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Third up in our End of Season Bees-Up Podcast series brings all the players – Billy Manuel, Graham Benstead , Francis Joseph and Gary Roberts – together at the end of the session for a hilarious Q&A session with the fans in the house.

Officer Dibble Gary Roberts moans about Francis Joseph not passing the ball. Graham Benstead reveals why Brentford were relegated in 1993 after being promoted to the Division 1 (now Championship) in 1992. They all revealed their most memorable Brentford game. Graham Benstead talks about Wally Downes streaking on tour. Who would win a bareknuckle fight – Terry Hurlock or Terry Evans?

With the summer fast approaching, 90 Brentford fans joined the Dave Lane and Billy Grant from Beesotted and a bunch of Brentford legends – Gary Roberts, Francis Joseph, Billy Manuel & Graham Benstead – at the fabulous Drayton Court Hotel in Ealing to see the season off in style at their end of season Pride of West London Bees-Up.

Following on from the Christmas Bees-Up at Fullers Brewery with Carl Hutchings, Richard Cadette and Paul Gibbs and the first Bees-Up at The Globe with Terry Evans, Marcus Gayle and Ijah Anderson, this do was set to be a proper laugh.

And it didn’t fail to deliver.

It was an evening packed with entertainment that went on until the early hours- a magician (a Fulham-supporting magician at that), Tim Clarke the Brentford-supporting comedian, DJ Pricey on the ones and twos as well as two Brentford legends sessions. Even ex Bee Chris Kamara made an appearance to tell a tale bout his ex team-mates.

There was also an auction – raising over £1k for two charities (we’re still collecting the money as we speak) – Brentford Community Trust and CALM – the campaign against living miserably fighting male depression with prized very kindly donated by Brentford Football Club, The Globe and Fullers’.

The Beesotted Pride of West London End of Season Bees-Up podcast will be split into three parts.

Part 1 –  

Part 2 –  

Part 3 – Gary Roberts, Francis Joseph, Billy Manuel, Graham Benstead Q&A – this podcast (link above)


A big thank you to The Drayton Court Hotel and Fullers’ for making this event happen.

Same again next season.