Brentford F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Full name Brentford Reserves
Nickname(s) The Bees
Founded 1889
Ground Griffin Park, Brentford, Middlesex; Jersey Road, Osterley, Middlesex
Manager Kevin O'Connor
Website Club website

Brentford F.C. Reserves was the reserve team of Brentford. The reserve team played at varying times from 1900 until 2011. In the Summer of 2012, the English reserve football pyramid and youth system was overhauled under the Elite Player Performance Plan and replaced with a new Academy system and development leagues. Brentford's reserve team was relaunched as the Brentford Development Squad in 2011 and in 2012 began competing in Professional Development League 2 South. The club withdrew from the Elite Player Performance Plan and Professional Development League after closing the academy in May 2016 and launched a new Brentford B team.

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Reserve Team[edit]

Background[edit]

Brentford Reserves was formed to give young players and first team players returning from injury game time in a competitive environment. The ever-changing structure of the game in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the Brentford reserve team included in leagues competing against the first teams of amateur clubs. On occasion, the reserve team would compete in two leagues simultaneously. The reserve team was dissolved in 2011, upon the Football League's acceptance of the Premier League's Elite Player Performance Plan, which replaced reserve teams with U21 Development Squads.[1] Winger Micky Ball made the most appearances for the reserve team, making 159 appearances, without having ever made a first team appearance.[2] Two other players made more than 150 reserve team appearances – Fred Ryecraft and Johnny Hales.[2]

London League (1900–1914)[edit]

The reserve team entered the London League Division One in the 1900–01 season, finishing 8th out of 11.[3] Following a demotion, the reserves were London League Division Two champions in 1902–03, earning promotion to Division One.[3] They finished third in Division One in the 1903–04 season and were promoted to the Premier Division for 1904–05, finishing in 8th place.[3] Bottom and second-from-bottom finishes saw the team back in Division One for the 1908–09 season, which saw the reserves promoted back to the Premier Division as champions.[3] They achieved their highest Premier Division placing in 1909–10, finishing fifth.[3] Mid-table finishes followed in the Premier Division until 1913–14 when, competing for the first time in an all-professional reserve league, Brentford Reserves finished bottom in their final season in the league before the outbreak of the First World War.[4]

Great Western Suburban League (1905–1911)[edit]

The reserve team entered the Great Western Suburban League for the 1905–06 season and finished as champions in 1907–08, 1908–09 and 1910–11 and runners up in 1905–06, 1906–07 and 1909–10.[5] Their main rivals during those years were Reading Reserves, Hounslow and Shepherd's Bush.[5] The 1910–11 title win (in which the side failed to win only two of their games, going the whole season unbeaten) forced the league's management to ban professional clubs from competing, which caused Brentford to leave the league.[6]

South Eastern League (1914–1915)[edit]

Brentford Reserves competed in the South Eastern League during the 1914–15 season, but due to falling attendances brought on by the First World War, the team was withdrawn from the league in January 1915 and its record expunged.[7]

Football Combination (1919–1967, 1998–2004, 2009–2011)[edit]

The reserve team spent much of its existence competing in the Football Combination. Brentford Reserves were London Combination (as the Football Combination was known then) champions in 1931–32 and 1932–33.[8] The title-clinching game on 6 May 1933 against Aldershot Reserves was watched by a crowd of over 9,000 at Griffin Park, the club record for a reserve team fixture.[9] A notable achievement was 43-game winning run at Griffin Park between November 1931 and November 1933.[10] Much of the success in those two seasons was down to the prolific goalscoring of Ralph Allen.[9] Overspending and the subsequent cutting of costs forced the club to disband the reserve team and quit the Football Combination in 1967.[8] The reserves rejoined the Football Combination for the 1998–99 season and a notable third-place finish was achieved in 2001–02.[11] The reserve team was folded by then-first team manager Martin Allen in 2004, but was relaunched for the 2009–10 season by then-first team manager Andy Scott and won election to the Football Combination Central Division.[12] The team played for two seasons before being replaced by the Brentford Development Squad in 2011.[13] In their final two seasons, the Reserves played their home games at Griffin Park.[14]

London Midweek League (1974–1985)[edit]

After the Brentford Reserve team was revived in 1974, the team entered the London Midweek League.[15] The team's best finish was as runners-up in 1982–83.[8]

Capital Football League (1984–1998)[edit]

A reserve team was entered into the Capital Football League as founding members in 1984.[16] Throughout their time in the league, the reserves consistently competitive and won the title in 1987–88 and 1995–96.[17] The team were winners of the Capital Football League Cup in 1987–88, 1990–91, 1991–92 and 1994–95.[17]

Development Squad[edit]

Background[edit]

The Brentford Development Squad was launched in May 2011.[18] The Development Squad played their home matches at the club's training ground at Jersey Road, Osterley and a limited number of fixtures were played at Griffin Park.[19] The team was made up of U21 players and was allowed to field three overage outfield players and one overage goalkeeper, which enabled first team fringe players to get game time. Scholars were also eligible to play for the Development Squad. After impressing during the 2011–12 pre-season, Jake Reeves was the first Development Squad player to be promoted into the first team squad.[20] Charlie Adams, Josh Clarke and Mark Smith also graduated from the team and signed first team contracts.[21][22][23] Josh Clarke made the most competitive appearances for the team during its existence with 64 and Jan Holldack, Luke Norris and Jermaine Udumaga tied as top scorers with 14 goals each.[24][25][26][27]

History (2011–2016)[edit]

The Development Squad played friendly matches during the 2011–12 season.[28] It won its first silverware in August 2011, with a 3–2 victory over Bedfont Sports claiming the Hounslow Borough Cup.[29] Aaron Pierre topped the appearance chart with 18 and Luke Norris, Emmanuel Oyeleke, Antonio German and first team player Sam Wood tied as top scorers, with four goals each.[30][31]

The Development Squad entered the Professional Development League 2 South for the 2012–13 season and finished fourth, two places away from qualifying for the knockout stage.[32] Luke Norris finished as top scorer, with 13 goals from 21 games and Charlie Adams led the team in appearances with 22.[24] The Development Squad had a poor second competitive season, ending 2013–14 second-from-bottom.[33] Josh Clarke was the leading appearance-maker with 16 and first team midfielder Martin Fillo topped the goalscoring chart, scoring four times.[25]

In the first managerial change in the side's history, Jon de Souza was replaced by Lee Carsley in October 2014.[34] Despite a run which amassed 26 points from a possible 39,[35] the team finished third-from-bottom in the 2014–15 season.[36] Aaron Greene was the leading appearance-maker with 25, while Jermaine Udumaga's 12 goals saw him called up for four first team matches in the second half of 2014–15.[26][37] After Lee Carsley was promoted to first team manager in late September 2015,[38] his assistant Kevin O'Connor temporarily took over the role of head coach until the appointment of Flemming Pedersen in January 2016.[39] The team entered the U21 Premier League Cup for the first and only time in the 2015–16 season and reached the quarter-finals.[40][41] The team finished the Professional Development League 2 South 2015–16 second-from-bottom, having won just 8 of 29 matches and the Development Squad model was abandoned after the season.[42][43] Jan Holldack top-scored, with 14 goals from 31 appearances.[27]

Brentford B[edit]

Original incarnation (1890s)[edit]

The original Brentford B team was active during the 1890s and functioned as the third XI, below the first team and reserve team.[44] From the beginning of the 1899–00 season, the B team was renamed Brentford Thursday.[44]

Relaunch (2016–present)[edit]

Background[edit]

After the Brentford Academy was closed at the end of the 2015–16 season,[45] the Development Squad was renamed Brentford B.[43] The team has plays friendly matches against Category One academies and international teams, with a squad of players aged from 17 to 21.[45] Both the players and staff are part of an ongoing exchange of information with Brentford's partner club FC Midtjylland.[46] Owner Matthew Benham revealed in July 2016 that with the club needing to focus on the first team and its new stadium, "the B team seemed like a simpler and more attractive option".[47] Then-Head of Football Operations Robert Rowan stated that the team's initial objective was promote at least one player into the first team squad by the end of the 2016–17 season,[46] which was achieved when left back Tom Field signed a three-and-a-half year first team contract in December 2016.[48] Rowan described the recruitment process as being to identify "different leagues where the physical qualities are often overlooked in favour of the tactical qualities, whereas in England if you are physical you have a good chance of being a good player. The tactical side of things can be taught" and that "there isn’t much point in us going to scout young talent in lower league clubs as every Premier League club can out-spend and out-resource us".[49]

Matches[edit]

Under head coach Flemming Pedersen and assistant coach Kevin O'Connor, the team's first fixture took place on 20 July 2016 against an FC Midtjylland XI, winning 4–3 on penalties after drawing 2–2 at the end of normal time.[50] On 17 November 2016, O'Connor replaced Pedersen as a head coach and the team won its first silverware on 22 January 2017,[51][52] winning the 2017 Kai Thor Cup in Odense, Denmark after victories over Hamburger SV U19 and SK Brann U19.[53] In addition, the team's debut season featured victories over U23 teams from Manchester United, Liverpool (on penalties), West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Wolverhampton Wanderers.[54]

Youth Team[edit]

History (1893–2012)[edit]

A Brentford youth team won the West Middlesex Junior Cup in 1893–94.[55] The youth team reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in 1952–53, succumbing 8–1 on aggregate to the eventual winners Manchester United.[56] Under the stewardship of Alf Bew and because of the financial constraints imposed on the first team, the youth team of the early 1950s was particularly productive, yielding Vernon Avis, Johnny Pearson, Gerry Cakebread, Dennis Heath, Jim Towers and George Francis.[57] Following financial problems in 1967, the youth team was disbanded, but was revived again in 1972 with money raised by supporters.[58] The youth team won a youth tournament in Frankfurt the following year, beating Frem in the final,[6] with Richard Poole top-scoring.[58] Along with Poole, Kevin Harding and Roy Cotton progressed to play league football with the first team, while Gary Huxley won England Youth international honours.[58] The youth team ceased playing competitive fixtures at the end of the 1973–74 season.[59]

A youth team containing a young Keith Millen was crowned champions of the South East Counties Junior League in 1983–84.[60] A second FA Youth Cup semi-final was reached in 1988–89, in which Brentford were beaten by Watford.[56] After the dissolution of the South East Counties League, the youths later competed in the Football League Youth Alliance and, competing as an U19 team, they were Merit Division One South champions in 2001–02 and 2002–03.[61] The youths had a memorable run in the FA Youth Cup during the 2005–06 season, seeing off Arsenal (featuring future first team regulars Nicklas Bendtner, Alexandre Song and Vito Mannone) in the third round on penalties after extra time and finally succumbing 2–1 to Newcastle United in the fifth round.[62][63] The side enjoyed another run in the 2011–12 FA Youth Cup, seeing off Lewes, Southend United and Hull City before being knocked out in the fourth round by Stoke City.[64]

Brentford U18 (2012–2016)[edit]

Under the Elite Player Performance Plan, the Brentford Youth Team was officially renamed as the Brentford U18 team in 2012 (though it continued to be colloquially known as the "youth team") and fielded scholars, U16s and U15s. The U18s entered the Professional U18 Development League 2 South for the 2012–13 season, finishing bottom.[65] The U18 team reached the final of the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup in 2013, but were defeated 6–1 by Wealdstone.[66] George Pilbeam and Montell Moore were the leading appearance-makers during the 2012–13 season, with 20 appearances each.[67] Myles Hippolyte headed the goal chart, scoring seven times.[67] The U18s finished 2013–14 season second-from-bottom in the Professional U18 Development League 2 South table.[68] Courtney Senior was a leading appearance-maker, while Montell Moore was top scorer, scoring 9 goals in 16 games.[69]

In December 2014, the team was invited to take part in the prestigious IMG Cup: Boys Invitational at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and finished the tournament tied in fifth position with United States U17.[70] Late in the 2014–15 season, the U18s qualified for the Professional U18 Development League 2 South knockout stage for the first time, after finishing second to Charlton Athletic in the league stage.[71] The team progressed to the final of the knockout stage, suffering a 1–0 defeat to Charlton Athletic.[72] 10 second-year scholars graduated from the U18 team to sign professional contracts in April 2015,[73] the generation which had previously won the Junior category at the 2012 Milk Cup while U15s.[74] Amidst upheaval behind the scenes and with many of its best players playing predominantly for the Development Squad, the U18s finished the 2015–16 season in eighth place.[75] The academy was closed at the end of the 2015–16 season and the team ceased to exist, with the majority of the scholars being released or sold.[45][76]

Other Teams[edit]

A Team (1959–1916)[edit]

A third Brentford team, known as Brentford A, competed in the Seanglian League in 1959–60, finishing in mid-table.[77] The As fared worse the following season, finishing second from bottom and was disbanded.[77] The side was managed by former first team goalkeeper Ted Gaskell, with Eddie Lyons as his assistant.[78] Future key players John Docherty, Tommy Higginson and Peter Gelson began their Brentford careers in the team.[79]

C Team (1890s)[edit]

Brentford C functioned as a fourth XI and was active during the 1890s.[44] It later became known as Brentford Old Boys.[44]

Elite Development Education Football Programme (2014–present)[edit]

The Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, in partnership with West Thames College, runs an Elite Development Education Football Programme, which sees boys between the ages of 16–18 train with the club three times a week, while also studying for BTEC courses at the college.[80] The course also provides the opportunity for the players to gain FA coaching qualifications.[81] Two U19 teams, Brentford Griffins and Brentford Bees,[82] participate in the National League U19 Alliance and play their home matches at King's House Sports Ground.[83][84] The sides played their inaugural seasons in 2014–15,[82] with Brentford Griffins winning the Football Conference Youth Alliance London & South East division title and advancing to the playoff semi-finals.[85][86] Despite the title win, coach Dan Wright revealed that the teams had fallen short of providing new scholars for the academy.[87] Brentford Griffins again finished champions in the 2015–16 season, winning Division 'F'.[88] From the beginning of the 2016–17 season, the Griffins and Bees became the de facto replacement for the Youth Team, offering a pathway to the B team for the players of required standard.[81] In 2016, Ellery Balcombe became the first player to graduate from the programme and sign a professional B team contract.[89] The teams are coached by former youth graduate Ryan Peters, Kevin Lema and Luke Brooks-Smith.[81][90][91]

Centre Of Excellence[edit]

The Brentford Centre Of Excellence was formed to nurture youth talent and was headed by Barry Quin, Director Of Youth Football at the club for 20 years.[92] Quin was succeeded in the role by Ose Aibangee in January 2010.[93] The Centre Of Excellence was shut down in 2013.[94]

Academy[edit]

Beginnings, planning and function[edit]

Plans to upgrade the Centre Of Excellence to an Academy began in 2010 after the takeover of the club by Matthew Benham. In December 2012, permission was granted by Hillingdon Council’s South and Central Planning Committee for Brentford to build a Category Two Academy on the grounds of Uxbridge High School.[95] The Academy facility was paid for by the club, with a contribution from the school. In July 2013, the Academy was awarded Category Two status for the next three years.[94] Brentford was the only League One club to make the advance from a Centre Of Excellence to a Category Two Academy.[94]

At the official opening of the Academy in January 2014, Ose Aibangee predicted that by 2019, a Brentford academy graduate would be selected for the England national team.[96] In April 2014, after the first team's promotion to the Championship for the 2014–15 season, then-U18 defender Richard Bryan said he believed that the academy could step up to produce players to play at Championship level, saying "for all the players here that want to get into the first team, it is definitely another step up and a harder challenge, but they have got to step up to the plate and be ready for it. There is a hunger in the team and in the coaches".[97] An indicator of the academy beginning to bear fruit was evidenced by the call ups of Josh Bohui, Harry Francis and Ross McMahon to England and Scotland youth-level training camps respectively during the 2014–15 season.[98][99][100] Julius Fenn-Evans won Wales U16 caps in April 2015,[101] Ian Carlo Poveda represented England at U16 level in August 2015 and Josh Bohui made his England U17 debut in February 2016.[102][103]

Facility[edit]

The Brentford Academy was based in an indoor facility on the grounds of Uxbridge High School and became fully operational in November 2013.[104] The Academy building contained a 60m x 50m third-generation AstroTurf pitch, learning zones, changing rooms, a gym and a physiotherapy room. The Academy was officially opened on 16 January 2014 by FA chairman and former Brentford chairman Greg Dyke.[105]

Closure[edit]

On 11 May 2016, a statement from co-directors of football Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankersen revealed that prior the beginning of the 2016–17 season, Brentford would withdraw from the Elite Player Performance Plan, the Professional Development League and would no longer run a full academy system between U8 and U21 level.[45] Owner Matthew Benham later revealed the reasons for the closure in an open letter, saying "it is a competitive area, there are lots of academies in London. The risk is you have a great player, but he defects at the age of 16 and you get peanuts in return. In theory the player builds up loyalty to the club, but in practice there are other factors and the parents have an influence. EPPP made it difficult to run an academy, but also there is only so much the club can focus on. Overall, it seems to be difficult for smaller academies to keep hold of players".[47] A 2017 article in The Guardian stated that "at a cost of around £2m a year, Brentford decided it was simply too much of a risk that their academy – with so much competition on its doorstep in London – would produce enough first team players to make that investment worthwhile".[49]

Teams[edit]

U17[edit]

The U17 team played outside the United Kingdom for the first time when they journeyed to the Netherlands for a friendly match against AZ Alkmaar's Academy on 29 October 2013, with Brentford running out 4–1 winners.[106] The U17s entered the Milk Cup for the first time in 2014, going out on penalties to Club América in the Premier Section Globe semi-final.[107]

U16[edit]

On 29 October 2014, the U16s took on a Barcelona youth team in a prestigious friendly at La Masia. Brentford took the lead through Danny Parish, but lost 2–1.[108] 12 members of the 2014–15 team signed scholarship deals in April 2015,[109] with Parish being the only member of the group to sign a professional contract at Griffin Park.[43]

U15[edit]

Brentford made its Milk Cup debut in 2010,[110] finishing 23rd out of 24 entries.[111] The U15s team winners of the Junior category at the 2012 Milk Cup, seeing off CSKA Moscow and Liverpool along the way and beating Everton in the final.[74][112][113] The U15s again competed in the Junior category in 2013 Milk Cup and lost 3–2 to a Japan FA team in the Junior Vase final.[114] The team were 2–1 victors over Inter Milan U15 in a friendly played at the Italian club's academy on 17 April 2014.[115] At the 2014 Milk Cup, the U15s won the Junior Globe.[116] The U15s were victorious in the 2015 Sportfan Football Festival in Lithuania, beating Skonto FC in the semi-finals and FM Vilnius in the final.[117]

U14[edit]

At the time of the resumption of the Brentford youth system in 1970, an U14 team was created and coached by former player Ken Horne.[118]

U13[edit]

In May 2016, the U13 team won the Elite Neon Cup in Greece, beating AEK Athens in the final.[119]

U11[edit]

In June 2014, an U11 side entered the 28-team Holstein Cup (held in Bad Oldesloe, Germany) and finished third in the tournament, behind Hertha 03 Zehlendorf and Borussia Mönchengladbach.[120] In late February 2015, Brentford hosted a prestigious England vs Germany U11 tournament, featuring sides from the academies of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin, Hannover 96 and Schalke 04.[121] Brentford won the Silver Group to finish runners-up in the tournament, behind Manchester United.[122] The U11s took part in the Mediterranean International Cup in April 2015, going out to Valencia in the last 16.[123]

Partnerships[edit]

The Academy had a number of partnerships with football clubs and sports organisations in and outside the UK:

UK[edit]

Europe[edit]

North America[edit]

Africa[edit]

Squad lists[edit]

Brentford 'B'[edit]

# Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Currently on loan? International caps Ref
Goalkeepers
37 Ellery Balcombe England GK (1999-10-15) 15 October 1999 (age 18) Academy 2016 2019 England U20 [140]
Defenders
31 Ilias Chatzitheodoridis Greece DF (1997-11-05) 5 November 1997 (age 20) Arsenal 2016 2019 Cheltenham Town
Jarvis Edobor England DF (1999-06-12) 12 June 1999 (age 18) Chalfont St Peter 2016 2018 [141]
34 Mads Bech Sørensen Denmark DF (1999-01-07) 7 January 1999 (age 19) AC Horsens 2017 2021 Denmark U19
Lukas Talbro Denmark DF (1999-05-24) 24 May 1999 (age 18) Odense BK 2016 2019 Denmark U19 [43]
David Titov England DF (2000-01-05) 5 January 2000 (age 18) Academy 2016 2019 [142]
Midfielders
Herson Rodrigues Alves Portugal MF (1997-01-05) 5 January 1997 (age 21) Benfica 2015 2018 [143]
Raphael Assibey-Mensah Germany MF (1999-08-31) 31 August 1999 (age 18) 1. FSV Mainz 05 2016 2018 [144]
Bradley Clayton England MF (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 20) Academy 2015 2018 [145]
32 Reece Cole England MF (1998-02-17) 17 February 1998 (age 20) Academy 2016 2020
Ali Coote Scotland MF (1998-06-11) 11 June 1998 (age 19) Dundee United 2017 2020 Scotland U17
Henrik Johansson Sweden MF (1998-02-23) 23 February 1998 (age 19) Halmstads BK 2017 2019 Sweden U19 [146]
Nikolaj Kirk Denmark MF (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 19) FC Midtjylland (loan) 2017 2018 Denmark U18 [147]
Jaakko Oksanen Finland MF (2000-11-07) 7 November 2000 (age 17) HJK Helsinki 2018 2020 Finland U19
35 Zain Westbrooke (c) England MF (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 21) Academy 2015 2018
Forwards
Marcus Forss Finland FW (1999-06-18) 18 June 1999 (age 18) West Bromwich Albion 2017 2021 Finland U19 [148]
Joe Hardy England FW (1998-09-26) 26 September 1998 (age 19) Manchester City 2017 2020 [149]
Jan Novak Slovenia FW (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 20) NK Krka 2017 2018 Slovenia U18

Staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

  • B Team Head Coach: Kevin O'Connor[150]
  • B Team Coach/Player Welfare Officer: Allan Steele[151]
  • B Team Goalkeeping Coach: Jani Viander[152]
  • B Team Physiotherapist: Nick Stubbings[153]
  • B Team Fitness Coach: James Purdue[154]
  • B Team Analyst: Ben Chadwick[155]
  • Individual Development Coach: Lars Friis[156]
  • Elite Development Programme Coach: Ryan Peters[81]
  • Elite Development Programme Coach: Kevin Lema[90]
  • Elite Development Programme Coach: Luke Brooks-Smith[91]

Reserve Team/Development Squad/B Team manager history[edit]

Name Nationality From To Ref
Jackie Goodwin  England [157]
Phil Holder  England September 1990 [158]
Graham Pearce  England [159]
Kevin Lock  England May 1993 May 1998 [160]
Roberto Forzoni  England July 2001 2003 [161]
Darren Sarll  England 2009 24 May 2011 [162]
Jon de Souza  England 7 July 2011 21 October 2014 [163]
Lee Carsley  Ireland 21 October 2014 28 September 2015 [34]
Kevin O'Connor  Ireland 28 September 2015 4 January 2016 [38]
Flemming Pedersen  Denmark 4 January 2016 16 November 2016 [39]
Kevin O'Connor  Ireland 17 November 2016 Present [51]

Youth Team/U18 manager history[edit]

Name Nationality From To Ref
Alf Bew  England 1949 1954 [164]
Ernest Muttitt  England 1955 1957
Jackie Goodwin  England 1957 1963 [165]
Roy Ruffell  England 1970 March 1972 [166]
[167]
Phil Jarrett  England March 1972 1972 [168]
Peter Chadwick  England 1972 [169]
Len Roe  England 1978 [170]
Alan Humphries  England 1980 January 1981 [171]
Dai Jones  Wales January 1981 1981 [171]
Ron Harris  England 1981 1982 [172]
Brent Hills  England 1982 September 1988 [173]
[174]
Colin Lee  England 1988 August 1989 [175]
Tony Gourvish  England August 1989 [176]
Joe Gadston  England May 1993 [173]
[177]
Stuart Morgan  Wales 1993 October 1993 [178]
[179]
Peter Nicholas  Wales October 1993 1994 [180]
Bob Booker  England 1994 2000 [181]
Geoff Taylor  England 2000 September 2004 [182]
Barry Quin  England 25 October 2004 2005 [183]
Scott Fitzgerald  Ireland June 2005 21 December 2006 [184]
Bobby Paterson  England January 2007 11 September 2007 [185]
Scott Marshall  Scotland 11 September 2007 2008 [185]
Darren Sarll  England June 2008 24 May 2011 [162]
Jon de Souza  England 6 July 2011 May 2012 [163]
Louis Lancaster  England May 2012 16 November 2012 [186]
Jon de Souza  England 16 November 2012 28 November 2012 [187]
Jeremy Steele  England 28 November 2012 7 October 2014 [188]
[189]
Jon de Souza  England October 2014 May 2016 [190]
[191]

Awards[edit]

Mary Halder B Team Player of the Year[edit]

Season Name Nationality Position Ref
2016–17 Mepham, ChrisChris Mepham  Wales CB [192]

B Team Players' Player of the Year[edit]

Season Name Nationality Position Ref
2016–17 Zain Westbrooke  England MF [193]

Mary Halder Youth Team Players’ Player of the Year[edit]

Season Name Nationality Position Ref
2012–13 George Pilbeam  England RB [194]
2013–14 Gradi Milenge  England CB [195]
2014–15 Nik Tzanev  New Zealand GK [196]
2015–16 Mepham, ChrisChris Mepham  Wales CB [197]

Reserve Team/Development Squad/'B' Team Honours[edit]

Champions[edit]

Cup Winners[edit]

  • Capital Football League Cup: 4[16]
    • 1987–88, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1994–95
  • Hounslow Borough Cup: 1[29]
    • 2011
  • Kai Thor Cup: 1[52]
    • 2017

Youth Team Honours[edit]

Champions[edit]

Cup Winners[edit]

  • West Middlesex Junior Cup: 1[55]
    • 1893–94
  • Frankfurt International Youth Tournament: 1[6]
    • 1973

Academy Team Honours[edit]

Cup Winners[edit]

U15[edit]

U13[edit]

  • Elite Neon Cup: 1[119]
    • 2015

U11[edit]

  • England v Germany Tournament: 1[122]
    • 2015 (Silver Phase)

Other Honours[edit]

Brentford Griffins[edit]

Reserve Team/Development Squad/'B' Team Records[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

Youth Team Records[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

  • FA Youth Cup[56]
    • Best performance: Semi-finals – 1952–53, 1988–89
  • Middlesex Senior Youth Cup[66]
    • Best performance: Finalists – 201213
  • IMG Cup: Boys Invitational[70]
    • Best performance: Tied 5th – 2014

Academy Team Records[edit]

Cups[edit]

U17[edit]

  • Ipswich Youth Festival[199]
    • Best performance: Runners-up – 2016

U11[edit]

Other Records[edit]

Brentford 'A'[edit]

  • Seanglian League[200]
    • Best finish: 11th – 1959–60

Brentford Bees[edit]

Brentford Griffins[edit]

Noted graduates[edit]

Brentford's youth, reserve, Development Squad and 'B' teams have produced many players who have gone on to feature in the first team and make a respectable number of appearances. Players marked * won a full international cap while with Brentford or later in their career.

Pre-1960

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

And those who made it elsewhere[edit]

Many former Brentford youth, reserve, Development Squad and 'B' team players have found success with other clubs. Those marked † did not make a senior appearance, but went on to make first team appearances for another Football League club or in another professional league. Players marked * won an international cap at any level while with Brentford or later in their career.

Pre-1960

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

International players[edit]

Brentford's youth, reserve, Development Squad and 'B' teams have produced many players who have been capped at youth international level during their career with the club.

Name Nationality Position Capped Ref
Nik Tavares  Croatia CB U18 [203]
Justin Shaibu  Denmark FW U20 [204]
Mads Bech Sørensen  Denmark DF U19 [205]
Lukas Talbro  Denmark DF U19, U18 [206]
Ellery Balcombe  England GK U20, U19, U18 [207]
Ashley Bayes  England GK U18, Youth [208]
Josh Bohui  England FW U17 [209]
Paul Buckle  England MF Youth [208]
Gerry Cakebread  England GK Youth [208]
Roy Cotton  England W Youth [208]
Tamer Fernandes  England GK Youth [208]
Marcus Gayle  England FW U17, Youth [208]
Roy Hart  England CH Schoolboy [210]
Gary Huxley  England LW Youth [208]
Ian Carlo Poveda  England W U16 [211]
Danis Salman  England DF Youth [208]
Gary Simons  England n/a Youth [208]
Les Smith  England OL Full [212]
Marcus Forss  Finland FW U19 [213]
Daniel O'Shaughnessy  Finland CB Full, U21, U20 [214]
Audrius Laučys  Lithuania CB U19 [215]
Stefan Tomasevic  Montenegro DF U19 [216]
Nik Tzanev  New Zealand GK U20 [217]
Ryan Blake  Northern Ireland LB U21, U19 [218]
Alan Julian  Northern Ireland GK U21 [219]
Glenn Brophy  Republic of Ireland n/a U18 [220]
Tom Field  Republic of Ireland LB U16 [221]
Adrian Moyles  Republic of Ireland FB U17 [222]
Kevin O'Connor  Republic of Ireland U U21 [223]
Theo Archibald  Scotland RW U21 [224]
Stephen Hendry  Scotland MF U18 [225]
Romayne Pennant  Scotland FB U15 [226]
Lionel Stone  Scotland DF U17 [227]
Luke Evans  Wales DF U18 [228]
Julius Fenn-Evans  Wales FW U16 [229]
Chris Mepham  Wales CB U21, U20 [230]
Matt Somner  Wales DF U21 [231]

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