Brentford were promoted to the Premier League after defeating Swansea 2-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley in May, capping up one of the most distinctive and demanding seasons in club history. They stayed there for one season before being relegated back to the Championship.
Before they got into the Premier League, Brentford had only ever finished above mid-table once in the top division - in 1976-77 - when they also won the FA Cup. However, they almost immediately returned to the second tier where they remain today.
In their first season in the Premier League, they achieved a record highest away win with 3-1 victory over Manchester United. This remains the only time that Brentford have earned a point away from home in the Premier League. Although they were relegated at the end of their first season, it wasn't until after winning the Championship play-offs again that year that they finally left behind their "poor" reputation and became known as a team who could compete with the best in England.
Currently, Brentford are playing in the Championship and have never been higher than ninth place in the English league system. The club will be hoping to build on this season's success when they resume competition next year.
Brentford were promoted to the Premier League after defeating Swansea in the Championship play-offs. Brentford ended a seven-decade-plus absence from English football's top flight by defeating Swansea City 2-0 in the Championship play-off final on Saturday to secure their first-ever Premier League participation. The win also meant that three promotions have been earned by teams from London since 1995 when Queens Park Rangers joined the league.
Brentford were founded in 1558 and have played at Griffin Park ever since it was built in 1904. The team has never been relegated from the Premier League and has a record attendance of over 16,000 for a single game against Manchester United in 1996. In 2007, Griffin Park was voted "Best New Stadium" in Britain by readers of Stadia Magazine.
Brentford participated in the Football League from its inception in 1888 until they were expelled in 1903 following one season of competition. They immediately entered into friendly competitions and within a few years had won the FA Cup. However, when the Football League resumed after the First World War, Brentford could not afford to compete and so dropped out of league football again. It wasn't until 1926 that they returned to the league, this time as founder members of the new Division Two. After two seasons there, they gained promotion back to Division One where they have remained ever since.
During World War II, Brentford became one of the most successful clubs in non-league football.
Brentford ended the regular season in fourth position in the Second Division, the English football league system's third tier, two places ahead of Crewe Alexandra. As a result, both teams lost out on the two automatic promotion spots to the First Division and instead competed in the play-offs to decide the third promoted club. Brentford were drawn against Tranmere Rovers, who had finished seventh in 1996, with the first leg taking place at Prenton Park and the second at Griffin Park. The match went to extra time and then penalties after no goals were scored during extra time.
Brentford won 3-1 on penalties after the game had been tied 1-1 after 120 minutes. Martin Allen missed three penalties as Brentford were defeated by Tranmere on penalties.
In 1998, Brentford reached the final of the Football League Trophy but lost 2-0 to Leicester City. This was followed by another losing effort in the play-off semi-finals against Leeds United, this time going down 3-1 on aggregate.
Brentford played in the inaugural edition of the FA Cup in 1872-73. They made it all the way to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by eventual winners Blackburn Rovers. In total, Brentford played 11 matches in the FA Cup between January 1872 and March 1873.
Brentford entered the second division for the first time in their history in 1995.
Brentford played in the Football League First Division during the 1946–47 season in England. The Bees' 12-year stint in the First Division came to an end following a terrible season in which they equaled the club record for fewest league victories and most league defeats. After finishing last, the club was declared bankrupt and was forced to drop out of the football league.
Before World War II, Brentford had been a successful English club, winning the FA Cup in 1895. However, they went into decline after that victory and didn't win another game until 1939. During this time they were never more than mid-table stablemates of Manchester United and Liverpool. In 1945, the club finally managed to regain its place in the top flight where it has remained ever since.
Currently the club is playing in the Championship, the second tier of English football. It has won two championships and one cup so far. The team's home ground is Griffin Park. Former players include George Cohen, Alan Mullery, and Chris Kamara who have all gone on to play for the national team.
Brentford is a town in London, England, 25 miles north of central London and south of the Thames River. It is surrounded by the London Borough of Hounslow. The population at the 2011 census was 16,829.
Brentford had lost 14 of the remaining 19 matches before the end of the season on June 14. The relegation was the club's first since joining the Football League in 1920, and it was the club's final season in the top division until 2021-22, 74 years later.
Brentford were promoted from the Third Division South at the end of the 1954-55 season. They remained in the second tier for five seasons before being relegated back to the third tier at the end of the 1959-60 season. After three more seasons in the third tier, they returned to the second tier as champions in 1962-63. However, they were relegated again only two seasons later after finishing 22nd out of 24 teams.
Brentford have been members of the English football league system since 1920. They have never been outside the top two divisions except during the 1994-95 season when they played in America due to financial problems at the club. During their time in the American soccer market, they were known as Chicago Sting. When they returned to England, they resumed their place in the English top flight as well as the English cup competitions.
Currently, Brentford play in the EFL Championship. The club is based in Brentford, London. Their home ground is Griffin Park. The stadium has a capacity of 16,053 people and was built in 1883.
In 1900-01, they won the Southern League Second Division and were elected to the Football League in 1920. Brentford was victorious in the Third Division South in 1932-33 and the Second Division in 1934-35. They finished second from bottom in 1936-37 and dropped back down to the third tier.
Brentford returned to the second division in 2013-14 after a 40-year absence. This year's season is their first ever in the Championship, the highest level of English football.
The club's home ground is Griffin Park, which they have shared with London rivals West Bromwich Albion for more than a century. The two clubs formed a partnership in 1884, three years after the original Brentford FC disbanded. Under this agreement, each team paid £10 per match to share the cost of using the new Griffin Park stadium. In 1998, when West Bromwich Albion moved up to the Premier League, this arrangement ended but the two clubs have continued to co-operate through the sharing of players who are unable to play because of injury or suspension and the use of certain facilities such as the medical centre.
Griffin Park has a capacity of 16,000 and was built by Thames Ditton Town F.C., who moved into it in 1884.