Brentford F.C.

Association football club in London

Football club
Brentford
Brentford FC crest.svg
Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bees
Short nameBrentford
Founded10 October 1889; 132 years ago (1889-10-10)
GroundGtech Community Stadium 22
London, England
Capacity17,250[1]
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanCliff Crown
Head CoachThomas Frank
LeaguePremier League
2021–22Premier League, 13th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Home colours
Current season

Brentford Football Club is a professional football club based in Brentford, West London, England. They compete in the Premier League, the highest tier of English football, having gained promotion via the playoffs at the end of the 2020–21 Championship season. Nicknamed "The Bees", the club was founded in 1889 and played home matches at Griffin Park from 1904 before moving to Gtech Community Stadium in 2020. Their main rivals are fellow West London-based clubs Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.

Brentford initially played amateur football before they entered the London League in 1896 and finished as runners-up of the Second Division and then the First Division to win election into the Southern League in 1898. They won the Southern League Second Division in 1900–01 and were elected into the Football League in 1920. Brentford won the Third Division South title in 1932–33 and the Second Division title in 1934–35. The club enjoyed a successful spell in the top flight of English football, reaching a peak of fifth in the First Division, in 1935–36, their highest ever league finish, before three relegations left them in the Fourth Division by 1962. They were crowned Fourth Division champions in 1962–63, but were relegated in 1966 and again in 1973 after gaining promotion in 1971–72. Brentford spent 14 seasons in the Third Division after gaining promotion in 1977–78 and went on to win the Third Division title in 1991–92, though were relegated again in 1993.

Brentford were relegated into the fourth tier in 1998 and won promotion as champions in the 1998–99 campaign. The club were relegated in 2007 and won promotion as champions of League Two in 2008–09 and then were promoted out of League One in 2013–14. They had unsuccessful Championship play-off campaigns in 2015 and 2020. Brentford have a poor record in finals, finishing as runners-up in three Associate Members' Cup / Football League Trophy finals (1985, 2001 and 2011) and losing four play-off finals (the 1997 Second Division final, 2002 Second Division final, 2013 League One final and 2020 Championship final). However, Brentford won the 2021 Championship final to be promoted to the highest level for the first time since the 1946–47 season.[2]

History

League positions of Brentford since the 1920–21 season of the Football League.

Current and past grounds

Gtech Community Stadium

Players

First team

As of 18 September 2022[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP David Raya
2 DF Scotland SCO Aaron Hickey
3 DF England ENG Rico Henry
4 DF England ENG Charlie Goode
5 DF Jamaica JAM Ethan Pinnock
6 MF Denmark DEN Christian Nørgaard (vice-captain)
7 MF Spain ESP Sergi Canós
8 MF Denmark DEN Mathias Jensen
10 MF England ENG Josh Dasilva
11 FW Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Yoane Wissa
13 DF Denmark DEN Zanka
14 MF Iran IRN Saman Ghoddos
15 MF Nigeria NGA Frank Onyeka
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF England ENG Ben Mee
17 FW England ENG Ivan Toney
18 DF Sweden SWE Pontus Jansson (captain)
19 FW Cameroon CMR Bryan Mbeumo
20 DF Norway NOR Kristoffer Ajer
22 GK Albania ALB Thomas Strakosha
23 FW England ENG Keane Lewis-Potter
24 MF Denmark DEN Mikkel Damsgaard
26 MF Grenada GRN Shandon Baptiste
27 MF Germany GER Vitaly Janelt
30 DF Denmark DEN Mads Roerslev
34 GK England ENG Matthew Cox

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW Turkey TUR Halil Dervişoğlu (at Burnley until 30 June 2023)
25 MF England ENG Myles Peart-Harris (at Forest Green Rovers until 31 December 2022)
28 MF Denmark DEN Mads Bidstrup (at Nordsjælland until 30 June 2023)
29 DF Denmark DEN Mads Bech Sørensen (at Nice until 30 June 2023)
33 DF Wales WAL Fin Stevens (at Swansea City until 30 June 2023)
GK England ENG Ellery Balcombe (at Crawley Town until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Ghana GHA Tariqe Fosu (at Stoke City until 30 June 2023)
MF England ENG Paris Maghoma (at AFC Wimbledon until 30 June 2023)
MF England ENG Daniel Oyegoke (at Milton Keynes Dons until 30 June 2023)
FW Australia AUS Lachlan Brook (at Crewe Alexandra until 31 December 2022)
FW Ecuador ECU Joel Valencia (at De Graafschap until 30 June 2023)
FW England ENG Nathan Young-Coombes (at AFC Wimbledon until 30 June 2023)

Brentford B

As of 1 September 2022[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
35 MF England ENG Ryan Trevitt
GK England ENG Roco Rees
GK England ENG Marley Tavaziva
GK England ENG Ben Winterbottom
DF Republic of Ireland IRL Val Adedokun
DF France FRA Tristan Crama
DF England ENG Charlie Farr
DF Republic of Ireland IRL Nico Jones
DF Albania ALB Edon Pruti
MF England ENG Isaac Holland
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Angel Waruih
MF England ENG Max Wilcox
MF Ukraine UKR Yehor Yarmolyuk
FW England ENG Max Dickov
FW Republic of Ireland IRL Alex Gilbert
FW England ENG Kyreece Lisbie
FW England ENG Michael Olakigbe
FW Scotland SCO Aaron Pressley
FW England ENG Lucias Vine
FW England ENG Tony Yogane

Coaching staff

As of 28 June 2022[8]

First team

Name Role
Denmark Thomas Frank Head Coach
Denmark Brian Riemer Assistant Head Coach
Republic of Ireland Kevin O'Connor Assistant First Team Coach
Spain Manu Sotelo Goalkeeper Coach
England Ben Ryan Director of Elite Performance
England Justin Cochrane Head of Coaching
Scotland Steven Pressley Head of Individual Development
England Neil Greig Head of Medical
England Chris Haslam Head of Athletic Performance
England Luke Stopforth Head of Performance Analysis
Mexico Bernardo Cueva Tactical Statistician

Brentford B

Name Role
Scotland Neil MacFarlane Head Coach
England Allan Steele Assistant Coach & Technical Lead
England Sam Saunders Assistant Coach
Finland Jani Viander Goalkeeper Coach
England Matt Bramhall Strength and Conditioning Coach
England James Purdue Strength and Conditioning Coach
England Liam Horgan Physiotherapist
England Richard Potts Physiotherapist

Management

As of 26 July 2022[9]
Name Role
England Matthew Benham Owner
England Cliff Crown Chairman
Vacant Vice-Chairman
England Jon Varney Chief Executive, executive director
England Lisa Skelhorn Club Secretary
England Lorna Falconer Head of Football Operations
England Phil Giles Director of Football, executive director
England Lee Dykes Technical Director
England Nity Raj General counsel, executive director
England Monique Choudhuri Non-executive director
England Deji Davies Non-executive director
England Stewart Purvis Non-executive director
England Preeti Shetty Non-executive director

Nickname

Brentford's nickname is "The Bees".[10] The nickname was unintentionally created by students of Borough Road College in the 1890s, when they attended a match and shouted the college's chant "buck up Bs" in support of their friend and then-Brentford player Joseph Gettins.[10] Local newspapers misheard the chant as "Buck up Bees" and the nickname stuck.[11]

Colours and badge

Brentford's predominant home colours are a red and white striped shirt, black shorts and red or black socks.[12] These have been the club's predominant home colours since the 1925–26 season, bar one season – 1960–61 – when yellow (gold) and blue were used, unsuccessfully.[13] The colours on entering the Football League, in 1920–21, were white shirts, navy shorts and navy socks.[12] Away kits have varied over the years, with the current colours being a yellow shirt with yellow shorts, both with black detailing, along with yellow socks.

Brentford have had several badges on their shirts since it was formed in 1889.[14] The first one, in 1893, was a white shield, with 'BFC' in blue and a wavy line in blue, which is thought to represent the river and the rowing club, who founded the football club.[14] The next known badge, the Middlesex County Arms, was on shirts donated by a club supporter in 1909.[14] The Brentford and Chiswick arms, as a badge, was used just for the one season, in 1938–39.[14] The next badge was in 1971–72 when a shield, formed into quadrants, which had a hive and bees in one, 3 seaxes in another and the other two with red and white stripes.[14] In 1972, the club organised a competition to design a new crest, which was won by Mr B.G. Spencer's design, a circle with a bee and stripes and the founding date of 1888. This was introduced in 1973 and used until May 1975, when it was brought to the club's attention, via Graham Haynes, that the club was formed in 1889 and not in 1888. Therefore a new badge, reputedly designed by Dan Tana – the club's chairman at the time – was introduced for the 1975–76 season and continued until 1994 when the current badge was introduced.[14] In 2011 Russell Grant claimed to have designed the badge in a BBC interview,[15] however it was in fact designed in 1993 for two season tickets by supporter Andrew Henning, following a request from Keith Loring the then chief executive.[13] In 2017, the club redesigned its crest to a more modern, uncluttered, design with the flexibility for use in two tone colour print.[14] The design is a double roundel with the club name and year founded in white on a red background and a large central bee.[14]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor
1975–1976 Umbro None
1977–1980 Bukta
1980–1981 Adidas
1981–1984 Osca DHL
1984–1986 KLM
1986–1988 Spall
1988–1990 Hobott
1990–1992 Chad
1992–1995 Hummel
1995–1996 Core Ericsson
1996–1998 Cobra
1998–2000 Super League GMB
2000–2002 Patrick
2002–2003 TFG
2003–2005 St. George
2005–2006 Lonsdale
2006–2007 Samvo Group
2007–2008 Puma
2008–2012 Hertings
2012–2013 SkyEx
2013–2015 Adidas
2015–2016 Matchbook
2016–2017 888sport
2017–2019 LeoVegas
2019–2020 Umbro EcoWorld London
2020–2021 Utilita
2021– Hollywoodbets

Honours and best performances

League

Cups

Wartime honours

Best performances

League

Cups

Awards

Rivalries

Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.[33] The club have a long standing rivalry with Fulham.[34] In the past this fixture has been marred by crowd violence.[35] Brentford's rivalry with Queens Park Rangers intensified in 1967, when Rangers failed in an attempted takeover of the Bees, a move which, had it succeeded, would have seen Rangers move into Griffin Park and Brentford quit the Football League.[36][37] As with the Fulham rivalry, this fixture sees passions run high amongst both sets of supporters with local pride at stake.[38]

International links

In February 2013, it was announced that Brentford had entered into partnership with Icelandic 1. deild karla club UMF Selfoss, which would enable Brentford to send youth and development squad players to Iceland to gain experience.[39] The partnership also sees the two clubs exchanging coaching philosophies and allows Brentford to utilise UMF Selfoss' scouting network.[39] In May 2013, the Brentford staff forged links with Ugandan lower league club Gulu United as part of the "United for United" project, aimed at forming the region's first youth training camp and identifying talented players.[40] Brentford owner Matthew Benham became majority shareholder in Danish club FC Midtjylland in 2014 and the staff of both clubs share ideas.[41]

Affiliated clubs

Celebrity connections

  • Brentford FC is mentioned often on the BBC comedy People Just Do Nothing. DJ Beats often wears a Brentford jacket, and Angel's room is full of Brentford memorabilia.[citation needed]
  • Actor and comedian Bradley Walsh was a professional at the club in the late 1970s, but never made the first team squad.[44]
  • Dan Tana, Hollywood actor and restaurateur, served on the club's board and was chairman.[45]
  • Model Stephen James played for the club's youth team prior to his release in 2008.[46]
  • Entertainer Vic Oliver served as the club's vice-president in the early 1950s and was later president of the Brentford Supporters' Club.[47]
  • Politician Jack Dunnett served as club chairman between 1961 and 1967.[48]
  • Rod Stewart had a trial at the club in 1960.
  • Rick Wakeman became a director of the club for a year in 1979.
  • Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien has been a supporter and season ticket holder at Brentford Football Club

Notes

  1. ^ Elected into Southern League Second Division London.
  2. ^ No system of promotion in place.

References

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  2. ^ "Brentford 2–0 Swansea City". BBC Sport. 29 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e Haynes 1998, p. 66.
  4. ^ "The last night at Griffin Park". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Brentford 1 Wycombe Wanderers 1 (Brentford win 4–2 on penalties)". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  6. ^ "First Team". Brentford F.C. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  7. ^ "B Team Squad". Brentford F.C. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Brentford FC Football Staff". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Brentford FC Company Details". www.brentfordfc.com.
  10. ^ a b Haynes 1998, p. 98.
  11. ^ Daly, Ken. "Ken Daly's alternative look at the history of Middlesbrough and Brentford who play in a Sky Bet Championship play off at Griffin Park on Friday 8 May 2015". www.mfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  12. ^ a b Haynes 1998, p. 30-31.
  13. ^ a b "Brentford – Historical Football Kits". Historicalkits.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "Introducing our new club crest". Brentford FC. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Which Strictly star designed Brentford's badge?". BBC News. 12 November 2011.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Brentford F.C. at the Football Club History Database
  17. ^ a b "London League 1896–1910". nonleaguematters.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  18. ^ a b Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. pp. 135–136. ISBN 1-874427-57-7.
  19. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 96.
  20. ^ a b White 1989, p. 354.
  21. ^ a b Haynes 1998, p. 119-120.
  22. ^ White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 97. ISBN 0951526200.
  23. ^ a b White 1989, p. 82-84.
  24. ^ Argus (16 November 1928). "A Changed Brentford". The Brentford & Chiswick Times.
  25. ^ "England 1918/19". Rsssf.com. 15 February 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  26. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 46.
  27. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 51.
  28. ^ a b c "Brentford FC CST: Awards". www.brentfordfccst.com. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  29. ^ Chapman, Mark. "Brentford win 2015 Football League Family Excellence Award". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  30. ^ "Brentford achieves the Football League Family Excellence Award". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  31. ^ Wickham, Chris. "A list of all the awards collected by Brentford FC, staff and players over the past year". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  32. ^ "Brentford FC Moment in Time: Norwich City". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  33. ^ "The results of the largest ever survey into club rivalries" (PDF). Footballfancensus.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  34. ^ "Football Ground Guide". Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  35. ^ "Fulham F.C. – The 1995/1996 Season". Archived from the original on 23 August 2002. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  36. ^ "I'm Backing Brentford part two: how the proposed 1967 takeover started". www.brentfordfc.com.
  37. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 123-125.
  38. ^ "Brentford FC vs. QPR". Footballderbies.com. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  39. ^ a b c Wickham, Chris. "Bees agree Icelandic partnership". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  40. ^ a b Wickham, Chris. "Join Brentford in supporting Gulu United". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  41. ^ Wickham, Chris. "Brentford club staff visit FC Midtjylland". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  42. ^ "BBC Sport – FC Midtjylland: Brentford owner Benham invests in Danish club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  43. ^ "London Tigers play on Griffin Park pitch". www.brentfordfc.com. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  44. ^ "Ex bees Rover returns". brentfordfc.co.uk. 16 August 2006. Archived from the original on 7 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  45. ^ "A match made in Hollywood interview". Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  46. ^ "Stephen James | The Man Behind The Body Art Model". www.brother2brother.co.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  47. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 100-101.
  48. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 27.

External links

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