Unreliable History

There is a rumour that the first recorded instance of a football-like game being played was in the times of the Romans, when Julius Caesar kicked a skull over the River Brent, but it took another 1800 years before a club was properly formed in the area. Several grounds found Brentford playing on them after they were founded in 1889. They played behind a Wesleyan chapel close to their current home, in the field owned by Mr. Benn (Benns Field), Shotters Field and Boston Park (where visitors certainly found it was no tea party) before settling into Griffin Park in 1904.The early days saw the fledgling club collect a host of local honours, but it was in 1929 as a member of the 3rd Division that they first made an impact. That season they became the only team ever to win all their home fixtures. This was a marvellous achievement and may have had something to do with a misprint in the League’s list of games, that had the West London side down as Brentwood, a sleepy hollow in Essex not noted for it’s prowess at Association Football. The next few years found Brentford climbing up the divisions, before reaching the top, where they spent 12 years in the old First Division. After they were relegated, they never really recovered the glory of these heady days. Things got so bad, that during the 1960’s, financial problems produced an audacious bid from QPR to take over the Bees along with Griffin Park. The Brentford fans were stung into action and swarmed in support of the club, telling their local rivals to mind their P’s and Q’s (I won’t relate what they were told to do with their R’s).

Apart from a couple of play-off appearances, there has been precious little to cheer about, unless you include an unsuccessful visit to Wembley in the Freight Rover trophy. In other terms, there was excitement when, during a home game with Millwall, a fan trying to instil some Dunkirk spirit in the match, lobbed a hand grenade onto the field. Unfortunately, this attempt to liven up proceedings was, much like the team, a dud.

Having had success in escaping Division 3 with David Webb in charge, things started to turn sour, with the sale of the better players and a current battle to avoid a return to the bottom division. Taken over by former Crystal Palace owner Ron Noades, Brentford have got up into Division Two and established a top half position there.  His adoption of the managerial reins was also a revelation, as his buying and selling has been very astute.  He has plans to move to a bigger ground to improve the club’s image and popularity.  Living in the shadow of bigger West London clubs makes Brentford appear the poor relations, but with a little bit of luck and a little bit of money, there could be honey again for tea.  

Unfortunately for the West London side, the money has not been there during the 2000-2001 season and manager Ray Lewington is on his way to Watford, leaving them to find their way again next season.  A place in the LDV Vans Trophy could not hide the fact that they struggled for consistency throughout the campaign.  While the club moved between the second and third tiers of English football for a few years, it was only in 2011 when Matthew Benham (a professional gambler) bought the club and introduced a new ethos at Brentford, which was based on buying young players and selling high to replace them with cheaper players. 

Did it work ?  You bet !

With Managers Mark Warburton, Dean Smith and Thomas Frank successively building on the foundations laid by the club’s investor, the returns were starting to be claimed.  Only the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 perhaps halted their rise to the top flight and the jackpot of riches that comes with it, as Brentford were looking odds-on to go up automatically, but some poor performances after the restart put them in the play-off, which they lost to Fulham.

 

FAMOUS PLAYERS :- Ron Greenwood, Tony Summer, Rod Stewart (apprentice), Dai Hopkins, Ken Coote, Terry Hurlock, Jack Holliday.

FAMOUS FANS : – Dean Gaffney (Actor “Robbie” in EastEnders), Sarah Cracknell (Singer – St. Etienne), Kenny Lynch (Comic Actor); Bradley Walsh (TV Quiz show “The Chase” presenter).

Club Records


Formed 10th October 1889

Turned Professional 1899

Became a Limited Company 1901

Former names

Previous grounds 1889-1891 = Clifden Road
1891-1895 = Benn’s Field, Little Ealing
1895-1898 = Shotter’s Field
1898-1900 = Cross Road, South Ealing
1900-1904 = Boston Park

Nickname “The BEES”

Club Colours

(with thanks to the wonderful Colours of Football website for the images)

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Record Football League Win 9-0  v  Wrexham    Division 3    15.10.1963

Record Football League Defeat 0-7  v  Swansea Town    Division 3 (South)   8.11.1924
0-7  v  Walsall    Division 3 (South)   19.1.1957
0-7  v  Peterborough United    League Two   24.11.2007

Record Cup Win 8-0  v  Uxbridge      FAC 3QR     31.10.1903

Record Cup Defeat 1-7  v  Manchester United      FAC R3     14.1.1928

Record Fee Paid £10,000,000 (conditional) (reported) to Peterborough United for Ivan TONEY  (1st September 2020)

Record Fee Received £28,000,000 from Aston Villa for Ollie WATKINS  (9th September 2020)

Record Football League Appearances 514  –  Ken COOTE (1949-1963)

Record Appearances 559  –  Ken COOTE (1949-1963)

Record goal-scorer in a season 38  –  Jack HOLLIDAY  Division 3 (South)  1932-1933

Record all-time League goal-scorer  153  –  Jim TOWERS  (1954-1961)

Record all-time goal-scorer  163  –  Jim TOWERS  (1954-1961)

Most goals in a match 5  –  Jack HOLLIDAY  v Luton Town  Division 3 (South)    28.1.1933
5  –  Billy SCOTT  v Barnsley  Division 2    15.12.1934
5  –  Peter McKENNAN  v Bury  Division 2    18.02.1949

Record Attendance (all-time) 38,678  v  Leicester City  FAC R6  26.02.1949

Record total of goals in a League season 98   Division 4  1962-1963

Record total of goals in a season 107   Division 3  1982-1983

Record League points total 3 points for a win :  94  League One 2013-2014
2 points for a win :  62  Division 3 (South) 1932-1933 and Division 4 1962-63

Most Capped player while at club 21  –  Henrik DALSGAARD  (Denmark)

Youngest player Danis SALMAN – 15 years and 243 days  v  Watford  15.11.1975

Oldest player Jimmy HODSON – 40 years and 212 days  v  Plymouth Argyle   07.05.1921

Stadium details

Address :  Griffin Park, Braemar Road, Brentford, Middlesex  TW8 0NT

Capacity :  12,300
Pitch size :  110 yards  x 73 yards  (100m x 67m)

Address of new ground (Opening 2020) :  Brentford Community Stadium, Lionel Road, Brentford, Middlesex  TW8 0NT

Capacity :  17,250
Pitch size :  105m  x 68m

Official website : www.brentfordfc.co.uk

Honours


Division Two Champions (Second tier) 1934-35

Division Three Champions (Third tier) 1991-92, 1998-99

Second Division Runners-up (Third tier) 1994-95

League One Runners-up (Third tier) 2013-14

Division Three (South) Champions (Third tier) 1932-33

Division Three (South) Runners-up (Third tier) 1929-30, 1957-58

Division Four Champions (Fourth tier) 1962-63

Third Division Runners-up (Fourth tier) 1998-99

League Two Runners-up (Fourth tier) 2008-09

Freight Rover Trophy Finalists 1985

LDV Vans Trophy Finalists 2001

Managers


Will LEWIS August 1900 – May 1903

Dick MOLYNEUX August 1903 – March 1904

Will LEWIS March 1904 – April 1904

Dick MOLYNEUX April 1904 – January 1906

Bob CRONE (caretaker) January 1906 – February 1906

W G BROWN February 1906 – January 1908

George PARSONAGE (caretaker) January 1908 – May 1908

Fred HALLIDAY 24 June 1908 – 13 November 1912

Ephraim RHODES 14 November 1912 – August 1915

Fred HALLIDAY August 1915 – August 1921

Archie MITCHELL August 1921 – 2 December 1924

Fred HALLIDAY 3 December 1924 – May 1926

Harry CURTIS May 1926 – February 1949

Jackie GIBBONS February 1949 – August 1952

Jimmy BAIN August 1952 – January 1953

Tommy LAWTON January 1953 – September 1953

Fred MONK September 1953 – October 1953

Bill DODGIN Snr October 1953- May 1957

Malky MACDONALD May 1957 – January 1965

Tommy CAVANAGH January 1965 – 18 April 1966

Ian BLACK (caretaker) 18 April 1966 – 2 May 1966

Billy GRAY 2 May 1966 – March 1967

Jimmy SIRREL March 1967 – 10 November 1969

Ron FENTON (caretaker) 10 November 1969 – December 1969

Frank BLUNSTONE December 1969 – 16 August 1973

Mike EVERITT 16 August 1973 – 15 January 1975

Jess WILLARD (caretaker) 15 January 1975 – 20 January 1975

John DOCHERTY 20 January 1975 – 7 September 1976

Eddie LYONS (caretaker) 7 September 1976 – 16 September 1976

Bill DODGIN Jnr 16 September 1976 – March 1980

Fred CALLAGHAN March 1980 – 2 February 1984

Frank BLUNSTONE (caretaker) 2 February 1984 – 9 February 1984

Frank McLINTOCK 9 February 1984 – 24 January 1987

Steve PERRYMAN 25 January 1987 – 15 August 1990

Phil HOLDER 24 August 1990 – 11 May 1993

David WEBB 17 May 1993 – 4 August 1997

Kevin LOCK (caretaker) 5 August 1997 – 12 August 1997

Eddie MAY 12 August 1997- 5 November 1997

Micky ADAMS 5 November 1997 – 1 July 1998

Ron NOADES 1 July 1998 – 20 November 2000

Ray LEWINGTON 20 November 2000 – 7 May 2001

Steve COPPELL 8 May 2001 – 5 June 2002

Wally DOWNES 28 June 2002 – 14 March 2004

Garry THOMPSON (caretaker) 14 March 2004 – 18 March 2004

Martin ALLEN 18 March 2004 – 31 May 2006

Leroy ROSENIOR 14 June 2006 – 18 November 2006

Scott FITZGERALD 18 November 2006 – 10 April 2007

Barry QUIN (caretaker) 10 April 2007 – 7 May 2007

Terry BUTCHER 7 May 2007 – 11 December 2007

Andy SCOTT 11 December 2007 – 3 February 2011

Nicky FORSTER 3 February 2011 – 7 May 2011

Uwe ROSLER 10 June 2011 – 7 December 2013

Alan KERNAGHAN (caretaker) 7 December 2013 – 9 December 2013

Mark WARBURTON 10 December 2013 – 31 May 2015

Marinus DIJKHUIZEN 1 June 2015 – 27 September 2015

Lee CARSLEY 28 September 2015 – 30 November 2015

Dean SMITH 30 November 2015 – 10 October 2018

Thomas FRANK 16 October 2018 –


League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

 


Elected to Division Three  (Tier 3) 1920

Division Three  (Tier 3) 1920-1933

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1933-1935

Division One  (Tier 1) 1935-1947

Division Two  (Tier 2) 1947-1954

Division Three  (Tier 3) 1954-1962

Division Four  (Tier 4) 1962-1963

Division Three  (Tier 3) 1963-1966

Division Four  (Tier 4) 1966-1972

Division Three  (Tier 3) 1972-1973

Division Four  (Tier 4) 1973-1978

Division Three  (Tier 3) 1978-1992

Division One  (Tier 2) 1992-1993

Division Two  (Tier 3) 1993-1998

Division Three  (Tier 4) 1998-1999

Division Two  (Tier 3) 1999-2004

League One  (Tier 3) 2004-2007

League Two  (Tier 4) 2007-2009

League One  (Tier 3) 2009-2014

The Championship  (Tier 2) 2014-