BEES ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE FOR HONOURS by Greville Waterman

We are now three months and 14 games into the new season. Surely time enough for patterns and trends to have emerged and for pundits to begin to make predictions based on hard evidence and reality rather than mere guesswork and wishful thinking?

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A QUESTION OF BALANCE by Greville Waterman

It is generally acknowledged that it is unsafe to judge a team's progress until they have played their first ten matches of a new season so I extend that thought as a caveat when giving my initial analysis and viewpoint on the first month of Brentford's new season.

It is fair to say that there was a general air of optimism and anticipation - if not expectation - surrounding the club before the big kickoff given the number of mouthwatering new signings and the excitement generated by this being the last ever season at Griffin Park before next season's much anticipated move to the Community Stadium at Lionel Road.

Again, it is far too early to be scrutinising league tables but to find ourselves today languishing in nineteenth place with a mere four points is not really what any of us expected.

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LATEST ON THE GAME THAT NEVER WAS

Brentford supporters who bought tickets for the game at Bolton that never was should have had a refund by now. Bees United fully supports the attempts by the CEO of Brentford Football Club to seek compensation for fans who lost money on travel bookings. An email was sent out by the club on 3rd May asking supporters to email their travel receipts. These are being collated and there will have a further update in due course. 

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TEN BIG TALKING POINTS FOR BEES FANS

Top Brentford bloggers, Greville Waterman and David Anderson, both BU Board members, set themselves ten essay questions about last and next season. As they set the questions you won't be surprised to hear that they also came up with some great answers. See if you agree with them.

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WHAT'S THERE TO LOOK FORWARD TO?

BU Board member and blogger Greville Waterman is upbeat about what's still to play for this season.

It’s the beginning of April and at the start of the season I, along with many other supporters, was hoping with no little justification that by this stage of the season we would be cheering our beloved Brentford team over the line as they looked to cement a Playoff place, or – heaven forbid – something even better. That being said as the winter nights drew in and after a listless performance and defeat at Hull City on 15th December the Bees had plummeted to 19th place in the table, and we were anxiously looking downwards rather than up. We now find ourselves safely anchored in mid table mediocrity, nine points from the Playoff zone – still tantalisingly close, but surely out of reach, but a massive fourteen points away from the dreaded bottom three.

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CAN YOU TELL A HOMEGROWN FROM A CLUB DEVELOPED PLAYER?

 

The signing of 17 year old Gustav Mogensen from Danish club AGH Aarhus is not just another example of Brentford’s European talent-spotting. It is part of a bigger picture created by rules which if we are honest, few of us really understand.

Yet every time Thomas Frank chooses which of his players he will be include in a match day squad of 18 (that’s 11 starters and 7 subs) he has to follow those rules. We asked new BU board member David Anderson, @DavidAnderson_1,  who understands these things, to help explain who can and can’t appear on the team sheet and what it means for clubs like ours and for English football. Here's his article:

 

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STEWART PURVIS'S MESSAGE TO BU MEMBERS

Bees United has earned a special place in the history of Brentford FC and as the club enters an exciting new stage in its future I am honoured to have been appointed as BU’s Chairman and its representative on the BFC Board.


I first want to thank David Merritt and Donald Kerr for all they have done to bring the club to its current stability and success. David brought business expertise to the cause and a personal commitment to finding a viable way forward. He will be able to take his seat in the new stadium with justified pride. So too Donald who will be staying on the BFC Board and hopefully still a good friend to BU.

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DAVID MERRITT'S MESSAGE TO BU MEMBERS

I am writing to you as one of my final acts as Chairman of Bees United. I am a few weeks away from reaching my twelve year anniversary on the Board of BU (and only a little more away from the same on the Board of Brentford Football Club). The rules of Bees United are designed to ensure the organisation is healthy and renews itself periodically, and has a rule which clearly says that Board members must stand down after 12 years. I am therefore standing down from Bees United with effect from the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on the 16th March, and from the Board of Brentford Football Club at a similar time. 

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS TRANSFER WINDOW

Brentford FC historian and BU Board member, Greville Waterman, gives a personal view on what may, and may not, be about to happen in the remaining days of the January 2019 window.

Brentford supporters have come to regard the January transfer window with something approaching dread as they are well aware that given its status as a stepping stone club, Brentford prefers to sell rather than buy at a time when prices are inflated and skewed by desperation and it is therefore far harder to find value and bargains.

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OUR THANK YOU TO CEO MARK DEVLIN

Bees United would like to join the football club in sending our best wishes and gratitude to Mark Devlin after the announcement  of his departure from the club at the end of December. BU Board member Greville Waterman has written this appreciation of Mark's work for Brentford

 

 

Mark joined Brentford FC over seven years ago, in July 2011, and has served the club exceptionally well ever since as Chief Executive.

 

I have known Mark for over twenty years when I worked closely with him during his time as Commercial & Marketing Director and then CEO at QPR and Wasps when I was a sponsorship consultant representing the interest of my client, the clubs’ main sponsor Ericsson.

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