BRENTFORD F.C.
Founded: 1889




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BRENTFORD F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of BRENTFORD FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Brentford was founded on 10 October 1889, at the Oxford and Cambridge Hotel PH in Brentford. The football club started out playing its home matches at the Clifden House Ground. The football club decided to move nearer to Brentford and in December 1894 they moved to Shotter's Field. Due to high rent increases, the club were once again forced to move on, so in September 1898 the club moved to the Cross Roads Ground, in Little Ealing land on the north west side of the junction of Little Ealing Lane and Ealing Road this was used until April 1900. Finally, in January 1904, the club agreed a 21-year lease on an orchard, once owned by Chiswick brewers Fuller, Smith and Turner. The clearance of the orchard, over 200 trees, and the levelling of the land took several months. Griffin Park, as it became known supposedly named after the local The Griffin PH once used as a changing rooms in the early years was now ready for use as a football ground after banking was raised along three sides of the ground and an enclosure, moved from their previous ground, was erected. In August 1904 trial matches were played on the pitch. Then the first competitive match was played, a reserve team game in the Western League v Plymouth Argyle. On 7 September 1904, Brentford and West Ham United played out a 00 draw, in the Southern League First Division, which was the first first team match.

In 1920, 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 192930 season, the side won all 21 of its home matches in the Third Division South, but still missed out on promotion. They are the last of six teams in English football to amass a perfect home record, and the only one to do so over a season of 42 matches or more. After several more near-misses, promotion to the Second Division was finally achieved in 193233. 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. Under manager Harry Curtis and captain Arthur Bateman, 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. The club was relegated in the first season after the War, and a downward spiral set in, which culminated in relegation to the Third Division in 195354 and the Fourth Division in 196162. In the process Brentford became the first team to play the other ninety-one clubs in league football.

The club won promotion in 196263, 197172 and 197778 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 the team 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. 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 199192 season as Third Division champions, though they were relegated again the following year.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Brentford F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Bees
Year Founded
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1889 (125 years ago)
English County
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Greater London (city)
Current Ground
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Griffin Park
Ground Location
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London, England
Town of Brentford in West London
(London Borough of Hounslow)
Club's Owner
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Matthew Benham
Club Chairman
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Cliff Crown
Current Manager
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Dean Smith
Current League
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The Championship
Last Season
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The Championship, 5th place


HOME COLORS

Red & White
AWAY COLORS

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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


GRIFFIN PARK
Braemar Road, Brentford
London TW8-0NT England


OPENED: ......... September 1904
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 12,300
RECORD: ......... 38,678 (1949 vs Leicester City)
OWNER: ........... Brentford F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Brentford F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 110 x 73 yards (100 x 67 meters)



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