‘Tinpot’ Brentford make it 6 from 6 against Leeds

8 Feb

1974-75. As footballing giants Leeds United were playing Bayern Munich in the European Cup final, ‘tinpot’ Brentford were battling it out in the fourth division with the likes of Workington, Southport, Mansfield Town and Darlington.

How times have changed. Fast forward four decades to where Brentford are the ones pushing for the top flight and, with it, the possibility of Champions League qualification. Leeds, meanwhile, are wallowing in the memories of days gone by as they flirt dangerously with the Championship relegation zone.

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.

Could Leeds sweep aside tinpot Brentford ?

Could Leeds clean up against tinpot Brentford ?


25 Responses to “‘Tinpot’ Brentford make it 6 from 6 against Leeds”

  1. KCLeeds February 8, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    It’s quite easy to have the lions share of possession when your team is awarded free kick after free kick for falling over and asking for a free kick. Seriously, this isn’t just sour grapes. We all moan about refereeing decisions that go against us bu in 40+ years of watching Leeds United this referees performance rates as one of the most myopic, one-sided displays I’ve ever witnessed. And he has previous when it comes to us. Coincidence? I think not. Anyway, best of luck to the bees and Jonathan Douglas in particular.

  2. dirty leeds February 8, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Leeds fan here.I for one,will go on record to say well done to Brentford.as much annoyed,I am with the mighty whites,Brentford deserved there win yesterday.the ref was crap,but will probably get promoted,from the leeds haters football league panel.

  3. Neil Smith February 8, 2015 at 10:46 am #

    Never do I respond on another teams blog so a first for me but unfortunately I couldn’t leave this one alone! Firstly I have to say, Brentford, from a tactical and workmanlike perspective are the best team I have seen at ER this year, very disciplined and well organised hats off to the ‘gaffer’ and his team for executing a plan. However, any team visiting ER yesterday with Graham Salisbury in charge couldn’t have failed to win the game! I have been watching Leeds for 40 years and this rates as one of the worst refereeing performances ever seen. Lets face it, we didn’t deserve to win the game but we didn’t deserve to lose it either. I’ve played the game at a decent level and I know how difficult it is to relieve any pressure when every decision 50/50 or otherwise goes against you. The result really becomes inevitable. The build up to the winner was as ridiculous as you’ll see! A referee should not shape a game or directly affect the outcome, without blinking an eye, Mr Salisbury did both. Despite all that good luck to Brentford FC impressive all over the park.

    • nickbruzon February 8, 2015 at 11:23 am #

      Many thanks indeed for your comment. We’ve had our share of stinkers in the past and the popular opinion today seems to be that Mr Salisbury may well have got an awful lot wrong. If it’s any consolation (and probably not !) we’ve got the ultimate combo of disastrous officials on Tuesday – Stroud officiating with d’Urso as fourth. Could be carnage

      • Neil Smith February 8, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

        Ooh, good luck with that one ‘turdo’ runs Salisbury very close indeed! Good luck for the rest of the season.

      • nickbruzon February 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

        Cheers. and, likewise, (genuinely) hope you have a good ‘rest of season’ too. As somebody with a family that has a strong Leeds supporting contingent, I’m all up for doing this again sooner than later

      • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) February 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

        Oh no Stroud!! The one ref you dont want at your game (maybe except Kettle). Wasn’t at the game yesterday, but I do remember Salisbury reffing the JPT final v Carlisle & not giving much our way that day. Perhaps yesterday was our leveller

  4. Gary February 8, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Leeds are no longer the team they were and for the last 10 years the mismanagement of the club have left them in the wilderness. Like Brentford we are just a championship club with championship players ( actually mostly Serie B players at the moment). Our owner is barred from owning us bizarrely just until April though)and having already sacked three managers since the end of last season Redfearn was the only real option for us and this year we just have to survive what has been another year of instability at Elland Road. In spite of all our troubles we still have an unbelievable following and for ‘tinpot’ clubs like Brentford a visit to Leeds is still their ‘ cup final’ while for Leeds it’s just another game that tells us we still haven’t got the team and management that our great club deserves. So, well done , enjoy your moment but remember , the cream always rises to the top and if you beat us then it will be a real surprise

    • malbee February 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

      Leeds our cup final dont big yourself up to much Derby,Forest, Wolves three others that weve beaten. You dont seem to get its not all about supporting a big club with history,.been a bees fan for fifty years, my dad took me all over London to watch football as a kid could have been Chelsea ,Arsenal, Spurs, West ham but no i chose the bees my local London club glory hunters we are not just real supporters COME ON YOU BEES

      • nickbruzon February 8, 2015 at 7:17 pm #


      • malbee February 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

        PS suggest tinpot cup final against Bournmuff in a couple of weeks is a bigger game for us,nuff said

    • malbee February 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm #


  5. Paul G February 8, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    As a Leeds ST holder, my comments for what they’re worth ….. First half I thought we had the better of the play without ever really looking threatening – last ball into the box was too often poor, which has been a problem for us all season. You seemed content to sit back and hit us on the break, and had three good chances – our ‘keeper probably kept us in it.

    Second half was a different game. Not sure how much you changed the way you were playing, and how much we lost the plot; but there were long periods when we struggled to get out of our own half, and some of the neat passing through midfield that we’d applied in the first half went out the door. I though the ref was poor, and that we didn’t get too many decisions – but then you might think ‘he would say that, wouldn’t he?’ In the ground I though there was a clear handball in the build-up to your goal; watching it again on the BBC I changed my mind.

    On the three pen shouts, I was at the wrong end for the one in the first half – but those behind the goal seemed to think it was pretty clear. The second Austin one was least convincing; but if the ref wasn’t going to give it, he should have booked Austin for diving. He bottled out, and didn’t do either. The Sharp one I also thought was a good shout – you see those given every week up and down the country. Again, I’m probably biased …. but the reason Leeds fans are so upset is that pretty much every penalty decision in either box seems to have gone against us over the last few weeks – culminating in the Bournemouth game, where we conceded one for a foul which was a good 3 yards outside the box. It wasn’t even close.

    Overall, Brentford had the better chances, and did enough to win the game; but other than the goal, you didn’t take those chances, and we could have sneaked an equaliser (notably the scramble in the box towards the end, which BBC did actually show). But I think it’s the strength of the Championship that promoted clubs like you and Bournemouth can go so well in this League; and I’d wish you all the best for the rest of the season ….

  6. alz February 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    wow.a brentford blog written by someone who didnt even go to the game.jesus…..

    • nickbruzon February 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

      Its Nick, not Jesus. And I hadn’t realised mandatory attendance was a prerequisite of being allowed to write about my team.

      • alz February 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

        its like writing a movie review for a film you haven’t seen.also, your fans were the worst i have seen at ER this season.hope you are proud

      • nickbruzon February 8, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

        Very – thank you !

      • Patrick B February 8, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

        No but it does help to actually watch the match if you wish to pass comment on what did or did not happen. As someone who actually did go to the game, I thought Brentford were excellent in attack, Pritchard was class, and the lads up front quick and dangerous on the break. Saying that, a more composed Leeds would have scored against a slow and ponderous defence. Enjoy your 15 mins of fame Brentford, as that’s all it will be.

      • Tyler75 February 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

        Of course its not, but it is to write about a game ! But kudos to you for some Leeds baiting that’s guaranteed to get you more hits & responses – but we’ve seen it all before – we’re not famous anymore We travelled up to ER with some Brentford fans yesterday and even they concurred there was nothing in the game apart from the referee, who I’d agree with my fellow Whites, was one of the worst I’ve ever seen at ER and that’s a pretty tough list to get to the top of.

  7. Counte of Monte Fisto February 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    Every week we get the whole mighty Leeds vs Tinpot thing thrown at us whoever we play

    Read the comments on here and most weekends and you will find most Leeds fans know where we are and aren’t arrogant. Sure there are some & they make me cringe.

    For the record you and Bournemouth are the best two side to come to ER & I hope you both go up.

    Stop the silly comments though

    • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) February 8, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

      Nice comment. I think arrogance and complacency from the big clubs have worked very much in our favour and our tinpot cousins in Dorset. Saw the Leeds game at GP, and the complacency was very apparent. Although it didn’t help you had just hired a manager who probably had no idea where he was going to end up when he got on the coach at Elland Road!

      Someone mentioned having our 15 mins of fame. Well ask any Bee or Muff supporter & they will tell you that we haven’t had 5 mins of fame yet.

      Tuesday night local derby & full house this week. Looking forward to it. And coming from Bournemouth, really looking forward to the Tinpot Derby in a couple of weeks.

  8. dirty leeds February 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    In what way were the leeds fans the worsed that u had seen.a bit silly,if u mean vocal,considering we outsing many teams.

    • malbee February 8, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      Your on a par with the wolves wingers

  9. alz February 8, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    I remember a west ham fan with a hard-on for Leeds-he used to write a blog giving his verdict on matches and general football news. He didnt go to matches either but seemed to think he was an expert. Like this blog that says ‘fan’s eye view’ in the top right and the headline appears like it might be an actual report,its all false really.come out from behind your computer and go to some games and get a proper view.

  10. Andrew Gwilt September 4, 2021 at 1:52 am #

    Funny how you called it “Tinpot derby”. Maybe football matches can have smaller teams facing each other and are called “tinpot” but the fans see it differently.

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