A shock u-turn. But have the bookies got it wrong for the Villa game?

13 Sep

Well that’s a bit of an about turn. With Brentford heading into tomorrow night’s game at Aston Villa sitting eighth in the Championship table, just two points behind second placed Newcastle United, the mood is a positive one. Of course, we had the marvellous win down at Brighton on Saturday but, perhaps as importantly, we’ve now had an apology from Ian Holloway

Back in early August, the former Bee (his other clubs including Bristol Rovers and, of course, the Loftus Road mob) incensed Brentford supporters with his pre-season prediction that we would go down. Writing under the moniker of ‘football expert’ in his column for Sky Sports , he called us out to finish in 22nd place, noting: “Brentford are regressing. Mark Warburton got them punching above their weight. They still haven’t replaced Andre Gray and Alan Judge will be missing for the start of the season. They could be in trouble”.

To read the rest of this article, season 2016/17 is now available for download on e-book in the retrospective: Welcome Home, King Jota (Brentford FC season review 2016/17)

Priced at just £1.99, all sales are being donated to the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.

Likewise any sales from the previous titles – Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup (2013/14), Tales from the football village (2014/15) and Ready. Steady. Go Again. (2015/16) – are also now going to the BFCCST.

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Ian Holloway – predictions as good as the kits of his playing day




Nick Bruzon


3 Responses to “A shock u-turn. But have the bookies got it wrong for the Villa game?”

  1. Richard September 13, 2016 at 7:27 am #

    I had a couple of dollars on Bees winning 2-0 at Brighton @ 26-1 but most of my money was on multi-bets so I only finished a couple of dollars ahead .A 2 nil win for QPR would have been good for me but I was happy to see them drop 2 points at home to the bottom club.
    If we could only get a bet on Keith Stroud flashing a red card at GP on Saturday we would have a near certainty

    • nickbruzon September 13, 2016 at 7:34 am #

      I’m pretty sure that’s a bet you can place. I’ll be checking later in the week (purely for research purposes, of course)

  2. RebelBee September 13, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    Fair do’s to Ian Holloway and Harlee Dean on their frank and honest comments, Holloway has redeemed himself in my eyes and whilst we have achieved nothing yet this season he has corrected the ill informed reasoning behind his prediction. As for HD, he is what he is, sometimes his comments are edgy or unwise, but he is true to himself and honest. He has captained the team really well so far and is playing his best football – so it’s all good as far as i’m concerned.

    Very difficult game tomorrow, they have powerful pacy players and a lot of forward options – keep em out and we may be able to nick something, after Saturday it’s a free hit though, so let’s all relax get up there in numbers and give them the best backing possible.

    Re the 2 new board appointments, anything to see here or a logical step? I haven’t seen the reasoning given for the moves yet, and PG in particular must have a lot in his in tray. That said he seems to be coping well with the role and I’ve genuinely warmed to him.

    Usual caveat applied to avoid pelters – yes it’s MB’s money and he can do as he wishes.

    See you all in Brum – anyone loking for a good place to imbibe in the city, check out the mail box and canal side area – very decent. Safe trip.

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