Brentford Return To Premier League After 74 Years

Brentford have been promoted to the Premier League after 74 years and nine unsuccessful play-off campaigns with a 2-0 victory over ten-man Swansea at Wembley.

Having not played in the top-flight since May 1947, the Bees broke their play-off curse as goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes took the Bees to the promised land.

Beaten in last season’s final, it was tenth time lucky for Brentford, who succeed in the end-of-season lottery for the first time in their history.

And after finishing the Championship campaign third, losing most of their star players over the years and still thriving thanks to an innovative ‘Moneyball’ system, it is so richly deserved.

Their latest star striker linked with everyone, Toney, netted for the 33rd time in the league this season when Bryan Mbeumo won a penalty in the 10th minute.

And the Bees were quickly out of sight when Emiliano netted a fine breakaway goal on 20 minutes.

Any Brentford fan will tell you it’s never this simple, but it would’ve been had Toney netted a stunning volley which hit the crossbar and bounced off the line a few moments later.

But despite some Swansea pressure at the start of the second-half, two goals were enough for the Bees, especially after a red card to Jay Fulton on 65 minutes.

Fulton trod on Mathias Jensen’s Achilles, giving the referee no choice but to send him off despite the accident.

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Even Brentford, with that awful record, couldn’t throw it away from there – and the relief from their 5,000 inside Wembley was tangible.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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