Brentford Football Club is 125 years old today
Brentford Football Club celebrates its 125th birthday today.
On Thursday October 10 1889 a meeting was held at the pavilion of the Oxford and Cambridge public house, close to Kew Bridge, and it was decided to create Brentford FC.
A formal decision to play association football rather than rugby was taken six days later.
The Middlesex Independent reported on October 12 that a preliminary meeting had been held on October 3, with members of Brentford Rowing Club leading the move to create a winter sport team.
A further meeting was then arranged for October 10.
The contemporary report continued: “Owing to the brief notice given the attendance [on October 10] was small, but considerable progress was made.
“At the outset of the proceedings, the Chairman [John Henry Strachan] said that, although not a football player, he took a lively interest in the game, and should always be ready to patronise a club, if one were formed.
“In times gone by such clubs had been formed, but had fallen through, in consequence of the want of a good ground.
“Now that the recreation ground was about to be opened, that difficulty would be done away with.
“On the motion of Mr C West, seconded by JJK Curtis, it was resolved that a club be formed.”
A motion to play association football was put forward by Curtis with an amendment from others in attendance that rugby should be played and the decision on which sport was to be played was deferred.
Archer Green was appointed as secretary and wrote to Brentford Local Board seeking permission to use the Recreation Ground before the next meeting was held on October 16.
At that meeting, six days later, association football won the vote on which sport was to be played and Brentford Football Club was born with Curtis named as captain.
The Club was to play in claret and blue and use a piece of land behind Clifden House for matches as permission had yet to be granted to use the Recreation Ground.
The first match, against Kew, was played on November 23 1889 and featured Bill Dodge, who went on to be a Director during the Club’s 1930s heyday.
The picture above shows the location of the Oxford and Cambridge with Kew Bridge on the left side of the image.
The Club is celebrating the 125th anniversary with a series of events.
A celebration will be held at the Sky Bet Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday October 21 – more information can be seen here.
There will also be an anniversary dinner on Thursday November 20, full details are available here.