Brentford FC News

Brentford are a professional football club based in West London and they play their home games in the Brentford Community Stadium. Back in 1895 Brentford went by the ‘B’s’ which was a simple nickname given to the club by the fans. However when a local chant was misprinted by the press, their nickname was changed forever. Instead of printing ‘B’s’, they printed ‘Bees’ and the nickname stuck. Today, a bee can even be seen on the badge and kits of modern day Brentford. 

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Brentford FC History

Brentford joined the Southern League in 1898. The team quickly established itself as a competitive force in the league and won the Southern League title in 1900 and 1901. In 1920, Brentford became one of the founding members of the Football League’s Third Division, and over the next few decades, the team experienced a period of relative stability in the lower divisions of English football. 

In the 1950s and 1960s, Brentford enjoyed a brief period of success, with the team finishing as runners-up in the Third Division South in 1951 and winning the Fourth Division title in 1963. In 1967, Brentford moved to its current home ground, Griffin Park, which has a capacity of just over 12,000. The ground has become an iconic symbol of the club and is known for its unique layout, with the stands situated very close to the pitch.

They bounced around the 3rd and 4th division for many seasons before making it to the Championship in 2015 and then earning promotion to the Premier League in 2021.

Who Owns Brentford FC?

Matthew Benham is a British businessman who owns Brentford and FC Midtjylland. This is why Brentford have such a strong connection with Danish players. After Matthew Benham joined the club they saw their greatest period of success and were able to receive promotion to the Premier League. 

Brentford FC Manager

Brentford’s current manager is Thomas Frank, a Danish manager who previously worked with Denmark’s U16 and U17 teams and Brondby. He took a job as an assistant coach at Brentford, but then after Dean Smith left in 2018, he took over. He then went on to finish 11th in his first season before making a playoff spot the following two seasons getting promoted on his 2nd try. They earned promotion to the Premier League in 2021 and have since become a solid mid-EPL table team. He has won many manager of the month awards in the Championship and Premier League and even has the highest win percentage of any Brentford manager to have played 200 games or more. 

Biggest Brentford FC Transfers

Brrentford are one of the poorest clubs in the Premier League and as a result there biggest transfers don’t reach the same fees as other Premier League clubs:

  • Nathan Collins from Wolves for £26.85m
  • Kevin Schade from SC Freiburg £25.00m
  • Keane Lewis-Potter from Hull City £19.00m

Some of the biggest departures from Brentford have been:

  • Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa for £34.00m
  • Said Benrahama to West Ham for £23.10m
  • Neal Maupay to Brighton for £15.56m

Brentford FC Drama

The recent drama surrounding Brentford has to be Ivan Toney’s 8-month ban from football after breaching FA betting rules over 200 times. Brentford striker Ivan Toney was found guilty of betting on his own team and much more. For example, one game he placed 15 bets on himself to score and 16 bets on his team to win. This is obviously not allowed and he has been punished accordingly. The drama has since ensued due to the length of his ban. Ivan Toney got his sentence reduced after admitting to a gambling addiction and that shorter sentence is still 8 months. For reference, Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing a player and was banned for 8 matches. There have been much more cynical crimes that have received dramatically shorter sentences. What’s more is that this season Brentford’s shirt sponsor will be an online casino. Once Ivan Toney returns he will have to promote the very addiction that saw him get banned in the first place. 

Who Plays for Brentford FC Now?

Brentford have a solid squad of players that features a lot of Danish internationals due to the clubs strong connection with Denmark. They have quality goalkeepers David Raya and Thomas Strakosha alongside a defence consisting of Nathan Collins, Ajer, Pinnock, Ben Mee, Aaron Hickey and Rico Henry. Nathan Collins is a young upcoming defender who is now Brentford’s all time most expensive signing. 

Their midfield is relatively weak compared to other Premier League sides and has  players such as Janelt, Norgaard, Jensen, Dasilva, Onyenka and Baptiste. Whereas their attack is very strong and features lots of young players such as Mikel Damsgaard, Wiissa, Lewis-Potter, Mbuemo, Schade and Toney who is sadly banned for the start of next season. 

What Have Brentford FC Won?

Brentford have only recently made their way into the Premier League for the first time and as a result they haven’t won many trophies in their history. They have won 3 English 4th Tier Championships, 1 English 3rd Tier Championship and 1 English 2nd Tier Championship.

Brentford FC 2023/24 Season Prediction

This season, Ball Out Bet predicts that Brentford will have an underwhelming mid-table season. They finished 13th in their first season and 9th last season. Despite them playing good football and improving every season we believe this might be their highest position for now. Ivan Toney will be unavailable for a large part of the season and they don’t have the funds to strengthen a huge amount. This combined with the fact that other teams around them will be strengthening their squads means that they could struggle this season. With that being said they still have a very good manager and a strong core base of players good enough to keep them up. 

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