Worst You've Felt About Losing A Player (1 Viewer)

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Although we're all expecting Ollie and Said to go (and both are arguably in our top 5 players of all time......??) I don't think anyone will be 'distraught' if/when they go. This is probably due to us being a lot more comfortable in understanding how we need to operate/confident in the replacements we'll bring in.
Bearing that in mind I'd be surprised if anyone thought that losing both/either was the end of the world.
For me, the worst I've felt over a sale was Jota to BrumScum. It came at a time when (unlike our Third/Fourth Tier days where we "needed" to sell the likes of Deano, Bliss, Sinton, DJ, McCulloch, Forster etc. etc.) I thought we were really starting to compete, and were on at least a level par with them. Particularly having seen Harlee and Maxim go to them previously too.
Ultimately it proved to be the start of what we're seeing now, as we replaced with better, but at the time, I thought it was really tough to take....
 

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Nicky Forster hurt a lot, but I think DJ was the worst I've ever felt. Didn't realise how close we were to the edge at that point and by all accounts it seemed a necessary transfer, but we knew it was going to cost us promotion.

Pretty miffed to have lost Maupay last summer too. One of my all time favs.
 

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Actually will hate to lose Said and Ollie as they are two lovely lads. Top top top on the no dickhead test.
Was gutted when Jay Tabb left. Once again, lovely lad
Leftfield choice in hindsight perhaps is Clayton Donaldson. Would have loved to see what he could do for us in the Championship.
 

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Anyone that doesn't say "Terry Evans" is not a true Brentford fan. Just saying.
 

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Anyone that doesn't say "Terry Evans" is not a true Brentford fan. Just saying.
I wasn’t a Brentford fan until 95. lol

To me, probably Herman. Think we would have gone up that season with him.

Might sound a weird one but Jason Price in the Coppell season. For some reason we only signed him for 3 months and he buggered off, we were better with him IMO.

More recent times probably Jota.
 

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Jota was a weird one for me. While I absolutely adored him while he was here and was subsequently gutted when it was announced he’d gone, that only lasted a moment or two as I realised he only ever came back here that previous January with a view to moving elsewhere as quickly as possible, so he was almost instantly dead to me.
 

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Definitely DJ for me. I was at GP the night he was sold when the youth team were playing Newcastle. Horrible as the news spread through Braemar Road
 

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Jimmy Hill to Fulham OBE 1952
Ron Greenwood CBE to Chelsea 1952
Bill Slater CBE to Wolverhampton 1952
Tommy Lawton to Arsenal 1953

This was the era when Brentford gave up on our dreams of a return to the First Division. It was heartbreaking!
 

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Andy McCulloch. We were robbed.
 

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Dean Holdsworth for me, he was truly phenomenal in the 91/92 season. You can't replace a 38 goal a season striker so there was a lot of (false) hope he might stay as we knew it was going to be tough in the then Division 1.
 

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Might sound a weird one but Jason Price in the Coppell season. For some reason we only signed him for 3 months and he buggered off, we were better with him IMO.
Very good shout for "most impacted by their departure" category, if there was one! Was disappointed when he left us, but it wasn't even close to the 'worst' at the time...however as the season wore on it became apparent how much we were missing him. He could've been the missing piece that took us up, it certainly felt like that a few months down the line.
 

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Plenty already mentioned above but Marcus Bent was a grim one in that it epitomised the shambles we were at the time.
 

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Andy Sinton... although selling Jota to Birmingham on the last day of the transfer window was particularly gutting, particularly as it was such a sh*t move for him..
 
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John O’Mara was my first hero but for some reason the loss that impacted me the most was Gordon Sweetzer ... to Cambridge United! 😢
 

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It’s taken a while for most people, but most departures nowadays are definitely less painful due to our subsequent recruitment. You can almost guarantee that the replacements will be as good, and usually better....
 

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It’s taken a while for most people, but most departures nowadays are definitely less painful due to our subsequent recruitment. You can almost guarantee that the replacements will be as good, and usually better....
Agreed. It's almost exciting to lose a player and see their better replacement.

Oh for that for all of my supporting life!
 

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The end of 05/06 and 14/15 were bad for this. So many favourites left and for what felt like very little money.
 

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My first thought was Nicky Forster.

Booted my wardrobe door off its hinges, I was so mad.

Even as a very young boy I was really upset about Roger Cross leaving.
 

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Anyone that doesn't say "Terry Evans" is not a true Brentford fan. Just saying.
Unfortunately too young to appreciate him. Though one Wycombe fan who I worked with tried to claim him at theirs. Told him to do one. What a jpke
 

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Holdsworth Forster Evans DJ Campbell and jota . I would say Forster as we sold promotion when we sold him to brum that January. Same with DJ but Forster for me was the worst .
 

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This is my list but in wrong order: DJ, Evans, Holdsworth, Forster, Jota.
I’d add Forshaw, as he seemed unreplacable to me. Little did I understand the new model then.

Holdsworth Forster Evans DJ Campbell and jota . I would say Forster as we sold promotion when we sold him to brum that January. Same with DJ but Forster for me was the worst .
 

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Felt pretty sick about losing Peter Beadle, although that could have been the extreme heat and alcohol combined aswell as his departure
 

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Forster for me, transfer window closed in March then and we limped into the playoffs :cry:
 

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I still remember the chronicle headline:
‘It’s Dean Soldsworth ‘

Gutted. Not even first rate punnery could soften the blow.

Every sale has hurt, but even though the upcoming ones should induce unprecedented levels of gut wrenching disappointment, I understand the process a bit more now and can cope a bit better. I have no control over it as and when it happens so I’ll try not to be disappointed. Should be devastated to see our best ever players leave, but there’s nothing I can do about it, any loss will hopefully be made up by incoming.
 

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Grainger and Forster. Old enough to appreciate how good they were and young enough to be gutted about it. Also being sold to Brum in that era was the cherry on top. DJ Campbell for pure disappointment of doing a Brentford again. Once you get older I don’t think there’s any attachment to the players compared to watching in your early years. Not for me anyway, as long as we have a replacement I’m not to fusssed who goes
 

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Anyone that doesn't say "Terry Evans" is not a true Brentford fan. Just saying.
I thought I was on the Brentford Loyal FB page for a minute then
 

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But DJ seemed almost cruel as it was 48 hours after the Sunderland match, it was like the Gods were saying don't ever be too happy supporting the Bees because we will ensure something bad is just around the corner.

Was also gutted when Maupay left as I just loved his sh*thousery.
 

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Nowadays we have plenty of time to get used to the idea of someone going and usually realise we got a good price. Andy McCulloch to Sheffield Wednesday for me but disappointed when Romaine left last year.
 

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Been said already, but Forster and DJ, as both times we knew we were throwing away what had seemed certain promotion.

Earliest I can remember feeling gutted about was Grainger as he was an early Bees hero for me, but in hindsight, not a massive loss.

Remember feeling miffed when Gillingham ripped the heart out of our side one summer, and then when Oxford nabbed Scott and Quinn, mainly because I saw us as bigger clubs than both.

But as Brentford Bob said, these days it's hard to feel gutted as we know we will also replace with as good, if not better, and it's a bit of a buzz to see what trick we will pull out of the bag next time.

Closest I've come to feeling miffed in recent years was the Deadline Day Birmingham Three, but that didn't last too long, and it was very therapeutic when we beat them at St Andrews a few months later, and then hammered them at GP.
 

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John O'Mara, then Maupay until I realised that Oli could do the job once we'd got through our shakey start to last season.
 

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Andy McCulloch for me. At a time when I was working in Brentford and had re-engaged with football, he really stood out, his partnership with Phillips. The heady heights of the third division and we thought everything was possible...
 

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George Francis and Jim Towers our best ever strikers to Shepherds Bush what were they thinking:very angry:
 

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Jota. After all his love letters and promises. Its clear now when i compare him to Canos that i understand his true feelings dont even come close to how much Sergi loves this club.

In a weird way i was also devastated and thought we were done over in the sale of Smith to Saints.
 

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