It was a strong end to our fifth straight season in the second tier which ensured another top-half finish. Here's the final part in our review of the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
The game that never was
A piece of unwanted history was created early in May as our trip to Bolton Wanderers became the game that never was. The original fixture on 27 April was postponed when The Trotters’ players went on strike and plans for a re-arrangement were shelved as the Lancashire club went into administration on 3 May. As a result, we were handed a 1-0 victory and a third away league victory of the campaign.
After dealing Leeds United’s promotion hopes a fatal blow, and the walkover win against Bolton Wanderers, our final day visit from Preston North End gave us the chance to record a fifth straight top-half finish in the second tier. Ezri Konsa netted his first in Brentford colours before Neal Maupay and Marcus Forss struck after the break to send us into the summer on a real high.
Neal Maupay’s magnificent season was rewarded with a hat-trick of awards at the 2018/19 Player of the Year Awards dinner. The striker picked up the Supporters’, Players’, and Away Player of the Year prizes after breaking record after record during the campaign. His final day goal against Preston North End took his tally to 28 for the season. His 25 Sky Bet Championship goals was the most by a Brentford player in a league season since Steve Phillips struck 32 in 1977/78. It was also the most goals by a player in a league season in the top two tiers since 1937/38.
Farewell to friends
The end of the season saw time called on the Brentford careers of five long-standing members of the squad. Yoann Barbet and Josh McEachran were to leave after four years in TW8 while Lewis Macleod and Jack Bonham, who have been at the club since 2015 and 2013 respectively, also prepared the depart. Moses Odubajo’s second spell at Griffin Park also ended following a year back at Griffin Park.
Golden Bolt Ceremony
Late in May, a major milestone was reached in the construction of our new home as a Golden Bolt ceremony was held. We will be moving to our new stadium at the end of the 2019/20 season and construction has been underway since ground was broken in 2018. The final piece of the steel frame was completed at Brentford Community Stadium late last week, a moment that was marked with a ceremony on site known as a Golden Bolt ceremony.
Bolton Wanderers 0 Brentford 1
Neal Maupay 5
Saïd Benrahma, Sergi Canos, Josh Dasilva, Marcus Forss, Julian Jeanvier, Ezri Konsa, Ollie Watkins 1