Brentford F.C.

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Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bees
Short nameBrentford
Founded10 October 1889;131 years ago (1889-10-10)
Ground Brentford Community Stadium
London, England
Capacity17,250 [1]
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanCliff Crown
Head Coach Thomas Frank
League Premier League
2020–21 Championship, 3rd of 24 (promoted via play-offs)
Website Club website
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Brentford Football Club is a professional football club based in Brentford, West London, England. They compete in the Premier League, 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 Brentford Community Stadium in 2020. Their main rivals are fellow West London 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. They spent five seasons in the First Division, reaching a peak of fifth in 1935–36, before three relegations left the club in the Fourth Division by 1962. Crowned Fourth Division champions in 1962–63, Brentford were relegated in 1966 and again in 1973 after gaining promotion in 1971–72. They 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. They 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 1946–47 season. [2]


League positions of Brentford since the 1920-21 season of the Football League. Brentford FC League Performance.svg
League positions of Brentford since the 1920–21 season of the Football League.

1889 to 1954

1954 to 1986

1986 to present

Current and past grounds

Griffin Park aerial view. Griffin Park aerial 2011.jpg
Griffin Park aerial view.

Current squad

First team

As of 7 June 2021 [6]

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

1 GK Flag of Spain.svg  ESP David Raya
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Dominic Thompson
3 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Rico Henry
4 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Charlie Goode
5 DF Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM Ethan Pinnock
6 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Christian Nørgaard
7 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Sergi Canós
8 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mathias Jensen
13 GK Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Patrik Gunnarsson
14 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Dasilva
15 FW Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Marcus Forss
16 FW Flag of Ecuador.svg  ECU Joel Valencia
17 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Ivan Toney
18 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Pontus Jansson (captain)
19 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Bryan Mbeumo
20 MF Flag of Iran.svg  IRN Saman Ghoddos
21 FW Flag of Turkey.svg  TUR Halil Dervişoğlu
24 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Tariqe Fosu
25 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Ellery Balcombe
26 MF Flag of Grenada.svg  GRN Shandon Baptiste
27 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Vitaly Janelt
29 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Bech Sørensen
30 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Roerslev
31 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Jan Žambůrek
MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Bidstrup
DF Flag of Guinea.svg  GUI Julian Jeanvier
DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Luka Racic

Brentford B

As of 7 June 2021 [7]

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

GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Nathan Shepperd(captain)
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Winterbottom
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Tristan Crama
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Lewis Gordon
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Hockenhull
DF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Fin Stevens
MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Joe Adams
MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Alex Gilbert
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Max Haygarth
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Wraynel Hercules
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Paris Maghoma
MF Flag of Finland.svg  FIN Jaakko Oksanen
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ryan Trevitt
FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Lachlan Brook
FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Gustav Mogensen
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Aaron Pressley
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Nathan Young-Coombes

Coaching staff

As of 22 September 2020 [8]

First team

Flag of Denmark.svg Thomas Frank Head Coach
Flag of Denmark.svg Brian RiemerAssistant Head Coach
Flag of Ireland.svg Kevin O'Connor Assistant First Team Coach
Flag of Spain.svg Manu SoteloGoalkeeper Coach
Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Pressley Head of Individual Development [lower-alpha 1]
Flag of England.svg Neil GreigHead of Medical
Flag of England.svg Chris HaslamHead of Athletic Performance
Flag of England.svg Luke StopforthHead of Performance Analysis
Flag of Mexico.svg Bernardo CuevaTactical Statistician

Brentford B

Flag of Scotland.svg Neil MacFarlane Head Coach
Flag of England.svg Allan SteeleAssistant Coach & Technical Lead
Flag of England.svg Sam Saunders Assistant Coach
Flag of Finland.svg Jani Viander Goalkeeper Coach
Flag of England.svg Matt BramhallStrength and Conditioning Coach
Flag of England.svg James PurdueStrength and Conditioning Coach
Flag of England.svg Liam HorganPhysiotherapist
Flag of England.svg Richard PottsPhysiotherapist


As of 12 August 2019 [9]
Flag of England.svg Matthew BenhamOwner
Flag of England.svg Cliff CrownChairman
Flag of England.svg Donald KerrVice-Chairman
Flag of England.svg Jon VarneyChief Executive
Flag of England.svg Lisa SkelhornClub Secretary
Flag of England.svg Lorna FalconerHead of Football Operations
Flag of Denmark.svg Rasmus Ankersen Co-Director of Football
Flag of England.svg Phil GilesCo-Director of Football
Flag of England.svg Lee DykesHead of Recruitment
Flag of England.svg Monique ChoudhuriDirector
Flag of England.svg Stewart PurvisDirector
Flag of England.svg Mike PowerDirector
Flag of England.svg Nity RajDirector


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]

Team 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 black shirt with black shorts, both with yellow 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 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. [14] 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 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

PeriodKit supplierShirt sponsor
1975–1976 Umbro None
1977–1980 Bukta
1980–1981 Adidas
1981–1984Osca DHL
1984–1986 KLM
1992–1995 Hummel
1995–1996Core Ericsson
1998–2000Super League GMB
2000–2002 Patrick
2003–2005St. George
2005–2006 Lonsdale
2006–2007 Samvo Group
2007–2008 Puma
2016–2017 888sport
2017–2019 LeoVegas
2019–2020UmbroEcoWorld London
2020–2021 Utilita

Honours and best performances

Champions and promotions

Cup winners

Wartime honours

Best performances





Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. [33] Brentford 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 Brentford, 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]

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

See also


  1. Pressley will take up the role on 1 July 2021.
  2. Elected into Southern League Second Division London.
  3. No system of promotion in place.

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