It’s good to talk. On the terrace or elsewhere

7 Mar

Anything more to add after Brentford put in that anti-performance against Charlton? Having rewatched the action via highlight reel I’m still struggling to find (m)any positives. And with The Bees next facing the trip to Loftus Road and the derby with QPR, it’s clear a rapid ‘bucking up’ of ideas is needed

For what they’re worth

Can Brentford take anything positive?

Well, surely it can’t be possible to be that poor again? On a day when even Buzzette was reported to have lost her head, c/o Lasse Vibe in the warm up, it’s clear nobody had a good afternoon.

That said, at least she was able to get up and ‘go again’ rather than suffering the ignominy of being the first ever mascot to be stretchered off Griffin Park. Parents have been spared having to explain a decapitated anthropomorphic Bee to traumatised youngsters. A case of attempted insecticide, perhaps?

The other good news pre kick off is that #BeeTheDJ (our one decent Twitter hashtag) really works. Griffin Park rocked to The Quo and ‘Down,Down’. Many thanks indeed to Big Bee Radio.


Kinder eggs and The Quo – enough to keep all ages happy pre kick off

Likewise, at least we won’t get whipped by Hull City on Tuesday night. A trip to Humberside so soon after the Charlton debacle was probably the last thing we’d have needed. Whilst the cancellation of our game due to the cup replay with Arsenal is frustrating, at least there is some silver lining.

Instead, it is QPR next up. As with last season’s low point, also Charlton (although away) the reaction seen in the following game was just what the doctor ordered. A 3-1 pasting of eventual champions Bournemouth put the spring back in Brentford’s step and allowed us to push on for the rest of the campaign.

Could we get more of the same on Saturday? I hope so.

Short term I’d be happy simply to hear our co-directors of football come out and talk about how they see things have gone so far this season. Especially after the weekend. More importantly, how do they feel things will go from here?

I’d love for them to just be honest. The fans aren’t stupid whilst, equally, we know how much Matthew Benham is backing this club. Last year was brilliant but our team deserved what they got. Let’s not hide behind ‘over achieved’ . Just as Leicester City are proving this year, talent and team spirit count for so much more than multi-millions.

Then again, if the mountain won’t come to Mohammed… For all that people are, understandably, frustrated about certain aspects of the current set up – on and off field – if you approach our staff (and many of them have contacts on the Internet / are visible on match day thanks to the confined nature of Griffin Park and her environs) you might be pleasantly surprised.

I’ve had lengthy discourse with one senior figure this week to try and explain supporter feeling whilst the Beesotted team are never shy to duck away from approaching club figures. And, of course, we have supporter organisations like BIAS and BU.

Whether directly or through one of these groups; with a voluminous list of questions or a one off observation, IF you want an answer then why not try and make your voice heard? What’s the worst that could happen? That said, all being well we’ll hear more out of the club soon.

The final good thing about the weekend, and probably my highlight, was another outing for ‘Terrace Talk’. You all know the score by now as Jo Tiley does her thing with a camera and those supporters eager to spill the beans on her question of the day.

This week’s topic is ‘favourite derby game memory‘ and, despite no mention of the wonderful 4-0 over Fulham back in 1992, the video doesn’t disappoint .

Oh for the power to look ahead and see if Saturday at QPR might make this list? Until then, here’s Jo….

Nick Bruzon


8 Responses to “It’s good to talk. On the terrace or elsewhere”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) March 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Buzzette did indeed lose her head courtesy of a full on tackle from Lasse at half time! Which depressingly was one of the highlights of the day.

    Interesting that you managed to pin down a senior figure and explain your feelings & convey some feedback you have been getting. I see Greville has managed to get an interview with Phil Giles scheduled with a list of questions resembling a FOI request. Good luck to him. Im guessing Mr Ankersen is otherwise engaged.

    As for #BeeTheDJ. Well done on getting a song played. Im still stuck on one success this season. My choice of ‘Im gonna make you love me’ by the Temptations & Supremes did not get played but was a call to inspire the likes of KK, Hoff, Swift, Marco & Josh. Clearly not playing my song was why we lost! I see the DJ failed to see the irony in your choice. A word though for the fella who always picks Caravan of Love, and fails every time to get it played. With Blackburn next home game it has to be ‘A Day In The Life’

  2. Nigel Garrigan March 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm #

    Nick, as ever a balanced and positive overview, and I have nothing but admiration for you producing an uplifting – ish – article at a very low moment.
    As a season ticket holder for 2015/2016 (& for years before) I have to confess I will no longer be bother to making the 2 hour journey to GP after the Charlton (effort?). The Club has my money so who cares, the owners vanity & the anonymous and enormously inept (some may say ignorant Directors of Football as they have no communication skills) can watch the stunning transformation from ‘Silk Purse’ to ‘Sows Ear’ on my behalf.
    We have discarded a well connected, experienced, exciting football focused setup for ……………………………………………… a Mathematician & a Danish Guy.
    You get what you pay for – unless you’re a fan of BFC.

    • Roderic March 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm #

      Bang on, so right. BFC were on the verge of greatness last year; you have identified the culprits for the falling star.

  3. Laurence March 8, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    Thanks to Lee and his shift we may survive this season. It’s been nothing more than a dismantling disaster with nothing on the horizon to encourage. A limp manager, no range of strategies on the field of play, the prospect of our one decent player going in the summer, the reality of not being an attractive club with real future prospects to attract players to etc etc. What a difference a year makes and all created by an owner / management who clearly made decisions which do not stand up to examination. As examples MW is clearly doing a good job at Rangers and Gray is banging them in for Burnley. All very sad really having waited decades for last season. All very depressing.

  4. RebelBee March 8, 2016 at 10:22 am #

    The comments so far are sad but understandable. Even on Saturday there were 9K Bees fans in attendance, and many have ST’s – the support had been growing very nicely. I’ve been going for ever, i’d find it hard not to – but I will need some convincing to renew my ST, and if the worst is to happen – no chance, i’ll pick and choose.

    Many like me have persuaded others to come to BFC, bring the mates, kids etc. A few are dropping off already and it really pains me to see this. Were we to go down it would be totally self inflicted in my view – a completely avoidable waste of our golden moment.

    Then again it’s Brentford innit….

    • Nigel Garrigan March 8, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      Absolutely agree, what were we called – ‘Tin Pot Brentford’ it should be ‘Tin Pot Benham’ A classic example of a ‘Know All’ owner who actually knows nothing about football – still look on the bright side it’ll fun to see Jeff Stelling at GP when Hartlepool come to town, you never know ‘Matthew’ might be able to rake up a ‘smart’ tweet.
      No more ST for me, I’m off to watch FC Zombie Village

      • Nigel Garrigan March 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

        Wow!! Now we’re 17th & 8 points from being relegated, please explain what value Phil & Rasmus bring to the table.

  5. Gordonbankole March 8, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

    The answer is very clear to that one Nigel.

    This is looking so similar to 1993, a season which set our club back years.

    Whatever one thinks of Matthew Benham, I doubt he has invested £90 million for this. If I were him, I would be calling an emergency meeting with DS and our esteemed DOFs to sign two or three decent guys on loan within the next few days. Pretty much an impossible task mind you – but hey, never mind when we lost Toums and effing Tarkowski we had enough points on the board obviously so we didn’t have to think about replacing anyone ‘cos it was all too easy in possibly the most relentless league in Europe.

    The last twelve months have been a catalogue of errors and sadly it’s all coming home to roost.

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