Forget Watford. The real scandal is at Brentford.

25 Oct

It hasn’t been a good few weeks for Brentford, resultswise. The weekend’s defeat at home to Barnsley followed last Saturday’s loss at Newcastle United . Either side of that have been the 0-0 draws with Wigan Athletic and Derby County. Indeed, it is a period that has seen just one goal scored and two points earned – hardly the best form going into Friday night’s televised game at QPR.

That’s football. We’ll go again. Yet some things are bigger than even that. Whilst most people waking up this morning will be greeted with news of the alleged scandal at Watford and their ‘letter’ from ‘HSBC’ (oh dear…), it is one at Griffin Park that has gone largely unreported…

The Barnsley game also featured that perennial fan favourite – a half time mascot race. The 3.50 from Griffin Park saw the visitor’s Toby Tyke taking on Buzz and Buzzette in a 45 yard dash on the flat. Toby Tyke was declared winner, with Buzz a close second and Buzzette trailing in far behind.

Barnsley have since taken to Twitter to, understandably, big up Toby’s victory. Whilst Buzzette’s specialist skills would seem to be pre-game air guitar and novelty dancing (certainly, judging by the weekend), these days Buzz is a lean, mean running machine. For any rival to get one over him is a major achievement. Moreso an anthropomorphic dog with an oversized head for whom the wobble factor alone must be a nightmare to control.

This wasn’t a view shared by those standing behind the Ealing Road goal. I’ve seen several comments stating that, infact, Buzz should have been declared the winner. And in an attempt to not at all clutch at straws, what would seem to be proof has now been obtained.

Club photographer Mark Fuller has published the action shots from this weekend’s game on the official Brentford Pictures website. And there, under the ‘non-match’ section, is the evidence.

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Proof, surely, as Toby celebrates too soon?

Surely this shows Buzz crossing the line first? Enough evidence for a steward’s enquiry and a retraction of the victory claim from the Tykes ? Could (or should) the result be declared void? So far, Brentford are yet to make any comment on the race but might this dossier of evidence  – there are further incriminating pictures – change things?

Barnsley have, at the very least, already suggested a re-match at Oakwell later in the season. I hope the club takes them up on this and Buzzette is put on a Rocky IV style training montage.

Mark Devlin, Mr Benham, Brentford official. If any of you are reading (you never know), for the love of all that is good in football –  please can we accept this challenge.

Bee versus Dog 2 : The Rumble in West Riding .

Nick Bruzon

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5 Responses to “Forget Watford. The real scandal is at Brentford.”

  1. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) October 25, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Buzz clearly made a late burst, Bolt-style, for the finishing line, winning by a clear distance. So I was rather surprised to see the tweet from Barnsley which was well spotted by Sarangipani.

    I proclaim ‘shenanigans’!

    I have to say with the last couple of poor home performances, Buzzette’s pre-match dance in front of ER is now becoming a highlight!

    • nickbruzon October 25, 2016 at 11:11 am #

      I love watching Buzzette in action. She can’t run but she sure can bust a move on the discotheque floor

  2. RebelBee October 25, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    “Toby” is surely more appropriate for a FFC mascot than one from Baaaaarnsley?

    Buzz may have earned himself a start on Friday? Been knocking on the door for a while now.

  3. Rob October 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Quick question Nick…totally unrelated to the article but relevant to the Bees. What’s happened to Tom Field? As our only recognised specialist left back, I would have thought he’d at least be on the bench? Or is he injured too? Whenever there are injury updates from the club I don’t see his name mentioned anywhere

    • nickbruzon October 26, 2016 at 5:54 am #

      Sorry Rob but I’ve no idea. It’s a fair point though. Perhaps he was bunking up with KK and Dean left them up in Huddersfield by mistake

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