An almost perfect end to a perfect year

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Couldn't have been more proud of them tonight. It brings an end to the best calendar year in a generation. What was your favourite moment?

I'll choose the moments shortly after the Arsenal win. What an adrenaline rush!

Here's to a successful 2022 to Brentford and you all on this board.
 

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Top two posts nailed it.
Play-final was more relief than anything.

Beating Arsenal at home in the league, in the flesh, under the floodlights post COVID, in our new stadium was pure ecstasy.... something I never realistically thought would happen and will never forget.
 

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Top two posts nailed it.
Play-final was more relief than anything.

Beating Arsenal at home in the league, in the flesh, under the floodlights post COVID, in our new stadium was pure ecstasy.... something I never realistically thought would happen and will never forget.
Hard to argue with this.

We've been blessed with many, many unbelievable moments though. Winning a huge game at Reading (in style), Toney taking the championship scoring record, the stunning team goal at Bristol City, realising BCS is better than we dared hope, winning comfortably at Wolves, scoring a 95th minute winner in two different premier League London derbies...

The Bournemouth day was incredible, from the low of being 2-0 down only minutes in, to the highest of highs as we saw the game out at 3-2.

The hours around the ground celebrating promotion will live long in the memory.

I didn't think any celebration would ever beat Maupay at Fulham a few years ago but both goals v Arsenal, Wissa's equaliser v Liverpool, Bryan's pen v Watford, and Wissa's winner at West Ham all surpassed it!

What a year. What a club. What a journey.
 

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Last minute winner at West Ham.
 

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Going toe to toe with 2 x recent European champions and a team bankrolled by the emirates royal family. So proud of our boys.
 

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I echo rebus' best wishes to Brentford and all on this board. The existence of the GPG has probably been even more important in the Covid-era.

Best moments

1. I think Liverpool was a really enjoyable, exciting game.
2. Beating Arsenal was obviously a great start.
3. I also got considerable satisfaction from the Crystal Palace game. It was quite fascinating to watch / analyse what it was like playing in the PL. A very hard won point.
 

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The PO final was special. But the Arsenal won was extra special. After that game I could have happily retired from supporting BFC and been so content at where we had ended up.
 

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.............suited and booted at the play off Final...............super.............
 
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Mad to think our first league match of 2021 was Luton Town and we've ended the year battling Man City and Pep in a league game. What a f***ing year it's been for this club and us fans!

Playoff semi and the Arsenal games were so special to be a part of but being at Wembly was something I'll never forget.
 

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So many unbelievable memories in a single year. In terms of eye-popping, drugs into the veins adrenalin rush it’s a close call between Marcus’s goal v. Muff in the semi-final and Yoane’s winner at West Ham. But for pure raw emotion it was sitting in the stand at Wembley looking into that clear blue sky for the last five lovely minutes knowing we were finally on our way to the promised land and thinking about my lovely dad who started me on the journey 50 years ago. Long gone, but never closer than on that sunny afternoon. Happy New Year everyone… I don’t think 2022’s going to be dull either 😉
 

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Unfortunately all the games in the Championship “behind closed doors” kind of blend into one and so it’s difficult to really recall some of the big moments in those games.

But the late 2nd and 3rd goals away at Reading were amazing moments.

Then of course you have the PO Semi Final second leg, fans in the ground, late winner from 2-0 down, simply electric.

A win at Wembley to take us into the Premier League, the celebrations that followed, can that ever be beaten?

Arsenal 2-0 win on opening day, with full capacity for the first time since COVID. Carragher and Neville singing Hey Jude on Sky. Top of the league. We had arrived.

Late equaliser in an epic game vs Liverpool, crazy scenes again.

Late winner at West Ham, absolute carnage in the away end, 55k at the Olympic stadium, must be the biggest league attendance for a Brentford game in the modern era?
 

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I used to have a top 10 of Brentford games in my head over the past 40 seasons, you know the ones,
Peterboro Away and Fulham Home in 92 and Blackburn Away in the FA Cup 5th Round in 89
Fulham Home and Away 2014/15, Preston Promotion etc.

But 2021 gets 4 games in that top 10 alone.
Bmuff Home PO Semi Final comeback
Swansea PO Final
Liverpool Home

But has to be for me Arsenal at home - new ground new league and an atmosphere to pack up and carry around with you until we are grey and old.

2021 - If Carlsberg did footballing years this was it!
 

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I didn't enjoy the play-off final. Even as the clock ticked down, I was still convinced that we were somehow going to conspire to throw it all away.

For me, the Arsenal game was an evening I'll never forget. It was the perfect storm.
 
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I would suggest the year could not have been better! Apologies @rebus if I 'question you too much!'

So many highlights for me. Bournemouth semi final. Play off final. So amazed to be there in person. And to break the huidu (sp) and win a play off.

Arsenal was amazing.

Liverpool home my peak due to coming back

Amazing to live this dream after 45 years. And I am a mere boy!
 

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Best was Bees vs Bournemouth from about the 7th minute onwards. First time in the ground, the cock up from our corner that led to their goal could have made it another “It’s Brentford innit” match but we were magnificent.

Best moment, Sonny Jim at Wembley with about 2 minutes of extra time hugging me and saying “We really are going to win this aren’t we?”

Best this season, difficult call but for me just after the Arsenal final whistle when it felt like everyone in the ground was celebrating and Hey Jude came on and the new ground felt like home with everyone in it going mad, knowing we’d just beaten Arsenal!!!
 

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I used to have a top 10 of Brentford games in my head over the past 40 seasons, you know the ones,
Peterboro Away and Fulham Home in 92 and Blackburn Away in the FA Cup 5th Round in 89
Fulham Home and Away 2014/15, Preston Promotion etc.

But 2021 gets 4 games in that top 10 alone.
Bmuff Home PO Semi Final comeback
Swansea PO Final
Liverpool Home

But has to be for me Arsenal at home - new ground new league and an atmosphere to pack up and carry around with you until we are grey and old.

2021 - If Carlsberg did footballing years this was it!
Same for me but another personal highlight was last night. Been bringing my young, slightly autistic son regularly for a season or two up until lockdown but he never really "got" Brentford. The move to the new stadium has made him far more comfortable in the new surroundings and seeing him standing on his chair belting out Hey Jude and then shouting "book him" at the ref after another one of Foden's swallow dives gave me a warm glow inside.
 

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So many to chose from......

Bournemouth PO Semi Final - My first time in the ground, the "release" when MF scored the third, and realising just how much I 'needed' live football.

The Arsenal game - A full ground, we were centre of the Football Universe, and won!!!!

Last night, just after they scored their 2nd (before it was disallowed), the whole ground rising as one to acknowledge what we've achieved.

"Dad dancing" to Freed From Desire after the Watford game!!!

But, to top them all, 2 never to be forgotten moments on 29th May 2021 - Being in floods of tears at the final whistle as "my" club finally got over the line!!! And many hours later being stood on Kew Bridge as the flares were lit and the West London night sky was like the most magical sunset I'd ever seen!!
 

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Friday 13th August, 7.55pm. In the ground for the first time with my son, the video montage just finished on the big screen, Hey Jude starts up and the crowd start belting it out in unison….. it made me realise that the new ground is going to be a proper home and it a soulless identikit stadium. The game that followed was terrific as well.
 

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Bournemouth, Swansea and Arsenal as a triptych was a script that if written was too far fetched.
To be at all 3 games was something else too and like an excited child I was on the morning or the day of the game was also something I will never forget.
I know I like my football I know I love my club, but I didn't realise just how much.
Long may it continue and happy new year everyone.
 

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1. Play Off Final
2. Play Off Semi Final, 2nd Leg
3. Arsenal
4. Liverpool
5. West Ham
 

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Whilst i agree with everyone and was at all the games mentioned i feel looking back at yesterday's game at the end of the season it will stand out. Not just for the results but how we did it and the contribution of the crowd especially after their goal attempts.
 

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Best calendar year in more than one generation!!!

Anyway, the playoff semi-final second leg was my absolute highlight, closely followed by the deafening atmosphere for the Arsenal game when we arrived in the Premier League.

What a year it has been.

Happy New Year to everyone on the GPG.
 

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For me it is the game I didn’t go to. Bournemouth at home in the semi final. We concede an absolute joke of a goal from our corner but then boom. The fans that day made it look like we had 40k inside the ground. Well done you all.

Arsenal at home was also just special. Everything about that day/ night was unbelievable. Felt surreal and I was absolutely plastered that night but still remember everything about it.

Liverpool was just one of the best games I have ever seen live.

Play off final I was still nervous even when we went into injury time - just felt it’s Brentford and we would mess it up.

2021 was just amazing. Can’t wait for 2022.
 

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Fantastic year.

Best for me was after the final whistle of the Arsenal game, defo number 1 moment, it was something else altogether.

Wissa celebrating after scoring against Liverpool is image of the year, the place was in a frenzy and he was 100% zen.

I also enjoyed the friendly at Old Trafford, never been to OT so it was amazing being there knowing we'd be there again in the league.
 

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This season has been great but has to be laying the play off ghost to rest. Without doing that, this season doesn’t exist. Last night would’ve been at home to Preston/Birmingham/another team we’ve played far too often, rather than Man City.

Winning at Wembley - and with it being comfortable against those horrible Swans - will take some beating.
 

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The Bournemouth game was really special. Being back at football after a really horrible year, I knew I’d missed it but just hadn’t realised how much. Some great memories:

Walking up the steps into the West stand for the first time there was a huge cry of ‘you reds’ as the players ran down the tunnel after their warm up. It sent shivers down my spine.

Thomas Frank’s lap of the pitch before the game, pumping up the crowd.

The game turning on that sending off.

Bring right behind Janelt’s goal and knowing that Begovic wasn’t getting to it.

The hostility of the crowd towards the opposition was brilliant. Walking out afterwards it genuinely felt like the crowd had been the deciding factor in the tie and I felt proud to be a part of that.

Hey Jude after the game, brought a tear to my eye. A huge release of emotion that day, my first game at the BCS, I will never forget it.
 

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Play Off Final was special , the realisation we had made it , brought back thoughts of my dear old mum who along with me were the only
Brentford supporters amongst a house of Chelsea. She would of loved it!!

But watching Sergi run across the pitch fist pumping after burying the ball in the back of Arsenal's goal, and listening to a stadium erupt in joy
was a moment i will always remember. That's a moment i never thought i would see in my lifetime.

Long may they continue!!
 

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But watching Sergi run across the pitch fist pumping after burying the ball in the back of Arsenal's goal, and listening to a stadium erupt in joy
was a moment i will always remember. That's a moment i never thought i would see in my lifetime.

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Couldn't have been more proud of them tonight. It brings an end to the best calendar year in a generation. What was your favourite moment?

I'll choose the moments shortly after the Arsenal win. What an adrenaline rush!

Here's to a successful 2022 to Brentford and you all on this board.
Two very specific memories stand out for me:

1. Mepham getting sent off in the play-off semi. That was the moment I really believed the tide turned in our direction and it would finally be our year. My over celebration also scared the sh*t out of my 1 year old which is probably why I remember it!

2. The atmosphere pre-Arsenal game. It actually choked me a little, being not only our first game in the PL but also my first at the new stadium and the first full house since Covid. Proper goosebumps.
 

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The hostility of the crowd towards the opposition was brilliant. Walking out afterwards it genuinely felt like the crowd had been the deciding factor in the tie and I felt proud to be a part of that.
@Voice from the Braemar often says it’s quality over quantity thar matters sometimes. That day it was clear in abundance. From long before the match kicked off the fans did their part. We’d got to the referee, the Bournemouth players and their coaching team. I watched the highlights again yesterday and the roar of the crowd for ‘handball’ was pivotal in influencing the ref IMHO. The match turned at that point. Without that there is no Mepham red card and the tie may have ended very differently.

Everything else from the play off final, to the Arsenal atmosphere and result, the post match Liverpool disco, the last minute winner at West Ham were all excellent but I keep coming back to the Bournemouth game as the one that made everything possible.
 

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2021 has been a really difficult year for me. Particularly between January and April.

With one exception football. Its been bloody brillant.

For me the highlight will be either the Arsenal game or the England vs Denmark semi final.

The Bournemouth game was amazing and better then the final. Just for the atmosphere.

Watching Toney get the record at Bristol City in the pub.

The Watford turn around.

Battering Chelsea but not scoring.

The Liverpool game, which is probably the best game I've ever seen.

Beating Wolves and thinking wow we are good.

Fulham getting relegated to ensure that the ghosts of that playoff final defeat were gone.
 
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