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As Ipswich visit Brentford, Charlton go mad and Solo goes home.

13 Aug

Finally. Match day at Griffin Park. Brentford entertain Ipswich Town with the smart money wondering just which of our players they’ll attempt to break this time around (hey, we may aswell get it out early). Charlton Athletic, already as popular as a Mexican at Donald Trump rally, have ‘gone again’ whilst, with Lasse Vibe continuing his quest for Olympic gold, USA goalkeeper Hope Solo has done her very best to make events at the Valley seem (relatively) sane.

First up though, we can only start with the Bees where Ipswich Town are the first visitors to Griffin Park in 2016/17. It would be fair to say that Brentford very much ended with the advantage over Ipswich last time around.

To read the rest of this article, season 2016/17 is now available for download on e-book in the retrospective: Welcome Home, King Jota (Brentford FC season review 2016/17)
 
Priced at just £1.99, all sales are being donated to the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.

Likewise any sales from the previous titles – Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup (2013/14), Tales from the football village (2014/15) and Ready. Steady. Go Again. (2015/16) – are also now going to the BFCCST.

Containing the least bad of the blogs from May 16 to May 17, you can pick it up, here. Its all for a great cause and,hey, you may even enjoy it…..

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Bru celebrated (too soon) as Ipswich opened the scoring last season

 

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other pubs are available too

 

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Nick Bruzon

What do we know after the first round of Championship fixtures?

8 Aug

And relax. With the weekend’s opening round of Championship fixtures having played out, Brentford find themselves just three points off Ipswich and Norwich (to name but a few) at the top end of the table whilst staying clear of Newcastle and Leeds United amongst others. Put a bit more simply, we lost to Huddersfield Town.2-1

What can you say? Well, for one I wasn’t even there. A last minute summer’s weekend camping meant the closest yours truly got to match action was tripping over the guy ropes chasing a rogue ball during an on-site kick about. Hey , at least it wasn’t a twig.  And then failing, spectacularly , to get any internet reception to keep track of the scores.

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Football action was limited to tripping over guy ropes (rather than twigs)

As such, it meant a hasty retreat to the local pub – this, purely for research purposes – to catch up on all the scores, updates , comments etc.

And?

To read the rest of this article, season 2016/17 is now available for download on e-book in the retrospective: Welcome Home, King Jota (Brentford FC season review 2016/17)
 
Priced at just £1.99, all sales are being donated to the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.

Likewise any sales from the previous titles – Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup (2013/14), Tales from the football village (2014/15) and Ready. Steady. Go Again. (2015/16) – are also now going to the BFCCST.

Containing the least bad of the blogs from May 16 to May 17, you can pick it up, here. Its all for a great cause and,hey, you may even enjoy it…..

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Bob pulled a retro rabbit from his kit bag on Saturday

Nick Bruzon

Sawyers, Egan, Bentley all IN. And a return for Andy Scout

2 Jul

Well that was some day in TW8. Brentford boss Dean Smith embarked on a triple transfer swoop that has sent the fans into overdrive whilst, no doubt, earning further friends at Walsall. Romaine Sawyers IN. Daniel Bentley IN. John Egan IN. Oh, and then there was the small matter of captain Jake Bidwell joining QPR. There’ll be a separate piece on that one but, for now, we’ll simply say “good luck” and politely leave it there.

We’d all heard the rumours. We’d all scoured the local press looking for some crumb of Brentford related news in the lean summer months since the season ended. These names have been doing the rounds for some time but, being honest, did we expect to get them all? On day 1?

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Official twitter has a triple transfer montage

More to the point, how did the local press get it so right this time? And for so long? I’ve long been scornful of a rumour mill that seems as much miss as it is hit. Throw enough mud and some will stick. However, on this on you have to say ‘hats off’ for calling them all, including the news about Jake, spot on.

This is nothing but stunning. Sawyers and Egan were both in the League 1 team of the year last season, an honour Bentley had the season previous as Southend got promoted via the play off final. That, a game Sam Saunders will remember (although perhaps for the wrong reasons) after injury forced him to leave the pitch quicker than you could say “And this is Saunders territory”, just seconds after kick off.

What does this all mean for the rest of the squad? Egan is a centre back and with Harlee Dean, Jack O’Connell, Andreas Bjelland and Yoann Barbet could somebody else be moving on? Might Dean be moving to a formation with three central defenders? Or is it a case of him having to try and keep a lot of players very happy with a place on the bench? Either way, this level of competition can only be a good thing.

As for Daniel Bentley, he comes very highly rated and there is a genuine sense of excitement at his joining. The obvious question is if he will be in line to support or replace David Button. In my eyes, he ran Alan Judge oh so close for player of the season last time out and helped keep the good ship Brentford afloat when things were, shall we politely say, going through a bit of a rough patch on field.

Reading the press release, Phil Giles has noted that, “As it stands all three goalkeepers, including Jack Bonham, will be competing to be first choice goalkeeper against Huddersfield on the opening day of the season.” Whilst I have no doubt that is true, as it stands, I can’t believe having al three on our books will be a long term option. Will David sign the new contract he has been offered? Will Daniel have to be content as an understudy at first? Or will it be a case of Bentley & Bonham being our goalkeeping 1-2 as we head into 2016/17?

Then there’s Romaine Sawyers. He earned plaudits all last season and no more so than as Walsall dumped Brentford out of the FA Cup in the game we don’t talk about. They deserved it that day and he was wonderful. With John Swift back at Chelsea, Sergi Canos back at Liverpool and Jota still on his ‘loan’ in Spain there’s certainly room for an attacking midfielder.

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Romaine sports the signing scarf

Yesterday was nothing but brilliant.

Off the field, it was also confirmed that Andy Scott is now back at Brentford in an official capacity, as Chief Scout. Whilst Matthew Benham had previously alluded to his work for us, Andy is now fully on board with Phil Giles noting “I have been working with Andy over the last year or more, and he has been invaluable in identifying players and providing detailed scouting reports on all of our targets.

Andy, if you are reading then congratulations. It’s great to have you back. I’l never forget those goals or that night against Everton. Now, if you could hot foot it up to Liverpool and start compiling a dossier, there’s a chap called Sergi I think you might like to take a look at……

Nick Bruzon

And finally…. :  Andy, Daniel, Romaine or John, If you are reading ( you aren’t)  The Last Word ‘season review’ : Ready. Steady. Go Again and the three year anthology : The Bees are going up remain available for download. For all the info, the highs, the lows, more highs about the club you are joining then  you can do so now.

Its been a wonderful three years. Here’s to more of the same over 2016/17. Thanks, as ever, for reading

Beware of Greeks bearing stretchers as ‘you know who’ takes a tumble

19 Oct

I’ll keep this brief today. Whilst the main weekend column focused on Brentford beating Rotherham United, there was plenty of other incident further afield than Griffin Park. Primarily involving Keith Stroud in the game between Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City, where Arsenal loanee and former Bee Chuba Akpom flattened the card happy official. Accidentally, of course.

Chuba Akpom didn't seem happy to join the Bees  from Arsenal.

Chuba Akpom didn’t seem happy to join the Bees from Arsenal.

In a rare twist of fate for a Stroud game, it was the referee himself who was forced to leave the field of play early as he was unable to continue after the collision. He’d already shown four yellows by this point, although Akpom escapade unpunished. Given his reputation, I half expected a ‘red’ to be shown as a final act but it wasn’t to be.

Out of interest, in eleven games this season Mr Stroud has ‘only’ (and remember who we are talking about) shown 43 yellows and one red – that coming in our game at Bristol City. Could we see him turning over a new leaf? Time will tell.

For now though, here’s the moment. No sniggering, Brentford fans

Nobody likes to see an injury of any nature

Next up, who doesn’t like to see a goalkeeper finding the back of the net?

It happened on Saturday as Wycombe Wanderers lost out at Stevenage. Jesse Joronen was the man in the right place at the right time to open the scoring after ten minutes.

Red faces in defence?

And finally, Greek football. Surely everbody has seen this now but it would be rude not to include it. To be quite honest, I’m still convinced this is fake footage. The PG Tips Chimps did a better job moving their piano (kids, ask your dads). Surely nobody could be this clumsy?

However, just when the second division game against AE Larissa couldn’t get any worse for Ergotelis midfielder Leonardo Koutris, this happened,,,,

Where’s Keith Stroud when you need him?

Nick Bruzon

Leeds Untied as Brentford keep them at bay. Again

13 Sep

Happy with that? Brentford picked up another point at Leeds United in a game (1-1) they could, arguably, have emerged triumphant from. Mind you, whilst Marinus gave a post match interview with BBC Billy in which he praised the Bees and seemed disappointed by ‘only’ a draw, I’m sure Uwe Rösler would have felt the same. The former Brentford boss reflecting, “The last 25-30 minutes we battered them in a football sense and could have won the game.”

Uwe . Once a Bee, now at Leeds

Uwe . Once a Bee, now at Leeds

Well Uwe, you could have but you didn’t. And not for the first time. I saw an interesting stat on the BBC that noted Leeds United have only scored two goals against us in five matches, failing to win any of them in a run that stretches back to the 2009-10 season and League One.

Indeed, it is 7(seven) points out of a possible 9 in less than 12 months for the Bees, following our 2-0 win at Griffin Park in late September 2014 and the 1-0 triumph at Elland Road back in February. Not bad for a team that have been frequently referred to in the past, by certain elements of the opposition support, as some sort of tinpot outfit.

Our tinpot holds 11 points out of the last 15 against Leeds

Our tinpot holds 9 points out of the last 15 against Leeds

As ever, if you want the full match report then the BBC, Beesotted, the official site or Sky Sports (who also had first crack at the video highlights) are the places to go. Otherwise, the official site now has their own version up on YouTube. The ever wonderful Mark Burridge providing comms and excitement, with Mark Chapman the club’s deputy head of media and communications (rather than a shock transfer from 5live) on ‘sidekick’ duties.

Mark Burridge – could make paint drying sound exciting

What we do need to note here is that it’s the first time this season that Brentford have scored the opener rather than having to come from behind (as happened against Ipswich Town, Bristol City, Burnley and Reading).

Of course, this was no different to last season where we seemed to have a knack of conceding the first goal, rather than scoring it. The Bees had an identical record then before finally ending that hoodoo fifth time around, against Rotherham.

On Saturday, Marco Djuricin was the man to break the deadlock, scoring on his Brentford debut after great work and a delightful ball from Alan Judge. He almost made it two, denied only by the post after Lasse Vibe picked up a somewhat wayward clearance from Leeds ‘keeper Marco Silvestri. But it wasn’t just these two efforts.

After the somewhat lacklustre and shot shy performance on our previous away trip, to Burnley, this was a team who have remembered the way to goal. Even if they did only find it the once.

As for Leeds, their equaliser was one we have seen before. A clearance out from the goalkeeper combined with midfield faffery.

Debutant Ryan Woods, only on the pitch for two minutes, has taken full ownership, and had the finger pointed at him. Fair enough, it happens. That said, with a player bearing down on the new boy, was this really the best ball out to him from the goalkeeper? Or is the midfielder solely responsible?

Ryan Woods holds up his hands

Ryan Woods holds up his hands

I hate to sound critical. David Button is an absolutely a fantastic ‘keeper and I wouldn’t swap him for anybody in the division. Indeed, at just 26 could the national side still beckon? It’s just a tad frustrating given it’s not as though we haven’t been caught like this several times before.

This is small complaint though. And as has been noted, Leeds were only the width of a post away from similar at the other end. Instead, what I really take from this game is a goal conceded by an unfortunate mistake rather than players going awol or huge holes being carved through our defence. Likewise, a much more positive performance in front of the opposition goal.

Next for the Bees are a few days together up North before heading over to Middlesbrough for Tuesday night’s game at the Riverside. Nobody said Championship life would get any easier second time around. I’m just loving the fact we have the chance to really test ourselves.

Marinus has his new look squad together and learning more about themselves on – and off – the pitch. Fingers crossed we can pick up against Middlesbrough from where we left off here.

Nick Bruzon

In a week of break ups, Richard Lee tops the lot

27 Mar

It’s around this time of year I start thinking about those April 1st headlines that will, inevitably, hit Brentford related media sites. The blue and white hooped away shirt. The emergency loan signing of Martin Rowlands. Buzzette caught in flagrante delicto with Billy the Badger from Fulham.

But making my way home on Thursday night, the Internet was buzzing with a story that made me think the only possible explanation had to be a media team related ‘faux pas’. Surely one of them had erroneously hit the ‘publish’ button and released this year’s ‘April Fools joke’ prematurely?

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.

Jack Whitehall challenges Cliff Crown as Bees win again

11 Jan

Brentford ran out 1-0 winners over Rotherham United in a game that was just one small part of a busy day for all things Bees related. With comedy legends coming out of our ears (not literally), Northern Ireland international Will Grigg and Matt Harrold involved in an unusual encounter when Crawley faced MK Dons and Clem doing his thing at Oldham Athletic, it’s been hectic.

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.

Comedians confirm their attendance, or not, via twitter

Comedians confirm their attendance, or not, via twitter

Different ground, same outcome

Producer: Do you now the way to Oldham? Clem: One in each hand

Richard Lee announces retirement – exclusive interview

2 Jan

Since summer 2010, goalkeeper Richard Lee has been a permanent fixture in the Brentford squad. Such is his experience that only Toumani, Kevin O’Connor and Sam Saunders have been here longer. However, as you may have seen this morning, the club have announced that Richard is set to retire at the end of the season (something he confirmed on his own blog site yesterday).

Brentford's number 1

Brentford’s number 1

Indeed, Richard was recently the subject of an excellent article on the BBC website in regards to the role of a ‘back up’ goalkeeper which hinted at this, including the somewhat telling line, “injury problems have all but resigned him to retiring at the end of the season”.

The Last Word was fortunate enough to catch up with Richard this week to find out more about this news and whether Brentford fans should be bracing themselves for a tearful farewell.

In an honest and open interview, he gives his perspective on just what has prompted this decision aswell as sharing several highlights from last season and his broader career.

Richard, we’ll get to Brentford shortly but firstly I have to ask. Retirement – what has prompted this decision? Is it simply down to injury? Injury has certainly played a role as it has affected my enjoyment of the game. I now link pain to playing football which in turn has knocked both my confidence and motivation for the game.

I’m struggling to reach the heights of years gone by so think it best to call it a day. I made this decision in September and discussed it with the BFC staff then, who have been great but I haven’t really discussed it with anyone else.

Has the form of David Button played any part in this? No not at all. I’m really close with David and have been delighted to see him flourish in the way that he has. My battle has always been with myself, not a competing goalkeeper.

Are you currently fit enough for selection? Given retirement is now on the cards, Brentford fans would, I am sure, like the chance to say farewell. Yes I am, I’ve trained most days for a while now as well as having played a few development games so I am available for selection. Of course I’d love to get the opportunity at some point to say a proper farewell.

The BBC interview also included a quote from you saying ,” Part of me did become used to being a number two. It’s an easy role “. Whilst it may have been ‘easy’, I can’t imagine it was a very palatable one relative to playing. How keen have you been to get back into the team? That’s my one disappointment in my career, I haven’t played enough football.

I never consciously meant to do this but often if I had a dip or made a mistake I didn’t deal with it at all well and soon found my way back to the bench. The crazy thing is that as soon as I was out of the team I was always then really keen to be back in it!

Away from Griffin Park, you’ve already played at a higher level but given the buzz around TW8 at the moment, you must still be chomping at the bit to taste Championship action with Brentford? This season’s been incredible so far, the way in which we’ve outplayed some massive clubs and to be in the play-off spots heading into the new year is a compliment to everyone involved at BFC. I am disappointed that I haven’t yet been able to play with this particular team and if the opportunity does come then of course I’ll give everything I have to aid the team in any way that I can.

What is the atmosphere currently like in the dressing room and how much can you join in on matchday? There is an air of excitement. Ordinarily on a match day I’ll be in the changing room prior to kick off speaking to a few of the lads individually, in particular David Button and trying to help wherever I can but there is only so much you can do. More often than not I then go and help Mark Burridge on BeesPlayer, something which I’ve really enjoyed doing.

Do you have any desire to stay involved at club level after the season ends, for example in a coaching role, whether at Brentford or elsewhere ? I want to be involved in football for sure but I don’t think full time coaching is for me. I’ve got my goalkeeping business (www.gkicon.com) that allows me to coach goalkeepers on a regular basis and I’ll no doubt give this more time. To be honest I’ve always loved the idea of spending a lot of time working for myself so intend to do this.

Aswell as the BBC interview, we’ve also seen your recent interview with Ben Foster on Sky Sports and, of course, you’ve popped up on Beesplayer several times. Is a role in the media your next career step and, if so, where do your preferences lie in regards to that – presenting, punditry, analysis etc ? I would love to do that however I’m appreciative that it’s a very competitive world and I’m not a household name, so I wouldn’t have the ability to walk into a well paid role in media.

I have however gained a degree in media over the last couple of years so I’m hoping that will help me delve into that world. My dream job would be in regards to analysing goalkeepers as there’s no one that does this to a high level at the moment. However I’m not sure if anyone’s looking for a pundit who focuses specifically on goalkeepers!

You have also written a lot – the Daily Mail column as well as your book, Graduation, spring instantly to mind. What can we expect from you next in this field ? This will depend on opportunity. I do enjoy writing so am open to something that offers me the chance to do this. I’d like to contribute to my blog (www.dickielee.net) more often but this is something that depends on free time.

If not (or aswell as) the media, where do you see your future lying? You’ve always been somebody with your fingers in many pies and I can’t imagine this will change ? No it won’t, I like the idea of a varied lifestyle and my business ventures offer me this (www.dickielee.com). I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of taking an idea and forming it into a profitable business, it’s something that really challenges me and gives me a buzz. It’s something that I’d like to help others do too.

When we spoke last time, you pinpointed the Everton cup game as the highlight of your Brentford career, to that date. Did being part of the promotion winning squad surpass it or is it really just about being on the pitch? The experience of last season was incredible, to have been involved in such a talented, driven and committed squad was something truly special. Any footballer will tell you that your biggest memories in football will always been memories of games you played.

I sat on the bench for Ben Foster in the Premier League 26 times yet I don’t remember a single scoreline. However I could tell you all about the 11 games I did play in specific detail.

And looking back over your entire career, what would you say was THE standout moment? It would have to be the moment Jagielka hit the post in that Everton game. In that moment everything changed and I’ll never forget running away in celebration whilst it seemed everyone at Griffin Park was flooding onto the pitch.

I’ve never had a high like it, incredible. In terms of the size of game then I’d say the FA Cup semi-final for Watford against Man Utd is the biggest game I’ve played.

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Is there anything you WON’T miss once you stop playing? As mentioned earlier I won’t miss the pain I associate with it and I’m also looking forward to taking a holiday in any other month than June!

What do you see as the difference in managerial styles between Uwe and Mark Warburton? A lot of it comes down to emotional intelligence. Both have plenty of strengths however I think Mark is calmer and doesn’t allow events on or off the pitch to distract from the bigger picture.

He’s put a process in place, he’s following it and building something special. Uwe was excellent in terms of his attention to detail and was incredibly passionate, this most of the time was a good thing but sometimes his passion was misguided which would often alienate him.

After the defeat at Stevenage last season, Uwe ‘had a chat’ with the team after the game in which he subsequently told Billy Reeves, ”At times you think things are clear, 100 percent clear to the players and maybe, in truth, its not always like that.” What did he say and do you think that was the catalyst for the subsequent success that campaign? In hindsight it was an important talk. A lot of ‘home truths’ were said by all the players that day and we knew it was a pivotal point of the season. Uwe got a lot off his chest and likewise many of us got a lot off our chests, it was certainly a heated debate! At that point in time we were heading for mid table mediocrity however I have no doubt that talk helped spark the run we then had.

Uwe gives a very honest interview to Billy - the rest is history

Uwe gives a very honest interview to Billy – the rest is history

You got back into the team last season following David Button’s red card at Bradford City. Despite what I thought were a good run of results, he quickly reclaimed his place. How did that affect you? Yeah, we won 3 of the 4 games I played and there was one point after the Bristol City game where I was aware that the gap between us was very close. I thought I’d keep my place after that game but it wasn’t to be. David grew after that experience I believe and never really gave me a look in thereafter.

How good was it ‘celebrating like we’d won the FA Cup’ after the win at Leyton Orient? The buzz in the changing room after that game must have been incredible? It was, I remember never have been so nervous on the bench for a game! Especially when we went down to 10 men but we were excellent.

And yeah, the feeling in the changing room afterwards was a special one. We knew the job was far from done but that was a huge step towards our goal.

Richard, you are the manager. If you could pick a team out of all those players who have played alongside you since you joined Brentford in the summer of 2010, who would be in the starting XI? In terms of quality it would undoubtedly by the current team. Something else I’m thankful for is that I have formed many strong friendships during my time here, in particular with Kev O’Connor, David Hunt and Simon Moore.

As with any working environment it’s the people who make it special and I feel really fortunate to have worked with so many great people. I’ve also had some really understanding staff too which has certainly helped me prolong my career, these people include Simon Royce, Neil Greig and Richard Clarke in particular.

Given the unique nature of the goalkeeper’s shirt relative to the rest of the team, do you have any input into the club’s choice of design spec? Ha, no unfortunately not.

And what did you think when you saw this season’s choice? Erm…….

And finally, when things do come to an end (playing wise) this season, will there be a testimonial game? I can’t imagine there’ll be anything like that. To be honest I’m aware that hundreds of footballers finish their football career each season and I’m no different. I’ve just decided to make a definite decision in advance.

However I do want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Brentford FC for such fantastic support after my shaky start! It’s been an awesome journey. To have received the amount of kind messages and tweets that I have over the passed few days has touched me and I’m so appreciative for that.

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Dean has a pearler as Jota gets hotter

14 Dec

Blackburn Rovers came and Blackburn Rovers went with nothing beyond “3-1 and a long way home” ringing in their ears as Brentford made it 6 wins out of 7 (seven). And whilst the visitors had a gilt edged chance to level things up just after Andre Gray had put us back into the lead, in the end the victory was a comfortable one in a game that marked Warb’s first year in charge.

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 along.

New Brentford ‘keeper sees red as Tuesday just got better

25 Aug

No sooner have Birmingham City left Griffin Park than Brentford are preparing for the next home game – a Capital One Cup tie with Felix ‘nil points’ Magath’s Fulham team on Tuesday. Whilst, no doubt, there’ll be further build up to the Fulham game in the next column, for now here’s a chance to catch up on those other things that there simply wasn’t enough space to write about following the draw with Birmingham (along with an 11th hour bonus).

My feelings on referee Robert Madley have been well documented in the past and, disappointingly, these were proven to be spot on as this fusion of Stroud, Biggar and Attwell once again showed all the decision-making ability of a tombola.

View from the terrace - David tells Madley to button  it, as Tony troops off

View from the terrace – David tells Madley to button it, as Tony troops off

The one positive for me is that at least I wasn’t alone in this opinion. Any thoughts of “Could it have just been me?” were dispelled with a read of Greville Waterman’s BFCtalk column on the subject. A very therapeutic piece for those of you seeing red about the card happy man in black.

Still, at least Robert wasn’t alone in having a stinker on Saturday. The BBC didn’t even have the excuse of having had to make a snap decision. I’m not sure which match their correspondent was watching but on returning home I read their website with amusement. Specifically the part of the match report that described how goalkeeper Tony Craig had been sent off – although at least substitute ‘keeper David Button had made some smart saves.

Not even West London's leading journo picked up on this one (although the BBC have, since, corrected)

Not even West London’s leading journo called this transfer swoop (the BBC have, since, corrected)

I wrote on Saturday about Natalie Sawyer and Hayley McQueen’s ALS ice bucket challenge. Later that day footage emerged of Matthew Benham completing his own, following a nomination from the Slough Town bound Alan Judge.

 

I’ve also had to rise to the challenge, following nomination from Luis Adriano. You can catch the wobbly action, some of the worst shorts Brentford have ever worn and the next set of nominees (and do feel free to encourage them along) here. Warning:it does involve some slipped pecs and paunch.

Sunday afternoon saw a thumping 4-0 win for Tottenham against the Loftus Road mob. A four goal defeat mirrors that suffered by Fulham the day before and gives a wonderful sense of symmetery to the bottom of the Premiership and Championship tables.

The BBC have, at least, got the tables right. Enjoy

The BBC have, at least, got the tables right. Enjoy

Interestingly, Monday morning sees the Daily Telegraph reporting that Fulham boss Magath only has one game left in which to hang on to his job. You can read their story, here and then think on about the significance of what that next game is….

As one correspondent put it, “Tuesday just gets better“.