We’ve had an absolute shocker. Is there a response coming ahead of the weekend?

19 Aug

Brentford travel to Fulham on Saturday afternoon. Our first West London derby of the season (and, for the record, anyone boring off about the postcode can shove their clackers where the sun don’t shine). Our stock is still high after tanking Manchester United 4-0 and the smile still broad following one of THE greatest Bees’ performances of all time. It should be an amazing time, and it is, yet one can’t help feel the edge was taken off things somewhat on Thursday evening. We’ll get to all things Fulham and Man U in a moment but the topic on everybody’s mind – certainly going by social media – was Priti Patel being allowed to use Lionel Road to spout off about the government’s hugely divisive and controversial policy to send immigrants to Rwanda.

Fixed it for you, official

Stop Brentford. Stop. How on earth was this allowed to happen? Why was this allowed to happen? Never mix sport and politics is a golden rule that has been completely overlooked. Where was the swift response and explanation after Sky ran the story late in the afternoon?

Those of us just coming in from work were greeted by the Home Secretary in the South Stand at Lionel Road, attempting to justify this abhorrent policy. That’s my view, others may differ, but reading my own timeline it seemed that Bees’ supporters were united in shock, disgust and outrage at our home being used for such purposes.

Presumably she was there for footballing purposes but any such reasons were not made clear. I looked on Brentford ‘official’ and there was no story about her visit. Instead, all we have was the piece on Sky News – here for the record – and a lot of upset fans. Upset and confused. 

The club have been groundbreakers in diversity. In inclusion. In supporting refugees. In standing up to hatred and abuse. We are known for it and, quite rightly, trumpet all the amazing work we do in this field. There’s no place better for feeling welcomed. 

To then see our club used as the backdrop for what is about as inhumane a policy as one could imagine, from a government who have long proven themselves to be morally redundant and totally self-serving, is at odds with everything we stand for.

I doubt very much Ms. Patel just dropped in on the off chance. This sort of visit would have been properly lined up. Likewise, her views and policies are well, well documented. This should not have been a surprise and so for her to use our home for such propaganda purposes has left many of us feeling extremely let down. That’s the polite term. 

Why the heck our media and comms team have not been all over this up front and making crystal clear the line of political questioning a football club were comfortable to be associated with, used as a platform for,  is an explanation I’d love to hear. Instead, we got tumbleweed. No doubt (he says) there’ll be something pushed out today. There had better be but, regardless, judging by the reaction from fans – just a few of the many, many, many comments are below – it is already way too late and should never have been allowed to happen in the first place.

Right, Fulham away. Less than a third of the usual number of Brentford fans will be present for this one, given the dearth of tickets made available but rest assured we’ll be just as loud. The atmospheres at both Leicester City and then home to Manchester United ripped the roof off and I can only see more of the same coming for this one.

Frankly, I can’t wait. Memories of THAT 4-1 or Neal Maupay denying them automatic in the 89th still live strong in the mind. Our hosts devastated in their own backyard. Silenced by the Bees  – not that you could tell there was any difference from the normal happy-clappy, gin swigging, cake eating, foam finger waving, Michael Jackson worshipping, clacker filled vibe.

Stuart Dallas – scorer of my favourite ever Bees goal (pre-Mbeumo v Man U)

That’s their problem. We’ll make it happen once again. Just as we’ve done before. Just as we did when putting four goals past Manchester United with little more than 30 minutes on the clock. Brentford were imperious. Magnificent. Devastating. Matthias Jensen having the game of his life and continuing that upward trajectory of form that has more than rewarded Thomas Frank’s faith in the Danish midfielder. Christian Eriksen left ruing his summer choice. Cristiano Ronaldo a series of hissy fits, strops and self-entitlement. Harry Maguire a broken man. Lisandro Martínez out of his depth – literally and metaphorically. 

They were dreadful whilst in Erik ten Haag appear to have unearthed the new Marinus Dijkhuizen. That’s their problem though. Let’s take nothing away from Brentford who were magnificent. Both tactically and in terms of gameplay. We hassled, closed down and out ran their (apparently) illustrious opponents to such an extent that, in the end, there was genuine disappointment that it ‘only’ ended 4-0. At one point I was seriously wondering if we might even inflict brackets on Manchester United. Such was they way we were playing, 7(seven)-0 would not have been out of the question. You can get the full view that one, here.

All well and good, of course. The cardinal error now would be in thinking that we have a divine right to steamroller Fulham on Saturday. That we’ll just turn up and inflict more of the same as we’ve done against them in the past or did to Untied last week. Whilst, personally speaking, I can only see us continuing our form you can be sure that Thomas Frank will have boxed off the previous results and is only looking forward. Is only too aware that Championship flat-track bully Aleksandar Mitrović has actually started to score goals in the Premier League. Two against Liverpool in their 2-2 draw could haven three, but for a missed penalty in the 0-0 at Wolves. 

The long story short here is that for all we were amazing this is a new game. That past results have happened. That whilst confidence is high, there’s nothing like a West London derby to set the pulse racing that bit faster. Both teams are unbeaten in their opening two games and even thought Brentford are on fire, it all starts from nothing once referee Peter Bankes blows the whistle at 3pm. I can’t wait for this one. See you there. 

More of this would be amazing

Nick Bruzon. 

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17 Responses to “We’ve had an absolute shocker. Is there a response coming ahead of the weekend?”

  1. Charlie mcmahon August 19, 2022 at 7:17 am #

    Send that racist bitch to russia she how she likes being treated like somthing unwanted on the sole of your shoe

  2. Rod Davidson August 19, 2022 at 8:09 am #

    The trouble with all of this Nick, is that you have now entered into the debate.
    You yourself are a commentator on all things Brentford yet it is you who has now brought politics into this normally excellent Sport forum.
    I don’t want to know about your personal politics anymore than you would wish to know mine.
    You run a good talking shop but you mus’nt assume that everybody thinks like you.
    Please keep all political comments off of your pages otherwise it could be you who creates political division within our brilliant club.
    Let the politicians live their lives and let us live our Brentford lives because we are a mixed society just like everybody else.
    I want to read about Brentford and nothing else.
    Best wishes
    Rod Davidson

    • Gaz August 19, 2022 at 8:55 am #

      Spot on Rod!

    • nickbruzon August 19, 2022 at 5:48 pm #

      Thanks to everyone for your input. Politics SHOULD be kept out of football. But if you actually read what I have written it is questioning why they have been brought IN to football.

      What are we supposed to do when a politician whose values are diametrically opposed to those of the club and many, many supporters, is allowed to use our stadium to further promote them? Ignore it? You know, like so many did in the 1930s.

      Or challenge it? Ask about it? Hope for an explanation ? We’ve had one now and it’s not convincing at all. Very much legally written to blame everybody else.

      Frankly, I don’t really care about the criticism. You are welcome to your opinion. However, I DO care about my club. About our club. About it’s public perception. About challenging those in charge when something needs challenging.

      And I’ll carry on doing it as I see fit

      • Gaz August 20, 2022 at 10:33 am #

        Just because the club has been positioning itself as some left wing snowflake operation in recent years, it doesn’t mean it’s supporters are, or agree with it (as you can see from some of the comments on here).

        BIAS put a statement out yesterday too, their views do not represent mine, neither was I asked for my opinion on it.

      • nickbruzon August 21, 2022 at 5:43 am #

        Ah – the old snowflake retort. A glib phrase seemingly used as some catch all for those unable to make any form of reasoned argument.
        Absolutley agree that some supporters don’t agree with my point of view. That’s life. However, the vast majority do – as can be plainly seen by even the most cursory of glances on social media.

        To be clear, I’m not particularly bothered If anyone likes these pages or not. I’ll challenge the club on things which seem unclear to at odds – as happened Friday. However, if you genuinely believe that all the amazing work our club does is actually ‘positioning itself as some left wing snowflake operation’ then it’s as insulting to them as it is deluded

      • Gaz August 21, 2022 at 11:15 am #

        I made my ‘reasoned argument’ right at the beginning Nick – and that is that you are fine with politics being in football (kneeling, war propaganda, Pride is also a political movement for the record)…:

        It becomes an issue when you don’t agree with the politics, and then like all good lefties the inevitable frothing from the mouth, outrage (normally on behalf of people you’ve never met), and calling for stuff to be banned/cancelled starts because YOU don’t agree with it.

        Using SM as an indicator of how the majority of fans agree with you is a total crock and you know it, Twatter is a left wing echo chamber that if you spend too much time in will give you an imbalanced view of how other people perceive things (same happens if you spend too much time watching the BBC/Sky News).

        If you want a more balanced view, take a look at the last two major elections in this country – that’s why you’re always surprised to be on the losing side, the majority of people don’t agree with you!

        If you (or anyone else) wants to get offended, that’s on you. I couldn’t care less.

  3. iamthesunking August 19, 2022 at 8:46 am #

    It certainly makes a bit of a mockery of “Bee Together”, doesn’t it? I’m glad you posted this as I didn’t even know it had happened. If others don’t like you posting this kind of thing … well, it sucks to be them, doesn’t it? 🤣🤣🤣

  4. Gaz August 19, 2022 at 9:00 am #

    The Tories are Priti are just carrying out what the electorate in this country (myself and many many others) have asked them to do – have you forgotten that?

    You complain about ‘politics being brought into sport’ now you don’t agree with it, but are absolutely fine with players taking the knee to Marxism and all the fake outage at Ukraine? Understood.

    Our club are cringey – they continually spout off about diversity and inclusion, yet we have a betting company splashed all over the front of our shirts.

    Now remind me which of our players were refuges again?

    No one travelling from France, or anywhere else in the EU is a ‘refugee’ they are an economic chancer.

    This is what happens when you watch too much BBC/Sky News – the enemy of this country.

    • nickbruzon August 19, 2022 at 5:48 pm #

      Thanks to everyone for your input. Politics SHOULD be kept out of football. But if you actually read what I have written it is questioning why they have been brought IN to football.

      What are we supposed to do when a politician whose values are diametrically opposed to those of the club and many, many supporters, is allowed to use our stadium to further promote them? Ignore it? You know, like so many did in the 1930s.

      Or challenge it? Ask about it? Hope for an explanation ? We’ve had one now and it’s not convincing at all. Very much legally written to blame everybody else.

      Frankly, I don’t really care about the criticism. You are welcome to your opinion. However, I DO care about my club. About our club. About it’s public perception. About challenging those in charge when something needs challenging.

      And I’ll carry on doing it as I see fit

  5. David carney August 19, 2022 at 9:46 am #

    Nick, you put out a very popular and regular Brantford Supporters forum. Everyone that follows your posts is a Brentford supporter. Most of the time the vast majority of Brentford supporters read the posts and agree with most of what you say. Once you cross the line into politics you are in dangerous territory. With due respect, I suggest if you want to be a politician and espouse political you do not do so on the Brentford pages you post, instead create your own political posts quite separate from Brentford.
    It matters not if you are correct or not, you have selected the wrong forum to espouse your political and social views.
    Are you now objecting to the sponsors Brentford have secured? If so, why did you not object when the sponsorship was announced if you feel so strongly about it.
    Nick, you took a wrong turn somewhere by not understanding the difference of thee Brentford community. the Brentford community has an almost unanimous view on all things Brentford, but is very diverse when it comes to politics. Please get back on the right road – it is called the Brentford FC road, not gambling, not refugees, not human rights. Choose your venue correctly when you preach.

    • nickbruzon August 19, 2022 at 5:48 pm #

      Thanks to everyone for your input. Politics SHOULD be kept out of football. But if you actually read what I have written it is questioning why they have been brought IN to football.

      What are we supposed to do when a politician whose values are diametrically opposed to those of the club and many, many supporters, is allowed to use our stadium to further promote them? Ignore it? You know, like so many did in the 1930s.

      Or challenge it? Ask about it? Hope for an explanation ? We’ve had one now and it’s not convincing at all. Very much legally written to blame everybody else.

      Frankly, I don’t really care about the criticism. You are welcome to your opinion. However, I DO care about my club. About our club. About it’s public perception. About challenging those in charge when something needs challenging.

      And I’ll carry on doing it as I see fit

  6. Martin O August 19, 2022 at 10:44 am #

    Promoting goods, services , or policies, is a sales pitch. Marketing execs (spin doctors if you like) analyse not just he meaning of words, but the baggage they are lumbered with. They will seek any edge such as timing or placement. In this case Brentford and the GTech were co-opted to the policy pitch. That makes what happened relevant to a blog about Brentford. Those telling you to get back in your box miss the point.

    Those who argue with your perspective have every right to do so. Those who may return to the blog less have every right to do so. I have no right to shut people up, simply for saying this is not the content they look for, but if they stray into trying to shut you up, they are the ones that should think twice before clicking send.

    For myself, I think the club was foolish to allow this, though they may have been ambushed. I would say the same if it was Keir Starmer, though maybe not as passionately; and we should recognise that inclusion etc are also political stances. But in that case the club is able to decide on and temper the message that it wants to convey, rather than be hostage to another’s decisions.

  7. surreybee August 19, 2022 at 11:19 am #

    Nick, I enjoy your football posts, but having said that politics should be kept out of football you have just published a political rant yourself. For what it is worth, not everyone thinks that sending so called refugees coming from France( that well known war torn country) elsewhere is inhumane, and Priti Patel is from an ethnic minority herself- but this is not the right forum for that debate.

    • nickbruzon August 19, 2022 at 5:48 pm #

      Thanks to everyone for your input. Politics SHOULD be kept out of football. But if you actually read what I have written it is questioning why they have been brought IN to football.

      What are we supposed to do when a politician whose values are diametrically opposed to those of the club and many, many supporters, is allowed to use our stadium to further promote them? Ignore it? You know, like so many did in the 1930s.

      Or challenge it? Ask about it? Hope for an explanation ? We’ve had one now and it’s not convincing at all. Very much legally written to blame everybody else.

      Frankly, I don’t really care about the criticism. You are welcome to your opinion. However, I DO care about my club. About our club. About it’s public perception. About challenging those in charge when something needs challenging.

      And I’ll carry on doing it as I see fit

  8. Ade August 19, 2022 at 8:26 pm #

    Bye

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