Brentford F.C.

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Full nameBrentford Football Club
Nickname(s) The Bees
Founded 1889
Ground Griffin Park
Brentford, London
Capacity 12,763
Chairman Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg Greg Dyke
League League One
2005–06 League One, 3rd
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Home colours
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Away colours

Brentford Football Club are an English football club based in the London suburb of Brentford. They are currently playing in Football League One.

They have played at Griffin Park since 1904, but since the late 1990s have been considering relocation. Plans were announced in October 2002 for a new 18,000-20,000-seat stadium at a state-of-the-art arena complex in Lionel Road, Brentford. The ground is unique in British football in that there is a pub in each corner of Griffin Park (3 owned by Fullers and the other belonging to the club).


[edit] History

[edit] Foundation to 1939

Founded in 1889 to serve as a winter pursuit for the Brentford Rowing Club, the club spent its early years in the lower divisions of the Football League and achieved little of note, save for a move to its present day home ground, Griffin Park, in 1904. In 1921, it was a founder member of the Third Division South. During the late 1920s and 1930s, the club began to make real progress. In the 1929-30 season, the side won all 21 of its home matches in the Third Division South (a record which still stands in English football), but still missed out on promotion. After several more near-misses, promotion to the Second Division was finally achieved in 1932-33. Two years later, Brentford reached the First Division and finished 5th in its debut season - which is still the club's highest ever league position - to complete a remarkable rise for the club. Brentford achieved more impressive placings in the league for the rest of the decade (6th in the following two seasons) before the Second World War interrupted.

[edit] 1945-1989

During the war, Brentford competed in the London War Cup, losing in the 1941 final at Wembley Stadium to Reading and winning in the final against Portsmouth a year later. The club were relegated in the first season after the War, and a downward spiral set in, which culminated in relegation to the Third Division in 1953-54 and the Fourth Division in 1961-62. The survival of Brentford FC was threatened by a projected takeover by Queens Park Rangers in the late 1960s - a bid that was only narrowly averted with an emergency loan of £104,000 - while the club continued to yo-yo between the third and fourth divisions during the next three decades. The club won promotion in 1962-63, 1971-72 and 1977-78 but only on the final occasion was it able to consolidate its place in English football's third tier. Other bright spots in this period included reaching the final of the Freight Rover Trophy at Wembley in 1985, where it lost to Wigan, and a run to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1989 which included wins over three higher-division sides and was only ended by the reigning league champions Liverpool.

[edit] 1990 to present

After a 45-year absence, Brentford were promoted back to the Second Division (renamed the First Division with the advent of the Premier League in 1992) in the 1991-92 season as Third Division champions, though they were relegated again the following year.

There followed several seasons of the club narrowly missing out on promotion. Former Chelsea FA Cup hero David Webb was appointed manager in 1994 and twice led the side into the play-offs. In 1996-97 he led them to the play-off final at Wembley, but the side were beaten by Crewe Alexandra. The club were then relegated to the Third Division (by then the bottom division of the Football League) the following year. Brentford won promotion as champions again in 1998-99 under manager and chairman Ron Noades and have remained in the division ever since.

The club suffered more promotion agony in 2002 under manager Steve Coppell as they lost out to Stoke City in the play-off final having been just minutes away from automatic promotion on the final day of the season, and again under manager Martin Allen in 2004-05, on that occasion losing 3-1 on aggregate to Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals after finishing 4th in League One.

Former BBC Director-General and Bees fan Greg Dyke was announced as chairman of Brentford on 20 January 2006 as part of the takeover by Bees United, the Brentford Supporters Trust. On 28 January 2006, Brentford beat Premier League strugglers Sunderland 2-1 in the 4th Round of the FA Cup, but lost 3-1 to another Premier League club Charlton Athletic in the 5th Round. Brentford finished 3rd in the league and lost to Swansea City in the play-off semi-final.

On 30 May 2006 Allen announced his resignation as manager of Brentford<ref>"Allen resigns from Bees",, 2006-6-30. Retrieved on 2006-11-18.</ref> and the club named Leroy Rosenior as his successor on 14 June 2006. In the summer transfer window, Brentford lost three of their highest profile players in Jay Tabb (to Coventry City), Michael Turner (Hull City), and Sam Sodje (Reading). On 18 November 2006, following a run of 16 matches without a win - leaving the side in the relegation zone - Rosenior was sacked as manager, after the team lost 4-0 at home to Crewe. Youth team coach Scott Fitzgerald Snr will become caretaker manager.<ref>"Rosenior sacked as Brentford boss", BBC Sport, 2006-11-18. Retrieved on 2006-11-19.</ref>

[edit] Current first-team squad

As of 22 November 2006:

No. Position Player
1 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg GK Stuart Nelson
2 Image:Flag of Ireland (bordered).svg DF Kevin O'Connor (captain)
3 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Andrew Frampton
4 Image:Flag of France.svg MF Thomas Pinault
5 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Matthew Heywood
6 Image:Flag of Australia.svg DF Adam Griffiths
7 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Paul Brooker
8 Image:Flag of Iceland.svg MF Ólafur Ingi Skúlason
9 Image:Flag of Ghana.svg FW Lloyd Owusu
10 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Jo Kuffour
11 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Gavin Tomlin
14 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Karle Carder-Andrews
15 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Chris Moore
No. Position Player
16 Image:Flag of Nigeria.svg FW Fola Onibuje (on loan from Swindon Town)
17 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Alex Rhodes
18 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Sam Tillen
19 Image:Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg FW Calum Willock
21 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg GK Clark Masters
22 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF John Mousinho
23 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Darius Charles
24 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg DF Karleigh Osborne
25 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Charlie Ide
26 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg GK Seb Brown
28 Image:Flag of the Netherlands.svg FW Clyde Wijnhard
29 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Simon Cox (on loan from Reading)

[edit] Players out on loan

No. Position Player
12 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg FW Scott Fitzgerald (on loan to AFC Wimbledon)
20 Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg MF Ryan Peters (on loan to Crawley Town)

[edit] 2006-07 Transfers

[edit] In

[edit] Out

Not including players on loan

[edit] Managers

As of November 22, 2006. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat From To Record
William Lewis Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1900 May 1903
Dick Molyneux Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1903 May 1906
W G Brown Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1906 May 1908
Fred Halliday Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1908 May 1912
Ephraim Rhodes Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1912 May 1915
Fred Halliday Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1915 August 1921
Archie Mitchell Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1921 December 1922 6022132537
Fred Halliday Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg December 1924 May 1926 6822123432
Harry Curtis Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg May 1926 February 1949 70530515724343
Jackie Gibbons Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg February 1949 August 1952 15053405735
Jimmy Blain Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg August 1952 January 1953 23751130
Tommy Lawton Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg January 1953 September 1953 338101524
Bill Dodgin, Sr. Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg October 1953 May 1957 18265576036
Malcolm MacDonald Image:Flag of Scotland.svg May 1957 January 1965 3791609412542
Tommy Cavanagh Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg January 1965 March 1966 4616102035
Billy Gray Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 1 August 1966 30 August 1967 4819131640
Jimmy Sirrel Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 1 September 1967 30 November 1969 11145264041
Frank Blunstone Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 1 December 1969 11 July 1973 16467356241
Mike Everitt Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 1 September 1973 15 January 1975 7021222730
John Docherty Image:Flag of Scotland.svg 20 January 1975 7 September 1976 6923202633
Bill Dodgin, Jr. Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 16 September 1976 1 March 1980 16671356043
Fred Callaghan Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 1 March 1980 2 February 1984 17659526532
Frank Blunstone Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 2 February 1984 9 February 1984 10010
Frank McLintock Image:Flag of Scotland.svg 9 February 1984 1 January 1987 15151435734
Steve Perryman Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 1 January 1987 15 August 1990 18271486339
Phil Holder Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 24 August 1990 11 May 1993 15866335941
David Webb Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 17 May 1993 4 August 1997 21685656639
Eddie May Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 5 August 1997 5 November 1997 20551025
Micky Adams Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 5 November 1997 1 July 1998 337151121
Ron Noades Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 1 July 1998 20 November 2000 13051334639
Ray Lewington Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 20 November 2000 7 May 2001 3714111238
Steve Coppell Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 8 May 2001 5 June 2002 5427121550
Wally Downes Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 28 June 2002 14 March 2004 9729224630
Martin Allen Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 18 March 2004 30 May 2006 12454363444
Leroy Rosenior Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 14 June 2006 18 November 2006 233101013
Scott Fitzgerald (caretaker) Image:Flag of England (bordered).svg 18 November 2006 Present 10010

[edit] Notable former players

See also:Category:Brentford F.C. players - a list of all Brentford F.C. players with a Wikipedia article.

Famous past players include:

[edit] Honours

[edit] Mascot

Brentford FC's mascot is the ever-smiling Buzz Bee. Standing at 6 feet tall, he has black and yellow stripes and wears a Brentford FC club strip. He circles the ground before each game, and is a great hit with the kids who come to watch the matches.

[edit] Famous Fans

[edit] Club Records

[edit] References


[edit] External links

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