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- Joe Crozier
Brentford Team Stats & History
Brentford FC were founded in 1889, and was originally an amateur club. The Bees first entered the Football League in 1920.
The most successful period in Brentford’s history was under manager Harry Curtis, who was appointed in 1926. With promotions in 1933 and 1935, Brentford reached the top tier of English football for the first time.
Brentford looked like they’d be immediately relegated in 1935-36 after an early slump, but a massive turnaround followed. Brentford team stats show they were the best team in the Football League in the last 23 matches of the 1935-36 season. After key purchases, Brentford lost just two of their last 23 matches.
That season Brentford finished fifth, which remains their highest-ever league finish. Then, the Bees finished sixth in each of the next two seasons. One of the most impressive Brentford team stats was in 1937-38, when they held top spot for 17 consecutive matches.
Post WWII, Brentford were immediately relegated and went into a decade-long decline. By 1954, Brentford were in the third tier. The Bees bounced around the third and fourth tiers in the 60s and 70s, amid financial crises.
In the 1985 Football League Trophy, the Bees made their first major final but lost 3-1 to Wigan Athletic. Brentford later won the 1991-92 Third Division title and were back in the second tier for the first time since 1954; however, Brentford were in the bottom tier of the Football League as recently as 2009. That same year, sports gambler Matthew Benham bought the club and reversed Brentford’s fortunes.
Brentford FC Team Records
One the heaviest proponents of analytics in soccer, Brentford went from the fourth tier to the second tier within five years. Brentford reached a new level with Danish manager Thomas Frank in charge, but lost in the 2020 playoff final. In the 2020 offseason, the Bees moved out of longtime home Griffin Park and into the Brentford Community Stadium.
In 2020-21, Brentford were promoted to the Premier League for the first time and the top flight for the first time in 74 years. They finished 14th in their first Premier League season.
The EPL betting odds implied Brentford was one of the most likely teams to get relegated in 2021-22. Despite being underdogs in all ten matches vs. top six sides, Brentford managed to win points off of Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal. The main betting advice, in that case, would’ve been to bet Brentford on the goal line. In their first Premier League season, the Bees finished 14th.