Jota. I love you. But please don’t join Fulham.

29 Aug

Jota – probably the most talented player to pull on the red and white of Brentford in recent times and now we’re all sweating on whether we’ve seen him play for the last time. Whilst the West Ham rumours have gone deathly quiet, the stories of bids from Middlesbrough hang around like a bad smell whilst Fulham of all clubs have now entered the mix. Yes, Fulham.

Oh, and there’s also one now doing the rounds about Harry Redknapp looking to take Harlee Dean to Birmingham City. Yes, we’re now well into international break and whilst on pitch most people are concentrating on the World Cup qualifiers between Belgium – Gibraltar and Malta – England, back in TW8 that accursed window can’t ‘slam shut’(tm) quickly enough.

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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Jota team Rotherham

We feel the same way too


Jota tweets



This could be a tricky conversation on Friday….


Jota Fulham last minute


Nick Bruzon

6 Responses to “Jota. I love you. But please don’t join Fulham.”

  1. johno 212 August 29, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    HE will go to BORO for 6.5 mill this week odds on

  2. peter lumley August 29, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    If Jota is “allowed” to move to Fulham it will,in my estimation, be the ultimate act of betrayal by all concerned!

  3. steve b August 29, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    did anyone boo marcello trotta when he was on loan to us ??..he was dedicated to playing for the bees even though he was a fulham employee..i say thanks Jota we loved your time here…do the best for you and your family and if we are adult enough give him a big cheer should he return to play against us..whoever that may be for..

  4. simonsapper August 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm #

    Too right Nick. If the play wants to move that’s fair enough (even in this worst-case so-far hypothetical scenario), but for the board to encourage/sanction it just shows that you can sometimes know the price of everything but the value of nothing.

  5. Henry Trull August 30, 2017 at 5:52 am #

    Been worrying about your little boy in that wonderful photo. I think you need to tell him how short a footballer’s career is and how perilous it is and how they have to take opportunities for the benefit of their family, just like you would. Not sure how old he is, but you could say how unfair it was with minumum wage etcetera. Hope it works out OK, kids are pretty resilient.

    • the ain't August 31, 2017 at 1:37 am #

      e wil ate jota!

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