The good, the bad and the ugly. Bees stung by Wasp comments as hashtags return. An (international) week in football

14 Nov

Brentford have redesigned their club crest for a new, less busy take on our 70’s Bee. QPR joined Newcastle United and Aston Villa in the lame hashtag stakes as, like the latter had done last month, they announced a second manager of the season. On pitch, there were no Championship fixtures , given it was an International weekend in which Cyprus – Gibraltar and England – Scotland were the two big ones. That said, we did have the return of the much maligned Checkatrade trophy.

That’s the latest football action in a nutshell. Yet there has been so much more going on in the division and beyond. In the latest of our regular, weekly feature we look back at those things you might have missed from the world of social media.

As ever, we start with Brentford where the new club crest met with praise, much split opinion and even a clarification in regards to the role of BIAS, or lack of, in the consultation process. From a personal note, I stick with my gut reaction of being very much in the pro-camp whilst the whole wasp-gate debate was, frankly, hilarious. Yet I can understand people’s reaction to change being a tough one to swallow – many of our supporters will only have ever known the cluttered clipart.

We’ve done this to death now. The only further comment I’ll make is in regards to an observation levelled at the new design from Brentford’s memorabilia guru (and do check Paul’s fantastic blog site). Specifically that it looked like a Watford cast off – with example being provided. If anything, the former accusation could be better levelled at Spiderman’s chest logo than our new crest .

The other Brentford news, as such, was a story by Tom Moore in regards to Josh McEachran. Was this an unfortunate choice of words in the headline, have we been given too much information or just deliberate click-baitery?


Down the road at QPR, the club finally dispensed of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. In his place, comes Ian Holloway (remember him, the chap who tipped us for a struggling campaign of relegation back in August). With his arrival, comes that favourite of these pages – the crap hashtag.

This season has already seen the likes of #JoinTheRafalution – Newcastle United and #welcomesteve – Aston Villa. Indeed, QPR themselves have already used #jakejoins when they signed a left back. Now we can add another entrant to the list.


Sadly, it seems nobody had told Jimmy. As of Saturday his Twitter account still claimed he was their manager whilst at close of play on Sunday he was still pictured holding the shirt.


The other domestic news was the return of the Checkatrade trophy. Something even less popular than Donald Trump and Nigel Farrage hanging out in a gold plated elevator.


You know things are bad when even the teams taking part are having a pop at the tournament.


You know things are bad when even the referee needs to be replaced from the crowd.


Yet things are also wonderful when something like this happens.



On the international front, Mexico gave a wonderful response to the week in politics. Insert your own ‘defensive wall’ comment. And what a source to deliver this news.


In the World Cup, Gibraltar went down in Cyprus but got off lightly compared to Estonia.And the boys from the Rock still did better than Scotland as at least they managed a goal. Indeed, the Scots found news of their 3-0 defeat hard to take.


Yet the same could be said about England fans. At least, those who sat through this one.





Roll on the return of league football.

Nick Bruzon


7 Responses to “The good, the bad and the ugly. Bees stung by Wasp comments as hashtags return. An (international) week in football”

  1. Charlie Mcmahon November 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    Ian Holloway back where he belongs
    At the rubbish tip take them down just like you did at Blackpool and Millwall
    Please haha 🐝🐝🐝

  2. Simon Chase November 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

    Were you consulted on the badge?

    • nickbruzon November 15, 2016 at 5:42 am #

      Morning Simon. I wasn’t. Any consultation seems to have been ‘behind the scenes’ with the results only released subsequently . Short of it being a supporter wide consultation I wouldn’t have expected to be either – that’s a lot of voices to be heard otherwise

  3. RebelBee November 15, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    No axe to grind with Simon, but isn’t he a bit more involved than “the numpty on the terrace” in respect of the new badge?

    Quite a campaign mounting elsewhere, mainly on the consultation or lack of it, but others more incensed by the output of our marketing team. I see their point on the consultation, this could be clarified, and best not to say you did it if you didn’t really.

    That said I’ve no problem with the badge or reasons for changing it. shame if anyone is going OTT on it and harboring angst towards BFC.

    Next stop Ewood, time to get back on with he football.

    • nickbruzon November 16, 2016 at 7:13 am #

      tbh, not sure who Simon is or how involved he is /isn’t. Regardless, from my perspective I’m well happy with the new badge. I think announcements / sharing of information could have been done differently (in retrospect) but this has all been well said before.
      The important stuff now is getting on with the game at Blackburn. Saturday can’t come soon enough

    • Simon Chase November 17, 2016 at 1:52 am #

      Hi Rebel

      I actually work Kurt’s best friends at the agency. He was the best man of he founder so we all know what we are doing,


      • Hobbo November 17, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

        That explains that then, not?

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