ABeeC was an officially registered political party formed to campaign on behalf of Brentford FC’s plans for a new community stadium. The party was formed with the specific with aim of contesting the Hounslow local authority elections in May 2002.
ABeeC fielded 14 candidates across the Borough in the 2002 elections in Hounslow Borough – with no more than one candidate standing in each ward. Whist the ABeeC Campaign was specifically designed to be a campaigning tool for supporters of Brentford FC – under the banner of ‘A Future for Brentford FC in Your Community’ – it created UK political history by succeeding in getting one of their candidates elected to the local council, the first time that a Councillor had been elected on the back of a campaign on behalf of a local Football Club.
The ABeeC campaign was fuelled by the work of the BIAS Stadium Action Group, which had been formed late in Autumn 2000. The Stadium Action Group attempted to breathe fresh life and enthusiasm into the faltering attempts by the Football Club to secure a new stadium.
The work of the group was thrown off track in the Spring of 2001 when the, then, owner Ron Noades declared his intention to groundshare with non league Woking.
Unsurprisingly Brentford supporters were outraged by the Woking proposals, despite Noades’ assertions that this was just a ploy to put pressure on the local authority in giving Brentford preferential treatment for Noades’ favoured site at the Feltham Arena. Supporters were nevertheless galvanised in their opposition to Woking and mounted an effective and vigorous campaign of opposition and, successfully, petitioned Football League officials to reject these plans.
Whilst history records that the No To Woking campaign was successful, and while relations between Noades and supporters’ organisations went from being tetchy at best to completely fractured, there was a residual feeling that the local authority -Hounslow Borough Council – was not being as supportive as they could or should be in securing a new stadium site for Brentford Football Club. Thus was born ABeeC, which went on to successfully fight the 2002 local elections.
Four years later in 2006, ABeeC did not field any candidates. The party believed it had achieved its initial aims and objectives. ABeeC and BIAS committed to continue to monitor relations between the football club and the local authority, should the current good relations ever change.
ABeeC ceased to be a registered political party in 2018. The electoral commission no longer allowed dormant parties to be registered unless they had a full manifesto. Therefore the BIAS Executive Committee took the decision cease the registration.