Watching Brentford v Going to a Game (3 viewing)

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I feel in a real quandry about whether to watch Brentford 'virtually' or go to live non-league games. Normally I'd do both but at present there is an overlap in times. While I will watch Brentford at home for me it is nowhere near going to a live game. Anyone torn on this?
I may go for watching home games but only watching away games on Saturdays when I am around.
 

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If you are a Season Ticket holder the home games will be free on ifollow so if it was me I'd watch them, and when The Bees are away, and not live on Sky then you can go to a Non League game.
 

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bees on the tv use to be a big thing but now I'm losing interest very quick without crowds and being there live 😪

get the few a few local non leagues will be visited
 

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Same dilemma here. Just not the same. is it? Not only not being there, but watching when nobody else is there either. I plan to take in a lot of non-league this season.

If you posed that as a question (Watching Brentford v. going to a game?) I would say you'll get lots of opinions backed up with many reasons. For me, it's just great to be there as part of the collective, roaring on your own team. Great stress buster. Great to feel part of the team. You feel like you are actually playing your part, adding to the atmosphere, getting in the ref's ear etc. At home, you have no influence whatsoever.

From a viewing perspective, you just don't see the whole picture, literally, on the telly. You don't see who is free, who is making a dummy run. You just don't see the whole pattern of a phase of play. You can't predict what might happen in the same way as you can when you're there and you can see all 22 players.

Final thought.... I hope there aren't too many who break their usual attendance habits and decide not to bother going back for whatever reason.
 
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bees on the tv use to be a big thing but now I'm losing interest very quick without crowds and being there live 😪

get the few a few local non leagues will be visited
It’s f’ing horrible. Not what we fell in love with. Now we know what it’s like being an armchair supporter.
 

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One of the most frustrating things for me is that the refs make bad decisions and there's nobody there to give him an earful. Our players certainly don't.
 

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I’m not enough of a football fan (as opposed to a Brentford fan) to have any interest at all in going to a non-league game. I only really l have interest in other Championship games as a way of seeing what we might be up against. I haven’t deliberately (as opposed to sticking with it for a bit while getting ready for bed after an evening down the pub) watched MotD for years.

I enjoyed watching the run in on tv last season (well apart from the obvious bits). Even before Brum scored I was not enjoying watching yesterday. Unlike last season, I have too much hope and expectation for tv matches to be enjoyable unless we are sweeping all before us. I think if I was actually at the game I’d mind it much less because of the overall experience. That said, some games are never going to be enjoyable. Would I have driven the 2+ hours home from St Andrews other than irritated and with the music on rather than listen to the BBC WM discussion? At least yesterday I just went off to do the supermarket shop and thought about what would be nice things for my boy to have for tea. Apart from a bit of GPGing not really grumpy.
 

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I think I might take in a few games for Chertsey Town again this season. The game away to Hanwell in November looks interesting as probably top 2 sides.
 

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I have no interest in any other local teams, I’m afraid. Watched Wealdstone and Harrow Borough a few times when I was a teenager living in Harrow. No motivation to do so now.
 

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The longer the time passes since the Sheff Wed game, six months now, the less concerned I feel about missing games. The Brentford effect is slowly wearing off it seems. I measure this by the fact that losing in the PO final to Fulham caused a shrug of the shoulders and a feeling of "Oh well, wasn't to be" whereas, had I been at the game it would have caused me searing traumatic grief. I'm sure it will all pick up again in time but many will, perhaps, be reassesing their relationship with the club especially if ST holders are treated unfairly. Looking forward to a lot of non-league games now. Four sides are within walking distance.
 

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I’d suggest going to the live non-league games while you can... with the amount of highlights, extended highlights, replays etc on Sky, YouTube, social media you won’t miss anything happening at a Brentford match.
 
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I’m not enough of a football fan (as opposed to a Brentford fan) to have any interest at all in going to a non-league game. I only really l have interest in other Championship games as a way of seeing what we might be up against. I haven’t deliberately (as opposed to sticking with it for a bit while getting ready for bed after an evening down the pub) watched MotD for years.

I enjoyed watching the run in on tv last season (well apart from the obvious bits). Even before Brum scored I was not enjoying watching yesterday. Unlike last season, I have too much hope and expectation for tv matches to be enjoyable unless we are sweeping all before us. I think if I was actually at the game I’d mind it much less because of the overall experience. That said, some games are never going to be enjoyable. Would I have driven the 2+ hours home from St Andrews other than irritated and with the music on rather than listen to the BBC WM discussion? At least yesterday I just went off to do the supermarket shop and thought about what would be nice things for my boy to have for tea. Apart from a bit of GPGing not really grumpy.
I like going to games rather than watching games on TV (though I do - got one on now in the background). It may feel a bit different from last year as then we were finishing off the season we had all invested in.
 

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Must admit I’m almost relieved that the Southampton LC game isn’t available to watch!!! (without potentially purchasing an iFollow pass??? Which I won’t do even if it is available).
The stress of last season’s run in, and every game being available to watch live, combined with the first 2 this season, has left me with some sort of “Bees TV fatigue”!!!
Don’t think 5 or 6 years ago I could ever have imagined saying anything like that......
 

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I must admit, I’ve very much lost interest in watching us on TV in empty stadiums. In June/July it was fine as we had something to play for, so every game felt like a cup final of sorts

Starting a new season like that however just feels really flat and it’s hard to care as much as usual.

I hate to say that I basically just had yesterday’s game on in the background while doing other things and I wasn’t watching it particularly closely.

Part of the problem for me just feels like there’s not been enough of a gap. The play-off final loss does not feel like it was last season and it just feels like we’re still in the midst of some weird mega-season with an unusually long break from March-June.
 
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I wondered if it was just me getting a bit TV lethargic, obviously not. I actually fell asleep before the end of the game yesterday - shameful I know.
 
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I’d suggest going to the live non-league games while you can... with the amount of highlights, extended highlights, replays etc on Sky, YouTube, social media you won’t miss anything happening at a Brentford match.
The 'while you can' is ominous but I fear it may become the case. Although I do think 100 or so at a Western League or Wessex League is probably one of the safer things for spectators (maybe not for players though).
 

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Same dilemma here. Just not the same. is it? Not only not being there, but watching when nobody else is there either. I plan to take in a lot of non-league this season.

If you posed that as a question (Watching Brentford v. going to a game?) I would say you'll get lots of opinions backed up with many reasons. For me, it's just great to be there as part of the collective, roaring on your own team. Great stress buster. Great to feel part of the team. You feel like you are actually playing your part, adding to the atmosphere, getting in the ref's ear etc. At home, you have no influence whatsoever.

From a viewing perspective, you just don't see the whole picture, literally, on the telly. You don't see who is free, who is making a dummy run. You just don't see the whole pattern of a phase of play. You can't predict what might happen in the same way as you can when you're there and you can see all 22 players.

Final thought.... I hope there aren't too many who break their usual attendance habits and decide not to bother going back for whatever reason.
Serious question Woollie - sorry Lionel (dancing on the ceiling?) When you go to Hayes do you support them?
 

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Serious question Woollie - sorry Lionel (dancing on the ceiling?) When you go to Hayes do you support them?
Yes. Always have done since I arrived in the area. Nearest club to home. Why not? (Woolie's fine, btw :) )
 

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I don’t wish to spend my Saturday afternoon in front of the Telly, computer, ipad etc. non league all the way, met up with a mate in rural Oxfordshire yesterday watching Clanfield 85 along with 58 likeminded souls.
 

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It's bad news really. I can't get up for this season at all. The end of last season was slightly different and it didn't feel real. The ending felt inevitable.
I feel robbed of a real goodbye to GP and now can't get in to celebrate the new ground. This all combined with the shenanigans with possible refunds for season tickets makes me feel a bit meh!!! Maybe a few wins will turn things round but I still hate watching the Bees on the box.
 

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I must admit, I’ve very much lost interest in watching us on TV in empty stadiums. In June/July it was fine as we had something to play for, so every game felt like a cup final of sorts

Starting a new season like that however just feels really flat and it’s hard to care as much as usual.

I hate to say that I basically just had yesterday’s game on in the background while doing other things and I wasn’t watching it particularly closely.

Part of the problem for me just feels like there’s not been enough of a gap. The play-off final loss does not feel like it was last season and it just feels like we’re still in the midst of some weird mega-season with an unusually long break from March-June.
Same for me yesterday just felt like a continuation, especially how they played. Had we been there I would have been fuming but when the game finished I was OK to just turn off the tv and get on with something else.
 

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Have to admit that I have very little interest in watching any football on TV. The lack of atmosphere completely negates any excitement and even the Brentford games don’t attract me, may have it on, if on sky, but won’t give it a great deal of attention.

the longer this goes on the more I fear that people will become bored of sterile games more or less daily with the ultimate result that people will find other outlets to give them an excitement fix.

if viewing figures drop, which is more than likely, then the broadcasters are going to re-think The value of the product when the next review takes place and perhaps suddenly the Premier League will find it is no longer swimming in cash and clubs will need to operate more prudently
 

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I like going to Harrow Borough, in fact the next time I go there I will have been going to their ground for longer than I went to GP. The same horrible statistic will apply to Loftus Road next time I set foot in there. I also look in at Hanwell Town and North Greenford Utd but my favourite non-league ground at the moment is Vale Farm where Wembley have been struggling for some time. To think that Caniggia played there.
 

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Living in Southampton knowing that the Bees are playing here Wednesday and I cannot attend...just my luck...😭😭

Oh well I suppose watching AFC Totton will have to do ...
 

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will be going to chertsey town games for the foreseeable until we are let into LR PROPERLY........will watch on ifollow too but its proper crap in comparison to actully going and only a step up from not seeing anything at all........just open the grounds and let everyone in who wants to go before we have no football left to go to,,,,,,this thing is with us for the foreseeable and we just have to get on with living a semi normal life or whats the alternative,,,,,,,,lower league clubs going bust and then it will be the top 2 leagues once sky lose interest eventually
 

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will be going to chertsey town games for the foreseeable until we are let into LR PROPERLY........will watch on ifollow too but its proper crap in comparison to actully going and only a step up from not seeing anything at all........just open the grounds and let everyone in who wants to go before we have no football left to go to,,,,,,this thing is with us for the foreseeable and we just have to get on with living a semi normal life or whats the alternative,,,,,,,,lower league clubs going bust and then it will be the top 2 leagues once sky lose interest eventually
Will be going to watch Gloucester city in their new stadium from next month like you won’t be at LR until everyone is back will hopefully play Chertsey in the cup,😉
 

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Will be at Leatherhead v Horsham on Saturday.
Live non league football for me all day long.
I have got the next few weeks all planned out.
I do not enjoy watching us on TV especially as I want to be at the game,but if BFC want to trouser my 1100 quid I have forked out for season tickets then this will be the norm.
I will go where I am welcome.
 

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Will be at Leatherhead v Horsham on Saturday.
Live non league football for me all day long.
I have got the next few weeks all planned out.
I do not enjoy watching us on TV especially as I want to be at the game,but if BFC want to trouser my 1100 quid I have forked out for season tickets then this will be the norm.
I will go where I am welcome.
Suspect there will be quite a few Bees at Leatherhead on Saturday!
 

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Suspect there will be quite a few Bees at Leatherhead on Saturday!
I'm one of them. Mind you, I'm from Bookham, near Leatherhead, and used to go when I was a kid. I stopped because I never saw the Tanners win. Hope that changes on Saturday!
 

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I'm one of them. Mind you, I'm from Bookham, near Leatherhead, and used to go when I was a kid. I stopped because I never saw the Tanners win. Hope that changes on Saturday!
Are Bookham FC still going?

They did make it to the Combined Counties League a few seasons ago, but seem to have disappeared.
 

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Didn’t fancy the trip to Truro for Harrow Boroughs first league match of the season but I might pop down next week v Salisbury.
 

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I went to Budleigh Salterton v Alphington on Wednesday in the North and East Devon League. The skills on show were not too bad at all, though alas Budleigh lost 1-4. Nice to be able to stand there with a couple of beers and watch the game. Good crowd too, around 70+. Then got home and followed the last 10 minutes or so of the Southampton match and the great win there. Very pleasant evening all round, beautiful weather, live football and a Brentford win.
 

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I'm one of them. Mind you, I'm from Bookham, near Leatherhead, and used to go when I was a kid. I stopped because I never saw the Tanners win. Hope that changes on Saturday!
Maybe see you there - I will wear my red & white stripes!
 

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Having exiled myself to Dublin, watching the Bees on telly or dodgy stream is the norm for me, but I really miss the buzz of attending live games.
I can’t even go and watch my local team St Pats due to ban on crowds in stadiums over here.
Currently getting some form of live football fix by watching my sons under 12s Sunday morning matches 🙄.
 

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Actually can’t believe what I am reading . Whether live or on tv or on radio . Brentford all the way .
COYR
Agreed. This thread is quite bizarre. People who would rather watch St Joseph's Under 17s at home to Alxion Castle than Brentford on the telly. Thought I was asleep at first. Then the Mrs kicked me so I know I'm not. Plain weird. 🤔
 

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just open the grounds and let everyone in who wants to go before we have no football left to go to,,,,,,this thing is with us for the foreseeable and we just have to get on with living a semi normal life or whats the alternative,,,,,,,
The consequences of doing that would be gruesome. The alternative (semi normal) is watching it on the telly whilst trying to lower infection levels. People not getting that, and not understanding that they stand to lose a lot more than Rochdale, is the very reason it will be with us for the foreseeable unfortunately.
 

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Personally I completely tuned out that we were playing a team fairly local to me on Wednesday - I was further up the road watching a non-league cup game with a load of pals and we had a great time.

I'm enjoying doing non-league ground hopping, if I'm not on a game myself I'm watching one usually. Other half seems to think I'm more into football than I was when I was actually at the club. Quite easily able to be at 5/6 games a week and still spend less than I would on one Championship day out. I'm doing five this weekend alone (albeit in an official capacity) and some of the football on display is superb I have to say.
 

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Live non League games for me as well

Not watching stream on lap top

For those in same boat as me

Get your games in quick !!

Local lockdown
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Personally I completely tuned out that we were playing a team fairly local to me on Wednesday.
I hadn't. I moved here seven and a half years ago and have been waiting for a draw at Scummers or Poopey. It's about the only thing that would entice me to a cup match full of reserves these days. I was a bit gutted that it came when it did to be honest. :(
 

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