We've reached December in our look back at the key moments over the past 12 months.
Last-gasp goal earns West Brom point
Lewis Macleod came off the substitutes bench to head home a stoppage time equaliser as Brentford drew with West Bromwich Albion. The Bees had battled hard to stay in the game in the first half as the hosts dominated, missing some clear-cut chances. They then recovered after going behind inside the final 15 minutes to hit back and earn a point with a 1-1 draw.
New stadium to host Women's European Championships
Brentford Community Stadium is set to play a part after it was announced England will stage the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 finals. England was confirmed as hosts by the UEFA Executive Committee on Monday 3 December and our new home is one of nine proposed venues. The prestigious continental championship will, subject to final approval, be played at eight stadiums across the country, including ours, before concluding with a showpiece final at Wembley Stadium.
Kevin O'Connor joins First Team coaching staff
Kevin O’Connor took on a new role at Brentford Football Club as part of the First Team coaching staff. The long-serving former Club Captain had been Brentford B Head Coach for two years and stepped up to work with the First Team. Kevin took on the role of Assistant First Team Coach working with Head Coach Thomas Frank and Assistant Head Coach Brian Riemer.
London Irish to play at Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford Football Club confirmed a historic deal for London Irish to move back to the capital and join the Club at Brentford Community Stadium. The Exiles have been playing at Reading’s Madjeski Stadium for two decades but will make a return to West London to play their games at the Brentford Community Stadium when it opens in 2020. The stadium is currently under construction and is on course for completion in 2020. Brentford FC and London Irish will play there from the 2020/21 season.
New formation and an upturn in form
Neal Maupay scored the only goal as Brentford’s final game at Griffin Park in 2018 ended in a vital home win. The striker smashed in just past the hour mark to settle the game in Brentford’s favour and enable them to beat Bolton Wanderers at an unseasonably mild Griffin Park. Maupay took his tally for the season to 14 with the goal, which gave Brentford their first win since early November. The game was the first where Brentford used a 3-4-3 system and they followed up with away draws at Bristol City and Birmingham City to end the year.
First Team Results
December Top Scorers
Neal Maupay - 2
Saïd Benrahma, Lewis Macleod, Ollie Watkins - 1