We've reached the new year in our look back at the key moments over the past 12 months.
Year starts with draw against eventual Champions
Brentford completed an unbeaten festive fixture programme with a 1-1 draw against Norwich City, who would go on to win the Sky Bet Championship. The Bees added the Griffin Park point to start 2019 to a win over Bolton Wanderers and draws against Birmingham City and Bristol City in a frantic ten-day Christmas and New Year schedule. Julian Jeanvier scored in the first half as it looked as if The Bees might take a full compliment of points from the contest, but Timm Klose’s header snuck inside the post with just minutes remaining to leave the scores level.
Queen Bee Audrey takes the first Premium Seat at Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford’s Queen Bee has become the first fan to secure a Premium Seat at our new stadium. Audrey Baker, a Bees fan of 88 years, and her partner Roy Romain have already snapped up their seats at Brentford Community Stadium, ready for the opening next summer. Audrey is one of Brentford’s oldest fans and started attending matches at Griffin Park before World War II. She is now in line to watch the first at the new stadium in summer 2020.
Audrey became Patron of our “Babees”, “Bee Team” and “Juniors” membership schemes, for supporters up to the age of 18, at the start of the season. Her generous two-year investment will help the Club develop our offering for younger fans and attract new supporters to the Club.
In other off the pitch new, Jon Varney was announced as Chief Executive and would start on 1 March. He replaced Mark Devlin, who left in December after seven years in the role.
First away win secured at Rotherham
Two goals from Kamohelo Mokotjo set Brentford on their way to their first away win of the Sky Bet Championship season, completing a double over Rotherham United in the process. Mokotjo scored the first and the third of Brentford’s four goals in South Yorkshire as they picked up all three points with a 4-2 victory. Saïd Benrahma scored Brentford’s second and a customary goal from Neal Maupay sealed the win late on. The Bees had won at Southend United in the Carabao Cup but had not won away in the league in the first half of the season.
Mepham heads to the Premier League
Brentford’s Welsh international central defender Chris Mepham left the Club and joined AFC Bournemouth. The 21-year-old joined the Premier League side on 22 January for an undisclosed fee. Chris joined Brentford early in 2014 as an Under-16 player and progressed through the ranks, making the step from Brentford B to the First Team. He made his debut for Wales Under-21 in September 2017, having played for the Under-20 side just months earlier. By March 2018 he was in the full squad. He left having played 48 games for The Bees in all competitions, 43 in the Championship, and scoring one goal.
The January Transfer Window also saw the departure of Alan Judge to Ipswich Town after five years with The Bees. Ryan Woods completed a move to Stoke City after a loan spell and Josh Clarke left on loan. B Team players Reece Cole and Canice Carroll also made loan moves to EFL clubs. Tom Field and Chiedozie Ogbene returned from loan spells.
Battle of The Bees ends 3-3
Brentford and Barnet took part in a thrilling Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round contest in North London. Brentford, who beat Oxford United in the Third Round at the start of the month, led 1-0 and 3-2 at The Hive against the National League side but also trailed 2-1 early in the second half and had to fight back to avoid a Fourth Round exit. Ollie Watkins put them in front and goals from Neal Maupay and Sergi Canós looked as if it would send the West London side through, but Barnet grabbed a leveller to take the tie to a replay for a place in the last 16.
First Team Results
January Goal Scorers
Neal Maupay - 3
Saïd Benrahma, Kamohelo Mokotjo - 2
Sergi Canós, Rico Henry, Julian Jeanvier, Ollie Watkins, Own Goal - 1