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On This Day in History: 19 May

A look back at this day in Brentford history

19 May 2020

Notable Matches

Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 2 - League One Play-Off Final, 2013

Brentford 2 Tranmere Rovers 2 - Third Division Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg, 1991

Birthdays

Ken Coote (1928); 559 appearances, 15 goals

No man in history has pulled on a Brentford shirt more times than Ken Coote. Signed from Wembley in 1949, the defender spent 15 years at Griffin Park, setting an appearance record that may never be bettered. During his time with the Club in Division Three South, he turned down moves to the First Division, preferring instead to stay at Griffin Park.

Between October 1954 and November 1963, Coote missed just 16 of 378 league games and captained us to the Fourth Division title in 1963 (pictured above), the year after he was named the Club's Player of the Year. Coote was never booked in his career and represented the London XI which reached the final of the 1955/58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, playing the first leg of the final against Barcelona.

Coote was awarded two testimonials while at Brentford and is a member of the Club’s Hall of Fame.

Colin Scott (1970); 6 appearances, 0 goals

Goalkeeper Scott played half-a-dozen games on loan from Glasgow Rangers towards the end of the 1989/90 Division Three season. Steve Perryman’s side won just one of those games, despite Scott conceding just six times during his time south of the border. The Glasgow-born keeper never made it at Ibrox but did enjoy success towards the end of his career with Clydebank and Queen of the South.

Marcus Bent (1978); 91 appearances, 13 goals

A product of the youth system, Bent made his breakthrough as a 17-year-old in November 1995 under David Webb. He scored three goals in four FA Cup ties that campaign, also notching his first league goal in a game against Bradford City in late April. The following term saw 45 appearances with Bent’s strike against Bristol City in the Play-Off Semi-Final securing our spot at Wembley. Bent started the 1-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra in the Final and played a further 29 times during the 1997/98 campaign before moving to the Premier League with Crystal Palace in January. He netted five times in 16 matches for The Eagles but at the end of the season both they, and Brentford, suffered relegation.

Simon Moore (1990); 77 appearances, 0 goals

Plucked out of non-league in the summer of 2009, Moore made his debut as an injury-time substitute on the final day of the 2009/10 season, replacing Wojciech Szczesny. Injury to Richard Lee the following February handed Moore his first proper run in the starting XI, which included an appearance at Wembley in the Football League Trophy final. However, it wasn’t until the 2012/13 season that Moore was truly able to make the number one shirt his own. He played 52 times that campaign as we took Chelsea to a replay in the FA Cup Fourth Round and reached the Play-Off final, the young stopper saving from Miles Storey in the Semi-Final shootout win over Swindon Town.

That appearance at Wembley was Simon’s final for The Bees ahead of a move to Cardiff City that July. He made just 25 appearances in three years with The Bluebirds but has enjoyed more success with Sheffield United, picking up a League One winners medal in 2017 and making his Premier League debut against Manchester United in November. 

League Debuts

Roger Joseph (1985) vs Millwall (H) – D 1-1


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