The Brentford Oscars – Part One – 5/8/14

beesGiven that there is still only rumour and speculation regarding the Adam Forshaw situation and the fact that Matthew Benham’s cryptic clues apart, we are still waiting for the puff of white smoke that will announce the arrival of our long-awaited new striker I thought today that I would attempt to distract all the worried and expectant Bees supporters with some more ramblings about the Seventies.

Please try and look at what follows as a sort of cathartic escapism as I am sure that there is much happening behind the scenes and that all will be revealed soon – at which time I can promise and guarantee that my blog will reflect and comment upon what is going on.

Following on from my recent overview of the Seventies, I got to thinking about the Brentford players from that decade and I thought that I would open up a veritable hornet’s nest by highlighting some of them as follows.

Please feel free to comment, disagree or put forward your own nominations for The Brentford Oscars.

1. MOST RELIABLE GOALKEEPER

Chic Brodie – Calmness and competence personified

Steve Sherwood – Player Of The Year in 1975 when he was an ever-present during his loan spell from Chelsea

Len Bond – One of my all time favourites

2. GOALKEEPERS WHO MOST DROVE SPECTATORS TO VALIUM – OR ONE OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD

Paul Priddy – Although I still remember that incredible Easter Saturday at Watford in 1977 when he turned into Superman and saved those two penalty kicks

Garry Towse – Garry – who?

priddBill Glazier – Never to be forgiven for his costly howler at Old Trafford

Paul McCullough – The Kamikaze Kid

Graham Cox – The Ashley Bayes of his time?

3. MOST INSPIRATIONAL CAPTAIN

Bobby Ross – What a servant of the club. A genuinely good and pleasant man as well as being a born leader

Jackie Graham – Nothing really to say. A total inspiration and would YOU ignore his instructions – I know I wouldn’t dare

4. MR 100% EFFORT

Tom Higginson – No contest

Jackie Graham – Nonstop dynamo

5. THEY SHALL NOT PASS – DEFENDERS WHO TOOK NO PRISONERS

Dick Renwick – The donor of cinder rash to many a winger

Mick Brown – Three games on loan from Brighton in 1973. Was he booked every game?

swee6. BLAZING METEORS – WHY DIDN’T THEY MAKE THE GRADE?

Allan Mansley -Such potential, such ability but it never really happened as it should have done. But what memories…

Andy Woon – When you score a hat trick on your full debut there is really only way left for you to go

Nigel Smith – A calm, gifted defender, yet he was finished by the time he was twenty-one. Why?

Willie Graham – Too much too soon? A lot of skill but something was missing

7. WET PAPER BAGS – STRIKERS WHO DIDN’T

Bill Brown – Four eminently forgettable games in 1969/70

Micky Cook – Ran around a lot and got nowhere

David Jenkins – A tremendous shot – or so we were told. Off to the knacker’s yard

Stan Webb – Vilified ever since he left and on a total hiding to nothing trying to replace the legend that was John O’Mara but always just too late on the scene to score

Garry Rolph – Scored on his debut but did nothing much afterwards

shrubbLee Frost – Great winger but terrible striker

Micky French – More potential unrealised

8. BEST HEADERS OF THE BALL

John O’Mara – Annus Mirabilis in 1971/72

Dave Simmons – Would have taken penalties with his head

Andy McCulloch – Simply the best

9. MOST “GENTLEMANLY” STRIKERS

Roger Cross – Physical contact wasn’t his game

Gordon Neilson – So skilful but always peripheral to the action

10. BEST FINISHERS

Willie Brown – Will someone please explain to me why after scoring for fun he was replaced by Micky French and sold to Torquay, where he continued to score regularly

Gordon Sweetzer – Brave and clinical – if only his knees hadn’t given up on him

Steve Phillips – Who can forget those goals he scored for us in 1977/78. An arrogant pest on the field – but so much talent

11. BEST PENALTY TAKER

mccTerry Johnson – seven out of seven isn’t bad

12. MOST SKILFUL PLAYERS

Dave Metchick – Over the hill but a lovely touch on the ball

Roger Cross – A beacon of hope during some bleak times. Oh, and those white boots too!

Stewart Houston – an International in the making

Pat Kruse – A cultured ball playing centre half

John Bain – What if – a truly wonderful player who made his name in Portland, Oregon rather than West London

Barry Lloyd – The fans never gave him a chance

Dean Smith – So much talent but not enough commitment or hunger. He should have become a star but drifted out of the game far too early

13. BEST BARGAINS

Jackie Graham

Paul Bence – Mr Versatility

Paul Shrubb – Never properly appreciated – a really good player

Doug Allder – Revitalised us in 1977

Steve Phillips – All those goals for only £5,000!

John Fraser

Barry Tucker – The final part in the promotion jigsaw. Calmness personified

14. UNFULFILLED PROMISE – YOUNGSTERS WHO DESERVED MORE OF A CHANCE

Roy Cotton

Richard Poole – Tall, lanky and gangling – but  a real talent

Gary Smith

Dave Silman – Giant centre half – one game and out

Iori Jenkins

Billy Stagg

Billy Eames – Fantastic goal on his debut but not kept on by Bill Dodgin

15. BEST LOANEES

Gerry Baker

Alex Dawson – A real hero who made a massive impact

Steve Sherwood

Steve Scrivens – Impressive loan spell but he never played another League game after leaving us. Why?

Lee Frost – Brilliant, pacy winger, but never a striker

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2 thoughts on “The Brentford Oscars – Part One – 5/8/14

    • We are both slightly wrong, I meant to say Roy Cotton who was a young winger who played twice in 1973/74. He came from Spurs and initially looked very promising. He eventually played for Orient and Aldershot before moving to Australia.

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