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I wrote a post on Facebook yesterday about our promotion, and got a bit emotional, especially writing the bit about my son (13) who’s supported Bees all his life and has stuck with them in the face of adversity, including from his mates taking the p!ss and asking who Brentford are and why he doesn’t support Chelsea or Man City. It’s times like this that are sweet 🥰
I know the feeling! I went to Ealing Boys Grammar and some of the class were Bees, and some of the others were QPHa. I was about 14 or 15 and had to endure them winning the League Cup. Not only that, they wanted to take us over. Haha, the boot, she is on the other foot,no!
 

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I know the feeling! I went to Ealing Boys Grammar and some of the class were Bees, and some of the others were QPHa. I was about 14 or 15 and had to endure them winning the League Cup. Not only that, they wanted to take us over. Haha, the boot, she is on the other foot,no!
Similar to me mate.

I went to school in Acton, and there were several who were rara's who took the piss, non stop.

Always think of those mouthy ****s now.
 

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It took me until the following evening to recover after last years playoff final, after convincing myself that it may have worked out for the best with games possibly continuing behind closed doors and how galling would it have been to miss our season in the Prem, as relegation was a strong possibility with a 6 week close season.

This year though I am still on a high after four days, I can see this continuing through the summer as well....

9th June - Transfer Window opens
16th June - Fixtures announced
1st August - Barcelona Pre season friendly ???
14th August - Season kick-off

I cannot wait for the new season and think we have a much better chance of staying up as:

1. A full pre-season will really help with preparation
2. The players have a years more experience
3. This season we seemed to be much better at grinding out results and managed to get over the line (quite strongly in the end)

Never thought I would be posting on our chances in an up coming season in the top division......COYB!!!
 

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It took me until the following evening to recover after last years playoff final, after convincing myself that it may have worked out for the best with games possibly continuing behind closed doors and how galling would it have been to miss our season in the Prem, as relegation was a strong possibility with a 6 week close season.

This year though I am still on a high after four days, I can see this continuing through the summer as well....

9th June - Transfer Window opens
16th June - Fixtures announced
1st August - Barcelona Pre season friendly ???
14th August - Season kick-off

I cannot wait for the new season and think we have a much better chance of staying up as:

1. A full pre-season will really help with preparation
2. The players have a years more experience
3. This season we seemed to be much better at grinding out results and managed to get over the line (quite strongly in the end)

Never thought I would be posting on our chances in an up coming season in the top division......COYB!!!

Just to add -

4. There’ll be thousands of us there to suport the team throughout the season, and we’ve seen the difference that can bring, as shown in the last 2 matches!😊🐝😊
 

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Had a great chat on the phone with a Bees supporter in exile in Bournemouth (Ian Allon you know who) like me his support goes back to the mid 1950’s .We chanted about friends an family that have missed out.
 

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I know the feeling! I went to Ealing Boys Grammar and some of the class were Bees, and some of the others were QPHa. I was about 14 or 15 and had to endure them winning the League Cup. Not only that, they wanted to take us over. Haha, the boot, she is on the other foot,no!
I also went to Ealing Grammar, bit before your time, and I can't remember a QPR supporter. Perhaps because the Sports Master's assistant was a certain Ron Greenwood centre half of Brentford, who coached the 1st & 2nd Elevens whilst taking his coaching qualifications. I wonder if he eventually qualified?
 

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Well that was one of the best weekends of my life. I still have to pinch myself about the outcome of that game and the promotion to the PREMIER LEAGUE!!!!!!!

Finally we had our day at Wembley. Minimal pressure and when we were 2-0 up you just knew there was no way back into it for Swansea.

For once the stars aligned and everything that went wrong for them would normally be happening to us. The fans were brilliant and like the semi final we were all top draw again. It was so gutting to see thousands upon thousands of empty seats that should have been filled with so many fans that deserved to be there.

Funny enough we didnt get out of second gear and still controlled the game. You could sense the fans nerves but in truth we had our two goals and the game management was spot on. We kept our shape and basically said to them "you need to score two goals and we can keep you out".

The celebrations for me will live long in the memory. There were a few tears shed and it just didnt seem real. Too many times ive walked away from those big games with my next week or two ruined. Saturday the world was my oyster the celebrations were unreal and it was a joy to witness Thomas and the players celebrating the way they did. Fully deserved.

We know we deserved top two. Watford took advantage of our slip in form. For once we got what we deserved. No one can argue about that.

Great to see the scenes at LR with the players after. Shame we couldnt get down there.

Hopefully the club will arrange something small around LR to get the fans down to celebrate again.
 

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I know the feeling! I went to Ealing Boys Grammar and some of the class were Bees, and some of the others were QPHa. I was about 14 or 15 and had to endure them winning the League Cup. Not only that, they wanted to PUT US OUT OF BUSINESS. Haha, the boot, she is on the other foot,no!

FTFY
 

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I genuinely feel that Steve Cooper was the problem for Swansea with this game.

Did not expect them to change their formation to match ours and essentially go man for man. A move which I think was the biggest issue for them, not knowing fully how to play the tactic, which certainly showed for their opening goal.

For all they've been pleased with him, I would be absolutely beside myself seeing that line up on the day and the ensuing result. Still, it did us a little helping hand so I am more than happy!
 

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I genuinely feel that Steve Cooper was the problem for Swansea with this game.

Did not expect them to change their formation to match ours and essentially go man for man. A move which I think was the biggest issue for them, not knowing fully how to play the tactic, which certainly showed for their opening goal.

For all they've been pleased with him, I would be absolutely beside myself seeing that line up on the day and the ensuing result. Still, it did us a little helping hand so I am more than happy!

I think he knew he didn't have the tools
 

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They played 3 at the back for two thirds of the season.
Their players just didn’t turn up. It happens as we know only too well.
Cooper’s biggest error was their short warm up, which I guess was due to the heat. When the game started they were over awed by the whole situation and froze, not having had the chance to get used to the environment.
 

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I genuinely feel that Steve Cooper was the problem for Swansea with this game.

Did not expect them to change their formation to match ours and essentially go man for man. A move which I think was the biggest issue for them, not knowing fully how to play the tactic, which certainly showed for their opening goal.

For all they've been pleased with him, I would be absolutely beside myself seeing that line up on the day and the ensuing result. Still, it did us a little helping hand so I am more than happy!

Agree. I think he knew his side was on the downturn. Their results and the table of justice showed how much they were overachieving.

Wonder if that was his attempt at surprising us.

I dont think hes actually all that. Cynical side.
 

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Chaps, this is a match specific thread. Please keep it that way.
 

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I have finally sobered up and floated back down to earth from the most incredible cloud 9.

We have f***ing done it! My first season was when we finished 14th in Div 4 back in 76/77 it's been mostly uphill from there.

I never thought I would actually see the day. What a game to watch, I couldn't sit down at home, constantly pacing the floor and jumping about. We won, we f***ing won, we are in the Prem, the f***ing Prem.

I am going to go back and carry on floating on that cloud 🐝👍
 

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I have finally sobered up and floated back down to earth from the most incredible cloud 9.

We have f***ing done it! My first season was when we finished 14th in Div 4 back in 76/77 it's been mostly uphill from there.

I never thought I would actually see the day. What a game to watch, I couldn't sit down at home, constantly pacing the floor and jumping about. We won, we f***ing won, we are in the Prem, the f***ing Prem.

I am going to go back and carry on floating on that cloud 🐝👍
Reading that “who is bigger/smaller” thread from 2008 is a reminder that midtable L2 is a mere 13 years ago and while we’d all have thought getting to the Championship was possible because we’d made the L1 play offs three times in the previous six years, getting to the Championship play off final is described as an unlikely event.
 

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Reading that “who is bigger/smaller” thread from 2008 is a reminder that midtable L2 is a mere 13 years ago and while we’d all have thought getting to the Championship was possible because we’d made the L1 play offs three times in the previous six years, getting to the Championship play off final is described as an unlikely event.
Spiralling to the Conference under Terry Butcher is not an exaggeration and to see where we are now is unbelievable. It’s been a fantastic 10 years one way or another with lows and highs but so worth it.
 

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Similar to me mate.

I went to school in Acton, and there were several who were rara's who took the piss, non stop.

Always think of those mouthy ****s now.

Funny that. Back at school in Hammersmith in the mid 70s, I was the only Bees fan. Kids back then thought I was joking & got teased so badly. Strangely, within the last 5 years or so, I've spotted dozens of those p!ss taking "kids", with their own children, at GP, watching & supporting Brentford - many now are ST holders!
 

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Went to a big Catholic comprehensive in Chertsey and I was the only Bee in my year and my brother one of two in his year.
My mate is a teacher there now and assures me lots and lots of pupils are Bees supporters
 

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Probably the wrong thread.

But Swansea have released Andre Ayew.
 

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Probably the wrong thread.

But Swansea have released Andre Ayew.
There was a great photo of him waving an emotional farewell “to the Swansea fans” but more realistically to his lucrative contract with the club…
 

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Hello you Bees. I just want to say I'm absolutely made up for you getting promoted, about time a decent team came up instead of a West Brom. Can't wait to see yous at the etihad next season, have a great summer.

Sorry you could not win on Super Saturday
Hope you were around in the1980’s when you lost at the old girl , Griffin Park In the cup , it’s a light hearted comment .
 

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Reading that “who is bigger/smaller” thread from 2008 is a reminder that midtable L2 is a mere 13 years ago and while we’d all have thought getting to the Championship was possible because we’d made the L1 play offs three times in the previous six years, getting to the Championship play off final is described as an unlikely event.
My son was born in March 2008.....and at that time we still had collection buckets outside at games it’s absolutely crazy ....when we made the championship I am sure that 442 magazine had us as favourites to go down with wolves and Rotherham to survive
 
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My son was born in March 2008.....and at that time we still had collection buckets outside at games it’s absolutely crazy ....when we made the championship I am sure that 442 magazine had us as favourites to go down with wolves and Rotherham to survive
Yep that’s correct I remember reading it when on holiday
 

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Probably the wrong thread.

But Swansea have released Andre Ayew.

In the four years that cheat was at Swansea, he pocketed £15,000,000+ in wages.

I can’t think of a player I’d never want to see again at New GP more, let alone desecrate our shirt by wearing it.
 

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A little distance and the influence of Martin Allen in my early 20's have combined to make me try to avoid getting too high or too low... but last Saturday was a legendary day. I can't deny that at least three rounds of the most expensive whiskey in the house were ordered on a magical afternoon in Prague, shared with 3 other bees plus various affiliates...

Obviously I've been wandering around dazed, stunned all week too. But finally, I've gathered some thoughts. Apologies but i haven't read the 500+ posts on here, so sorry if anyone has made any of these points already (and knowing the GPG, you may have hashed it all out laboriously :D )...

Pre-match: all week i was thinking "we're better than them and they know it". They knew it in February. They could've won at Lionel Road back in whenever, but they knew we were a different team since that game, and they weren't.

I thought their mistake would be to try to beat us with sh*thousery alone, and our mistake would be to assume that's all they had. They're an 'orrible bunch, but they weren't totally useless. I had confidence though that Frank would be on top of this.

In the end, of course, it didn't matter much - they never got a chance to play their game. There was the awful early challenge to try and intimidate us, and there was the surprise of them playing a formation we didn't expect, so our initial attacking plans had to be amended. The first few minutes were actually a bit laughable - we were poor in possession, trying to work out how to get through them, but they were comically bad too, with very little plan in evidence for what to do with the ball 50 yards out.

First goal: all season we've been bemoaning Pontus's use of the ball - but the move starts with his 15-20m ball to Marcondes, drifting wide to find space.

He quickly knocks it on to Sergi, drifting infield in this inside wing-back position that he's played so well in the last 4-6 weeks. A beautiful pass, great run, lovely. I think the replay from behind our goal shows that Woodman actually takes a step back first, then spots the danger but waits a split-second before going - poor decision.

Second goal: was this a training ground move?! An attacking throw on the right, Mbeumo pretends to go back to defend (leading another of their men to inch forward), then flares out to the left (inexplicably really) as the throw comes in.

We all know what happened next :D it fell perfectly of course, even if the plan was to try and clear out to the left wing. Our right back decides to run the left channel... and for all the talk, Marcondes doesn't SPRINT up in support, just runs. But he kept running hard while the two Swansea runners "near" him just jogged, and the rest is history.

Btw, i can't stand Woodman, for some reason. That goal in the game around Christmas 2019, where Watkins ran from near the halfway line and then poked it home, Freddie only gets to the edge of his six-yard box - bizarre. Anyway, maybe over-analysis but watch him while Mads has the ball before picking out the final pass - i think he switches off for a moment. Sure, he probably wouldn't have got there anyway, but makes me laugh :)

Also makes me laugh that the only other similar goal that comes to mind was against these suckers last year, in the playoff semi second leg. Grimes took a free-kick down by the corner flag, Raya grabbed it, Jensen hurtled out to the right-wing and Raya was looking for him, beat his man and then looked for Ollie, who had pelted it from a defensive position straight through the middle, with Grimes desperately trying to catch him. A weakness spotted, i reckon, and ruthlessly exploited.

Not much else to write about - fortunately not too much else happened. A beautiful day, and an exciting future ahead, even if it is just for one year, but hopefully not!
 

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Sorry you could not win on Super Saturday
Hope you were around in the1980’s when you lost at the old girl , Griffin Park In the cup , it’s a light hearted comment .
I was around In the 80s when you beat us twice in 89 in both the cups, was 15 back then and a regular on the Kippax. Was Steve Perryman your boss back then?
 

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My match report we were absolutely excellent. Greatest day ever supporting the Bees. We 'all' turned up and Swansea knew we were a class above them. So many MOMs but Bryan (first half) and Pinnock (second half) stand out for me.
 

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My match report we were absolutely excellent. Greatest day ever supporting the Bees. We 'all' turned up and Swansea knew we were a class above them. So many MOMs but Bryan (first half) and Pinnock (second half) stand out for me.
Yeah, that sums it up. What a day.
 

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Swansea City promotion fiasco :bounce:

 

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I can't see the 2nd goal enough times. It is an absolutely beautiful pass by Janelt to find Mbeumo and is very undervalued as just a clearance. But its his intention and then what great positioning by Mebumo to receive. Then that run by Mads and his composure to wait and carfully pass into the oncoming Marcondes to calmly place.

I reckon it one of the best goals I have ever seen by the Bees
 

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The club has just posted highlight photos from September, with the cover shot being a line up of ten outfield players in one of our away games. Amazing to note that only one of them (IT) was in the starting eleven against Swansea in the PO final and only one other (MF) played any part in the game. That's some squad.
 

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The club has just posted highlight photos from September, with the cover shot being a line up of ten outfield players in one of our away games. Amazing to note that only one of them (IT) was in the starting eleven against Swansea in the PO final and only one other (MF) played any part in the game. That's some squad.
Sounds like the team that finished the 120 mins against West Brom. Raya also finished the game, and Canós and Marcondes had been subbed. And it was only West Brom - Championship nobodies. ;)
 

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Been thinking. Obviously I didn't give a flying one after the final whistle, but what a shame Ivan's effort that hit the bar and came down on the line (ish) didn't go in. Would have possibly been the best goal ever seen at Wembley. ❤❤❤
 

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Been thinking. Obviously I didn't give a flying one after the final whistle, but what a shame Ivan's effort that hit the bar and came down on the line (ish) didn't go in. Would have possibly been the best goal ever seen at Wembley. ❤❤❤
Would have been the icing on the cake, the cherry on top of that and the fancy gold leaf on top of that.
 

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Been thinking. Obviously I didn't give a flying one after the final whistle, but what a shame Ivan's effort that hit the bar and came down on the line (ish) didn't go in. Would have possibly been the best goal ever seen at Wembley. ❤❤❤
At the time and just after I felt the same.....
But looking back, I honestly think the ensuing celebrations might well have proved too much for a number of Bees fans, including me!!! And we wouldn't have survived to see the rest of the game out!!! 😁
 

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He had a spanner on £80,000 a week.

#AndreAyew
I was still convinced four minutes in to stoppage time that we would find a way to muff it up. But there was one defining moment when I should have known we'd won. I've just watched the highlights again. Andre Ayew had a chance to put Swansea right back in it after about 60 minutes. He had a free header from about a yard out which was harder to miss than score. His reaction? He walked away laughing. Who the hell laughs at missing an open goal when his team is 2-0 down in a playoff final? Absolute melt. :judge:
 
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