BRENTFORD 2 SHEFFIELD UNITED 3

 

Bill Hagerty sees Bees sink lower in the table as the Blades put them to the sword  

 

Fifteenth and in apparent freefall, with the following evening’s results likely to make the position even worse, the Bees managed for the first time in years to lodge a truly disturbing thought in the minds of their supporters. Could it be? Surely not? Are Brentford heading for Brexit from the Championship?

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BRENTFORD 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 2

Bill Hagerty watches feisty Bees win the numbers game while losing a quality contest

 

Nineteenth-century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with having observed that ‘there are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies, and statistics’. Well, some things don’t change, in politics and elsewhere, with the particular elsewhere on this occasion being Griffin Park on Saturday.

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QPR 3 BRENTFORD 2

Bill Hagerty reports on a wet afternoon at Loftus Road when disappointing Bees collapse dampened the spirits.

   

We all know that football is a game of two halves, but did Brentford have to demonstrate the truth of the phrase quite so dramatically in losing this London derby?

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BRENTFORD 2 MILLWALL 0

Bill Hagerty sees the Bees return to early-season form and dispose of south London bruisers

If the minute’s silence to honour those from both clubs who fell in past conflicts, coupled with helicopter crash victim, Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, wasn’t poignant enough, the sight of Ollie Watkins honing his ball skills mid-pitch all alone at half-time was a vignette that almost brought a tear to the eye. Where are the other subs? one wondered. Was it something he said?

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NORWICH CITY 1 BRENTFORD 0

Donald Kerr reports from Carrow Road on what he calls ‘a different defeat’.
When a team goes on a bad run, there is often a similar pattern to the games and a seemingly certain inevitability to the results. However, for those of us that made the long trip to Preston, the afternoon in Norwich was very different in many respects, except the result. 

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PRESTON NORTH END 4 BRENTFORD 3

Stewart Purvis joined the other 267 Bees in the away end at Deepdale.

If you didn’t see the game in full don’t be misled by the score or the highlights, a seven goal thriller this definitely was not. If you saw the whole thing you’ll know that you can’t give away a three goal start, even to the team with the worst defensive record in the Championship, and expect to get your first away win of the season. Especially if you continue to give the ball to them, concede twice as many fouls as them and lose your cool at key moments. Is it any surprise that Bees have gone from 5th to 15th in less than a month?

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BRENTFORD 0 BRISTOL CITY 1

Stewart Purvis sees Frank’s first day fall flat.

Brentford's Danish Head Coach Thomas Frank says his football philosophy is 'togetherness between staff and players'. All very ‘hygge’, the Danish way of creating wellness and contentment. It was all very togetherly before Frank's first game in his new role at Griffin Park, as he walked with the players to the ground he gave an interview live linked to the fans, at the gate he posed for selfies with fans and shook hands with security staff and inside he got a warm ovation as he took his place at the dugout with fellow Danish coach Lars Friis. Standing there as Head Coach had, he said later, been 'lovely'. But he wasn't to be lucky.

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LEEDS UNITED 1 BRENTFORD 1

Stewart Purvis was one of the 500 fans who made an early start to see Bees concede a late equaliser.

 

‘Why do the Leeds fans get so angry?’ came a message from a friend as I sat in the away section at Elland Road. In the past decade and a half while smaller Yorkshire clubs like Hull and Huddersfield have had some Premiership years the biggest club in the county has had exactly nowt. But there’s still an air of entitlement at Leeds that turns to anger when they go behind to teams they consider beneath them.

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BRENTFORD 1 BIRMINGHAM CITY 1

Stewart Purvis sees the Bees disappointed as another two points get away.

 

This was the game where a player who never scores got a goal, where a player got a red card for something only the fourth official saw, a manager who saw it differently got sent off too and for the second game running Brentford dropped points but moved up the table. No wonder Head Coach Dean Smith called it all ’strange, weird, mad’.

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BRENTFORD 2 READING 2

Bill Hagerty witnesses the Bees rescue a point in a game that was more football farce than high drama

 

Acrimony on both sides dominated much of this game, sometimes spilling over so ludicrously that the phrase Fred Karno’s Army sprang to mind. Never heard of it? Oh well, suffice to say that early in the 20th century music hall impresario Karno recruited a bunch of  knock-about comics whose frantic act turned slapstick into an art form. Soon Fred Karno’s Army became synonymous with a group or organisation where chaos reigned.

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