Thomas Henry Mahadoo Bonell: Brentford’s first goalscorer

T.H.M. Bonell wrote himself into the history books when he scored Brentford’s first ever goal against Kew on 23 November 1889.

Not much was known about him until recent research revealed his background. He was born on 28 April 1862 in Birmingham to Joseph and Hannah Bonell and employed on the railway.

The 1891 census revealed him living in Hanwell with his mother and sister, Eliza. Married in 1919, he died on June 20, 1932, in Poole, Dorset, at the age of 70. He left £4,883, seven shillings and seven pence to his widow Daisy Ann Bonell.