Tag Archives: Doctor Assem Allam

Sub-standard journalism and a 125th anniversary puzzler for ‘MacBrentford’….

10 Apr

The exhilaration of Brentford moving closer to possible promotion on Tuesday was tempered by last night’s London Evening Standard and their general obliviousness to this fact, at the expense of Chelsea. True, the one time Champions of Europe deserved extensive coverage after their late win over PSG at Stamford Bridge but three full pages (with pictures on two more) whilst the Bees were given just two lines is hardly balanced coverage from a, supposed, London paper.

It’s an old gripe and I fully understand they are going to lead with the story of larger (general) interest. That said, Brentford are a London team too and, as our fans know, are going great guns. It’s just a shame that the rest of London isn’t being given the opportunity to share in these exciting times.

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Who will wake up happy on Wednesday?

8 Apr

One, non Brentford, subject close to my heart this season has been the ongoing effort to thwart Hull City owner Doctor Assem Allam in his attempt to rebrand the club as Hull Tigers. There were more developments on that yesterday which we’ll look at shortly but, of course, there’s only one place to start today – Griffin Park, with Crawley Town due to visit.

There can’t be too many people unaware of the significance of a win tonight.

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What does it mean for us as Uwe’s new Groover’s blow Blues away?

9 Mar

Hull City AFC v Sheffield United and Wigan v Arsenal.

Even though Brentford fans know all about the Rösler effect in the FA Cup (last season The Bees came within a whisker of humiliating Chelsea at Griffin Park) would anybody have honestly predicted that as semi final line up?

Wigan’s defeat of a Manchester City team chasing an unprecedented domestic treble – regardless of their faltering progression in the Champion’s League – is not to be underestimated. Moreso, as they did it on City’s home pitch.

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If you watch one video today, watch this. Why Matthew beats Assem.

6 Feb

Whilst this is primarily a Brentford FC blog, one of those subjects close to my heart this season has been the attempt by Hull City AFC owner Doctor Assem Allam to rename the club as Hull Tigers.

Whilst a backlash was predictable, the scale and heartfelt nature of this peaceful protest against the move has stunned even him. Inflammatory language has been forthcoming but the ‘No to Hull Tigers’ team has stood firm.

Indeed, this week they made their submission to the FA as to why the request to change the club’s name should be rejected, including the video below.

It reminded me, in part, of the excellent piece the Lionel Road team put together for their presentation to Hounslow Council. Moreso, though, it was yet another example of how lucky we are to have an owner like Matthew Benham. A man who talks and engages with fans whilst, at the same time, is building for the club’s future in the right way.

Like Doctor Allam at Hull, Matthew is looking to change things. But for the positive. So please, watch the video and follow @NotoHullTigers on twitter. The FA don’t yet have a date to announce what will happen to Hull City AFC but I hope they listen to the voice of the people.   Otherwise, I can’t imagine what carnage will follow.

And Brentford fans, don’t forget that our future is up in the air too. Just as I’m supporting the No To Hull Tigers team, I’d urge you to please sign the petition to Boris Johnson in regards to Lionel Road. This will only take you 15 seconds but the end result could last a lifetime .

Please. Get signing, here

‘No To Hull Tigers’ video for the FA

Come on ITV, I dare you….. FA Cup could go flat otherwise

26 Jan

Brighton v Hull City or Arsenal v Liverpool? Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic or Manchester City v Chelsea?

The fifth round of the FA Cup draw has now been made and, with Brentford already having abandoned proceedings, the main focal point for me is which treats we will be served up by the TV companies when the games recommence.

I’d love it to be the Brighton and Wigan ties but I can’t see the directors at ITV having the balls. In each case, you have a Premiership side playing a decent Championship outfit and so a very real chance of a ‘Goliath’ being scalped.  Likewise, these are the two Premiership teams with, possibly, the most controversial owners in Christendom.

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Will money talk or the owner walk? Either way, this won’t end well.

17 Jan

From Brentford to Bournemouth, Sheffield United to Hull City and more good news coming out of the club – it’s been a busy mid-week period for all things Bees related.

The good news is still no news – on the transfer front, that is. None of the current first team have left Griffin Park whilst, tellingly, there aren’t even any rumours circulating. Although, understandably, the club would never comment on these things until they are fact (or sometime after, in the case of Farid and his paper work) they have been pretty much on the mark so far.

Chuba Akpom, and Alan Judge have both joined although all the talk of Rob Kiernan – as it stands – is yet to reap any material evidence. However, I’ll take that none of the usual ‘non-club’ sources are talking about any of our players leaving as a very positive sign.

That said, a very interesting piece of business is going on a league above us

To read the rest of this article, season 2013/14 is now available to download onto Kindle, in full. Containing previously unseen content, you can do so here for less than the cost of one matchday programme.

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Video nice or video nasty?

28 Dec

This season, Brentford have launched their official YouTube channel.

It is an additional means of catching up on both match highlights and fan recorded action which, as we are constantly reminded, also means the later can be shown legitimately on the internet rather than as independently hosted videos which, of course, would contravene League regulations.

Personally, I think this is a good thing – the YouTube channel, I mean.  It is a great supplement to Beesplayer where subscribers still retain the exclusivity of commentary, amongst other features.

This fan’s eye view is a fascinating insight into how other people see the game and if the League are that worried by a few poor quality mobile phone clips then it’s a pretty sad state of affairs.  Whilst it is a pity these cannot (officially) be hosted in their own right at least, this way, there is still a chance to view those that the club selects. Likewise, the mid/post game terrace videos that the Beesotted crew put together always make fascinating viewing.

This current day filming, regardless of quality, is our history of the future and we should be capturing/sharing as much of it as possible.

Otherwise, clubs face the prospect of becoming another North Korea/Cardiff City where the only view is the official one sanctioned by some tinpot dictator. I’ve no particular time for Cardiff but, as with Hull City, every genuine football fan seems shocked by the ongoing actions of Vincent Tan and Doctor Assem Allam.

To read the rest of this article, season 2013/14 is now available to download onto Kindle, in full. Containing previously unseen content, you can do so here for less than the cost of one matchday programme.

 Thanks for reading over the course of the campaign. For now I need to make space on this page for any follow up.  The ‘close season’ / World Cup columns continue in full, further on in this site.