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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.
 

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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.

Well said and 100% agree
 

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It’s been a good season. We didn’t get the results we deserved early in the season but it was apparent that we were a good footballing side

I will remember the Brum 5-0 for a long long time as well as Maupay’s away goals against QPR in the cup and Fulham in the league

We’ve seen some real talent emerge yet again. Mepham and Watkins will play in the prem, Woods has regularl bossed games, Sawyers has been immense, Bentley makes some great saves and FloJo has grown from pacey sub to a regular threat

Long may it continue
 

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Well said NLB, 100% agree.

Compare our season with the likes of Birmingham, Reading and QPR and I think we have a lot to be happy with.

Never more proud to be a Bee in the last 55 years of supporting them.
 

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Just been having a difference of opinion on Twitter with a fan who feels the owner has no ambition.... no pleasing everyone!
 

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Yeah they’ve performed admirably this season. Potentially one last full season at Griffin Park, hope the bulk of this squad can stay together for one last push to make it special.
 

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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.

I was going to come on and type something very similar this morning Thanks NLB for saving my fingers:thumbsup:
and Oh yes I had the misfortune of sitting behind some **** that was persistently moaning that we don't want to go up . Lets say A few choice words were piled into his lughole not only by me and my 16 year old daughter who shocked me with some of her vocabularywhich made him sink lower and lower into his seat as the second half drew to its inevitable conclusion. Also outside the ground, suitably covered up we were accosted my a very nice young lady from Look North who asked us the views of the game. I left it to my daughter who speaks yoksher to explain that "we were lucky to win today against a very good side and that I still thought we would be going down as lightning cant strike twice and Derby will do what Brentford failed to do and relegate us as that is what we deserve" I added an "Aye" in my best attempt at yorksher and we moved on
 
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Well said NLB

Now let’s give them the support they deserve next Sunday.
 

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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.

Very well said. 58 years I have supported Brentford and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see us in the Championship for now 5 consecutive years. Not only that but competing at the top. Just fantastic. Well done Brentford
 

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Very well said NLB.

To echo what everyone else has said, the last four years have been one hell of a ride and I dont want to get off yet.

We seem to be improving as we go and one day the cards we are dealt will be the. ones that take us to the next level.

Maybe not the right place to say this but in my opinion we have been playing must win/dont lose games since before Easter and maybe yesterday was one game too far.
 

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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.

The expectation is too high. As it stands this season we will have lost fewer games (13) or possibly at least equalled the amount of defeats (14) which we did in our first season in the Championship, I think that is a real positive. There are many 'bigger' clubs in this league who envy what we have done since we have been in this league and to have four top 10 finishes is quite remarkable for our club.

Had we got results earlier in the season that we should have, then who knows. However, I still think that the team have overachieved as I feel that the squad is more of a 60/70 point squad than an 80/90 point squad and I'm sure that this will be addressed in due course.

We are punching well above our weight in this league and I for one am enjoying it immensely and long may it continue.

Next year could be our year
 

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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.

:imwith: Top post G

The last 4 seasons are better than most of us could ever have dreamed of when Uncle Terry was securing the signatures of the likes of John Mackie and Lee Thorpe less than 10 years ago.
It’s a great time to be a Brentford supporter.
 

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:imwith: Top post G

The last 4 seasons are better than most of us could ever have dreamed of when Uncle Terry was securing the signatures of the likes of John Mackie and Lee Thorpe less than 10 years ago.
It’s a great time to be a Brentford supporter.

Don't! You made me drop my cuppa. Just mentioning Thorpe and Mackie has given me funny turn.
 

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Good post, NLB.

I'm thinking it's just regression to the mean; we had a very lucky first season, paused to restructure and now we've had an unlucky season. Let's hope next season brings us back to balance.
 

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Very well said. 58 years I have supported Brentford and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see us in the Championship for now 5 consecutive years. Not only that but competing at the top. Just fantastic. Well done Brentford

Totes agree.......'fraid to say its now 69 years pour moi..... probably only Larry would have known better?
 

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Well said NLB, 100% agree.

Compare our season with the likes of Birmingham, Reading and QPR and I think we have a lot to be happy with.

Never more proud to be a Bee in the last 55 years of supporting them.

Like you I have been supporting the Bees since the mid 1950’s my only regret is now that I’m retired I can’t wind up the buggers who used to have great fun in winding me up about supporting BRENTFORD
 

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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.

Some nice words Sir. :)

There's always room for improvement. :)
 

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Of course I am feeling frustrated and disappointed that the Playoff push ended so limply at Barnsley but I wanted to thank everyone at the club for what has been a really enjoyable, entertaining and successful season with so many highlights.

Despite our lack of resources we continued to outplay and out football just about everyone else in the division and thrived despite selling 4 players who many felt were indispensable.

We bedded in more highly talented young players such as Watkins and Maupay and introduced someone who will surely end up becoming one of our best ever players in Chris Mepham who will also eventually bring in a record fee. The B team has had an incredible season beating some of the biggest clubs in Europe and there is a conveyor belt of emerging talent bubbling under with the likes of Sorensen, Forss, Ogbene, Cole and Balcombe.

There will for the first time ever be 2 Brentford players competing at the World Cup and we boasted a plethora of other full internationals in Sawyers, Egan, Mepham, Judge, Vibe and Mokotjo. Sawyers and Woods, in particular often had me purring with joy with their skill, brio and vision.

We attacked in every game, boasted skilful and pacy wingers and were generally a joy to watch.

Oh and we were undefeated in 5 West London derbies.

4 consecutive top 10 Championship finishes is beyond my and I am sure, most fans' wildest dreams and given a fair wind and continued investment, next season promises to be just a good if not even better.

Thank you Brentford.

Excellent post G. I agree 100%.
 

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I was really pissed off at Barnsley yesterday. I’m over it know although it still hurts that we lost playing so poorly, but, this season has had some truly memorable moments that I will never forget. Considering we have played most of the season without, what I consider, a recognised left back and some times a right back, we have done remarkably well. Before anyone shouts me down, I think Josh Clarke is a very good player and full back cover but consider him as a winger.
 

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Good post, NLB.

I'm thinking it's just regression to the mean; we had a very lucky first season, paused to restructure and now we've had an unlucky season. Let's hope next season brings us back to balance.
That opening part is total b***ocks. Our first season was not “very lucky”. Listen, I’m not revisiting the topic of you know who but by writing that you do the players that played for us in that season a great disservice.
 
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That opening part is total b***ocks. Our first season was not “very lucky”. Listen, I’m not revisiting the topic of you know who but by writing that you do the players that played for us in that season a great disservice.
the only luck was that Derby self destructed and we managed to get into the playoffs at the last gasp.

BUT if it ant been for the distraction and chaos caused by Warbsgate in February we might well have won automatic promotion. We were that good after we found our feet in a new division.i remember coming back from our win at Leeds thinking we were going up.
 

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the only luck was that Derby self destructed and we managed to get into the playoffs at the last gasp.

BUT if it ant been for the distraction and chaos caused by Warbsgate in February we might well have won automatic promotion. We were that good after we found our feet in a new division.i remember coming back from our win at Leeds thinking we were going up.
It was the home win v Derby that made me think wow we really deserve to be here.
 

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The thing that's really impressed me over the last two seasons in particular is how the departure of apparently key players for money hasn't made the slightest difference to our squad in a detrimental way. It's easy to say 'well that's how we are at up now' because I'm sure in practice maintaining continuity is a great deal harder than us fans appreciate.

Prime examples. Hogan goes. At any other club selling your top striker who is in hot form would have led to a dip in form and potentially fan revolt. Not us.
Similarly the triple departure of Dean, Jota and Colin. Any other club this could have seen a top 10 team struggling at the bottom.

The club and the manger are to be applauded for that.
 
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I honestly believe it’s almost as much the system and style as the players.

Of course they need to be talented but it’s telling how poorly they all seem to do after they leave us.
 

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I honestly believe it’s almost as much the system and style as the players.

Of course they need to be talented but it’s telling how poorly they all seem to do after they leave us.

I don't think you can say Mawson, Tark, Gray, etc are all doing poorly!
I think it's easy to say it's one thing (and that's why this tends to happen on forums - whatever the subject) but really it's probably a combination of many things.
So the style (or tactics/planning), the scouting/recruitment, the stats, the players (if you don't count that as part of recruitment), and so on and so forth.
They probably get a lot more right than they do wrong and hence we do well.
 

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The thing that's really impressed me over the last two seasons in particular is how the departure of apparently key players for money hasn't made the slightest difference to our squad in a detrimental way. It's easy to say 'well that's how we are at up now' because I'm sure in practice maintaining continuity is a great deal harder than us fans appreciate.

Prime examples. Hogan goes. At any other club selling your top striker who is in hot form would have led to a dip in form and potentially fan revolt. Not us.
Similarly the triple departure of Dean, Jota and Colin. Any other club this could have seen a top 10 team struggling at the bottom.

The club and the manger are to be applauded for that.

The key in your example is that the Club 'knew' that Hogan, Jota, Dean, Colin and Vibe would be moving on. The recruitment team are in almost daily contact with the players, so they know when they're thinking of a move and unlikely to sign a contract extension, like they know the ones that we won't offer new contracts to. When you're planning a few windows in advance, with a continuous valuation over time of the players and the risks of them moving, then targeting suitable replacements becomes easier. With a consistent structure and everyone on-board with a style of play, it makes assessments even clearer.

Unlike fans, our D's of F don't make emotional attachments to players and can make rational decisions. In addition to filling the squad, I think there's also an element of signing players 'because we can', if we believe there's a considerable upside, and that no current player is in an unassailable position as there's always a better player out there... it's just a question of cost. When everything around is stable and largely known, then it's only recruitment that needs to be focused on.
 

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I think we could have done better, but we didn't so you need to take out of it what you can....so many great afternoons. I watched the goal of the season highlights and there were some brilliant days in there.
Warnock, Rowatt, Pulis, PNE and Clough tried to ruin the season with anti football and there was some major frustration from this but to be in the Championship stuffing Fulham at home and equalising in the 94th minute away, winning at sh*tty Reading, stuffing QPR away and playing them off the park at home and who could ever forget both games against Brum.

Far more good memories than bad and the memory of that awful injury time against QPR is long faded.

I can't wait until next season, I love our transfer dealings nowadays and we always bring in someone who excites us.
 

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I think we could have done better, but we didn't so you need to take out of it what you can....so many great afternoons. I watched the goal of the season highlights and there were some brilliant days in there.
Warnock, Rowatt, Pulis, PNE and Clough tried to ruin the season with anti football and there was some major frustration from this but to be in the Championship stuffing Fulham at home and equalising in the 94th minute away, winning at sh*tty Reading, stuffing QPR away and playing them off the park at home and who could ever forget both games against Brum.

Far more good memories than bad and the memory of that awful injury time against QPR is long faded.

I can't wait until next season, I love our transfer dealings nowadays and we always bring in someone who excites us.

Personally I hope all our out-goings come first, to avoid me getting overexcited for the season ahead (again), only to then see the team gutted at the last moment.
 
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First or last doesn’t worry me given the early end of the window.

Happy for us to replace the outgoings before they leave as was the case in August.

What is certain is that anyone important leaving will be replaced.
 

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First or last doesn’t worry me given the early end of the window.

Happy for us to replace the outgoings before they leave as was the case in August.

What is certain is that anyone important leaving will be replaced.

No doubt that we will look to replace. The issue will be the quality. We have a really squad this season, and should have been in the play offs. However the Birmingham 3 leaving this season has probably caused enough unrest and potential play off place. It does take time to settle and have experience of Championship football if they are coming from a lower league.
 
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I agree we should have been in the playoffs.

I also feel our recruitment this season has been very good.

I disagree re the Birmingham 3. Two of them badly wanted out and their nonperformances in the early part of the season emphasised their lack of commitment. The sooner we got them out of the building the better.

All three have been replaced by Dalsgaard, Mepham and Flojo respectively and I’m not unhappy with them as replacements.
 

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No doubt that we will look to replace. The issue will be the quality. We have a really squad this season, and should have been in the play offs. However the Birmingham 3 leaving this season has probably caused enough unrest and potential play off place. It does take time to settle and have experience of Championship football if they are coming from a lower league.

I think you are so wrong on this subject, the Brum three not going sooner cost us IMO, Jota played like a duffer, Dean was nowhere near his previous best, I would say that Colin played ok at left back. Too many games with unsettled players did damage, next season the window shuts early which again IMO will really help us. The Brum 3 wanted out, big players having that attitude isn't healthy.
 

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Good quote from Pochettino that could apply to where we are at with the Brentford Project:

“We are the victims of our own success because we are ahead in our project. It’s not easy to accept being close [to a trophy] and being disappointed. The easy thing is give up and say we need to change everything. No. We need to keep going. You have to keep dreaming.”
 

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I think you are so wrong on this subject, the Brum three not going sooner cost us IMO, Jota played like a duffer, Dean was nowhere near his previous best, I would say that Colin played ok at left back. Too many games with unsettled players did damage, next season the window shuts early which again IMO will really help us. The Brum 3 wanted out, big players having that attitude isn't healthy.

Plus we needed the money to help balance the books. That's a harsh reality that we need to understand. We can't turn down circa 10 million pounds. Our owner is already in deep, very deep. We need to continue to stem the losses so we don't put that relationship under too much strain. I'll take this season and that money against going for it and ending up bursting our bubble. it's taken 50 years to grow a Matthew Benham, there isn't another one out there.
 

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An owner who is one in in a million. New ground going up even as we type. Attacking style of play with a bit of a plan B now. A very talented squad.Fair minded (on the whole) and ever so loyal support. Some big highlights and one or two bumps along the way. All good stuff.Many tas.
 

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Immensely proud of what we're doing. The challenge for the majority of the time I've supported this club is to get out of that ruddy third tier. Doncaster was a weird and peculiar blessing because promotion was in our grasp but we let it slip. But we didn't give it up and that promotion year was simply brilliant. Some superb away days, some wonderful times at GP. The Wolves loss was such a sucker punch because I'd been so accustomed to how good we were, how good it all felt. But dared to dream and that was merely a blip. Promotion was ours and thoroughly deserved.
The next step was hard. The bigger challenge. We have to stay in the Championship. First year was a dream, we were still rocking from the previous year. The last three seasons perhaps not as great on paper but we've been great value. A team that can play, that can entertain, a team making a mockery of a lot other teams at this level. The little engine that could. Our time will come soon enough. I'm happy to wait. It's going to be a hell of a journey.
 
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Plus we needed the money to help balance the books. That's a harsh reality that we need to understand. We can't turn down circa 10 million pounds. Our owner is already in deep, very deep. We need to continue to stem the losses so we don't put that relationship under too much strain. I'll take this season and that money against going for it and ending up bursting our bubble. it's taken 50 years to grow a Matthew Benham, there isn't another one out there.

Shirley the Brentford model has another owner lined up if he's sold ?
 
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Immensely proud of what we're doing. The challenge for the majority of the time I've supported this club is to get out of that ruddy third tier. Doncaster was a weird and peculiar blessing because promotion was in our grasp but we let it slip. But we didn't give it up and that promotion year was simply brilliant. Some superb away days, some wonderful times at GP. The Wolves loss was such a sucker punch because I'd been so accustomed to how good we were, how good it all felt. But dared to dream and that was merely a blip. Promotion was ours and thoroughly deserved.
The next step was hard. The bigger challenge. We have to stay in the Championship. First year was a dream, we were still rocking from the previous year. The last three seasons perhaps not as great on paper but we've been great value. A team that can play, that can entertain, a team making a mockery of a lot other teams at this level. The little engine that could. Our time will come soon enough. I'm happy to wait. It's going to be a hell of a journey.

All this.

One of the annoying/great things about facebook is that it suggests old posts from "on this day in" previous years. The other day it threw up the video I took of Trotta's penalty against Doncaster. At the time it felt like the world was ending, particularly as I then went back to Leeds on a train full of celebrating Doncaster fans. Each year since it has just been a reminder of how far we have come and are continuing to go. After 20 years of watching us make getting out of the third division the right way look as tough as winning the Champions League, the last 5 years have been incredible. This season we were very close to where we got in 14-15, had we won last Saturday we'd have been going into the last game in pretty much the same position as we did going into the game at home v Wigan that season. But now we have a team that is 100% Brentford rather than having loan players who we couldn't buy and we have a subs bench who can all play and on their day, play as well as the established first XI, as well as a B team which looks like it could produce a much better pipeline of future first teamers than our, or most other academies. We are also able to recruit new players who turn out to be upgrades on the ones they replace so that we can sell nearly half our first team during the season and still compete.
 

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Personally I hope all our out-goings come first, to avoid me getting overexcited for the season ahead (again), only to then see the team gutted at the last moment.

I think you are clutching at straws there...as that is pretty much ingrained in our process to maximise the delta between incoming transfers and outgoing transfers!
 

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Totes agree.......'fraid to say its now 69 years pour moi..... probably only Larry would have known better?

I'm sure I would - if only I could remember it all (apart from my first match against Arsenal at the old Highbury - and then I can only remember shouting for the Bees AGAINST everyone else around me!! OMG - I could have been a Gooner!!!).)
 
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