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On This Day in History: 18 May

A look back at this day in Brentford history

18 May 2020

Notable Matches

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Birthdays

Edward Shepherd (1903); 2 appearances, 0 goals

Signed from Harrow Weald in the summer of 1924, full-back Shepherd had one of the least memorable careers in Bees history. He played just twice, losing both games, and was part of the Brentford side that lost 7-1 at Plymouth Argyle in September 1924, a result which remains the joint-most goals we’ve ever conceded in an away game. Shepherd was released at the end of the campaign as we had to apply for re-election to the Football League.

Bobby Ross (1942); 323 appearances, 63 goals

Ross, who joined in March 1966 from Shrewsbury Town, is remembered as much for his work off the pitch, as his play on it, during a turbulent time for the Club. The Scot’s first nine months at the Club were some of the darkest in our 131-year history. Relegation to Division Four in May 1966 was followed up by the attempted QPR takeover in January 1967, a takeover which Ross, as captain, played a key role in resisting.

Ross was Club Captain for much of his time in West London and made 162 consecutive appearances between October 1968 and March 1972, the second-most in Club history. That 1971/72 season saw Ross’ greatest moment in a Brentford shirt as he netted the penalty against Exeter City which confirmed promotion back to Division Three. Ross departed for Cambridge United in October 1972, winning promotion from Division Four again during his first season before dropping into non-league with Hayes. A frequent visitor back to Griffin Park, Ross was inducted into our Hall of Fame in December 2013.

Robert Peters (1971); 42 appearances, 2 goals

Midfielder Peters spent nine years at Griffin Park but never managed to truly establish himself. Part of the Youth Team that reached the Semi-Final of the 1988/89 FA Youth Cup, Peters made his debut in an FA Cup First Round defeat to Colchester United in November 1989. He enjoyed an extended run in the team towards the end of the 1990/91 campaign, which included his first senior goal, and carried that form into the start of the 1991/92 Division Three-winning season. However, he made the final of his 14 appearances that term on New Year’s Day.

Peters played just once as we were relegated from Division One before again appearing to make his breakthrough at the start of the 1993/94 season. He featured 17 times during the early months of the season but again abruptly disappeared from the First Team frame. His final Brentford appearance came in November 1993, a year ahead of a move to Carlisle United.

Ryan Watts (1988); 3 appearances, 0 goals

One of five youth team players handed a debut by Martin Allen on the final day of the 2004/05 season, Watts’ 12 minutes of action against Hull City was his only league outing for The Bees. The winger featured twice more off the bench in cup games the following season before departing in the summer of 2006.

League Debuts

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