Two more games played. Still no wins. Things are starting to get desperate. After a 1-1 draw against Reading – where Brentford should have had the game wrapped up after 45 minutes – the Bees put out a much-changed side against Norwich and were well and truly turned over.
The fans weren’t happy. How much longer can this go on for.
The Beesotted crew (Billy Grant, Dave Lane and Matt Allard) got together for a solemn session in The Distillers pub in Fulham Palace Road – just down from Hammersmith Station – where they drowned their sorrows in all manner of assorted Pride Unfiltered beer and Black Cab stout. Did it make things any clearer? Not really.
We discussed lots and lots of questions, including:
The Reading and Norwich matches. Were Brentford justified in fielding a weakened side? Were the crowd justified booing the players? Taking away 1,200 or so Norwich fans there were around 3,500 Brentford fans in the stadium for the Norwich match. About as many as we took to Birmingham 7 years ago in the Fourth Round of the same competition. If the club can’t be bothered to take it seriously, then should they be upset if the fans don’t take it seriously?
Are Brentford lacking a leader? Is the balance of the team wrong? Are results now Dean Smith’s responsibility or the Director of Footballs’ responsibility?
Plus we discuss the forthcoming Beesotted Social on Saturday 14th October – on the morning of the Millwall home match which will feature a conversation and Q&A with Brentford legend Bobby Booker. We discuss random stuff from the forthcoming Big Book of Griffin Park. Lionel Road. The appointment of a woman to the Brentford board. Diversity in football and the kerfuffle kicked up by the Lukaku song – seen as reinforcing racial stereotypes – which brought us to bring up the old skool Marcus Gayle song.
Click the link below to listen.
0m – Intro
7m 44 sec – Opinions of fans in the pub after the Reading and Norwich matches
21m 20 sec- Beesotted crew discuss Reading and Norwich matches. Fielding a weakened side. Booing. Who should be the Brentford leader? Are results the responsibility of Dean Smith now or are the Directors of Football culpable?
1h 15m 23 sec – Beesotted chat with Bobby Booker in the pub on Saturday 14th October – before Millwall game
1h 20 m 0 sec – Beesotted crew chat Big Book of Griffin Park, Lionel road developments, Diversity comes to Brentford Football Club in the way of a woman on the board. Plus we look ahead to the Bolton match
1h 40m 32 sec- End
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