Given 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?
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?
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
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
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
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!
Barry Tucker – The final part in the promotion jigsaw. Calmness personified
14. UNFULFILLED PROMISE – YOUNGSTERS WHO DESERVED MORE OF A CHANCE
Richard Poole – Tall, lanky and gangling – but a real talent
Dave Silman – Giant centre half – one game and out
Billy Eames – Fantastic goal on his debut but not kept on by Bill Dodgin
15. BEST LOANEES
Alex Dawson – A real hero who made a massive impact
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