England do a Brentford as the Bees do magnificence with THAT away shirt.

19 Jun

Never let it be said that life is dull. England got through their opening World Cup game last night with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia although at times it felt very much like watching the Bees. Back home, the initial reaction has been coming in for the new away shirt. It would be fair to say that this one may take a section of the fanbase some getting used to. But is it a case of the knee jerking or justifiable reaction?  

First up, The World Cup. I’ll leave the main reports to the regular sources. Likewise, Billy Grant from Beesotted is out in Russia doing his thing in some style. If ever there was an attempt to redress the stereotypical image of the England fan from days gone by then here it is. Do check out his Twitter feed as with three points on the board already, it looks like he could be there for a while yet. If we know Billy, things will only get more interesting  / exciting as the tournament progresses.

Watching from back home, it very much felt as though England were ‘doing a Brentford’. A first half of chance after chance. Great saves. Sitters missed. Harry Kane grabbing one after just ten minutes. England coming oh so close, time and again but unable to double the lead despite the pressure. Then boom, a soft penalty decision given against and the score was 1-1. More penalty controversy as foul after foul was overlooked. Tunisia getting away with metaphorical murder in the box.  For those of us who watch our football at Griffin Park, it felt like we’d been here before. You could almost hear Gareth Southgate penning the phrase, “We deserved to win”.

And then with the clock eating into time added on for stoppages, that man Kane did it in again. If not Maupay then certainly “Harry, in the last minute.” Our couch exploded. The fans in the ground went wild. That man Billy Grant was there to capture the moment for posterity. England have three points on the board and people can’t ask for more than that, surely?

Billy catches THE moment.

Ok. The new shirt. I stand by what I said yesterday. I love it. Genuinely love it. Although to clear up a few things from Social Media, given some of the (printable) comments, I’m not on the payroll of the club. I wrote my own thoughts about it on these pages based on my own first impression and whilst they’ve subsequently replicated this on Brentford official, that was something they asked if they could run. Whilst I perhaps won’t be adopting the ‘Independent and proud’ moniker – I think somebody else got there first on that one – these pages are anything but ‘official’.

The shirt itself still looks fantastic. That’s my opinion. Retro. Kitsch. Like something out of the 70s. Incredibly, these are phrases that have all been used by some fans to try and shoot it down. Wow. I’d use the same words to try and big it up.

I’ve seen several supporters claim it looks like a Sainsbury uniform. Personally, I think that’s a case of the mind’s eye playing tricks. A trawl of the internet looking at Supermarket outfits of the 70s,80s and 90s before the England game revealed nothing. Except, perhaps, that I really do need to get out more.

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The Brentford away shirt – try something new today

Likewise, the main criticism from one element of the ‘haters’ is that aswell as looking like something out the 70s (where that Coventry City Admiral shirt is a design classic) the shirt is seemingly the colour of dog dirt. Again, a trick of the mind or people seeing what they want to see. Anybody alive in the the 70s would know that dog poo is white.

In all seriousness, I get that people have a knee jerk in the face of something different. Just look at reaction to some of our transfer dealings where I’ve been as guilty as anybody at times. I get that people want to look good when they are out and they like to wear our club colours with pride. And I get that this IS different. That it is so far from anything we’ve ever had before that the club have taken a gamble on this one. Yet I seriously think it is up there with the best we’ve ever had. Certainly, I hope it goes on to attain the cult classic status it so deserves.

What’s the alternative? Another black? Another blue? We’ve been there and done it. This one looks to create something unique and stylish whilst avoiding some of the high-viz numbers or bland identikits that are so often worn by teams visiting Griffin Park.

Love it or hate, one thing’s clear. We’ve got our away shirt for 2018/19. It was never going to be a fan vote. I’d love to have been involved but life doesn’t work like that. At the end of the day (Clive) this is a football club with hundreds of decisions to make. It’s not a committee.

I could go on but I think you all get it from my side. I could replicate any one of the abusive comments from Twitter (towards the kit!)  but what’s the point? You’ve no doubt seen those too. That said, I would refer you to the comments from Luis Adriano on yesterday’s article – well worth a look to get the take of both sides.

But The Last Word today goes to Jim Levack. Of everything that has gone up on Social Media, his probably gives the most to consider in the the small space allowed by a single tweet..

coventry brown

I loved this one, too…..

Nick Bruzon


7 Responses to “England do a Brentford as the Bees do magnificence with THAT away shirt.”

  1. Charlie the bee June 19, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    It’s not a knee jerk reaction it’s awful we leave our home of over 100 years and we are given this rag why not a homeage to our beginning like salmon & blue with a different crest to mark griffin parks passing instead of this crap from the comments I am getting from bees fans in my pub no one likes or intends to buy it Fulham and quarter pounders are taking the piss

  2. HerzyBee June 19, 2018 at 11:01 am #

    Nick et al,

    Yes, well we do things differently at Brentford, right.right everyone else has dayglow orange or yellow, black/silver (or as I call it, grey) or odd combinations of colours, personally, I liked the green, different……but the brown is out there….retro as a 70’s pub carpet/curtains/wallpaper or one of those greetings cards with men in kaftans and girls in kinky boots….but I like it, Jaffa cake songs will be heard at away matches……maybe our club motto should be dare to be different, dare to succeed……..


  3. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) June 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    Its an away kit. People need to calm down. Its brown. So what. I dont love it. I dont hate it. Its different. Brentford fans never like change. So its no surprise about the reaction. Just wait when the home kit is launched we will get lots of those stripes are too narrow/wide.

    For the record I loved last seasons green kit

  4. Spanish Bee June 19, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    Maybe they could come up with some brown bell bottoms to go with it, or have I got my epochs confused?

    • Hobbo June 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Get a grip its great being a Bees fan at the moment and doing things differently, as long as we win in it i don’t give a toss, come on you jaffa’s.

  5. Loyal Griffin June 19, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    If that is our away kit then let’s make the most of it. Jaffa hats needed.

  6. Rob June 20, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    Nick loves it because we are now “Mrs Browns Boys” 🙂

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