I just wanted to give everyone a quick update regarding my BFC Talk blog. I have kept it going since the middle of June last year and inflicted over 220 articles and the best part of 300,000 words on you all!
I have been planning a book for the last few months and have been really fortunate to find a sympathetic publisher in Bennion Kearny who liked the idea and agreed to bring it to fruition later this summer.
I’ve spent the last week or so finishing up the book, which contains edited versions of the best of my blogs, as well as writing a final long article which summarises the season overall, explains our success and how things could have gone even better, and also suggests how next season might well go given the changes that have just been announced at the club.
For those of you who, quite reasonably, are fed up with me, there will also be three new fantastic guest articles which will be featured in the book as well as several other previously unpublished pieces.
Richard Lee has written a detailed player’s perspective on the season as well as providing his impressions of both Matthew Benham and Mark Warburton and how they worked together. His article is really interesting, incisive and thought provoking and he provides an authentic insider’s view on an incredible year.
The Maestro, Billy Reeves has written a generous and justified appreciation of Mark Warburton given his experience of working with him over the past couple of years and Jim Levack has also paid fitting tribute to retiring colossus Kevin O’Connor.
We have also just come up with the title Ahead of the Game which hopefully sums up where we are in our journey towards the Premier League.
Mark Fuller has also kindly allowed us to cherry pick some of his best images from the last nine months or so and his brilliant photographs are interspersed throughout what will be a meaty four hundred page book.
Ahead of the Game will be available both as a paperback and Ebook later on this month and I will provide you with more information as and when it becomes available regarding how you can get hold of a copy (hopefully from the Club Shop or via Amazon) and how much it will cost.
I will also be making a contribution to Brentford FC out of any royalty payments that I receive.
In the meantime, here is how the front cover will look. I hope you like it.
As for me, I now intend to take a short break from writing.
Candidly, I’m not sure as we speak whether or not to continue with the blog next season and would welcome your views.
I have really enjoyed writing it but it has all become a bit overwhelming given the length of some of my articles and the need to keep things up to date and contemporary and I don’t want to run out of things to say.
Anyway, that is all for the future. As for now I simply want to thank everyone who has read any of my stuff, I hope that you have enjoyed it and maybe some of you are gluttons for punishment and even want some more!
I also hope that you will decide to buy the book when it comes out as it will hopefully provide you and every other Brentford supporter (Christmas present perhaps?) with some suitable and entertaining and maybe even thought provoking memories of what turned into a quite remarkable and unforgettable season and how we indeed became Ahead of the Game.
Thank you again.