Brentford FC: Full Schedules, Team News and Key Dates
Check out Brentford Premier League 2021-22 - Fixtures and Match Schedules in Full, Key dates this season.
Brentford, having secured promotion to England's top tier for the first time in 74 years, kick-off their Premier League campaign against Arsenal.
Key Dates for Brentford at Premier League 2021-22
*Brentford's first Premier League season will start with a London derby against Arsenal. The Bees kick-off the 2021/22 campaign on the weekend of Saturday 14 August against the North London side. Brentford then have two away games, against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, before the first international weekend of the season.
*The season’s curtain-raiser will take place with the Community Shield between Leicester City and Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday, August 7.
*The Bees are competing in the Premier League for the first time ever the following promotion from the Championship last term and they also host fellow big six sides, Liverpool, within their first six games.
*The Bees face Manchester United and Manchester City in consecutive home games in December and are at home to Leeds United on the final day of the season on Sunday 22 May. Brighton and Hove Albion will host us on Boxing Day and we are at home to Aston Villa on New Year's Day.
*Brentford will finish their first-ever season in the Premier League with a home game against Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.
The full schedule of Brentford’ 2021/22 Premier League fixtures
14/08/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Arsenal
21/08/2021 - 15:00 - Crystal Palace v Brentford
28/08/2021 - 15:00 - Aston Villa v Brentford
11/09/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Brighton
18/09/2021 - 15:00 - Wolverhampton v Brentford
25/09/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Liverpool
02/10/2021 - 15:00 - West Ham United v Brentford
16/10/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Chelsea
23/10/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Leicester City
30/10/2021 - 15:00 - Burnley v Brentford
06/11/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Norwich City
20/11/2021 - 15:00 - Newcastle United v Brentford
27/11/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Everton
01/12/2021 - 19:45 - Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford
04/12/2021 - 15:00 - Leeds United v Brentford
11/12/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Watford
14/12/2021 - 19:45 - Brentford v Manchester United
18/12/2021 - 15:00 - Southampton v Brentford
26/12/2021 - 15:00 - Brighton v Brentford
28/12/2021 - 15:00 - Brentford v Manchester City
01/01/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v Aston Villa
15/01/2022 - 15:00 - Liverpool v Brentford
22/01/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v Wolverhampton
09/02/2022 - 20:00 - Manchester City v Brentford
12/02/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v Crystal Palace
19/02/2022 - 15:00 - Arsenal v Brentford
26/02/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v Newcastle United
05/03/2022 - 15:00 - Norwich City v Brentford
12/03/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v Burnley
19/03/2022 - 15:00 - Leicester City v Brentford
02/04/2022 - 15:00 - Chelsea v Brentford
09/04/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v West Ham United
16/04/2022 - 15:00 - Watford v Brentford
23/04/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur
30/04/2022 - 15:00 - Manchester United v Brentford
07/05/2022 - 15:00 - Brentford v Southampton
15/05/2022 - 15:00 - Everton v Brentford
22/05/2022 - 16:00 - Brentford v Leeds United
Key Dates for Premier League 2021/22 Season
The 2021/22 Premier League will start on Saturday, August 14 - 34 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The season will end on May 22, 2022, with all 10 games kicking off at the same time.
The 2021/22 EFL season will kick off on Saturday, August 7.
Next season's League One campaign will finish on the weekend of April 30, 2022, with League Two and the Championship on one of May 7 and May 8 respectively.
The League One play-off final will then be held on Saturday, May 21, the League Two play-off final on Saturday, May 28, and the Championship play-off final on Sunday, May 29.
Brentford History and Team News
In October 1889, the members of a local rowing club in the West London suburb of Brentford endeavoured to bring association football to the area. They met at the Oxford & Cambridge pub and founded Brentford Football Club. After some exhibition matches, their first competitive outing ending in a 6-0 defeat to Southall in November 1890. They first entered the league named the West London Alliance, then eventually upgraded to the London League, then the Southern League. Around this time, students of Borough Road College attended a match and shouted the college's chant "Buck up Bs" in support of their classmate and then-Brentford player Joseph Gettins. Local newspapers misheard the chant as "Buck up Bees" and so the club’s nickname “The Bees” was born. This name is still used to this day and the club’s insignia even features a bee.
After a lot of moving around from one abysmal ground to another, Brentford finally found their home for the next 116 years - Griffin Park. In 1904, they leased an orchard from the Fuller, Smith & Turner brewery. The logo of the brewery featured a griffin, hence the name. The stadium is situated in a heavily residential area and was known for being the only stadium in the country with a pub on every corner. However, last year The Bees moved into their new state-of-the-art Brentford Community Stadium and one huge part of their history came to an end.
The club competed in the regional leagues for another two decades before in May 1920, Brentford and 20 other Southern League First Division clubs were elected into the Football League as founder members of the Third Division. 13 years later in 1933, The Bees were promoted to the Second Division. Two seasons later they cruised to the Second Division title and reached the top flight for the first time. They remained in the First Division prior to and after the Second World War until they were relegated in 1947. The club have since moved up and down between the second, third and fourth tiers throughout the rest of their history, never again reaching the top flight of English football.
In 1992, Brentford did win promotion to the newly named Division One, but this was in fact the name for the second tier as the Premier League was created in the same season. The following season they were relegated and languished in the third and fourth tiers until 2014 when Uwe Rosler and later Mark Warburton ended their 21 year absence from the second tier by securing promotion from League One and breaking their league points record with 94 points. They built a squad which, for that level, contained some fantastic players like Will Grigg and Clayton Donaldson, as well as some players who have since gone on to play in the Premier League like Adam Forshaw and Stuart Dallas. Behind Wolves, they were comfortably the second best team in that division and were deservedly promoted.
Since the departure of both of the above, two other managers have helped stabilize Brentford in the Championship and turn them into a real force to be reckoned with. Two play-off finishes and and four near misses have followed that promotion. Every season Brentford fans are right to expect their club to be in the mix for a play-off spot and many expect The Bees to be playing in the Premier League in the coming years. Dean Smith took over in 2015 and after an impressive spell moved onto Aston Villa where he is currently taking the Premier League by storm. In 2018, Smith was replaced by current boss Thomas Frank, whose maverick approach has proven effective thus far.
Nowadays Brentford are often associated with a “Moneyball” tag. The name comes from a book, and later a movie starring Brad Pitt, which tells the story of how the Oakland Athletics baseball team were able to outdo expectations with limited resources thanks to the science of data and analytics. The owner of Brentford, management team and Head Coach Frank all buy into this same philosophy and use data to find hidden gems in the market, knowing they cannot outspend their competition. However, this concept is not only about hard stats, it also relies on a human element - the club are said to be only keen on signing players described as “good people” by Frank. Brentford’s model often sees them referred to as a “selling club”. Two examples of this policy would be Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, who at the end of last season were sold to Premier League clubs West Ham and Aston Villa respectively, after The Bees narrowly lost out on promotion, losing the play-off final to London rivals Fulham. It is however this policy which enables them to analyse, reinvest and keep progressing and with a brand new stadium and a squad still full of talent like prodigal English goalscorer Josh Dasvila and captain Pontus Jansson fans will be expecting another push for promotion this season.
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