Notable Matches

Middlesbrough 3 Brentford 0 – Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg, 2015


Peter Broadbent (1933); 16 appearances, 2 goals

Peter, an inside forward, was best known for his time at Wolverhampton Wanderers and won seven England caps, scoring two goals. But he started his professional career at Griffin Park, joining The Bees from Dover Athletic. Wolves paid £10,000 for him in 1951 after Peter had played just 16 Football League games for Brentford, scoring two goals. The fee, for a 17-year-old, made Peter the most expensive teenager in football.

Peter spent 14 years at Wolves and represented England in the 1958 World Cup. He won three First Division championship medals and one FA Cup before later playing for Shrewsbury Town, Aston Villa, Stockport County and Bromsgrove Rovers.

John Hales (1940); 68 appearances, 7 goals

One of three players to join from Scottish club St Roch’s in the late 1950s, the other two being Charlie McInally and John Docherty, Hales had to wait nearly a year to make his debut, that coming on the final day of the 1958/59 campaign at home to Norwich City. The winger made 20 appearances the next season, netting three goals, followed by 22 in 1960/61, before falling out of the first team picture. Hales was released at the end of the promotion-winning 1963/64 season. Along with Micky Ball and Fred Ryecraft, Hales is one of three players to make over 150 appearances for the reserve team.

League Debuts