The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

11 Jan

Saturday morning. Brentford are set to host QPR in a few hours time. The chance to inflict one more Griffin Park defeat on our near neighbours too delicious an opportunity to ignore. The potential of closing the gap between Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and ourselves to a mere six points an even bigger incentive. Whilst both of those have eminently winnable games later today, keeping the heat on two teams who have only picked up a single win apiece out of their last five and six Championship games respectively is no bad thing in the psychological stakes.  Assuming, of course, we do our thing !

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Another of these would be lovely

My word, this is what football is all about. The QPR fans can pretend it doesn’t matter. I’ve seen plenty of talk from their supporters making out that this is no derby, that there is nothing between our respective sides and that any talk of rivalry with Brentford is something purely played out in our heads.

Really? It didn’t feel that way when we were trashing the pants off them (again) at Loftus Road earlier in the season – you can stop crying now. When they tried to put us out of existence and move in back in 1967. When Martin Rowlands was kissing the badge – hopefully a doctor has now helped clear up the infection. When they were deriding us for our bus stop status. When there is a mere 5.2 miles (aka a short hop on the 237) separating our two grounds. Make that 4.2 miles next season when we move in to Lionel Road.

Try telling me it doesn’t matter

With Brentford flying high and achieving success within our means rather than incurring the huge fines that come with overspending it smacks of jealousy. With the Bees all set to move into a state of the art stadium whilst our neighbours languish in their matchbox it stinks of bitterness. With The Bees having a visionary owner rather than being a club going through the motions and struggling for a Plan B it reeks of huge inferiority complex. 

Yes, I’ll absolutely acknowledge they’ve been in the top flight more often than us and have been picked up the odd piece of silverware. Well done. Congratulations. That was then. This is now. Live on former glories at your peril. We’ve bided our time, caught them with their pants down and are now the biggest and best Championship club in West London. That’s beyond doubt – if for no other reason, the table doesn’t lie. Their supporters can pretend it doesn’t matter or doesn’t hurt all they want. I’m not having a bar of it. To borrow a line from Hamlet (Shakespeare. rather than the cigars), “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

As such, I’ll take particular pleasure in really raising the roof at Griffin Park today. Of knowing how important this game is. Of relishing how extra special it feels every time we beat the lices of QPR or Fulham. How extra sweet those points taste in games of this nature every time we add another three to our total. I’m not alone, either. Griffin Park is sure to be a cauldron of noise. If the QPR fans want to kid themselves it doesn’t matter and prefer to take their own game of Loftus Road library simulator on the road then all the better.

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It’s all gone quiet over there – again.

Ok – I’m not a complete idiot and fully appreciate that going gung-ho comes with it’s own risks. Yet this is how I feel about this one. To be honest, this is how genuinely confident I am every time The Bees run out to play at present. Regardless of opposition. Matthew Benham and his team have transformed this club. Every time we think we’ve seen a ‘best ever’ Brentford, they just go and reinvent the model (no pun intended). The football being played is like nothing we’ve ever seen. Goals flying in and the meanest defence in the division. Scintillating attack combined with a back line that oozes confidence. That’s not arrogance but a simple fact borne out by the statistics at the top of the table. That early season wobble as we found our feet nothing more than a hazy memory. For crying out loud, back then we even lost to Birmingham City….

So yes, these comments obviously come with a fair amount of home bias. With lashings of self-belief in what we do. Of course they will – it’s a Brentford blog page and we’re playing some quite incredible football at present. If that upsets anybody well tough. Get over it.  Everything we have done so far has been on absolute merit. That’s not to say the job is done. Anything but. Pride comes before a fall and if we even take our foot off the gas slightly or think a game is won before it kicks off then that’s a recipe for disaster. Thomas Frank will remind the players of that. For the supporters, our job – no, our privilege – is the chance to keep it loud and enjoy this moment. Every week sees our time at Fortress Griffin Park grow ever shorter. Let’s make sure we go out on a high.

My word. Hurry up 12.30pm. I can’t wait. Genuinely can’t wait. There’ll be Kevin Keegan levels of loving it if we do what I know we can. Bring it on and see you there.

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I’d love it etc etc etc

Nick Bruzon

12 Responses to “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

  1. David Carney January 11, 2020 at 8:08 am #

    A waste of your time writing about that lot from Shepherds Bush and a waste of my time reading it. They do not deserve any time or consideration.
    Please do not write about them again

    • Martin January 11, 2020 at 10:59 am #

      Someone’s been chatting to Peter Fulham

      • Martin January 11, 2020 at 11:00 am #

        Oooops

    • I Turner January 11, 2020 at 11:10 am #

      see you next tuesday.

  2. southafricanswallow January 11, 2020 at 11:01 am #

    Good piece! Very.

  3. Ranger January 11, 2020 at 11:26 am #

    Tuesday

  4. Ian QPR January 11, 2020 at 11:31 am #

    Moderate the queens English all you like , then melt away qpr

  5. Roger Squirrell January 11, 2020 at 11:50 am #

    Thank you for that. A Bees supporter since I was 8,seeing the likes of Coote and Cakebread and Co I’ve lived the highs and lows, but it’s exciting times ahead now! Come on U Bees!

  6. Rob January 11, 2020 at 3:03 pm #

    Brilliant, simply brilliant. BMW has always been a top brand, and that simply destroyed the Dacia off the traffic lights, or “Bus Stop”, today 😉

  7. Alan Thompson January 11, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

    Bees fan since ‘58. Loved the win today of course. Some of this article worth a read, but reference to ‘lices’? First it’s an ignorant plural of a plural. Second it’s a nasty unnecessary insult to people who choose to support another team like my QPR mate with whom I shared a nice drink after the match at the Express. No need to sink to these depths on your articles.

    • Iain January 11, 2020 at 9:14 pm #

      Perhaps the telling-off is a bit harsh, doubt I’m the only one that read it as a simple typo … read it again with ‘likes’ instead

      • Alan January 12, 2020 at 12:20 pm #

        Fair point and I hope your suggestion is what was meant!

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