Peter Gilham 50 years not out.

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haha this is fun
 

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It wasn’t Matt. It must be a different game I am referring to, but definitively during the Martin Allen era.
‘‘Twas a different match. PG was missing for game v MK Dons in February 2005 so might be then.
 

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I enjoyed it. great to watch. Thought Peter started announcing at

GP before 1969 though, I could have sworn I used to hear him announcing in the

mid 60's :scratch:
 

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Has anyone got a link to this please? I can't find it anywhere
 

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I can say I knew Peter (from a distance) before he became officially involved with BFC, when he was just another supporter and an ever present at away fixtures. (early 60's). His passion for the club was obvious even then.
 

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ITV London news , Nice piece . Made me quite emotional.
Was a good piece, only spoilt by a bit of bad research, apparently we beat Yeovil at the weekend in the FA Cup.:rolleyes: You expect it from the Biased Broadcasting Company, but ITV London?
 

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Nice article on PG today

https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...-brentford-fcs-mc-to-keep-going-at-new-ground

Of course it should be documented that Kurt wanted him gone come the new stadium, and I think Mark D supported that view. They were overheard on a train journey, the documentation of which is one here.,

The pertinent part of this is

“The last few years they tried to give a script and I kept telling them I don’t want one"

and we all have read various posts about the great PG being bullied around the pitch by Kurt during his time here.
 

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The game was called off at half time with a frozen pitch and then replayed with P.G. on the mike so technically he did not miss it.
Are you saying that divine intervention caused the match to be called off?
 

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That Kurt was a real piece of work and worse still f*cking useless at his job.
The club is much better off with him gone, sadly he must have had something on Mark Devlin or he’d have been gone long before the Ticketing system fiasco.
 

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That Kurt was a real piece of work and worse still f*cking useless at his job.
The club is much better off with him gone, sadly he must have had something on Mark Devlin or he’d have been gone long before the Ticketing system fiasco.
Well, the story goes, that if he was absolutely fabulous at his job then we would have put up with his "style", however......he wasn't good enough to justify that.

If they had listened to me two years earlier.....
 

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That's a great read, and well deserved, PG is a total legend, I sent him an email last night, a relatively small query but sent it whilst it was in my mind. I was gobsmacked to get a reply within minutes. Peter Gilham, Mr Brentford, is an example to us all about how to be, his dedication, dignity and drive are inspiring. He is as close to the heart and soul of Brentford as anyone can be.

Isn't he the sort of person that should be honoured for services to community!

Absolute respect.

:sorted::bees:
 

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I am surprised that he hasn't
Had a lounge or stand, After his name at the new stadium..
Got to be surely?
 

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The Guardian said:
Amid the laughter, Gilham pondered his last day as MC at Griffin Park.

“When I walk over that line on to the pitch with my microphone, every time it is special for me. I think I am the luckiest guy alive because I work for the club I love. As for what I will say at our last ever game I don’t rehearse, of course, but I can tell you that whatever the words they will come from the heart,” he added.
It's going to be a tough enough day anyway without PG making me burst into tears :cry:
 

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Funny how I think of Peter Purves as a newcomer, but can picture Gilham on his bike belting up the towpath with a megaphone shouting at Brentford Rowing Club.
 

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Nice article on PG today

https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...-brentford-fcs-mc-to-keep-going-at-new-ground

Of course it should be documented that Kurt wanted him gone come the new stadium, and I think Mark D supported that view. They were overheard on a train journey, the documentation of which is one here.,

The pertinent part of this is

“The last few years they tried to give a script and I kept telling them I don’t want one"

and we all have read various posts about the great PG being bullied around the pitch by Kurt during his time here.
Not only those two muppets but it's also been mooted by posters on here that PG be retired along with GP but I put that down to posts in jest or in drink. IMO it would be a travesty and a massive underwhelming event if PG doesn't lead us out on the mic in the first season at LR. Unless ofcourse he decides he doesnt want to for whatever reason!
 

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Not only those two muppets but it's also been mooted by posters on here that PG be retired along with GP but I put that down to posts in jest or in drink. IMO it would be a travesty and a massive underwhelming event if PG doesn't lead us out on the mic in the first season at LR. Unless ofcourse he decides he doesnt want to for whatever reason!
I haven’t seen that mooted on this thread, not this year, at least and I’m not going any further back. :lol:
 

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Can't imagine a BFC home game without him.
Maybe just maybe some of the doubters should accept if the great man is so excited about LR we should all be excited and work to sell it out and big up our future up awy from GP.
 

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Can't imagine a BFC home game without him.
Maybe just maybe some of the doubters should accept if the great man is so excited about LR we should all be excited and work to sell it out and big up our future up awy from GP.
It will hurt PG as much as all of us when we leave GP. PG as I and most of us live in the real world. Do we still want our owner pumping millions of pounds of his own hard earnt? NO. what makes this club so great is having legends such as MB , PG, and our fans. PG is our man with the mic no one else comes near, that Kurt character must have been some ******.
 

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Always though PG might call it a day when we left GP, he is so much part of the old place. Very glad to see he will be carrying on to LR, will help make us feel at home in the new place as the move is going to be a very strange experience
 

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Cant believe it was ever considered an option to replace him and im glad it never happened. Hes part of the brentford experience almost as much as gp itself. I hope his vocal chords hold out for a good few years to come
 

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Another article on Peter Gilham and the Liverpool chap....

https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...undtrack-english-football-liverpool-brentford

"His longevity is match – and indeed pipped – by Peter Gilham who has been doing the same job at Griffin Park since 11 October 1969 when, by coincidence, Keegan’s old club Scunthorpe were the visitors. Like Sephton, he has become a club institution and incredibly, Gilham has missed just two games in those 50 years. The first was in January 2006, when Brentford beat Sunderland – who were in the Premier League at the time – in the third round of the FA Cup.

"The other was a rearranged midweek game against Colchester United. “I had already booked a holiday so was caught out,” Gilham says. “By chance, I was watching Soccer AM and Helen Chamberlain said she had always wanted to be a PA announcer at a football ground so I contacted her and she jumped at the chance. But to her chagrin the game was called off at half time because of a frozen pitch, but at least it meant I hadn’t missed a game!”

"By chance Sephton came across Gilham when he went on a tour of BBC Television Centre in 2006 to see Football Focus being recorded. There was a piece on an 100-year old Brentford supporter and the voiceover was provided by a man the BBC described as “the longest serving club announcer” in the game. “I thought it was a wind-up, but I found out that Peter had been doing it a year longer than me and we have kept in touch ever since.”

"When asked for their favourite moment, neither of them misses a beat. “At the end of the Barcelona game this year,” Sephton says. “Once in a blue moon I’ll put You’ll Never Walk Alone on after the game. When I put it on, the whole squad lined up in front of the Kop and sang it together. Then after the players started to drift down the tunnel, nobody moved and I had run out of songs on my playlist but I searched through my CDs, banged on Imagine by John Lennon and, when the whole Kop took it up, I have never heard anything like it.”

"There is a Beatles connection with Gilham, who fondly recalls singing Hey Jude on the pitch before Brentford’s play-off finals at the old Wembley in 1997, the Millennium Stadium in 2002 and the new Wembley in 2013 – all of which they lost. His most memorable game at Griffin Park also ended in defeat, 3-0 to Norwich City. “It was just after we had been promoted back from League One in 2014,” says Gilham. “We had a capacity crowd, it was under the lights and that was one of my proudest moments. Even though we lost, the quality of the football and just being back in the Championship meant so much.”

"Sephton and Gilham have seen dozens of managers come and go, but both feel their clubs are on the brink of a new era. Jürgen Klopp’s reign is the 13th in Sephton’s time at the club and he is fervently hoping that this will be 13th time lucky. “I’m not counting our chickens,” Sephton says. “But we’re halfway between hope and belief. If we can keep the gap at around 10 points, I will definitely start to believe. And finally a whole generation of Liverpool fans, who have never experienced what we grew accustomed to in the 1970s and 1980s, will get to enjoy winning a league title.”

Not dropping the mic: after 51 years, Brentford's MC to keep going at new ground

"Gilham, also known as “Mr Brentford”, is hoping the club enjoy two portions of success at the end of the season. The Bees are third in the Championship and aim to reach the top flight for the first time in their history. That much sought-after promotion would coincide with their departure from Griffin Park, their home for 105 years, as they move a few miles away to the brand new, purpose-built Brentford Community Stadium at the beginning of next season.

"Neither Sephton nor Gilham is considering retiring, even though both are in the early seventies and have suffered the odd bout of ill health. They are both absolutely determined to continue and are preparing to be there to announce the next chapter in their clubs’ histories, whether that be a first Premier League title or a debut season in the top flight. And after 100 years’ combined service nobody would begrudge them their well earned swansongs."
 

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We're getting there:

Now reads:

"their home for 115 years, as they move a few miles away to the brand new, purpose-built "

and

"a first Premier League title or a debut season in the Premier League"....
 

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We're getting there:

Now reads:

"their home for 115 years, as they move a few miles away to the brand new, purpose-built "

and

"a first Premier League title or a debut season in the Premier League"....
To be fair to the Guardian, they have a policy of correcting errors which are drawn to their attention, including a daily 'corrections and clarifications' column in the print version.

You don't get that with the Mail.
 

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