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Stat Attack: Brentford v Notts County

Joe Jones

Out of the last 28 English football seasons (going back to 1985/86), Notts County and Brentford have been in the same league 18 of those seasons. Bit of a regular fixture then.

Brentford certainly have the upper edge historically, winning 27 out of the 74 meetings. Notts have won 20, while 27 meetings have been drawn.

Notts haven't won against the Hounslow side since the 2003/04 season, when we did the league double over them in League Two.


Eight draws followed, but the impasse was broken by Brentford beating Notts home and away last season, both 2-1 wins. This season, we lost 1-0 at Meadow Lane a few months back.

Brentford FC started life in 1889 because the members of the Brentford Rowing Club wanted to engage in a sport as filler during the winter months. By 8 votes to 5, they opted for football instead of rugby.

Notts County legend Tommy Lawton played for Brentford directly after his talismanic spell with the Magpies, scoring 17 goals in 50 games between 1951 and 1953. He also served as player/manager in his final year with the club before leaving for Arsenal.

Since 1954, Brentford have experienced football higher than the third tier for just one season, in 1991/92. Last season, they came within one penalty kick of changing that. Then this happened...


(However, they may be on the verge of turning it round this season, what with being five points clear of third-placed Leyton Orient with a game in hand)

Brentford is a popular team with many musicians who grace the pages of NME. Hard-Fi lead singer and guitarist Richard Archer, Bluetones guitarist Adam Devlin, Status Quo bassist John "Rhino" Edwards, The Who guitarist Pete Townshend and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman are all supporters of the Hounslow club.

Gunnersbury Park Museum is in Gunnersbury House, narrowly in Gunnersbury (the north-west of Chiswick) containing artifacts and former furnishings of the Rothschild family, who were culturally and financially pre-eminent across France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and North America (basically, one of the most powerful families in the world).

Kew Bridge Steam Museum houses the world's largest working beam engine and its narrow cuboid tower is an emblem of the town.


Brentford will be without winger Sam Saunders tomorrow, who is still sidelined after a knee operation.

Midfielder George Saville is fit again after a knock, while Harlee Dean, Tony Craig and James Tarkowski compete for two centre-back spots.

Also Alan Judge, who has served us so well over the last few years before his move to Blackburn Rovers at the end of last season, is expected to face us tomorrow.

Callum Ball is County's only doubt, having not featured since the 5-1 defeat at Walsall in January.

However, the striker, on loan from Derby County, is making good progress after a training ground ankle injury.

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Soon even Crawley FC will have several famous musicians behind them. Really, I don't get that. Jump on the media bandwagon.

Looking forward to the news from this, I will be relying on you Joe!


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