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It’s about a lot more than just football. Why you should get to Griffin Park today.

22 Jul

We’ll keep this brief today. Brentford play Southampton in a pre-season game that has as much focus with what happens on pitch as what happens off it. And, of course, the transfer klaxon went off again yesterday – although this one’s a little different as the pre-signing of Emiliano Marcondes from Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjælland was announced.

First up though, the Southampton game. Ordinarily it would be time to trot our cliches about this being a stern test for Dean Smith and his side. An opportunity for The Bees to test Premier League aspirations against a Southampton side who we last crossed paths with back in 2010/11. A chance to reminisce about that wonderful FA Cup fifth round tie from 2005 where we held top flight Saints at St.Marys. Sadly, it wasn’t to be in the replay. Despite Eddie Hutch giving us the lead in a thrilling cup tie, two goals from Peter Crouch would eventually help them come from behind to ensure a home quarter final with Manchester United. Still, at least we had the play-offs to focus on……

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But there’s so much more to this one than just football today. There can’t be anyone in the country, or beyond, who hasn’t been moved by the disaster at Grenfell Tower last month. I can’t even bring myself to use a picture of it – the images alone are simply horrific. Let alone try to contemplate what it must have been like to be there. No words can do justice to the awful, awful events. No words can change what was such a needless and tragic loss of life.

As such, it was so touching to see the club declare early on that all profits from ticket sales for today’s game would be donated to the Grenfell Tower Disaster Fund. They aren’t alone. There’ll be bucket collections outside the ground whilst The Lord Nelson pub will be donating £5 from every burger sold to the same fund.

At the time of writing (8.30am) it’s a glorious day in TW8 and we’ve got clear blue sky overhead. With pay on the gate an option we are rarely afforded these days, why not make an 11th hour decision to get down to Griffin Park ?

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Chips not pictured – The Nelson Burger.

As for the on pitch options. Dean Smith has genuine competition in pretty much every position. Whilst these games are always interesting, they are as much about experimentation and as anything else and we probably shouldn’t get too excited about the result either way (unless its a win, of course). Just who on earth does Dean pick and where?

With no (public) sign of the alleged imminent bid for Jota we can expect our man to appear at some point. Speculation remains rife as to what will happen there but for a much more balanced view, don’t forget the wonderful piece that Billy Grant has written for Beesotted. This, despite being on holiday in the Far East at present. A beautifully balanced and insightful article that appeared on line yesterday, it looks at much more than just the talismanic Spaniard.

One thing Billy called in his article (and which shows just how ahead of the curve he remains compared to yours truly, the local press and other fan related publications) was in the signing of the aforementioned Dane. Whilst he (Emiliano rather than Billy) isn’t due to join us until his contract expired in January , on paper it is another exciting signing. Only time will tell what this means for our midfield and attack where Dean is literally spoilt for choice at present. However, the progressive nature of our recruitment team has been shown once more with another international U-21 coming to Griffin Park.

I’ll leave the true knowledge to the likes of Beesotted. I’m just the numpty on the terrace although was very pleased to see what seems like a season’s first on the announcement. One of the holy trinity of signing photos – see also: brandishing a scarf and wearing/holding a shirt with jeans – this time around we were treated to ‘player with pen poised over new contract’.

It promises to be an exciting time ahead although, as one Twitter observer noted, “He better play better than his Barnet looks”.

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Emiliano signs. Who else has tried zooming onto the computer?

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Very Good Friday – the promotion pictures you won’t have seen.

19 Apr

So Brentford did it with victory over Preston and are now, with Wolves, Championship bound. The earlier post match article has a few pictures (and a couple of hungover words) but here, armed with nothing more than a mobile phone, are the alternative shots that made up my day…..

It is a little known fact that almost 25 years ago I applied to be manager of Preston North End football club – we’ll chalk it down to the impetuousness of youth. However, whilst rummaging through the attic on the morning of the game I came across not only a stash of old programmes and fanzines, but a stark reminder of this fact.

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Preston – never replied. Their loss is Brentford’s gain

I’m still waiting for that reply. Who knows how our promotion chances were effected by the butterfly effect of Keith Leeming’s failure to follow up?

Still, nestling alongside this was an early copy of Beesotted. How’s this for an omen? It was only issue 15, which was published after Gary Blissett’s goal at Peterborough in 1992 took Brentford up to the second tier of English football.

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An unexpected omen from the attic

The final piece of attic related ‘treasure’ was a 1996 programme from a game v Burnley. Perhaps we are just a bit more astute (or I have a filthy mind) but did their fans get one over Graham Haynes and Ian Westbrook in ‘Around the Hive’?

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Burnley 1 Brentford 0 ??

Many of the Last Word articles this season have featured ‘View from the terrace’ . Put simply, this is matchday ‘action’ captured with all the technological power of an iPod telephone.

Well here are two from yesterday – Clayton looking to pick out an unmarked Will Grigg (more noticeable for the swathe of (unrequired) stewards at the Preston end) and then one more of those immense celebrations.

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View from the terrace. Preston fans were the epitomy of good sportsmanship, too

 

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View from the terrace – Bees fans unleash all that pent up excitement

And after this, well – we all know what happened. There was dancing in the street (thankfully NOT a mullet clad, trench coat sporting Mick Jagger / David Bowie video), speeches from Matthew Benham, impromptu Q&A with Warbs , and the Brentford team signing anything (and I mean , anything..)

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Chairman Cliff Crown – I bet he replies to letters

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Is this Saunders territory? One lucky fan gets an autograph

Fans celebrated inside and out . There was just a great vibe around The Griffin (which, I understand, continued long into the night at The Lord Nelson, too). Even 1992 hero Bliss got in on the action.

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The legend that is Gary Blissett, outside the ground

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Partying in the shadow of Griffin Park

And with the sun setting, it simply remained for us to go inside for one last look at the League One table.

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I’m so happy, I won’t even berate Sky for upper case bracketery