Fighting talk or over confidence in Play Off race?

14 May

How long has this week taken? It seems almost an age since Brentford went head to head with Middlesbrough in the first leg of the Championship play off. Since then, we’ve seen a draw in the other half of the tournament (Ipswich Town being held at Portman Road by Norwich City) and more goals than you could shake a stick at from the rest of the League. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing QPR tumble into the Championship and Clem liken Matthew Benham’s HQ to Doctor Evil’s lair.

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.

Talk to the hand - Boro' fan Clem had a strange analogy about  Matthew Benham's HQ

Talk to the hand – Boro’ fan Clem had a strange analogy about Matthew Benham’s HQ

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4 Responses to “Fighting talk or over confidence in Play Off race?”

  1. Ian Gill May 14, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    I am a Boro fan and have heard some comments about booking hotels and trains etc for Wembley.

    Just please bear this in mind, we are 250 miles from London, people have to plan or be prepared to pay exorbitant prices because of the logistics of being that far north.

    To put some perspective on the logistics involved for a Boro fan. Our closest game is Leeds at 65 miles, Brentford can play Reading, Fulham, Brighton, Charlton, Millwall and Watford all within that range, all within public transport range.

    I actually live in Derby and had a debate with a Forest fan about away support. If he went to every away game he would travel just over 5,000 miles, a typical Boro fan well over 9,000.

    On the day of the play off final there are only four catchable trains to the North East after the match and they are already £126 return. Brentford have seven trains an hour, two railway stations and three tube stations!

    We have to plan now just in case we win, it isn’t just hopping on a train or tube. The final is only a week or so after the second leg.

    We are as concerned as you are, our blog is called Untypical Boro as a play on the fact we shoot ourselves in the foot. There is no arrogance amongst the fans, pleased to take a lead back home, yes.

    The articles in our local paper are designed to fill virtual column inches.

    I rarely post on other teams web sites, don’t believe in trying to wind people up. Good luck Friday – I don’t mean it of course, if you get through enjoy Wembley

    • RebelBee May 14, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      Fair enough mate, it swings both ways though – I’ve seen Boro forum threads slating us over our following up there tomorrow, which will be around 2000. Our average away following is very decent in the championship, almost no Bees fans live up there, and it’s live on Sky on a Friday. Anyone trued heading North from London on the roads on a Friday? Basically it’s an overnighter or hours on the bus.

      Whole day off for me but I’ll be there roaring on my BFC, hopefully to a famous result. If not there will be no whining from me, we’ll take it and move on. As for Wembley, well we always do so well there that no Bees fan will even think about it – it’s the stuff of nightmares.

      Boro is a proper club, as are Brentford, we have proud history too in an area where it’s easy to follow other clubs. We have more in common than you might realise.

      Dead right about the local papers and web editions, twisting stuff to create a story when there isn’t one.

      Enjoy the game – well sort of.

      • Ian Gill May 17, 2015 at 9:35 am #

        1500 got there which is a good turnout on a Friday night.

        If we had got a bigger allocation we would have brought a lot more but it is in part because there are a lot of Boro fans around London (certainly more than Bees on Teesside – must be the smog) few of whom got tickets, they all went to season ticket holders. In part because we have more fans, so many other fashionable blubs in London.

        Good luck next year.

  2. Stephen hu May 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    Can’t understand all this talk of overconfidence. First over celebrating a last minute winner ( who wouldn’t celebrate a last minute away winner in a very tough semi- final, against very good opposition ?). Then having a pop at our local rag for letting us know what we might be paying for tickets, should we overcome. ITS TWO WEEKS AWAY MAN. WE DONT LIVE IN LONDON. If we prevail, this is going to cost a small fortune in travel and hotels. Ive checked hotels, gosh! I’m soo over confident. I’d be annoyed if the Evening Gazette had not published ticket prices by now. I’ve also planned what I’m going to do if we don’t make it…oh! What a pessimist I am.

    It takes a lot of planning, we need extra days off, travel, hotels. It helps to know what it costs.
    To top if off, we then get accused of being limited as an attacking force and suddenly accusations of misquoting start flying around,
    Anyway, safe journey up to The Riverside to all you Bees fans. Here’s to another great game.

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