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Set volume to 11, forget Stroud (and grab your cooling technology)

1 Apr

Brentford travel to Sheffield United today for a League One fixture that has the name Keith Stroud indelibly burned onto my brain. You’d have to have been living in North Korea not to know the facts of this one from last season but the pertinent details bear repeating.

Nine yellow cards, three reds (two for the Bees including a season spannering ban for Tony Craig), four penalties (two missed, ours scored by Marcello Trotta) and an equaliser at the death for Brentford. Shaun Wright-Phillips being the man to rescue a point from a game we could have gone on to win – the Bees were 1-0 up and dominating at HT –  before Stroud lost the plot.

It was a match famously described after the event as “The maddest game of football that ever existed”by the Beesplayer commentating legend Mark Burridge but, in a way, Stroud might have done us a favour, long term.

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.

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.

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.