Brentford F.C.

Full name Brentford Football Club
Nickname(s) The Bees
Founded 10 October 1889 (1889-10-10)
Ground Griffin Park
Capacity 12,763
Owner Matthew Benham
Chairman Cliff Crown
Head Coach Dean Smith
League Championship
2017–18 Championship, 9th of 24
Website Club website

Brentford Football Club is a professional association football club based in Brentford, Greater London, England. The team plays 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.


1889 to 1954

1954 to 1986

1986 to present

Current and future grounds

Griffin Park

Brentford Community Stadium

Current squad

First team

As of 31 August 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 GK Daniel Bentley
2 DF Moses Odubajo
3 DF Rico Henry
4 MF Lewis Macleod
6 DF Chris Mepham
7 FW Sergi Canós
8 MF Nico Yennaris
9 FW Neal Maupay
10 MF Josh McEachran
11 FW Ollie Watkins
12 MF Kamohelo Mokotjo
No. Position Player
14 MF Josh Dasilva
17 MF Emiliano Marcondes
18 MF Alan Judge
19 MF Romaine Sawyers
20 DF Josh Clarke
21 FW Saïd Benrahma
22 DF Henrik Dalsgaard
23 DF Julian Jeanvier
26 DF Ezri Konsa
28 GK Luke Daniels
29 DF Yoann Barbet

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
15 MF Ryan Woods (at Stoke City until 1 January 2019)
16 GK Jack Bonham (at Bristol Rovers until June 2019)
24 FW Chiedozie Ogbene (at Exeter City until 1 January 2019)
25 GK Ellery Balcombe (at Boreham Wood until 1 January 2019)
No. Position Player
30 DF Tom Field (at Cheltenham Town until 1 January 2019)
MF Theo Archibald (at Forest Green until June 2019)
FW Justin Shaibu (at Boreham Wood until June 2019)

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
33 FW Marcus Forss
34 DF Mads Bech Sørensen
GK Simon Andersson
GK Patrik Gunnarsson
DF Canice Carroll
DF Cole Dasilva
DF Jarvis Edobor
DF Luka Racic
DF David Titov
MF Reece Cole
No. Position Player
MF Ali Coote
MF Kolbeinn Finnsson
MF Henrik Johansson
MF Nikolaj Kirk (on loan from FC Midtjylland)
MF Matěj Majka
MF Jonny Mitchell
MF Jaakko Oksanen
MF Jan Žambůrek
FW Joe Hardy

Coaching staff

As of 12 June 2018[1]
Dean Smith Head Coach
Richard O'Kelly Assistant Head Coach
Thomas Frank Assistant Head Coach
Iñaki Caña Goalkeeper Coach
Luke Stopforth Head of Analysis
Chris Haslam Head of Athletic Performance
Lars Friis Individual Development Coach
Kevin O'Connor B Team Head Coach
Allan Steele B Team Coach/Player Welfare Officer
Jani Viander B Team Goalkeeper Coach


As of 1 February 2018[2]
Matthew Benham Owner
Cliff Crown Chairman
Donald Kerr Vice Chairman
Rasmus Ankersen Co-Director of Football
Phil Giles Co-Director of Football
Robert Rowan Technical Director
Monique Choudhuri Director
David Merritt Director
Mike Power Director
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 predominantly brown shirt with orange shoulders and white trim, brown shorts and socks with orange and white trim. 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] In 2017 Brentford FC redesigned their crest to a more modern, uncluttered, design with the flexibilty 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.[6]



Other promotions

Cup winners

  1. No system of promotion in place
  2. Wartime
  3. Received silverware
  4. Elected into Southern League

Best performances





Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.[18] Brentford have a long-standing rivalry with Fulham.[19] In the past this fixture has been marred by crowd violence.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[28]

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. 1 2 "Brentford – Historical Football Kits". Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  5. "Which Strictly star designed Brentford's badge?". BBC News. 12 November 2011.
  6. "Introducing our new club crest". Brentford FC. 10 November 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 "Football Club History Database – Brentford". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  8. "England 1918/19". 15 February 2003. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  9. 1 2 "London League 1896–1910". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  10. Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopedia. Yore Publications. p. 136. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.
  11. 1 2 Haynes 1998, p. 119-120.
  12. White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 97. ISBN 0951526200.
  13. Haynes 1998, p. 46.
  14. Haynes 1998, p. 51.
  15. Mark Chapman. "Brentford win 2015 Football League Family Excellence Award". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  16. Chris Wickham. "A list of all the awards collected by Brentford FC, staff and players over the past year". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  17. "League Managers Association". Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  18. "THE RESULTS OF THE LARGEST EVER SURVEY INTO CLUB RIVALRIES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  19. "Football Ground Guide". Football Ground Guide. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  20. "Fulham F.C. – The 1995/1996 Season". Archived from the original on 23 August 2002. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  21. "Brentford FC vs. QPR". 6 October 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  22. Chris Wickham. "Brentford club staff visit FC Midtjylland". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  23. "BBC Sport – FC Midtjylland: Brentford owner Benham invests in Danish club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  24. Chris Wickham. "BEES AGREE ICELANDIC PARTNERSHIP". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  25. Chris Wickham. "JOIN BRENTFORD IN SUPPORTING GULU UNITED". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  26. Ciaran Brett. "STUART 'AMAZED' BY GULU EXPERIENCE". Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  27. "United for United: Supporters of The Biggest Little Football Club in the World – Indiegogo". Indiegogo. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  28. "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | EX BEES ROVER RETURNS". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  • 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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