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No congratulations from a Palace fan at work, just a "I suppose you'll go straight back down" . . . a Palace fan! Then I suppose there just hopeful that someone will finish below them. :)
 

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I have a mate who is a Man U fan. He hails from Oxford. Goes to occasional games at Old Trafford.f***ing hates the bees being in the Premiership, has not told me that, Burt i know it. Hates Souness and carragher. Hates the Beatles. Because they come frown Liverpool. i also have a mate that is a Swindon town fan, he goes to lots of their games, and he is as pleased as punch that we went up. Shows the passion to me of the lower league fans..Cant even be arsed to talk to my manu mate(bellend|) About football as for me he has limited knowledge.
 

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I have a mate who is a Man U fan. He hails from Oxford. Goes to occasional games at Old Trafford.f***ing hates the bees being in the Premiership, has not told me that, Burt i know it. Hates Souness and carragher. Hates the Beatles. Because they come frown Liverpool. i also have a mate that is a Swindon town fan, he goes to lots of their games, and he is as pleased as punch that we went up. Shows the passion to me of the lower league fans..Cant even be arsed to talk to my manu mate(bellend|) About football as for me he has limited knowledge.
I think it can be a bit too easy to slag off the knowledge about lower leagues of fans of higher division clubs (though your mate might be a bit extreme in not just hating LFC but Liverpool itself, it’s like refusing to shop at Westfield because of loathing QPR).

Back in the day, not so very long ago, I knew lots about L2 clubs and players because we were playing them every week. Because we were really an L1 club temporarily down I kept up on L1. I dared not care about the Conference. I had no real interest in the Championship. The PL was general knowledge from MotD and newspaper coverage.

After the first season in the Championship I stopped taking much interest in L1 let alone L2 beyond teams we’d loaned players to or who were coming up. If we stay up in the PL I doubt I’ll have a lot of interest in the teams in Championship other than those competing for top 6 and laughing at Fulham, QPR and Brum. After being in the PL for 50 years like Man U have been there’d barely be any interest in those lower leagues even to mock erstwhile rivals.
 

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I think it's fair to say many of us have mates who support Premier League teams, who have always had a "liking" for Brentford during our League 2, 1 and Championship days. However, since promoted to the P/L, now view us as adversaries or even "potential enemies." More recently, I've noted my Premier League mates seemingly cautious when they talk about the Bees now, and particularly not so enthusiastically as before......
 

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I think it's fair to say many of us have mates who support Premier League teams, who have always had a "liking" for Brentford during our League 2, 1 and Championship days. However, since promoted to the P/L, now view us as adversaries or even "potential enemies." More recently, I've noted my Premier League mates seemingly cautious when they talk about the Bees now, and particularly not so enthusiastically as before......
It is good. It means they’re taking us seriously.
 

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I think it's fair to say many of us have mates who support Premier League teams, who have always had a "liking" for Brentford during our League 2, 1 and Championship days. However, since promoted to the P/L, now view us as adversaries or even "potential enemies." More recently, I've noted my Premier League mates seemingly cautious when they talk about the Bees now, and particularly not so enthusiastically as before......
Yes totally agree. It used to be ‘oh if you get promoted we should go to the Spurs/west Ham/Man City/Liverpool game together’ . No such jolly anticipation now.
 

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I am a huge football bore and when I meet fans of big clubs I like a chat, so many times it becomes clear after a few minutes that they have picked a team based solely on the fact “everybody” supports someone and they clearly know nothing. At that point I attempt to change the subject or make a getaway.

My father in law support Arsenal and has never been to a game but thinks it’s polite to talk to me about football because he it’s my thing. It’s always a bit of a nod and look interested moment as he talks nonsense he may have picked up from the paper or sky news.
 

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It will be interesting to see how broadcasters view us next season. I expect to see aerial shots of GP which then pan along to LR followed by a bit of "pub on each corner" stuff. I like to think our club and the way it is run will be perceived as a breath of fresh air challenging the model we see in most PL clubs. Once opinion starts to turn against us then we will know that we are seen as a threat. EFL supporters might view us favourably, much as I liked to see the likes of Barnsley and Bradford when they reached the top division.
 

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It will be interesting to see how broadcasters view us next season. I expect to see aerial shots of GP which then pan along to LR followed by a bit of "pub on each corner" stuff. I like to think our club and the way it is run will be perceived as a breath of fresh air challenging the model we see in most PL clubs. Once opinion starts to turn against us then we will know that we are seen as a threat. EFL supporters might view us favourably, much as I liked to see the likes of Barnsley and Bradford when they reached the top division.
They’ll need to use stock footage from last year as there’s not a lot left of GP now!
 

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It will be interesting to see how broadcasters view us next season. I expect to see aerial shots of GP which then pan along to LR followed by a bit of "pub on each corner" stuff. I like to think our club and the way it is run will be perceived as a breath of fresh air challenging the model we see in most PL clubs. Once opinion starts to turn against us then we will know that we are seen as a threat. EFL supporters might view us favourably, much as I liked to see the likes of Barnsley and Bradford when they reached the top division.
Depends on whether they can be bothered to do any research.
 

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It will be interesting to see how broadcasters view us next season. I expect to see aerial shots of GP which then pan along to LR followed by a bit of "pub on each corner" stuff. I like to think our club and the way it is run will be perceived as a breath of fresh air challenging the model we see in most PL clubs. Once opinion starts to turn against us then we will know that we are seen as a threat. EFL supporters might view us favourably, much as I liked to see the likes of Barnsley and Bradford when they reached the top division.
Similarly, I expect to hear the novelty reportage until the point who we're no longer seen as one-season wonders. We may well get a tonking that is due to persisting with our style of play but, personally, I can't wait to watch Alan Shearer's in-depth analysis of how we fluked a win against [enter Top 6 club name here].
 

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I think most pundits and commentators have knowledge that stretches to the top half of the championship tbf
 

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I think most pundits and commentators have knowledge that stretches to the top half of the championship tbf
Yes very true, i have got bored with the same old shirt these pundits come out with. Andi also think that most in the pl believe should not be there for the size of our club. I hope all at bfc ram their bullshit down their throats.
 

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Yes very true, i have got bored with the same old shirt these pundits come out with. Andi also think that most in the pl believe should not be there for the size of our club. I hope all at bfc ram their bullshit down their throats.
Blimey if we are to small for the Prem, how did they rationalise Bournemouth being there for 5 years??!
 

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Is this the right place for this missive? I don’t know.

Am I gonna ramble? You bet. Those of an easily bored disposition: Look away now.

But what the hell is all this big team stuff?

I grew up in Ealing, WEST Ealing, not the posh part. And the arse end of that as well. Gurnell Grove to be precise. From the bus stop over the road, the whole panoply of 1970s London football was open to me via an E2 ride to Ealing Broadway Tube.

I chose Brentford. Or they chose me, not too sure, but I’ve been a Bee since that first visit nearly 46 years ago.

I first saw the Bees in that summer between leaving Middle School and joining High School. Even before my first day I knew I was in a minority. In time I discovered there were three regular Griffin Park attendees at Brentside High in 1975, and one of those considered Leeds to be his “proper” team.

Forgive the extensive preamble; I’ve lived with supporters of “bigger” teams for the majority of my life and still find myself perplexed. Firstly: What is a bigger team? And secondly: So what?

Support your local team by all means. If you were lucky enough to grow up not far from Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, Anfield etc. then good luck to you and commiserations for being lumped in with the glory hunters, tourists, stag dos, corporate pillocks and general gawpers that get priority over you to attend games.

But there’s not many of you left. As for those mentioned above with overt contempt, you support a bigger team than me? SO WHAT?

Does that mean you are generally a more handsome, successful, intelligent individual than me and, by the way, have been blessed with more generous genitalia?

Does the fact that your adopted team won the FA Cup at some point from the 1930s to 60s mean that I will forever be less manly than you?

No. I’ll tell you what it means: You are more of a sheep than I am. I didn’t follow the herd, I followed my heart.

Oh, and if, for a millisecond, it ever crosses your mind to question why Plymouth Argyle, the team with the biggest catchment area in the country, have never had a team in the top division: Look in the mirror.

Come up with whatever insult you like (And don’t forget the “Nylons” gag was done to death in the 1970s 🥱) I’m a Brentford fan and always will be. Nothing you can say to change that.

Patronise me, ridicule me, there’s nothing new under the sun.

Support you local team, saddos, and for those that do have some vestige of respectability and resent it: Don't denigrate our achievements . 🐑🐑🐑
 
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Similarly, I expect to hear the novelty reportage until the point who we're no longer seen as one-season wonders. We may well get a tonking that is due to persisting with our style of play but, personally, I can't wait to watch Alan Shearer's in-depth analysis of how we fluked a win against [enter Top 6 club name here].
I think any mention of Shearer and his "punditry" between now and the start of next season should receive an infraction, since I'm enjoying the prospect of PL football, and I don't need the thought of that w a n k e r spoiling it.

VAR is another one.

Oh, and "Lawro" and his "jokes".
 

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I think any mention of Shearer and his "punditry" between now and the start of next season should receive an infraction, since I'm enjoying the prospect of PL football, and I don't need the thought of that w a n k e r spoiling it.

VAR is another one.

Oh, and "Lawro" and his "jokes".
Shearer seems OK to me.
I reckon he'll give us due 'respect'.
 

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I think any mention of Shearer and his "punditry" between now and the start of next season should receive an infraction, since I'm enjoying the prospect of PL football, and I don't need the thought of that w a n k e r spoiling it.

VAR is another one.

Oh, and "Lawro" and his "jokes".
 

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Was at a race today, in my Bees shirt, and one of the other runners, who I know quite well and like even though he's a Leeds fan congratulated me on our success. He said, " I've been the Griffin Park a couple of times, did you know it has a pub on each corner?". I genuinely didn't know how to answer.
 

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Was at a race today, in my Bees shirt, and one of the other runners, who I know quite well and like even though he's a Leeds fan congratulated me on our success. He said, " I've been the Griffin Park a couple of times, did you know it has a pub on each corner?". I genuinely didn't know how to answer.
The correct answer was: "Yes"
HTH. 😁
 

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Was at a race today, in my Bees shirt, and one of the other runners, who I know quite well and like even though he's a Leeds fan congratulated me on our success. He said, " I've been the Griffin Park a couple of times, did you know it has a pub on each corner?". I genuinely didn't know how to answer.
It did have, but not anymore, and now it doesn't have a football ground. 😭
 

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He said, " I've been the Griffin Park a couple of times, did you know it has a pub on each corner?". I genuinely didn't know how to answer.
Suggested answer:

"No, but now you mention it, I know of four pubs who've each got a stadium on the corner"

Or suggested alternative answer:

"Funnily enough, the pitch has got a flag on each corner too."
 

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Back to what other clubs’ fans say, please. Talk about pundits in another thread.
As the comments about us from pundits, managers, jouranlists etc. don't really fit well into existing threads, can we just not extend the title of this one?
Do we really need separate: "Things Pundits Say About Brentford FC"; "Things Other Teams Managers Say About Brentford FC"; "Press Reports About Brentford FC" etc?
 

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As the comments about us from pundits, managers, jouranlists etc. don't really fit well into existing threads, can we just not extend the title of this one?
Do we really need separate: "Things Pundits Say About Brentford FC"; "Things Other Teams Managers Say About Brentford FC"; "Press Reports About Brentford FC" etc?
We could just have one big thread, covering everything, but personally I think we should stick to the topic and if we have something that doesn't fit any existing thread, well, you can start a new one.
 

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Waiting at checkout in Morrison’s Totnes. Guy at till talks about football and says he supports Liverpool. I say I am a Brentford fan and I said we were looking forward to playing them next season. He looked completely blank and I explained we had just been promoted. He shrugged.
he will not be shrugging in a few months I am absolutely sure.
Like so many Man U. “fans” - never been to a game.
 

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One I'm hearing a lot..."your new ground only holds 17k? Why didn't you make a bigger one?"

Was gutted when the 20k slipped, but then again we'd have had the same comments about 20k as 17k 🤭
 

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Was gutted when the 20k slipped, but then again we'd have had the same comments about 20k as 17k 🤭

Agreed. But as my missus often tells me, size doesn't matter, it's what you do with it. At first glance we may not measure up to the Premier League big boys, but we'll make up for it with passion and enthusiasm 😉
 

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Bournemouth and Swansea had smaller stadiums when up. Some will think elitist (we had that in The Championship too at first) but if we compete they'll drop it after a year or two. Our stadium is fine, and odds are we'll be seen as a very good away day once things are back up and running. There will be a LOT of basic, moronic, simple opinions coming our way though as all the morons are attracted to the game at the top.
 

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Is this the right place for this missive? I don’t know.

Am I gonna ramble? You bet. Those of an easily bored disposition: Look away now.

But what the hell is all this big team stuff?

I grew up in Ealing, WEST Ealing, not the posh part. And the arse end of that as well. Gurnell Grove to be precise. From the bus stop over the road, the whole panoply of 1970s London football was open to me via an E2 ride to Ealing Broadway Tube.

I chose Brentford. Or they chose me, not too sure, but I’ve been a Bee since that first visit nearly 46 years ago.

I first saw the Bees in that summer between leaving Middle School and joining High School. Even before my first day I knew I was in a minority. In time I discovered there were three regular Griffin Park attendees at Brentside High in 1975, and one of those considered Leeds to be his “proper” team.

Forgive the extensive preamble; I’ve lived with supporters of “bigger” teams for the majority of my life and still find myself perplexed. Firstly: What is a bigger team? And secondly: So what?

Support your local team by all means. If you were lucky enough to grow up not far from Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, Anfield etc. then good luck to you and commiserations for being lumped in with the glory hunters, tourists, stag dos, corporate pillocks and general gawpers that get priority over you to attend games.

But there’s not many of you left. As for those mentioned above with overt contempt, you support a bigger team than me? SO WHAT?

Does that mean you are generally a more handsome, successful, intelligent individual than me and, by the way, have been blessed with more generous genitalia?

Does the fact that your adopted team won the FA Cup at some point from the 1930s to 60s mean that I will forever be less manly than you?

No. I’ll tell you what it means: You are more of a sheep than I am. I didn’t follow the herd, I followed my heart.

Oh, and if, for a millisecond, it ever crosses your mind to question why Plymouth Argyle, the team with the biggest catchment area in the country, have never had a team in the top division: Look in the mirror.

Come up with whatever insult you like (And don’t forget the “Nylons” gag was done to death in the 1970s 🥱) I’m a Brentford fan and always will be. Nothing you can say to change that.

Patronise me, ridicule me, there’s nothing new under the sun.

Support you local team, saddos, and for those that do have some vestige of respectability and resent it: Don't denigrate our achievements . 🐑🐑🐑
Interesting. However as someone, who like many fans no longer live locally to Brentford, should my son be a Brentford fan as he's never lived locally and that same thing happens all over the country as northerners move south etc and family traditions move through the generations. Nearly all my sons friends support the same team their father does, most are London clubs and when you speak to their fathers, its often because their father did etc etc.
 

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Interesting. However as someone, who like many fans no longer live locally to Brentford, should my son be a Brentford fan as he's never lived locally and that same thing happens all over the country as northerners move south etc and family traditions move through the generations. Nearly all my sons friends support the same team their father does, most are London clubs and when you speak to their fathers, its often because their father did etc etc.
Nope, now we are a Premier League giant he will forever be seen as a glory hunter… his kids will be judged even further as we’ll be European giants by the time they pick their team (or their team picks them)!
 

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Interesting. However as someone, who like many fans no longer live locally to Brentford, should my son be a Brentford fan as he's never lived locally and that same thing happens all over the country as northerners move south etc and family traditions move through the generations. Nearly all my sons friends support the same team their father does, most are London clubs and when you speak to their fathers, its often because their father did etc etc.
My son isn't yet 2 and will inherit a support of Newcastle United from me. Where we live, all his school friends will likely be Man Utd, Man City or Liverpool fans.
I've a friend who grew up in Southport and inherited a support of Arsenal from his father.

But, there are people on the other side of the planet who've been supporting Newcastle for 20yrs, getting up at 4am to catch a midweek game against Burnley. Aren't they just as much a fan as the lad who walks 20 minutes to get to every home game?
 

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My son isn't yet 2 and will inherit a support of Newcastle United from me. Where we live, all his school friends will likely be Man Utd, Man City or Liverpool fans.
I've a friend who grew up in Southport and inherited a support of Arsenal from his father.

But, there are people on the other side of the planet who've been supporting Newcastle for 20yrs, getting up at 4am to catch a midweek game against Burnley. Aren't they just as much a fan as the lad who walks 20 minutes to get to every home game?
Agree. However there are plenty of big club supporters who've never been to a match. My son has been ribbed over the years as the only Brentford fan, but the comeback is to ask them how many times they've been to see their team!! He's only seen success too being born the season we were league 2 Champs!!
 

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Agree. However there are plenty of big club supporters who've never been to a match. My son has been ribbed over the years as the only Brentford fan, but the comeback is to ask them how many times they've been to see their team!! He's only seen success too being born the season we were league 2 Champs!!
My son and I have had the same with Leeds fans, although strangely some started going last season?
 

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My son isn't yet 2 and will inherit a support of Newcastle United from me. Where we live, all his school friends will likely be Man Utd, Man City or Liverpool fans.
I've a friend who grew up in Southport and inherited a support of Arsenal from his father.

But, there are people on the other side of the planet who've been supporting Newcastle for 20yrs, getting up at 4am to catch a midweek game against Burnley. ren't they just as much a fan as the lad who walks 20 minutes to get to every home game?
Just lots of coincidences around I think. Lots of people I meet have fathers who heralded from an area or passed on the love of a team that happened to be one of the most successful teams in the country when the person I’m speaking with would be about the age people start following a team… spooky.

Good news for you, being a Newcastle fan, you and your son run no risk of being referred to as glory hunters.
 

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Just lots of coincidences around I think. Lots of people I meet have fathers who heralded from an area or passed on the love of a team that happened to be one of the most successful teams in the country when the person I’m speaking with would be about the age people start following a team… spooky.

Good news for you, being a Newcastle fan, you and your son run no risk of being referred to as glory hunters.
You'd think, but I've been accused of that. For all that glory we enjoyed in the 90s, y'know, where we won all those titles and trophies...

If the mooted Saudi takeover does transform the club, I'm sure he'll be accused of hunting glory.

Way I see it, a supporter is a supporter by virtue of their actions. Doesn't matter if they're from Byker or Bangalore.
 

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But, there are people on the other side of the planet who've been supporting Newcastle for 20yrs, getting up at 4am to catch a midweek game against Burnley. Aren't they just as much a fan as the lad who walks 20 minutes to get to every home game?
No, they’re not as much a fan.

& subject of who should a child support. It’s always family, so long as they followed their local.
But if it was me moving up north, mine would be Brentford, but if they decided to follow a local, I’d make sure it was a local & not just one of the fashionable teams
 
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