Brentford F.C.

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Brentford
Brentford FC crest.svg
Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bees
Short nameBrentford
Founded10 October 1889;132 years ago (1889-10-10)
Ground Gtech Community Stadium
London, England
Capacity17,250 [1]
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanCliff Crown
Head Coach Thomas Frank
League Premier League
2021–22 Premier League, 13th of 20
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg 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.

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

Current and past grounds

Gtech Community Stadium Brentford Community Stadium 2020.jpg
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.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Spain.svg  ESP David Raya
2 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Aaron Hickey
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 (vice-captain)
7 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Sergi Canós
8 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mathias Jensen
10 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Dasilva
11 FW Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  COD Yoane Wissa
13 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Zanka
14 MF Flag of Iran.svg  IRN Saman Ghoddos
15 MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Frank Onyeka
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Mee
17 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Ivan Toney
18 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Pontus Jansson (captain)
19 FW Flag of Cameroon.svg  CMR Bryan Mbeumo
20 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Kristoffer Ajer
22 GK Flag of Albania.svg  ALB Thomas Strakosha
23 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Keane Lewis-Potter
24 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mikkel Damsgaard
26 MF Flag of Grenada.svg  GRN Shandon Baptiste
27 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Vitaly Janelt
30 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Roerslev
34 GK Flag of England.svg  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.NationPlayer
21 FW Flag of Turkey.svg  TUR Halil Dervişoğlu (at Burnley until 30 June 2023)
25 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Myles Peart-Harris (at Forest Green Rovers until 31 December 2022)
28 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Bidstrup (at Nordsjælland until 30 June 2023)
29 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Bech Sørensen (at Nice until 30 June 2023)
33 DF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Fin Stevens (at Swansea City until 30 June 2023)
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Ellery Balcombe (at Crawley Town until 30 June 2023)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Tariqe Fosu (at Stoke City until 30 June 2023)
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Paris Maghoma (at AFC Wimbledon until 30 June 2023)
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Daniel Oyegoke (at Milton Keynes Dons until 30 June 2023)
FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Lachlan Brook (at Crewe Alexandra until 31 December 2022)
FW Flag of Ecuador.svg  ECU Joel Valencia (at De Graafschap until 30 June 2023)
FW Flag of England.svg  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.NationPlayer
35 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ryan Trevitt
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Roco Rees
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Marley Tavaziva
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Winterbottom
DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Val Adedokun
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Tristan Crama
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Charlie Farr
DF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Nico Jones
DF Flag of Albania.svg  ALB Edon Pruti
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Isaac Holland
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Angel Waruih
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Max Wilcox
MF Flag of Ukraine.svg  UKR Yehor Yarmolyuk
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Max Dickov
FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Alex Gilbert
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Kyreece Lisbie
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Michael Olakigbe
FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Aaron Pressley
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Lucias Vine
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Tony Yogane

Coaching staff

As of 28 June 2022 [8]

First team

NameRole
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 England.svg Ben Ryan Director of Elite Performance
Flag of England.svg Justin Cochrane Head of Coaching
Flag of Scotland.svg Steven Pressley Head of Individual Development
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

NameRole
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

Management

As of 26 July 2022 [9]
NameRole
Flag of England.svg Matthew BenhamOwner
Flag of England.svg Cliff CrownChairman
VacantVice-Chairman
Flag of England.svg Jon VarneyChief Executive, executive director
Flag of England.svg Lisa SkelhornClub Secretary
Flag of England.svg Lorna FalconerHead of Football Operations
Flag of England.svg Phil GilesDirector of Football, executive director
Flag of England.svg Lee DykesTechnical Director
Flag of England.svg Nity RajGeneral counsel, executive director
Flag of England.svg Monique ChoudhuriNon-executive director
Flag of England.svg Deji DaviesNon-executive director
Flag of England.svg Stewart PurvisNon-executive director
Flag of England.svg Preeti ShettyNon-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

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

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

Notes

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

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