Biggest regret as a Brentford fan.....

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Getting the free bus back from the Boro playoff game. All my mates spent the night up there which looked class.

I got home as the sun was rising.
 

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Getting the free bus back from the Boro playoff game. All my mates spent the night up there which looked class.

I got home as the sun was rising.
I suspect plenty would say their biggest regret is spending a night in Middlesborough :LOL:
 

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We need to know more about this ?? ;)
Not much to tell.... I’d never been there before but was the only place we could get into to watch the play off final last year. It was a bit of a sh*tpit, and the tele wasn’t much bigger than a 14” portable.
The locals were well meaning but clearly didn’t know anything about Brentford or football in general and then add in the result.... an absolute turd of a night out.
 

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Not much to tell.... I’d never been there before but was the only place we could get into to watch the play off final last year. It was a bit of a sh*tpit, and the tele wasn’t much bigger than a 14” portable.
The locals were well meaning but clearly didn’t know anything about Brentford or football in general and then add in the result.... an absolute turd of a night out.
Yep sounds rubbish !!! lol 😂
 

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Getting the free bus back from the Boro playoff game. All my mates spent the night up there which looked class.

I got home as the sun was rising.
Some would say you had a lucky escape.
 

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Not much to tell.... I’d never been there before but was the only place we could get into to watch the play off final last year. It was a bit of a sh*tpit, and the tele wasn’t much bigger than a 14” portable.
The locals were well meaning but clearly didn’t know anything about Brentford or football in general and then add in the result.... an absolute turd of a night out.
Mate you could have joined us in the Invo and ended up having to fend off angry yoof who had been lied to by a nasty little oik.
You were better off where you were trust me
 

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Getting the free bus back from the Boro playoff game. All my mates spent the night up there which looked class.

I got home as the sun was rising.
it was a great night , the Boro fans were class , scenes til the early hours then me Jambo and Druggy were in my local by 2pm on the saturday
 

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not so much a regret, more an unfeasible wish - that digital camera or phones had been available throughout the 90s.
1990-2000 I was ages 10-20.
All the road trips with my Dad to terrible grounds, similar facilities, agricultural tactics, many times losing, driving back in the dark, listening to the radio on the way back for match reports or funny idiots phoning in, me often picking up random souvenirs so I’d look different at football training (Peterborough away socks anyone), remembering how magical that 1 minute of the whole day was where Brentford scored a goal...buying a pointless programme to see a squad list and then reading all the local adverts for Chesterfield glazers or car boot sales or whatever. I’m not even that old but wish I could recall all those magical days.
 

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not so much a regret, more an unfeasible wish - that digital camera or phones had been available throughout the 90s.
1990-2000 I was ages 10-20.
All the road trips with my Dad to terrible grounds, similar facilities, agricultural tactics, many times losing, driving back in the dark, listening to the radio on the way back for match reports or funny idiots phoning in, me often picking up random souvenirs so I’d look different at football training (Peterborough away socks anyone), remembering how magical that 1 minute of the whole day was where Brentford scored a goal...buying a pointless programme to see a squad list and then reading all the local adverts for Chesterfield glazers or car boot sales or whatever. I’m not even that old but wish I could recall all those magical days.
Great post. Oh how I wish we had iPhones back in the day when we beat Fulham 4-0 and then a week later won the league at P’boro. Whatever happens in the next few weeks - nothing for me will pass that week as a Bees fan. Really was for the first time I think for many really enjoyed ‘success’ ….
 

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not so much a regret, more an unfeasible wish - that digital camera or phones had been available throughout the 90s.
1990-2000 I was ages 10-20.
All the road trips with my Dad to terrible grounds, similar facilities, agricultural tactics, many times losing, driving back in the dark, listening to the radio on the way back for match reports or funny idiots phoning in, me often picking up random souvenirs so I’d look different at football training (Peterborough away socks anyone), remembering how magical that 1 minute of the whole day was where Brentford scored a goal...buying a pointless programme to see a squad list and then reading all the local adverts for Chesterfield glazers or car boot sales or whatever. I’m not even that old but wish I could recall all those magical days.
I hear you on a lot of this. I suspect however, had you had a smart phone at your disposal back then, a lot of your time would have been spent scrolling through social media rather than doing many of those inane things (the programmes, the radio, the adverts etc) which now define many of those memories.
 

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Great post. Oh how I wish we had iPhones back in the day when we beat Fulham 4-0 and then a week later won the league at P’boro. Whatever happens in the next few weeks - nothing for me will pass that week as a Bees fan. Really was for the first time I think for many really enjoyed ‘success’ ….
This. ❤
Best ever week as a Bee.
 

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not so much a regret, more an unfeasible wish - that digital camera or phones had been available throughout the 90s.
1990-2000 I was ages 10-20.
All the road trips with my Dad to terrible grounds, similar facilities, agricultural tactics, many times losing, driving back in the dark, listening to the radio on the way back for match reports or funny idiots phoning in, me often picking up random souvenirs so I’d look different at football training (Peterborough away socks anyone), remembering how magical that 1 minute of the whole day was where Brentford scored a goal...buying a pointless programme to see a squad list and then reading all the local adverts for Chesterfield glazers or car boot sales or whatever. I’m not even that old but wish I could recall all those magical days.
I have a Peterborough pennant. They had sold out of programmes and I was determined to buy a souvenir (this was before kick off). Pleased to say, thanks to the Collectors' Club and the shop on Braemar Road, I do now have a programme from that game.
 

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I drunkenly confronted Graham Taylor outside Braemar rd after we played Watford, blaming him for denying me the opportunity to go to USA 94 World Cup. I was in Rotterdam for that fateful night in Oct 93 and told him “did I not like that”.
 

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Being afraid of such a big change in life and not moving from Germany to Ealing when I had the chance to...
 

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Probably missing the Newport County Freight Rover Semi-Final. But it was a school night.
 

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Came to me yesterday... It was not buying a Watford W@nkers scarf when they were on sale outside the Royal Oak.

Other than that not going to Scarborough or away to Southampton at the Dell
 

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Persuading a group of about six mates to walk from Ealing to Wembley for the Play off final against Crewe. Expectations had been SO high for a big day and then we saw the line up and the first five minutes.....The walk home was almost as glum as the game.
 

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Deciding not to do Darlington away in 2009. I'd been at Dagenham the Tuesday before and just had a worry that we had blown our chance and didn't fancy the long journey up.

As soon as the game started I knew I'd made a huge error and it become clear that I was going to miss the chance to see us win promotion. I joined the team and a few mates in the Griffin that night for the celebrations but it just didn't feel the same and I've had years of hearing how special a day it was.
 

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Deciding not to do Darlington away in 2009. I'd been at Dagenham the Tuesday before and just had a worry that we had blown our chance and didn't fancy the long journey up.

As soon as the game started I knew I'd made a huge error and it become clear that I was going to miss the chance to see us win promotion. I joined the team and a few mates in the Griffin that night for the celebrations but it just didn't feel the same and I've had years of hearing how special a day it was.
Cracking day out mate. Amazing half time. You should have gone !
 

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Not sure what the highlight of that day was .. winning and securing the title on the pitch or the half time party on the concourse under the stand! 😂
I think it was staying in Ealing and watching Blind Date and The Gladiators while waiting for those sad cases that went to get back so one could join the party

🎣
 

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My biggest regret is also Darlington away. I did go but I regret not savouring every moment of just how special a day it was.
 

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Not sure what the highlight of that day was .. winning and securing the title on the pitch or the half time party on the concourse under the stand! 😂
I took my wife (back then I'd only been seeing her for a couple of months) and she went to get a drink at half time, but came back very quickly as she was a bit nervous about the "goings on" (it was her first ever game). Shortly after, WarrenBee came over and told me I had to go down and see the scenes, so I did - fantastic! :LOL:
 

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This. ❤
Best ever week as a Bee.
I only did 9 games in 91-92 as it was my first season (and I missed Fulham :cry:) so I didn't appreciate how good that week was.

For me, the 8-day spell where we beat Exeter 3-0 to get promotion, absolutely hammered Swansea 4-1 (they were playoff bound and beat Cambridge later that week but we were magnificent and murdered them) and then won 1-0 at Cambridge was pretty damned good.

I also had my "prom" that week and pulled a girl I'd been after for ages. To paraphrase DelBoy: "well, I've had worse weeks"!
 

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Probably missing the Newport County Freight Rover Semi-Final. But it was a school night.
It was a rare magical moment in those days.
I was stood on the Royal Oak aged 16 drinking it all in.
Vivid memories of walking back to the E2 bus stop & all the cars were tooting their horns. 😍
 

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Not going to the Swindon games in the playoffs & missing the big pitch invasion after the shootout
I was just too f**ked off by Trottas successful crossbar challenge.
 

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Not going to the Swindon games in the playoffs & missing the big pitch invasion after the shootout
I was just too f**ked off by Trottas successful crossbar challenge.
Those two games were proper torture. My big regret was hiding behind the ER stand when the penalties were taken. There were a lot doing the same so I wasn't the only cowardly weasel.
 

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Those two games were proper torture. My big regret was hiding behind the ER stand when the penalties were taken. There were a lot doing the same so I wasn't the only cowardly weasel.
I thought away goals counted as double which would have put Swindon through when they equalised late on to make it 3-3 at GP! Was very happy when my mate said no its pens. Think we scored 5 out of 5 iirc.
 

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Those two games were proper torture. My big regret was hiding behind the ER stand when the penalties were taken. There were a lot doing the same so I wasn't the only cowardly weasel.
Sky show that game quite often as one of their EFL classics and it's actually remarkable how good a game that was for a playoff tie that are usually so tight.

So much drama, red cards, missed chances, last minute equalisers. But as fans it was indeed absolute torture to watch, I still get nervous watching the shootout back.
 

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Sky show that game quite often as one of their EFL classics and it's actually remarkable how good a game that was for a playoff tie that are usually so tight.

So much drama, red cards, missed chances, last minute equalisers. But as fans it was indeed absolute torture to watch, I still get nervous watching the shootout back.
He turned out to be a bit of a bell end, but Forshaw’s winning pen was dispatched with the required degree of nonchalant contempt
 

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Not too many to report for me. Been at all promotion/title clinching games, most big cup matches, got a Southampton away ticket thankfully, didn't leave Burton at half time, etc.

I did miss Dagenham 2009 (foodlight night and possible promotion night) due to being away with work for my busiest week of the year. Luckily future agent Sam Saunders knew I was going to Darlington and made sure everyone waited a few more days to celebrate.

Also missed Swansea and Swindon PO games due to holidays but I blame Sky for giving no notice of when they might fancy arranging these games over a bank holiday weekend, on both occasions I figured incorrectly that I'd be back in time for the second leg. at least w get a bit of notice over which days the games are, now.
I made it back to GP to see the Swindon extra time and shoot-out in the Griffin and join in the celebrations.
Missed Bournemouth great escape game as was at university, a bit naughty.

Also regret not being old enough to go to or enjoy the 1989 cup run or the 92/93 Italian games.
 

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Missing the Southampton cup game, I had just moved to Scotland and had bought an old house which needed completely refurbishing, I hadn't really thought what it all entailed when I bought it and I hate DIY so was already feeling sorry for myself, on the morning of the game I was in B&Q Dundee buying a load more materials with my then girlfriend and completely lost it and started ranting I shouldn't be here I should be in Southampton etc. Poor girl didn't deserve it and I'm not proud of my behaviour but that morning I felt a million miles away from "home" and just wanted to be at the game.

It all worked out well in the end and had a great seven year adventure up there but missing that game really hurt at the time.
 

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Missing the Liverpool cup ties at GP in '83 and Anfield in '89. My dad wouldn't drive up from Wales for the first one, and refused to join the queue after the Bury(?) match for tickets for the FA Cup game...
 

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I wasn't even around, but if Toumani had scored one during that period where you were singing "if Toumani scores, we're on the pitch", followed by a totally bizarre and joyful pitch invasion, that would've been fantastic. Sadly wasn't meant to bee...
 

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I wasn't even around, but if Toumani had scored one during that period where you were singing "if Toumani scores, we're on the pitch", followed by a totally bizarre and joyful pitch invasion, that would've been fantastic. Sadly wasn't meant to bee...
I saw he score along with about 8,000 others. Against Charlton I think and it was an absolute cracker - and a collectors item.
 

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Not doing all four pubs before/after a game..... planned to do it back end of last season.
Same here. Had done them all individually at various points over the years, but never in one session.

We had it planned for pre-Wigan game last season…….
Managed to get a dozen tickets booked for ER…..
Had agreed with Badgerbee Jnr I’d pick him up from Uni on the Friday night on the way to a weekend staying at my sister’s…..
Timings and ‘route’ had all been pre-arranged with the rest of our ‘group’…..
And then we all know what happened…..😩

Was still hoping to do it at some point before a game at LR…….before seeing the demise of The Princess Royal recently….😰
 

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