A bitter taste of Scottish whine as Brighton slam dunk da Bees

4 Jan

Whilst we’ll get to the final fall out from the Rangers / Lewis Macleod story in a moment, Saturday was all about the FA Cup third round as Brentford entertained Brighton. And promptly capitulated.

Except, Saturday wasn’t about the FA Cup third round. Infact it seems that this year Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday AND Tuesday are about the FA Cup third round. Rather playing most games on the Saturday with a couple on Sunday, this normally fantastic occasion has been dragged out more painfully than the numerous episodes of Mrs. Brown’s Boys we had inflicted on us over Christmas.

To read the rest of this article, season 2014/15 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full. Containing additional material and even some (poor) editing, you can get it here for less than the cost of a Griffin Park matchday programme or Balti Pie.

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, I need to make more space on the site for any follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further on.


16 Responses to “A bitter taste of Scottish whine as Brighton slam dunk da Bees”

  1. David Carney. January 4, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Ferguson commented about how good a team Aberdeen have now become – but forgot to note two of their key players are ex Brentford who could not cut the mustard at Griffin Park.

  2. Neil January 4, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    You’ve been sold a dummy if you think you have signed “the hottest prospect in Scottish football”. McLeod wasn’t the hottest midfield prospect in the Scottish Championship, and failed to shine when his team played any of the big clubs. He may well turn into a very good player though. He certainly has more chance of that now that he will get some decent coaching.

  3. higgyville January 4, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    From a Rangers supporters point of view our team is a mess, McCoist has left an absolute shambles up here. Your right of course, no team has a divine right to success and you have to earn your status. Wee Barry talks nonsense most of the time and he just sound’s bitter on this occasion. Aberdeen are garbage as are the rest of the teams in the SPFL. The standard has dropped significantly since Rangers were demoted and the SFA and SPFL seem quite happy to watch our football drop to the standards of the Irish league. Lewis McLeod is a fine prospect and i wish him and Brentford every success. One thing is for sure, he is better of at Brentford than Rangers at this moment in time. The hapless McCoist appeared to ruin every player that came his way. I would be delighted to see you guy’s and Lewis in the Premiership. Good luck.

    • nickbruzon January 4, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      Many thanks indeed. nice to know Barry seems to be in the minority and, to be fair, we’ve had nothing but positive vibes from the vast majority of Rangers fans since the news was announced.
      Here’s hoping things get sorted for yourselves sooner than later. Cheers

  4. dohajim January 4, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    As a Gers fan, I was very disappointed and angry to lose MvLeod, who is a very special talent – despite the other comment made her. However, like the vast majority of Rangers fans, we wish him all the best – there is no bitterness towards your club. Just a pity that the investments in Rangers over the past 3 days have come too late to keep him!

    • nickbruzon January 4, 2015 at 11:20 am #

      Likewise. Really appreciate your comments (and those from the vast majority of Rangers fans – certainly where I have seen).
      Seems everybody is wishing Lewis well and I can’t wait to seem him in action.

    • Dubaintaethat January 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

      There has been no investment in Rangers in the past 3 days, only shares being traded.

  5. nasalsinatra January 4, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Lewis is an outstanding prospect and I am sure that once he settles he will be a very good player for The Bees. Enjoy him while you have him. It might not be that long but your club will make a tidy profit when they sell him on. To suggest, as one contributor has done, that he failed when playing against ‘the big sides’ ignores the fact that Rangers have beaten all 3 Scottish Premiership teams they faced this season in the cup competitions. And Lewis scored the winning goals in 2 of those games and in every game he was ‘man of the match’. In the last month Rangers have collapsed, starting with a 3-2 defeat to Alloa from a position of leading 2-0. No coincidence that Lewis went off injured in that game with a hamstring problem and didn’t play again. So that is the sort of influence he has on the pitch. As to his choice of club, Brentford is actually a good club to go to. He will be allowed to develop away from the glare of crazy expectations – unlike a former Rangers Player (Danny Wilson) who jumped ship for Liverpool FC 5 years ago as an outstanding prospect at 18 years of age. He never saw light of day there and is now at Hearts FC. Glad for Lewis he is not making the same mistake.

    • nickbruzon January 4, 2015 at 11:49 am #

      Many thanks indeed. The reaction over the last few days has certainly been an interesting, and positive, one.
      Here’s hoping for good things from Lewis. Judging by the commentary, I don’t think we are going to be disappointed . Cheers

  6. David Wise January 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    I, like Barry ferguson, was very upset at McLeod leaving. Not because Brentford are not worthy. As you point out teams rise and fall or vice versa and we have to take the rough with the smooth.
    No, there were three reason for the sadness. One, that we have received a paltry amount compared to our valuation. That is not Brentford’s fault, we all want to buy low and sell high and congratulations to you. But we are aghast that even the cretins running our club could not get a few million rather than part of one million. I hope to god there are substantial sell on clauses, but nothing would surprise me.
    Secondly that we will not have him for longer. His appearence is the one thing McCoist could point to. Although we believe he would have come through @ Rangers anyway, in the way that Ferguson did. But if we could have kept him for a few more years, we would have liked to see him in his natural centre midfield role. As pointed out above, in 3 games against Premiership teams he was man of the match threee times and scored the winner twice. All this from the wing! So you can ignore the comment from the bitter and twisted.
    Thirdly, and I think this may be what Barry Ferguson meant, when you lose someone you see as a special talent who has years of improvement ahead of them, the one consolation may be that Chelsea, Man Utd, Bayern, Barca or whoever has paid a fortune for them and you could never have held onto them against that kind of wealth. But it is not so long ago that Rangers would never have sold McLeod for £5M and only a European power could have tempted him away. It is not a measure of disrespect that we don’t see you as European giants. I hope he is very happy with you, and for the sake of McLeod and Scotland he continues to improve to the extant that you are made an offer you can’t refuse for him.
    Lastly, if only the decent Rangers fans who are now gaining a foothold and trying to rid us of the scum currently in control could have moved a little quicker, he may well have been able to stay a little longer.
    Good luck to Lewis and Brentford – I will follow your results with interest

  7. Chris January 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Mrs brown’s Boys is a fabulous comedy programme!!

  8. Greville Waterman January 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

    Touched a chord here, Nick, well done!!

  9. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) January 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Firstly on Lewis. Still cant quite believe we managed to pull off this signing. So credit due to David Weir, Frank McParland, Mark Warburton and Matthew Benham for making it happen. Good to see so may positive comments from Gers fans. I never quite understood from an English perspective why Scottish football punished Rangers as they did. All it has done is weaken the Scottish product as a whole, maybe something that Barry Hearn was alluding to recently. Scottish football is all the poorer without a strong Rangers and consequently not having a strong Rangers produces a weakened Celtic. Im in no doubt that if the Bees were in the SPL then we could find ourselves in the Champions League.

    As for The Cup. What on earth happened? Dominated nearly the whole match with scintillating performances from Judge & Jota and ended up losing 2-0. I guess these things happen sometimes and we have on more than one occasion in the past done a Brighton to someone else.

    • Gerry Q January 4, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Bernard, being based in England is as good as an excuse as any for asking why Rangers were treated as they were.
      Let’s look at the facts.
      Rangers (the original club) were put into administrations when they refused to pay their bills, including services from Police, Ambulance Service, face painters, flower shops, newsagents, decorators, car hire businesses, and HMRC. When I say refused, the preferred to invest in several new players rather than pay bills. They asked employees including players to take a severe cut in salary, THEN renewed contracts. For this, they were punished by the removal of points in the league. (as happens in most European leagues) The club was then placed into the liquidation process.
      This presented the Scottish Premier league members to come together and vote to transfer the licence to play to another club. (this is what naturally happens when clubs are promoted in most of European leagues) Rangers actually voted to transfer the licence to a newly formed club Sevco (which now use the name The Rangers) 10 clubs voted against the transferral, and 1 club abstained from voting.
      The normal promotion process took place with an additionally 1 place per promotion.
      The new club asked to join the Scottish League and this was accepted.

      There has been more competition in Scottish football in the last 3 years since. Whereas in the past the honours were won by Rangers, Celtic, etc…. the trophies are now being won by ‘lesser teams’
      Celtic appear to be the only club that have been negatively affected with a reduction of profits, with many more clubs running at a profit in the first time in 10 – 15 years.

      Rangers self destructed.
      They received the standard punishment. Loss of league points for entering administration.
      As a newly formed club they were accepted into the league system despite having no financial accounts.

      vote on transferring

      • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) January 5, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

        But has Scottish football improved? No its got worse. With Rangers missing, it has meant less investors, less sponsorship, resulting in a poorer quality product.

        As for Rangers. They still seem to be called Rangers, play at Ibrox, have the same supporters, still in a financial mess. So should you send them back to the bottom division again as nothing much has actually changed.

        Meanwhile Scottish football gets even worse.

  10. Patrick January 6, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    Count yourselves locky people of Brentford you could be living in Scotland having to readand listen to the whingeing “chosen few” on a daily basis!

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