Entries by Chris Wickham

Successful streaming event held in stadium

Brentford FC held a successful event for around 200 supporters inside our new home on Saturday. More than 1,000 fans registered for an opportunity to watch Brentford’s game away to Stoke City in socially distanced conditions inside the stadium on Saturday afternoon. Groups of fans from the same household enjoyed food and drink while watching […]

Why EFL Clubs are more important than ever

The power of football and its clubs has been undeniable for some time, its importance and influence increasing year-on-year and extending well beyond the 90 minutes on the pitch. Now, that importance is more apparent than ever, with the positive impact of clubs on their respective communities – including supporters, businesses and educational facilities – […]

More media reports from inside new stadium

Brentford FC are now established in their new home with the new 2020/21 season well underway. We have played five games at our new stadium and already had some memorable moments. There has been a West London derby win over Fulham and two Sky Bet Championship victories. All games at the moment are, unfortunately, being […]

Trust update: Tier Two restrictions in London

Following on from the government’s decision to move London into Tier Two Covid restrictions, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust would like to reassure participants that all sessions are running as planned. The Trust has undertaken a number of measures to ensure its projects are “Covid-secure” including thorough risk assessments, temperature checks and appropriate social distancing. […]

EFL statement: Meetings with clubs

EFL clubs met by division to discuss the conditional offer put forward  by the Premier League in respect to the financial support required as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The need for continued unity across the membership base was fundamental to discussions across all three divisions, and therefore there was a strong consensus that any […]

Brentford and London Irish back Evening Standard campaign

Brentford FC and London Irish RFC have joined forces to back the Evening Standard’s ‘Bring Back The Fans’ campaign. The Evening Standard launched their campaign last Friday, with widespread support across the capital from a host of Premier League and Football League clubs – and now Brentford and London Irish, who have a licence to […]

EFL Statement: Financial support and Project Big Picture

Financial Support Package The EFL will meet with all EFL clubs on Thursday (today) to discuss the proposed financial support put forward today by the Premier League. The Premier League has written to the EFL in respect of a ‘much needed support package’ and provided details of an approved £50m grant and loan facility for […]

Brentford FC Statement: Project Big Picture

Along with all Sky Bet Championship clubs, Brentford FC can confirm we attended an initial high-level briefing on Project Big Picture yesterday morning. The EFL confirmed its position after the meeting yesterday, following a statement by EFL Chair Rick Parry at the weekend on proposals for the future of English Football, called Project Big Picture. […]

Brian Burgess congratulated after British Empire Medal award

Brian Burgess has received congratulations from across Brentford FC and Brentford FC Community Trust after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Brian, who has been involved with Brentford FC for decades, was awarded the British Empire Medal, which is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service, for his service to football. […]

Brian Burgess awarded British Empire Medal

Brian Burgess – former Deputy Chairman of Brentford FC and a current Trustee of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust – was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The announcement of the honours, delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak, came yesterday morning and Brian was on the list. He was awarded the British Empire Medal for […]

Open letter to supporters from football authorities

Late yesterday, Tuesday 6 October, the following open letter was released: The Premier League, EFL, The FA, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship want to assure all fans that together we are fully committed to your safe return to football grounds as soon as possible. The health of the nation remains our overriding priority, and […]

More than 90 per cent of Bees fans freeze 2020/21 Season Tickets

Last month, 2020/21 Season Ticket Holders were presented with three options following the Government’s announcement that games will continue to be played behind closed doors: Freeze, reserve or refund. Supporters were asked to respond using the links in an email from the Club by the midnight deadline last Friday (2 October). The Club is overwhelmed […]

Brentford FC mentioned in Parliament

A local MP has called for a pathway from the Government for fans to return to football matches. Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, spoke in Parliament today about football matches, and other sporting events, taking place without fans. She asked the Government to provide a way forward. Clubs like @BrentfordFC worked hard to […]

Asahi named a Founder Partner at Brentford’s New Stadium

Brentford FC can announce that the long-standing association with the nearby Griffin Brewery, where the renowned Fuller’s London Pride has been made for more than 60 years, will continue into the next phase of the Club’s history. Brentford has reached agreement with Asahi, owner of the Fuller’s beer and brewing business, to become a Founder […]

Brentford FC involved in recovery conference

People from across the London Borough of Hounslow gathered online earlier this month to discuss how to support and empower communities through coronavirus and the looming economic and social impact. Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, was among those taking part in the session. Hounslow is expected to be one of the hardest hit boroughs […]

Trust’s online health sessions continue

With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing, Brentford FC Community Sport Trust have remined that they are still offering a variety of online health classes. The Trust’s #BeeatHome initiative kept people active during the Covid-19 outbreak and that was followed by the #BeeWell inititative, launched to continue the stay healthy message. See more here. #BeeWell includes a variety of ways […]

FA update following Government Covid-19 measures

Earlier this week the Government announced a decision to suspend plans for the return of fans to matches. See more on the BBC here. EFL Chair Ricky Parry issued a response to that, which can be seen here. The FA have also updated after the news: We understand the Government’s decision, as the health of the […]

Season Ticket Holders sent options for 2020/21 season

All Brentford supporters who have secured Season Tickets for our 2020/21 campaign will have received an email from the Club today, Thursday 24 September, outlining three options for this season following this week’s government announcement that games will continue to be played behind closed doors. As we explained last week, the Club had been working […]

University of West London is first New Stadium Founder Partner

Brentford Football Club is delighted to announce that long-term partner the University of West London (UWL) has extended its relationship with The Bees. The University campus is spread across sites in Ealing and Brentford, while the Berkshire Institute for Health at Fountain House is in Reading town centre. As the Club’s Official Education Partner and […]

EFL statement: Update from EFL Chair

On behalf of EFL Chair, Rick Parry, the EFL has provided the following update: Following the successful return of supporters to seven fixtures last Saturday, 19 September, the EFL is disappointed at yesterday’s decision to suspend plans for the return of fans to matches. [See more on the BBC here] Of course we recognise that […]

September updates from the EFL

A number of EFL Clubs will be permitted to admit spectators into Sky Bet League matches this weekend as part of the ongoing ‘return of fans’ pilot programme. As per the current guidance, crowds will be capped at a capacity of 1,000 as discussions continue with the Government about return for supporters’ in greater numbers post […]

Saturday morning Football Development Centre

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s Saturday Football Development Centre at Gunnersbury Park launches this week. The new programme aims to provide fun, engaging and technically-focussed football sessions. Hosted at the brand new Gunnersbury park, participants will enjoy the excellent facilities on offer. These sessions are perfect for Boys and Girls aged 5-11 that enjoy playing […]

Official handover of Griffin Park complete

After more than a century and more memories than can be counted, Brentford FC are no longer the owners of Griffin Park. The Bees have moved in to a new stadium and began life at our new home with a Carabao Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers. With our new home now ready for use, ownership […]

Council congratulations as we open our new home

Brentford FC received the congratulations of Hounslow Council after opening our new home last week. The Bees began life in the new stadium with a penalty shoout-out win over Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup. They will play their first league fixture in the stadium this Saturday, 19 September, against Huddersfield Town. Hounslow Council has […]

Community Trust activities continue

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has announced that its activities will continue despite changes to regulations on social gatherings. The Government announced last week new rules that restrict indoor and outdoor gatherings in England and Scotland. This is due to a rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19 with the pandemic that forced severe restrictions on […]

Jon Varney shows Sky Sports around our new home

In a feature shown on Sky last weekend, ahead of our game against Wycombe Wanderers, Brentford FC Chief Executive gave the cameras a behind the scenes look at our new home. He outlined what fans will experience when we can welcome them back to our new home and showed some of the special features of […]

First media reports from inside new stadium

Brentford FC are getting established in their new home with the new 2020/21 season underway. We played our first game at the stadium at the start of the month – a friendly draw against Oxford United – before the first competitive action last weekend. The Bees beat Wycombe Wanderers in the Carabao Cup last Sunday […]