Peter Gelson - Brentford FC - RIP

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The club have put out a statement that Peter Gelson has died aged 79

One of our all time greats and a true legend of the club


Brentford FC is saddened to report the death of one of our greatest ever players – Peter Gelson. Peter died last night, Monday 26 April, at the age of 79. The Club will be paying tribute to Peter at our game against Rotherham United this evening.
 

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A colossus at the heart of our defence. As a kid you knew all was right with the world when Peter Gelson played. Strong in the tackle, a leader who inspired the team and the crowd. Another piece of the picture book that was my childhood goes into sepia. RIP Peter and thank you.
 

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Terribly sad news. One of the few players I remember from my very earliest supporting days. Rest in peace.
 

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RIP Peter. So many brilliant memories and truly a Brentford legend. He was one of those who held us together in hard times and was brave as a lion. There are an increasing number of ex-players watching down on us now in these momentous times for the club, but he will always be our captain.
 

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Had the pleasure of spending a Bees game/day in his company. Lovely lovely man. RIP
 

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RIP Peter. So many brilliant memories and truly a Brentford legend. He was one of those who held us together in hard times and was brave as a lion. There are an increasing number of ex-players watching down on us now in these momentous times for the club, but he will always be our captain.
Can’t do better than the above. He was indeed inspirational and a legend. RIP
 

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A sad day; condolences to his family and friends. One of the players who always had time for fans.
 

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Really sad to read this. Always saw him at Griffin Park and recently too, Braemar Road and behind paddock, milling about with the fans. He was a lovely bloke and had the pleasure of seeing him play, all those years back. A legend. So sad. RIP Peter. Big love and condolences to Peters family.
 
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A lot of us older fans have great memories of Peter playing for Brentford

Not sure it’s right to start/say this
One I will always remember , we were at home to Wrexham , their centre forward ( Ashworth Ashcroft had a lot of hair) had just out a nasty tackle in on Alan Hawley they were running across out side our penalty box towards the corner flag a couple of feet apart , Peter went down ( no challenge) the ref sent the Wrexham player off
 

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Oh no.

What a legend. If ever a statue was merited, he’d be one of the ones on the short list....

Met him a few times when working and he was a true gent. Always wanted to chat about the Bees. How he enjoyed his time. How he loved that he was still watching....

Was lucky enough to watch him play at the end of his bees career but also at several charity matches when I was a young lad.

A legend.

Condolences and sympathies to his family and friends.

Peter Gelson.

RIP
 

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RIP to an absolute legend.

It’s a measure of the man that so many Bees fans have such happy and fond memories of him both as a player and in his retirement.

My condolences to his family and hope that some comfort is gained from knowing how well he will be remembered.
 

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One of the all time greats to wear a Brentford shirt...I always admired him for his honesty and never give up attitude and he was Brentford through and through. Met him several times and he was always polite and loved chatting about all things Brentford or British Airways where he worked.
I loved watching centre backs like Peter Gelson and Ian Dargie who were the backbone of our team.

Condolences to the family and R.I.P. big man...
 
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I loved and admired him as a kid and he was one of the loyal one club men like Gordon Phillips, Alan Hawley and (almost) Spider Nelmes who were the backbone of our club.

Jack Howarth was his kryptonite and his penalty taking technique was agricultural in the extreme but what a player and what a man. RIP.
 

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Never saw him play but very clearly a genuine club legend.

RIP
 

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So sad to learn of this news. A stalwart throughout the dark days that us older fans remember. RIP
 

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R.I.P Peter like other oldies on here was a boyhood hero in these days of dodgy badge kissers the Bees badge will kiss him goodnight.Was lucky enough to know Peter during his playing career and after at Staines Town true gentleman and legend.Very sad news thanks for the memories Pete.
 

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Just a few of my press photos & pictures of the great man.

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Oh that is such sad news. Peter was a fixture in the team for the first ten years I went to watch the Bees. Got his autograph on numerous occasions as a kid, he was always happy to chat to fans. I loved that great no-nonsense Shoot photo too, it went straight into my press cuttings scrapbook at the time.

And he, along with the other players of the era who attended, were more than happy to sign autographs again in 2011 at the Big Brentford Book of the 70s launch. They were so pleased that we all remembered them.

RIP Peter.
 

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RIP. What a great player. What great sideburns. One club man who surely could have played at a higher level. Was in the team first game I watched. Dont know the game but can remember the team by heart: Cakebread, Coote, Gitsham, Gelson, Dargie, Higginson, Summers Brook, Francis, Dick, McLeod - before subs. I used to run around the house chanting it. I've mentioned this before but when I was about 13 my mates and I were having a kick around in one of the goals in Gunnersbury Park. This character with huge sideburns was running around the park on his own. Came up to us and asked to join in. He played for about 30 minutes. It was Pete. We all knew him because we were all Bees fans. Great fun.
 

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What sad news. Peter G was one of my real Bee's heroes. A no nonsense defender who always gave his all to the club.
RIP big man.
 

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Rest in Peace Peter. A true gentleman.
Went to same school in Staveley Road in Chiswick in early 1950’s.

Condolences to the Family.
 

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What a sad loss to not just his personal family but the whole club family, he is just a few months older than me
and therefore I watched him nearly his whole football career and if ever a player was a 100% it was Peter, always gave his all

I know we are not at GP any longer but if the world was normal and still at GP it would be strange not to see him coming into
the forecourt.

Rest in peace Peter you deserve it
 

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An absolute hero of mine when I was a youngster. Such a gentleman. I spoke to him at GP a few years ago and he told me about his time in the Middle East providing security to one of the Arab Royal Families out there.
I'm devastated to learn of his death and I send my sincere condolences to his family.
RIP Peter.
 

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Awfully sad news.

RIP to a Brentford Legend.

Condolences to his family.
 
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