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New Brentford contributor Billy Taylor has a peep around the inter-web to see what folk were saying on twitter, facebook and forums such as the (GPG) about Brentford after their 5-1 despatching of National League side Eastleigh in the FA Cup. 

Tom Field

Saturday at Griffin Park saw Brentford blow away non- league opposition Eastleigh in 45 first half minutes by a 5-1 score line.  Tom Field was a big talking point from the game with the young fullback scoring his first two Brentford goals. It was a day that field described to be the “best of my life” and fans seemed to share his enthusiasm.















The thing that most impressed me today was his football brain. Josh put in a defence splitting pass but it was instigated by Tom. Tom did a diagonal run (on side) and pointed to his left. He then checked and ran on to the perfect ball and scored. But it was his idea and instigation. His second goal was a stooped header. Someone that tall when stopping for a header is just using their brain for the perfect solution and sticking their head in against non league guillotines rule. Barbet was encouraging him to push on and he did. Tom has so much potential and he is one of our own!!!!!!!!

Doovster: The New Scott Hogan


Reunions seemed to be the feature of the day with both Martin Allen and Jota making their returns to Griffin Park. Both were in for great receptions from the Brentford fans for different reasons. Martin Allen – also known as “Mad Dog” in his time at Brentford – managed The Bees for two years. In his time, he took them on a memorable FA Cup run so it was fitting he would return to Griffin Park in that same competition.

Despite the return for Allen, it was that man they call Jota that really got the atmosphere going. He was the name on everyone’s lips in the pubs and on the terraces before the match and when he was subbed on in the 61st minute,  he was welcomed with an almighty roar from three sides of Griffin Park as chants of “Jota in the last minute” echoed around the stands.






The Man Himself also seemed very happy to be back…





CT Bee:
 What a reception, never seen anything like that for a player before

Transfer news

Away from the weekend’s game, there has been a lot of transfer talk among Brentford fans online with the big story being the inevitable departure of key striker Scott Hogan.

Hogan has been the subject of two bids but Brentford have stood firm holding out for their £15million valuation. However, it does look likely that West Ham – who lost 5-0 to Man City in the FA Cup this weekend – will have a bid accepted in the coming days.










West Ham fans are impatient and want to see the deal – if there a deal to be done – executed quickly.








Meanwhile, the Evening Standard are making out that the Hogan plane is coming in to land at The Olympic stadium very shortly.















Brentford fans will be aware of how big a contributor Hogan has been to the team but many are looking to the future and are resigned – but upbeat – about the striker’s inevitable departure. The positivity is due to the potential incoming players that the Bees have been linked with – especially the possible return of fan favourite Sergi Canos.

Many believe that if Hogan is sold, the money made will be reinvested into the squad – giving the club the spending power to get players like Canos, Stevenson, a Hogan replacement and other players who have been touted in before the window shuts.























Some Brentford fans may not know too much about the young midfielder Ben Stevenson and may be surprised by the amount the club are willing to spend but Coventry fans clearly rate the youngster.

With Hogan potentially leaving, there will always be talk of new strikers on the horizon. There have been a plethora of names thrown around but this Sam Winnall rumour, from David Anderson of The Mirror, was particularly interesting – no more so because he scored a goal against us a few months ago.

Winnall has scored 11 goals this season for Barnsley to help fuel their surprise promotion push and he will move for around £3m.

Fans seem to feel that if Brentford were indeed chasing the Barnsley striker, we are looking in the right direction.

Invipai: I agree that Hogan going would bring a lot more balance to the team, we do seem to play a ‘don’t lose and hope Hogan does something’ game at times. And there are too many times when we just kick it up and hope it lands with Hogan.We’d miss him, but with Jota, and potentially Canos and Stevenson we’d have a much more balanced midfield. We would survive even if we didn’t replace Hogan as a result, but if we got Winnall (or one of the other targets) plus those mentioned above and I think we’d have a very fun end to the year. Not sure if it’s enough for playoffs this year (we may be a bit too far off) but it would be a very enjoyable ride with good foundations built for next year.

Some fans are not too sure on all the rumuors flying around and feel their could be other options elsewhere…

paulj: Still think Josh Morris and or Omar Bogle are worth a punt.

CTBee: I get the feeling we’re going to be linked with loads of strikers over the next couple of weeks, might have to take some names with a pinch of salt.

FA Cup

It seems – – the magic of the cup is back on. As Bees fans prepare to travel to Stamford Brook for the 2nd time in 4 years.















































Overall there seems to be a good feeling wafting around the club at the beginning of 2017. With the team on the field getting back to winning ways with a 100% win record so far this year. With Brentford in the hat for the FA cup 4th round draw. With the prospect of one or two fan favourites returning to Griffin Park in the space of a few weeks. With the expectation of seeing some exciting new signings grace the hallowed turf.

Lets hope that the rest of the month – and even the rest of the year – carries on the way it started.

Billy Taylor