Neal makes Moose eat more pie at Fulham as magnificent Brentford help Wolves go up.

15 Apr

Where do you start with that? A scoreline of Fulham 1 Brentford 1 doesn’t even begin to touch the sides of a dramatic afternoon that saw Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League confirmed, The Bees keep our own play-off dream alive and The Cottagers slip out of a top two they had so briefly graced. At the bottom, things are locking up with a win for Burton aswell as Bolton drawing at Barnsley really keeping the heat on Birmingham City.

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 away end – Brentford go for it at Fulham



Dan Bentley snuffs out a rare first half attack from Fulham



Nick Bruzon

17 Responses to “Neal makes Moose eat more pie at Fulham as magnificent Brentford help Wolves go up.”

  1. Charlie Mcmahon April 15, 2018 at 9:06 am #

    Well said nick let’s crush. Qpr on Saturday and leave that mug manager of theirs with that smug grin well and truly wiped off his face spirt of ‘67 🐝🐝🐝

  2. Moriarty April 15, 2018 at 9:12 am #

    It past years, it used to be a given, that BFC would fail to deliver a decent performance in front of TV cameras , but thankfully, this has changed and yesterday’s outstanding 90+ minutes, was very impressive, thrilling even.
    Fulham were contained and even subdued, for much of the match, which resulted from a heroic , skilled and dedicated team performance, from all the BFC players. The one time that a misjudgement was made, when Egan and one other, failed to close up to the Serb, when he was placed, ready to recieve, in the deadly killshot wedge zone, in front of the BFC goal, the price was paid, but otherwise top marks to everybody.
    The ref and linesman on the old stand side, had a series of bad calls to their name, which borders on suspect. The Scandinavian’s handball, was right in front of the onlooking referee, he simply must have seen it. The linesman, who was parallel to the play, should have used his training, to use the pitch striping of the grass, to judge Watkins two yards onside position, when his potential goal was disallowed.
    To then blow up, before the last move of the first half was completed, when Watkins was clear moving on goal , with only the keeper to beat, was very unsporting and ungenerous of the ref; one could see that the BFC players had been affected by these bad decisions, by the contrasting slow and hesitant start to the second half, but they picked up and fought on and justifiably, got the equaliser, but I say they deserved to win and Fulham, lose.

  3. simonsapper April 15, 2018 at 10:04 am #

    Great stuff Nick – spot on!

    • Colin Ward April 15, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      Well Nick mock Fulham all you like but this was your Cup Final, they still are in with a shout of automatic promotion whereas Brentford have a very slim of the Play Offs. Enough said !

      • Colin Ward April 15, 2018 at 10:52 am #


      • Paul Fletcher April 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm #

        I didn’t read any “mocking of Fulham” in the article.No mention of those paper clappers at all ! Playing with two goalkeepers helped Fulham salvage a point. That said you are absolutely right when you say our chances of the Play Offs are slim but your chances of automatic promotion are now a LOT slimmer thanks to a visit from your neighbours from TW8 😉

  4. Norsk Wolf April 15, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Really hope you get that last slot……good footballing team with dignity and class….best of luck for remainder of season and on onward trajectory!

    • nickbruzon April 15, 2018 at 10:35 am #

      Thank you. Having gone up from League One together, it would be wonderful to continue the journey

      • Steve Griffiths April 15, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

        We did our bit for you today, the best Jota on the pitch was in gold and black yet again! The fight for the play-offs and relegation is very tight, good luck!

      • nickbruzon April 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

        Thanks Steve. Outplayed and outclassed them, again 👍. As for Harlee Dean…::😂😂😂😂. Here’s hoping we see you in the top flight

  5. Peter WOT April 15, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    Two dreadful decisions from officials (ref disallowed goal for incorrect offside flag and then missed punch over the bar but not by goalkeeper) otherwise hugely exciting and enthralling match


  6. Chris Boyle April 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

    Thank you Nick. Loved reading that so much. Cheers 🍻

    • nickbruzon April 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

      Thanks Chris. Very much appreciated

  7. Stephen Dockery April 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm #

    What’s your problem with bcfc apart from committing the sin of buying some players from your club. The only reason I am on this blog is becouse of your bitterness to my club which pops up on bcfc news now?

    • nickbruzon April 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

      No bitterness whatsoever. You are welcome to Captain Calamity all day long – so long and thanks for all the cash.
      His red card today showed, yet again, what a liability he is.

      Actually, I just find the whole thing comedic. Time and again the Championship has shown that size, reputation and availability of spare cash count for nothing . Despite the best efforts, City couldn’t spend their way out of a paper bag and have made multiple catastrophic managerial appointments over the last few season after throwing away a magnificent chance on promotion to the top flight . Harlee Dean’s ‘Ten Times Better’ comments have well and truly backfired – and I love it.

      Prior to this there is a fair bit of history between our two clubs – just read any account of football through the early to mid-nineties to understand how we’ve gone neck and neck.

      That said, thanks for reading. Didn’t even realise it had popped up on any Birmingham feed today. Presumed just Wolves after we helped them up into the Premier League last night and kept our own hopes alive.

      • Stephen Dockery April 15, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

        Nick you know and I know dean is decent . All he wanted to do was further his career under a top manager on better money . The same go’ s for Jota , Collin. You need to give them a break and be thankfull of the service they gave to your club. Being a blues fan heaven knows we’ve had to do just that. Other clubs will always be after your BETTER players. Leaving that aside I,ve got nothing against Brentford and wish them best of luck. Ta ra

  8. aussiebee53 April 16, 2018 at 4:48 am #

    Best possible outcome would be for Fulham to get the second automatic promotion and we sneak in through via the play-offs that way we get a guaranteed 4 or six points towards our first year survival or of course we could substitute Villa for Fulham for the same effect

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