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A Very Wet Brentford Performance.Brentford 0 Walsall 1


As Brentford fans some weeks are best forgotten and it is better to remove those bees coloured spectacles and see the game for what it was. Brentford were comprehensively beaten by a hard working and decent Walsall side.

An excellent turn out from Walsall that filled the away end.

Fans arrived mostly by car but the potential was there to arrive by boat if they wished, and with such a wet game that might have been a good option. IMG_1179IMG_1178

The first half ended 1-0 to Walsall which is how the game ended but it was totally one-sided. The second half was better for Bees once Alan Judge came on, but frankly they never really seemed likely to score with the exception of one excellent save from the walsall keeper.

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Why were Brentford so bad? Conspiracy theorists will no doubt argue that the cup is not important or maybe that transfer speculation had upset the side. I don’t know, maybe both are true. But the reality was that Walsall were the better side, their work rate was higher , their players seemed technically better. The five players brought in from last week did nothing to suggest they should be chosen next week. The swirling rain made watching even from Row G a rather wet experience. The plus point was the introduction of Marco Djuricin half way through the second half.

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Hands on head time maybe?

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The Bees fans on Twitter formed their views of this game which align with mine above. What we learned for sure was that Bees have no strikers. Midfield needs strengthening . But above all the worry that it was not the result but the performance that is most of concern. Players like McCormack did not perform. Swift looked undone by the physical attention of the Walsall players. Hoffman just looked poor really, not a championship player.

What else is there in Brentford apart from the football club?


Brentford is a town in middlesex not really known for anything but over the last year became fairly well known in the media for their football related antics. The Warburton issue reached the media followed by the discussion over Matthew Benham and his vision of football being matched with mathematical modelling to replicate the success of his own company SmartOdds.

However what else is there in Brentford? Brentford might be regarded as the gateway to the M4 motorway, or local even to Kew Gardens. However not so many are aware that Brentford sits on the River Thames. Fewer will be aware that the Watermans Centre provides a venue for cinema and drama. Even fewer are aware that the graffiti that covers the walls of the car park in the Watermans Car Park must rate as some of the best in London.

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

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Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

Graffiti Brentford in the Watermans Car Park Brentford. Copyright Chris Bushe 2015

A good reason not to always travel by boat to Brentford to watch Brentford FC. Thinking of Chelsea…


The River Thames today at around 11 am one hour prior to kick off.

River Thames at Brentford

River Thames at Brentford

River Thames at Brentford

River Thames at Brentford

Brentford 3 Wigan 0. Brentford in the Playoffs for Premiership


Almost unbelievable. A slightly subdued Griffin Park watched as miracles happened with Brentford easily marching past Wigan 3-0 and alos missing the obligatory penalty on the way. But a good Bees performance, although they might have scored many more was enough to get them in the playoffs, with Derby losing surpringly at home to Reading 0-3 and Ipswich losing at Blackburn 3-2. So three sides end up on 78 points and only Wolves with the worst goal difference lose out.

A few photos from a semi-pitch invasion that ceased when the crowd were told that the players would not be coming out that friday the pitch was needed for in good condition and they all dispersed in good mood.

River Thames at Brentford

River Thames at Brentford

River Thames at Brentford

River Thames at Brentford

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