The 2021/22 season is now at an end. Brentford's first-ever campaign the Premier League ended with The Bees in 13th place. There were some great moments to reflect on.
Over the next few days, we will look back at the season. Join us and remember the home wins, great days on the road, late winners and the moments away from the match. Have a look at some of the best matchday moments.........
Thomas and Woody
One of the stories to emerge from Brentford's first ever Premier League game was a moment captured on camera between Head Coach Thomas Frank and fan Woody. continues The Bees beat Arsenal 2-0 last Friday to kick-off the 2021/22 season. Our new home was full for the first time ever and Brentford fan Woody was one of those in attendance.
Woody has Down Syndrome and a very limited vocabulary. He communicates through sign language and his beaming smile and became a regular in our last years at Griffin Park. We told his story in full on World Down Syndrome Day in 2019.
Woody was there to watch us beat Arsenal. Head Coach Thomas Frank spotted him in the North Stand after the game as he took the players on their usual post-match walk around the stadium. The two shared a moment that was caught on camera and Woody's day was featured on BBC magazine show Football Focus as his Mum Natalie talked about what attending matches was like. See the full story here.
On World Down Syndrome Day this year, we welcomed Woody and his team mates from Brentford Penguins to our match against Burnley. They saw The Bees win 2-0. See more here.
Those members of the Brentford family who died in 2021 were remembered at the start of the year. It has been a Brentford FC tradition for a minute’s applause to commemorate those that have left us in the past 12 months. This year, the commemoration was held when we faced Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 22 January.
Our matchday programme carried the names sent to us by fellow fans and there was a special video played out on the screens at our new stadium before the game. Names and pictures of those lost were shared. See the full story here.
Afghan Girls welcomed to Brentford
At the end of January a group of young female Afghanistan footballers were invited to Brentford for the day. The Afghanistan women’s youth development team were among hundreds of female athletes who fled the country after the Taliban regime took over. They were part of a group of 130 people who made it to the UK to resettle in the country.
Preeti Shetty, who sits on the board of Brentford FC, was keen to extend an invite to West London to the group. The team enjoyed a training session at our facility at Uxbridge High School, led by Brentford FC Community Sports Trust coaches, and then headed to the Brentford Community Stadium for our Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. See the full story here.
Bees host Family Fun Day
Brentford fans gathered ahead of the West Ham United game to take part in some family fun at the London Museum of Water and Steam. Around 400 supporters and local Brentford residents gathered in the family fun zone which was set up on the morning of the game outside the Museum.
Football coaches from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust put the younger Bees fans through their paces on the mini pitch and at the speed cage while the face painter, balloon modeller and football freestyler kept everyone entertained. See more here.
The return of Christian Eriksen
Brentford's 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United in February will only be memorable for one moment. Brentford introduced Christian Eriksen for his debut 52 minutes in. The Denmark international had not played in a competition match since suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch playing for his country last summer.
Mathias Jensen came on to replace Eriksen that day as the match, against Finland, inexplicably, continued once Eriksen had been revived. The opposite swap took place in West London as Eriksen resumed his career. He played 11 Premier League games for Brentford after signing at the end of January and is now back in the Denmark squad.
The story of Christian's return was told via our YouTube channel. Watch the whole playlist here.