Brentford behind closed doors vs normal Brentford

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I’ve been watching Bundesliga matches on tv behind closed doors, and then la Liga ones. They were ok but a bit difficult to watch without the fans. Today I was gripped for the whole match. On the edge of my seat and nervy till the final. minutes. But then afterwards I felt much less elated than expected. I put this down to not meeting up with friends beforehand, the live match experience and no the post match chatter over a few beers. I guess most of us feel the same?
 

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I’ve been watching Bundesliga matches on tv behind closed doors, and then la Liga ones. They were ok but a bit difficult to watch without the fans. Today I was gripped for the whole match. On the edge of my seat and nervy till the final. minutes. But then afterwards I felt much less elated than expected. I put this down to not meeting up with friends beforehand, the live match experience and no the post match chatter over a few beers. I guess most of us feel the same?
Interesting.
Absolutely agree with the first part of your post. I too was totally gripped during the game (compared to being pretty ambivalent with other games since 're-start'. But that isn't much different to non Bees games pre lockdown tbh....)
However, my celebrations for our goals, and at the final whistle, were no different to any other game!!! :bound: In fact, the lay off may have made them even more excessive!!! :bound:
Or maybe it was the beer??!! lol
 

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I really enjoyed it all to be honest, much more than I thought. I was thinking the same thing at 0-0 with 5 to go.

I was on the 0.0% beer, so for once it was nice to objectively watch the game for a change! For some reason I always get very nervous watching on the TV - more so than at the ground. I felt the same today.

Looking forward to Friday!
 

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I feel pretty elated 10 hours later to be honest.

We had no real idea how good the team would be after this extraordinary layoff but after todays performance I feel very optimistic we have come back as the Brentford team we know.
 

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I don’t drink before, during or after the game. I want him the game and then get out of dodge.

I had the same feeling afterwards as I do with any game.
 

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Wasn’t sure how I was going to feel watching in this new environment. Was just as gripped, nervous, exhilarated as before.
Maybe a subtle difference was that normally I ‘want’ it so badly for us fans and the wider concept of ‘my Brentford’ whereas today I think I ‘wanted’ it for the players and the coaching staff specifically. Maybe that’s because the laser focus is now on the game itself rather than the wider event.
 

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I don’t drink before, during or after the game. I want him the game and then get out of dodge.

I had the same feeling afterwards as I do with any game.
Yep. No evidence of drinking after the game here at all.
 

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I’ve been watching Bundesliga matches on tv behind closed doors, and then la Liga ones. They were ok but a bit difficult to watch without the fans. Today I was gripped for the whole match. On the edge of my seat and nervy till the final. minutes. But then afterwards I felt much less elated than expected. I put this down to not meeting up with friends beforehand, the live match experience and no the post match chatter over a few beers. I guess most of us feel the same?
I had sort of the opposite, I felt less enthused than normal before hand, and more of a 'whatever happens, happens' mentality. Then when we scored (and especially the second one) I realised how elated I got and how much I cared for the win. So afterwards I felt normal (happy for hours) while during I wasn't as focussed.

Maybe just me in the context of what's gone on.
 

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I’ve been watching Bundesliga matches on tv behind closed doors, and then la Liga ones. They were ok but a bit difficult to watch without the fans. Today I was gripped for the whole match. On the edge of my seat and nervy till the final. minutes. But then afterwards I felt much less elated than expected. I put this down to not meeting up with friends beforehand, the live match experience and no the post match chatter over a few beers. I guess most of us feel the same?
Could this be down to the fact this is your team and the others aren't?
 

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I enjoyed the game, but how I wanted to be there was the most depressing thing ever.
Now I know why I hate watching us on television (or mobile phone).
I got badly jealous of those in the ground sitting in the seats too.
 

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We had a BBQ and made a bit of an occasion of it for the kids with flags up in the garden and 100-odd balloons. That made it a bit of a novelty so it was an enjoyable day.

I expect reality will really bite for the next few games tho
 

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In many ways it was the same as normal for me. In fact the weirdest bit was that it didn't require me to stay up late or get up ridiculously early. But I hated the fake crowd noise. Maybe that was because it was Fulham noise, with clappers. Or that it was repetitive and not connected to the action. Hopefully Sky has a proper bit of GP atmosphere lined up for next Friday (or ridiculously early Saturday morning for me).
 

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In many ways it was the same as normal for me. In fact the weirdest bit was that it didn't require me to stay up late or get up ridiculously early. But I hated the fake crowd noise. Maybe that was because it was Fulham noise, with clappers. Or that it was repetitive and not connected to the action. Hopefully Sky has a proper bit of GP atmosphere lined up for next Friday (or ridiculously early Saturday morning for me).
Actually although I thought I’d hate it I actually preferred the background noise. I tried to ignore the empty stands and almost managed to view it as a normal game.
I was a bit ambivalent or at least thought I was until we scored. Then I went mental!
Sorry probably not PC
 

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Thought I’d bring this thread back up. How are people finding it watching the games consistently on ifollow/sky sports etc?
I’ve genuinely got to the point where I think I’d prefer us to get promoted when we are all able to be there. A whole season of watching Brentford on the tv is not being a Brentford fan as I know it. The games are just ticking along at the moment but there is a very different emotion to it than going to the games and everything that comes with that.
 
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I wouldn’t miss a game but the lack of connection, meeting my friends and intensity on the pitch means that they do not mean nearly so much to me.
 

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It's better than no football at all but not the same for sure. The problem I have is that I cannot recognise LR as home or have any real association with it, it is like a neutral venue to me.

Show me a picture of GP, even now, and I instantly associate it with everything good about supporting BFC and all its memories. Hence I got into the post lockdown end of season games much more than these ones.

I guess this won't change until we set foot in the new stadium. I do also wonder if this affects the players a bit as well.
 

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Thought I’d bring this thread back up. How are people finding it watching the games consistently on ifollow/sky sports etc?
I’ve genuinely got to the point where I think I’d prefer us to get promoted when we are all able to be there. A whole season of watching Brentford on the tv is not being a Brentford fan as I know it. The games are just ticking along at the moment but there is a very different emotion to it than going to the games and everything that comes with that.
In a weird way im not overly fussed. Like NLB i miss the whole match day experience. So watching us week in week out on the box is kind of "meh" especially as we arent in top gear atm.

Been a great way to save cash and spend some quality time with the kids.
 

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It's better than no football at all but not the same for sure. The problem I have is that I cannot recognise LR as home or have any real association with it, it is like a neutral venue to me.

Show me a picture of GP, even now, and I instantly associate it with everything good about supporting BFC and all its memories. Hence I got into the post lockdown end of season games much more than these ones.

I guess this won't change until we set foot in the new stadium. I do also wonder if this affects the players a bit as well.
Good point. GP stirs you passion even if you arent there.
 

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Its better than nothing but only just.

Think the biggest thing is how football has gone from being basically an all day thing with going to games, drinks etc to something that takes a couple hours out my day. As soon as a game finishes now I turn the stream off and almost forget about it.
 

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It's better than no football at all but not the same for sure. The problem I have is that I cannot recognise LR as home or have any real association with it, it is like a neutral venue to me.

Show me a picture of GP, even now, and I instantly associate it with everything good about supporting BFC and all its memories. Hence I got into the post lockdown end of season games much more than these ones.

I guess this won't change until we set foot in the new stadium. I do also wonder if this affects the players a bit as well.
100% agree. I see that stadium and it means nothing to me. No memories, nothing I can identify with.

I remember feeling emotional and incredibly sad when I first saw GP empty for the WBA game. Lionel Road looks like a generic FIFA video game ground.
 

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Its better than nothing but only just.
Yeah, I'm obviously quite used to it as it's how I've followed us for 4 or 5 seasons now, but these BCD matches are just horrendous... I've long thought that English football's big selling point was the atmosphere, and it's just horribly not the same without a crowd. We're all a bit down after that non-event yesterday, but yeah... Dazza's words here are exactly how I'd describe it...
 

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Feeling quite disconnected myself. Had games I didn't realise were on or the right KO time. Even when a game is on I find myself getting distracted by other things. Cant even sit down with a mate and watch under current restrictions. Think people maybe losing a bit of interest. Or maybe just me. Bee with over 50 years at GP.
 

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I'm not even watching them in iFollow...just following the result and catching the highlights later. Defo no interest lost, but I am a bit more relaxed about results at the moment. I'll get pretty down if we start to be on course for mid table though, we're just a short run away from being higher than that.

The first game back in a full stadium will be something to behold :) And the atmosphere will hold for a while as different people have different first games back.
 

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Very sterile watching all games from my armchair with no atmosphere. Miss being in the crowd big time, regardless of whether we are celebrating, roaring encouragement, or giving certain players abuse, when things aren't going their, or our way!
 

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Very sterile watching all games from my armchair with no atmosphere. Miss being in the crowd big time, regardless of whether we are celebrating, roaring encouragement, or giving certain players abuse, when things aren't going their, or our way!
Just not the same celebrating like a mad man on your couch when there is no crowd noise, scenes of jubilant madness and players in acting with the crowd coming back on the screen
 

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Just not the same celebrating like a mad man on your couch when there is no crowd noise, scenes of jubilant madness and players in acting with the crowd coming back on the screen
maybe every time we score we should cut to a mad goal seen from the past
 

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Feeling quite disconnected myself. Had games I didn't realise were on or the right KO time. Even when a game is on I find myself getting distracted by other things. Cant even sit down with a mate and watch under current restrictions. Think people maybe losing a bit of interest. Or maybe just me. Bee with over 50 years at GP.
I bet that is happening.
 

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I have to admit, my interest this year is dissapearing. Found myself on Saturday with no enthusiasm to watch the game, I did. And well we all know what a borefest it was.

But it's not the performance of the team, it's this whole thing now, it's no football. And k honestly don't know how "Arm Chair" Premier League fans do it. It's souless way to watch your team.
 
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Thought I’d bring this thread back up. How are people finding it watching the games consistently on ifollow/sky sports etc?
I’ve genuinely got to the point where I think I’d prefer us to get promoted when we are all able to be there. A whole season of watching Brentford on the tv is not being a Brentford fan as I know it. The games are just ticking along at the moment but there is a very different emotion to it than going to the games and everything that comes with that.
Hating it. Not the same. Hard to get up for any games and it seems like it doesn't matter or it doesn't count. Miss not seeing the whole picture at the game, plus all the build up, day out, cafe, pub, friends, etc.
 

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Yeah, I'm obviously quite used to it as it's how I've followed us for 4 or 5 seasons now, but these BCD matches are just horrendous... I've long thought that English football's big selling point was the atmosphere, and it's just horribly not the same without a crowd. We're all a bit down after that non-event yesterday, but yeah... Dazza's words here are exactly how I'd describe it...
Agree 100%, used to watching online overseas but without crowds/atmos it's so dull. Ghost football.
 

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Yep agree watched the boro game and it was my 1st since Wycombe...bcd games are so dull
 

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Quite frankly I really can’t be bothered to watch any games now, including ours.

Playing without fans has taken all the passion out of the game and whilst the football pundits continually try and build excitement the actual game is fairly sterile and at times looks no more or less than a training session.

Hopefully the new vaccine will change the worlds playing field and it won’t be long before fans return however I do fear that a considerable number of supporters from clubs up and down the country will have changed from regular fans turning up each week to fair weather supporters who will only attend if the team is doing well

As for our shiny new ground I wonder whether the gloss has been removed for some now they have seen it on TV and the excitement has waned
 

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Haven't even watched a bcd game yet as it's not worth it. I just look at score and that's it now.
 

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My interest is definitely waning. Never the same watching on TV. But no crowd, no GP etc. makes it even worse.
Yeah but the killer is not even being allowed to watch with a mate or mates. Watching at home with wifey yacking on about f all really ruins it.
 

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In many ways the notion of football is now more interesting than the game itself. I still read a lot about football and I still listen to an average of one football podcast a day. The stories and analysis are still of interact to me.

The games aren’t.
 

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It's better than no football at all but not the same for sure. The problem I have is that I cannot recognise LR as home or have any real association with it, it is like a neutral venue to me.

Show me a picture of GP, even now, and I instantly associate it with everything good about supporting BFC and all its memories. Hence I got into the post lockdown end of season games much more than these ones.

I guess this won't change until we set foot in the new stadium. I do also wonder if this affects the players a bit as well.
That's exactly how I feel, I just don't associate L.Road as our home. The whole experience is getting more difficult to enjoy as the weeks go by. In the last few years I've missed so many family events (and had to take the stick for doing so) to watch the Bees but now would attend them instead of watching on TV without a second thought. As LingfieldBee said, how armchair Premier League fans do it I just dont understand
 

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Yeah but the killer is not even being allowed to watch with a mate or mates. Watching at home with wifey yacking on about f all really ruins it.
Yes wife say what more football but didn’t moan to much when I went to Griffin Park
 

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Big four page spread in this month's WSC on us playing in an empty stadium (pic of Ivan Toney on front cover also). Just picked it up not read it yet so can't comment on its content.
 

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I used to know our next 5 fixtures off by heart, it gets to Friday and I don’t know who we’re playing or if we’re at home. I guess that’s because your not booking train tickets, arranging to meet mates in the pub etc, leaves you feeling empty.
...................spot on................
 

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I used to know our next 5 fixtures off by heart, it gets to Friday and I don’t know who we’re playing or if we’re at home. I guess that’s because your not booking train tickets, arranging to meet mates in the pub etc, leaves you feeling empty.
Yes, me too.
It sort of doesn’t matter who or where were playing as it’s just a TV series that I follow.
That said, it is a welcome break from lockdown tedium and I would much prefer to have it than not.
Whilst not the same as the excitement and tension as being in a crowd, I do still desperately want us to do well for 2 reasons;
I) I genuinely feel we have good people in our club on and off the pitch and I want to see them succeed for themselves
II) the better we do now the more exciting it will be when we finally get in the stadium either later this season or for the start of 21-22.
 

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I used to know our next 5 fixtures off by heart, it gets to Friday and I don’t know who we’re playing or if we’re at home. I guess that’s because your not booking train tickets, arranging to meet mates in the pub etc, leaves you feeling empty.
....sums it up perfectly....with any luck we'll be sorting out those advanced cheap deal rail tickets next season again. :sorted:
 

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I used to know our next 5 fixtures off by heart, it gets to Friday and I don’t know who we’re playing or if we’re at home. I guess that’s because your not booking train tickets, arranging to meet mates in the pub etc, leaves you feeling empty.

I thought we were away to Boro.
 

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