Tag Archives: Graeme Souness

From an ageing lothario to ‘what might have been’

21 Dec

Wagner raps worst display…” Not my words but those of Monday’s Yorkshire Post to describe the fallout from Brentford beating Huddersfield Town 4-2 at the weekend. Not much you can say to disagree with that although, equally, it does detract somewhat from the quality of the Bees finishing in the first half.

Moreso, it put me in mind of the one time X-Factor contestant Wagner Carrilho (whose eventual departure from the show killed it stone dead for the rest of time). At times the singer struggled to sing, let alone rap. The bemused looks from the judges, which included his own mentor, made you wonder just how he’d slipped through the net and made it all the way to the final stages.

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Wagner – he really happened

If you will, a musical equivalent of Ali Dia at Southampton. Back in 1996 he famously convinced Graeme Souness that he was the cousin of George Weah. Dia was signed for a month based on no further check than a phonecall that Souness received from ‘Weah’ .

After the elements had conspired to interfere with a planned reserve game, he was chucked straight into Premier League action in a game against Leeds United.This despite nobody at the club actually having seen him play. And it turned out that he couldn’t.

Less than an hour into his debut the player, who had come on as a sub, was subbed.

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Ali Dia – he really happened

Infact, it later transpired that Dia was anything but who he purported to be and promptly had his contract torn up, although what this says about Leeds United I have no idea. Which, aside from the wonderful image conjured up in my own mind’s eye of an ageing lothario (Wagner) patrolling the touchline on Saturday gone, brings me up to date enough to pull out my industrial sized crowbar.

Just as Southampton ended the contract of Dia, it was announced yesterday that Brentford have done the same with Marcos Tébar after 18 months of Griffin Park life. Featuring only six times last season and once this time around, as an unused sub, his departure brings to a close a strange chapter in our history.

Marcos was no Dia, far from it. You don’t get to play at Real Madrid unless you are any good. Indeed, the flashes of opportunity we were afforded suggested he would fit well into Mark Warburton’s team.

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Marcos Tebar – it didn’t quite happen. Sadly

Instead, perhaps at a time in last season when we were crying out for a bit of a change, Warbs showed unswerving loyalty to the players who had served him so well. Would, or could, he have made a difference? We’ll never know and it would be pure conjecture to suggest otherwise.

That said, I thought that with our extensive injury list under Marinus and a remodelled midfield, including the exit of Jonathan Douglas, 2015/16 might be Marcos’s time. But, alas, it wasn’t to be.

And with Dean Smith picking up the reigns, and a fit squad, from Lee Carsley it would seem there is now no room at the Inn. Much as with Javi Venta, things just haven’t worked. Moreso, with just Jota and Sergi Canos as the only Spaniards at Griffin Park, it puts to an end the possibility of any more ‘Three Amigos’ headlines.

It’s a real shame things didn’t play out differently. That’s football – players come and go. Some fit in and others don’t. I’m just truly disappointed that we never got the chance so see his full potential either way.

Perhaps, instead, his legacy will be a Marcos Tea-bar at Lionel Road.

Until then, here’s Wagner.

Bees set for Brighton as Liverpool stars reveal shocking 80’s taste

12 Sep

Championship football is almost back with us. Tomorrow sees Brighton visit Griffin Park as Brentford finally get the chance to resume competitive action and, potentially, move even further ahead of Fulham. With the gap already 7(seven) points, a victory over Brighton combined with Reading doing the needful over The Cottagers would see this grow to double figures.

Of equal statistical interest is the chance for Brentford to attain their highest league placing in 60 years, should we move one more place up the table. If my maths are correct, The Bees’ current position of eighth equals the previous benchmark, set in the 1950s (and, briefly, in 1992).

Brighton are no mugs, of course. Having reached the play off semi finals for the last two seasons (the results being a pain that Brentford fans know only too well) they’ve now started to find their legs as another attempt on the Premiership begins.

Despite losing their opening two fixtures they’ve put a little run together that sees them just a single point behind The Bees. It won’t be easy tomorrow but with the International break, at least, giving us the chance to help with a few injuries, I’m confident we can continue where we left off last time out.

If nothing else, there’s the prospect of Betinho. The signing of the Portuguese U21 took most people by surprise and I’m just itching to see what he can do as Warbs’ continental revolution continues.

The signing of Betinho is officially  announced to the world

The signing of Betinho is officially announced to the world

The second part of today’s column requires you to look elsewhere as a series of 1980’s photographs have been collated, most of them featuring Liverpool players, showing footballers relaxing in the opulence of their mock-Tudor mansions

Have you ever wondered what Graeme Souness would look like, trying out as an extra on Miami Vice? Are you curious as to what Phil Neal wore in his snooker room? Want to see Kenny Dalglish – international man of business?

In that case, I can only implore you to take a look at Steven Bloor’s Guardian article about ‘1980s footballers at home’. Featuring everything from Pat Jennings posing awkwardly by the fireplace in a cardigan/action slacks combo to Trevor Brooking taking the world’s first ‘selfie’, you can find the picture gallery here.

Aswell as the Liverpool connection, there’s even a few Bees in there, with Terry Butcher and Kenny Sansom featured.

Enjoy !!

 

Kenny Sansom - in more tasteful gear than seen in the Guardian article

Kenny Sansom – in more tasteful gear than seen in the Guardian article