As 2015 comes to an end, it's time to look back on what has been a turbulent year at Brentford.

Managers, or head coaches, have come and gone. There's been late drama, exciting games and some great goals.

New Year's Eve is a time for reflection and we take a look back on the dramatic events at Griffin Park over the year and also hand out some honours.

A year in review


Win at Norwich: Alex Pritchard celebrates after scoring

The year got off to a bad start as Brentford's FA Cup campaign was over almost as soon as it begun with Brighton claiming a 2-0 in at Griffin Park.

The league form continued to be strong with away wins at Brighton and Norwich but the Bees were beaten by Middlesbrough in front of the Sky cameras.

Off the pitch, Brentford signed Lewis Macleod from Rangers but, because of injury, the club have yet to see the highly rated midfielder play for the first team.

The Bees also added striker Chris Long to give competition to Andre Gray but many feel another striker should have been added.


Leaving in the summer: Mark Warburton

Brentford were left reeling after it emerged that owner Matthew Benham was looking for a new manager and popular boss Mark Warburton would leave at the end of the season.

The news emerged on the day the Bees were to play Watford and led to a defiant atmosphere at Griffin Park as fans made their feelings known towards the boss.

It was no surprise to see the Hornets win and then the worst performance of the Warburton reign followed at Charlton where the Bees were beaten 3-0.

A parting of the ways was announced a week later but, to the club's credit, they produced a fantastic performance to see off Bournemouth just a few days after.

The Bees also enjoyed their biggest win of the season as they put a woeful Blackpool side to the sword but ended the month losing 1-0 at Birmingham.


Brentford drew with relegation threatened Millwall

After thumping Huddersfield on March 3, the Bees let it slip in games at home.

Brentford were masters of their own downfall as Cardiff claimed a 2-1 victory before struggling Millwall claimed a draw at Griffin Park.

Away from home, Warburton's side picked up a creditable draw against Ipswich and a fantastic 3-2 win at Blackburn.

It was looking like a play-off battle for the Bees as the frontrunners edged away and there was more bad news as striker Scott Hogan suffered another serious knee injury.


Goal: Jota scores

Good Friday was memorable in 2014 as the Bees won promotion and it proved to be just as good a day for Brentford as they thumped rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage.

That proved to be the last success for nearly a month as they followed it up with a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest, a 1-1 draw at Derby after a last minute equaliser.

The Bees were having possession but weren't taking their chances and it cost them in a 1-0 loss at Sheffield Wednesday before a 2-2 draw with Bolton left their hopes hanging by a thread.

Brentford did beat Reading 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium to keep their dreams alive but they would need Blackburn or the Royals to do them a favour against Ipswich or Derby.


Saying goodbye: Brentford manager Mark Warburton

Brentford missing penalties on days when promotion futures are decided are common now. Marcello Trotta missed against Doncaster to consign the Bees to the play-offs instead of automatic promotion. Alan Judge missed against Preston, when the Bees did secure their spot in the Championship.

James Tarkowski joined the list with a poorly taken penalty against Wigan but it didn't matter as the Bees were already winning 3-0.

Better yet, Derby had been heavily beaten by Reading and Blackburn had taken all three points against Ipswich.

It meant a two-legged tussle with old foes Middlesbrough was on the cards.

Jelle Vossen gave Boro the lead before Andre Gray's brilliant equaliser but there was pain as Fernando Amorebieta gave the visitors the advantage going back to the Riverside Stadium.

It was in the north east where Warburton's reign came to an end as Boro eased to a 3-0 victory in the second leg.

Benham acted quickly after Warburton's departure and brought in Rasmus Ankersen and Phil Giles as co-directors of football with winger Akaki Gogia also joining the club.


Marinus Dijkhuizen

Brentford appointed Marinus Dijkhuizen as their new head coach after being impressed by his work at Dutch club Excelsior.

Ryan Williams joined the club after leaving Morecambe in a deal that caught many by surprise before Yoann Barbet also joined the club.

Andreas Bjelland also joined the club from FC Twente before Konstantin Kerschbaumer joined the club from Admira Wacker.


Passion personified: Tony Craig celebrates after scoring his penalty to help Brentford to Wembley against Swindon in 2013

Brentford returned to pre-season training and travelled to Portugal, while regular captain Tony Craig completed his return to Millwall.

The Bees added Josh McEachran to their ranks after signing the midfielder from Chelsea, while Will Grigg left for Wigan.

Lasse Vibe and Philipp Hofmann were added to Brentford's squad as they looked to strengthen their attacking options but Jonathan Douglas was told he was surplus to requirements.

There was a blow as McEachran broke his foot in pre-season training; the first sign things were not going to go to plan.

There was also transfer speculation as Hull were keen to sign Andre Gray and Moses Odubajo, leading to fears the Bees' squad would be decimated.


Burnley's Andre Gray
Left for Burnley: Andre Gray

Odubajo confirmed that he wanted to leave the club and moved to Hull, while the Tigers were making offers for the striker that the club continued to reject.

The season started with a 2-2 draw with Ipswich as Brentford came from two goals down, inspired by Gray, to claim a point. All was not well as fans sang Warburton's name; unimpressed with what they had seen.

However, they were thumped by Oxford in the League Cup after making 11 changes to further fuel discontent.

There was further embarrassment as their scheduled game against Birmingham was postponed to relay the woeful Griffin Park pitch. Record signing Bjelland sustained an anterior cruciate liagment injury.

The striker, despite being distracted by the interest shown in him, continued to perform and scored in the 4-2 win at Bristol City.

Maxime Colin came in to replace Odubajo and impressed on his debut at Burnley with the Bees reeling after Gray left to join the Clarets for a record fee.

August ended with Brentford losing heavily at home to Reading after a shocking first-half performance.

The Bees added Marco Djuricin and Sergi Canos as August turned into September and the final day of the transfer window.


Axed: Marinus Dijkhuizen

Brentford completed their transfer business by signing Ryan Woods from Shrewsbury but things were clearly problematic at Griffin Park.

Injuries had left Dijkhuizen with a scratch team and they had 10 players missing from their 2-1 win over newly promoted Preston, following a draw at Leeds and a defeat at Middlesbrough.

Indeed, the following defeat against Sheffield Wednesday proved to be the end of the Dutchman and Brentford looked to be a crisis club after interim boss Lee Carsley said he didn't want the job after a 2-0 loss to Birmingham.


GOAL: Marco Djuricin scores the winner against QPR

Going into the October international break, Brentford looked like a side destined for relegation after a rudderless performance at Derby where a 2-0 defeat could have been by a far greater scoreline.

The Bees were just a point above the relegation zone and it was difficult to see where the next win was coming from.

However, things turned around for Carsley and Brentford after the break as they saw off Rotherham before beating Wolves and Charlton on the road.

That set up a crunch game against QPR and Marco Djuricin scored the only goal of the game to give the Bees victory over their bitterest of rivals.

This run of results saw Lee Carsley named as manager of the month.


Winner: Philipp Hofmann celebrates scoring the winning goal

Hull ended Brentford's winning run with an excellent display at Griffin Park before Djuricin joined the casualty wing in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn.

Carsley thought his reign had ended after the 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, with Philipp Hofmann scoring a last minute winner, with Pep Clotet set to take charge.

However, the clubs couldn't agree a deal and Dean Smith was appointed hours before the 1-1 draw at Bolton; Carsley's last game.


Sergi Canos celebrates his wonderful goal

Smith's reign got off to an emphatic start as Brentford secured a 2-0 win over MK Dons and it could have been plenty more with the crossbar rescuing the visitors on three occasions.

The Bees played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Fulham with both sides having chances to win late on before losing 3-2 at Cardiff, despite coming back from 2-0 down with Jake Bidwell scoring his first goal for the club.

Brentford gave their fans an early Christmas present by beating Huddersfield 4-2 and followed it up with a 0-0 draw against Brighton on Boxing Day.

Fantastic strikes from Ryan Woods and Sergi Canos sees Brentford go into 2016 four points off the play-off spots.


Player of 2015

In goal: David Button

David Button

This is a very tough call to make. However, I'm going to give it to David Button. Aside from the home defeat to Cardiff in March it is difficult to think of any mistakes he has made. There have been plenty of games where he has saved points for the club.

Alan Judge has been absolutely magnificent this season since Lee Carsley took over and is deserving of his first international cap. If this was player of the season so far, Judge, who was my player of 2014, would have been named without question. However, his injury in January cost him a month of action and, when he returned, Alex Pritchard had taken his role in the side.

Honourable mentions go to Harlee Dean has grown as a player dramatically in 2015 and has cut down dramatically on his sloppy mistakes, while Jake Bidwell has been Mr. Consistent.

Boss of 2015

Manager of the Month: Lee Carsley

Lee Carsley

This goes to Lee Carsley purely for the work he did to turn the club from relegation battlers into one Dean Smith could build from.

The infectiously funny character, but deadly serious when it came to training and playing, brought the best out of a squad who lacked confidence and leadership.

Smith has admitted that he's been fortunate to come in after Carsley's good work and, while he's made an excellent start, it's not long enough to pass judgement.

Warburton, too, deserves credit for giving Brentford fans a season to dream of and one, in the cold light of day, to savour amid all the dramas in February.

Goal of 2015

Sergi Canos v Reading

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Honourable mentions go to Ryan Woods' goal at the Madejski, Alex Pritchard's strike at Derby, Stuart Dallas' brace at Fulham (both goals) and Alan Judge's strike against Rotherham.

Moment of 2015

Fulham 1-4 Brentford

A difficult one in a year packed with several highlights. Seeing 6,000 Brentford fans enjoy a heavy win over their rivals in their own back yard just edges it. Re-live the occasion with our gallery above.

Honourable mentions also go to the final day of the season as everything went the Bees' way. They did what they had to do in beating Wigan 3-0, while Ipswich and Derby both lost.

The 1-0 win over QPR can't be forgotten either as many long-term supporters have been desperate to see their Hooped rivals beaten.

What can be expected in 2016?

Promotion favourites: Middlesbrough

Promotion looks a difficult challenge as I can see the three teams going up to be from Derby, Middlesbrough, Hull and Burnley.

Brentford can get themselves into the top six but it will be incredibly difficult to beat any of those sides over two legs before ending the cup final hoodoo.

That means a third straight season in the Championship. Given where the club were in 2007/08, that's not to be sniffed at.

Providing the right deals are made in January and the summer, Brentford could be in prime position to capitalise next season.