Bingo cards and tinfoil ready? Can Bees avoid upset or match the Spurs 7(seven) ?

5 Jan

There’s excitement in our house this morning. The bacofoil is about to be  liberated from the kitchen. FA Cup third round day is here at last! Albeit proceedings began last night with that most wonderful of footballing moments. A bracketing. Spurs hitting 7(seven) without reply in the opening game of the round up at Tranmere. And now it is our turn as what is one of, if not, THE highlight of the football calendar for yours truly. Brentford entertain Oxford United in a game that may not have had the TV schedulers rushing for this one but which presents a stern challenge for the Bees. 

On paper, a home tie against lower division opposition is about all you could ask for when looking for a means of progression. In practice, it is anything but as Brentford fans know only too well. Recent third round ties at Griffin Park against Notts County and Walsall have ended in tears whilst who could forget ‘that’ 2015 league cup tie with today’ visitors? Very much a case of ‘move along, nothing to see here and please close the door on the way out, Marinus’.

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The FA Cup third round has seen a few rubbish endings in recent years

It is a threat that Thomas Frank would seem acutely aware of. His own pre-match video recognises the potato skin which awaits us, despite the relegation vortex into which League One Oxford United are being sucked. He used this to note that, “We’ll put a very strong side on the pitch, maybe make a few changes but not like we’re changing seven players” .

The BBC suggest the Chris Mepham may well return. That’ll be great to see and if for no other reason than ensuring a player who is once again coming on to the Premier league radar becomes cup-tied. Curse that blinkin’ transfer window. I’d also expect Luke Daniels to start. This is no reflection on Daniel Bentley but simply what we do. Luke has more than proven himself when given the gloves this season and so it would be very interesting to see what happens next Saturday at home to Stoke City – should this happen and he then pull out all the stops this afternoon. The likes of Nico, Alan Jugde and Josh will no doubt contest the midfield starting berths but otherwise there’s not much more room for Thomas to flex his muscles. Is there?

Whoever starts and whatever the result, today also sees a chance for two of those other cup traditions to raise their heads. And they don’t come any bigger than the tin foil trophy. The regular reader will know I absolutely love this ritual and despite my advancing years, will be helping Harry knock up another over-sized replica later this morning. With a post-Christmas overload of the shiny stuff still sitting in the kitchen and a few old cardboard boxes being repurposed, all systems are go.  

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Buzzette – up for the (tinfoil) cup

The other thing I love is FA Cup bingo. Anybody following the coverage over the course of the day will no doubt be given the chance to play along with this third round staple and really go for that full house. Tottenham have already obliged on the ‘team given a shoeing’ square but you can also add any of the following as those lines and events to look out for :  

Trevor Brooking’s header (apparently, he scored once and West Ham won the cup). 

The magic of the cup. 

Radford’s rocket. 

The White Horse. 

This is their cup final.

David v Goliath. 

Romance

Manchester United on TV. 

Minnows. 

Form goes out of the window

You could have sold this one out three times over.

The phrase “His other job is…  with a bonus point available if the player’s fitness routine is also referenced. For example:  Somehow he manages to fit in training three times a week and a game at weekends with his job as a postman/plumber/firefighter (delete as applicable)”.

Let’s just hope Griffin Park isn’t the place where anyone playing along can tick off their ‘cup upset’ box. Bring on 3pm when we find out.

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Fingers crossed that the Bees mark their “Road to Wembley” card today

Nick Bruzon

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5 Responses to “Bingo cards and tinfoil ready? Can Bees avoid upset or match the Spurs 7(seven) ?”

  1. Rob Osborne January 5, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

    It will be a shock to me if we win this one given our normal approach to the cup. Shame really, as I was at Blackburn, Liverpool, Sunderland and Chelsea. All great days. One of my favourite games was Swansea away in the 80s (different competition but still a cup game). Even Wycombe have got to a semi-final, and Millwall a final. I’d appreciate having that experience just once.

  2. Moriarty January 5, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

    Maupay saves the blushes; without this much improved player, BFC would be down the drain. Oxford, were hopeless, yet all the overplay, farting around in the first half, letbthem off any real pressure. Second half, a disgrace, a non-event.
    Watkins needs to be dropped asap; he is like a child, “I won’t play…neeeerrr!”.
    Keep Daniels for the Stoke game, as Bentley has deep performance issues.
    Just continues the theme of an underwhelming season.

    • nickbruzon January 5, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

      Positive as ever.
      Personally I’d see it as Brentford through to the fourth round. A clean sheet. Never really in doubt. Five unbeaten . Can’t ask for more than that

      • Moriarty January 5, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

        Personal, as ever. They made heavy weather of it; like it , or not.

      • nickbruzon January 6, 2019 at 9:00 am #

        Brian, if you don’t like it go elsewhere. Please. Your negativity is getting tedious now. This wasn’t even an article about the game we’d seen yet still any excuse to put the boot in.

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