Brentford F.C.

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Brentford FC logo.svg
Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bees
GroundGriffin Park
Brentford, London
(capacity: 12,219)
OwnerMatthew Benham (2012–present)
ChairmanGreg Dyke
ManagerUwe Rösler
LeagueLeague One
2011–12League One, 9th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Current season

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Brentford FC logo.svg
Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bees
GroundGriffin Park
Brentford, London
(capacity: 12,219)
OwnerMatthew Benham (2012–present)
ChairmanGreg Dyke
ManagerUwe Rösler
LeagueLeague One
2011–12League One, 9th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Current season

Brentford Football Club are a professional football club based in Brentford, in the London Borough of Hounslow, that play in Football League One, the third tier in the English football league system.

They were founded on October 10th 1889 and play their home games at Griffin Park, their home stadium since 1904, after a nomadic existence playing at 5 previous grounds. The club has a long-standing rivalry with near neighbours, Fulham. Brentford's most successful spell came during the 1930s, when they achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division. Since the War, they have spent most of their time in the third and fourth tiers of English football. Brentford have been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and have three times been Football League Trophy runners-up.



Foundation to 1939

Founded in 1889 to serve as a winter pursuit for the Brentford Rowing Club, the club moved to its present day home ground, Griffin Park, in 1904. In 1920, it was a founder member of the Third Division South. During the late 1920s and 1930s, the club began to make real progress. In the 1929–30 season, the side won all 21 of its home matches in the Third Division South, but still missed out on promotion. They are the last of six teams in English football to amass a perfect home record, and the only one to do so over a season of 42 matches or more. After several more near-misses, promotion to the Second Division was finally achieved in 1932–33. Two years later, Brentford reached the First Division and finished 5th in its debut season – which is still the club's highest ever league position – to complete a remarkable rise for the club. Brentford achieved more impressive placings in the league for the rest of the decade (6th in the following two seasons) before the Second World War interrupted.


League positions since the 1920–21 season.
Note – Dotted horizontal lines indicate league divisions.
Note – From 1920–1958 the 3rd tier was split into North and South divisions, graph indicates Brentford's position in the South division

During the war, Brentford competed in the London War Cup, losing in the 1941 final at Wembley Stadium to Reading and winning in the final against Portsmouth a year later. The club was relegated in the first season after the War, and a downward spiral set in, which culminated in relegation to the Third Division in 1953–54 and the Fourth Division in 1961–62. In the process Brentford became the first team to play the other ninety-one clubs in league football.[1]

The survival of Brentford FC was threatened by a projected takeover by Queens Park Rangers in the late 1960s – a bid that was only narrowly averted with an emergency loan of £104,000 – while the club continued to yo-yo between the third and fourth divisions during the next three decades. The club won promotion in 1962–63, 1971–72 and 1977–78 but only on the final occasion was it able to consolidate its place in English football's third tier. Other bright spots in this period included reaching the final of the Freight Rover Trophy at Wembley in 1985, where the team lost to Wigan, and a run to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1989 which included wins over three higher-division sides and was only ended by the reigning league champions Liverpool.

1990 to present

After a 45-year absence, Brentford were promoted back to the Second Division (renamed the First Division with the advent of the Premier League in 1992) in the 1991–92 season as Third Division champions, though they were relegated again the following year.

There followed several seasons of the club narrowly missing out on promotion. Former Chelsea FA Cup hero David Webb was appointed manager in 1993 and twice led the side into the play-offs. In 1996–97 he led them to the play-off final at Wembley, but the side were beaten by Crewe Alexandra. The club were then relegated to the Third Division (by then the bottom division of the Football League) the following year. Brentford won promotion as champions again in 1998–99 under manager and chairman Ron Noades.

The club suffered more promotion agony in 2002 under manager Steve Coppell as they lost out to Stoke City in the play-off final having been just minutes away from automatic promotion on the final day of the season, and again under manager Martin Allen in 2004–05, on that occasion losing 3–1 on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals after finishing 4th in League One.

Former BBC Director-General and Bees fan Greg Dyke was announced as chairman of Brentford on 20 January 2006 as part of the takeover by Bees United, the Brentford Supporters Trust. On 28 January 2006, Brentford beat Premier League strugglers Sunderland 2–1 in the 4th Round of the FA Cup, but lost 3–1 to another Premier League club Charlton Athletic in the 5th Round. Brentford finished 3rd in the league and lost to Swansea City in the play-off semi-final.

On 30 May 2006 Allen announced his resignation as manager of Brentford[2] and the club named Leroy Rosenior as his successor on 14 June 2006. On 18 November 2006, following a run of 16 matches without a win – leaving the side in the relegation zone – Rosenior was sacked as manager, after the team lost 4–0 at home to Crewe. Following Rosenior's departure, youth team coach Scott Fitzgerald was appointed manager on a full-time basis on 21 December 2006 with Alan Reeves acting as his assistant.[3] Fitzgerald was unable to turn around the club's fortunes, and Brentford were relegated to Football League Two – English Football's 4th tier – in April 2007. Fitzgerald left the day following confirmation of Brentford's relegation, with youth team manager Barry Quin due to act as caretaker in the managerial role until the end of the season.[4]

Ex-England captain Terry Butcher was appointed as manager on 24 April 2007. Butcher's assistant was former Brentford winger Andy Scott, who was appointed on 9 May 2007. Butcher's reign at Griffin Park was, however, not a successful one, and his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 11 December 2007,[5] after winning just 5 matches in 23. Butcher's assistant Andy Scott was appointed as manager on 4 January 2008 following a successful caretaker spell. (Scott's assistant is the experienced coach Terry Bullivant).

On 25 April 2009 Brentford sealed the League Two championship (English football's fourth tier) with a 3–1 win at Darlington. The Bees were awarded the Trophy in front of 10,223 fans at Griffin Park on 2 May. They were the second team (after Doncaster Rovers) to win the fourth tier three times, and the first to win the tier under its three names (Fourth Division, Division Three and League Two).

Scott's excellent first calendar year in charge was recognised with an award, the BBC London 'Manager of the Year 2008'. Scott was also awarded the League Two Manager of the Month award for April/May 2009, which recognised the above title was won in difficult circumstances; with 4 strikers hospitalised in 8 games.

During the 2008–09 campaign, three players also picked up awards:

2009–10: A total of 13 new players were bought in, mostly on free transfers.

On 5 August 2009, the amalgamation of fans' groups which help run the club – Bees United – announced they had ".. negotiated terms with Matthew Benham that will enable BU to continue in its role of ensuring the club is governed well, of protecting the long term interests of Brentford Football Club, and of giving you, our members, the right of veto over any unreasonable sale of the ground in which Brentford plays, so long as Brentford FC remains solvent".

The 2009–10 season saw the club stabalise in League One – with Brentford finishing 9th.[citation needed] A shaky start led to changes in personnel, notably loanees from Arsenal (Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny) and Tottenham Hotspur (winger John Bostock). While the other promoted teams struggled, Brentford thrived, thanks to good home form, (Brentford only lost four home league games in two years) and some impressive displays against the richer clubs in the division (e.g. Leeds United, Norwich City, Southampton & Huddersfield Town).[citation needed] A new CEO was appointed, Andrew Mills.[citation needed]

The 2010–11 season saw a League Cup run, with Premier League opposition – Everton – beaten at Griffin Park, and Birmingham City taken to a penalty shoot-out. The Bees' league form took a dive in January 2011 however; and manager Scott and assistant Bullivant parted company from the club on 3 February; with senior pro Nicky Forster taking over as manager (with Mark Warburton, a former Watford Academy Coach as his assistant). Brentford reached the final of the Football League Trophy in which they lost 1–0 to Carlisle United.

At the end of the 2010–11 season, Nicky Forster was informed that he would not be getting the manager's job on a full-time basis, and on 10 June 2011 Uwe Rosler was confirmed as the new manager, on a two-year contract. The Management structure runs along the 'European model': i.e. a 'Sporting Director' (Mark Warburton) works with the Manager on sourcing players.

At the end of the 2011/12 season, in which the Club finished 9th in League One missing out on the play-offs by 6 points, the club's supporters voted to sell the entire club's shareholding to supporter-investor Matthew Benham. Supporters trust Bees United, the club's previous majority shareholders, elected at a special general meeting to bring its five-year deal with Benham to a conclusion two years early. Benham had initially come on board back in 2009, striking a deal which would see him take over the club in July 2014 if the trust were not able to buy him out by then.[6]


Griffin Park

Brentford FC have played at Griffin Park since September 1904. Griffin Park is unique in British football, in that there is a pub on each corner, The Royal Oak, The New Inn, The Griffin – which was used in the film Green Street – and The Princess Royal (which was once run by Brentford FC).

In 2007, the east stand, The Ealing Road end of the ground, had a roof installed after a grant given by the Football Trust, therefore making all 4 stands of Griffin Park covered. The Ealing Road stand still remains a terrace and is now the home supporters stand. It was re-opened for the first game of the season of the 2007/08 season, on Saturday 11 August 2007, against Mansfield Town (4,909 watched the game).

The Braemar Road stand, south stand, was renamed the 'Bees United' stand for the 2010/11 season. The New Road stand, north stand opposite, was renamed The Bill Axbey stand. The Brook Road, west stand, is used specifically as the Away supporters stand. Sometimes called the 'Wendy House'.

The dug-outs were moved from the Braemar Road side (south side) of the ground to the Bill Axbey side (north side) for the 2010/11 season. Which has since been despised by the home supporters.

Lionel Road

Brentford, with the aim of securing a more financially sustainable future, have been considering relocation since 2002. Plans were announced in October 2002 for a new 20,000 capacity all seater stadium at a state-of-the-art arena complex in Lionel Road South, Brentford. It was announced on 7 December 2007 that the club had secured an option to purchase the site – a major breakthrough in the club's plans to relocate.[7]

The new stadium moved another step closer on 22 February 2008 when it was announced that Brentford's development partner, Barratt Homes, had acquired a 7.6-acre (31,000 m2) regeneration site in Lionel Road South, Brentford.[8] Following this news, it was anticipated that the stadium would be completed in time for the 2012/13 season, and be used as a training venue for teams participating in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. However, due to the on-going economic downturn and fall in property prices, the club and Barratt Homes admitted, in early 2009, that this date would no longer be feasible.[citation needed]

The club's plan to move to a new community stadium took a massive step forward, on Thursday 28 June 2012, when the club, via Matthew Benham, purchased the 7.6 acre site in Lionel Road South, Brentford, from Barratt Homes who had originally acquired the site in January 2008. The club is planning to build a 20,000 capacity stadium on the land. Along with outline planning permission for a Hotel and Apartment buildings, on unused land surrounding the site, to help fund the project, as well as applying for outline planning permission for Griffin Park which will also be sold to developers as to fund the Lionel Road South project. [9]

Current squad

First-team squad

As of 26 February 2013 (2013-02-26)

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

1EnglandGKRichard Lee
2Republic of IrelandMFKevin O'Connor (captain)
3EnglandDFScott Barron
4EnglandMFAdam Forshaw
5EnglandDFTony Craig
6EnglandDFHarlee Dean
7EnglandMFSam Saunders
8Republic of IrelandMFJonathan Douglas (vice-captain)
9EnglandFWClayton Donaldson
10MoroccoFWFarid El Alagui
11ItalyFWMarcello Trotta (on loan from Fulham)
12EnglandMFTom Adeyemi (on loan from Norwich City)
14EnglandDFShaleum Logan
15Northern IrelandMFStuart Dallas
16FranceGKAntoine Gounet
17EnglandFWBradley Wright-Phillips (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
18Northern IrelandDFLee Hodson (on loan from Watford)
19EnglandMFHarry Forrester
20FranceMFToumani Diagouraga
21EnglandGKSimon Moore
22EnglandMFJake Reeves
23EnglandFWPaul Hayes
24EnglandDFJake Bidwell (on loan from Everton)
32EnglandDFLiam Moore (on loan from Leicester City)
33Republic of IrelandDFRob Kiernan (on loan from Wigan Athletic)

Out on loan

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

27EnglandMFEmmanuel Oyeleke (at Northampton Town until 28 February 2013)
EnglandDFAlfie Mawson (at Maidenhead United) until 27 April 2013
30EnglandFWAntonio German (at Gillingham Until 1 April 2013)

Development squad

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

EnglandDFJoshua Clarke
EnglandDFSam Beale
EnglandDFSamuel Griffiths
26EnglandDFLeon Redwood
31EnglandDFAaron Pierre
EnglandMFCharlie Adams
EnglandMFTyrell Rodney
EnglandMFAaron Scott
EnglandFWLuke Norris[10]

Coaching staff

As of 1 December 2012
Germany Uwe RöslerManager
Republic of Ireland Alan KernaghanAssistant Manager
England Mark WarburtonSporting Director
England Peter FarrellFirst Team Coach
England Simon RoyceGoalkeeping Coach
England Chris HaslamFitness Coach
England Ben WoodPhysiotherapist
England Neil GreigHead of Medical
England Bob OtengKit Man
England Charlie BrimicombeKit Man


As of 27 February 2013. Only competitive matches are counted.

William LewisEnglandAugust 1900May 1903
Dick MolyneuxEnglandAugust 1903May 1906
W G BrownEnglandAugust 1906May 1908
Jack McMahonEnglandAugust 1908May 1912
Ephraim RhodesEnglandAugust 1912May 1915
Andy GallagherEnglandAugust 1915August 1921
Archie MitchellEnglandAugust 1921December 19226022132537
Fred HallidayEnglandDecember 1924May 19266822123432
Harry CurtisEnglandMay 1926February 194970530515724343
Jackie GibbonsEnglandFebruary 1949August 195215053405735
Jimmy BlainEnglandAugust 1952January 195323751130
Tommy LawtonEnglandJanuary 1953September 1953338101524
Bill Dodgin, Sr.EnglandOctober 1953May 195718265576036
Malky MacDonaldScotlandMay 1957January 19653791609412542
Tommy CavanaghEnglandJanuary 1965March 19664616102035
Billy GrayEngland1 August 196630 August 19674819131640
Jimmy SirrelEngland1 September 196730 November 196911145264041
Frank BlunstoneEngland1 December 196911 July 197316467356241
Mike EverittEngland1 September 197315 January 19757021222730
John DochertyScotland20 January 19757 September 19766923202633
Bill Dodgin, Jr.England16 September 19761 March 198016671356043
Fred CallaghanEngland1 March 19802 February 198417659526532
Frank BlunstoneEngland2 February 19849 February 198410010
Frank McLintockScotland9 February 19841 January 198715151435734
Steve PerrymanEngland1 January 198715 August 199018271486339
Phil HolderEngland24 August 199011 May 199315866335941
David WebbEngland17 May 19934 August 199721685656639
Eddie MayEngland5 August 19975 November 199720551025
Micky AdamsEngland5 November 19971 July 1998337151121
Ron NoadesEngland1 July 199820 November 200013051334639
Ray LewingtonEngland20 November 20007 May 20013714111238
Steve CoppellEngland8 May 20015 June 20025427121550
Wally DownesEngland28 June 200214 March 20049729224630
Garry Thompson[11]England14 March 200418 March 200410100
Martin AllenEngland18 March 200431 May 200612454363444
Leroy RoseniorEngland14 June 200618 November 2006233101013
Scott Fitzgerald[12]Republic of Ireland18 November 200610 April 200724451517
Barry Quin[11]England10 April 20077 May 2007410325
Terry ButcherEngland7 May 200711 December 200723551322
Andy Scott[12]England11 December 20073 February 201116864554938
Nicky Forster[12]England3 February 20117 May 20112195743
Uwe RöslerGermany10 June 2011Present9640312542
See also:Category:Brentford F.C. managers – a list of all Brentford F.C. managers with a Wikipedia article

Players with most appearances

as at 6 November 2012

NameAppearances in League and CupCareer at Brentford
England Ken Coote559 (514 lge 35 FAC 10 LC)1949–1964
England Jamie Bates524 (419 lge 21 FAC 40 LC 44 Other)1986–1999
England Peter Gelson516 (471 lge 28 FAC 17 LC)1960–1975
Republic of Ireland Kevin O'Connor484 (408 lge 31 FAC 17 LC 28 other)2000 – present
Scotland Tommy Higginson435 (388 lge 27 FAC 20 LC)1959–1970
Scotland Jackie Graham409 (374 lge 21 FAC 14 LC)1970–1980
England Keith Millen379 (305 lge 18 FAC 26 LC 30 other)1984–1994
England Gerry Cakebread374 (348 lge 20 FAC 6 LC)1955–1964
England Danis Salman371 (325 lge 17 FAC 19 LC 10 other)1975–1986
England Alan Nelmes350 (316 lge 19 FAC 15 LC)1967–1976

Highest goalscorers

as at 1 October 2009

NameGoal Scorers in League and CupCareer at Brentford
England Jim Towers163 (153 lge 9 FAC 1 LC)1951–1961
England George Francis136 (124 lge 12 FAC)1953–1962
England Jack Holliday122 (119 lge 3 FAC)1932–1939
England Gary Blissett105 (79 lge 7 FAC 9 LC 10 other)1987–1993
Scotland Dave McCulloch90 (85 lge 5 FAC)1935–1938
England Bill Lane89 (79 lge 10 FAC)1929–1932
England Billy Scott88 (83 lge 3 FAC)1932–1947
Ghana Lloyd Owusu87 (76 lge 4 FAC 3 LC 4 other)1998–2002; 2005–2007
England Steve Phillips86 (74 lge 12 FAC)1975–1979
Wales Idris Hopkins80 (77 lge 3 FAC)1932–1947

Capped international players

The following players earned international caps whilst playing for Brentford (number of caps awarded whilst at Brentford FC in brackets, if known and confirmed):

Full International

Ireland (IFA)
Northern Ireland (IFA)
Republic of Ireland (FAI)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

U-21 International

Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
  • Scotland Jim McNichol (7)

Youth International

  • Wales Luke Evans
Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland Adrian Moyles

Schoolboy International


Amateur Internationals to have played whilst at Brentford FC are:

Martin Woosnam, Kevin O'Flanagan, Jackie Burns, Alec Barclay, Vivian Gibbins, T.H. Robinson, Maurice Edelston, A.H. Gibbons, Bill Slater

Victory International (Matches played soon after WWI)


War Time International (Matches played from 1939–1945)





Brentford’s main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.[13]

Brentford have a long standing rivalry with Fulham.[14] The two local rivals competed regularly until recent years when Fulham were taken over by Egyptian millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed. In the past this fixture has been marred by crowd violence.[15] Fulham are considered to be Brentford's traditional rivals and vice versa.[13]

QPR are also considered to be rivals. Brentford and QPR clashed regularly until 1966 when QPR spent many years in higher divisions. It wasn't until 2001 that they met again. The rivalry intensified in 1967 when QPR failed in an attempted takeover of Brentford which would have spelled the end for Brentford and seen QPR move into Griffin Park. As with the Fulham rivalry, this fixture sees passions run high amongst both sets of supporters with local pride at stake.[16]

Club songs

Brentford's club song is "Hey Jude" by the Beatles. This is played at every home game and sung by the Brentford supporters throughout the game.[citation needed] In 1993 the band One Touch To Go recorded the song Red on White for the team. The track can be found on the album Greatest Hits 1983/1999. The song has been played at the ground till at least 2002. In 2001 Status Quo bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards recorded a track called Brentford's Big Day Out after the Bees reached the final of the LDV Trophy at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.[citation needed] Lloyd Owusu, on his short comeback to Brentford recorded a track about himself and his connections with the club.[citation needed] Surprisingly, this spent a short while being downloaded rapidly off music websites.[citation needed] The track's main word is Owusu as during his time at the club Lloyd was a fans' favourite and whenever his name was read out the fans shouted back his surname as well as raised their hands. This referred to how he liked to 'raise the roof'.[citation needed]

Celebrity connections

Celebrity supporters include:

Actor and comedian, Bradley Walsh was a professional at the club in the late 1970s but never made the first team squad.[18]

Late Jazz Band Leader, Billy Cotton, who hosted the long-running Billy Cotton's Band Show on Radio and TV, played for Brentford as an amateur in his youth.[citation needed]

Singer/pop icon Rod Stewart is often reported to be a former player, but this is believed to be a myth. Stewart admitted to not have been signed by Brentford in a 1995 issue of Q Magazine, but possibly had trials in 1961 and left before being offered any 'deal' to stay on.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was in the first team at Brentford in 1976 but only made one appearance.

Club records

Team colours and badge

Brentford's predominant home colours are a red and white shirt, black shorts and red or black socks.[19] Away kits have varied over the years, with the current colours being all black.

In 2011 Russell Grant claimed to have designed the badge in a BBC interview,[20] 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.[19] Russell's involvement was to suggest to Keith Loring the inclusion and then ensure the accuracy of the Middlesex arms prior to the badge's release.

The design of the new badge is based on a previous Brentford badge of the late 60s/early 70s that featured quadrants and included the hive and Middlesex arms (without the crown). The "Founded 1889" was included as the design exercise coincided with Graham Haynes's research into verifying the actual formation of the club to 1889 rather than 1888 as previous thought.

The badge was introduced initially onto the away kit for the 1993/94 season. It also featured on the programme for that season. For the 1994/95 season it was added to the home kit.

See also


  1. ^ Harvey, Geoff & Strowger, Vanessa, Rivals: The Off-Beat Guide to the 92 League Clubs, Aesculus Press Ltd, 2004
  2. ^ "Allen resigns from Bees". Sky Sports. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Rosenior sacked as Brentford boss". BBC Sport. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2006.
  4. ^ "Boss Fitzgerald leaves Brentford". BBC Sport. 10 April 2007. Retrieved 10 April 2007.
  5. ^ "Boss Butcher leaves Brentford job". BBC Sport. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2007.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Brentford given new stadium boost". BBC Sport. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
  8. ^ "Brentford Football Club and Barratt Homes team up to acquire land for new Community Stadium". Brentford FC. 22 February 2008.,,10421~1246803,00.html. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Previously known as Luke Hacker".
  11. ^ a b Served as caretaker manager.
  12. ^ a b c Initially as caretaker manager.
  13. ^ a b Club Rivalries Uncovered Results Football Fans Consensus
  14. ^ Fulham Rivals Football Ground Guide
  15. ^ Fulham F.C. – The 1995/1996 season Fulham F.C. – The 1995/1996 season
  16. ^ Brentford FC vs. QPR
  17. ^ "Hollywood Supporter". The Observer. 7 April 2002.,,678192,00.html. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  18. ^ "Bradley Walsh". JLA. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  19. ^ a b Historical Football Kits – Brentford
  20. ^ "Which Strictly star designed Brentford's badge?". BBC News. 12 November 2011.

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