If I had known what I was letting myself in for then I seriously doubt if I would have started but thankfully, I did, and since that day the blog has become an ever increasingly important part of my life as it allows me to write pretty much anything I want whenever I want on one of my favourite subjects – Oh alright then, I will admit it, a major obsession of mine – Brentford FC.
More importantly, it has allowed me to communicate with and hopefully touch the lives to a small degree, of so many fellow obsessives who share my passion for this incredible football club.
I have also totally lucked out as I have been fortunate enough to choose to chronicle one of the most momentous seasons in the club’s existence, one in which everything has begun to come together and one in which the sky is pretty much the limit for our ambitions.
Today I simply wanted to say a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to read anything that I have written over the past seven months. I had a look at the statistics earlier today and there have been over 43,000 views of the blog, a devilish 666 comments posted and almost 600 people follow my site every day and receive email updates. Some of them even read it from time to time!
These are incredible numbers which bear testament to the massively increasing levels of interest in the club, and our supporter numbers are growing by the month as we begin to emerge from under the radar where we have skulked for far too long, and people finally realise that we are for real.
On a personal level, I feel truly humbled and will continue to do my best to keep the blog going and find interesting topics to write about.
Please let me know what you would like me to cover – match previews and reports, player profiles, or perhaps more nostalgic and retrospective pieces harking back to our dim and distant past. If you tell me your preferences and even specific topics and subjects then I will do my best to write on demand and provide you all with what you would best like to read.
Similarly if anybody would like to write an article, answer some questions or provide their own viewpoint on Brentford, then I would be delighted to receive any contributions as I have done from people such as Donald Kerr, Billy Reeves and several other supporters.
Now please excuse me for blowing my own trumpet just a little bit, but I do have some special news to impart to you all. Richard Lee was kind enough to introduce me just before Christmas to the publishers of his wonderful book “Graduation” and much to my delight, surprise and no small amount of pride, Bennion Kearny have agreed to publish my articles in book and ebook form soon after the end of the season.
Richard Lee has also undertaken to write his own review of the season from a player’s perspective so hopefully the book will provide both an insider’s and an outsider’s view of this memorable and unforgettable season.
I signed the contract just the other day and the provisional title of the book is currently “Brentford FC’s Magical Year: 2014-2015″ but I am sure that between us we can all do a bit better than that and I would really welcome any suggestions for a snappier and more appropriate title.
Thanks for taking the time to read this self-indulgent burbling and I promise to be back on track again in a day or so and await your comments and suggestions with bated breath.