Bees promoted after near miss last season
After coming so close in the 2012/13 season, Brentford gained automatic promotion to the Championship last season after 21 years outside of it.
In dramatic circumstances, the Bees missed out on automatic promotion to Doncaster Rovers at the conclusion of the 2012/13 season.
Brentford missed a last minute penalty and from the aftermath Rovers went up the other end and scored, securing their promotion ahead of the Bees.
And it got worse for London-based side.
In the Play-Off Final Yeovil beat them to condemn them to another season in League 1.
However, under Uwe Rosler and then Mark Warburton the Bees gained automatic promotion behind Wolves.
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HEAD TO HEAD
Both teams are currently tied on 21 wins apiece in the head-to-head record. However, in recent times the Terriers’ have had the upper hand over the Bees.
The last two meetings produced nine goals with Town coming out on top in both.
The latest one, in 2012, saw Alan lee, Jamie McCombe and Jordan Rhodes net within the space of nine minutes as Town came from behind. Gary Alexander had given his side a two goal lead with a brace.
In the away fixture, Jordan Rhodes netted a brace and Lee Novak and Gary Roberts both scored in a comprehensive victory 4-0 victory.
Prior to that, a dramatic 4-4 draw was produced on the final day of the 2010/11 season, whilst Brentford beat Town 3-0 at Griffin Park in 2010.
The Terriers’ last defeat to Brentford on home soil was in 2007. Charlie Ide and Jo Kuffour netted against a Town team featuring the likes of David Mirfin, Danny Schofield and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Mark Warbuton began his coaching career in a part-time role at St.Clement Danes School in Watford. He left his job as a Trader in the early 2000s and travelled around Europe watching coaching sessions at Sporting Lisbon, Ajax, Valencia and Barcelona.
Later, he was offered a job in Watford’s Academy working with the Under-9 to Under-16 players before he was appointed Academy Manager in 2006.
He left in 2010 to pursue other sporting interests before being appointed Nick Forster’s First Team Coach at Brentford in 2011. After unsuccessfully applying for the manager’s job at Brentford with Forster in 2011, he moved into a Sporting Director role at the Club.
He helped the Bees’ Academy achieve Category 2 status as part of the Elite Player Performance Plan and after Uwe Rosler’s departure to Wigan he was given a shot as First Team Manager.
Brentford’s method of promoting from within paid dividends with Warburton taking over from Rosler’s excellent start to secure promotion.
Alan Judge from Blackburn, signed
Aaron Pierre to Wycombe, signed
Shaleum Logan to Aberdeen, free transfer
Liam O’Brien to Dagenham and Redbridge, free transfer
Scott Barron, released
Farid El Alagui, released
IN THE NEWS
The news that Brentford look set to keep hold of striker Clayton Donaldson will be a big relief for Brentford supporters.
The powerful frontman netted 17 league goals last season and was linked with a move to either Birmingham or Bolton. However, the latest news is that Donaldson will sign an extension with the London-based club.
The re-signing of Alan Judge following a loan spell last season could prove very astute. The creative midfielder scored seven goals in 22 appearances on loan from Blackburn Rovers and has the ability to provide Donaldson with quality service.
Brentford also have the League 1 2013/14 Player of the Year within their ranks. Midfielder Adam Forshaw, who netted eight times last season, collected the award ahead of the likes of Kevin McDonald and Alex Pritchard. The 22 year-old is formerly of Everton and should take to the Championship stage with ease.
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