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Something has to give. But who or what?

11 Jul

Brentford have only gone and bought another midfielder. The much-rumoured transfer of Josh McEachran from Chelsea was completed on Friday as he signed a four-year contract at Griffin Park. And there’s news from two Championship stablemates where Doctor Assam Allam is trying it on again at Hull City AFC and Wolves, where the home team have been stung by the Bees before the season has even begun.

But first up, Josh. The newest, and possibly only, member of the #BrentfordFC moustache club put pen to paper on Friday. In doing so, he showed just how serious Matthew Benham and his fleet of coaches are about taking Brentford forward this season.

Josh signs for Brentford - no beard but a fine moustache

Josh signs for Brentford – no beard but a fine moustache

Marinus has already described him as, “A versatile midfield player who can play in a holding role and as a playmaker.” Certainly, the Internet is raving about the potential of this former England U-21 who played close to two dozen games for Chelsea before heading out on loan to a number of clubs including Middlesbrough, Swansea City and Vitesse, for whom he would have crossed swords with our new head coach last year.

Josh is an ambitious signing, make no mistake. However, I do wonder what it means for our already top-heavy midfield set up. By my reckoning, he makes it eleven players who will justifiably believe they are in contention for a start. Ryan Williams, Konstantin Kerschbaumer, Lewis Macleod, Sam Saunders, Jonathan Douglas, Marcos Tébar, Stuart Dallas, Alan Judge, Toumani Diagouraga and Jota will all be battling him for a central berth.

And that’s not counting Moses Odubajo or Alan McCormack, brought into the club as midfielders but, due to necessity, ended up being converted to defense where they’ve battled it out for the right back slot.

Those numbers are going to present Marinus with a headache, even if he was to adopt a Spanish 4-6-0 formation (and given our striking options, as it stands, that may not be as implausible as it sounds).

The other, more realistic, option is that somebody will be moving on. Could this see an end of the road, at Griffin Park, for some of our ‘elder statesmen’ with the likes of Jonathan Douglas and (please no) Sam Saunders making way as Marinus builds a new look team? Could some of the many rumours we’ve been reading about for the bigger names in our squad actually come true? I’m desperate to see the likes of Jota and Alan Judge next season – both of whom were among those who did nothing but impress last time out.

As I’ve said before, it’s always hard to see your heroes leave. I’ll be upset if pretty much anyone of the aforementioned players does depart but that’s football and Brentford are building for the future. The maths are stark but simple. Eleven (or thirteen) into five just won’t go.

Going back to territory we’ve visited in the past, Hull City AFC today face the latest challenge to their name. I’ve long been a supporter of the #NotoHullTigers campaign as controversial owner Doctor Assem Allam looks to rebrand the club, for the perceived marketing potential, as Hull Tigers.

You may not be aware but this Saturday sees the club face a vote at a meeting of the Football Association Council to see if his already rejected plans can be resuscitated. Whilst the word on the street is that he’s going to end up one unhappy tiger, nothing is ever guaranteed.

Good luck AFC. You’ve got one Bee behind you. I never tire of saying how lucky Brentford are with our owner. Here is yet another example of just how true it is to ha ve genuine supporter (since 1979) at the helm.

Its all in the name  - this Bees is backing Hull City AFC

Its all in the name – this Bees is backing Hull City AFC

And finally, from tigers to Wolves. And Bees. With the memory of our 4-0 victory from last season still fresh in the mind, not to mention our epic League One campaign, I’ve got a lot of time for the Molineux club. Recent history between us has seen nothing but exciting times and some cracking games as success followed for both our teams in seasons 2013/14 and 2014/15 (and which more than a few things were written about). There’s been a lot of good natured banter over the last few seasons and I genuinely can’t wait to resume the on pitch action once more.

As such, it was great to see the Bees have already got one over them before the season has even kicked off in anger. The club’s official Twitter feed sharing this shot on Friday of a swarm(ish) taking residence at Wanderers.

Insert your own Bees sting Wolves related headline, here

The Bees caused more pain for Wolves

The Bees caused more pain for Wolves yesterday

Nick Bruzon

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Celebrate the new season (like you’ve won the FA cup)

10 Jul

It’s just over a month until Brentford begin their Championship campaign against Charlton Athletic. I don’t think I’ve looked forward to a season this much since 92/93 – it really does promise to be THAT exciting.

However, with the World Cup almost having run it’s course then how else can fans fill the void until the return of league action?

Well,for anyone suffering ‘Manish withdrawal symptoms’, there is still the chance to relive it all again. On holiday, on the way to work, even on the toilet.

As has been mentioned previously ‘The Last Word’ has been turned into an e-book. The best of the not so bad bits from the last campaign have been collated, tweaked, had some new material added and become a season diary of 2013/14.

Entitled, “Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup…. (just don’t mention that penalty)” it is now available for your kindle.

And you can get it, here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celebrating-like-theyd-won-Cup-ebook/dp/B00L31OJQG

Not sure if Mr Slade has a copy as yet

Not sure if Mr Slade has a copy as yet

This your chance to remind yourself how Brentford went neck and neck with Wolves or celebrated like they’d won the FA Cup at Leyton Orient. The mixed reactions to Marcello’s return and the shock departure of Uwe. Not to mention a new stadium in the offing.

Naturally, it focuses mainly on our attempt to escape League One for the Championship but, as anybody who has looked at this column over the last season will be aware, there are as many diversions into the general ‘goings on’ in the wider world of football. Adrian Chiles, Fulham’s self-destruction, Vincent Tan, No to Hull Tigers, the national team and THAT band. Just for starters.

Running from Celtic in pre-season to the denouement of the play off campaign, you can get it now. Enjoy.

 

When in doubt, give it to the magician

22 Jun

Not my words but those of BBC World Cup commentator Jonathan Pearce as Lionel Messi gave Argentina the narrowest of victories over (insert your choice of patronising cliché : plucky, heroic, heartbroken, solid, minnows) Iran with a stunning last minute strike that could have been made on the Brentford training ground.

Pick up the ball deep in the heart of ‘Saunders territory’, hit it with the accuracy of a Forshaw or the fake-tanned wing-wizard himself and add a dash of International class c/o Northern Ireland’s Will Grigg.

It was a truly magnificent effort after a somewhat turgid encounter and, if not quite up there with Van Persie v Spain or Cahill v Netherlands, is certainly in my top three goals of the tournament. As ever, you can see the goal and the highlights on the BBC website.

Elsewhere, Germany held Ghana 2-2 in the proverbial game of two halves (apologies, I really have been eating cliché for breakfast. Just need ‘park the bus’ for a full house).

Four goals in a twenty-minute spell after half time made the opening 45 minutes, with both teams not so much parking the bus as struggling to get into the depot, a distant memory.

The excitement was cranked up with Miroslav Klose equaling the World Cup scoring record. Age may not have diminished the 36 year old’s eye for goal but it has caught up on his gymnastic skills. His celebratory somersault fell somewhat short and ended up less Olga Korbut and more Ronnie Corbett.

Getting back to Griffin Park, I’ve noticed the League table has now been updated on the BBC web page. It certainly makes great reading with Brentford already in the Championship play off spots (and Wolves currently rock bottom !).

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The BBC website already shows Brentford in the play off places

The World Cup may have come to a predictable, albeit premature, conclusion for England but it means all positive energy and thoughts can now be totally focused on the forthcoming Championship campaign.

There are less than 7 (seven) weeks to go until Charlton Athletic visit to kick things off and I can’t wait. If that isn‘t a more exciting prospect than watching veteran Teutonic gymnastics, I don’t know what is.

 

‘Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup…..’ – The story of Brentford’s season 2013/14 – amongst other things – is now available as a digital book . Featuring the best of the not so bad columns from the last ten months, and some new content, you can download it here for your kindle / digital device

Forget England. Celebrate like you’ve won the FA Cup this summer.

21 Jun

Remember when Brentford went neck and neck with Wolves or celebrated like they’d won the FA Cup at Leyton Orient? It was only last month that League One came to a glorious head but, after England limped out of the World Cup yesterday, it is thoughts of that campaign and our forthcoming Championship fixtures that are keeping a smile on my face.

As such, I’m pleased to announce that ‘the Last Word’ has been turned into a book. Electronic, that is!  The best of the not so bad bits from the last ten months have been collated, tweaked, had some new material added and become a season diary of 2013/14.

Entitled, “Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup…. (just don’t mention that penalty)” it is now available for your kindle. Naturally, it focuses mainly on our attempt to escape League One for the Championship but, as anybody who has looked at this column over the last season will be aware, there are as many diversions into the general ‘goings on’ in the wider world of football. Adrian Chiles, Fulham’s self-destruction, Vincent Tan, No to Hull Tigers, the national team and THAT band. Just for starters.

So if you can’t wait until August for your domestic football fix, this could help kill a few hours on the beach / train / toilet this summer. If nothing else, the thought of ‘Saunders territory’ might prove a welcome diversion from World Cup disappointment.

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Better than watching England. Possibly

 

And talking of which, whilst England may have stuffed it up it would be churlish not to offer big congratulations to Costa Rica.  After the brief glimmer of hope we’d been offered, Roy’s boys didn’t even get the chance to try and beat them, hope Italy did us a favour against Uruguay and then rely on goal difference.

Los Ticos produced a deserved win to secure their own group qualification and fatally torpedo a sinking England below the water line. Results like that are what make football such an exiting game that continues to captivate, regardless of the obvious impact on our own shrinking chances.

So I’ll still be watching the World Cup but it will be more in the guise of interested observer rather than excited fan with the prospect of glory only six games away.  England have shot their bolt and it fell disappointingly short. All we have left is to sit through a meaningless (for us) game against a Costa Rica team looking to top a group of which they were, originally, regarded by many as being the weakest member.

It would make a pre-season friendly look competitive and really will be one for the stat fans only. I’ll carry on watching all the way through to the final (Argentina – Germany) but I’ll definitely be thinking about Brentford.

 

ITV’s FA Cup Arsenal is less than fully loaded

17 May

The World Cup is almost here but there is still plenty of football before that. Brentford, of course, wait to find out their final Championship opponents (hopefully Leyton Orient and the Loftus Road mob) whilst, today, Hull City AFC take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the W place in North London.

I’ll be tuned in to ITV this afternoon, hoping that Hull City get the chance to take their celebrations to Slade-like levels. This is not a particular pop at Arsenal, although I am sure most neutrals would prefer their barren streak continued, but more because of the way it would round off the year for their supporters.

Any regular reader of this column will be aware of the ‘No to Hull Tigers’ campaign which was, eventually, successful. The team remains as Hull City AFC whilst their owner Doctor Assem Allam now needs to rethink his marketing plans somewhat.

So for them it promises to be a celebratory occasion but I can’t help feeling slightly let down. For me, the FA Cup is all about day-long coverage and the legend that is Jim Rosenthal.

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.

Sub-standard journalism and a 125th anniversary puzzler for ‘MacBrentford’….

10 Apr

The exhilaration of Brentford moving closer to possible promotion on Tuesday was tempered by last night’s London Evening Standard and their general obliviousness to this fact, at the expense of Chelsea. True, the one time Champions of Europe deserved extensive coverage after their late win over PSG at Stamford Bridge but three full pages (with pictures on two more) whilst the Bees were given just two lines is hardly balanced coverage from a, supposed, London paper.

It’s an old gripe and I fully understand they are going to lead with the story of larger (general) interest. That said, Brentford are a London team too and, as our fans know, are going great guns. It’s just a shame that the rest of London isn’t being given the opportunity to share in these exciting times.

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.

Dear Hull, if you win the FA Cup celebrate like THIS

18 Mar

There was great work on the club website yesterday where, it seems, the Russell Slade sour grapes when Brentford beat Leyton Orient on Saturday have unearthed a sense of ‘official’ humour. After the unsporting O’s manager had, bizarrely, complained that Brentford “celebrated like they’d won the FA Cup” following our ten man away win against the second placed team, this video appeared on our Official YouTube channel.

Come on, feel the noise

 

I don’t think Slade realises what a colossal own goal he has scored in making those comments.

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.

What does it mean for us as Uwe’s new Groover’s blow Blues away?

9 Mar

Hull City AFC v Sheffield United and Wigan v Arsenal.

Even though Brentford fans know all about the Rösler effect in the FA Cup (last season The Bees came within a whisker of humiliating Chelsea at Griffin Park) would anybody have honestly predicted that as semi final line up?

Wigan’s defeat of a Manchester City team chasing an unprecedented domestic treble – regardless of their faltering progression in the Champion’s League – is not to be underestimated. Moreso, as they did it on City’s home pitch.

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.

If you watch one video today, watch this. Why Matthew beats Assem.

6 Feb

Whilst this is primarily a Brentford FC blog, one of those subjects close to my heart this season has been the attempt by Hull City AFC owner Doctor Assem Allam to rename the club as Hull Tigers.

Whilst a backlash was predictable, the scale and heartfelt nature of this peaceful protest against the move has stunned even him. Inflammatory language has been forthcoming but the ‘No to Hull Tigers’ team has stood firm.

Indeed, this week they made their submission to the FA as to why the request to change the club’s name should be rejected, including the video below.

It reminded me, in part, of the excellent piece the Lionel Road team put together for their presentation to Hounslow Council. Moreso, though, it was yet another example of how lucky we are to have an owner like Matthew Benham. A man who talks and engages with fans whilst, at the same time, is building for the club’s future in the right way.

Like Doctor Allam at Hull, Matthew is looking to change things. But for the positive. So please, watch the video and follow @NotoHullTigers on twitter. The FA don’t yet have a date to announce what will happen to Hull City AFC but I hope they listen to the voice of the people.   Otherwise, I can’t imagine what carnage will follow.

And Brentford fans, don’t forget that our future is up in the air too. Just as I’m supporting the No To Hull Tigers team, I’d urge you to please sign the petition to Boris Johnson in regards to Lionel Road. This will only take you 15 seconds but the end result could last a lifetime .

Please. Get signing, here

‘No To Hull Tigers’ video for the FA

Come on ITV, I dare you….. FA Cup could go flat otherwise

26 Jan

Brighton v Hull City or Arsenal v Liverpool? Cardiff City v Wigan Athletic or Manchester City v Chelsea?

The fifth round of the FA Cup draw has now been made and, with Brentford already having abandoned proceedings, the main focal point for me is which treats we will be served up by the TV companies when the games recommence.

I’d love it to be the Brighton and Wigan ties but I can’t see the directors at ITV having the balls. In each case, you have a Premiership side playing a decent Championship outfit and so a very real chance of a ‘Goliath’ being scalped.  Likewise, these are the two Premiership teams with, possibly, the most controversial owners in Christendom.

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.