Peter Gelson - Brentford FC - RIP

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Not what Pete would have said. I asked him about Howarth. "I played against a lot of taller players who weren't that good in the air. The trouble with Big Jack is that he was tall and good in the air". RIP Peter. My favourite bees player of all time.
Good testimony NPB, Something hard mot to argue.
 
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Not the tallest centre half but won everything in the air. RIP A true legend 🐝.
Lucky for us , a few of us during Peter‘s time he thought if he was a few inches taller First Division Clubs would have been after him
 

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So sad to hear this, one of my favourite players from back in the day R.I.P. Peter and sincere condolences to your family.
 

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RIP Peter. Solid Brentford. One my dad and grandad used to rave about.
 

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Peter Gelson - a real legend and a top player, whom I remember fondly throughout the 1960’s and into the mid 1970’s.
A tough uncompromising centre half who was like a rock, not only in our defence, but was there playing for Brentford with all his heart and effort during the very difficult period, when the club nearly didn’t exist any more.

The 1960’s was a time when real football and real players existed. If you walked on a pitch, you were expected to stay there for 90 minutes, no matter what happened to you.
Peter was a Bee through and through, and stayed with us, playing for for the first team for some 14 seasons throughout his footballing career.
Always recognisable, and with his almost trademark sideburns, Peter was the epitome of what Brentford football club is really all about, and deserves to be always remembered for his commitment to this club.

So many fond memories of him playing, and whatever success we go on to, we must never forget his contribution to his part in being a foundation for this, with those wonderful sunny Saturday afternoons at Griffin Park in the 1960’s; not forgetting a bit of snow, mud and blood in the winter months!!!

Sincere condolences to all his family, and thank you, Peter, for all those memorable times.
RIP.
 

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Peter Gelson - a real legend and a top player, whom I remember fondly throughout the 1960’s and into the mid 1970’s.
A tough uncompromising centre half who was like a rock, not only in our defence, but was there playing for Brentford with all his heart and effort during the very difficult period, when the club nearly didn’t exist any more.

The 1960’s was a time when real football and real players existed. If you walked on a pitch, you were expected to stay there for 90 minutes, no matter what happened to you.
Peter was a Bee through and through, and stayed with us, playing for for the first team for some 14 seasons throughout his footballing career.
Always recognisable, and with his almost trademark sideburns, Peter was the epitome of what Brentford football club is really all about, and deserves to be always remembered for his commitment to this club.

So many fond memories of him playing, and whatever success we go on to, we must never forget his contribution to his part in being a foundation for this, with those wonderful sunny Saturday afternoons at Griffin Park in the 1960’s; not forgetting a bit of snow, mud and blood in the winter months!!!

Sincere condolences to all his family, and thank you, Peter, for all those memorable times.
RIP.
Great words Oceanbee,one of my heroes as a schoolboy watching the Bees.
RIP Peter,and condolences to his family.
 

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Posters have mentioned Jack Howarth of Aldershot. His battles with Peter were epic events but there was no rolling around, feigning injury, screaming etc., these were men, playing a proper game. Been thinking about Peter a fair bit over the last 24 hours, 30 yard sliding tackles, massive headed clearances, I can laugh about the Aldershot penalty now 50 years later! It would be nice if the club could have some permanent memorial to Peter. I know we have our legends but some players transcend this and he is certainly one of these. What a man he was.
 

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Top man was Peter...sincere condolences to his family.
When we were in Div 4 and buying top players including Mel Scott at centre half, Peter kept his place and just moved to wing half.
His good friend Tom Anthony (who I knew well) was another to keep his place at fullback despite us signing a lot of 'named' players.
Bees through and through was Peter, who gave his all for the Club.
R.I.P.
 

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As a young teenager was known as the tank by my family due to his playing style - great club man rip
 

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Very sad and one of my favourite players. Tuesday March 28th 1967 my friend and I had hitched to Newport to see the game in the evening (1-1, Ian Lawther). After the match we managed to get a lift as far as the Severn bridge (the only one at that time) and we were then walking across, wearing our Brentford scarves, when the Brentford team coach went by. They were at the services at the eastern end of the bridge when we arrived there. Jimmy Sirrel asked us how we were getting home and then said we could go back to Brentford on the team coach, At Brentford (now after 1 am) Peter Gelson gave me a lift in his car back to Whitton. A real gentleman and I have never forgotten his kindness. For me this story typifies what the Club means to me.
RIP Peter.
What a wonderful memory that epitomises what Peter and the real heart and soul of the club were all about.

Even if that experience could never be exactly repeated in this modern world, (a shame) it is so important that the essence of what we all feel about Brentford, and what Peter Gelson demonstrated, can continue in some way.
There are just so many restrictions in life nowadays, both on the pitch and off it.
 

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Tough tackling centre half in the old style who took no prisoners. RIP PETER one always to be remembered in the HALL OF FAME.
 

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One of our teachers knew Peter and one year persauded him to play for the annual teachers v boys football match. To ensure the teachers won, Peter roped in Alan Hawley and one Rodney Marsh to join him in the team. I remember him being a true gent. R.I.P Peter
 

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As my family know, when anyone asks who are my favourite Brentford players, always the number 1 has been and always will be Peter Gelson. Why?

1) Great player. Was consistently season after season one of the best players in the team in the years he played.
2) King of the sliding tackle. His sliding tackles were truly a thing of beauty with his timing and a clear demonstration of his commitment to the cause.
3) Brilliant header of the ball. They didn't do so many stats in those days, but he consistently won the lion's share of headers against his opponents.
4) Real leader in the team, which could be seen by all in terms of his organising the defence.
5) He never shirked from making a tackle, but his fouls were few and far between.
6) No nonsense player. He was the total opposite of a prima donna.
7) The number of appearances for his one and only Football League club.
8) Never one to promote himself.
9) As has been said already, he would have easily acquitted himself at a higher level than Brentford were at at the time.
10) True gent. Last season for the Stoke game, I and my old school buddy had the privilege of sitting on the same table as Peter Gelson and his family, and what a pleasure it was, asking him such questions as who was the most skilful player he played alongside (Johnny Brookes). You could see from his manner and demeanour it was never a burden answering such questions.
11) True supporter of the club, as everyone involved in the club already knows. I think I'm right in saying that he always insisted on paying himself for his season ticket.

I'm sure other supporters could add to this list, but surely the above alone justifies some further recognition by the club, whether naming a stand or a statue or whatever.
 

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Posters have mentioned Jack Howarth of Aldershot. His battles with Peter were epic events but there was no rolling around, feigning injury, screaming etc., these were men, playing a proper game. Been thinking about Peter a fair bit over the last 24 hours, 30 yard sliding tackles, massive headed clearances, I can laugh about the Aldershot penalty now 50 years later! It would be nice if the club could have some permanent memorial to Peter. I know we have our legends but some players transcend this and he is certainly one of these. What a man he was.
I am not very good at remembering detail like many on here, but I remember that penalty as if it was yesterday. As you say we can but laugh.
 
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I will always think Peter and Mel Scott were up there as the best pairing in the centre of defence in my 65+ years of supporting Brentford
 

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I have printed off this thread and will forward on to Peter’s family - I have no doubt it will bring a level
of comfort at such a difficult time for them.
Thank you. Reading through all of the wonderful memories and comments in this thread I was only today thinking that I hoped that Peter's family would be able to read them and know how he will always be remembered.
 

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In the 60s as kids we were always hanging around the ground after games and training and Peter would be always signing autographs. Also, remember him driving down the High Street waving to all the kids.

As much a part of Griffin Park as the floodlights and the turnstiles.
 

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I am not very good at remembering detail like many on here, but I remember that penalty as if it was yesterday. As you say we can but laugh.
Did he send that penalty high up into the Royal Oak? Well, even if he did, RIP Peter. Loved watching him.
 

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Like a lot on here, he was one of my first hero’s!

Clearly remember being Peter Gelson in the school playground when I played the defender in the lunchtime class football match!

RIP Peter .. another legend we’ve lost 🙁
A fantastic player for the club and really sad news.

I was also Peter Gelson at lunchtime in the school playground. I even did the nodding head he had when he used to slowly jog up for corners.
 

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RIP Peter. Watched him as his career developed with us. Thing is l don't ever recall him having a bad game. That can't be true but it just shows the consistency he produced. As others have said he was a fearsome tackler and very strong in the air. Along with Alan Hawley he was capable of playing at a higher level. Not sure why it never happened . I like to think it was because he loved the club.
 

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RIP Peter. Watched him as his career developed with us. Thing is l don't ever recall him having a bad game. That can't be true but it just shows the consistency he produced. As others have said he was a fearsome tackler and very strong in the air. Along with Alan Hawley he was capable of playing at a higher level. Not sure why it never happened . I like to think it was because he loved the club.
I seem to remember Everton showed some interest,but no way was Peter leaving.Of course in those days there was little difference in the pay.Different world now.
 

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I seem to remember Everton showed some interest,but no way was Peter leaving.Of course in those days there was little difference in the pay.Different world now.
True. I believe Huddersfield were interested in Higginson but it didn't happen.
 

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Peter Gelson asked to go on the Transfer List in 1963, as Mel Scott & Matt Crowe were the favoured CB partnership. He only appeared twice in this period.

He was also put on the Transfer List in 1967 after the prospective takeover by the RaRas. He came off it two years later, in 1969.

If it wasn't for the lack of games during 1963/1964 (just 2 appearances), Peter Gelson may well have been Brentford's top appearance maker. As he was only 44 appearances short of Ken Coote's record at the end of his career in 1975. [KC - 559. JB - 526. PG - 516.]
 

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RIP Peter. Watched him as his career developed with us. Thing is l don't ever recall him having a bad game. That can't be true but it just shows the consistency he produced. As others have said he was a fearsome tackler and very strong in the air. Along with Alan Hawley he was capable of playing at a higher level. Not sure why it never happened . I like to think it was because he loved the club.
I was talking to him in the hive one day, and I mentioned to him about his loyalty. He said that there was a move on the cards at one time, and he would have gone , but in the end it just did not happen. I have been a bees fan for almost 60 years, and imo there has never been a better player or servant to this football club. Not only that, but he still followed the club as a season ticket holder. I am in awe of him, and at my age you do not have heros. But Peter Gelson is an exception, class bloke.
 

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