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Just copying this from Facebook:

"Antony worked at Brentford for over 30 years!! The new stadium comes and they can’t give him a job there but they said they would give him two lifetime season tickets (as Antony is down syndrome and needs a carer to take him) for gratitude of what he has done at Brentford! Antony still hasn’t recieved these season tickets and although he can’t go to the matches you need to tickets to be able to watch them online! I can’t get hold of anyone at Brentford to chase these tickets!!!
Brentford FC


Shame on you I’m so upset for Antony and the way he has been treated!"


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A less hard-nosed decision could perhaps have been taken here? I worry for the future of BFC sometimes, so much has been right in recent years but every so often....
 

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disgusting but unsurprising with the way the club is going.
 

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This new direction Brentford are taking does worry me somewhat...


Pretty amazing if Lionel Road is so high tech that it doesn't even need ground staff any more.
 

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Even if they can't give him a job at LR,surely they can find something for him to do at the training ground.
 

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Yeah this has irked me this morning. There's no excuse not to have Antony on the grounds staff and for me he's as much a part of the fabric of Brentford as Peter Gilham
 

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Very poor decision that requires immediate reversal imo.. Anthony is an important person in the fanbase and very much part of the Brentford fabric
 

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Shame but as he gets older, his ability to do the work changes. I know from personal experience with my late sister, who was also Downs and new Antony well. One week she was bright as a button, the next you could see a change. These changes progressed over the next six months.

As Downs age, they age quicker than you or I, their abilities do recede quicker.

I believe the lifetime STs are a great offer for him.

No one has their ST yet so no need to worry.

As for iFollow codes, the Club just need to act ASAP to get him all sorted.
 
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wanderer paul

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Yeah this has irked me this morning. There's no excuse not to have Antony on the grounds staff and for me he's as much a part of the fabric of Brentford as Peter Gilham
There may more to it than you or I know.
 

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Unless they've outsourced the ground team, I can't see any reason for this.
 

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There’s two sides to every story .. I think people should wait to hear the clubs side of the story.
There are strict rules these days with regard to vulnerable people “working“ as well as strict H&S matters to consider these days. None of us has got ST’s yet, but yes a provision should be made so he can see the all the games for free!
 

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There’s two sides to every story .. I think people should wait to hear the clubs side of the story.
There are strict rules these days with regard to vulnerable people “working“ as well as strict H&S matters to consider these days. None of us has got ST’s yet, but yes a provision should be made so he can see the all the games for free!
You posted pretty much what I was going to.

Let's wait to hear what the reasons were before we hang the club out to dry on this one. As WP says, there may be very valid reasons why Anthony's employment has not been continued.
 

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It’s good to see people’s concern about this, but probably wanderer Paul is more experienced than most of us and we should take it on trust that the club is doing its best by Antony. I know contractors often let their voluntary commitments fall by the wayside. On the other hand, “working” in inverted commas, is pretty offensive.
 

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The bloke”s a legend, remember when he used to urge the crowd into a roar.
 

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I’m going to focus on the positives on this and the fact he has been given (not received yet) FREE LIFETIME season tickets - So he can relax and enjoy the football.

I can understand the family member posting on FB being angry but I would put that down to an “admin/system error” which we are all kinda used to.... rather than BFC having a sinister motive to make sure Antony never steps foot in Lionel Road....
 

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You posted pretty much what I was going to.

Let's wait to hear what the reasons were before we hang the club out to dry on this one. As WP says, there may be very valid reasons why Anthony's employment has not been continued.
Just a thought but presumably the person who Banana quoted in the original post wouldnt be getting upset if Anthony couldnt do what he had been doing? Assuming they are a friend or relative of his.

Hopefully the situation with online access is resolved swiftly if nothing else.
 

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The hardest part to this is for Antony to accept change. People with Downs like routine. (I know this from experience). Taking them out of their routine is hard for them. Taking them away from something they love doing, is the hardest.

I would hope the Club could use Antony, and his forking skills, at the odd game here and there. So it’s not a complete break. Or even at Osterley?

We all lambast the Club for their inability to do things as we want them too, at times, but, in this instance, you have to applaud them for giving Antony the opportunity he has had these passed number of years. To include him in the ground crew at GP has been brilliant, for him and the Club.

His awakening of the crowd at GP won’t be forgotten, that’s for sure.
 

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The hardest part to this is for Antony to accept change. People with Downs like routine. (I know this from experience). Taking them out of their routine is hard for them. Taking them away from something they love doing, is the hardest.

I would hope the Club could use Antony, and his forking skills, at the odd game here and there. So it’s not a complete break. Or even at Osterley?

We all lambast the Club for their inability to do things as we want them too, at times, but, in this instance, you have to applaud them for giving Antony the opportunity he has had these passed number of years. To include him in the ground crew at GP has been brilliant, for him and the Club.

His awakening of the crowd at GP won’t be forgotten, that’s for sure.
Very much this, are my thoughts.
The positive is we gave him this fantastic experience, and now he has lifetime ST to enjoy watching the Bees
 

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I was probably being a bit harsh on my original post, but after reading WP's analysis agree that he is being looked after but will find the change of routine different.
 

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The hardest part to this is for Antony to accept change. People with Downs like routine. (I know this from experience). Taking them out of their routine is hard for them. Taking them away from something they love doing, is the hardest.

I would hope the Club could use Antony, and his forking skills, at the odd game here and there. So it’s not a complete break. Or even at Osterley?

We all lambast the Club for their inability to do things as we want them too, at times, but, in this instance, you have to applaud them for giving Antony the opportunity he has had these passed number of years. To include him in the ground crew at GP has been brilliant, for him and the Club.

His awakening of the crowd at GP won’t be forgotten, that’s for sure.
I give away to your greater knowledge.. i hope the club include him in some capacity
 

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Even if they can't give him a job at LR,surely they can find something for him to do at the training ground.
There's hardly anyone at the Training Ground that isn't a necessity due to Covid-19. Most staff have been moved elsewhere.
 

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All part of New Brentford, but it's alright we've got a Bees fan that is owner and a Bees fan who runs the day to day. They'll look after their own.
It's not just me starting to doubt this then. Seems to be a few nasty decisions recently that don't sit well with me.
 

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Quite a few calls for BIAS to get involved. We have ensured he has his season tickets and got that sorted.

If the family want us to query about his employment then we will take them up on that, but as discussed here there may other reasons.
 

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I hope this club & more importantly in the very near distant future - the board members that represent this fine club; when leaving their footprints on the deep shag pile carpets of visiting boardrooms in the Premier League, that they take a moment to remember that we are a community club and no advertising or corporate banner can ever cover those roots. That it's the people and the traditions that have long been held by the club which still matter, even if we have got rid of a pub on each corner.

I was rather upset last night to read the words of a 17 year old supporter here, who was questioning the way the club was treating us 'general season ticket holders' with our money paid up front and the use of iFollow codes to see the games; as £100 meant a lot to him and he would rather have the option to have the money refunded than to watch his team on a box.

I was gonna DM him and tell him if the club messed him about, I will give him the money myself.

I did write a strong email to the club last night about this kid's predicament and how I felt that the club was starting to 'socially distance' itself from its 'general supporters' To be fair a young lad called Scott from the club called me this afternoon and put my mind at ease.

I would say there are probably two sides to the story with this Antony and will await for the full SP to see why this situation has come about. Nevertheless, I fear going forward with our shiny new stadium and the money in the upper echelons of the football pyramid, we won't just be providing scrutiny on whats going on in the pitch, but more also in the boardroom as well.

That perma-tan Cliff bringing his kids into the stadium during the run up to the final when we were all in lockdown never sat right with me would be my starter for 10. That and his dodgy tan.
 

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My wife works with his sister.
Let’s see if there is more to this than meets the sensationalist eye.
 

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Whatever the circumstances the club should have been more aware. On decisions like this you need transparency, otherwise you sully the clubs well earned reputation. There must have been a better solution. I am wondering if some of this isn't because of the vulnerability of a person with Downs Syndrome to Covid-19? Maybe with Covid being a problem for the foreseeable future, his job was put on hold indefinitely? Whatever the issue, the club needs to sort it and communicate as soon as possible. Anthony is an important part of this club.
 

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Whatever the circumstances the club should have been more aware. On decisions like this you need transparency, otherwise you sully the clubs well earned reputation. There must have been a better solution. I am wondering if some of this isn't because of the vulnerability of a person with Downs Syndrome to Covid-19? Maybe with Covid being a problem for the foreseeable future, his job was put on hold indefinitely? Whatever the issue, the club needs to sort it and communicate as soon as possible. Anthony is an important part of this club.
Funnily enough they are or were last week advertising a Head of Diversity and Inclusion role at the club.....
 

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Shame but as he gets older, his ability to do the work changes. I know from personal experience with my late sister, who was also Downs and new Antony well. One week she was bright as a button, the next you could see a change. These changes progressed over the next six months.

As Downs age, they age quicker than you or I, their abilities do recede quicker.

I believe the lifetime STs are a great offer for him.

No one has their ST yet so no need to worry.

As for iFollow codes, the Club just need to act ASAP to get him all sorted.
Respect
 

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Whatever the circumstances the club should have been more aware. On decisions like this you need transparency, otherwise you sully the clubs well earned reputation. There must have been a better solution.
That's my primary issue with it. While there may still be a reasonable explanation, they've handled it pretty dreadfully if they thought they could just let him go without any backlash.

They even made a special video about him the season before last, so he'll be known/recognisable to a huge portion of the fanbase;


As others have said, he's essentially as important to the club as Peter Gilham if you ask me. Would they let him go without an adequate goodbye?
 

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I hope this club & more importantly in the very near distant future - the board members that represent this fine club; when leaving their footprints on the deep shag pile carpets of visiting boardrooms in the Premier League, that they take a moment to remember that we are a community club and no advertising or corporate banner can ever cover those roots. That it's the people and the traditions that have long been held by the club which still matter, even if we have got rid of a pub on each corner.

I was rather upset last night to read the words of a 17 year old supporter here, who was questioning the way the club was treating us 'general season ticket holders' with our money paid up front and the use of iFollow codes to see the games; as £100 meant a lot to him and he would rather have the option to have the money refunded than to watch his team on a box.

I was gonna DM him and tell him if the club messed him about, I will give him the money myself.

I did write a strong email to the club last night about this kid's predicament and how I felt that the club was starting to 'socially distance' itself from its 'general supporters' To be fair a young lad called Scott from the club called me this afternoon and put my mind at ease.

I would say there are probably two sides to the story with this Antony and will await for the full SP to see why this situation has come about. Nevertheless, I fear going forward with our shiny new stadium and the money in the upper echelons of the football pyramid, we won't just be providing scrutiny on whats going on in the pitch, but more also in the boardroom as well.

That perma-tan Cliff bringing his kids into the stadium during the run up to the final when we were all in lockdown never sat right with me would be my starter for 10. That and his dodgy tan.
So apart from a situation with one fan whose difficulty you were satisfied on in 24 hours, Cliff Crowns appearance and a little bit of family favouritism on one occcasion what evidence do you actually have of the club forgetting it’s roots, supporters etc.
I just do not get you ‘guardians of the sacred flame’of supporting Brentford FC. For me after 58 years things could not be better and far beyond my wildest dreams only a few years ago.
 

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Really strange that that Hayley person must be a relative based on her surname, but seems oblivious to all of that?
 

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Just catching up on the latest...

So do we still want to force Antony back into work regardless of his health or are we angry he got his iFollow code late??

Either way I’ve got my pitchfork ready and have a nasty/abusive tweet primed and ready to send to the official Brentford account....
 
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It is good that we and the club fully recognise how important Brentford is to Antony and how equally important he and his wellbeing are to all of us.

It sounds as if full discussions have taken place and his best interests placed first which is exactly how it should be.
 

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Really strange that that Hayley person must be a relative based on her surname, but seems oblivious to all of that?
If you read it properly she couldn't get his season ticket or ifollow code. She wasn't complaining about the job.
 

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If you read it properly she couldn't get his season ticket or ifollow code. She wasn't complaining about the job.
The 'Brentford FC Shame on you I'm so upset for Antony and the way he has been treated' at the end makes it sound a lot more sinister
 

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Just catching up on the latest...

So do we still want to force Antony back into work regardless of his health or are we angry he got his iFollow code late??

Either way I’ve got my pitchfork ready and have a nasty/abusive tweet primed and ready to send to the official Brentford account....
Brentford fans are a disgrace, coming together to support a vulnerable and popular member of their community having read the comments of a member of his family who they might reasonably assume knows what is going on. Ban the lot of them from attending Saturday I say.
 

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