The Highlights Of The Season – 20/5/15

I have now just about recovered from the excitement of Brentford reaching the playoffs, if not the slight let down of our defeat last Friday at the Riverside Stadium.

Whilst everything that happened last season still remains so clear in my addled brain I thought that I would like to pay my own personal tribute to everyone at the club by noting down a list of my most memorable and favourite moments from the past ten months or so of hectic activity. I am sure that you will all have your own preferences and I would love to hear from you with your personal highlights. I fully intend to come back to this list time and again during the summer months without football and use it as an aide memoire and comfort blanket as I eagerly wait for the new season to begin. So here we go!

  • Understanding for the first time how ambitious and sensible our recruitment plans were when we signed Andre Gray, Moses Odubajo, Alex Pritchard and Scott Hogan
  • Watching Andre Gray in the preseason friendlies and seeing how deadly he could be in front of goal
  • Moses Odubajo’s incredible winning goal against Crystal Palace
  • Seeing so many of Fleet Street’s finest in the press box for the Charlton match
  • Tommy Smith’s late equaliser against Charlton. Starting the season with a home defeat would have been a real bodyblow
  • That mad night at Dagenham when six goals were not enough for us to win
  • Richard Lee signing off with two trademark penalty saves in the shoot out at Dagenham
  • The excellent performance in defeat at AFC Bournemouth when I realised for the first time that we would be able to cope with the demands of the Championship
  • Signing a much vaunted foreign player with only one name – and Jota really lived up to the hype
  • Our first win of the season at Blackpool and the unique 4-6-0 formation we employed in the second half
  • The brave and brilliant second half performance with ten men against Birmingham City when Warbs totally outmanaged Lee Clark, we overcame Mad Madley’s best efforts to thwart us and Moses kept his head to score late on
  • Winning at Rotherham. Payback for the previous season’s lacklustre surrender
  • The beauty and incisiveness of Moses Odubajo’s goal against Brighton after that defence splitting pass from Alan Judge
  • Walking away smiling and happy despite a three-nil home defeat to Norwich City.
  • Knowing that we could never play quite as badly again as we did at Middlesbrough
  • Dispelling our fears and acknowledging the mental strength and determination of the team to recover from two debilitating defeats
  • Easily beating and totally outplaying the faded glory that was Leeds United
  • Knowing that we had been robbed of at least a point at Watford and that were as good as them on the night
  • Totally outplaying Uwe and Adam Forshaw at Wigan
  • Jota’s outrageous dummy against Sheffield Wednesday just before Andre Gray’s disallowed goal
  • The week beyond our wildest dreams when we beat Derby, Forest and Millwall and shot up the table
  • Stuart Dallas’s last minute volleyed winner against Derby County
  • Toumani Diagouraga’s resurrection as Patrick Vieira
  • Singing in the rain in the postmatch lock-in at Millwall
  • Ian Holloway’s heartfelt praise of Brentford and how our club was run. The first outside recognition of just how good we were
  • The Brentford 125th Anniversary Book and working with Dave Lane and Mark Croxford to bring it to fruition
  • Beating Fulham!
  • Toumani almost scoring against Fulham
  • Harlee Dean’s run and blistering equaliser
  • Jota – in the last minute!
  • Alan Judge’s perfect assist after his performing seal impression
  • Pulverising Wolves without even playing that well
  • Andre Gray’s run and shot against Wolves
  • A perfect fifteen point November
  • Making more so-called big names in Blackburn and Cardiff look ordinary
  • The magical first half display at Cardiff
  • Jota’s goal at Cardiff and his interplay with Alex Pritchard
  • Sam Saunders scoring two consolation goals against Ipswich Town
  • Jonathan Douglas becoming a real goal threat, particularly in the air
  • Jack Bonham proving against Brighton that he really is an excellent goalkeeper in the making
  • Laughing at Steve Evans’s ludicrous post match posturing and hallucinations after we beat Rotherham
  • Feeling that we were finally being taken seriously by referees when we were awarded a well-dodgy penalty at Norwich
  • Alex Pritchard showing nerves of steel by calmly converting the penalty that won us the game at Norwich
  • David Button’s elastic save from Cameron Jerome
  • Outclassing Leeds at Elland Road and dismissing the whines of the home fans who could not accept losing to ” little old Brentford”
  • The whole team celebrating as one with Warbs after Andre Gray’s solo goal against Watford
  • The match of the season against AFC Bournemouth marked by Mike Dean’s exceptional refereeing
  • Total domination against Blackpool with forty-two shots and a Jon Toral hat trick
  • Chris Long’s youthful exuberance and clinical goalscoring ability against Huddersfield
  • Enjoying Daryl Murphy’s unbelievable miss for Ipswich Town
  • Welcoming Simon Moore back to Griffin Park
  • Jota’s solo goal at Blackburn and Mark Burridge’s most fitting celebration on Bees Player
  • The sheer relief after Moses Odubajo’s totally undeserved last gasp equaliser against Millwall
  • Completing the double against Fulham watched by over 6,000 Bees supporters
  • Jota – in the last minute! Again
  • Stuart Dallas’s two long range goals at Craven Cottage
  • Jota – in the last minute! Against Nottingham Forest
  • Playing Derby County off the pitch
  • Alex Pritchard’s goal at Derby – touched by genius
  • A central defender scoring with a header from a free kick at Reading
  • Everything about the Wigan match
  • Giving thanks to Blackburn Rovers and Reading for services rendered
  • Reaching the playoffs at the last gasp and finishing fifth in the Championship
  • The fans’ celebrations at Middlesbrough
  • Saying thank you and goodbye to Mark Warburton and David Weir at Middlesbrough
  • The team and management making us all so proud all season
  • Rejoicing in the sheer ability of our players and at how Judge, Pritchard and Jota can make accurate fifty yard passes and bring the ball under control with effortless ease
  • Seeing all our loanees and former players doing so well at Wycombe Wanderers
  • Listening to Bees Player
  • Enjoying matches with my family and taking my son and daughter to the Leeds and Nottingham Forest games
  • Writing all these articles and the contributions and positive feedback that I have received from you
  • Not running out of ideas for articles – there was always something new to write about
  • Ex-Bee Richard Poole’s comments and replies from France
  • Matthew Benham’s continuing vision and support of the club

4 thoughts on “The Highlights Of The Season – 20/5/15

  1. Can’t argue with any of these memorable highlights – seeing them all listed like this tells its own story of how good it’s been.

    My real highlight has been the vibe around GP on match days, with so many more people in town, pubs packed, overseas bees fans everywhere, more away fans, and everyone staying into the night.
    What a boost to the local economy by the way. The realisation, if it were needed, to many that BFC has never been a small club and that it was on the rise again.


  2. yes a great season and greville i feel really proud to be in this list iam lost for words lets hope next season gives as much emotion as this what ever the result Come on you Bees


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