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How can the same stuff happen to the same guy twice as Rangers meltdown? Can the same scoreline happen again as Bees travel North?

11 Feb

Well that’s been a busy few days off. Most of us have woken to news that Mark Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland have, apparently, all ‘resigned’ at Rangers – something our former manager claims to know nothing about. With the Scottish club announcing that Graeme Murty is in charge, things could get interesting in the dugout at 3pm. Back in Brentford,  Josh Clarke and Dean Smith (nothing more than coincidental timing, I am sure) have both signed contract extensions whilst on pitch, not that one exists as yet, Hounslow council have given rugby club London Irish permission to ground share at Lionel Road. Yet all these are mere appetisers ahead of the main course – our trip to Preston North End.

Of course, we can only start at Deepdale. Brentford annihilated Preston 5-0 at Griffin Park earlier in the season and, based on current form, the casual observer would only expect more of the same. We’ve scored six goals  in our last two games – the first of the Hogan free era.

Aston Villa were despatched as simply as a half time balti pie offered to a hungry supporter. There was literally no resistance from the former Premier League team who were left looking somewhat like a pub side. The only disappointment being that 3-0 was scant reflection of a game where there was only one team in it.

As for Brighton on Sunday. 2-0 up and with a penalty opportunity to make it three, that one looked very much like another win fro the Bees. That it ended 3-3 was as much testament to the quality of our opponents (still very much promotion favourites and title contenders) combined with, perhaps, a touch of naivety from Brentford as the lead was retaken with 95 minutes on the clock. No criticism though. It was an honour to be part of the crowd for that one.

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KK is in there, somewhere, celebrating a late, late ‘winner ‘ against Brighton

Yet, as we’ve mentioned before, part of this resurgence is as much down to Dean Smith’s new formation. Lasse Vibe just one of five players to get on the scoresheet in front of two wide men and two centre backs in Harlee Dean and Andreas Bjelland. More room in the middle. Jota destroying all comers and looking a class above anybody trying to stop him. With a bench that includes Josh Clarke and Sergi Canos aswell as the finally back in favour Konstantin Kerschbaumer and Alan McCormack, Dean seems to have got the balance just right. Can he do it again for a third successive game ?

Surely he’ll go for more of the same today? Although Preston are five points above the Bees, they haven’t won in four games. We know we have the beating of them and that was in a team without Jota. Yet the BBC report that with John Egan fit again, he could return to the starting line up.

All being well, this is nothing more than opportunistic journalism. And this is meant as no disrespect whatsoever to a player who has more than justified his own contract extension. Yet playing with a traditional back four, albeit one where the defence still push up, has been nothing short of revalationary. A breath of fresh air after what could, politely, be described as some turgid, sluggish and inconsistent performances.

Come on Dean, here’s hoping you have the same courage of your convictions away from home as at Griffin Park. The bookies still have Preston as favourites  – only 2 defeats in the last 12 at home likely helping their position – but the new look Bees are a force to be reckoned with. I can’t wait to see how we fare on the road.

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Jota helped destroy Brighton. And Aston Villa

Rugby is the other news to make us sit up and take notice – Mark Warburton at Rangers aside, where one can only wonder what on earth is going on. In a communications debacle to make our own media team seem like Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, the Glasgow club have released a statement to say he has quit whilst Warbs seems unaware that he has, supposedly, penned his resignation letter.

This is a situation where nobody comes out the winner. Aside from, perhaps, Celtic whose 27 point lead over closest challengers Rangers and Aberdeen seems even safer than ever. With alleged new destination Nottingham Forest already having named their interim management team, could Mark Warburton find himself temporarily out in the cold again?

It was 10 February 2015 when the story about his ‘replacement’ at the end of Brentford’s Championship season was leaked by The Times. The club handled news about that one terribly – the only way worse could have been had we included a hashtag – as Warbs , in public at least, carried himself with dignity whilst retaining the love of players and supporters alike.

Bees 1-0 v Watford Warburton

Warbs , Jota and the team on the day of village-gate 2015

Two years to the very day, it has happened again. Another announcement about his position, this time at Rangers, clouded in confusion and controversy. Who’d be a manger. Or  in a comms role…

As for the rugby, well it seems that London Irish will be the new tenants at Lionel Road, once the stadium is built. Hounslow Council have granted permission for a ground share at the new stadium. Official tell us us that “Progress on the implementation of the Brentford Community Stadium project is continuing apace, ahead of a moving in date of the season 2019/20. The full story is on the club website.

And finally, if you can get through all the adverts , pop ups and surveys on their site, (Get) West London’s Premier Journalist Tom Moore has another video. Do check it out, it’s well worth a look.

Until then, here’s to Preston.

Nick Bruzon

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Brentford V Ipswich Town – game on! The key questions

8 Aug

Finally – matchday is here. After at what has felt an interminable wait since the excitement of last season, Brentford get the chance to ‘go again’ with Ipswich Town being our first opponents of the campaign.

That’s not to say things haven’t been quiet since the play offs ended in defeat. We have a new head coach in Marinus Dijkhuizen and several other changes to the back room staff now that Mark Warburton and David Weir are in situ at Glasgow Rangers.

There are numerous questions that the appointment of Marinus brings and, all being well, the Ipswich game will see these answered.

To read the rest of this article, season 2015/16 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full, as :   Ready. Steady. Go Again. : Brentford FC season review 2015 – 2016

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, it’s the annual clean up to make more space on the site for the inevitable follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

But wait, like all the best infomercials, there’s more. The last three seasons of the Last Word : Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup; Tales from the football village and Ready. Steady. Go Again are also available in one combined volume as: 

Brentford Football Club – The Bees are going up. Season reviews: 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16 

We did. And we still are ! 

book 3 and 4 cover

Its all about the kit, man. And the Bees.

 

Wake up and smell the history. Warbs is at Rangers but some things don’t change

16 Jun

Mark Warburton is officially in charge at Rangers. We’ll get back to Brentford momentarily but there simply remains a final observation on the long running saga that saw Warbs, along with David Weir, sign a three year deal at Ibrox.

On giving his opening press statement, Mark showed that Rangers will present no challenge to him – certainly in his unique turn of phrase. I don’t necessarily mean the sort of straight talking we saw so much of last season. For example, “Am I the only one who thought that was a penalty? Maybe I should go to Specsavers if I am.”(after the home defeat to Norwich City).

Or “A bid is only a bid when it is at the right level, a realistic level. Quite frankly that was nowhere near our level” following one of Wigan Athletic’s many attempts to lure Adam Forshaw to their, eventual, doom.

Mark opted for an impressive pair of antlers to sign his contract

Mark opted for ‘signing antlers’ rather than the traditional football shirt when joining Rangers

I’m talking more about the unique lines he used to drop into normal conversation. Not so much football cliché, as I’ve never heard other managers use these, but what have eventually become known as ‘Warboisms’. Certainly on our area of the terrace, where it sometimes seemed he was going toe-to-toe with Billy Reeves in a battle for most creative use of the English language (and that is fully intended as a compliment, to both).

We’ve all enjoyed the fact that “The football department is in good shape” or Josh’s “raw, blistering pace”. Indeed, the latter to be used in conjunction with “Pitch geography” to help produce end product – perhaps teaming up with “Andre Gray – the thinking striker”.

But Mark hit the ground running at Ibrox, where he told the waiting media, “You walk around the stadium, the first time for me this morning, and you smell the history.”

Smell this history. What a wonderfully evocative image. Warbs – I’ll miss you, genuinely. Good luck at Rangers and enjoy it. The fans are in for a treat.

Back at Griffin Park, ahead of Wednesday’s League fixture list reveal Brentford will today find out who we are to be pitted against in the Capital One Cup. The good news is that we are seeded so could be drawn with anybody in the other half of the draw from Martin Allen’s Barnet to the Brentford old boy’s club at Wycombe Wanderers.

The draw takes place at 10am on Tuesday morning. And once that happens, we really can start to make the first of those plans for 2015/16.

The season is getting closer. Slowly…

The draw is early on Tuesday morning - who do you want?

The draw is early on Tuesday morning – who do you want?

What happens next as Rangers prepare to announce Warbs ?

15 Jun

Former Brentford manager Mark Warburton is today (Monday) finally set to be revealed as the new man in charge at Rangers. Swapping the English Championship for the Scottish, he takes David Weir with him and puts to bed one of the most rumoured, but prolonged, stories doing the rounds.

Brentford fans have, of course, known since February that Mark and David would be leaving us following the Football Village affair prior to the home game against Watford. But until the stories about Rangers started to circulate last month, most of us assumed he would be staying South of the border.

News sources as diverse as the BBC, Herald Scotland and even City A.M. (worth reading that one for the input of Brentford fan, reporter and podcaster Billy Grant) are now reporting that Mark will be officially unveiled in a 2pm press conference on Monday.

To read the rest of this article, season 2015/16 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full, as :   Ready. Steady. Go Again. : Brentford FC season review 2015 – 2016

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, it’s the annual clean up to make more space on the site for the inevitable follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

But wait, like all the best infomercials, there’s more. The last three seasons of the Last Word : Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup; Tales from the football village and Ready. Steady. Go Again are also available in one combined volume as: 

Brentford Football Club – The Bees are going up. Season reviews: 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16 

We did. And we still are ! 

Could Barry Ferguson’s words about Brentford come back to haunt him?

9 Jun

Forget about the ‘in play’, it’s all about Glasgow Rangers and Brentford today. Despite my well documented ineptitude at football betting (it’s bad enough that half time on TV is ruined by Ray Winstone’s disembodied head and geezer-shtick without paying for the privilege) the boredom of the summer months has seen some internet based research on that most hopeless of tasks.

And by research, I mean nothing more scientific than checking out the latest odds. Primarily on the Bees but also on Glasgow Rangers where Warbs is the bookie’s choice to be named the new manager at Ibrox. This, after admitting he has already spoken to the club and would take David Weir with him as assistant. Checking this morning, he is 1/6 on with even David being the third favourite (now THAT would be an interesting role reversal).

To be honest, it’s nothing really to do with us anymore but until Marinus has had a decent chance to get his feet under the table, Warbs’ popularity and success with Brentford means it is still somewhat tricky not to associate him with Griffin Park. All being well, Rangers’ chairman Dave King will name him shortly and then we can all move on.

 

To read the rest of this article, season 2015/16 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full, as :   Ready. Steady. Go Again. : Brentford FC season review 2015 – 2016

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, it’s the annual clean up to make more space on the site for the inevitable follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

But wait, like all the best infomercials, there’s more. The last three seasons of the Last Word : Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup; Tales from the football village and Ready. Steady. Go Again are also available in one combined volume as: 

Brentford Football Club – The Bees are going up. Season reviews: 2013/14, 2014/15 & 2015/16 

We did. And we still are ! 

Supporters pay tribute to Mark Warburton and David Weir

22 May

Hot off the back of yesterday’s piece looking at what Mark Warburton achieved with Brentford after taking over from (the now Leeds United bound) Uwe Rösler, our supporters have been quick to pay more tribute. The Bees’ Premiership dream may have come to an end at the hands of Middlesbrough but Mark’s reputation is better than ever before. No moreso than in the eyes of the Griffin Park faithful.

And not just to Mark but also (and here is where I MUST apologise) to David Weir. One almost tends to take for granted the partnership they had together. So much so, that this didn’t even get mention yesterday.

However, rather than my own ‘pouring forth’ on the subject, here’s a selection of the comments from around social media to show what the supporters themselves had to say yesterday about Mark, and David’s, time at Griffin Park.

Regular correspondent, the ever eloquent Bernard Quackenbush opens proceedings:

BQ: “Quite simply the best post-war manager we have had.

Fans have been ridiculously over critical of him. Name me one manager who would be considered perfect? Even Sir Alex had plenty of duff signings, results, and games he got tactically wrong. Although Nick, your piece is very clearly tongue-in-cheek and characteristics we all recognise in Warbs.

Mention also to David Weir. This was clearly a partnership. His knowledge, coaching and passion were always clear to see, and the club will miss him just as much as Warbs. Always enjoyed how Warbs would stand back and let Weir mix it up with slow opposition full backs and over excitable away coaches.

One thing that is certain, that Warbs has the most positive and frequent use of thumbs since the Fonz.”

No greater 'thumbs up' than being likened to The Fonz

No greater ‘thumbs up’ than being likened to The Fonz

RebelBee is also one to pick up on the role played by David and writes:

“Firstly well done on devoting a piece to Mark, this was badly needed to mark his departure. The final look over the shoulder as he walked away at Boro on Friday was emotional for me, and a sad end to a beautiful period at BFC – whatever comes next things will never be the same – of that I’m certain.

After the shabby way in which Uwe finally left us, MW’s appointment came as a bit of a surprise and he wasn’t top of my list at the time, so glad I was wrong and that MB was right to be fair.

I was never a big Rosler fan and found his football to be dull, predictable and I never warmed to his manner. Then Warburton, players instantly released from their chains and a wave of attacking positivity from day 1 – blowing away almost everyone through to that glorious promotion – his promotion! This then followed by the most memorable season that most living fans can remember, owner, staff, fans all pulling together as BFC was rising again – never a small club but now finally regaining the attention of the footballing world.

Bump, then in Feb the self inflicted shambles that finally resulted in the shocking news that Mark was on his way regardless of the outcome of the season. Can we imagine how hard it must have been to stay dignified and to keep the team so focussed through to a play off finish. In an industry of mercenaries and money grabbers he just did his job and saw it through as promised.

Mark wasn’t perfect – yes there were things he could and would have improved upon, however he wasn’t any old manager – he was special, not someone I felt would walk at the 1st decent offer, loyal to his owner, his supporters and his players. Indeed I felt maybe the only role that would finally prise him away from GP would be one with the national team.

Mark & David Weir will get a great job, and be successful in it. I fear it will be our loss and however successful the new model turns out to be, we are diminished without his human qualities. He goes with my thanks for the best 18 months I’ve known in all the years of following our great club. Our finest post war manager – we will miss him.”

Let's not forget David Weir in all of this, either

Let’s not forget David Weir in all of this, either

Next up, Roger Greenaway:

Excellent summary. It is exactly how I picture him. Very good man Manager and superb at dealing with the media. I listened to his views on two occasions on SSPN and was impressed with his knowledge on football generally. It is a shame that he could not fit in with the new plan but it has convinced me that with our limitations we have to do something different.

I accept that, in the main, the usual type of Manager/ Coach model does not work. The average ( Not Leeds Utd ) span of 18 Months tenure leads to yet another clear out of players and another short term fix and so on. I am so glad that MB wants to go another way and I can’t wait to see it succeed . The Bees in the Premiership is something I never thought I would be able to see. I’ve always envied supporters that can say ” oh that was the year we won the cup ” Maybe we can say that too one day.

Rob notes: “Not perfect, but hugely impressive and in only 18 months of his managerial vocation will continue to learn and improve.

A bright forward thinking manager with different life skills and experience he can bring to the job that sets him apart from the rest. Someone who for a small club unable to compete with the big boys financially will get the most out of his team using a combination of statistical analysis and conventional methods, and who has proven exceptional man management. Conducts himself with integrity and humility in everything he does.

Sign him up Bees……”

Brian Moriarty took to Facebook to add: “I believe that MW is a much stronger person than maybe some think on cursory glance. He was MB’s choice before Uwe and it was refreshing when he did get the gig. I was never a fan of Uwe, just me. MW was more fun and now at my age am prepared to go with the flow at an interesting time. We played amazing football, lacked badly in corner threat, but have loved it all.”

Rod Davidson gives his own thoughts, “Spot on! I have rarely come across such a man in public life. Perhaps it was his professional ‘city’ upbringing but how often do you hear someone give unflinching support to those who have won out against you. Clearly a man of immense integrity Mark Warburton always said the right thing.

He was clearly very loyal to his players and respected by them in return. In more recent interviews he was ‘baited’ time and time again to declare his unhappiness. Did he heck! Well done Mark Waburton! A fine man, you managed Brentford to the very best of your ability and you have gained immense respect from the vast majority of Brentford supporters.”

And Rod, I can’t beat that. It simply remains for me to say, once more, THANK YOU – to both Mark and David.

Warbs  - there was no doubt about his popularity with the players

Warbs – there was no doubt about his popularity with the players

Is victory a Long shot after strange injury update?

17 Apr

This is a curious one. Brentford take on Bolton Wanderers in Saturday’s ‘must win’ game where it is quite feasible we will be without the services of Everton loanee Chris Long. Despite being unable to feature in the midweek disappointment at Sheffield Wednesday after reportedly suffering from a knee injury (the third successive game he has missed after illness) he was able to play for the Everton U-21s yesterday. Where he promptly got injured!

To read the rest of this article, season 2014/15 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full. Containing additional material and even some (poor) editing, you can get it here for less than the cost of a Griffin Park matchday programme or Balti Pie.

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, I need to make more space on the site for any follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further on.

Slow news day? Surely this can’t be true?

4 Feb

I love an unusual headline – whether it be on the internet or the local press. But the one which appeared about QPR boss Harry Redknapp yesterday (or, should that be, former QPR boss Harry Redknapp) had me performing a double take. And moreso because of the immediate knock on this could have for Brentford and our own manager, Mark Warburton.

Harry Redknapp is no more (at QPR)

Harry Redknapp is no more (at QPR)

I can only wish Harry well although the whole thing does seem to smack of, what we could politely call, unfortunate timing. He waits until immediately after the transfer window has slammed shut, having failed to spend any money (a feat as rare as three points on the road for the Loftus Road mob), before deciding he has to walk away – although I apologise if that’s probably not the best choice of phrase in the circumstance.

And the Brentford spin off? Well, checking the shortlist for his successor, the bookmakers have Warbs at fourth favourite to be leaning out of a car window in the next transfer window.

However, before anybody gets overly concerned, Tim Sherwood is streets ahead at 1/10. ON. Indeed £18,269 of the first £18,763 was on the former Tottenham boss taking over at Loftus Road. Indeed, given the talk at the Brentford fans’ forum I think it safe to say that Warbs isn’t going anywhere for a while.

That said, it is always flattering to be associated with a top flight club and symptomatic of the success our manager (who you may not be aware is a former city trader) has had since taking over from Uwe.

So rather than worrying further about whether Warbs will be heading down the road, we’ll end this article here. Instead, here are a few comedy headlines. Whilst they may not have the same impact as the Redknapp knee, who doesn’t like a bit of ‘cow chaos’ ?

From our first away game of the season

Brentford suporters keep it 'local' at our first away game this season

Disturbing news from the world of theatre, via the BBC

Disturbing news from the world of theatre, via the BBC

The first of two entries from the Argus

Can't top that with any caption

Life imitating art

When life imitates art

The Argus strikes again

The Argus strikes again

But our winner is…

But our winner is...

Premiership stadium plans updated at fans’ forum

30 Jan

This is the week that just keeps on giving. Brentford face the newly Forshawed Middlesbrough tomorrow lunchtime in a game which will see the winner go top of the Championship table if Watford do us the proverbial favour at Bournemouth tonight. But before we even get there, I need to offer up a big vote of thanks for all those who gave up their time to attend the Brentford fans’ forum last night.

Always a popular event, last night’s was one that showed just how well things are going on and off the field. More importantly, it was yet another example of how open our club are with the panel of Mark Devlin, Cliff Crown, Mark Warburton, Frank McParland and David Weir being very honest with questions on any number of Bees related subjects.

To read the rest of this article, season 2014/15 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full. Containing additional material and even some (poor) editing, you can get it here for less than the cost of a Griffin Park matchday programme or Balti Pie.

Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, I need to make more space on the site for any follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further on.

Our chief executive and chairman were part of a strong line up

Our chief executive and chairman were part of a strong line up

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As believable a transfer rumour as the average plot in Neighbours

26 Jan

With the dust settling on Brentford’s win at Norwich City we can ease into the last full week before Natalie Sawyer and Jim White officially declare the transfer window as slammed shut. And typically, as befits this time of year, a rumour has surfaced although this is one more out of leftfield than usual.

We’ll get there in a moment but, first, if you haven’t seen them,  the goals from Carrow Road went up on the official YouTube channel yesterday. Whilst those of us who were able to travel with their friends to the game or caught The Football League show afterwards would have already seen these, the club version have the advantage of being spliced with Mark Burridge’s Beesplayer commentary.

I’ve said it before and I’ll likely say it again but this is one of my favourite things to come out of Griffin Park, off field, this season. So fair play to the media team and creative gurus behind putting this together so quickly.

 

Ok. Transfer rumour time. As you may have read, The World Game website is reporting that Brentford are in the chase for Swindon Town’s Australian international midfielder Massimo Luongo, who is valued at AUD$4m (just over £2.1m at current rates).

David Magrone, the player’s London-based Australian mentor (presumably that’s Antipodean for ‘agent’) is the only person to make any quote in the article, aside from some of the hilarious comments afterwards, saying,” Brentford is an option for him but it’s important that he takes his time because there is plenty of interest from elsewhere also.”

The piece, which you can read here if you want, also notes that that Luongo, currently starring for the ‘Socceroos’ in the Asian Cup is allegedly attracting interest from Wolves, Sevilla and a host of German clubs.

Luongo is on twitter (although Matthew Benham is not a follower)

Luongo is on twitter (although Matthew Benham is not a follower)

It’s an interesting theory but I think there’s more chance of me starring in Neighbours than this one coming true. Given that Swindon are currently in the box seat for promotion to the Championship, selling a player rated as one of their top assets would seem an unlikely strategy.

Likewise, have you seen the state of our midfield? This is one area where we are bursting at the seams with quality. From the long serving feet of Jonathan Douglas to the untapped potential of young gun Lewis Macleod, the likes of Jota, Alan Judge, Toumani Diagouraga, Stuart Dallas, Sam Saunders, Jon Toral and Alex Pritchard are all in the mix for a starting place. Nine players! And don’t forget, also, that we’ve had to reinvent Moses Odubajo as a right back given the injury to Alan McCormack.

Still, one thing that Brentford have done is build for the future and we do have a habit of picking out some exciting players. However, I’ll dip my toes into the water and suggest that this one is probably a rumour too far.

Of course, I’m just the numpty on the terrace rather than anybody with any meaningful inside knowledge so do treat any transfer suggestions you read here with a huge pinch of salt rather than as being of any meaningful substance.

And, if you’d like to put the question of any new signings directly to the people that do have the answers, then don’t forget the fan’s forum takes place on Thursday night at 6.30pm. Chairman Cliff Crown, Chief Executive Mark Devlin, Sporting Director Frank McParland, Manager Mark Warburton and Assistant Manager David Weir will be taking questions from 6.30pm in the Hive.

See you there.

I've got more chance of appearing in Neighbours

I’ve got more chance of appearing in Neighbours