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I am resurrecting this thread after I done the Brentford thread for FM2020.

Brentford FC

Brief History 

Brentford Football Club is a professional association football club based in Brentford, Greater London, England. The club competes in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The club was founded on 10 October 1889 and has played its home matches at Griffin Park since 1904, after a nomadic existence playing at five previous grounds.

Brentford's most successful period came during the 1930s, when it achieved three consecutive top-six finishes in the top flight. The club has been Football League Trophy finalists on three occasions. Its main rivals are fellow West London clubs Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.


Nickname - Brentford's nickname is "The Bees". The nickname was unintentionally created by students of Borough Polytechnic in the 1890s, when they attended a match and shouted the college's chant "buck up Bs" in support of their friend and then-Brentford player Joe Gettins. Local newspapers misheard the chant as "Buck up Bees" and the nickname stuck.[4]

List Of Honours

Champions and promotions[edit]

London League Second Division: 1[10]
  • West London Alliance: 1[11]

Cup winners[edit]

  • Middlesex Junior Cup: 1[12]
    • 1893–94
West Middlesex Cup: 1[11]
  • 1894–95
London Senior Cup: 1[13]
  • 1897–98
Middlesex Senior Cup: 1[13]
  • 1897–98
Southern Professional Charity Cup: 1[14]Ealing Hospital Cup: 1[15]London Challenge Cup: 3[16] London Charity Fund: 1[17]
  • 1928

Wartime honours[edit]




Brentford's main rivals are Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.[28] Brentford have a long-standing rivalry with Fulham.[29] In the past this fixture has been marred by crowd violence.[30] Brentford's rivalry with Queens Park Rangers intensified in 1967, when Rangers failed in an attempted takeover of Brentford, a move which, had it succeeded, would have seen Rangers move into Griffin Park and Brentford quit the Football League.[31] As with the Fulham rivalry, this fixture sees passions run high amongst both sets of supporters with local pride at stake.[32]

International Links

In February 2013, it was announced that Brentford had entered into partnership with Icelandic 1. deild karla club UMF Selfoss, which would enable Brentford to send youth and development squad players to Iceland to gain experience.[33] The partnership also sees the two clubs exchanging coaching philosophies and allows Brentford to utilise UMF Selfoss' scouting network.[33] In May 2013, the Brentford staff forged links with Ugandan lower league club Gulu United as part of the "United for United" project, aimed at forming the region's first youth training camp and identifying talented players.[34] Brentford owner Matthew Benham became majority shareholder in Danish club FC Midtjylland in 2014 and the staff of both clubs share ideas.[35]


Griffin Park

Griffin Park is a football ground in Brentford, situated in the London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London. It has been the home ground of Championship club Brentford F.C. since it was built in 1904. The ground is situated in a predominantly residential area and is known for being the only English league football ground to have a pub on each corner. The ground gets its name from the griffin, featured in the logo of Fuller's Brewery, which at one point owned the orchard on which the stadium was built.

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The Brentford Community Stadium - Due to move in 2020

Brentford Community Stadium is a stadium currently under construction in Brentford, west London with a projected capacity of 17,505. It is planned to be the home of Brentford FC and London Irish RFC.



                                                     Owner - Matthew Benham


Matthew Benham is a popular name amongst those in the football and analytics world. He has done a fantastic job to create the air of mystery that surrounds both him and his reputation. Unlike most multi-millionaires, Benham prefers to stay as far from the spotlight as he possibly could. But that has not stopped him from making some incredibly lavish investments, including buying two football clubs.

Matthew Benham is the owner of the English football club Brentford as well as the Danish football club Midtjylland. However, where did Matthew Benham get all the funds to make these lavish investments? Benham is the owner and founder of two very successful companies that are based in the United Kingdom. These companies are both in the gambling industry and are known as Matchbook and Smartodds.

Matchbook is a popular sport betting exchange community that is driven by cutting edge technology, while Smartodds is Smartodds provides statistical research and sports modelling services to customers. Both these companies have been highly regarded within the gambling industry.

Professional Gambler and Football Club owner, Matthew Benham is a notoriously private man. So much so that it is nearly impossible to find a thorough interview with him anywhere online. The Multi-Millionaire is probably most famous for buying out and taking over the Brentford football team. He has rarely been found discussing any personal matters that cover the topic of just how he came to be as successful as he is. While he has previously been known as the mystery investor, it is no surprise that people are very curious to know who Matthew Benham really is.

Matthew Benham is the owner of not only Brentford was also of FC Midtjylland. He is a highly successful businessman who has been a pioneer in the field of analytics and football alike.

Matthew Benham studied at the prestigious University of Oxford from 1986 to 1989, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics. After graduating, Matthew Benham managed to secure his first job as an associate at Yamaichi International Europe in 1990.

Matthew Benham has always been a football enthusiast and has often recalled the memory of attending his first match at the age of 11. It was a match between Brentford and Colchester in 1979. Even though he mentions that he can’t remember much, he says that he does recall the score – Brentford won 1 – 0, and he remembers that it was Jim McNichol who scored.

This was where Matthew Benham’s love for the Brentford Football Club really began – a love that will one day lead him to buy up the whole team.

If you want to read more about Matthew Benham then here is a link to the page I used to get the information https://www.onlinecasinomonsters.com/matthew-benham-successful-bloke-world-online-gambling/?cn-reloaded=1

First Team Staff

Manager - Thomas Frank


Director Of Football - Phil Giles


Assistant Manager - Brian Riemer


Chief Scout - Lee Sykes


Chief Data Analyst - Luke Stopforth



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Brentford Squad

First team[edit]

As of 29 June 2021[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Spain ESP David Raya
2 DF England ENG Dominic Thompson
3 DF England ENG Rico Henry
4 DF England ENG Charlie Goode
5 DF Jamaica JAM Ethan Pinnock
6 MF Denmark DEN Christian Nørgaard
7 MF Spain ESP Sergi Canós
8 MF Denmark DEN Mathias Jensen
13 GK Iceland ISL Patrik Gunnarsson
14 MF England ENG Josh Dasilva
15 FW Finland FIN Marcus Forss
16 FW Ecuador ECU Joel Valencia
17 FW England ENG Ivan Toney
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF Sweden SWE Pontus Jansson (captain)
19 MF France FRA Bryan Mbeumo
20 MF Iran IRN Saman Ghoddos
21 FW Turkey TUR Halil Dervişoğlu
24 MF Ghana GHA Tariqe Fosu
26 MF Grenada GRN Shandon Baptiste
27 MF Germany GER Vitaly Janelt
29 DF Denmark DEN Mads Bech Sørensen
30 DF Denmark DEN Mads Roerslev
31 MF Czech Republic CZE Jan Žambůrek
41 MF Denmark DEN Mads Bidstrup
DF Guinea GUI Julian Jeanvier
DF Denmark DEN Luka Racic

Brentford B[edit]

As of 1 July 2021[7]
No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Wales WAL Nathan Shepperd (captain)
GK England ENG Ben Winterbottom
DF France FRA Tristan Crama
DF Scotland SCO Lewis Gordon
DF England ENG Ben Hockenhull
DF England ENG Daniel Oyegoke
DF England ENG Jude Russell
DF Wales WAL Fin Stevens
MF Wales WAL Joe Adams
MF Republic of Ireland IRL Alex Gilbert
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Max Haygarth
MF England ENG Wraynel Hercules
MF England ENG Paris Maghoma
MF Finland FIN Jaakko Oksanen
MF England ENG Ryan Trevitt
MF Wales WAL Dom Jefferies
FW Australia AUS Lachlan Brook
FW Denmark DEN Gustav Mogensen
FW Scotland SCO Aaron Pressley
FW England ENG

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Why Pick Brentford ?

The reason why I picked Brentford was their unique approach to recruitment

What Brentford did a few years a go was get rid of their academy due to the fact they were sick of the big Prem teams nicking their youngsters and not getting much for them. 

They decided to change their recruitment process by scrapping the academy and simply bringing in kids released from Prem teams aged between 17-20 years old and also scouring the world for bargains.

What they do is buy cheap and sell for profit, their owner Matthew Benham is a profressional gambler so you expect that approach.

Some of the players they have signed cheap and sold are the following.

Scott Hogan - Signed from Rochdale for £750k and sold for £11 million.

Ezri Konza - Signed for £3m and sold for £12m

Neal Maupay - Signed for £1.6m and sold for £15m

Chris Mepham - Come through the youth ranks at Brentford and sold for £12m

James Tarkowski - Signed for £350k and sold for £4m

Ollie Watkins - Signed for £1.8m and sold for £28m

They use their own data company called Smartodds to find players who thrive with certain stats you wouldn't normally scout them for. 

They usually sign Scandinavian players especially Danish players as they have that link with Matthew Benhams other club he owns FC Midtjylland.

If you want to read more about this then please read these articles to give you more of an idea of how they recruit as I am not the best at describing this.

Here are a few articles.



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Brentford Transfers

So other then the one I just mentioned here are my transfers in for the season. I got a healthy budget of £48m to spend and I am going to break it up into sections.

First Team Signings

Martin Linnes - 28 year old Norwegian Full Back


Another versatile player who can play anywhere on the wings whether its his main position as a full back or on the actual wings feeding the strikers. Didn't cost me anything as he was a free transfer.

Patrick Van Aanholt - 30 year old Dutch Left Back


I couldn't say no to signing Van Aanholt even though it went against Brentford's usual transfer policy. I needed some Premier League experience and he has plenty of that and a decent set piece taker. Another free signing.

Victor Nelsson - 21 year old Danish Centre Back


I was going to put him as one for the future but he is going to be playing a lot of first team football either in the centre of defense or just infront of the defense as a DM. He has very good strength and jumping reach which will come in handy on set pieces. He was signed for £7.5m from FC Kobenhaven.

Nathaniel Clyne - 29 year old English Right Back


I feel like this is a right coup for Brentford. Over 300 games played in the Prem. A great right back with a few years left in him. Excellent at tackling with great teamwork and work rate. Also could be a great mentor for the younger players. Also signed as a free transfer.

Evander - 22 year old Brazilian Midfielder


Evander signed from our affiliate Football Club Midtjylland for £10m. The 22 year old Brazilian can play anywhere in midfield and has good first touch, dribbling, passing and and has 17 in tekkers. Hopefully his Samba skills will make him a fans favorite.

Jefferson Lerma - 25 year Columbian Midfielder


I don't know much about Lerma. I aint seen much of him on tv but my DOF rated him and bought him to the club so I will trust his judgment. He has excellent tackling, bravey and natural fitness so I am hoping he will be my midfielder enforcer closing the opposition down.

Signed from Bournemouth for £3.7m.

Rogelio Funes Mori - 29 year old Argentinian Striker


I have ever heard of this player and my DOF were the one's who signed him but I think he might turn out to be the best signing for the season. He has 86 goals in 166 games for his previous club Monterrey who we signed for £3m which should be a bargain. I am excited about Mori who has excellent finishing. He is also good at heading and has good technique.  

Jose Mauri - 24 year old Argentinian Midfielder


The former AC Milan player was signed on a free transfer. I got quite a few central midfielders at the club but I felt like he would be a good option and maybe someone I could sell on for a fee down the road as he is only 24 years old and has a fairly ambitious personality.

Ones For The Future

Jason Knight - 19 year old Irish Midfielder


I know Knight well from a previous Derby save I had. I am hoping to bed him into the first team through cup games and see how he does. He will get game time. I signed him for £5m which will be a bargain if he develops properly.

Ben "Diaz" Bereton - 21 year old English player on the game but Chilean international in real life


Ben Bereton who in real life has recently played for Chile national team. He has been one for the future for a few years now since he started at Notts Forest and has done well for Blackburn but his future lies with Brentford after I signed him for £5m.

Gustav Dahl - 16 year old Danish Midfielder


After scouting through Denmark I managed to find this highly rated Danish 16 year old player with massive potential and has a fairly determined personlity. Maybe I got the new Christian Eriksen. He signed from AaB for £1.3m.

Andre Almeida - 20 year old Portuguese Midfielder


Another midfielder signed up by my DOF from Vit. Guimarães for £2m. He is good enough to play games already and will only get better with great potential. He has good passing, acceleration and technique.

William Boving - 17 year old Danish Winger/Striker


Boving is another great Danish prospect with 4 star potential and has already got decent dribbling, acceleration and technique. Signed from FC Kobenhaven for £1.9m

It has been a busy summer but I am looking forward to cracking on and seeing how we do in the Prem.



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Manchester Conqured


Another great result and what a game. We were winning 2-0 early on. Then Man Utd come back to be winning 3-2. I thought it was doomed but we equalized very quickly and then out of nowhere we get a penalty and Funes Mori converts it to give the Bees a great win.

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Brentford Season 1 Review


The Bees stung the opposition and managed to get a 9th place finish. I class it a great first season but were in 6th place for a lot of the season but fizzled out near the end of the season with a few key losses coming up the key point of the season. Lack of Prem experience is probably what happened but it was a great first season.

Key Men

Ben Brereton-Diaz was the key man up front this season with a goal tally of 23 goals in 38 games played. He surpassed my expectations as I only saw him as a back up but he started the first few games and done really well so I kept him in.

Ben Brereton-Diaz


My other key signing was Evander signed from my affiliate Football Club Midtjylland for £10m. He got himself 7 goals and 4 assists and he scored some important goals including a free kick in a 1-0 win Vs Man City.



The signing I was a bit disappointed in was Rogelio Funes Mori who only got 5 goals but I do think he was a big reason why Brereton-Diaz done well for us as he was a perfect foil for him to score. Funes Mori got 8 assists which was a big help. I just wish he scored more.

Rogelio Funes Mori


My aim for next season is to get European football.

I have £49m to spend in the summer so I will be looking at bringing in good quality Danish player like Christian Eriksen if possible as he is on the transfer list. He rejected me at the moment cos I aint got European football but I am hoping to take him on loan.


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1 hour ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

it was a great first season

It was indeed! Shame about the late drop in form, but survival is the name of the game and you far exceeded that. Good luck with the reinforcements :thup:

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10 minutes ago, warlock said:

It was indeed! Shame about the late drop in form, but survival is the name of the game and you far exceeded that. Good luck with the reinforcements :thup:

Cheers buddy. So far I have signed D'Margio Wright-Phillips, Lasse Sorenson, David Okagbue, Leonardo Rodriguez, Andreas Christensen and Jean Belehouanne but I still have a lot of the window left and will do a full write up later.

Christian Eriksen keeps rejecting my attempts to bring him in. I might have to wait till next season if I qualify for Europe.

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Great progress @Ronaldo Beckham I thought I'd started a Brentford save in Fm21 but seemingly not! Replicating the Brentford model in the game seems the best way to do it - under the radar players from Denmark and France and the English third/fourth tier. 

Hopefully they'll make some more strong signings (after Ajer and Onyenka) this Summer to make Fm22 a fun game!

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13 minutes ago, dothestrand said:

Great progress @Ronaldo Beckham I thought I'd started a Brentford save in Fm21 but seemingly not! Replicating the Brentford model in the game seems the best way to do it - under the radar players from Denmark and France and the English third/fourth tier. 

Hopefully they'll make some more strong signings (after Ajer and Onyenka) this Summer to make Fm22 a fun game!

Yeah Ajer and Onyenka are very much part of the Brentford transfer policy. Cheers for the kind words and reading.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Really struggling to stick with a save at the minute so Im giving Brentford a go. Interesting club, brand new stadium and after their win against Arsenal last Friday it has inspired me to give it a go. All updates have been made so I have the likes of Ajer and Onyenka in the squad.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Anyone still doing a save with Brentford? 

Ive just completed season 1 and finished way better than expected in 7th to qualify for the Europa Conference league. Started the season fantastically well and heading into December I was in a Champions League spot but around January/February I had a terrible run where I went on a winless run of 7 or 8 games but I finished the season fairly strongly, beating Wolves and then relegating Southampton, I then beat already relegated Newcastle 4-0 before finishing the season with a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea and a backs to the wall 1-1 draw away at Man City after Ethan Laird was sent off after 15 minutes.

Really enjoyed that 1st season and managed to cling on to a top 7 finish, I havent been given my budget for the new season yet but I need to strengthen in a few areas. Ive already brought in Patrick Roberts from Man City. I signed Arezo in January but he didnt get a work permit so he has been on loan at Stuttgart and has scored 8 in 11 so Im hoping he gets a work permit on his return. 

Ajer was immense in central defence as was Papetti (loan from Arsenal), Toney was very hit and miss up front and ended the season with a respectable 13 goals in the Premier League. Another new signing Adam Armstrong finished the season with 14 goals.

I need a consistent goal scorer and Im hoping I can finally get Arezo firing with Brentford. I think Im set with the goalkeeper and defence, maybe need a back up to Raya in goal and someone to replace Papetti unless he comes back on loan. I need wingers as Mbuemo has been poor all season and turns in regular 6.3/6.2 average ratings.

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