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Ever Wonder why Brentford fans sing about being a ‘bus stop in Hounslow?’

Joe Prince-Wright dives into Brentford's rivalry with west London neighbors Queens Park Rangers and how it gave birth to the Bees' cheeky chant, "We're just a bus stop in Hounslow."

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Ever Wonder why Brentford fans sing about being a ‘bus stop in Hounslow?’

They are close to being everyone’s favorite second team in the Premier League and fans of Brentford chant ‘we’re just a bus stop in Hounslow!’ loud and proud.

But what does it mean? Why do they sing it? When did it start?

The main reason behind the chant is to wind up their local rivals in west London. But it has a greater meaning.

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Flipping a chant from rivals on its head

How did it start?

Local rivals Queens Park Rangers fans mocked Brentford a few years back after a win and chanted ‘you’re just a bus stop in Hounslow!’

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Queens Park Rangers’ Nahki Wells (left) and Brentford goalkeeper David Raya Martin in action Brentford v Queens Park Rangers - Sky Bet Championship - Griffin Park 11-01-2020 . (Photo by Mark Kerton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

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Hounslow is a part of west London which you mostly pass through to get to Heathrow Airport in the western suburbs.

Brentford’s fans then flipped that chant on its head and embraced their status as a small industrial town which 1) has a bus stop and 2) is in the Borough of Hounslow. The song is factually correct but it is about so much more than that.

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Punching above their weight

For decades Brentford have been one of London’s smallest professional teams but this season they have overtaken all of their rivals and this self-deprecating chant sums up the spirit of the rise.

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COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - SEPTEMBER 19: Matthew Benham, owner of FC Midtjylland prior to the Danish 3F Superliga match between FC Copenhagen and FC Midtjylland at Parken on September 19, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

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Multiple promotions, which culminated in a first-ever promotion to the Premier League in 2021, has been led by incredible recruitment by data-driven owner Matthew Benham (who also owns FC Midtjylland in Denmark).

And if you sprinkle in sublime community spirit and the charisma of manager Thomas Frank, they are now taking on the big boys at the very top of the Premier League.

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Thomas Frank, Manager of Brentford reacts following their sides victory in the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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This bus stop in Hounslow is now being talked about all over the world.

Bus stop in Hounslow

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