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    Brendan Macfarlane - Joins Toulouse FC

    I suppose so, but my understanding was that they pulled a shortlist of players from a huge database based on statistics for the position being sought. I suppose if a scout sees someone in a position that we are not actively searching for then perhaps the normal workflow might differ, but you'd...
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    Brendan Macfarlane - Joins Toulouse FC

    One thing which I didn't get about his role- although you couldn't argue with the results- was that I thought we had Smartodds data people identify talent using the stats and then someone would go watch the players shortlisted for that second filter (as well as doing the social media searches...
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    Ellery Balcombe - (June 2025) - On Loan to Doncaster Rovers

    Getting dropped and winning your place back is part of the learning curve. This could actually be helpful for his development potentially
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    RIP Miriam Waterman

    My thoughts with you and your family at this time, NLB.
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    Winston Reid - Signs on loan to June 2021

    Totally! If only Reid had a little chin beard to stroke like Kamo used to
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    Team vs Sheffield Wednesday

    I think that Mbeumo has the lower-body strength and the pace to play as a central striker, either shielding the ball and laying it off, or spinning in behind. He's not going to win too many aerial duels though. So my team would be Raya Henrik, Reid, Ethan, MBS Ghoddos Janelt Jensen Canos Mbeumo...
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    Marcus Forss - Signs to June 2026

    This is correct. Much of our chance creation comes from overloads on the wings and then working the ball into the box. This suits Toney's game. Patterns of play which looks for a more central midfielder to put the ball either between the CBs or looking for Forss to run into the channels would...
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    Marcondes Rehab Documentary

    His market might be Denmark with his contract running out....
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    Perspective

    A good thread here. I think what we all want to see is Brentford being successful but without losing the DNA of what made the club special to begin with: a family club, with dedicated fans, picked due to real affection rather than glory-hunting, which respects a tradition that is as much about...
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    Final Score QPR 2 - 1 Bees (Toney)

    We need a bit of luck to get our confidence and swagger back. An improved QPR, hot on the heels of Barnsley, didn't do us that many favours. Hopefully Coventry are the right game at the right time: they play football and won't do a Birmingham and park the bus, or Barnsley and foul to slow us...
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    Mads Bidstrup - Brentford B - Signs to June 2023 (+1yr option)

    Mads has not played a lot of men's football yet, despite a lofty reputation. He might get some minutes off of the bench here and there between now and the end of the season but I am sure we'd have liked a month's loan where he could get some minutes in League 1, for example. Looks like it is...
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    Patrik Gunnarsson - signs to June 2023 (+1yr option)

    Here is hoping for many silk clean sheets
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    Final Score Bees 0 - 2 Barnsley

    Barnsley did exactly what they did at GP last season: pressed us very high, stopped us from getting into a flow, and showed more intensity than we did.
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    Message to all you Brentford fans from a Reading supporter

    1. Fulham 2. QPR 3. Birmingham 4. Jamie Cureton had a horrible trip to the Mad Stad once where we lost 4-0 and Cureton was giving it large to us. There were even some random racist Brentford ‘fans’ on the bus back to the station which made it even more miserable. anyway, I actually really like...
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    Ivan Toney - Signs to June 2025

    It is my considered opinion that Ivan Benjamin Elijah Toney is a considerably better than average football player. Also seems like a good person too. A credit to our club in every way.
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    General American Transfer Market

    Which college? Xavier? You'd think that if the analytics were common within teams then maybe someone packages that data and sells it to third parties. My assumption was that Smartodds has data collected from third parties and their own in-house proprietary datasets and that these are used for...
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    Things other teams' fans say about Brentford FC

    Sheesh. I have nothing against Swansea at all, but some of the vitriol directed at us. Wowzers.
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    Final Score Middlesbrough 1 - 4 Bees (Toney(2), Janelt, Jensen)

    Amazing the difference between the score and xG
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    "The Warm Up" Programme with Stu Wakeford and Marcus Gayle

    I very much enjoy the show- watch it Saturday morning with my v. little one while I give the missus a lie-in on a Saturday. Sometimes it is a little frivolous but it is good-hearted and often has some more substantial bits. I remember when I would have to scour the Richmond and Twickenham Times...
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