“Growing Pains” Is Now On Sale! – 30/6/16


growingpainsMy new book Growing Pains is now available for purchase at the Brentford Superstore and on Amazon both as a paperback (£18.99) and a Kindle eBook (£9.99).

Here is some information about it:

GROWING PAINS: BRENTFORD FC’S 2015/16 SEASON by Greville WatermanThe 2014/15 season saw newly-promoted Brentford FC reach the Championship playoffs and come within a whisker of the Premier League. However, it was also a season that ended in controversy with highly successful Manager Mark Warburton leaving the club and the club’s management structure being remodelled to mix traditional scouting tools with mathematical models and statistics.

Brentford were subjected to a stream of scorn and criticism from a football world which did not understand what was happening at the club. Everyone outside the club waited for Brentford to fall flat on their face.

What would happen over the 2015/16 season? Would the Bees maintain their progress and success, would they fall into mediocrity, or would they return to Division One? The answer was a rollercoaster season with initial lows, an impressive recovery, more lows and – finally – a highly impressive spurt which saw them finish in a creditable ninth place in the Championship.

A remarkable outcome to a year in the toughest and most remorseless football league in Europe, and one where the Bees regularly came up against teams that dwarfed them in terms of tradition, income and resources.

In Growing Pains, long-established supporter, blogger and author Greville Waterman continues the tale begun in Ahead Of The Game. Mixing articles from his acclaimed blog, BFC Talk, with extensive new content, Greville offers an insightful, entertaining and fascinating journey into Brentford’s year.

Incorporating the tale of three Head Coaches, never-ending injuries, the embarrassment of Pitchgate, selling star players due to Financial Fair Play, and becoming the top-ranked London club outside the Premier League, this book is essential reading for all Brentford fans. It includes guest contributions from insiders and experts such as Matthew Benham, Cliff Crown, Phil Giles, Phil Parry, Billy Reeves, Tom Moore and Jim Levack.

The 2015/16 season might well have seen some Growing Pains but the future for the club is bright and exciting.

I would highly recommend Greville Waterman’s excellent new book Growing Pains to every Brentford supporter. He has written wisely and entertainingly on pretty much everything that happened on and off the field at the club last season, good and bad alike. Matthew Benham

Growing Pains is now available at the Brentford Superstore for £18.99 and can also be bought as both a paperback and Kindle eBook at Amazon.co.uk.

It states that the book is temporarily out of stock on Amazon but please order it now as they will ship it in the very near future as orders begin to come in.

If you like it please can you leave a review of the book on Amazon and mention it on social media?

Many thanks.

Best wishes


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Bob Booker – 28/6/16

I am writing this on a train traveling back to Victoria Station from Haywards Heath.

The rain is sheeting down in stair rods but despite the Stygian gloom I am full of the joys of the Summer that has really yet to arrive.

I have just spent a pleasant couple of hours with Bob Booker, his partner Nicky and not forgetting their dog Alfie.

I can now exclusively reveal that, subject to contract, Bob has agreed to my writing his biography.

He has a wonderful story to tell of how he was transferred to Brentford from Bedmond for the princely sum of a set of track suits, made his debut the same week at his local club, Watford where he was marked by his future brother-in-law Ian Bolton and scored that incredible hat trick the following season against Hull in a 7-2 thrashing.

Bob overcame difficult times to become a true Brentford hero and legend and he eventually wore every outfield shirt and is now a proud member of the Brentford Hall of Fame.

When his career appeared over due to lingering injuries Dave Bassett took him to Sheffield United where he inspired and led them to two consecutive promotions and beyond all expectations Bob became a regular performer in the First Division (no Premier League in those days).

Eventually he returned to play a part in our 1992 promotion team before retiring through injury the following year.

Bob then played an important role as Youth Team Coach at Brentford for the rest of the decade before embarking on a new and successful career as Assistant Manager at Brighton where helped them to a couple of promotions.

Bob has so many stories to tell about his time at all three clubs and he is universally liked and respected throughout the game.

He is also a keen observer and deep thinker about football and has much to say about his life and times and the triumphs and tribulations of life as a professional footballer.

He is also just as nice a guy as you would imagine him to be.

I am really delighted and excited at the prospect of working with him over the coming months and hope that you all share my enthusiasm and will be interested in reading the book when it is published next year.

I would welcome any comments at the news and will also be asking for any personal stories or reminiscences about him as the book begins to take shape.

Hopefully there will be significant interest in the book amongst supporters of all three clubs as Bob is fondly remembered to this day by so many fans of Brentford, Sheffield United and Brighton.

This is a new venture for me and I only hope that I am up to the task!

Good News! – 23/6/16

Just to let everybody know that I signed off on the final proof of my new book Growing Pains a couple of days ago and it is now at the printer.

The BFC Superstore will be receiving its initial order in about ten days time by which time it will also be available on Amazon both as a paperback and ebook.

This is a massive A4 sized book of just under 400 pages packed with pictures from the esteemed Mark Fuller which provides all the analysis and a complete review of pretty much everything that happened on and off the pitch at Griffin Park last season.

For those who quite reasonably get fed up with my words there are guest articles from the likes of Phil Giles, Cliff Crown, Tom Moore, Phil Parry and Billy Reeves.

All my readers also get their say as many of their best comments and viewpoints have also been included.

It will be priced at £18.99 and I will let you know when it is available – it won’t be too long now!

I will also then let the cat out of the bag about my next book which will be something completely different although still very much Brentford related.

I am really delighted and excited about its subject matter which should hopefully be of massive interest to all Brentford fans who have been following the club for a little while as it features a Brentford legend, and I will tell you all about it as soon as all the details are finalised.