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Five memorable first encounters

9 December 2016

Ahead of tomorrow's first ever meeting with Burton Albion we look back at five memorable first home meetings in the EFL

Tomorrow afternoon sees Burton Albion become the 113th different opponent we have welcomed to Griffin Park in the EFL since 1920. With no memorable matches against The Brewers to look back on for obvious reasons, in the build-up to Saturday’s game we’ve taken a look at five memorable first home meetings we’ve had down the years.

Brentford 1 Millwall 0 – Division Three, 30 August 1920

Our first ever home match in the league and it was to be a winning start against London neighbours Millwall. Played on a Monday, 11,000 fans turned up at Griffin Park as Reg Boyne scored the only goal of the game. It was The Bees first ever goal in league football and secured the club’s first EFL points. Boyne would end the season with 10 goals but that wasn’t enough to see him stay at Griffin Park as he left for New Zealand with The Bees ending the season second from bottom in Division Three South.

Brentford 8 Barnsley 1 – Division Two, 15 December 1934

A first-ever meeting with The Tykes was memorable for two reasons as The Bees notched up a record league win and Billy Scott equalled a club record by scoring five goals in the same game. Unbeaten at home all season and fresh from scoring nine in their previous two games, Harry Curtis’ side tore the visitors apart thanks to Scott’s five goals, two for George Robson, and one for Jack Holliday. Scott’s final goal, two minutes from time, put The Bees top of the table on goal average and that’s where they finished come the end of the season to earn promotion to the top flight for the first time.

Brentford 2 Chelsea 1 – Division One, 28 March 1936

A West London derby at the top end of Division One attracted a then-record crowd of 33,486 at Griffin Park to see The Bees get the better of their neighbours. Dave McCulloch netted his sixth goal in a week to set Harry Curtis’s side on their way with Dai Hopkins adding a second to wrap up the points. It was a fourth win in five matches, a run which the side would carry on to the end of the season as a club record fifth placed finish was achieved in the top flight.

Brentford 4 Workington 3 – Division Four, 23 May 1963

Played after the original end of the season due to postponements, a first ever meeting with Workington was a promotion party with The Bees already guaranteed of a return to Division Three as league winners. The Bees also went into the game needing six goals to break the 100 goals in a season barrier for the first-time. At half-time hopes of reaching a century were high after Johnny Fielding’s double, a Bobby Brown own-goal, and one for John Hales. However, mid-table Workington had other ideas and roared back after the break to bring the score back to 4-3 which is how it stayed leaving The Bees on 98 goals for the season.

Brentford 4 Scunthorpe United 0 – Division Three, 27 April 1965

A fixture which saw The Bees become the first team to play against the other 91 EFL teams in the league in a home game ended a season which was a real case of what might have been. Always there or there abouts at the top of the league a defeat to promotion rivals Hull City in the penultimate game of the season ended Tommy Cavanagh’s side’s promotion hopes. Three days after that The Bees took their frustrations out on The Iron with a double from Joe Bonson and goals from Mike Block and Jimmy Bloomfield as they finished two points outside the promotion places.


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