List of Brentford F.C. seasons

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Kevin O'Connor appeared in a club-record 16 Football League seasons.[1]

Brentford Football Club is an English professional football club based in Brentford, Hounslow, London. Between 1892 and 1920, the first team competed in the West London Alliance, West London League, London League, Southern League and Western League.[2] Since 1920, the first team has competed in the Football League and other nationally and internationally organised competitions.[2][3]

Statistically Brentford's best league season was 1929–30 in the Third Division South, earning 2.12 points a game and winning all 21 home matches,[4] a national record which still stands as of January 2018.[5] The 1932–33 and 1934–35 Third Division South and Second Division title-winning seasons yielded 2.10 and 2.07 points per game respectively, while the 94 points accumulated during the 2013–14 runners-up finish in League One is Brentford's record points total.[4]

Brentford has never won a major cup, with the club's furthest advancement being the quarter-finals of the FA Cup (1937–38, 1945–46, 1948–49, 1988–89) and the fourth round of the League Cup (1982–83, 2010–11).[2] The club has reached three Football League Trophy finals (1985, 2001, 2011) and finished as runners-up on each occasion.[2]

Key[edit]

Symbol/colour Meaning
Promoted through the automatic promotion places
Relegated
RU Runners-up
double-dagger Qualified for the Football League play-offs
Top goalscorer in Brentford's division
Top goalscorer in the Football League
Club record

Seasons[edit]

Correct as of the end of the 2017–18 season. For information on the season in progress, see 2018–19 EFL Championship.

Seasons of Brentford F.C.
Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy Minor cup victories Name Gls Notes
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1892–93 West London Alliance 12 10 2 0 33 6 22 1 of 7 &
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1896–97 London League Second Division 16 9 6 1 42 19 24 2 of 9 QR2 &
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Oakey Field 14
1897–98 London League First Division 16 12 2 2 43 17 26 2 of 9 QR2 &
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London Senior Cup, Middlesex Senior Cup Oakey Field 26 [nb 3]
1898–99 Southern League Second Division London 22 11 3 8 59 39 25 4 of 12 QR3 &
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Ernest Booth
Richard Dailley
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1899–00 Southern League Second Division 20 5 7 8 31 48 17 9 of 11 QR3 &
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E. Andrews
Richard Dailley
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1900–01 Southern League Second Division 16 14 2 0 63 11 30 1 of 9 QR4 &
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Peter Turnbull 15 [nb 6]
1901–02 Southern League First Division 30 7 6 17 34 61 20 15 of 16 QR4 &
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Tommy Shanks 10 [nb 7]
1902–03 Southern League First Division 30 2 1 27 16 84 5 16 of 16 IR &
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Tommy Shanks 9 [nb 8]
1903–04 Southern League First Division 34 9 9 16 34 48 27 13 of 18 IR &
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Dave Buchanan
Tosher Underwood
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1904–05 Southern League First Division 34 10 9 15 33 38 29 14 of 18 IR &
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Tommy Shanks 7 [nb 10]
1905–06 Southern League First Division 34 14 7 13 43 52 35 9 of 18 R3 &
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Fred Corbett 15 [nb 10]
1906–07 Southern League First Division 38 17 8 13 57 56 42 10 of 20 R3 &
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Fred Corbett 16 [nb 11]
1907–08 Southern League First Division 38 14 5 19 49 53 33 16 of 20 R1 &
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Adam Bowman 22 [nb 11]
1908–09 Southern League First Division 40 13 7 20 59 74 33 21 of 21 R2 &
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Southern Professional Charity Cup Geordie Reid 18 [nb 12]
1909–10 Southern League First Division 42 16 9 17 50 58 41 14 of 22 QR5 &
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Geordie Reid 19
1910–11 Southern League First Division 38 14 9 15 41 42 37 12 of 20 R1 &
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Ealing Hospital Cup Geordie Reid 21
1911–12 Southern League First Division 38 12 9 17 60 65 33 14 of 20 R1 &
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Willis Rippon 20
1912–13 Southern League First Division 38 11 5 22 42 55 27 19 of 20 QR4 &
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Bill Smith 12
1913–14 Southern League Second Division 30 20 4 6 80 18 44 3 of 16 QR5 &
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Henry Simons 19
1914–15 Southern League Second Division 24 8 7 9 35 45 23 7 of 13 QR5 &
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Henry White 7
1915–19 Competitive football was suspended in Britain for the duration of the First World War. Brentford competed in the London Combination and won the league title in 1918–19. Henry White top-scored during the war years, scoring 56 goals.
1919–20 Southern League First Division 42 15 10 17 52 59 40 15 of 22 R1 &
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Reginald Boyne 13
1920–21 Third Division 42 9 12 21 42 67 30 21 of 22 R1 &
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Harry King 18 [nb 13]
1921–22 Third Division South 42 16 11 15 52 43 43 9 of 22 R1 &
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Harry Morris 17
1922–23 Third Division South 42 13 12 17 41 51 38 14 of 22 QR6 &
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Harry Morris 13
1923–24 Third Division South 42 14 8 20 54 71 36 17 of 22 QR6 &
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Reginald Parker 20
1924–25 Third Division South 42 9 7 26 ♠ 38 91 25 21 of 22 QR5 &
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Jack Allen 14 [nb 13]
1925–26 Third Division South 42 16 6 20 69 94 ♠ 38 18 of 22 R2 &
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Ernie Watkins 11
1926–27 Third Division South 42 13 14 15 70 61 40 11 of 22 R5 &
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Ernie Watkins 24
1927–28 Third Division South 42 16 8 18 76 74 40 12 of 22 R3 &
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Jack Phillips 17
1928–29 Third Division South 42 14 10 18 56 60 38 13 of 22 R2 &
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Ernie Watkins 14
1929–30 Third Division South 42 28 ♠ 5 9 94 44 61 2 of 22 R1 &
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Billy Lane 33
1930–31 Third Division South 42 22 6 14 90 64 50 3 of 22 R4 &
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Billy Lane 29
1931–32 Third Division South 42 19 10 13 68 52 48 5 of 22 R4 &
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Billy Lane 27
1932–33 Third Division South 42 26 10 6 90 49 62 1 of 22 R1 &
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Jack Holliday 39 ♠
1933–34 Second Division 42 22 7 13 85 60 51 4 of 22 R3 &
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Jack Holliday 27
1934–35 Second Division 42 26 9 7 93 48 61 1 of 22 R3 &
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London Challenge Cup Jack Holliday 25
1935–36 First Division 42 17 12 13 81 60 46 5 of 22 ♠ R3 &
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David McCulloch 26
1936–37 First Division 42 18 10 14 82 78 46 6 of 22 R4 &
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David McCulloch 33
1937–38 First Division 42 18 9 15 69 59 45 6 of 22 QF &
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David McCulloch 29 [nb 14]
1938–39 First Division 42 14 8 20 53 74 36 18 of 22 R3 &
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Tommy Cheetham 8 [nb 15]
1939–45 Competitive football was suspended in Britain for the duration of the Second World War. Brentford competed in the Football League South and other regional leagues. The club competed in the London War Cup in 1940–41 and 1941–42, reaching the final on both occasions and winning the latter tournament. Len Townsend top-scored during the war years, scoring 49 goals.
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Gerry McAloon 6
1946–47 First Division 42 9 7 26 ♠ 45 88 25 21 of 22 R4 &
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Len Townsend 9
1947–48 Second Division 42 13 14 15 44 61 40 15 of 22 R4 &
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Jackie Gibbons 14
1948–49 Second Division 42 11 14 17 42 53 36 18 of 22 QF &
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Fred Monk 13
1949–50 Second Division 42 15 13 14 44 49 43 9 of 22 R3 &
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Billy Dare 14
1950–51 Second Division 42 18 8 16 75 74 44 9 of 22 R3 &
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Billy Dare 16
1951–52 Second Division 42 15 12 15 54 55 42 10 of 22 R4 &
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Billy Dare 16
1952–53 Second Division 42 13 11 18 59 76 37 17 of 22 R4 &
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Tommy Lawton 15
1953–54 Second Division 42 10 11 21 40 78 31 21 of 22 R3 &
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Frank Dudley 11
1954–55 Third Division South 46 16 14 16 82 82 46 11 of 24 R4 &
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Frank Dudley 20
1955–56 Third Division South 46 19 14 13 69 66 52 6 of 24 R2 &
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Jim Towers 22
1956–57 Third Division South 46 16 16 14 78 76 48 8 of 24 R2 &
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George Francis 24
1957–58 Third Division South 46 24 10 12 82 56 58 2 of 24 R1 &
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Jim Towers 29
1958–59 Third Division 46 21 15 10 76 49 57 3 of 24 R4 &
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Jim Towers 37 † [nb 16]
1959–60 Third Division 46 21 9 16 78 61 51 6 of 24 R2 &
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George Francis 31
1960–61 Third Division 46 13 17 16 56 70 43 17 of 24 R1 R3 &
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Jim Towers 22
1961–62 Third Division 46 13 8 25 53 93 34 23 of 24 R3 R1 &
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George Francis 15
1962–63 Fourth Division 46 27 8 11 98 ♠ 64 62 1 of 24 R1 R2 &
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John Dick 24 [nb 17]
1963–64 Third Division 46 15 14 17 87 80 44 16 of 24 R4 R2 &
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Dai Ward 22
1964–65 Third Division 46 24 9 13 83 55 57 5 of 24 R3 R1 &
London Challenge Cup Billy Cobb 18
1965–66 Third Division 46 10 12 24 48 69 32 23 of 24 R2 R2 &
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Ian Lawther 11
1966–67 Fourth Division 46 18 13 15 58 56 49 9 of 24 R3 R2 &
London Challenge Cup John Docherty 19
1967–68 Fourth Division 46 18 7 21 61 64 43 14 of 24 R1 R1 &
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John Docherty 12 [nb 18]
1968–69 Fourth Division 46 18 12 16 64 65 48 11 of 24 R2 R3 &
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Allan Mansley 17
1969–70 Fourth Division 46 20 16 10 58 39 56 5 of 24 R1 R1 &
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Bobby Ross 13
1970–71 Fourth Division 46 18 8 20 66 62 44 14 of 24 R5 R1 &
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Bobby Ross 16
1971–72 Fourth Division 46 24 11 11 76 44 59 3 of 24 R1 R1 &
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John O'Mara 28
1972–73 Third Division 46 15 7 24 51 69 37 22 of 24 R1 R2 &
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John Docherty 8 [nb 19]
1973–74 Fourth Division 46 12 16 18 48 50 40 19 of 24 R1 R1 &
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Roger Cross 17 [nb 20]
1974–75 Fourth Division 46 18 13 15 53 45 49 8 of 24 R2 R2 &
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Dave Simmons 13
1975–76 Fourth Division 46 14 13 19 56 60 41 18 of 24 R3 R2 &
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Roger Cross 16
1976–77 Fourth Division 46 18 7 21 77 76 43 15 of 24 R2 R1 &
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Gordon Sweetzer 23
1977–78 Fourth Division 46 21 14 11 86 54 56 4 of 24 R2 R1 &
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Steve Phillips 36 ♦ [nb 21]
1978–79 Third Division 46 19 9 18 53 49 47 10 of 24 R1 R1 &
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Steve Phillips
Andrew McCulloch
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1979–80 Third Division 46 15 11 20 59 73 41 19 of 24 R1 R1 &
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Steve Phillips 12
1980–81 Third Division 46 14 19 ♠ 13 52 49 47 9 of 24 R2 R1 &
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Bob Booker
David Crown
Tony Funnell
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1981–82 Third Division 46 19 11 16 56 47 68 8 of 24 R2 R1 &
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Keith Bowen 10 [nb 23]
1982–83 Third Division 46 18 10 18 88 77 64 9 of 24 R2 R4 &
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Francis Joseph 26 [nb 24]
1983–84 Third Division 46 11 16 19 69 79 49 20 of 24 R3 R2 R2S &
Francis Joseph 24
1984–85 Third Division 46 16 14 16 62 64 62 13 of 24 R3 R2 RU &
Keith Cassells
Gary Roberts
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1985–86 Third Division 46 18 12 16 58 61 66 10 of 24 R1 R2 GrpS &
Robbie Cooke 18 [nb 22]
1986–87 Third Division 46 15 15 16 64 66 60 11 of 24 R2 R1 QFS &
Robbie Cooke 25
1987–88 Third Division 46 16 14 16 53 59 62 12 of 24 R1 R1 R1S &
Andy Sinton 12
1988–89 Third Division 46 18 14 14 66 61 68 7 of 24 QF R2 SFS &
Richard Cadette 17
1989–90 Third Division 46 18 7 21 66 66 61 13 of 24 R1 R2 QFS &
Dean Holdsworth 28
1990–91 Third Division double-dagger 46 21 13 12 59 47 76 6 of 24 R3 R2 FS &
Gary Blissett 15 [nb 26]
1991–92 Third Division 46 25 7 14 81 55 82 1 of 24 R2 R3 R1S &
Dean Holdsworth 38 † [nb 27]
1992–93 First Division 46 13 10 23 52 71 49 22 of 24 R3 R2 &
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Gary Blissett 29 [nb 28]
1993–94 Second Division 46 13 19 ♠ 14 57 55 58 16 of 24 R2 R1 QFS &
Joe Allon 17
1994–95 Second Division double-dagger 46 25 10 11 81 39 85 2 of 24 R1 R2 R2S &
Nicky Forster 26 [nb 29]
1995–96 Second Division 46 15 13 18 43 49 58 15 of 24 R4 R2 R2S &
Robert Taylor 16
1996–97 Second Division double-dagger 46 20 14 12 56 43 74 4 of 24 R3 R2 QFS &
Carl Asaba 24 [nb 30]
1997–98 Second Division 46 11 17 18 50 71 50 21 of 24 R1 R2 R2S &
Robert Taylor 18
1998–99 Third Division 46 26 7 13 79 56 85 1 of 24 R2 R2 QFS &
Lloyd Owusu 26
1999–00 Second Division 46 13 13 20 47 61 52 17 of 24 R1 R1 SFS &
Lloyd Owusu 14
2000–01 Second Division 46 14 17 15 56 70 59 14 of 24 R1 R2 RU &
Andy Scott 15
2001–02 Second Division double-dagger 46 24 11 11 77 43 83 3 of 24 R2 R2 R1S &
Lloyd Owusu 22 [nb 31]
2002–03 Second Division 46 14 12 20 47 56 54 16 of 24 R4 R2 SFS &
Rowan Vine 13
2003–04 Second Division 46 14 11 21 52 69 53 17 of 24 R2 R1 R2S &
Stephen Hunt 13
2004–05 League One double-dagger 46 22 9 15 57 60 75 4 of 24 R5 R1 R1S &
Deon Burton
Isaiah Rankin
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2005–06 League One double-dagger 46 20 16 10 72 52 76 3 of 24 R5 R1 R1S &
Lloyd Owusu 14 [nb 33]
2006–07 League One 46 8 13 25 40 79 37 24 of 24 R1 R2 R2S &
Joe Kuffour 14
2007–08 League Two 46 17 8 21 52 70 59 14 of 24 R1 R1 R1S &
Glenn Poole 14 [nb 22]
2008–09 League Two 46 23 16 7 65 36 85 1 of 24 R2 R1 R2S &
Charlie MacDonald 18
2009–10 League One 46 14 10 12 55 52 62 9 of 24 R3 R1 R1S &
Charlie MacDonald 17
2010–11 League One 46 17 10 19 55 62 61 11 of 24 R1 R4 RU &
Gary Alexander 12 [nb 34]
2011–12 League One 46 18 13 15 63 51 67 9 of 24 R2 R1 SFS &
Gary Alexander 14
2012–13 League One double-dagger 46 21 16 9 62 47 79 3 of 24 R4 R1 QFS &
Clayton Donaldson 24 [nb 35]
2013–14 League One 46 28 ♠ 10 8 72 43 94 ♠ 2 of 24 R2 R2 R2S &
Clayton Donaldson 18
2014–15 Championship double-dagger 46 23 9 14 78 59 78 5 of 24 R3 R2 &
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2015–16 Championship 46 19 8 19 72 67 65 9 of 24 R3 R1 &
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Alan Judge
Lasse Vibe
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2016–17 Championship 46 18 10 18 75 65 64 10 of 24 R4 R1 &
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Lasse Vibe 16
2017–18 Championship 46 18 15 13 62 52 69 9 of 24 R3 R3 &
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Neal Maupay 13

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Brentford played friendly matches and in minor cups during the season.
  2. ^ Brentford entered the West London League, but withdrew before the end of the season. The club's results were expunged.
  3. ^ Brentford were elected to the Southern League Second Division at the end of the season.
  4. ^ Ernest Booth, Richard Dailley and C. Ward top-scored in league matches with 9 goals each.
  5. ^ E. Andrews top-scored in league matches with seven goals.
  6. ^ Brentford were promoted to the Southern League First Division after drawing 0–0 with Swindon Town in a promotion-relegation test match.
  7. ^ Brentford retained its Southern League First Division status after a 0–0 draw with Grays United in a promotion-relegation test match. The club also competed in the London League Second Division during the season.
  8. ^ Brentford retained its Southern League First Division status after a 7–2 win over Fulham in a promotion-relegation test match. Tosher Underwood and Davie Maher finished as joint-top goalscorers in league matches, with three goals each. The club also competed in the Western League First Division and the London League Premier Division during the season.
  9. ^ Brentford also competed in the Western League First Division and the London League Premier Division during the season.
  10. ^ a b Brentford also competed in the Western League First Division during the season.
  11. ^ a b Brentford also competed in the Western League First Division A during the season.
  12. ^ Brentford also competed in the Western League First Division B during the season.
  13. ^ a b Brentford were re-elected to the Football League at the end of the season.
  14. ^ Brentford topped the First Division table for 15 consecutive matches during the season.
  15. ^ Cheetham was also Queens Park Rangers' top scorer during the 1938–39 season.
  16. ^ Towers scored 32 league goals.
  17. ^ The 1962–63 Fourth Division title win made Brentford the first club in English football to win each of the Second, Third and Fourth Division championships.
  18. ^ Ian Lawther finished the season as joint-top league scorer with John Docherty, scoring 11 goals.
  19. ^ Alan Murray finished the season as joint-top league scorer with John Docherty, scoring seven goals.
  20. ^ A 4–1 defeat to Scunthorpe United on 27 October 1973 dropped Brentford to bottom place in Fourth Division, which made the club the first to occupy top and bottom places in the Football League.
  21. ^ Phillips scored 32 league goals and tied with Alan Curtis of Swansea City as the top goalscorer in the Football League. Brentford was the only club in the top four divisions to finish the season with two players scoring over 20 league goals – Steve Phillips (32) and Andrew McCulloch (22)
  22. ^ a b c Brentford finished the season with a superior league record away from home in league matches.
  23. ^ Brentford finished the season with a superior record away from home in league matches. Gary Roberts and Gary Johnson finished the season as joint-top league goalscorer with Keith Bowen, scoring eight goals each.
  24. ^ The 107 goals scored in all competitions during the 1982–83 season is a club record.
  25. ^ Keith Cassells and Robbie Cooke finished the 1984–85 season as joint-top league goalscorers, scoring 12 goals each. Cooke was also Cambridge United's top scorer during the 1984–85 season.
  26. ^ Brentford failed to achieve promotion after a 3–2 aggregate defeat to Tranmere Rovers in the 1991 Football League playoff semi-finals.
  27. ^ Holdsworth scored 24 league goals.
  28. ^ Brentford competed in the 1992–93 Anglo-Italian Cup and were knocked out on away goals after drawing 5–5 on aggregate with Derby County in the semi-finals.
  29. ^ The reduction of the Premier League to 20 clubs for the 1995–96 season required a restructuring of the league pyramid during the 1994–95 season, with only one automatic promotion place allocated to the Second Division. Brentford's finish as runners-up (which would have secured automatic promotion in any third-tier season since 1958–59) saw the club secure the top playoff place. Brentford failed to achieve promotion after losing on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the 1995 Football League playoff semi-finals. Brentford was the only club in the top four divisions to finish the season with two players scoring over 20 league goals – Nicky Forster (24) and Robert Taylor (23).
  30. ^ Brentford finished the season with a superior record away from home in league matches. Brentford failed to achieve promotion after a 1–0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra in the 1997 Division Two playoff Final.
  31. ^ Brentford failed to achieve promotion after a 2–0 defeat to Stoke City in the 2002 Division Two playoff Final.
  32. ^ Brentford failed to achieve promotion after a 3–1 aggregate defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the 2005 Football League playoff semi-finals.
  33. ^ Brentford failed to achieve promotion after a 3–1 aggregate defeat to Swansea City in the 2006 Football League playoff semi-finals.
  34. ^ Charlie MacDonald finished the season as joint-top league goalscorer with Gary Alexander, scoring 9 goals.
  35. ^ Brentford failed to achieve promotion after a 2–1 defeat to Yeovil Town in the 2013 League One playoff Final.
  36. ^ Brentford failed to achieve promotion after a 5–1 aggregate defeat to Middlesbrough in the 2015 Football League playoff semi-finals.

References[edit]

General
  • Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 0955294916. 
  • Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopaedia. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1 874427 57 7. 
  • White, Eric; Haynes, Graham (1989). 100 Years of Brentford. Oldfield Press. ISBN 0951526200. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Brentford FC captain Kevin O'Connor retires to take up coaching role with Development Squad". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Football Club History Database – Brentford". fchd.info. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Celebrating 4,000 EFL Games: 1920–2016" (PDF). p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Brentford FC 2013/14 squad break a string of Club Records". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Brentford FC History". www.brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2015.