Leeds United v Brentford: Last five meetings at Elland Road

Jermaine Beckford.
Jermaine Beckford.
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Brentford’s trips to Elland Road have been few and far between, and mostly fruitless for the London-based side with the Whites unbeaten in the last five clashes between the teams in West Yorkshire, taking three wins, including a League Cup success, along the way.

Saturday, March 6, 2010 – Leeds United 1 Brentford 1

This was the first game between the two clubs for 49 years and the spoils were shared.

The game proved to be a tight affair, remaining scoreless at the break with Brentford taking the lead against the run of play on the hour through Ben Strevens.

But Jermaine Beckford levelled the scores, netting past Wojciech Szczesny on 72 minutes with his 25th goal of a hugely successful campaign.

The point went on to be crucial as United finally earned promotion back to the Championship, finishing one point ahead of third-placed Millwall, meanwhile Brentford went on to finish ninth.

Wednesday September 13, 1961 – Leeds United 4 Brentford 1

In the first match-up between the two sides in over seven years, Leeds were the winners in their first ever League Cup clash.

The outcome of this game did not come as a surprise as Leeds, of Division Two, overcame their Division Three counterparts. United followed up their big first round win with a 3-2 triumph over Huddersfield in the next round while they had the good fortune of a bye in round three before being knocked out by Rotherham in a fourth round replay. Both sides suffered disappointing seasons, with Leeds finishing three points off relegation in 19th, while the Bees were relegated to the fourth tier.

Saturday, March 6, 1954 – Leeds United 4 Brentford 0

March 1954 brought about a one-sided clash between the two sides which still stands as Leeds’ biggest ever win over Brentford.

The rout was the perfect tonic for a disappointing 2-1 defeat in London earlier in the campaign and would prove to be crucial at the end of the season as tomorrow’s visitors were relegated at the end of the year, missing out on safety by just three points.

Another mediocre season was the outcome of the 1953/54 campaign for Leeds as they, once again, finished 10th.

Saturday, November 29, 1952 – Leeds United 3 Brentford 2

This mid-season clash went the way of the home side in an entertaining clash.

In an Old Second Division season which would be dominated by Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town, Leeds endured a disappointing year, finishing 10th, while Brentford had a dramatic end to their season, avoiding relegation by just four points and finishing 17th.

Saturday, August 18, 1951 – Leeds United 1 Brentford 1

On the opening day of the 1951/52 Old Division Two season, the spoils were shared between the two sides.

The two clubs would go on to enjoy similar fortunes that year, with Brentford finishing 10th and Leeds finishing five points ahead of their southern rivals in sixth.

The next fixture between the Whites and the Bees was four months later where Brentford took the spoils at Griffin Park with a 2-1 win.