BRENTFORD

 

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.

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

FAMOUS FANS : - Dean Gaffney (Actor "Robbie" in EastEnders), Sarah Cracknell (Singer - St.Etienne), Kenny Lynch (Comic Actor).

 

Club Records

Formed 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 HOME : Shirts - Red and white striped
Shorts - Black
Socks - Black

AWAY : Shirts - Blue and yellow
Shorts - Blue
Socks - Yellow

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)   8.11.1957
Record Cup Win 7-0  v  Windsor & Eton  
FAC R1     20.11.1982
Record Fee Paid 850,000 to Crystal Palace for Herman HREIDARSSON  (September 1998)
Record Fee Received 720,000 from Wimbeldon for Dean HOLDSWORTH  (August 1992)
Record Football League Appearances 514   Ken COOTE (1949-1964)
Record goalscorer in a season 38  -  Jack HOLLIDAY  
Division 3 (South)  1932-33
Record all-time goalscorer  153  -  Jim TOWERS  (1954-61)
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    18.2.1949
Record Attendance (all-time) 38,678  v  Leicester City  FAC R6  26.2.1949
Record match receipts 162,314  v  Tottenham Hotspur  LC R2  15.9.1998
Record total of goals in a  League season 98   Division 4  1962-63
Record  League points total 3 points for a win :  85  Division 2 1994-95 and
Division 3 1998-99

2 points for a win :  62  Division 3 (South) 1932-33 and Division 4 1962-63

Most Capped player while at club John BUTTIGIEG  22  (Malta)

 

Stadium details 

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

Telephone :  020 8847 2511
020 8847 2511  (Ticket Office)
  (Credit Card Bookings)
09068 121 108 (News)
  (Ticketline)
Fax :  020 8568 9940

Capacity :  12,763
Away Allocation : 2,263
Pitch size :  111 yards  x 74 yards

Official website : www.brentfordfc.co.uk
Unofficial websites : The Unofficial Site 
The Ultimate Brentford Site 
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Travel to Griffin Park

 

By Tube
South Ealing Tube.  Turn right out of the station and the ground is across the main  road and on the right.  About 15 minutes walk.

By Rail

 

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