Bees get off the mark with plenty of positives on show.

16 Aug

Well, that was some day. We had contrasting announcements made about Lionel Road whilst on pitch Brentford hosted Bristol City and ended the game having taken a point but feeling, quite honestly, as though we’d lost. This after Bobby Reid delivered the ultimate kick to the knackers with his 98th minute equaliser. Yet it all seemed inconsequential given the desperately sad news announced by Ryan Woods just before kick off.

First up, Bristol City . What can you say?

And if you’d like to read more whilst helping the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust …. the rest of this article can now be found in the Kindle e-book Ten Times Better. Brentford FC Season review: 2017/18. Inspired by ‘that’ interview it contains the least bad of these columns in one, handy volume as it looks at our own campaign as well as wider divisional life and the promotion / relegation races.

As a bonus there’s a whole host of new material. New that is, for my pages. Specifically, all the programme articles submitted (both home and away where, if nothing else, you can get the original versions of both Birmingham City and Millwall).

In addition, There Is No Plan B. Brentford FC Season reviews: 2013/14 – 2017/18 takes us all the way back to the start of this latest leg in the journey. That penalty. League One. Harlee Dean was a hero. Jota was something we thought happened to the temperature for one week in July. Alan Judge had joined on loan whilst the Marinus Experiment was something nobody had contemplated. Bringing things bang up to date by the inclusion of this year’s volume alongside the four previously published campaign round ups, it has five seasons in one weighty tome. As weighty as a download can be, that is.

Relive the memories. See how often the same material gets regurgitated. Remind yourself about the likes of Betinho, Martin Fillo, Javi Venta and Marcos Tebar. Certainly, if there’s no Marcos Tea Bar at Lionel Road it will be an opportunity missed.

All proceeds from any sales will go to the Community Sports Trust. For less than the cost of a half / pint respectively, they may help while away some time on the commute. By the pool on holiday. In the bathroom. Who knows? It will certainly do some good for the Trust, whose work has been well documented at Griffin Park but you can read all about it on their site.

And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been given something very special. A 2017/18 third team shirt with Lewis Macleod’s squad number on the reverse in the EFL typeface. Anyone with half an interest in Bees kits will know that these were never made available in the club shop.  Anyone who has read any of this before will know what a kit nerd yours truly is so when I say this is rare, take that in good faith!

To be in with a chance of owning it, download a copy of either before the end of June 2018 and you’ll go into a draw to win this. Just DM/tweet me (@NickBruzon) a copy of your purchase confirmation mail and I’ll add your name to the list before selecting a random Bees fan to win this on July 1st.

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Josh Brownhill’s opener is celebrated on twitter



Brentford had most of the control but ended with a share of the points

Nick Bruzon


5 Responses to “Bees get off the mark with plenty of positives on show.”

  1. oldbeesfan August 16, 2017 at 7:16 am #

    First, let me offer my condolences to Ryan during a such a sorrowful time .
    Not much I can add about last night other than that we thrashed them 2-2 .
    Finally re Lionel Road , one of the issues raised is that to make sure outside broadcast facilities are housed on site and while ensuring there are sufficient areas for the media to work then media facilities at Griffin Park would need to be heavily upgraded
    While it is mentioned that Brighton had to spend around £5million upgrading the Amex Stadium which only opened in 2011 , no mention was made that this has more than be covered by eight of their first 12 matches being televised bringing in far more than they laid out .
    Anyway Nick , looking forward to reading more about this tomorrow .

    • peter lumley August 16, 2017 at 8:34 am #

      Bitterly disappointed by the result.Mood not helped by arriving 50 minutes before the kick off and not able to find a parking space within a mile of the ground ! Heaven knows what will happen when we move to Lionel Road!!

  2. Paul klein August 16, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    The only top six we will be in is the usual one of the worst six defences in the division as we have been for the last 5 years. Each goal we have conceded so far this season has come from a defensive error. It’s now got to the point where nobody is surprised or upset we just accept that this is normal as I did last night at a 98 minute equaliser from a team we dominated.

  3. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) August 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    I missed the game and most of what was going on in the last 24 hours but everything paled into insignificance having just heard the awful news from Ryan Woods & his partner. My, and Im sure all of the thoughts from the Brentford family are very much with them.

  4. Gordonbankole August 16, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    Dear All

    Re. Woodsy, all very sad.

    Re. Lionel Road, I’m just a bit irritated we’re having to wait another year. But I guess that 15 years on, what’s another year (as Johnnie Logan once sang)?

    Dean Smith can give it all he likes about “if we play like this…”, but firstly football doesn’t work like that, and secondly, if we continue to defend like Under 10s, we are going to underachieve vastly and could be in trouble; if you’re continually chasing games, it doesn’t half put pressure on the forwards.



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