Brentford

FL125 VOTE

 

  Who is the all-time fans' favourite at Brentford?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Terry Evans 44%
2 Peter Gelson 25%
3 Jamie Bates 11%
4 Gary Blissett 10%
4 Terry Hurlock 10%
     

The FL125 Fans' Favourite voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #FansFavourite.

The nominees were:

Jamie Bates - Jamie spent 13 years at Griffin Park, playing 524 games for Brentford in all competitions - the second most in the club's history. His 419 Football League appearances place him third on that list. He was part of the squad that won the Division Three championship in 1991/92 and captained the Bees for almost five years.

Gary Blissett - Gary joined Brentford from Crewe Alexandra and before he left to join Premier League Wimbledon in 1993 he had played 291 games in all competitions and scored 105 goals. The rugged centre forward scored the goals that propelled Brentford to the 1989 FA Cup Sixth Round, and a meeting with Liverpool, and he scored 17 Division Three goals when Brentford won the championship in 1991/92. He scored the winning goal in the game that sealed promotion, against Peterborough United.

Terry Evans - Terry played 285 games and was involved in some of the club's most memorable moments. He was part of the team which reached the FA Cup Sixth Round in 1989 and then won the Third Division Championship in 1992. Terry captained the side in 1991/92 and is one of only two men to lead The Bees out of the third tier.

Peter Gelson - Peter is the archetypal one-club man. He spent 15 years at Griffin Park as a player and is still often found watching the Bees to this day. Between 1960 and 1975 he played 516 games in all competitions, the third most in the club's history, and his 471 Football League games places him second of that list. The tough-tackling defender earned two testimonials in his time at Griffin Park.

Terry Hurlock - In six years at Griffin Park, Terry became a firm favourite for his tough-tackling style. He played 265 games for the Bees in the centre of midfield before moving on and finding success at Millwall, Glasgow Rangers and Southampton. Terry won three England 'B' caps.

 

  What is Brentford's best ever match?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Brentford 4-0 Fulham (1992) 51%
2 Peterborough United 0-1 Brentford (1992) 32%
3 Brentford 9-0 Wrexham (1963) 10%
4 Crewe Alexandra 4-6 Brentford (1977) 5%
5 Exeter City 1-7 Brentford (1983) 2%
     

The FL125 Greatest Match voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatGames.

 

  Who is Brentford's best ever captain?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Terry Evans 41%
2 Ken Coote 35%
3 Joe James 11%
4 Arthur Bateman 7%
5 Jimmy Bain 6%
     

The FL125 Greatest Captain voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestCaptain.

The nominees were:

Jimmy Bain - Arrived at Brentford and was installed as captain when the Bees were struggling in Division Three South in 1928. By the time he retired to take up a post as Assistant Manager at Griffin Park, Brentford were a top Second Division team heading for the top flight. 

Captained Brentford's record-breaking 1929/30 team that won all 21 home league games and the Division Three (South) championship winning team three years later.

Arthur Bateman - Arthur captained Brentford through most of their Division One years. He arrived at Griffin Park in 1933 and was vice-captain of the team that won the Division Two title in 1934/35 he took over as captain soon after promotion and had the armband for most of Brentford's pre-war Division One games.

Joe James - The only man to captain a Brentford team to a win at Wembley. Joe spent 16 years at Griffin Park, coming through the ranks to play in Brentford's First Division side. He spent the war years at Griffin Park and captained The Bees to win the London War Cup in 1942.

Ken Coote - Brentford's record appearance maker, Ken played 559 competitive first-team games for the Bees and 514 in The Football League between 1949 and 1964. He was ever-present as he captained Brentford to the Fourth Division championship in 1962/63 having played almost every game for the previous 10 years.

Terry Evans - Terry was Brentford captain for one of the most memorable years in the club's history. He had been at Griffin Park for seven years when he led the Bees to the Division Three title in 1991/92. Terry captained Brentford the following year, Brentford's only season outside the bottom two divisions since 1954 and an injury that caused him to miss most of the campaign was a major factor in the Bees' relegation.

 

  Who is Brentford's greatest ever player?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Jim Towers 33%
2 Terry Evans 25%
3 Leslie Smith 16%
4 Jack Holliday 15%
5 Terry Hurlock 11%
     

The FL125 Greatest Player voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurGreatestPlayer.

The nominees were:

Jack Holliday - Third on the club's all-time goal scorers list, Jack scored 39 goals in all competitions in the 1932/33 season, 38 in The Football League, totals that have never been surpassed. Scored Brentford's first First Division goal and ended his career with 112 goals in 212 games.

Leslie Smith - Local boy who is one of only two Brentford players to win a full England cap. Played for The Bees from 1934 to 1945 so much of his career was during World War Two. Scored two goals when Brentford won the London War Cup in 1942 and played 13 war-time and victory internationals for England. 

Jim Towers - Brentford's record goal scorer with 153 Football League goals and 163 in all competitions, scored in just 262 league games and 282 in all competitions. Formed a legendary partnership with George Francis, Towers - one of 'The Terrible Twins' - spent 10 years at Griffin Park. 

Terry Hurlock - In six years at Griffin Park, Terry became a firm favourite for his tough-tackling style. He played 265 games for the Bees in the centre of midfield before moving on and finding success at Millwall, Glasgow Rangers and Southampton. Terry won three England 'B' caps.

Terry Evans - Terry played 285 games and was involved in some of the club's most memorable moments. He was part of the team which reached the FA Cup Sixth Round in 1989 and then won the Third Division Championship in 1992. Terry captained the side in 1991/92 and is one of only two men to lead The Bees out of the third tier.

 

  When was Brentford's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 1991/92 37%
2 1937/38 24%
3 1935/36 18%
4 1929/30 14%
5 1934/35 7%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

1929/30 - Brentford won all 21 home League games, the last team to do so and the only team to win all League matches in a season of 42 games or more. 

1934/35 - Brentford won the Football League Division Two title and promotion to the top flight for the first, and only, time.

1935/36 - Brentford finished fifth in Division One - their best ever league season.

1937/38 - Brentford finished sixth in Division One and reached the FA Cup Sixth Round. In February the Bees stood on the brink of a league and cup double before falling away.

1991/92 - Brentford won the Division Three title and promotion to the second tier for only the second time.

 

  Who is Brentford's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Harry Curtis 54%
2 Martin Allen 23%
3 Steve Perryman 16%
4 Phil Holder 7%
     

The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were:

Harry Curtis - Took Brentford from Division Three (South) to a fifth-place finish in Division One and a place as one of the country's best teams. Took charge of the club for more than 22 years and was in charge when the Bees won the London War Cup in 1942.

Phil Holder - One of only two men to take Brentford out of the third tier, Holder was in charge at Griffin Park for three years. In the first the Bees lost in the Division Three Play-Offs before they won the Division Three championship in the second. Unfortunately, he was in charge as Brentford were relegated at the first attempt a year later.

Martin Allen - Saved Brentford from relegation to the fourth tier in 2004 and had two exciting seasons at the helm as a follow-up. Took Brentford to the League 1 Play-Offs twice and to the FA Cup fifth round twice.

Steve Perryman - Arrived as Player/Assistant Manager in 1987 and took over as boss soon after. Took Brentford to the FA Cup sixth round in 1989, the joint-best FA Cup run in the club's history.