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We’ve Met Before: Brentford Away

14 July 2020

Preston North End face the Bees for the 56th time in league meetings when we travel to Griffin Park on Wednesday night.

First Team News

Match Officials: Brentford Away

14 July 2020

The Bees lead the head-to-head with 23 wins to 19 at present, since our first league game on Christmas Day 1932, when the hosts were 3-2 victors.

Everyone is well aware of the club’s recent record at Brentford’s home ground; our first win there in the league came on our sixth visit, straight after WW2, in October 1946, when we won 3-2… although we had won twice there in the FA Cup in 1911 and 1938 on the way to winning the trophy.

The biggest win at Griffin Park was a 4-2 success in February 1951, doing the double over them that season, as we had in 1946 when we won as well.

Of course, our last win there came in glorious sunshine in September 2011; under the management of Phil Brown.

That afternoon, Neil Mellor scored twice, as the Lilywhites recorded their sixth win in a row, against Brentford.

North End took an early lead when Mellor outmuscled Karleigh Osbourne and stroked the ball past Bees goalkeeper Richard Lee.

Niall McGinn equalised for Brentford from Myles Weston's low cross, but Iain Hume restored North End’s lead with a stunning strike from 35 yards.

Mellor volleyed in from Clarke Carlisle's cross to secure victory in what was an excellent start to the season for the side.

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