Terry v Terry. Deano v Bliss. Who gets your vote as Bees and Bolton prepare to step back in time?

12 Jan

Brentford prepare to host Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, looking to put the faux pas in the FA Cup behind them and resume recent form. But for the 3-0 loss at runaway leaders Wolves, the Christmas period saw a quite wonderful return for Dean Smith’s boys. The draw at home to Barnsley was followed by that win on the road against Norwich City. This before quite comprehensively outplaying both Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday at Griffin Park. It was a run that saw Romaine Sawyers deservedly being nominated for Championship player of the month. Whilst Scott Carson of Derby County may have scooped that prize, let’s not forget Romaine also began December with a goal in the defeat of Fulham. Yet with the club preparing to use the Bolton game to go ‘back to the 80s’, can The Bees use it to get back to winning ways?

DTS694AWsAAcsEi.jpg-large First up, Bolton Wanderers. Early season form has now dissipated. The Trotters’ former position in the basement has been taken by Birmingham City as a run of form not unlike ours has seen them start to break clear. Three wins out of the last four, including 3 pointers against high flying Cardiff City and Sheffield United, has seen them break clear of the triumvirate at the bottom. Victory tomorrow could take them to the giddy heights of 18th.

One would like to think Brentford, with key players rested last weekend, will have enough in the tank to make this another notch in the ‘W’ column. Moreso with Bolton’s top scorer Gary Madine coming under transfer scrutiny at present. Cardiff City have already had one bid turned down but with ‘the window’ open for almost three more weeks, could the club’s resolve weaken? Might this be a distraction for a player who may suddenly remember he has a sick relative in the Valleys or be suffering from a buttock spasm?

The transfer window is never a fun time. So far the Bees have, mercifully, remained free of transfer gossip or rumour. But for one desperate attempt at clickbait from Get West London (not Tom Moore), the Griffin Park in/out doors have remained firmly bolted. Then again, as was seen in the summer, we do leave it late. As things stand though, I can only take solace in the lack of any talk. At a time when the likes of Alex Pritchard are being linked with a £15M move from Norwich to Huddersfield (he was good, but £15m good? That’s a rate of inflation not seen since Lewis Grabban) then let the papers focus elsewhere.

All that angst is likely to come. There’ll be plenty of time left for us to sweat over any potential exits. Even if they do just turn out to be rumours. Instead, for now, let’s just focus on Brentford and Bolton as the club prepare to take a trip back in time. A trip back to the 80s.

Not so much the fighting, quagmire pitches, smoking in the stands, short shorts or the fanzines being sold in the street. We’ve all moved on since then. Instead it is more a chance to don your retro shirt, to vote for your player of the 80s and even welcome a few club legends back onto the Griffin Park pitch. No doubt there’ll even be an 80s inspired #BeeTheDJ (so no change to the normal soundtrack then with The Clash and Madness sure to be amongst the bands played just before kick off).

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Bliss – a club legend and a classic shirt

On social media, the club have already run an article and a vote for shirt of the 80s (yours truly being given a rare run out on Brentford ‘official’ – that one’s here if you’s like to read more and check out that hall of fashion fame).

The latest survey is one to now decide our player of the decade. This is tough. So tough. Who do you go for from four top draw nominees? The colossus that is Terry Evans. The goalscoring record and iconic FA Cup strikes of Gary Blissett. The ferocity of Terry Hurlock. Or club legend, Dean Holdsworth.

At the time of writing, and half way through the 24 hour vote window, things are tight. Deano is ahead although, being quite honest, he’s not a player I’d necessarily associate with the 80s. An absolute hero in the eyes of many, myself included, but he is a player who only played a handul of games at the tail end of the decade before really making his name in that wonderful partnership with Bliss from 90-92.

Still, each to their own. I’m just pleased that the vote has seen a new picture of Bliss emerge from the archives. Rather than those two ‘stock footage’ pics of him in the 91/92 Chad kit or my crowbarred job, a snapshot of a book cover (1989’s ‘100 years of Brentford’), there’s a fetching image of him in that ‘Funky Bee’ kit. Moustache still resplendent (above).

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Bliss – that iconic image (in my eyes) as Manchester City are put to the sword

If you’d like to vote then the twitter link is below. Enjoy. And good luck trying to pick a winner from these. My vote has now been cast.

And that’s me. I’m off to see if I can pour myself into a size ‘medium’ Osca 83-84 home shirt ahead of Bolton’s visit. This could take a while. Let’s just say that time has not been kind in the battle of paunch versus 80’s fashion.

It might just have to be chinos and rolled up jacket sleeves. Unless anybody has a spare….?

Nick Bruzon

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3 Responses to “Terry v Terry. Deano v Bliss. Who gets your vote as Bees and Bolton prepare to step back in time?”

  1. Stephen January 12, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    Another good article Nick but have to pull you up on the Pritchard comment of, is he really £15 million good! Honestly think if Gray, Tarkowski & Mawson are being linked with or have gone for the figures they have, then Pritchard certainly warrants that money, if not several million more.

    I know he was never ‘ours’ outright & therefore not considered by many up there with the best we’ve had but for me, he was possibly THE best player I’ve witnessed down there in about 30 odd years. Thought he was brilliant. If we had him in our midfield now sitting ahead of Woods we’d be flying…..But alas, only what dreams are made of.

    Looking forward to donning my newly acquired KLM 80’s kit tomorrow though. Unfortunately, unlike you, I know full well my originals have no hoping of fitting me these days.

    • nickbruzon January 12, 2018 at 5:47 pm #

      Thanks Stephen. Got a lot of time for Pritch ( if nothing else, one of the few players with sufficient puling power to warrant long-sleeved yellow Skyex ‘away’ shirt – not even Sam Saunders got that).
      I just question if he has gone on to become a £15m player. No doubting his ability or talent . Be very interesting to see how he kicks on in the top flight

  2. Luis Adriano January 12, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

    Great stuff.

    Glad you pointed it out re Deano. Not sure he’d even make my 80 Top Brentford Players of the 1980s… Legend for sure but save him for when the club want to sell replica kits from the following decade!

    I voted Hurlock. In my head he narrowly beats not just Bowles but also Kamara, Joseph (and Mahoney – we’d have won the Champions League before United had he not had his leg smashed 🙁), Paul Roberts, Rowan Alexander and Paddy Roche (for his penalty save vs Pompey rather than his hand in the Gillingham away 3-5 capitulation of my first ever away game).

    Love the 1980s Bees as they’re who I grew up with. We were mostly rubbish but amongst the trash were some true gems (players, kits and matches alike).

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