Brentford F.C.

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Brentford F.C.
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Full name Brentford Football Club
Nickname(s) The Bees
Founded 10 October 1889; 128 years ago (1889-10-10)
Ground Griffin Park
Ground Capacity 12,763
Owner Matthew Benham
Chairman Cliff Crown
Head Coach Dean Smith
League Championship
2016–17 Championship; 10th
Website Club website
Current season

Brentford Football Club is a professional association football club based in Brentford, Greater London, England. The team play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Brentford FC was founded on 10 October 1889. The club has played its home games at Griffin Park since 1904, after a nomadic existence playing at five previous grounds. Brentford's most successful spell came during the 1930s, when it achieved consecutive top-six finishes in the First Division. Brentford have been FA Cup quarter-finalists on four occasions, and have been runners-up of the Football League Trophy on three occasions.


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

1889 to 1954

1954 to 1986

1986 to present

Current and future grounds

Griffin Park aerial view.

Griffin Park

Brentford Community Stadium

Current squad

First team

As of 10 February 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Daniel Bentley
3 England DF Rico Henry
4 Scotland MF Lewis Macleod
5 Denmark DF Andreas Bjelland
7 Netherlands MF Florian Jozefzoon
8 England MF Nico Yennaris (vice-captain)
9 France FW Neal Maupay
10 England MF Josh McEachran
11 England FW Ollie Watkins
12 South Africa MF Kamohelo Mokotjo
14 Republic of Ireland DF John Egan (captain)
15 England MF Ryan Woods
No. Position Player
17 Denmark MF Emiliano Marcondes
18 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Judge
19 Saint Kitts and Nevis MF Romaine Sawyers
20 England MF Josh Clarke
22 Denmark DF Henrik Dalsgaard
24 Republic of Ireland FW Chiedozie Ogbene
28 England GK Luke Daniels
29 France DF Yoann Barbet
30 Republic of Ireland DF Tom Field
33 Wales DF Chris Mepham
47 Spain FW Sergi Canós

B team

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

No. Position Player
25 Scotland MF Theo Archibald
32 England MF Reece Cole
34 Denmark DF Mads Bech Sørensen
35 England MF Zain Westbrooke
36 Finland FW Marcus Forss
37 England GK Ellery Balcombe
England DF Jarvis Edobor
Denmark DF Lukas Talbro
England DF David Titov
No. Position Player
Portugal MF Herson Alves
Germany MF Raphael Assibey-Mensah
England MF Bradley Clayton
Scotland MF Ali Coote
Sweden MF Henrik Johansson
Denmark MF Nikolaj Kirk (on loan from FC Midtjylland)
Finland MF Jaakko Oksanen
England FW Joe Hardy
Slovenia FW Jan Novak

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
16 Republic of Ireland GK Jack Bonham (on loan at Carlisle United until June 2018)
27 Denmark FW Justin Shaibu (on loan at Walsall until June 2018)
31 Greece DF Ilias Chatzitheodoridis (on loan at Cheltenham Town until June 2018)
Austria MF Konstantin Kerschbaumer (on loan at Arminia Bielefeld until June 2018)


Coaching staff

Dean Smith is current Brentford head coach.
As of 1 February 2018[1]
England Dean Smith Head Coach
England Richard O'Kelly Assistant Head Coach
Denmark Thomas Frank Assistant Head Coach
England Simon Royce Goalkeeper Coach
England Luke Stopforth Head of Analysis
England Chris Haslam Head of Athletic Performance
Denmark Lars Friis Individual Development Coach
Republic of Ireland Kevin O'Connor B Team Head Coach
England Allan Steele B Team Coach/Player Welfare Officer
Finland Jani Viander B Team Goalkeeper Coach


As of 1 February 2018[2]
England Matthew Benham Owner
England Cliff Crown Chairman
England Donald Kerr Vice Chairman
Denmark Rasmus Ankersen Co-Director of Football
England Phil Giles Co-Director of Football
Scotland Robert Rowan Technical Director
England Monique Choudhuri Director
England David Merritt Director
England Mike Power Director
England Nity Raj Director


Brentford's nickname is "The Bees". The nickname was unintentionally created by students of Borough Road College, who attended a match and shouted the college's chant "buck up Bs", in support of their friend and then-Brentford player Joe Gettins.[3]

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 clubs predominant home colours since the 1925–26 season, bar one season – 1960–61 – when yellow (gold) and blue were used, unsuccessfully.[4] 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 royal blue shirt, royal blue shorts and royal blue 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 clubs attention, via Graham Haynes, that Brentford FC was formed in 1889 and not in 1888. Therefore, a new badge, reputedly designed by Dan Tana – the clubs 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,[5] 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.[4] Russell's involvement was to suggest to Keith Loring the inclusion and then ensure the accuracy of the Middlesex arms prior to the badge's release. The design of the new badge is based on a previous Brentford badge of the late 60s/early 70s that featured quadrants and included the hive and Middlesex arms (without the crown). The "Founded 1889" was included as the design exercise coincided with Graham Haynes's research into verifying the actual formation of the club to 1889 rather than 1888 as previous thought. The badge was introduced initially onto the away kit for the 1993/94 season. It also featured on the programme for that season. For the 1994–95 season it was added to the home kit.



  1. ^ Received silverware

Cup winners

  • President's Cup[11]
    • Winners: 2009

Best performances





Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.[17] Brentford have a long-standing rivalry with Fulham.[18] In the past this fixture has been marred by crowd violence.[19] QPR are also considered to be rivals. The rivalry intensified in 1967 when QPR failed in an attempted takeover of Brentford which would have spelled the end for Brentford and seen QPR move into Griffin Park. As with the Fulham rivalry, this fixture sees passions run high amongst both sets of supporters with local pride at stake.[20]

International links

In February 2013 it was announced that Brentford had entered into partnership with Icelandic 1. deild karla club UMF Selfoss, enabling 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.[21]

Affiliated clubs

Celebrity connections

Actor and comedian, Bradley Walsh was a professional at the club in the late 1970s, but never made the first team squad.[27]

Past managers

Past players

Capped international players

Hall of Fame



See also


  1. ^ "Brentford FC Football Staff". Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  2. ^ "Brentford FC Company Details". Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  3. ^ KD. "Ken Daly's alternative look at the history of Middlesbrough and Brentford who play in a Sky Bet Championship play off at Griffin Park on Friday 8 May 2015". Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Brentford – Historical Football Kits". Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Which Strictly star designed Brentford's badge?". BBC News. 12 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Football Club History Database – Brentford". Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "England 1918/19". 15 February 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. p. 136. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  9. ^ a b Haynes 1998, p. 119-120.
  10. ^ White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 97. ISBN 0951526200. 
  11. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | SUTTON UNITED 1 BRENTFORD 3". Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 46.
  13. ^ Haynes 1998, p. 51.
  14. ^ Mark Chapman. "Brentford win 2015 Football League Family Excellence Award". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Chris Wickham. "A list of all the awards collected by Brentford FC, staff and players over the past year". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "League Managers Association". Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "THE RESULTS OF THE LARGEST EVER SURVEY INTO CLUB RIVALRIES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  18. ^ "Football Ground Guide". Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  19. ^ "Fulham F.C. – The 1995/1996 Season". Archived from the original on 23 August 2002. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "Brentford FC vs. QPR". 6 October 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  21. ^ Chris Wickham. "Brentford club staff visit FC Midtjylland". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "BBC Sport – FC Midtjylland: Brentford owner Benham invests in Danish club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  23. ^ Chris Wickham. "BEES AGREE ICELANDIC PARTNERSHIP". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  24. ^ Chris Wickham. "JOIN BRENTFORD IN SUPPORTING GULU UNITED". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  25. ^ Ciaran Brett. "STUART 'AMAZED' BY GULU EXPERIENCE". Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "United for United: Supporters of The Biggest Little Football Club in the World – Indiegogo". Indiegogo. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | EX BEES ROVER RETURNS". Retrieved 12 February 2018. 

External links

  • Brentford FC – the club's website
  • Griffin Park Grapevine – Largest and Busiest Unofficial Brentford FC Website
  • Bees United – The Brentford Supporters' Trust and owners of the majority of shares in BFC
  • BIAS – Brentford Independent Association of Supporters
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