Football’s farcical 24 hours as one innovates and one goes a bit ‘Ratners’

31 Aug

This could be the most crazy 24 hours in modern football. We’ve already had the farce of last night’s Checkatrade trophy opening round where the lure of West Ham and Leicester City U-23 teams (please note, your definition of under 23 may vary) was not enough to persuade supporters to drop the proposed #BteamBoycott in this most maligned of tournaments. And then today sees ‘Transfer Deadline day’ as Brentford supporters join the rest of the footballing community in wondering if any new names will be coming through the ‘in door’ or if anyone is heading out?

Jim White, Natalie Sawyer and the rest of the gang lead the madness on Sky Sports before the window eventually ‘slams shut’ (TM) . You all know the drill by now. Yellow ties, yellow dresses and lots of cutting to empty stadia where nothing is happening. Plus, presumably, archive footage of Harry Redknapp leaning out of a car (subject to his sore knee).


Jim and Natalie do their thing on deadline days gone by

But, personally, I’m more interested in how the team at Beesotted will be handling things. Brentford fans will be more than amply catered for as Billy and team have promised us a ‘live’ deadline day podcast. From the pub, of course.

I’m not sure how this one is gong to work but it’ll be interesting for sure. Will Dave Lane be sent to loiter outside the training ground? Could Billy himself be found outside the Bescot to see if the rumoured signing of Rico Henry plays out? Or will they all be sat around a table digesting the news as it comes in over the TV and, of course, pouring forth in their ever eloquent fashion?

However it plays out and whoever is present, 9.15pm is the time. You can catch it via a number of sources and the Beesotted homepage has all the details.

Will Brentford see any new faces? Or will the signing be limited to the weekend’s appearance of Philipp Hofmann doing Greville’s books in the club shop ? Either way,  I’ll be dipping in for sure to find out. Good luck to the Beesotted crew – a great idea and one that shows, again, how keen they are to innovate.

Now, will they have a hashtag for listener feedback ?


Brentford’s most recent signing activity

One of the many benefits of Brentford being in the Championship is one less chance for Wembley pain via the JPT. This time around of course, the tournament has had a somewhat controversial makeover as the Checkatrade trophy.

Group stages, penalty shootouts to award bonus points in a drawn game and, of course, Premier League/Championship U-21 teams are amongst the innovations that have led many supporters to call for a #Bteamboycott.

Well, it would be fair to say they got their wish last night as fans voted with their feet. And then some. Fleetwood, Wimbledon, Accrington and Blackpool saw crowds of 392, 461, 785 and 760 respectively. 98 away fans turned up for West Ham U-23 at Coventry. Ironically, the lure of a new stadium not enough to entice the Hammers away from Holby City.

The U-23 sides had players ranging from the ages of 27 to 36 whilst there were even a couple of managers naming themselves in the match day squads. Paul Tisdale for Exeter City and Gareth Ainsworth for Wycombe were both on the substitutes bench. Injury crisis or point of principal?  To be fair, the latter did  put in an appearance where he set up his team’s third goal. That, in a game where 3 ‘away’ tickets were sold in advance although Wanderers at least had the consolation of recording a 3-0 victory.

There’s no such thing as ‘bad publicity’, apparently. I’m sure Gerald Ratner thought the same (kids, ask your parents) .

It will be very interesting to see what happens in the next stage of group games. I can’t wait, but for all the wrong reasons.

Well played supporters for showing the EFL just what they think.


Nick Bruzon


2 Responses to “Football’s farcical 24 hours as one innovates and one goes a bit ‘Ratners’”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) August 31, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    I actually think the introduction of U23 sides to the Trophy is a good thing….

    …bare with me….

    …introducing these sides to the competition will be of huge benefit to English football. Not because it gives the opportunity for young professionals to be involved in competitive games, but for the following…

    *This experiment will clearly only last one season, the biggest sides in the country bar-Chelsea have opted out of taking part, for fear of injuring their prize assets. Of course they came up with some other reason

    *The experiment has not gone down well with fans as demonstrated by the appalling attendances. in fact some of the clubs who have U23 sides involved didnt even sell tickets to their own supporters.

    *The whole U23 or B(ee) team experiment is clearly a dead duck, and there is no appetite for these sides to be involved in ‘first class’ competitions. This should silence forever the FA’s desire to include these sides in the Football League structure

    *The EFL firmly believe that the Trophy is in trouble and needs restructuring. Maybe thats so, and yet they seem to ignore that the League Cup is in a similarly poor state. Maybe with the Trophy laid bare it will force members of the EFL to look closely at the League Cup. Do we really need a League Cup and Trophy competitions? Should the League Cup continue but only feature EFL clubs with the Trophy scrapped altogether.

    The car crash that was completely predictable will open up the heirarchy of the EFL to scrutiny and Im sure further sweeping changes will occur next summer

  2. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) August 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Oh and im avoiding deadline day. After a hard day’s work the last thing I want to be faced with is a barrage of yellow and Jim White constantly shouting “Yes, I can hear you Jim, thats why we have volume controls”

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