Jake joins? Farewell Bidwell, just don’t ‘do a Rowlands’

2 Jul

For all the positive news coming out of Griffin Park yesterday, many Brentford fans have been left distraught when it was announced that captain Jake Bidwell would be joining QPR. His move to Loftus Road had been rumoured for some time but now it has been confirmed. Wow !

What can you say? There were equal amounts of warmth and vitriol flying around yesterday, something to be expected. Not at Jake departing. He’s been with us since November 2011 and so it’s only natural he would move at some point. Short of Kevin O’Connor, the days of players seeing out their career at one club are very much the thin end of the footballing wedge.

Supporter frustration has been more at the choice of destination. There? Really ? That’s been very hard for many to take. The memory of Martin Rowlands kissing ‘that badge’ is one that remain fresh in the mind, even now. Supporter memories run deep and things like that aren’t forgotten.

Then there was a hashtag. #Jakejoins. Seriously? Is he taking up woodwork? Ewww. Not good. It would be fair to say he didn’t look overly comfortable in those signing photos. Perhaps it was just wearing a QPR shirt after so long in the red and white or just knowing he been landed with one of those much maligned twitter ‘handles’.

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Jake looks ecstatic at the news he has earned a hashtag

Here’s my take on it, for what it’s worth. Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to Jake for everything he did at Brentford. He’s played a huge role in the team that bounced back from ’that penalty’, that got promoted to the Championship, that came within 180 minutes of the Premier League and then held their nerve last season, when all around were shouting doom and gloom, to end the season in ninth. A position which, for the record, was five points and three places ahead of the QPR side he now joins.

Next up, good luck. Seriously. I liked Jake, a lot. He always came across as the model professional and nobody could doubt what he meant to the team or the fans. Adding an attacking element, and goals, to his game only gave his play an extra dimension and we will miss him. Equally though, we will cope.

Last season showed how. The destruction of the squad that finished fifth was not pretty. The subsequent performances were painful, at times, but we got things together and have been left with a wonderful team. Tom Field gave a gob-smacking debut against Fulham when Jake did miss out and, surely, he’ll be lined up for that position now. Potentially, with support through the in-door (unless, of course, Dean is looking to convert another midfielder or, even, centre back? )

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Academy graduate Tom Field replaced Jake against Fulham

Players come and players go. Those who have left the Bees to line up against us in recent seasons haven’t had the easiest of times upon their return. Look at Andre Gray or Moses Odubajo. We’ve kept Clayton Donaldson quiet although I could never say a bad word about him, in any circumstance. Clayton was just fab.

And so was Jake.

I don’t envy him joining that circus up at Loftus Road. I certainly don’t envy him the reaction he is, undoubtedly, going to get from an element of our support – that’s football. Deal with it. I’m sure he will.

He’s made a decision that I am sure he sees in his best interests – financially and in footballing terms. We’ll miss Jake but we’ll be as strong without him.

Brentford finished 9th last season. QPR 12th. I fancy us to go better this time around. I fancy them to self-destruct.

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When I read #Jakejoins I presumed….

Nick Bruzon

And finally…. :   The Last Word ‘season review’ : Ready. Steady. Go Again and the three year anthology : The Bees are going up remain available for download. For all the info, the highs, the lows, more highs about Jake’s time at Griffin Park  then  you can do so now.

Its been a wonderful three years. Here’s to more of the same over 2016/17. Thanks, as ever, for reading


29 Responses to “Jake joins? Farewell Bidwell, just don’t ‘do a Rowlands’”

  1. Rowly July 2, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Get over the fact that you are a selling club and that all your neighbours are bigger than you, including QPR. Once you come to terms with the fact that Brentford are a League 1 club playing above themselves, you will be able to move on and handle the rapidly approaching relegation with dignity. Focus on your club, your players, ask yourself “why do all these good decent players keep leaving”. Then when you are at the next home game take a long slow look around you. You will see why as supporters and players merge into one sad assemble of downbeat underachieving wasters. Enjoy the upcoming season.

    • nickbruzon July 2, 2016 at 9:18 am #

      Remind me how last season ended….?
      Oh yes.
      Brentford 9th
      Rangers 12th

      Better luck this time around

    • RebelBee July 2, 2016 at 10:22 am #

      Not sure who you support but have a pint of “bitter” on us. It must really bite to see us uppity neighbours out thinking and out performing all these so called bigger clubs. We are happy with who we are and what we are, a proper football club with tradition, passion and soul. You can’t buy that. Enjoy the season.

      • nickbruzon July 2, 2016 at 10:27 am #

        Beautifully put, Rebel. The bitterness and sour grapes make our achievements all the sweeter

  2. Hoopsssaa July 2, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    You finished 3 places above us once in about 30 years. There’s no question as to who is the bigger and better club. You know it, we know it. And your players who want to join us know it hence they do. There’s only one martin Rowlands!!

    • nickbruzon July 2, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Ah. Living in the past . The last, desperate refuge of a man who knows his team have been beaten and are now down the pecking order.
      The table doesn’t lie.
      Brentford 9th
      Rangers 12th

      Maybe this season. Maybe…

    • RebelBee July 2, 2016 at 10:51 am #

      How’s the fire sale going, Fer gone yet?

      Bit worried about us aren’t you mate, BFC rising again and all. Rangers are the bigger club atm, I’ve no problem with that, it wasn’t always that way as you’ll see if you have a read up.

      Good bantz anyway – enjoy the new season

    • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

      You always know when a club is having troubles when supporters talk about history rather than the future. Whereas we cant wait for 6 August to come around

      So, comments like this one, from this gentleman, cheer me immensely!

      As for Jake, it is disappointing he doesnt have the ambition, but clearly QPR can offer more money than we can. Yet if we can sign someone like Rico Henry, who has international potential, then we will be saying Jake who?

  3. Jay July 2, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    More Rangers supporters trying to upset the biggest club in Hounslow tut tut…..

    • nickbruzon July 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

      Welcome back Jay. Always nice to have our West London rivals embracing the Brentford success story

  4. Andy evans July 2, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    How can you say that Brentford are a bigger more successful club than qpr
    Are you a retard
    You finished higher in the league than us once and all your best players want to come to Rangers

    You Dreamer

    • nickbruzon July 2, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Brentford 9th
      Rangers 12th

    • Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) July 2, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

      Another one talking about history rather than the future, I had no idea QPR were in so much trouble

    • RebelBee July 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

      Who said bfc were bigger? We are on the up though & were moderately more successful last year. You’ve come on a Brentford blog to have a whine about what exactly? Maybe it’s some of you who are a bit worried about us?

      As for Fulham Jay & his little postcode insecurities – 3 months to come up with the latest, must try harder mate.

  5. Kevin Jackson July 2, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    Jake will be well looked after don’t worry. And as for your comment on Q.P.R self destructing dream on I predict Q.P.R top six Brentford bottom three. Happy days.

  6. Chelsea Chaps July 2, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

    What an absolute plonks to make such inprofessional remarks. Yes Brentford did finish higher than QPR, but so what, good for them, but to say the Rs will self destruct (sour grapes?) yes of course it is, being a Chelsea fan as much as i hate to say so, JFH will build a future Rs side that will be head and shoulders over the Bees. BRUZON! Get your head out of you backside man!

    Chelsea Chaps

    • nickbruzon July 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm #

      Who’d have thought it? A Brentford fan backing Brentford on a Brentford blog.
      Rangers have been heading one direction in the last few seasons. Self-destruction is as valid opinion and someone else thinking they’ll pull themselves back.
      Mine is the former and I’m sticking to it

  7. tony July 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

    Sour grapes,my friend,when you have a fan base of 200,and a team last season that punched above their weight,you will never get to play with the big boys,but fair play to you lot for sticking with them,all the best for the upcoming season but fear you will be in a relegation dog fight once again,

    • RebeBee July 3, 2016 at 7:10 am #

      It’s great to be amongst the big boys….Newcastle, Villa – you must feel the same mate. Fan base of 200, come on you can do better than that. You lot are taking an unhealthy interest in BFC, that’s quite telling really.

  8. Martin rowlands July 3, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    How can we get better when we sell our best players???
    Qpr are strengthing their squad with one of CAPTAIN!!!!!
    Stop writing from the heart and write with the facts us bees are left

  9. Robert Page July 3, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    What a load of crap, get a different career mate. And the responses from bees supporters are very funny, and deluded. So much hatred, when are you going to realise, your not important to us.

    • nickbruzon July 3, 2016 at 7:47 am #

      Thank you. It’s gratifying you take so much interest in Brentford. In our players, our blogs, our fans. Then again, it must be nice to have a successful club to aspire to.

      Given your Brentford obsession, you’ll of course recall how last season finished.

      Better luck this year.
      Enjoy – and thanks for the erudite commentary

    • hobbo July 3, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

      Deluded,not me Rob ,50 + years of disliking your club and counting, along with Fulham and Chelsea as well. Us Bees fans Fans dont give a monkeys toss if we are important to you three or not.

  10. martin July 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    qpr not only want our players they once wanted the whole club , now that would have been a disaster.

    • nickbruzon July 3, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

      I can’t even begin to imagine. I notice its always a one way thing though. Nice to see we never want anything of theirs

  11. aussiebee July 3, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    Head to Head Brentford 22 wins 23 draws QPR 22 wins plus of course Tommy Higginsons testimonial Brentford 2 QPR 1

    • nickbruzon July 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

      Nice stats – thank you . The testimonial being the clincher (for now). A chance for clear air next season….

      • Michael flitter July 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm #

        This must be a first for QPR , signing a player under 30 years of age.

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