Everton loanee Conor McAleny was stretchered off after 5 minutes during the home league game against Walsall which forced a reshuffle of Brentford's formation. Clayton Donaldson scored his first goal of the season, heading in from Shaleum Logan's cross extending Brentford's 100% home record. In the second round of the League Cup, Championship side Derby County put five goals past another vastly changed Brentford side without reply. Development squad member Josh Clarke was handed his first team debut, with colleague Alfie Mawson also making his debut as a second-half substitute. Brentford finished the month with a 0–0 draw at home to Carlisle United in a game which saw captain Tony Craig receive a straight red card after bringing down goal bound David Amoo in the second half. Brentford, with the bulk of the possession, had a vast array of shots and Toumani Diagouraga did find the back of the net, but the goal was not given due to jostling in the goal area.
Adam Forshaw's goal against Sheffield United was voted Brentford's Goal of the Month for August.
Transfer deadline day saw the return of Marcello Trotta to the club on loan from Fulham and the signing of Raphaël Calvet from French side AJ Auxerre. The first round of the Football League Trophy saw Brentford's first competitive game against AFC Wimbledon. A first half goal from El Alagui left the score at 1–0 at the break. He added another in the second half and along with goals from Luke Norris, Ben Nugent and Javi Venta (all scoring their first goals for the club) the team had a 5–1 lead after 69 minutes. AFC Wimbledon attempted a late comeback clawing back two goals, but it was Brentford who progressed to the second round with a 5–3 victory. Against Bradford City at Valley Parade, David Button brought down Nahki Wells on the edge of the penalty area in the 26th minute of the game and received a straight red card. Substitute goalkeeper Jack Bonham was immediately brought on to make his League debut for the club, but Bradford capitalised on the advantage and finished 4–0 winners.
Martin Taylor and João Carlos Teixeira joined the club as the loan window opened, the latter having been a target for Serie A side Bologna. For the Tranmere Rovers game Richard Lee returned to the Brentford goal after injury and replaced David Button who was suspended after his sending off against Bradford City. Brentford started strong and scored twice in the first 15 minutes through Martin Taylor and Clayton Donaldson (Taylor's goal believed to be the fastest goal scored by a debutant for Brentford in the league). Tranmere got a goal back just before halftime and came out dominant in the second half with Adam Dugdale scoring to level the game. Donaldson added another for Brentford before Tranmere again equalised in the 90th minute with a strike from substitute Cole Stockton. The game looked to be heading for a draw until Dugdale handled in the area to concede a penalty which Adam Forshaw converted to give Brentford their first away win. Teixeira came on as a second-half substitute for George Saville to make his league debut.
In a televised match Leyton Orient arrived at Griffin Park with a 100% league record and left with their record intact. Shaleum Logan brought down Dave Mooney in the second half and the striker stepped up to convert the penalty. Orient substitute Shaun Batt then added a second with his first touch of the match on the 85th minute. A crowd of just over 2,600 watched Brentford win 2–0 against Coventry City at their temporary home, Sixfields Stadium. Clayton Donaldson grabbed the first goal, flicking over the keeper after Cyrus Christie missed his clearance, and Martin Taylor confirmed the win, heading in a cross from Sam Saunders in the second half, leaving Brentford in 10th place at the end of the month.
October started with a home defeat to Rotherham United. David Button returned in goal following suspension but couldn't prevent an early goal from Mark Bradley settling the match. Brentford bowed out of the Football League Trophy with a defeat away to Peterborough United. An early own goal from Martin Taylor gave the home side the lead, and the lead was doubled in the second half when debutant Raphaël Calvet brought down Nathaniel Mendez-Laing in the box and the resulting penalty was converted by Grant McCann. Ben Nugent scored a late consolation goal but it wasn't enough to stop Brentford exiting the competition.
Brentford slumped to their 4th league defeat of the season following a 2–1 defeat at Stevenage which saw Jonathan Douglas return to the team after injury. Donaldson put Brentford ahead in the 13th minute to score his 5th of the campaign, but Stevenage responded swiftly through Francois Zoko. Zoko doubled his tally 11 minutes later which was enough to secure victory for the Boro and leave the Bees 11th place in the table. After going a goal down against Colchester United a third straight league defeat seemed to be on the cards before three goals in eleven minutes turned the game. Marcello Trotta levelled the score in the 76th minute before George Saville netted his first league goal to put the Bees ahead. Kadeem Harris scored the third goal on his club debut following his loan from Cardiff City, and guaranteed the points and the win.
The next game away to Bristol City saw Richard Lee return to the starting line up in goal for Brentford. City started strong and had the better of the first half, but the second half introduction of Sam Saunders for Kadeem Harris changed the game for the visitors as he became both scorer and provider. Saunders' 79th minute shot was deflected past the City keeper to put the Bees ahead and seven minutes later Clayton Donaldson was on hand to volley in a corner from the substitute. Marlon Harewood scored an injury-time consolation goal but was unable to prevent the extension of City's winless streak to 21 games. A crowd of 9,783 descended on Griffin Park to watch Brentford beat Shrewsbury Town and move up to 5th place in the league table. Marcello Trotta volleyed home the only goal of the game in the 18th minute giving the team their third win in eight days.
Brentford began November with an away win at Crawley Town. Kyle McFadzean tripped Kadeem Harris in the Crawley box to concede a penalty which Adam Forshaw converted to score his third goal of the season. Ex-Bee Marcus Gayle's Staines Town were Brentford's opponents in the first round of the 2013–14 FA Cup. Ben Nugent started in place of the suspended Harlee Dean and goals from Alan McCormack, Jake Reeves, Kadeem Harris, Marcello Trotta and Clayton Donaldson sealed a 5–0 win for the Bees.Crewe Alexandra were the next visitors to Griffin Park and they departed on the wrong end of another 5–0 scoreline. Crewe defended well until the deadlock was broken on the 43rd minute by Marcello Trotta with a long range header. Brentford came out for the second half strong and immediately added a second through Forshaw. George Saville increased the lead in the 58th minute before Donaldson netted twice bringing his league goal tally to eight.
February 1993 was the last time that Brentford had visited Molineux and it was the venue for the Bees 17th league fixture of the season. The 0–0 scoreline was a fair reflection of the solid defensive displays by both sides, and although Wolves had the greater possession, Brentford notched up more on-target shots and remained 4th in the league table. Brentford's unbeaten run continued three days later with a 3–2 victory over Peterborough United. An early own goal from Gabriel Zakuani gave the Bees a one nil lead at the break, but Peterborough came back and gained the lead with goals from Jack Payne and Britt Assombalonga in the 59th and 60th minutes. The visitors defended their lead well until a reshuffle of the Brentford team led to an equaliser from George Saville (later attributed to Will Grigg), with the comeback completed in the 87th minute via Donaldson.
Two changes were made to the unbeaten starting eleven for the visit to Notts County with Toumani Diagouraga coming in for Saville in midfield and Will Grigg replacing Trotta up front. County had the better of the first half until Grigg fired home in the 44th minute and Brentford held on to the lead to secure their seventh win in the last eight league matches.
Striker Paul Hayes departed after 16 months with the club, his contract being terminated by mutual agreement Off the field, Hounslow Council approved the club's application for a new 20,000 seater stadium and community facility at Lionel Road, due to open in time for the start of the 2016/17 season. Uwe Rösler was named the League One Manager of the Month for November after guiding the team to 13 points out of a possible 15 as it was announced the that club had 'reluctantly' agreed to give the manager permission to talk to Wigan Athletic about their vacant managerial position.
It was announced shortly before the FA Cup 2nd Round match at Carlisle United that Rösler had left the club to take up the role at Wigan with Assistant Manager Alan Kernaghan, First Team Coach Peter Farrell and Sporting Director Mark Warburton taking over the team in the interim. The temporary management team were unable to extend the teams unbeaten run as they were beaten 2–3 and exited the cup competition. After going a goal down before the break an own goal from Pascal Chimbonda levelled the score, but two goals from Lee Miller put the home team ahead. A late consolation from Farid El Alagui gave the Bees some hope but Carlisle defended well in the closing minutes to protect their win. Mark Warburton was announced as the new manager on 10 December, initially until the end of the season. His career got off to a good start with a home win against Oldham Athletic. Jonathan Douglas headed a late winner for the Bees to score his first of the season. Alan Kernaghan and Peter Farrell departed the club to join Rösler at Wigan while ex-Sheffield United manager David Weir was announced as Brentford's new Assistant Manager.
Clayton Donaldson was brought down by goalkeeper Declan Rudd in the 22nd minute against Preston North End and the resulting penalty was converted by Adam Forshaw. Marcello Trotta added a second three minutes later, while substitute Sam Saunders chested down and volleyed home in the second half to guarantee the win. Brentford briefly held first place in the league table following their 3–2 win over Swindon Town in an early match on Boxing Day before wins from both Wolves and Leyton Orient restored the table to the order at the start of the day. The team came back from behind twice with Trotta scoring the winner in the 77th minute.
The final game of 2013 saw the Bees entertain MK Dons at Griffin Park on 29 December. Clayton Donaldson opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and the lead was extended soon after half time with goals from Trotta and Saunders. Ex-Bee Lee Hodson grabbed a goal back for MK but the home team held on for the win, and with Wolves and Leyton Orient drawing against each other Brentford leapfrogged them both to end 2013 on top of League One.
Adam Forshaw scored one penalty and missed another, Sam Saunders scored for the fourth consecutive match and Clayton Donaldson grabbed his twelfth league goal of the season as Brentford beat Peterborough on New Years Day. The result extended Brentford's unbeaten run to thirteen games which included twelve victories. The run was extended with a home win against Port Vale on 11 January and Brentford broke a club record by winning 8 league games in row for the first time. The absence of Forshaw, Dean and Douglas saw Shaleum Logan, Kevin O'Connor and new signing Alan Judge drafted into the side and Marcello Trotta opened the scoring on thirty minutes with a strike from 25 yards. Brentford came out strong in the second half but Vale could not be broken until the 88th minute when substitute Will Grigg netted his 5th of the season. The eight match winning streak came to an end with a hard fought draw against Walsall which gave Leyton Orient the chance to leapfrog the team and claim the top spot in League One. Donaldson headed home in the thirtieth minute meeting a Jake Bidwell cross but Craig Westcarr equalised on the stroke of half time to level the score.
Gillingham were the opponents at Griffin Park for the televised match on a wet and windy Friday night on 24 January. Jonathan Douglas put the home side ahead on the 22nd minute with a perfectly timed run to meet a Jake Bidwell cross. In the second half Tony Craig was brought down in the Gillingham box, and with regular penalty taker Adam Forshaw injured Marcello Trotta stepped up to put the demons of last season behind him and converted to put the Bees 2–0 up. Gillingham replied 3 minutes later and increased the pressure for the remainder of the game, but Brentford held on for the win. The following Tuesday Brentford were at home again, this time to Bristol City. The Bees went ahead early on when a Bidwell cross was sliced into his own net by Aden Flint, but ex-Bee Karleigh Osborne fired home an equaliser three minutes later to level the score. City continued to pile on the pressure until a shot from Alan Judge found its way into the net to put the home side ahead once more. Judge was also involved in what was to be the winning goal when he slotted a pass through the City defence to Marcello Trotta who scored his ninth league goal of the season and extended Brentford's unbeaten streak to 17 league games.
The unbeaten streak continued into February with a 1–1 draw away to Shrewsbury. With a strong wind affecting play the first half finished goalless but the Bees used the advantage of the wind behind them in the second half to increase the pressure on the Shrews. Marcello Trotta was brought down in the box and stepped up to take the resulting penalty. Shrewsbury goalkeeper Chris Weale was able to get a hand to the shot, only to see Trotta follow up and fire home. Brentford pushed for a second, but in the final minutes a break by Shrewsbury saw Tom Eaves level the score. The home match against Crawley Town and the away fixture against Sheffield United were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches, but Brentford remained top of the league as Leyton Orient lost both their corresponding games and Wolves also suffered a postponement. Three powerful strikes saw off Crewe at Alexandra Stadium. Alan Judge netted two, one in each half, and Adam Forshaw added the third in front of a crowd of just under 5,000.
Promotion rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers arrived at Griffin Park on 22 February to partake in a six-pointer as first played second. Despite starting the game strong, Brentford conceded late in the first half with the visitors capitalising with a brace in the second, bringing to an end the Bees 19 game unbeaten run and moving them down two places to third in the league table.
Injuries to first choice defenders Harlee Dean and Alan McCormack saw Nico Yennaris and débutante James Tarkowski start as Brentford travelled to Carlisle. The match, in which both teams had good chances to score, ended in a 0–0 draw leaving Brentford in third position as Leyton Orient and Wolves both won. After a quiet first half against Bradford, Clayton Donaldson fired home from outside the box to put the home team ahead. George Saville added a second to hand the Bees a 2-0 win. Three days later Brentford entertained Tranmere at Griffin Park. James Tarkowski scored his first goal for the club with a powerful second half header before Donaldson wrapped up the win twelve minutes later. The match against early league leaders and promotion rivals Leyton Orient was an early kick off to accommodate the live TV broadcast. Marcello Trotta netted in first half injury time what turned out to be the only goal of the match, and 10-man Brentford held on for the win following the sending off of James Tarkowski early in the second half, moving the team up to 2nd place in the league.
Brentford recorded their fourth straight win against Coventry at home on 22 March.Callum Wilson put the visitors ahead following a spilled save by David Button, but Donaldson and Trotta both scored to leave the Bees ahead at the break after Alan Judge had missed a penalty. Alan McCormack scored his first league goal for the club with a powerful run and a deft chip over the Coventry goalkeeper. Alan Judge conceded a penalty early into the away game at in-form Rotherham which was converted by Kieran Agard. Agard added a second before half time, and Haris Vuckic confirmed defeat for the Bees in the final minute of the match. Brentford finished the month with a goalless away draw to Oldham.
April began with a midweek trip away to Sheffield United. Marcello Trotta was brought down in the Blades box by Kieron Freeman and referee Eddie Ilderton immediately pointed to the penalty spot and showed a red card to the defender. However following consultation with his assistant Ilderton waved Freeman back on the pitch and rescinded the penalty decision, instead awarding a dropball. The match finished goalless and resulting point helped the Bees hold on to second position in the league table Four days later at Griffin Park visitors Notts County were reduced to 10 men soon after the 30 minute mark when Haydn Hollis brought down Clayton Donaldson in the penalty box. Adam Forshaw slotted home the penalty and Alan Judge scored either side of the break to put the Bees 3-0 up. Ex-Brentford loanee Jimmy Spencer grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors, but Brentford gained their first win in four matches.
Brentford recorded their highest points tally in the league history (87 points) as Jonathan Douglas headed the only goal in the home victory against Crawley. The following fixture away to Swindon saw David Button save a first half penalty when Alan McCormack was adjudged to have brought down Alex Pritchard in the Brentford box. Just before the break Douglas was dispossessed on the edge of the Brentford area by Louis Thompson who slotted home to score what would be the only goal of the match.
With four matches of the season remaining Brentford could mathematically secure promotion if they won against Preston, Leyton Orient lost to Crawley and Rotherham either drew or lost to Wolves. Brentford started well with Alan Judge converting a penalty after George Saville was brought down. A second penalty awarded in the second half was scuffed by Judge as he slipped during his run up, but despite a late surge from Preston, Brentford held on for the win. As word spread around Griffin Park that Orient had lost and Rotherham were losing, fans flooded onto the pitch to celebrate, but a late comeback from Rotherham prevented confirmation of the promotion. Brentford's 21 year wait to return to the 2nd tier was confirmed a few minutes later as Wolves scored two late goals to beat Rotherham 6-4.
Brentford's quest to claim the league title came to an end with a late equaliser from Izale McLeod in the game against MK Dons. James Tarkowski had put Brentford ahead before the break and Clayton Donaldson grabbed his 17th league goal of the season in the 59th minute. MK got back into the game through a Stephen Gleeson penalty and McLeod netted a last minute equaliser to hand the League One title to Wolves. The team suffered a promotion hangover with a 4-1 defeat at Colchester on 26 April After going three goals down, Stuart Dallas grabbed one back for the Bees, before Freddie Sears restored the three goal advantage.
The season finale at home to already relegated Stevenage saw Brentford emerge as 2-0 winners with goals from Stuart Dallas and Alan Judge. Kevin O'Connor came on as a substitute for Tony Craig in the 26th minute to make his 500th appearance for the club. A season highest attendance of 11,393 stayed behind after the final whistle to see the team presented with a trophy for finishing runners up in League One.
Updated to games played on 3 May 2014.
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored † Coventry City deducted 10 points for exiting administration without a CVA (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.