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Do Brentford have the best football mascot? Clearly yes……


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Reflections On An Away Day At Queens Park Rangers


For fans not so familiar with London, Queens Park Rangers play at Loftus Road in West London, which is about 1.5 miles from Hammersmith and near to Shepherds Bush. The area is a curious area  and on the good side with many “expensive” cafes thats serve excellent food and a plethora of oddly named hotels. Take the New Century Inn. Not entirely clear which century it was new in but a good guess might be the 19th century and not much has changed since then. There also seems to be a desire to dig up every piece of ground nearby and the building works and roadworks are numerous.

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The cafes are good though and it may be better to feed in one of these than chance the dubious food on offer in the ground at also very extortionate prices.

Highlight of QPR v Brentford

Highlight of QPR v Brentford

A strong recommendation is to travel by underground as there are many underground stations in the vicinity , Wood Lane, White City, Shepherds Bush Market and Goldhawk road. Parking will be 7 kinds of nightmare and I do not recall seeing anywhere to park like a reasonable car park at all.

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As with all ex-premiership clubs, habits die hard and there is overkill with hundreds of stewards and police horses. The local fans however seemed in general terms pleasant enough. A number of barricades are in place mostly to stop cars but expect a little interest from the stewards at any barrier for any reason. IMG_2324IMG_2326IMG_2327

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IMG_2329Expect to be searched going into the away end and expect confusion as the entry for the Upper Tier stand behind the goal for away fans is on the opposite side of the ground for  that of the Lower Tier Stand. The searches are friendly enough but on the excessive side.

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The walk from the nearest tube stations takes maybe 10 minutes maximum. Almost all the local pubs are home supporters only, so anyone in search of alcohol may need to head a little way away from the ground. If you have time to visit the dentist then the curiously named Batman Dental Surgery is an option opposite the ground. IMG_2325

The away fans are given the stand behind one goal and if you are in the front few rows as I was you are hardly 5 yards away from being on top of the goal. A very tight ground, that generates a good atmosphere.

Entry to away end

Entry to away end

 

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Having said all that the views are excellent for the away fans. However another remnant of premiership football is the high cost of tickets, £32 for mine and the £3.50 programme.

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IMG_2335A few curious signs and pieces of information emerge on the walls of the away end. Not entirely sure what they add to the spectacle but interesting anyway.

IMG_2334This is a good day out for away fans and a trip to be encouraged but it would be good if the club realised that most fans do not create trouble and an excessive degree of policing and stewarding is a negative and expensive and unnecessary phenomenon.

 

Unusual Football Mascots


I never quite get football mascots really. Most adults are not interested nor excited by viewing a grown adult in the body of a bee, clown,shark, dragon and so on. But maybe I am at fault as the trend continues and if anything strengthens. Here we present Buzetter, a female Bee of the Brentford variety who cheerfully goes on her way each game shaking hands with the junior members of the crowd and making them smile. I am sure I have even seen her do a dance, but somewhat short of twerking. The question I am left with amongst others is what exactly would Jota, the new Brentford signing from Celta Vigo (pronounced Hotter) have made of this? I have my suspicions.

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Walton and Hersham 1 Ramsgate 1


By chance the second time in a few weeks that I have seen  Ramsgate play. A decent enough game played in a low atmosphere ground with a crowd of 100 in attendance. The ground is essentially one sided now with the condemning of the main terrace stand. Walton have had a mixed start to the season under their new manager Steve Baker and on the evidence of yesterday they are a work in progress but going in the right direction. They played good football and generally were entertaining. Ramsgate played a lot more of the physical stuff and a little less of the football, but nevertheless a decent team.  The game got off to a bizarre start as firstly kick off was delayed by 45 minutes due to a major M25 accident. In the second minute Ramsgate had their full-back carried off with what looked like ligament issues. In the fith minute Ramsgate had their number 11 sent off, maybe harshly. Not long after Ramsgate scored and although Walton chased the game it was not until the 80th minute that Walton equalised with a new header from their impressive number 9, Will  Turl. He also had the opportunity to score again in the final minutes with an identical move and header but fell just short.  Interesting aspects of the game? The referee made any number of errors, do not blame him for that, but why not at least consult with the linesman?  The Ramsgate goalkeeper, although competent certainly had eaten some if not all of the pies.  All in all end to end stuff and at this level a highly entertaining game.

Something for real football fans to read and mull over the implications for many non-league clubs

Something for real football fans to read and mull over the implications for many non-league clubs

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Disallowed Walton goal.Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Disallowed Walton goal.Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe. Will Turl

Walton V Ramsgate. Copyright Chris Bushe. Will Turl

Probably the Oddest Football Mascot in the world?


South Park V Met Police in the 4th qualifying round of the FA cup.  This was the mascot going around the ground.

Police Mascot

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