Bob Booker, Peter Gelson, Keith Millen, Alan Nelmes and Danis Salman honoured at Brentford FC 125 Year Anniversary DinnerThere are now five new names in the Brentford FC Hall of Fame.
Bob Booker, Peter Gelson, Keith Millen, Alan Nelmes and Danis Salman were all inducted at the Brentford Football Club 125 Year Anniversary Dinner last week.
Each of the five received a special salver from Independent FA Chairman Greg Dyke, who was Brentford FC Chairman before stepping in to the job at the national association, at the dinner last Thursday, November 20.
Bob, 56, joined Brentford at the age of 20 and made his debut in 1978 against Watford.
He gained a reputation for his versatility and played in every position for The Bees apart from in goal.
Bob joined Sheffield United in 1988 and became a hero a Bramall Lane before returning to Griffin Park in 1991 and helping The Bees to the 1991/92 Third Division title.
By the time he left in 1993 he had played 325 games in all competitions, 250 in the league, and scored 48 goals, 44 in the league.
He returned as Youth Team Manager in 1994 and over the next six years helped the next crop of Brentford players through to First Team level, including current Club Captain Kevin O’Connor.
Peter came through the youth ranks at Brentford and has such an affinity for the Club that he is still a Season Card Holder.
The 73-year-old made his debut in 1961 and, despite being 19, established himself in the team.
He was a fixture for more than a decade, helping Brentford to the Fourth Division championship in 1962/63 and then back out of the fourth tier again in 1971/72 after relegation in 1966.
Awarded two testimonials, Peter played a total of 517 games for The Bees – only Ken Coote and Jamie Bates have played more – and scored 18 goals.
He played 471 league games for Brentford, second only to Coote, before leaving in 1975.
Keith was part of the Brentford team that won the Third Division championship in 1991/92 and won a raft of Player of the Year awards that term.
He turned professional in 1983, having previously been on the books of Southampton and Crystal Palace, and played for The Bees at Wembley in the 1985 Freight Rover Trophy Final defeat to Wigan Athletic.
The 48-year-old spent 11 years at Brentford, leaving to join Watford in 1994.
He also played for Bristol City and managed the West Country side before moving back to Palace, where is assistant manager.
Keith played 380 games for Brentford, 305 in the league, and scored 20 goals, placing him seventh on the Club’s all-time list of appearance makers.
Alan joined Brentford in 1967 having come through the youth ranks at Chelsea and spent the next nine years at Griffin Park.
Another defender, like Peter and Keith, he missed only three games between 1968 and 1972 and is part of a select group to play 100 consecutive games for The Bees.
He helped The Bees win promotion in 1971/72 from the fourth tier and played a total of 350 games for Brentford, 316 of them in the league, and scored two goals.
Known as Spider, the 66-year-old played for Hillingdon Borough, Hayes and Southall before retiring.
Danis made his Brentford debut at the age of 15 years and 248 days and still holds the record as the Club’s youngest ever player, jointly with Paul Walker.
The 54-year-old, born in Cyprus, was on the books of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers as a youngster before being brought to Griffin Park by John Docherty.
The defender, who could play at right back or centre back, spent 11 years at Brentford before playing for Millwall, Plymouth Argyle, Peterborough United and Torquay United.
The England Youth international played 371 games for The Bees, 325 of them in the league, and scored eight goals.
The five join Malcolm MacDonald, Dai Hopkins, Joe James, Phil Holder, Dean Holdsworth, Jackie Graham, Alan Hawley, Bobby Ross, George Francis and Terry Evans previously inducted.
The Hall of Fame is administered jointly by the Club, and The Brentford FC Former Players’ Association.
It is expected that more former players will be honoured over the course of the season, and beyond.