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Gerry Cakebread, Paul Smith,David McKellar,Chic Brodie, Graham Benstead, Ben Hamer, in that order, for me.With Steve Sherwood also a contender.
However, we have also had some very good others on shortish loans/ contracts such as Gerry Peyton , Perry Suckling and John Smeulders( remember him?)
 

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Gerry Cakebread, Paul Smith,David McKellar,Chic Brodie, Graham Benstead, Ben Hamer, in that order, for me.With Steve Sherwood also a contender.
However, we have also had some very good others on shortish loans/ contracts such as Gerry Peyton , Perry Suckling and John Smeulders( remember him?)

Wot no Len Bond................:nono:
 

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1. Dave McKellar
2. Len Bond
3. Trevor Swinburne
4. Paul Smith
5. Ben Hamer

Bliss v Mansfield weren't none too shabby neither!!
 
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Gerry Cakebread, Paul Smith,David McKellar,Chic Brodie, Graham Benstead, Ben Hamer, in that order, for me.With Steve Sherwood also a contender.
However, we have also had some very good others on shortish loans/ contracts such as Gerry Peyton , Perry Suckling and John Smeulders( remember him?)

Yes. He made a great pen save v Blackburn but I thought he was very short and dodgy otherwise.

I quite liked Jeremy Roberts who played a few games that season - remember him?

Keith Branagan was good on loan and Steve Sherwood was Player of the Year in 1974/5
 

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I've only seen televised games of Smith recently but whenever I've seen him he's looked dog poo. A fantastic keeper for us, did a good job for the Scummers but his Forest stint has been up and down, hasn't it? However I would love us to ring Mr Forest and ask for him on loan for a small % of his wages to get him fit and ask them if they wanted Lewis Price in return.
 
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Sorrry, Len...

Wot no Len Bond................:nono:

Well, RitchBee, I did think he was quite good, but I would not personally put him in the same bracket as the others in my top list.If he had been a bit taller he may well have been a contender though...
 
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Yes. He made a great pen save v Blackburn but I thought he was very short and dodgy otherwise.

I quite liked Jeremy Roberts who played a few games that season - remember him?

Keith Branagan was good on loan and Steve Sherwood was Player of the Year in 1974/5

I must admit I had forgotten Roberts! On checking the records I can see that , as you say, he also played a few games that season( 1988/89)
He did concede 5 goals in his last game for us...
Sherwood was, indeed, Player of Year whilst on a season long loan from Chelsea . He had a great season and, as with Ben Hamer, he was very popular with Brentford fans.
 
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I must admit I had forgotten Roberts! On checking the records I can see that , as you say, he also played a few games that season( 1988/89)
He did concede 5 goals in his last game for us...
Sherwood was, indeed, Player of Year whilst on a season long loan from Chelsea . He had a great season and, as with Ben Hamer, he was very popular with Brentford fans.

I wonder if we should have persevered with Alan Julian a bit longer.

I still think there is a decent keeper in there somewhere and that he will make it eventually
 
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Alan Julian

I wonder if we should have persevered with Alan Julian a bit longer.

I still think there is a decent keeper in there somewhere and that he will make it eventually

I agree NLB!
I liked the guy, and he was very enthusiastic indeed. But he was gutted when he was released. Had a great first few games for us, and was a superb shot-stopper.
Not great at coming out for crosses, but , having seen many young keepers , this was often a failing in their early days, and confidence and judgement often improved with experience. I guess Martin Allen did not wish to take that risk with him, during that relegation battle in MA's first season, and Stuart Nelson, being a couple of years older, just had the edge.
I think, and hope, that he will establish himself , but hope that he does not come back to haunt us when we play Gillingham!
 
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I agree NLB!
I liked the guy, and he was very enthusiastic indeed. But he was gutted when he was released. Had a great first few games for us, and was a superb shot-stopper.
Not great at coming out for crosses, but , having seen many young keepers , this was often a failing in their early days, and confidence and judgement often improved with experience. I guess Martin Allen did not wish to take that risk with him, during that relegation battle in MA's first season, and Stuart Nelson, being a couple of years older, just had the edge.
I think, and hope, that he will establish himself , but hope that he does not come back to haunt us when we play Gillingham!

This might sound a bit strange but I also think that he was a bit too good looking and aware of it and needed to have had a few kicks in the head first
 
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This might sound a bit strange but I also think that he was a bit too good looking and aware of it and needed to have had a few kicks in the head first

Yep.You are quite right.
I suffer from the same problem...:(
 

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Gordon Phillips was a good stopper.
Anyone remember Fred Ryecraft? - he definately ate all the pies.
I agree with many that have been mentioned. I tend to think that in most cases the quality of the keeper mirrors the quality of the teams that we have fielded.
 

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Always thought Trevor Swinburne was much better than he got credit for but unfortunately he didn't stick around for very long.

Of those who were here for a decent spell I'd probably say Dave McKeller shades it for me.
 

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Can't believe nobody has mentioned Gordon Phillips who was in goal during the 71/72 promotion winning side! also Steve Phillips as well
 

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Found another couple for you Bill Glazier (cost us a goal at Man Utd) & Trevor Porter (anyone remember him)
 

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Surprised only one person has mentioned Oli.

Hamer will be a top class keeper and was very good at the level we were last year. But, perhaps partly because he didn't have to be particularly outstanding, wouldn't get in my top 5.
 
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I liked Trevor Porter, I think he cost all of £300 to replace Bond after his car crash. Did fine too.

Paul McCullough - say no more.
 

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Found out while chatting to my neighbor Brian Gardiner last Saturday evening that he kept goal forn Brentford Reserves during Cakebreads tenure between the sticks - Never played for the first team though.
 

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memories of paddy roche: great penalty saves at gp vs the mouths of bourne and ports. these ruined by his part in the gillingham 5 bees 3 fa cup tie which was my first away game.

of trevor swinburne: saving a pen at go in a late season relegation battle (v s c u n t h o r p e ?) but being flat footed vs liverpool.

of len bond: saving a pen at gp vs sheff utd then it being retaken? being the first keeper i saw so being gutted when he went down to exeter and then seeing him being stretchered off when he returned with them.

i thought dearden was good for a porker, gary phillips similarly.

benstead had that 'great saves' season and probably shades being my no1 no1 just for being between the sticks in 92.

mckellar looked good cos he followed mccullough.

paul priddy looked about 125 years old when i saw him in his last bees spell.

steve sherwood always looked good at watford so not surprised he did well but before my time.

i wish we had pursued petar borota as he only played pre-season friendlies and was a pre-grobbelaar crazyman!

the worst... ashley bayes. can't believe he made a career out of professional football. many catastrophic clangers for us.
 

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Oli is mine. Jason Pearcey was quality just a shame about injuries.
 

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McKellar by a long way for me. Don't think we have had that many quality keepers during my time. Bond, Benstead, Brodie and Oli would make up my top 5. There have been quite a few who were never up to it.
 
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Best of my time

Brodie - so calm and dependable

Sherwood - top class

McKellar - similar to Chic but unflappable and technically excellent

Benstead - great shot stopper but had faults

Peyton/Sucking/Pollitt/Hamer - top class loanees

Smith - such promise

Worst

Garry Tawse - thankfully forgotten

Priddy - fell away after great start

McCullough/Bayes/Fernandes/Julian - totally out of their depth

Borota/Roche - inconsistent rubbish

Swinburne/Glazier - over the hill but not far enough away!

Smeulders - fatty

Parks - my bete noir - awful, awful

Woodman - really poor given his credentials
 
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That amazing safe from Trevor Porter

Anyone remember Trevor Porter?
He had a brief run in goal for us at the start of 1978/9, when Len Bond, and Len's 'understudy' Graham Cox were both injured.
I would not put him up there with the Cakebreads and the Smiths but he did make one absolutely stunning save late in the game, to keep out a 'cert' goal in the dying moments of a 1-0 home victory.
I think it was against Hull City( but please correct me if I am wrong!)
Some of us, at the time, thought it was as good as that legendary Gordon Banks' save against Pele!
 
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Anyone remember Trevor Porter?
He had a brief run in goal for us at the start of 1978/9, when Len Bond, and Len's 'understudy' Graham Cox were both injured.
I would not put him up there with the Cakebreads and the Smiths but he did make one absolutely stunning save late in the game, to keep out a 'cert' goal in the dying moments of a 1-0 home victory.
I think it was against Hull City( but please correct me if I am wrong!)
Some of us, at the time, thought it was as good as that legendary Gordon Banks' save against Pele!

See Post 26!!:wave:
 

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What about . . .

Colin Scott
John Power
Wilf Agbonavbare
Dean Williams
Jimmy Glass

Other to of appeared in goal . . .

Paul Shrubb
Gary Blissett
John Mousinho
Keith Cassells (not Brentford though)
 
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Mel Scott

What about . . .

Colin Scott
John Power
Wilf Agbonavbare
Dean Williams
Jimmy Glass

Other to of appeared in goal . . .

Paul Shrubb
Gary Blissett
John Mousinho
Keith Cassells (not Brentford though)
Blimey!
Well done!
Do any others on here recall Mel Scott keeping goal against Oxford Utd in Feb 1966? Chic Brodie went off injured, and Mel donned the green jersey with Brentford losing 1-0. Amazingly we turned things round and went on to win 5-1!
 

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Also Stuart Mackenzie had a trial and played in a testimonial match? He played locally for Hounslow, Southall, Yeading and had a very good non-league career.

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Anyone remember Joe the goalie?

Right then.
Here is a really tough one.
Joe McCowliff ( honestly, that was his name!)
He was a chirpy lad from the notorious 'Isleworth Estate' who graduated through the juniors into the reserves, in the very early 1960's.
He was rather good, but never got into the first-team( Gerry Cakebread was still going strong).I recall seeing his debut for the reserves, and I particularly remember George Francis shouting encoragement after Joe had made a good save.Peter Gelson was also playing that day, and was starting to show his potential.
Are there any other sad old-timers on here who remember seeing him play for th juniors or reserves?
 

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Blimey!
Well done!
Do any others on here recall Mel Scott keeping goal against Oxford Utd in Feb 1966? Chic Brodie went off injured, and Mel donned the green jersey with Brentford losing 1-0. Amazingly we turned things round and went on to win 5-1!

That seems vaguely familiar, i remember Mel Scott going in goal in one game though i could not be sure about the rest
 

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Blimey!
Well done!
Do any others on here recall Mel Scott keeping goal against Oxford Utd in Feb 1966? Chic Brodie went off injured, and Mel donned the green jersey with Brentford losing 1-0. Amazingly we turned things round and went on to win 5-1!

With 1 goal coming direct from a corner.....?
 
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Colin Scott

Wilf Agbonavbare

Colin Scott was a statue. :nono: Ruined my only trip to Fellows Park.

My cat (RIP) was named Wilfred after Mr. Agbonavbare. He was registered under his full name at the vets. :sorted:

The poor chap used to get the 267 back to somewhere near the Ivybridge. :eek: I never saw him popping in the Harlequin for a pint. :confused:

Apparently he is still owed money by a couple of our former players.:rolleyes:
 
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Also Stuart Mackenzie had a trial and played in a testimonial match? He played locally for Hounslow, Southall, Yeading and had a very good non-league career.

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pretty sure MacKenzie played against Chelsea in a testimonial which I seem to remember being a bit of a goal-fest with kerry dixon scoring. he was on trial from hounslow at the time. think it was physio eddie lyons testimonial which research now tells me was in may 1984. this seems about right.
 

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What about . . .

Colin Scott
John Power
Wilf Agbonavbare
Dean Williams
Jimmy Glass

Other to of appeared in goal . . .

Paul Shrubb
Gary Blissett
John Mousinho
Keith Cassells (not Brentford though)
 

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colin scott - on loan from glasgow rangers?
power - was he a ginge?
wilfred - big guy wasn't he?
'there's only two dean williams'
jimmy glass should have retired the day he scored for carlisle. he was never gonna top that.
 

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Anyone remember Trevor Porter?
He had a brief run in goal for us at the start of 1978/9, when Len Bond, and Len's 'understudy' Graham Cox were both injured.
I would not put him up there with the Cakebreads and the Smiths but he did make one absolutely stunning save late in the game, to keep out a 'cert' goal in the dying moments of a 1-0 home victory.
I think it was against Hull City( but please correct me if I am wrong!)
Some of us, at the time, thought it was as good as that legendary Gordon Banks' save against Pele!

i seem to remember porter had a run in the team around the time a booker hatrick helped us beat hull 7-2.
 
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