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Brentford Football Club is a professional English football club based in the city of London. The club currently competes in the Premier League, which is the top division in the English football pyramid.
Brentford currently plays their home matches at the Gtech Community Stadium, which has been the club’s home since 2020. Previously, the club had played their home games at Griffin Park, which had been their stadium from 1904-2020. The Gtech Community Stadium has a maximum capacity of 17,250.
Brentford have never been crowned champions of the top flight of English football, but they have won each of the other three leagues within the Football League. The highest league the Bees have won in their history is the old Second Division, which they were champions of in 1934/35 in a season where they went unbeaten at home. They have won the old Third Division/League One twice in their history, too first doing so in 1932/33 before doing so again in 1991/92 as they beat Birmingham by a point to the title.
Brentford have enjoyed the most success in the fourth tier of English football, having won that league three times to date. Their first title in that league came in 1962/63, before winning their second in 1998/99. Brentford most recently won the League One title in 2008/09, which is the last season they played at that level. In addition, the club have also won the Southern League Second Division and West London Alliance, as well as a number of local cups such as the London Senior Cup, London Challenge Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup.
Brentford Football Club was founded on 16 October 1889 by local sportsmen that were keen for there to be a team representing the area. The club played at five grounds — Clifden Road, Benn’s Field, Shotter’s Field, Cross Roads and York Road — before finally settling on Griffin Park in 1904. They subsequently spent 116 years at Griffin Park before departing in 2020. Brentford then joined the London League 1896, before being elected to join the Southern League two years later. They remained in the Southern League until 1920, then they joined the Third Division South in the Football League for the first time. The Bees remained in this division until 1933 when they were promoted to the Second Division, before then winning promotion to the First Division two years later.
After staying in the First Division until 1947, Brentford then had a long exodus from the top flight that saw them fall as far as the fourth tier of English football, spending multiple seasons at this level of football. However, they have enjoyed an impressive renaissance in the 21st century, enjoying a number of promotions that saw them become regulars in the Championship for multiple seasons. They then secured their return to the top flight for the first time since 1947 by defeating Swansea City in the play-off final.