There’s nothing but good news coming out of the club

7 Apr

With the dust barely settled on Tuesday’s win over Bolton, it was news central at Brentford yesterday.

The media team were in over drive with two major announcements made through ‘official’ on the club website whilst kitman Bob Oteng has already started teasing fans with news of his latest,and final, shirt giveaway. All we needed was an ‘And Finally…‘ story about a pregnant panda to really go ‘full Newsround’.

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Did anybody ever ring that phone ?

First up though, Lionel Road. The club have announced that the Compulsory Purchase Order has been approved by the government, allowing them to complete the acquisition of the land required for the new Community Stadium at Lionel Road. In a short piece on the club website, Chairman Cliff Crown confirmed that, “This approval marks the start of further important legal steps that the Club and the London Borough of Hounslow now need to follow. We look forward to being able to make further progress over the coming months.”

This is fantastic news after, outwardly at least, the project seemed to have hit a bit of a brick wall. I have no doubt the team were tearing up trees to get over this latest hurdle and I’m just really pleased for all involved that we are now another step further along the line.

Given the brief and factual nature of the announcement it does pose a number of follow on questions.

Namely – when can we start building? How much did it cost? Can there be any further appeal against the government’s decision? Will we get to see photos of Mark Devlin, Cliff Crown and Matthew Benham wearing ‘hard hats’ and leaning on shovels as the club ‘break ground’?

Hopefully we’ll be given a more in depth analysis of next steps in due course. There are plenty of questions and I can’t imagine that clearing the site or building will start tomorrow. So, for now, let’s just enjoy the good news whilst looking forward to further updates and the prospect of our new home being that bit closer.

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Lionel Road is a step closer

And in a wonderful piece of timing, the club have also announced that season tickets for the next campaign will go on sale this Friday. Given it could be our final campaign at Griffin Park (at least, in the current ‘terraced’ form) there was further good news in that, amongst myriad other pricing/membership related benefits, ST prices have been frozen.

The full details are available on the club website in what is, this time, a voluminous statement. CEO Mark Devlin explains the methodology behind keeping prices at the same level, the dialogue with BIAS to help achieve this and the long term aspirations of the club around our fanbase. This really is a positive and forward looking plan that represent great value for another season of Championship football.

But if that wasn’t enough ‘feel good factor’ coming out of the club, kitman Bob has started his own strip tease campaign.

Followers of Bob on twitter will be well versed in his regular kit ‘giveaway’ competitions that have involved all sorts of ‘money can’t buy’ prizes from the back of his locker. Signed boots, signed shirts and even the black third shirt have all been won by fans for nothing simpler (ha!) than than predicting the name and minute of Brentford’s first goal scorer.

I get the impression that the next, and final, competition of the season could be something unique. Bob has already started dropping hints on social media….

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Is Bob ending the season with the big one?

I can’t even imagine what Bob has up his sleeve but if the incredible prizes given away so far are anything to go by, this one could be very special indeed.

Stay tuned…

Nick Bruzon

 

 

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3 Responses to “There’s nothing but good news coming out of the club”

  1. RebelBee April 7, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    A great few days for the club on and off the pitch, exactly what was needed. As someone who has had criticisms I want to say well done to everyone – elements of “the harder you work the luckier you get expression” come to mind. You’ve asked the key questions re LR and I guess until it is actually finished we won’t rest easy. My only request to MB, or anyone involved who might be reading, is that the main stand is adorned by a huge castle badge, and that 4 corner bars be named after the 4 pubs at GP. That’ll do it for an old skooler like me.

    • Tim April 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      Love the castle badge so much. We need it 60ft high on the new ground, if and when.

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) April 7, 2016 at 5:54 pm #

    An excellent few days, 2 wins, 6 goals, a striker scoring, Lionel Road one big step closer, frozen season ticket prices. And a worthy comms response to a ridiculous administration rumour. And I feel comfortable now that I dont need to work out my journey to the Greenhous Meadow which I was so resigned to, but rather Villa Park & St James’s Park.

    I would advise against Messrs Crown, Devlin & Benham leaning on shovels as its likely with everything Brentford at the moment, one of them will get injured posing!

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