The final table. The last words (for now) as Dean makes his thoughts clear.

7 May

What a day. What a night. What a season. A 1-1 draw with Hull City meant Brentford finished in the top ten of the Championship. Again. That’s four times in a row. Brentford finished above Birmingham City and QPR. Again. I’m losing count on that one. Fulham choked their big moment as the Blues turned their form around at St. Andrews to produce one of the results of the season and ensure their own survival. We’ve had the ‘player of the year’ awards whilst enjoyed the relief of Derby County beating Barnsley. A result than meant our own slip up at Oakwell last weekend has subsequently been proven academic in the play-off race.

First up, Griffin Park. The sun was out. The shorts were on. There were more panamas, cravates, pastel shirts and slacks on display than the Riviera. Seeing Billy Reeves chatting to Peter Gilham on the forecourt prior to kick-off, one could almost imagine the conversation taking place on board a yacht in the Med. Such was the effortless sartorial talent on display. The TW8 equivalent of Stewart Granger spending a relaxed half hour with David Niven. Perhaps telling ‘the prawn story’ over a martini.

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).

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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.

Griffin Park pre kick off Hull

Peter does his thing pre kickoff. GP bathed in sun



Who wears short shorts? Could, no should, these make a come back?


Nick Bruzon


7 Responses to “The final table. The last words (for now) as Dean makes his thoughts clear.”

  1. Paul Berman May 7, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Nick, just in case you don’t know, your musings every week (or more) are much appreciated and like all of us Bees fans, you need some downtime. Have a great summer and I look forward to reading you again at the start of next season

    • nickbruzon May 7, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi Paul. That’s very kind of you to say so. Really touching to read comments of this nature. There’ll be the odd column here and there as fissures, kit, signings appear etc. And perhaps the World Cup…. Hopefully none of that for a while though

  2. peterwot May 7, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Always greatly enjoy your thoughts before and after every match. Enjoy the summer break!

    • nickbruzon May 7, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

      Many thanks indeed, Peterwot. Very much appreciated. Here’s to The World Cup. And the new kit. And something else. But hopefully not just yet

  3. simonsapper May 7, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    I agree with Paul! Have a good break Nick, you’ve definitely earned it.

  4. aussiebee53 May 8, 2018 at 2:31 am #

    Overall a good season and your posts a valued part of it as was many of the comments by fellow followers.
    No doubt over the close season there will be some happenings that will not please us but we must continue to beelieve .
    Have a good break.

  5. peter dudgon May 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

    glad your manager stayin with you he plays proper football and youve had loads players poached from birmingham good luck next year wolves fan

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