“Thrilled for Woods” as Brentford beat Leeds United whilst Birmingham City learn their 10 times table.

5 Nov

Thrilled for Woods”. Not my words but those used by one New Road observer outside The Griffin last night to summarise a wonderful 3-1 win for Brentford over Leeds United. And with a Birmingham City side featuring Harlee Dean going down 2-0 at Barnsley, it means the Bees are now ten points and ten places better than the Blues in the current Championship table.

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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View from the Braemar – Ryan Woods and team mates also thrilled



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Ryan Woods celebration Leeds

Ryan and fans enjoy the moment


10x table

The table doesn’t lie

Nick Bruzon

8 Responses to ““Thrilled for Woods” as Brentford beat Leeds United whilst Birmingham City learn their 10 times table.”

  1. peter lumley November 5, 2017 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Nick,What a wonderful eight days for all Brentford fans. Nine points from three games with 8 goals for and 3 against to take us to 3 points from the “play-off” places.Delighted for Ryan Woods. Just hope his performance will not increase the prospect of losing him in the January transfer window.(rather a naive comment)!!! But would miss him more than Jota, Dean and Colen cobined

    • nickbruzon November 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

      I’m sure Ryan will be off at Christmas. I’ll be gutted but you can’t imagine him staying off the radar and clubs will be knocking. Centre mid is one are where we are very much top heavy, albeit finding somebody to match his talent and buts will be a huge ask. Yet this squad continue to surprise us. That said, I’d love him to stay and have my fingers crossed

  2. theguvna November 5, 2017 at 11:44 am #


    As a Birmingham season ticket holder for more years than I care to remember, I must admit to feeling quite embarrassed by Harlee Dean’s 10 x better comment. It was also embarrassing to watch a clueless Redknapp in the transfer window raping and pillaging your club, so for that, I would like to offer my apologies!

    I was at the game at St Andrews where we well beaten by you. I was quite impressed by the confident way that you moved the ball around, the team clearly seems to be playing for each other. There’s the difference between you and us, we have a collection of overpaid players who lack spirit and seem not to want to be there,

    In the Championship, it’s not always all about which team spends the most, but about finding a way to win. The league is by and large, much of a muchness, any team can beat any team, (apart from us it seems). I don’t agree that the Championship is a great league, quite a poor one, but this makes for it being more equal than the Premier League.

    I think that you have a decent chance of making the play offs this season, no mean feat considering what happened to you at transfer time. I don’t see your team regularly, but I am a fan of Dean Smith (apart from the team that he supports). When he was at Walsall, he continually made them competetive, even with constantly having to sell his best players and existing on small attendances. There is a similarity between them and yourselves, albeit the next level up. Finding players and developing them organically. I do like Romaine Sawyers, one of Smith’s old Walsall boys. I was amazed that none of the local West Midlands clubs picked him up, particularly as he is from Birmingham.

    Anyway, you have 10 x more chance of reaching the play offs than us, we are sinking like a lead balloon. Good luck, KRO and SOTV.

    • nickbruzon November 5, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

      Many thanks indeed. you are so right about spirit – we’ve got it by the bucketload at the moment. Both players and supporters.
      Hearing Harlee talk yesterday after your game was like listening to an already broken man. Nobody wants to hear that.
      Good luck for the rest of the season. Can’t wait for the rematch in February

      • theguvna November 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

        Thanks Nick,

        Without wishing to sound patronising, I do enjoy seeing the
        so-called smaller clubs prosper, except at our expense of course!

        It is too easy these days for people to follow the bigger clubs, and then look down their noses at the relatively lesser numbers following the smaller ones. In reality, the fans watching the smaller clubs probably deserve greater credit for following their local side through often thin and thinner, than the glory hunters who follow Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea etc. In the Midlands, we have to put up with the sh*te from Aston constantly calling us tinpot and saying we have no history. I suppose it was ever thus!

        KRO and SOTV

  3. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) November 5, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    What a night under the lights! We were superb and thoroughly deserved that win. Woods was conducting the play. Front 3 causing all sorts of problems. Nico excellent & Yoann showing why he is the best defender at the club.

    Saying that Leeds had their chances. Yet again the ball through the middle caught us out for the umpteenth time & they should have scored with 2 second half headers. Thankfully a clown was in goal for Leeds & had a mare with the first 2 goals. Couldnt have helped with 1 supporter in ER being on his back constantly through the second half, although very funny. Yet another appalling SG1 ref in Attwell, how Vieira wasnt booked no one knows, yet he seemed to book everyone else, including Yoann for being funny (is Yoann now in cult hero status?). Attwell couldnt even get the remembrance tribute right.

    A word on the atmosphere. Amazing! Even before the start it was electric. I apologise to anyone around me on the third goal when i sounded like a boy whose voice had just broken after singing and shouting so much through the game. You know there could be something in our favour in having Sky moving our games to night

    • nickbruzon November 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

      BQ – always a pleasure and I think we we all became like school kids again yesterday. There was a collective excitement and enthusiasm I’ve not felt for some time . It was simply stunning. What an evening. Just gutted we have to wait two weeks for the chance to go, err, to Cardiff

  4. Oldbeesfan November 6, 2017 at 12:13 am #

    Talking of Brentford legend Nick , along with Harlee Dean and Russell Slade , supporters of my generation would put Jack Dunnett in there as well (never forget ’67) and I always look for the QPR result and am very happy that the Bees are now three places above them.

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