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.
|Full name||Brentford Football Club|
|Founded||10 October 1889|
|Ground||Brentford Community Stadium|
|Head Coach||Thomas Frank|
|2020–21||Championship, 3rd of 24 (promoted via play-offs)|
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.
1889 to 1954
1954 to 1986
1986 to present
Current and past grounds
- Clifden Road (1889–1891)
- Benn's Field (1891–1895)
- Shotter's Field (1895–1898)
- Cross Roads (1898–1900)
- York Road (1900–1904)
- Griffin Park (1904–2020)
- Brentford Community Stadium (2020–present)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Thomas Frank||Head Coach|
|Brian Riemer||Assistant Head Coach|
|Kevin O'Connor||Assistant First Team Coach|
|Manu Sotelo||Goalkeeper Coach|
|Steven Pressley||Head of Individual Development|
|Neil Greig||Head of Medical|
|Chris Haslam||Head of Athletic Performance|
|Luke Stopforth||Head of Performance Analysis|
|Bernardo Cueva||Tactical Statistician|
|Neil MacFarlane||Head Coach|
|Allan Steele||Assistant Coach & Technical Lead|
|Sam Saunders||Assistant Coach|
|Jani Viander||Goalkeeper Coach|
|Matt Bramhall||Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|James Purdue||Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|Jon Varney||Chief Executive|
|Lisa Skelhorn||Club Secretary|
|Lorna Falconer||Head of Football Operations|
|Rasmus Ankersen||Co-Director of Football|
|Phil Giles||Co-Director of Football|
|Lee Dykes||Head of Recruitment|
Brentford's nickname is "The Bees". 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. Local newspapers misheard the chant as "Buck up Bees" and the nickname stuck.
Team colours and badge
Brentford's predominant home colours are a red and white striped shirt, black shorts and red or black socks. 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. 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 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. 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, was 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 1938–39. 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 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. In 2011 Russell Grant claimed to have designed the badge in a BBC interview, 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. In 2017, the club redesigned its crest to a more modern, uncluttered, design with the flexibility for use in two tone colour print. The design is a double roundel with the club name and year founded in white on a red background and a large central bee.
Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit supplier||Shirt sponsor|
Honours and best performances
Champions and promotions
- Second Division / First Division / Championship (Tier 2)
- Third Division / Second Division / League One (Tier 3)
- Fourth Division / Third Division / League Two (Tier 4)
- Southern League Second Division
- Champions (1): 1900–01
- London League First Division: 1
- Promoted (1): 1897–98
- London League Second Division: 1
- Promoted (1): 1896–97
- West London Alliance: 1
- Middlesex Junior Cup: 1
- West Middlesex Cup: 1
- London Senior Cup: 1
- Middlesex Senior Cup: 1
- Southern Professional Charity Cup: 1
- Ealing Hospital Cup: 1
- London Challenge Cup: 3
- London Charity Fund: 1
- First Division / Premier League (Tier 1)
- 5th – 1935–36
- Western League
- 2nd – 1904–05
- Southern League First Division
- 9th – 1905–06
- FA Cup
- Football League Cup
- Semi-final – 2020–21
- Football League Trophy
- Empire Exhibition Trophy
- First Round – 1938
- Southern Professional Floodlit Cup
- First Alliance Cup
- First Round – 1988
- Football League Awards
- Stadium Business Awards
- Littlewoods Giant Killers Award
Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. Brentford have a long standing rivalry with Fulham. In the past this fixture has been marred by crowd violence. 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. As with the Fulham rivalry, this fixture sees passions run high amongst both sets of supporters with local pride at stake.
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. 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.
- Brentford FC is mentioned often on the BBC comedy People Just Do Nothing. DJ Beats often wears a Brentford jacket, and Angel's room is full of Brentford memorabilia.
- Actor and comedian Bradley Walsh was a professional at the club in the late 1970s, but never made the first team squad.
- Dan Tana, Hollywood actor and restaurateur, served on the club's board and was chairman.
- Model Stephen James played for the club's youth team prior to his release in 2008.
- Entertainer Vic Oliver served as the club's vice-president in the early 1950s and was later president of the Brentford Supporters' Club.
- Politician Jack Dunnett served as club chairman between 1961 and 1967.
- List of Brentford F.C. managers
- List of Brentford F.C. players
- List of Brentford F.C. international players
- Brentford F.C. Player of the Year
- List of Brentford F.C. Hall of Fame members
- List of Brentford F.C. seasons
- List of Brentford F.C. records and statistics
- Pressley will take up the role on 1 July 2021.
- Elected into Southern League Second Division London.
- No system of promotion in place.
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- Brentford F.C. at the Football Club History Database
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- Haynes 1998, p. 96.
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- Haynes 1998, p. 119-120.
- White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 97. ISBN 0951526200.
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- "England 1918/19". Rsssf.com. 15 February 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
- Haynes 1998, p. 46.
- Haynes 1998, p. 51.
- "Brentford FC CST: Awards". www.brentfordfccst.com. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
- Chapman, Mark. "Brentford win 2015 Football League Family Excellence Award". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
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- Haynes 1998, p. 123-125.
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- Wickham, Chris. "Bees agree Icelandic partnership". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Wickham, Chris. "Join Brentford in supporting Gulu United". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- Wickham, Chris. "Brentford club staff visit FC Midtjylland". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
- "BBC Sport – FC Midtjylland: Brentford owner Benham invests in Danish club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
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- "A match made in Hollywood interview". Evening Standard. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
- "Stephen James | The Man Behind The Body Art Model". www.brother2brother.co.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
- Haynes 1998, p. 100-101.
- Haynes 1998, p. 27.