On Monday 7 October 1889, a meeting was called by Archer Green - the secretary of the Brentford Rowing Club.
The question of starting a Brentford Football Club was discussed, and it was resolved that all gentlemen interested in football were to gather in the Pavilion at the Oxford and Cambridge Hotel, Kew Bridge, the following Thursday, to set the ball rolling.
It was agreed that a vote would be taken on Wednesday 16 October to determine whether the Rowing Club would play football or rugby; football was favoured by eight votes to five. Brentford Football Club was formed.
Claret, salmon and blue, the same colours as the Brentford Rowing Club, were adopted as the Club’s colours.
131 years on, with the Club having recently moved to a new stadium a stone’s throw away from the site of its formation at Kew Bridge, Brentford has taken inspiration from its past with a claret, salmon and blue third strip. The Bees mark the start of a new era with a nod to how it all began.
A crisp white jersey with striped tipping to the sleeves and a contrast rounded rib neck gives the jersey a clean and classic feel. The colour scheme continues with white shorts and socks with a claret trim.
Principal Partner Utilita Energy, one of the nation's fastest-growing independent energy suppliers, will take pride of place on the front of the shirt. Utilita Energy, who first joined forces with The Bees in 2016 as Official Energy Supplier, will appear on the front of all Official Brentford shirts - including Brentford B and Brentford Women’s FC teams – for the 2020/21 campaign.
Brentford’s new third shirt is available from Monday 2 November. Shirts will be £48 in adult and women sizes and £38 in junior sizes. Fans will be able to personalise their shirts with the specially made claret EFL letters and numbers. The team will wear the third strip for the first time against Swansea City on Tuesday 3 November.
The Bees Store on Braemar Road will reopen from Friday 30 October at 9am for seven days a week until Sunday 29 November (Monday to Saturday - 9am to 5pm / 10am - 4pm on Sundays). For three days only prior to general launch, our third shirts will be exclusively available in store. Supporters will receive goodie bags for every purchase over £50 (subject to availability). Third kit shorts and socks are not available.