Brentford F.C.

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Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bees
Founded10 October 1889; 125 years ago (1889-10-10)
GroundGriffin Park
Brentford, Greater London
Ground Capacity12,300
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanCliff Crown
ManagerMark Warburton
LeagueThe Championship
2013–14League One, 2nd
WebsiteClub home page
Current season
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Brentford FC logo.svg
Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bees
Founded10 October 1889; 125 years ago (1889-10-10)
GroundGriffin Park
Brentford, Greater London
Ground Capacity12,300
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanCliff Crown
ManagerMark Warburton
LeagueThe Championship
2013–14League One, 2nd
WebsiteClub home page
Current season

Brentford Football Club is a professional football club based in Brentford, in the London Borough of Hounslow, that currently plays in the Football League Championship. It was founded on 10 October 1889 and plays its home games at Griffin Park, its home stadium since 1904, after a nomadic existence playing at five previous grounds. Brentford's most successful spell came during the 1930s, when it achieved consecutive top six finishes in the First Division. Since the Second World War, it has spent most of its time in the third and fourth tiers of English football. Brentford has been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and has three times been Football League Trophy runners-up.


Foundation to 1939[edit]

Founded on 10 October 1889, at the Oxford and Cambridge Hotel public house in Brentford – next to Kew Bridge – a meeting was held, between the members of the Brentford Rowing Club, to decide between association football or rugby union, to serve as a winter pursuit for the rowing club and its members. As a result of a vote, by eight votes to five, taken six days later, association football was successful as the sport to partake in.

The football club started out playing its home matches at the Clifden House Ground – this was recreational land between what is now Clifden Road and Lateward Road – in Brentford, from November 1889 to March 1892. The very first fixture, between Brentford FC and Kew FC, was on 23 November 1889. Due to ownership of the land changing hands, Brentford FC was on the lookout for a new ground after only 30 months. In October 1892, Benn's Field – land behind The Plough PH Little Ealing Lane – in Little Ealing, was the club's new home. The football club decided to move nearer to Brentford and in December 1894 it moved to Shotter's Field – what is now Gunnersbury School, The Ride – and stayed there until April 1898. Due to high rent increases, the club was once again forced to move on, so in September 1898 the club moved to the Cross Roads Ground, in Little Ealing – land on the north west side of the junction of Little Ealing Lane and Ealing Road – this was used until April 1900. As the club grew, therefore entertaining larger crowds, a move to a ground with the chance of improving better spectator facilities, with under cover enclosures and changing rooms, was looked for. Boston Park Cricket Ground, in York Road, Brentford – what is now land along the east side of Ealing Road and south of the Great West Road – was then used from September 1900 to April 1904. Finally, in January 1904, the club agreed a 21-year lease on an orchard, once owned by Chiswick brewers Fuller, Smith and Turner. The clearance of the orchard, over 200 trees, and the levelling of the land took several months. Griffin Park, as it became known – supposedly named after the local The Griffin pub once used as a changing rooms in the early years – was now ready for use as a football ground after banking was raised along three sides of the ground and an enclosure, moved from their previous ground, was erected. In August 1904 trial matches were played on the pitch. Then the first competitive match was played, a reserve team game in the Western League v Plymouth Argyle. On 7 September 1904, Brentford and West Ham United played out a 0–0 draw, in the Southern League First Division, which was the first first team match.

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. It is 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. Under manager Harry Curtis and captain Arthur Bateman, 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 of Brentford since the 1920–21 season of the Football League.

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 all of the other 91 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[edit]

After a 45-year absence, Brentford was 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 it was 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 was beaten by Crewe Alexandra. The club was 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 it 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 was 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 five 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. It was 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 it 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 stabilise 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 it 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 ninth in League One missing out on the play-offs by six 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 was not able to buy him out by then.[6]

The 2012–13 season saw Brentford go on an FA Cup run, taking holders Chelsea F.C. to a fourth round replay, and mount a promotion challenge, missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season before losing the playoff final to Yeovil Town.

On 25 June 2013 Cliff Crown was elected chairman.

18 April 2014 Brentford was promoted to the Championship after it beat Preston 1–0 at Griffin Park in front of 10,774 people sparking a pitch invasion. However it also needed other results to go their way, and they did as Crawley beat Leyton Orient 2–1 and Wolves beat Rotherham 6–4 at Molineux, although there was an anxious wait as the Wolves match was delayed by several pitch invasions. This meant The Bees' return to second tier after 21 years.


Griffin Park[edit]

Main article: Griffin Park

Brentford FC have played at Griffin Park since September 1904. The ground 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, at the Ealing Road end of the ground, had a roof installed after a grant given by the Football Trust, therefore making all four stands of Griffin Park covered. The Ealing Road stand still remains a terrace and is now where 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, and 4,909 watched the game.

The Braemar Road stand, known as the south stand, was renamed the 'Bees United' stand for the 2010/11 season. The New Road stand, the north stand opposite, was renamed The Bill Axbey stand. The Brook Road, west stand, is used specifically as the away supporters stand, and is 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.

Lionel Road[edit]

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 ongoing 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 which had originally acquired the site in January 2008. The club is planning to build a 20,000-spectator 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]

The London Borough of Hounslow gave outline planning approval on 5 December 2013, by eight votes to five, and so the application went to the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for final approval. On 18 February 2014, the Mayor of London's office officially gave its approval for the stadium to be built. The planning application then went to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for final approval, which was given on Friday, 14 March 2014. Building work was to commence in the summer of 2014.

Current squad[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 23 February 2015

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

1EnglandGKRichard Lee
2Republic of IrelandDFKevin O'Connor (captain)
3EnglandDFJake Bidwell
4ScotlandMFLewis Macleod
5EnglandDFTony Craig (vice-captain)
6EnglandDFHarlee Dean
7EnglandMFSam Saunders
8Republic of IrelandMFJonathan Douglas
9EnglandFWScott Hogan
10EnglandMFMoses Odubajo
12Republic of IrelandMFAlan McCormack
14SpainMFMarcos Tébar
15Northern IrelandMFStuart Dallas
16Republic of IrelandGKJack Bonham
17SpainMFJon Toral (on loan from Arsenal)
18Republic of IrelandMFAlan Judge
19EnglandFWAndre Gray
20FranceMFToumani Diagouraga
21EnglandMFAlex Pritchard (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
22PortugalFWBetinho (on loan from Sporting CP)
23SpainMFJota Peleteiro
24EnglandFWTommy Smith
25FranceDFRaphaël Calvet
26EnglandDFJames Tarkowski
27EnglandGKDavid Button
28EnglandDFNico Yennaris
29EnglandMFCharlie Adams
30EnglandMFJosh Clarke
31EnglandFWChris Long (on loan from Everton)
34FinlandDFDaniel O'Shaughnessy
39GermanyFWNick Proschwitz

Out on loan[edit]

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

11Northern IrelandFWWill Grigg (at Milton Keynes Dons until 31 May 2015)
32EnglandDFJack O'Connell (at Rochdale until 31 May 2015)
33EnglandFWMontell Moore (at FC Midtjylland until 31 May 2015)
EnglandGKMark Smith (at Hampton & Richmond Borough until 8 March 2015)
EnglandDFAlfie Mawson (at Wycombe Wanderers until 31 May 2015)
EnglandDFKieran Morris (at Maidenhead United until March 2015)

Development squad[edit]

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

35EnglandMFJermaine Udumaga
EnglandDFAaron Greene
ScotlandDFLionel Stone
EnglandMFLouis Hutton
EnglandMFJosh Laurent
EnglandMFJoe Maloney
EnglandMFTyrell Miller-Rodney
EnglandMFEmmanuel Oyeleke
EnglandMFJack Warburton

Academy squad[edit]

For more details on the development and academy squads, see Brentford F.C. Reserves and Academy.

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 2 February 2015
England Mark WarburtonManager
Scotland David WeirAssistant Manager
England Frank McParlandSporting Director
England Simon RoyceGoalkeeping Coach
Republic of Ireland Kevin O'ConnorPlayer-Coach
Wales Tom PerrymanFitness Coach
England James PurdueFitness Coach
England Lee CarsleyDevelopment Squad Manager
England Jon de SouzaYouth Team Manager
England Daryl MartinPhysiotherapist
England Richard ClarkePhysiotherapist
England Matt SpringhamHead of Conditioning
England Neil GreigHead of Medical
England Bob OtengKit Man


As of 17 February 2015. Only competitive matches are counted.

William LewisEnglandAugust 1900May 1903
Dick MolyneuxEnglandAugust 1903May 1906
W G BrownEnglandAugust 1906May 1908
Fred HallidayEnglandAugust 1908May 1912
Ephraim RhodesEnglandAugust 1912May 1915
Fred HallidayEnglandAugust 1915August 1921
Archie MitchellEnglandAugust 1921December 19226022132537
Fred HallidayEnglandDecember 1924May 19266822123432
Harry CurtisEnglandMay 1926February 194970530515724343
Jackie GibbonsEnglandFebruary 1949August 195215053405735
Jimmy BainScotlandAugust 1952January 195323751130
Tommy LawtonEnglandJanuary 1953September 1953338101524
Bill Dodgin, Sr.EnglandOctober 1953May 195718265576036
Malky McDonaldScotlandMay 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[10]England14 March 200418 March 200410100
Martin AllenEngland18 March 200431 May 200612454363444
Leroy RoseniorEngland14 June 200618 November 2006233101013
Scott Fitzgerald[11]Republic of Ireland18 November 200610 April 200724451517
Barry Quin[10]England10 April 20077 May 2007410325
Terry ButcherEngland7 May 200711 December 200723551322
Andy Scott[11]England11 December 20073 February 201116864554938
Nicky Forster[11]England3 February 20117 May 20112195743
Uwe RöslerGermany10 June 20117 December 201313760403744
Alan Kernaghan[10]Republic of Ireland7 December 20139 December 201310010
Mark WarburtonEngland10 December 2013Present6133111754
See also:Category:Brentford F.C. managers – a list of all Brentford F.C. managers with a Wikipedia article

Players with most appearances[edit]

as at 3 May 2014

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'Connor501 (420 lge 31 FAC 20 LC 30 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
See also:List of Brentford F.C. players – a list of all Brentford F.C. players with 100 professional competitive appearances or more

Highest goalscorers[edit]

as at 22 June 2014

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
Ghana Lloyd Owusu87 (76 lge 4 FAC 3 LC 4 other)1998–2002; 2005–2007
England Billy Scott86 (83 lge 3 FAC)1932–1947
England Jack Lane86 (74 lge 12 FAC)1925–1931
Wales Idris Hopkins80 (77 lge 3 FAC)1932–1947

Capped international players[edit]

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

Full International[edit]

U21 International[edit]

Youth International[edit]

Schoolboy International[edit]


B International[edit]


Amateur Internationals[edit]


Victory International (Matches played in 1919, 1945–1946)[edit]


War Time International (Matches played from 1939–1945)[edit]

Representative International[edit]

Great Britain
See also:List of Brentford F.C. international players – a list of all Brentford F.C. players with full international caps won before, during or after their time with the club



  1. ^ Received silverware

Cup Winners[edit]

Best performances[edit]





Main article: West London derby

Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.[19]

Brentford have a long-standing rivalry with Fulham.[20] The two local rivals competed regularly until the late 1990s when Fulham was taken over by Egyptian millionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed. In the past this fixture has been marred by crowd violence.[21]

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.[22]

Celebrity connections[edit]

Actor and comedian, Bradley Walsh was a professional at the club in the late 1970s but never made the first team squad.[23]





International links[edit]

In February 2013 it was announced that Brentford had entered into partnership with Icelandic 1. deild karla club UMF Selfoss, enabling Brentford to send youth and development squad players to Iceland to gain experience. The partnership also sees the two clubs exchanging coaching philosophies and allows Brentford to utilise UMF Selfoss' scouting network. 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. Brentford owner Matthew Benham became majority shareholder in Danish club FC Midtjylland in 2014 and the staff of both clubs share ideas.[35]

Affiliated clubs[edit]

Team colours and badge[edit]

Brentford's predominant home colours are; a red and white striped shirt, black shorts and red or black socks. These have been the clubs predominant home colours since the 1925–1926 season, bar one season – 1960–1961 – when yellow (gold) and blue were used, unsuccessfully.[41] The colours on entering the Football League, in 1920–21, were white shirts, navy shorts and navy socks. Away kits have varied over the years, with the current colours being a yellow shirt, white shorts and white socks.

Brentford have had several badges on their shirts since it was formed in 1889. 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. The next known badge, the Middlesex County Arms, were on shirts donated by a club supporter in 1909. The Brentford and Chiswick arms, as a badge, was used just for the one season, in 1938–1939. The next badge wasn't until 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. In 1972, the club organised a competition to design a new crest, which was won by Mr BG Spencer's design, a circle with a bee and stripes with founded 1888. This was introduced in 1973 and used until May 1975, when it was brought to the clubs attention, via Graham Haynes, that Brentford FC was formed in 1889 and not in 1888. Therefore, a new badge, reputedly designed by Dan Tana – the clubs chairman at the time – was introduced for the 1975–76 season and continued until 1994 when the current badge was introduced.

In 2011 Russell Grant claimed to have designed the badge in a BBC interview,[42] 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.[41] 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[edit]


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  11. ^ a b c Initially as caretaker manager.
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  13. ^ Bill Slater (footballer)
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  20. ^ Fulham Rivals Football Ground Guide
  21. ^ Fulham F.C. – The 1995/1996 season Fulham F.C. – The 1995/1996 season
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  38. ^ Chris Wickham. "JOIN BRENTFORD IN SUPPORTING GULU UNITED". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
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