Thanks To All Of You! – 23/1/15

bkI wrote my first BFC Talk blog on 19th June 2014 and this will be my 161st.

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.

rlNow 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.

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23 thoughts on “Thanks To All Of You! – 23/1/15

  1. Congrats on the book deal. Excellent news.

    This and other comments should now have pushed you past the 666.

    Keep up the good work. Sure you’ll continue to have great material to write about. What a season!

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  2. congratulations greville 🙂 I wish I had the ability to use words the way yoh do. I always enjoy reading you’re blog and will continue to do so. well done!

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  3. Very well done – excellent news on the book deal. Keep up the good work. In terms of topics, what about writing a series on some of the “characters” around the club other than playing staff – both past and present.

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  4. So pleased for you, and well deserved. It’s been a constant ‘go to’ for me anyway. Sorry if I’ve showered you with too many comments,

    As for the title, I think Richard Lee has already grabbed the best one. ‘Graduation’ would really encapsulate our season. I;’d suggest saving ‘magic year’ for when (not if) we get promoted. Might be this year, Who knows? otherwise, something along the lines of rebirth or small club makes good?

    Sorry, both are crap suggestions, bur my fervent hope is that, come May, ‘Brentford’s Magic Year’ would be the perfect title.

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  5. Congrats on the good news!

    Title, hmmm. How about “It’s been a long time coming(!)”. Deliberately bracketed the exclamation mark there, think of it what you will 😉

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  6. i love reading the blog, so I’m not supposed that you got offered a book deal and I look forward to buying it at the end of the season.

    For the title you could go for something that appeals to Brentford fans, or something for a wider audience.

    For Brentford fans: Bees up, Fulham Down

    For wider audience you could take inspiration from: The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, a book about an Italian team defying the odds.

    Potential titles:

    The Brentford Football Revolution

    Promotion, Emotion and one fan’s devotion

    Take a sad song, and make it better (my favourite)

    I hope that helps!

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  7. As for the title why not The Magic Bees That way you can also flog it to unsuspecting apiarists (well as long as they don’t look at the subtitle: Brentford FC 2014/15)

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  8. You writing is always perceptive and thought-provoking. In this momentous season, it’s always refreshing to read something which helps me to put things in perspective. Your writing provides a bracing antidote to some of the bonkers rantings one can read on The Gapevine.
    Many thanks, BoroBee

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  9. Hi Greville,
    Well done with the book deal,I enjoy reading your blogs and look forward to receiving them I shall be adding the book to my collection so keep up the good work

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