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On This Day: April 23

This day in Brentford history

23 April 2020

Notable Matches

MK Dons 1 Brentford 4 – Sky Bet Championship, 2016

Birthdays

George Smith (1915); 45 appearances, 1 goal

Part of Jimmy Seed’s pre-war Charlton Athletic side, Smith joined Brentford from The Addicks in late 1945. Smith played 32 games in the Football League South and FA Cup before competitive league football returned the following season. The 31-year-old half back missed just one league game as we lost our Division One status after 12 years in the top flight, scoring his only goal during a 2-1 win over Blackpool in September.

John Pearson (1935); 5 appearances, 0 goals

An inside left, Pearson was part of the Brentford youth team which reached the semi-finals of the 1952/53 FA Youth Cup. He made his professional debut in a 3–0 victory over Colchester United in September 1955, the first of four appearances during the 1955/56 season. However, he failed to establish himself at Griffin Park and left at the end of the 1957/58 season with just one further appearance to his name.

Anthony Spencer (1965); 21 appearances, 0 goals

Chiswick-born Spencer made his debut late in 1981/82 season aged 17 years and 10 days. After three appearances that campaign, the full-back registered a further 10 the following season and eight the one after that before a knee injury forced him to retire in 1985, aged 20.

Debuts

Bernard Newcombe (1956) vs Coventry City (H) 1-1


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