Dear Phil, Cliff, Rasmus, Mark, Dean and BIAS…..

6 Sep

Wednesday morning. The internationals are done. The dust has settled on a transfer window that saw Brentford lose several B team players aswell as selling three of our crown jewels to Birmingham City. Likewise, picking up the likes of Neal Maupay, Kamo, Ollie Watkins and Henrik Dalsgaard (amongst others) earlier in the summer. We are all now well acclimatised to the fact that Lionel Road plans have been changed. Having had time to consider it all, are you happy with it all? Are Brentford well placed for the future? Is there anything you’d like to know ?

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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fans forum panel

The forum has always had a strong panel



Jota. It really happened – and fans have been quick to debate


Nick Bruzon


12 Responses to “Dear Phil, Cliff, Rasmus, Mark, Dean and BIAS…..”

  1. Rob September 6, 2017 at 6:47 am #

    Not surprised you’re ducking out on thursday given Q10!! For the record though it was Marinus not Rasmus.
    All fair questions. I’d also like to know forecasts on how much more competitive moving to a completed LR will make us in paying bigger wages and therefore keeping hold of some of our talent (not on twitter).

  2. HeryBee September 6, 2017 at 7:48 am #

    Well, the dust is settling, at last, something not many are expressing, outside of the emotion, is what I believe is the real culprit here, the closing date of the transfer window. We all loved and admired, in different ways, the 3 departed players, but in my humble opinion, and that’s all we express here, it’s about the timing, over which we currently have no control.

    Perhaps the transfer window should open on the day after the last match of the season and close 2 days before the new season’s first match. I appreciate that there are different Championship/Prem start dates, but the FA/FL need to take action in everyone’s interests, no matter whether you are a ‘big/rich’ club or not. Clearly the departure of Colin/Dean and Jota was a disappointment, but such is life, it’s always going to happen to The Bees, in my (near) 50 years of supporting Brentford, we have lost so many talented players, but never have we had replacements brought in so early.

    I would like to think that BFC are actively supporting the move to altering the transfer window dates, so many season ticket sales and merchandise depend on success, and understandably, any dad must be irritated by, say, purchasing a replica shirt with any of the departed players names on…… I dare to suggest that the emotion and frustration expressed in so many social media platforms would have been lower level if we hadn’t started the season with these guys in the team, only to lose them after a few weeks of the new season.

    So, bring on Villa and Boro, I think we are going to surprise a few more big teams, and let’s face it, we’re overdue against Boro……..

  3. HerzyBee September 6, 2017 at 7:50 am #

    Oops finger trouble, I’m HerzyBee!!!!

  4. tfalbb September 6, 2017 at 11:24 am #

    The answer to question 6 is easy. It’s against Football League rules for clubs to disclose details of transfers. Any you read in the papers are leaks from agents or the players themselves (or suppositions based on prior agent utterings designed to big up the player in the market).
    And I favour a system where the window is only open during June and July. Buying and selling players during the season can be very disruptive.

    • peter lumley September 6, 2017 at 1:31 pm #

      Glad to read possible reform of the current “transfer window” time table is under discussion. Re the Fans Forum I would like to know if the Board have a PlanB if the club are unfortunate enough to be in League One(instead of the Premiership) when we move to Lionel Road?

  5. Bernard Quackenbush September 6, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    Excellent questions Nick

    My own rather trivial question would be…will the seats at Lionel Road have plenty of leg room for us tall people like at Reading & Brighton? I cannot sit in the seats at GP currently without getting chronic back ache and bruised knees.

  6. Tim Rugg September 6, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    Are we a stronger club?….most people will read “1st team playing staff” whilst I read “club”. Nothing is more important to real fans than long term security. Ask real AFC Wimbledon fans. I don’t want Premier league status or Cup Finals and end up in League Two or in the Conference five years later. Ask Portsmouth fans. Financial security is the be all and end all for any club’s long term survival. I’ve never known Brentford to be more secure, playing quality football and in the second tier …result!

    Optimistic hopes from staff involved with the club ….I wouldn’t expect anything else from fans forums or otherwise. Rue the day when footballing directors come out and say “I think we’ll have an average season ….possibly even a relagation battle”

    Don’t need a plan B if plan A works (if your not well set up then you need a plan B see Marinus) ….yes there will be blips and hiccups along the way!

    33 million from recent sales means our club holds its own for a couple of years ..without needing anyone including Matthew Benham bailing us out ..and with a new build stadium on the horizon.

    Wake up and smell the coffee alert ….96% of clubs in the Football League and Premiership are selling clubs …and I’m being conservative with the percentage I think it’s higher!

    Selling to any rival club grates with me …but if valuations are met? As I said in a previous post if the three players in question asked to leave at the begining of the summer or end of last season and were told don’t put in a transfer request and we’ll get the best deal for the club then it’s irrelevant who they’re sold to if their valuation is met. When Watkins Maupay and Dalsgard were bought I thought to myself this is a very large, talented squad to keep together and happy. And Dean Smith probably had more difficulties in trying to keep everyone happy when it comes to team selections. We’ve two very good keepers … did they think Bentley was going to do a Moses and be with us one season? One of our two keepers is going to be very unhappy this season barring injury.

    There’s little to discuss at forums etc Brentford are running a very tight steady sustainable ship and anything they don’t want you to know won’t be answered. The only time when forums/questions need to be had and asked and answered is when the club is being done wrong by person(s) …. see a massive previous list of just about all clubs. In Brentford most previous management/owners pre Benham era. (recently Dave Webb/Ron Noades eras)

  7. Jason w September 6, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    What I like to know ? After selling the idea of a team and squad, that will be challenging the top six to season ticket holders and all bees fans , do they now feel that with the players that have been sold bees season ticket holders and fans a like have been short changed ? And how do brentford sell the club to future players when they can see no long term future. Or are you selling brentford as a stop gap or stepping stone? Because its not what true brentford fans what to see or hear !! Brentford is not a stepping stone to fans.

  8. the ain't September 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    why bovver wid any transfer window!. older fans wil remember dat in de old days players were bought an sold at any time why not restor dis!

    • HerzyBee September 6, 2017 at 11:26 pm #

      Well, not quite anytime, there was a transfer deadline but it was about 6 weeks or so before the end of the season, so Business was always conducted anytime up to the mid-end of March. Either this or transfer anytime? Why not…….

  9. richard September 7, 2017 at 3:49 am #

    Not withstanding the reasons given, I’m still disappointed by the reduction in capacity at Lionel Road to 17500, and note that Villa have just announced that should they return to the premiership they will look to increase VP to 60,000. I feel that 20-25/30,000 should have been our ambition and even at championship level there is & will always be enough “big clubs” together with local derby’s and the odd cup game to meet this capacity on a regular basis.
    Has any thought been given to raising money via sponsorship to contribute to the building? I seem to recall that when the 100 years of Brentford book was being compiled bees supporters contributed donations of 20GBP towards the production costs. Perhaps now for a flat donation of say 100 ( hopefully considered & which I would estimate to be fairly close to the cost price of a seat ) any supporter who wishes to participate would have the opportunity of being part of the construction.

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