time, The Bees fans rushed onto the pitch to salute their heroes and see Curtis and the team presented with the trophy by Mr. Rinder of the Football League management committee. 

Below is a copy of the County of Middlesex Independent report from a day of celebrations at Griffin Park

As for the heroes of that day, Harry Curtis would remain in charge at Griffin Park until 1949, leading The Bees to three consecutive top six finished in Division One between 1936 and 1938, and being named the club's greatest-ever manager in a Football League 125th anniversary poll. 

Jack Holiday's career was cut short by the outbreak of World War Two but he retired as our record goalscorer with 119 goals in 223 games while Billy Scott went on to make just shy of 300 appearances in 15 years at Griffin Park. As for Charles Fletcher, he suffered a falling out with Curtis in November 1935 and departed the club shortly after for Burnley.


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