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On This Day in History: 21 May

A look back at this day in Brentford history

21 May 2020

Notable Matches

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Birthdays

Lee Nogan (1969); 11 appearances, 2 goals

Striker Nogan joined Brentford for the final months of the 1986/87 season from Oxford United. He made his senior debut in a home win over Chester City and netted his maiden goal back in his native Wales against Newport County on his next outing. His other Brentford strike came in a 2-0 win at home to Rotherham United before he returned to Oxford at the end of the campaign.

Brian Statham (1969); 206 appearances, 1 goal

Zimbabwe-born right-back Statham joined us in January 1992. He went on to play 18 times that campaign as Phil Holder’s side wrapped up promotion on the final day of the season at Peterborough United. Statham missed just one league game during the Division One relegation campaign, playing 58 times in total, and made 36 appearances the following term. His only professional goal also came that season during a 3-3 home draw against Cambridge United.

He was again a regular as we reached the Play-Offs in 1994/95 before losing 13 months of his career to a double leg fracture in December 1995. On his return the then 27-year-old featured mostly off the bench as we went into the Play-Offs once more. Statham played both legs of the Semi-Final victory over Bristol City but was then sent off late on in the Final defeat to Crewe Alexandra, his last act in a Brentford shirt before moving to Gillingham that summer. In an ironic twist, Statham was also sent off the first time he returned to Griffin Park with The Gills in September 1997.  

League Debuts

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