The day’s hottest video is also the iciest as Matthew Benham is challenged

23 Aug

Need to cool off before the Bees take on Birmingham City today? Well known Brentford fan Natalie Sawyer, alongside her fellow Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen, did this yesterday by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

If you haven’t heard about this yet (it’s possible) it simply involves tipping a bucket of icy water over yourself and then nominating somebody else to participate in the ritual whilst the whole affair is filmed for social media. The point of the exercise being to raise funds for, and awareness about, ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – also known motor neurone disease).

Natalie and Hayley complete the challenge


With personalities from the worlds of sport and entertainment lining up to take part, it certainly has focused public attention on this awful disease. And as much of the interest seems to lie in whom the participants nominate next.

Natalie, for example, challenged ‘Mr Douglas’ who, presumably, is Brentford’s Jonathan rather than boxing’s James ‘Buster’. Although judging by the current state of Dougie’s beard, a bucket of icy water is the least he needs with the midfield legend fast becoming football’s Russell Brand (in the unkempt facial hair, rather than joke telling, stakes).

Like several others in the Brentford squad Alan Judge has also taken part. Unlike several others in the Brentford squad, it seems he has immediately earned himself a transfer to Slough Town. That’s what you get for challenging the boss…

A gauntlet is laid - to Matthew Benham and Slough Town

A gauntlet is laid – to Matthew Benham and Slough Town

And if Natalie’s video is proving popular, equally impressive from Friday is one posted by the Beesotted crew who found time to catch up with Clayton Donaldson ahead of his Birmingham City team visiting Griffin Park. You can catch the link to that one on their website, here.

For today though, it is all about ice buckets and good deeds.

I’d love to see the ALS challenge, which is now coursing through the higher levels of the club thanks to Alan Judge, extended further. If Matthew Benham does accept, then why not have the likes of Mark Devlin, Peter Gilham or even our media team alongside him?

Who wouldn’t donate to charity to see the likes of Chris Wickham and Mark Chapman give each other an icy soaking?

The donations start here…

3 Responses to “The day’s hottest video is also the iciest as Matthew Benham is challenged”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) August 23, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Hayley McQueen & Natalie Sawyer chucking buckets of ice cold water each other sounds more like a ‘specialist’ video.

    Would be interested to see who Mr Burridge & Mr Melville would nominate!

    As for today. Will be leaving home at 11.45 to try and avoid the ‘just about getting to the game with 3 mins to spare’ scenario that keeps happening to me! (Granted i left home last Sat at 2.45!)

    Ill be in the applauding Clayton camp! But lets get one over that old enemy.

  2. Luis Adriano August 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Great articulation of the last day or so as ever Nick.

    Please consider yourself duly nominated for the challenge if you haven’t done it already. I shall try and post my video to Twitter. Nominated by my daughter, I have chosen you, Felix Magath and a friend of a friend to be my three follow ons.

    You are mostly chosen for your ideas as to who else to do it. Hope you take part, enjoy and nominate wisely.

    Keep up the good work, another great day to be a Bee. And a Ram for the day!

    • nickbruzon August 24, 2014 at 6:50 am #

      Challenge accepted – wil have to dig out something special for this

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