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On This Day in History: 20 May

A look back at this day in Brentford history

20 May 2020

Notable Matches

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Birthdays

Viv Woodward (1914); 20 appearances, 4 goals

An inside-forward who had the best years of his career taken away by the Second World War, Woodward arrived at Brentford in July 1948 from Millwall. After playing the first five matches of the season, scoring in a 3-1 home defeat to Leeds United, Woodward wasn’t seen again until April. The Bees won just one of the ten matches he played that term but fared slightly better the following season. Woodward again featured ten times, scoring in one-goal wins away at Bury and Barnsley, and the draw with Coventry City, before he left to join Aldershot Town

Gerry Peyton (1956); 22 appearances, 0 goals

The vastly experienced Republic of Ireland international was drafted in on loan from Everton during the 1992/93 Division One campaign. He initially arrived in September and was immediately handed the Number One shirt. His first six league games failed to produce a win, but he enjoyed a fine end to his first spell in West London, keeping four clean sheets as Phil Holder’s side won eight games out of ten in all competitions between October and December.

When Peyton, who reached the milestone of 700 competitive games while in West London, returned to Goodison Park in December, Brentford were on the fringe of the Play-Offs, he was back in April to try and ward off relegation. Unfortunately, the side took just four points from five games in April and May with Peyton part of the side beaten 4-1 at Bristol City on the final day as The Bees returned to the Third tier after just one season.

League Debuts


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