Who’d be a football fan (Americans: that’s ‘soccer’)? What happens when a previously unfancied club finds itself the centre of national attention? What happens when you underestimate the unknown, the ‘tinpot’, the team that most rivals could easily crush under the weight of their bank balances? What happens when the pundits (Ian Holloway, we’re especially looking at you) get it wrong? What happens when the club hero takes himself to even greater heights of the amazing than ever before?
It would be fair to say that since ‘that penalty’ Brentford FC have been on an upward trajectory. This campaign has certainly been no different. We’ve enjoyed a third, successive top ten finish in the Championship finish whilst along the way we’ve seen new faces and the return of some wonderfully familiar ones. We’ve seen goals. We’ve seen that magnificent double over QPR. We’ve seen some incredible performances on the road as well as goals galore at Griffin Park.
Player of the year Harlee Dean was immense. Daniel Bentley showed just why he was so sought after at Southend whilst Scott Hogan and then Lasse Vibe seemed to score goals for fun. Ryan Woods demonstrated just what he is worth to this team whilst the second comings of both Sergi Canos and Jota were as unexpected as they were utterly exhilarating. And we’ve seen Ian Holloway make a prediction that would in no way come back to haunt him.
Brentford blogger Nick Bruzon has captured it all, and more, in his latest e-book “Welcome Home, King Jota”.
Collating and adapting blog columns from ‘The Last Word’ site into one volume, it runs from pre-season and the European Championships through to the end of the campaign two weeks ago. Available for download from Saturday 27 May it captures the highs, the occasional lows and the unusual through the eyes of one supporter.
“One thing that has become more and more apparent to me in the last few seasons is that despite our higher profile and higher division, the heart and soul of the club remains the same. If anything, the Brentford family are even more tightly bound together than ever before as we continue our journey not just up the football pyramid but towards a new home at Lionel Road.
The chance to share this with fellow fans is something I love trying to do over the course of the season. We’ve all got an opinion on what is happening to our club. Of what works well and what doesn’t. Of who our favourites are. Some may agree, others not. That’s what makes football such a collective experience.”
Priced at just £1.99, all proceeds from the sales of this and the previous titles – Celebrating like they’d won the FA Cup (2013/14), Tales from the football village (2014/15) and Ready. Steady. Go Again. (2015/16) – are now being donated to the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.