When Brentford take the field at Shrewsbury tomorrow, they will be led out by Jimmy Towers, skipper for the day to mark his 100 th league and cup game without a break. It may be remembered that when the captaincy was afforded to Ian Dargie for his 100 th consecutive match, Brentford won 6-0 at Southampton; and that when Johnny Rainford carried the ball for a similar reason, at Shepherd’s Bush in October, the Bees beat the Rangers 4-2. Will good fortune likewise smile on Towers this weekend?

Injured at Southampton on November 30 th 1957, Jimmy reappeared in the league side in the home game against Walsall on February 1st 1958, having made a remarkably quick recovery from a cartilage operation. Since then he has not missed a game. The Shrewsbury ground has some pleasant memories for Jim, for it was at Gay Meadow on a Monday evening in February 1954 that he marked his first appearance in a Brentford league side by scoring a vital goal.

Also in the sports pages:

It looks like the end of the road for Hounslow Town’s England Amateur international left-half Derek Evans, after his latest attempt to come back from a leg injury fails. Hounslow could have done with him for their forthcoming FA Amateur Cup second round tie against Enfield at Denbigh Road, with Dudley Baker and Tony Crisp both also suffering from knee injuries, Tommy McHattie having ankle trouble and Ray McDuell struck down with the flu.

Jolly X come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Feltham United at Redlees Park, while Hounslow West Youth Club hammer Sunbury Teenagers 8-0 in the Middlesex Youth Cup, and Feltham Villa knock Botwell Wanderers out of the Middlesex Junior Cup 5-2 at Glebelands.

Osterley RFC take on Tonbridge in the snow at Wood Lane, and run out 9-3 winners, but an Osterley Extras side go down 9-6 to visiting Welsh side Llantwit Major at Lampton Park.