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Brentford

Brentford

Nickname The Bees
Web Site www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk
E-mail bradfordcityfc@compuserve.com
Stadium Valley Parade

Brentford Football Club was founded in 1889 by the local rowing club. The idea was to provide members with a sport for the winter months and football beat rugby by 8 votes to 5. The original kit was salmon, claret and light blue but they have since reverted to red and white striped shirts. Brentfords nickname 'The Bees' originates from fans calling "Buck up the B's", this was misinterpreted by the press as "Buck up the Bees" and the name stuck.

During the 1899/1900 season the club was fined for paying their players so, in turn, turned professional. They moved to their current ground, Griffin Park, in 1904.

Brentford have never won a major trophy or the league. The highest finishing position has been fifth (in 1936) and they have reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup on four occasions. In the record breaking 1929/30 season they won all 21 of their home games and scored 66 goals whilst only conceding 12.

By1967 the Bees were in the Fourth Division and in danger of extinction with a proposed takeover by Queens Park Rangers. There was vast opposition to this move and a new board was formed with the new Chairman giving the club a large, interest free, loan. Survival was achieved and despite operating on a shoe string, they managed promotion at the end of the 1971/2 season (at this time the squad size was only 14). However, the pressures became too much and they were relegated at the end of the following term.

By 1985 the team was playing third tier football again and they reached the final of the Freight Rover Trophy but were beaten by Wigan Athletic.
In 1992, and after a 45 year absence, Brentford were promoted to the second tier as champions but were relegated the following year. They spent one season in the bottom tier (the 1998/9 season) before bouncing back again.

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