The Roll Of Honour – 21/6/15

I saw a fascinating article on the Brentford website yesterday which totally grabbed my attention and highlighted and confirmed just what an exceptional season we have all just enjoyed. It simply listed everyone involved and associated with the club – players, management and coaches, back room staff and indeed supporters whose incredible achievements have been recognised and marked with awards both internal and external.

Let’s start by perusing the entire list of Brentford FC’s Roll Of Honour 2014/15 and I hope that the BFC Media Department does not mind me repeating this information:

  • Family Excellence Award: Brentford FC
  • Sky Bet Championship PFA Team of the Year: Alex Pritchard
  • Sky Bet League Two Player of the Year Top Three: Alfie Mawson (on loan at Wycombe Wanderers)
  • Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year Top Ten: Alex Pritchard
  • Zoo Magazine Sky Bet League Two Player of the Year: Alfie Mawson
  • MATCH Magazine FL Wonderkid: Alex Pritchard
  • FourFourTwo Top 50 Players in the Football League: Jota, Alex Pritchard
  • MATCH Magazine Top 100 Players in the Football League: Andre Gray, Jota, Alex Pritchard
  • Brentford FC Club Hero: Roger Crook
  • London Manager of the Year 2014: Mark Warburton
  • Special Awards: Mark Warburton (to mark his time at Brentford FC) and Richard Lee (to mark his retirement)
  • Special Achievement Award: Roger Crook (for his work for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, the Club and Brentford Women’s and Girls FC)
  • Supporters’ Player of the Year: Toumani Diagouraga
  • Players’ Player of the Year: Alex Pritchard
  • Goal of the Season: Stuart Dallas (v Fulham 3 April 2015)
  • Community Player of the Year: Jake Bidwell
  • Bees Player Moment of the Season: Jota (for winning goal against Fulham on 21 November 2014)
  • Bees Travel Club Player of the Season: Toumani Diagouraga
  • Junior Bees Player of the Season: Toumani Diagouraga
  • The Brentford Football Club Norwegian Supporters’ Player of the Season: Alex Pritchard
  • Irish Brentford Supporters Club Player of the Year: Alex Pritchard
  • Player of the Season for 2014/15 from Brentford’s Italian supporters: Alex Pritchard
  • Social Media Player of the Season: Alex Pritchard
  • Goal of 2014: Jota (v Cardiff City 20 December)
  • Youth Team Player of the Year: Nik Tzanev
  • Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month November 2014: Mark Warburton
  • Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month November 2014: Andre Gray
  • LMA Performance of the Week: Brentford (v Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 November 2014)
  • Hottie of the Year: Andre Gray
  • British Legal Awards Property Team of the Year: Taylor Wessing (for work securing planning permission for a new stadium for Brentford FC)
  • Brentford FC Nominations for Football League Team of the Decade: Wojciech Szczesny, Michael Turner, Jonathan Douglas, Lloyd Owusu
  • Graham Haynes Trophy: Dave Morley
  • Alfie Mawson won six awards from Wycombe Wanderers – Supporters’ Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Association Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Away Travel Player of the Year, Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club Player of the Year
  • Lewis Macleod won the Rangers Goal of the Season Award
  • International Honours while with Brentford this season:
  • Stuart Dallas: Four Northern Ireland caps and one goal
  • Moses Odubajo: Six England Under 20 caps
  • Alex Pritchard: Six England Under 21 caps
  • Will Grigg: Two Northern Ireland caps (while on loan at Milton Keynes Dons)
  • Liam Moore: One England Under 21 cap
  • Daniel O’Shaughnessy: Five Finland Under 21 caps and one goal, One Finland Under 20 cap
  • Nik Tzanev: Three New Zealand Under 20 caps
  • Julius Fenn-Evans: Three Wales Under 16 caps
  • First Team players Alan Judge (Republic of Ireland) and Chris Long (England Under 20) and Academy players Kyjuon Marsh-Brown (Antigua and Barbuda) Harry Francis (England Under 15), Ross McMahon (Scotland Under 16) and Josh Bohui (England Under 16) were also called up to training camps or squads
  • The following players were named in the Football League Team of the Week: Alfie Mawson (three times) Jota (twice) Alex Pritchard (twice) Jake Bidwell David Button Jonathan Douglas Andre Gray Alan Judge Jon Toral Mark Warburton Will Grigg Nico Yennaris (from Wycombe Wanderers)
  • The following were inducted in to the Brentford FC Hall of Fame this season: Terry Evans, Bob Booker, Peter Gelson, Keith Millen, Alan Nelmes, Danis Salman, Kevin O’Connor and Marcus Gayle
  • The following were inducted in to the Brentford FC Hall of Fame posthumously this season: Harry Curtis, Gerry Cakebread, Ephraim Rhodes, Fred Monk, George Bristow, Jimmy Bain, Jimmy Cartmell, Arthur Bateman, Patsy Hendren, Ernie Muttitt, David McCulloch, Austin Underwood, Allan Jones, Chic Brodie, Jimmy Jay, Bill Gorman, Arthur Charlton, Fred Halliday, Jack Lane, Jack Holliday, Leslie Smith, Billy Scott, Jim Towers and Johnny Rainford

An impressive list as I am sure that you will agree and one that bears testimony to the enormous success that we enjoyed both on and off the field throughout what was in my opinion our best season in living memory. I also doubt whether we have ever previously received so much recognition from external sources and media groups.

The only addition that I would suggest to what is already an exceptionally thorough and comprehensive list is that of Tom Higginson, dear beloved “Higgy” to the Brentford FC Hall of Fame, as, unless I have got it wrong, and if so I apologise unreservedly to the club, then he has perhaps fallen through the cracks – an oversight that I am sure will be speedily rectified once the facts are checked.

This seems a perfect way of drawing a line under the 2014/15 season and starting to look forward with a mixture of optimism, trepidation and excitement to what awaits us next season. It has certainly been a close season which has already seen much change with a completely new football management structure at the club and the arrival of two players to date, a number which is likely to increase exponentially shortly after the beginning of July.

Final Cover 020615

For anyone interested in reading my take on everything that happened both on and off the pitch last season, as well as the odd diversion into the tributaries and byways of nostalgia, nonsense, player profiles and club history, leavened with some (hopefully) pertinent and amusing comments, my new book “Ahead Of The Game” is available now.

Here are the Links to where the book can be purchased:

http://www.brentforddirect.co.uk/product/400/0000-4811

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ahead-Game-Brentford-2014-Season-ebook/dp/B00ZPO1OBU/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1434732211&sr=1-3&keywords=ahead+of+the+game

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ahead-Game-Brentford-2014-Season/dp/1910515140/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1434732211&sr=1-3

Published 17 June 2015 | 978-1-910515-14-3 | 408 pages | Print and Kindle | £15.99, £8.99

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