Brentford’s draft schedule for the 2019/20 season was revealed yesterday and Bees fans have begun planning their weekends, their trips up north and their Christmas holidays around the games. The Bees start at home to Birmingham City and finish at home to Barnsley. The final game will be particularly special this year as it is our Farewell Griffin Park season, presented by London Pride, and it is set to be the last game at our historic home.
As well as that game there is a renewal of West London rivalries, more games against teams from London and the South East and, no doubt, some memorable matches. We take a look at some of the dates that Bees fans have in their diary:
Saturday 3 August – Brentford v Birmingham City
The first day of the season is always one that fans look forward to. Brentford will be at home for the second season in a row after beating Rotherham United on the opening day last season. And The Bees will be welcoming one of five teams they have played every season since promotion in 2014 – Derby County, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday being the others.
The teams drew twice last season and Brentford are unbeaten in five against The Blues. That run has included three wins and Bees fans will remember a 5-0 victory last February that completed a double over Birmingham. The reverse fixture will be played on 15 February.
Wednesday 21 August – Leeds United v Brentford
The first midweek game of the league season and against a team who would have hoped to have been playing in the Premier League this season. Leeds finished third last term and lost to Derby in the Play-Off Semi-Finals. The Yorkshire side had been in the top two for the majority of the campaign but stumbled at the end and missed out to Norwich City and Sheffield United.
One of those late season defeats came at Griffin Park as goals from Neal Maupay and Sergi Canós gave The Bees a 2-0 win. Maupay also scored as the teams drew 1-1 at Elland Road earlier in the season. Leeds make their last visit to Griffin Park on 11 February.
Saturday 26 October – Queens Park Rangers v Brentford
With Fulham back in the Championship after a short but memorable stay in the Premier League, there will be four West London derbies for The Bees in the Championship this season. The first comes on 26 October while QPR will make their last visit to Griffin Park on Saturday 11 January. The games against Fulham are on 14 December, at Griffin Park, and 14 March, at Craven Cottage.
The Bees will be looking for revenge after a 3-2 defeat at Loftus Road last season. Three goals in ten second half minutes gave QPR the points. It was the second visit in succession that The Bees will want to forget as the 2017/18 season saw a 2-2 draw when QPR scored two stoppage time goals to earn a point. Brentford did win at Griffin Park, the fourth year in a row they have done so and won at Loftus Road in the EFL Cup in August 2017 and the league in November 2016.
Tuesday 17 March – Brentford v West Bromwich Albion
The last scheduled game under the Griffin Park floodlights will see a visit from West Brom. The Baggies finished fourth in the table last season and lost to Aston Villa in the Play-Off Semi-Finals so will be making a second successive visit to Griffin Park after a 25-year gap between league meetings. West Brom won 1-0 last season and will be looking to repeat the feat. The return game is the last before Christmas – Saturday 21 December.
There are four scheduled league fixtures under the floodlights this season although televised games and rearrangements for cup ties could add to the number. Bristol City visit on Wednesday 2 October, Cardiff City come to town on Wednesday 11 December and Leeds play at Griffin Park on Tuesday 11 February.
Saturday 2 May – Brentford v Barnsley
This is it. This is the end. This is the last league fixture that will ever be played at Griffin Park. Save the date.