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Clemwatch – round 8. Normal service resumes…

5 Oct

Wycombe Wanderers entertained Northampton Town yesterday in a game that saw Adams Park graced with a visit from The Football League Show roving reporter, Clem.

I have to doff my hat to anybody with the confidence to start their feature standing next to a urinal. But that’s what Clem did.

To read the rest of this article, season 2014/15 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full. Containing additional material and even some (poor) editing, you can get it here for less than the cost of a Griffin Park matchday programme or Balti Pie.

 Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, I need to make more space on the site for any follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

Clem prepares to meet Wycombe - as seen on the BBC Football League Show

Clem prepares to meet Wycombe – as seen on the BBC Football League Show

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Have we been spared some pain or missed a great day out?

3 Sep

Russell Slade celebrated like his team had won a JPT first round match last night after Leyton Orient beat Peterborough United 3-2. Good luck to him. As a Brentford supporter, it’s one thing that’s not on the agenda for this season and, hopefully, not for a while.

That’s meant as no disrespect to the trophy but simply means that Brentford will, all being well, be playing in the Championship. Or beyond….

To read the rest of this article, season 2014/15 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full. Containing additional material and even some (poor) editing, you can get it here for less than the cost of a Griffin Park matchday programme or Balti Pie.

 Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, I need to make more space on the site for any follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

The ultimate irony as Brentford and Manchester United go down

27 Aug

On a night where the eyes of the world were focused on a Brentford striker it’s ironic that it was one out on loan, Northern Ireland International Will Grigg, who grabbed the headlines as his brace (that’s two. goals.) started the rout of Manchester United. Typically, as a much changed Bees side drew a blank in the 1-0 defeat to Fulham, Grigg remembered where the goal was as United ended up over half way to a 7(seven) goal bracketing. His MK Dons team, of course, dumping them out of the Capital One Cup 4-0.

To read the rest of this article, season 2014/15 is now available to download onto Kindle (and other electronic reading device) in full. Containing additional material and even some (poor) editing, you can get it here for less than the cost of a Griffin Park matchday programme or Balti Pie.

 Thanks for reading and all your comments over the course of the season. For now, I need to make more space on the site for any follow up. However, ‘close season’ will continue in full, further along.

Looking back to look forward for King Kev. Leeds’ loss is Brentford’s gain

1 May

This Saturday will, all being well, see Kevin O’Connor make his 500th appearance for Brentford. It is a stunning achievement for our club captain who passed the 400 mark at the time of his testimonial match (against Fulham) in 2010.

Back then, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to interview Kevin for that game’s programme. Whilst much has changed since that column was written, re-reading it last night in anticipation of this weekend’s game has shown some very interesting parallels and reminders. Starting with his joining the Bees, the Last Word looks back at what King Kev had say about Brentford and his career as he approached that previous landmark.

Kevin on starting at Brentford: “As a youngster, in the first year I had to clean Ijah Anderson’s boots and also Ryan Dennis. Then, when Paul Evans joined, I had to look after him. That was brilliant for me and he really looked after me when I was YTS.

He’d have a chat with me and I got to know him quite well. Once I broke through he was brilliant and looked after me. He went out of his way to make sure I was alright “

On breaking into the squad: “I came in to the team just before Ron Noades quit. There was a lot of good players then – Andy Woodman, Martin Rowlands, Lloyd Owusu.

It was intimidating but the lads were brilliant and after a couple of weeks I was able to fit right in. They were a really nice bunch, like family. It was a good atmosphere and I think it showed on the pitch over the years.

I’ve been really lucky at Brentford – every squad has got on really, which helps as you want to enjoy going in to work. It shows; when every one gets on and is working hard for each other you get that little bit more out of the team.”

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.

 

Coming soon – to Griffin Park. The chamber of horrors

7 Sep

They’re under starters orders……and they’re off!

We’re five games into the new season and so its time for a retrospective. Not one of performance – I’ll leave that to the likes of Chris Wickham or the fans, themselves, on the GPG. (That said, mine will come once we are ten games in – the point at which the table is, traditionally, said to have ‘taken shape’).

Instead, I’d like to look at the ten worst kits of season 2013-14. Some we’ll see over the course of the season (and already have) in the league and maybe in the cup. Others will simply grace our TV screens. Either way, I’ve scoured the respective club websites to find these ten examples of what happens when marketing overtakes commonsense and tradition.

And, for the record, Brentford don’t qualify for this poll (although I did think about, seeing as we’ve a sponsor that has us putting the KY into SE….. )

10. Derby County (home) 

ImageOn the surface, it’s stylish, simple and retro. County fans must have been pleasantly surprised about how good it was. Until you get to the lurid and over-sized sponsor. Subtle as a brick.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Leeds United (home) 

ImageSurely they couldn’t do worse than last campaign’s ‘tabard’ effect shirt. Actually, they could. Take one traditional all white shirt and run two vertical bars up the middle (only interrupted by a sponsor’s square & squiggle). Add small collars and a technical sponsor on each shoulder. Voila

 

8. Portsmouth (third)

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Their traditional change colours of, erm, purple and electric pink? With the addition of a strange swoosh across the middle and a footballer-cum-model who really shouldn’t give up the day job.

 

 

 

 

7. Aston Villa (away)

ImageThis is football, not rugby union. Looks like someone has turned up the contrast at Bristol Rovers. Truly odd.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Wycombe Wanderers (away)

ImageBarcelona had a ‘Lucozade effect’ away kit last season – they’re one of the best teams in Europe and can get away with it. Wycombe, on the other hand, aren’t. And don’t.

 

 

 

 

5. The Loftus Road mob (third)

ImageEffectively renting their third kit to Caterham F1. Please, drape the colours of your giant scalextrics outfit all over our third kit

 

 

 

 

 

4. Swansea City (away)

ImageA truly eye burning effort. Purple and yellow with hard to read sponsor. No words needed

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bradford City (away) 

Image Socks and shorts merge half way up the shirt to make a bizarre ‘cloudy sky’ effect. All it’s missing is ‘The sun’ as a sponsor. (I’ll get my coat).

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Liverpool (away)

Image A shirt that has truly divided the fans between, “Is it ‘awful’ or ‘really awful’ “?  This fractal rework on their 89-91 that has been met with derision on Merseyside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Liverpool (third).

ImageHow can the same club do the same thing twice in the same season? How do you get worse than Liverpool’s away kit? Take a look at their third kit.

Neatly divided into purple, black and white segments. With a bit of gold and grey for good measure. Its brave, I’ll give them that.

 

 

 

If you want to see more of this season’s offerings then you could do a lot worse than visit http://www.historicalkits.co.uk . It has comprehensive run-downs on the current season aswell as vast, club-by-club, archives. And for good measure, their commentary is laced with a dead-pan sarcasm that I could only ever aspire to.