Is this the biggest ever? The time Birmingham City ruined the party

14 Mar

Has there ever been a more meaningful game between Brentford and Leyton Orient?  It’s a question that Billy Reeves put out there on Beesplayer during the Carlisle game and which he posed again during the week on Twitter.

The obvious answer is ‘no’ – this is the big one for both teams. We all know the current stats and the very likely prospect that, as things stand, one of the Bees, O’s and Wolves will end up as League Champions. Likewise, that one of this trio will miss out on automatic promotion and, thus, be cast into the hell on earth that is the chance to play at the W place near Ikea in North London.

So far, so good. However, for Brentford there has been a bigger game. Cast your mind back to season 1994/95 when David Webb was at the helm. This, at the time when he was still purported to “wear a magic hat”, according to the words of the then popular terrace chant, rather than the era when the spelling of his name had been changed to W£bb.

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 Thanks for reading over the course of the campaign. For now I need to make space on this page for any follow up.  The ‘close season’ / World Cup columns continue in full, further on in this site.

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8 Responses to “Is this the biggest ever? The time Birmingham City ruined the party”

  1. bluenose March 14, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I was at that game at st andrews,atmosphere was electric,a great night

    • nickbruzon March 14, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      Stunning atmosphere. Shame about the result.
      Here’s hoping for a rematch next season.

  2. adam March 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Great article, I’m a Blues fan and remember this really well. Its interesting to read the thoughts of ‘the other side’ and how it has gone down in your folklore.

    Interesting to see Forster and Bent in that picture too, two flops when they played at St. Andrew’s!

    For what its worth hope pip Wolves and send them to the play-offs 🙂

    • nickbruzon March 14, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Many thanks indeed.
      It still seems odd that Brentford felt such fierce rivalry with Birmingham but, back in the 90s, you seemed to be with us at every crunch moment.
      I have my fingers crossed we reconvene next season.

  3. Major Sharpe March 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    In reply to Adam. Bit harsh to say Nicky Forster flopped at Blues i think. He was never prolific, granted, but scored some big goals for us under Trevor. Marcus Bent on the other hand, well let’s draw a veil over that one…

    Great piece anyway and in the end pretty handy result for you guys today as well. Hope you beat the Yam, Yams to the title and they end up in the play-offs!

    • nickbruzon March 16, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      Many thanks indeed.

      Nicky was a legend at Griffin Park, however he fared up at St. Andrews.
      Martin Grainger another to have made the switch between our respective teams

    • adam March 16, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      Yeah I was a bit harsh on Forster. Seem to remember he got a serious injury in his first/second/third game for us and never really recovered from it. He just failed to live up to the promise and goals he got at Brentford.

      Couple of more recent players from the 2 clubs, we’ve got Adeyemi now. He had a spell with Brentford didn’t he? Also didn’t we sign DJ Campbell from the Bees too?

      • nickbruzon March 17, 2014 at 6:02 am #

        DJ. And Martin Grainger.

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