The season begins with travel and transfer chaos. And a badge update

5 Aug

We’re all systems go. As Brentford prepare to start our own Championship campaign at 3pm on Saturday afternoon, proceedings begin in anger this evening as Newcastle United have the somewhat dubious honour of travelling to Fulham for Sky’s opening televised game. We’ve the fallout from yesterday’s opinion piece on the club badge and an interesting update concerning former Bee Alex Pritchard and his move from Tottenham to Norwich via another fans forum – this time Brighton’s.

First up, the response to yesterday’s piece on the Brentford badge. Well, judging by the reaction from various social media sources it seems there is a lot of love for the current version over our previous incarnation. For every comment such as the Castle “is a design classic. Like the Porsche 911 or Ray Bans Aviators” or the present one looking “like it’s been made using Microsoft Clip art” there was an awful lot of admiration for Andrew Henning’s modern day effort. I can’t deny it’s popularity amongst large numbers of our support.

Of equal interest were several calls for a redesign or even just a fan vote on which way to go. How about a new crest altogether? Especially with a 130th anniversary coming up in 2019. There’s plenty of opinion out there in yesterday’s comment’s page or on twitter.

Whichever you prefer  – and whilst I am #teamcastle it is clear we have many fans of the modern version – Joe Fenton (@Jaf1991) nailed it with the observation that , “I think we can all just be thankful we haven’t reverted back to the horror of 1989..”

Bees 89 cenenary badge

Next up Fulham v Newcastle United. The first game of the Championship and already we see the headaches that will face supporters with a Friday night trip from the North East to West London. It is a game where the visitors – those who aren’t making a weekend of it, of course –  will then rely on both TFL (good luck) and a sprint across town for the last train home. One that arrives just shy of 3am.

I’ve no doubt Newcastle will travel ‘en-masse’ for this one, such is the reputation of their fanbase . Many of whom may even be wearing shirts. But it does concern me that given the obvious  attraction of Sky to feature the former Premier League outfit (see also : Aston Villa) Saturday games are going to be the thin end of the wedge. And that’s an obvious impact for us. Indeed, our trip to Villa Park has already been put back a day to accommodate that weekend’s TV.

With the Bees travelling to Newcastle on October 15th, you’ve got to think that isn’t one that is going to be deemed TV-worthy.   But should Dean Smith and his team hit the ground running then who knows what subsequent changes to the schedule may soon be made? As it stands, Sky’s ‘live’ calendar only runs as far as September 26th and from a Championship perspective, the game two days earlier between Aston Villa and, erm, Newcastle United.

Could the Bees feature in that next batch? Will Newcastle become this years Leeds United  – at least in terms of TV exposure?  Here’s hoping some consideration is given to travelling supporters – but I doubt it .

Next up. Alex Pritchard. “We want you to stay” sang Bees supporters as he certainly made an impression whilst on loan from Spurs during our first season back in the Championship.A long sleeved yellow away shirt (not even Sam Saunders was afforded that luxury), fleet of foot and a fair few goals , he was missed by many last season.

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What a shirt….

Whilst there had been hope that we might strike a deal with Spurs to bring him back, that was merely a pipe dream with Rasmus Ankersen confirming at our recent fan forum that he would just cost too much.

But with a transfer inevitable, it looked like Brighton were his next destination . Until Norwich City, already featuring another former Bee in the legend that is Sergi Canos, jumped in. Aside from making me think that Newcastle might not have things all their own way this season (the Magpies being every pundit, even Ian Holloway’s, favourite for the title) the move did spark an interesting update from Brighton’s own forum last night.

Nobody can deny Brighton’s honesty. And diplomacy, despite some clear frustration . Why blame an agent or another club when you can blame the traffic?

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not my words etc

Nick Bruzon

7 Responses to “The season begins with travel and transfer chaos. And a badge update”

  1. Mark Herzog 47 Years a Bee🐝🐝 August 5, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    Just to add to the ‘who’se on tv again’ debate……..the financial boost of being on tv when the parachute money is there as well…..just makes an already uneven financial playing field unplayable. Perhaps the money ought to go direct to the away supporters if the match is recheduled. £10 tickets and £10 towards travel costs for example……free use of local transport on production of match ticket…it can be done, one just needs the will to do so…

  2. RebelBee August 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    Unlucky BHA, Naarch hijacking AP’s signing just illustrates how football is these days. Guess i’m slightly happier to see him at Carrow Road anyway, Pritch and Canos both in via the BFC finishing school.

    Apart from SSN giving us a bit of pre season coverage and Holloway’s relegation prediction would anyone know we are even in the “EFL” this season? Really poor from the media again, not the clubs fault but the Newcastle love in is getting a bit much. Trust me everyone will be up for a bit of them when they come to town.

    We need a few more bods in pronto imo, all Bees fans need to pray that someone takes a punt on Mr Andre Gray at £30M. The sell on would be life changing for us and would really help MB to push us on.

    Have a great season all.

  3. Paul Martin August 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Not very often that Norwich are the season’s most attractive visitors.

  4. Spanish Bee August 5, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Everybody is going to try harder against the top names and there will be a good few surprises.

  5. August 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    Does anyone know what Brentford get for bohui going to man Utd?

    • nickbruzon August 5, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

      It was asked at the fans forum. Forget the exact words but to the effect of: “Undisclosed – although we will get something. Yes”

    • Leonard August 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

      A v finger sign or around £50K

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