Brentford FC is based in Brentford, Greater London and plays in the English Championship. It has been a club since 1889 and its home games have been taking place at Griffin Park since 1904. The club’s nickname is ‘The Bees’ and some of its main rivals include Queen Park Rangers, Fulham and Chelsea.
History of Brentford FC: Key Dates
Brentford Football Club was founded in 1889 and it joined the London League in 1896 and the Southern League in 1898 before becoming part of the Football League in 1920. The most successful time period for Brentford was in the 1930s, with a promotion in 1933 and 1935 seeing the club make it to top-flight football for the first and only time in its history.
It managed to finish in the top six of the First Division three years in a row, seeing Brentford as being one of the best teams in the league during these years. However, the team began to fall back by the end of the decade and was eventually relegated to the Third Division South by 1954.
The club even got relegated to the Fourth Division in 1962, with the club having to be sold due to its financial situation. It underwent numerous crises over the following years financially. Brentford began to get some consistency back in the early 1980s, with some strong finishes in the Third Division.
It was in 1992 that Brentford finally made its way back to the Second Division after a 38-year absence. However, the club was relegated the following season and even got relegated a couple of times to the Fourth division in the next few years.
It was in 2014 that Brentford made its way back to the Championship. This was after losing out in the playoffs in five seasons over the course of 19 years. This time it managed to bypass the play-offs and qualified automatically to the Championship.
It even managed to finish 5th in its first year in the second tier but lost to Middlesbrough in the play-offs. The club made the decision to get rid of its academy and development squad in 2016, replacing it with a B team to try to develop players.
Griffin Park has been the home to Brentford FC since 1904 after the club had spent time in five other grounds beforehand. It has a capacity of 12,300 and it has also played home to the London Broncos and Chelsea FC Reserves over the years.
One of its claims to fame as a ground is that there is a pub on each corner of the ground, the only ground in the country with this feature. The name for the stadium comes from the Fuller’s Brewery logo, which previously owned the orchard on the ground on which the stadium was built.
Brentford has not seen a massive amount of success over the years but has been on a merry go round of promotions and relations. It has won the second tier of English football on one occasion, winning the third tier on two occasions and the fourth tier-three different times.
It also won a number of regional clubs at the start of the 20th century but has not managed to win any notable trophies over the past few decades.
Its best performance in the FA Cup is getting to the quarter-final on four occasions, as well as getting to the fourth round of the League Cup twice.
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