Image above: Victory at Wembley; Ivan Toney leads celebrations; photograph Brentford FC
Brentford FC join the Premier League after beating Swansea 2-0 at Wembley. This is the first time the club has been in the Premier League since it was created in 1992, though not the first time it has played top flight football. The club played at the top of the English game from 1935 – 1947.
Striker Ivan Toney scored the first goal for Brentford just 10 minutes into the game and ten minutes later midfielder Emiliano Marcondes scored again and the team managed to hold Swansea at bay for the rest of the match.
The victory is particularly poignant for Brentford fans as it their tenth time of trying. On all previous occasions they’ve got as far as the play-offs and lost five times in the final. Former Brentford player Alan McCormack (2013-2017) said:
“What a result. For everyone involved, it is truly deserved. But for one person this is truly a dream come true. Peter Gilham, you deserve every bit of success this club receives. There’s always one person behind a club and Peter Gilham is that man. Congrats to everyone at Brentford FC”.
Peter Gilham is the Player Welfare Manager at Brentford and has been the voice of the match as PA announcer for 51 years.
Brentford captain Pontus Jansson told Sky TV:
“I’m so proud of this squad – we were here last year with a big disappointment and it’s been a hard year but we finally got here. We felt so disappointed after Fulham last year”, (when they lost 2-1 after extra time in the Championship play-off final)
“but from day one we promised each other we’d be clever and focus on the next game, and now we’re here. I am so proud and so happy that I could go home to Sweden and retire because this is what I dreamed of. But I will stay here and play Premier League football.”
Peter Crouch was amongst those to congratulate Brentford “Amazing achievement” he said.
BBC’s Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker Tweeted:
Congratulations to @BrentfordFC on winning promotion to the Premier League. Look forward to introducing you on @BBCMOTD next season.
Benefit for Chiswick
Brentford moved into their new home at the Brentford Community Stadium in October 2020 but fans have as yet had few opportunities to watch their team play in their new home. Work on the 17,250-seat stadium began in early 2018 and was almost complete at the start of 2020 when restrictions on movement were put in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The new stadium took two decades to develop and is part of the wider regeneration of the area known as Brentford East. It will deliver more than 900 new homes around the stadium, a new purpose-built location for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, and a public square with shops and cafes.
Now that the club has joined the Premier League, businesses around Kew Bridge rail station and along the western end of Chiswick High Rd, from Gunnersbury tube station are expecting to see more business coming their way.
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See also: Brentford FC move into new home
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