Tag Archives: League 1

Bees pair in PFA League 1 team of the year

28 Apr

The PFA League 1 team of the year was named on Sunday night and, not surprisingly, it was dominated by the two promoted teams – Brentford and Wolves.

Between them, the two sides have seven named with the Bees picking up a pair of selections in Jake Bidwell and, the man who had previously been named as Football League player of the year for League One – Adam Forshaw.

The full team is:

Carl Ikeme (Wolves); Sam Ricketts (Wolves), Danny Batth (Wolves), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United), Jake Bidwell (Brentford); Bakary Sako (Wolves), Adam Forshaw (Brentford), Kevin McDonald (Wolves), Ben Pringle (Rotherham United); Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United), Callum Wilson (Coventry City)

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Brentford to Brazil via Carlisle and Wigan. And a jinx resolved.

7 Dec

After the excitement of Thursday night at the Hounslow Civic Centre, things have taken a bit of a dip. We’ll get to Uwe, Brentford, Dave Whelan and Wigan in a moment but I need to start with England. And, specifically, the World Cup.

As the fate of Lionel Road was being decided, Greg Dyke and Roy Hodgson were en-route to Brazil for the World Cup draw where the news that we’d all been fearing was confirmed. The England ‘supporter’s’  ‘band’ are intending to travel.

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Brentford’s own battle of Betamax v VHS

30 Nov

Are you following Brentford to Notts County for today’s League One encounter? If so, then don’t forget to shoot your own ‘fan’s video’.

Any supporter who has given even a cursory glance to Bees related matters on the internet will, surely, be well aware of the excellent video reports put together by the boys at Beesotted. Featuring fan interviews shot mid/post game and, seemingly, filmed in the only place on the Ealing Road where you can hear the tannoy (so its true, injury time IS now sponsored) they add a real flavour of what it is like to be at a Brentford game for those unfortunate enough not to have been able to make it.

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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Bees on the Beeb – this article will self-destruct in nine hours

16 Nov

It’s a Brentford double-header on the BBC today ahead of the game against Crewe Alexandra, with your chance to get involved too.

First up, Herr Rösler is the special guest on this morning’s Football Focus in an interview with Damian Johnson that will go out on the show at mid-day. Uwe talks about his time as a player in East Germany and the Stasi’s attempts to recruit him.

From the brief snippet already available on the BBC website, which you can see here, it promises to be a fascinating article. Likewise, it appears to have been filmed at Uwe’s house, too, so there’s even a chance for you to go all ‘Through the keyhole’, if that’s your particular thing.

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Uwe with Damian Johnson – thankfully, Keith Lemming not in attendance

Later today, should you not have BeesPlayer  (or just prefer the ever eloquent Billy Reeves) BBC London have full radio coverage of Brentford’s game. Whilst I’ll be watching it live myself, BBC local radio coverage has been a lifesaver in the past.

Notably when we were stuck in a three-hour tailback on the M11 last season, whilst the Bees were beating Colchester United at home. Initial frustration at missing the game for a family visit turned to relief as we’d got stuck in the radio ‘sweet spot’ that could pick up BBC Essex. As Mrs. Bruzon fumed at the delay in reaching her parent’s house, I sat back and enjoyed full radio commentary on another Brentford win. So do avail yourself of the BBC services – you just never know when you’ll need them.

Or, even, when you’ll be on them. Eagle eyed viewers of Billy’s Twitter feed last night will have seen that he is going to be in the vicinity of the Griffin Pub in the early afternoon. Its your chance to give your thoughts to the BBC on Brentford and anything else he may choose to ask you about.

1.20 is the designated time. See you there !

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And you thought the ‘red back’ was a controversial shirt…..

14 Nov

It’s fair to say that the last two season’s Brentford shirts have been the stuff of much discussion.

Primarily because of the lack of stripes on the reverse  – a league regulation seemingly able to be circumnavigated by Sheffield United last campaign. Puma’s 2012/13 effort of course featured the now infamous ‘tea bag effect’ all white back but there was hope that things would return to normal this time around as Adidas took over as our technical sponsor. To give them credit, they’ve taken a big step forward with the bold all red back although still no stripes. As an additional plus point, there are no perforations – women may not be able to buy one in their fit but, at least, they are saved the indignity of having their bra straps on show.

As such, the Adidas effort remains a major talking point and, consequently, not everyone is entirely happy. The anticipation for the return of the stripes on next year’s 125th anniversary shirt is already building.

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Lets hope Uwe has the last word on Saturday

25 Oct

I’ve got a lot of time for Brentford manager Uwe Rösler. Despite, if I’m being honest, not always understanding his formation (I get the impression that sometimes he thinks that centre forwards – or birds – are the only things which should use wings) you can’t deny what he has done with the team.

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Dear Andy Ansah. If you aren’t at the World Cup……

3 Oct

There doesn’t seem to be a day goes by without talk of the Qatar World Cup being moved from its traditional summer home to a winter tournament. Only after awarding football’s greatest honour to the Gulf State, does the penny seem to have dropped with FIFA that to hold the competition in 50 degree heat may prove somewhat of a logistical problem. Switching it, though, presents as many new issues – the least of which being it will cut directly through numerous domestic campaigns. By the time you factor in a warm up period, the competition itself and then some post event R&R it means a break of about four months. Hardly conducive for a, traditional, league system.

But lets go with it for a moment. If this does happen then there’ll be a lot of players left kicking their heels. What do they do with themselves?

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Brentford have their very own ‘Tourjansky’ moment

15 Sep

I wrote last season about Victor Tourjansky, the scene stealing ‘extra’ from the James Bond movies.

For those who missed it, his signature move was to look bewilderedly at his drink as though inebriation could be the only explanation for the amazing feat he had just seen 007 pull off. An unsung hero of mine, he performed this routine in the three successive films (montage, below) running from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ to ‘For Your Eyes Only’.

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Then, whilst digging out a picture of Roger Moore for

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Now THAT, Alanis, is ironic.

8 Sep

I’ve never been a particular fan of Alanis Morissette.

Her self-pitying back catalogue of LPs is a spectacular example of ‘the law of diminishing returns’. The highlight of which is

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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