Entries by Bill Hagerty

Brentford 2 Aston Villa 1

Image above: Brentford v Aston Villa, 2 January 2022 It is a much-repeated maxim that Brentford always play much better against highly talented teams. Witness their bravura against Manchester City when edged out by the only goal of the match just four days prior to Aston Villa’s visit to the Community Stadium. Witness also their […]

Brentford 0 Manchester City 1

What a memorable evening at the Community Stadium, with Brentford punching above their weight despite having to field a makeshift side against the Premier League champions. No wonder head coach Thomas Frank expressed his pride in what he described as ‘a masterclass in defending’, restricting the visitors to just three shots on target while breakaways […]

Brighton & Hove Albion 2, Brentford 0

Image above: Courtesy of Brentford FC With trains as rare as stray reindeer, it was no surprise to see many empty seats at the Amex Community Stadium as Brentford set out to give themselves a Christmas present of three points. But fans of both sides who managed the journey on Boxing Day evening – shamefully […]

Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

Image above: Brentford v Chelsea Carabao Cup – No 8 v No 8 Jensen v Kovacic There was little preventing Brentford scoring against what is possibly the best team in the Premier League; little except Edouard Mendy, Chelsea’s Senegalese goalkeeper, and those sundry defenders who put their lives on the goal-line to keep out a […]

Brentford 2 Watford 1

In Brentford’s topsy-turvy history, ten minutes of this game will rightfully claim to remain long in the memory of those privileged to have been at the Community Stadium this chilly December evening. Remove those specific ten minutes – including five added for stoppages – and it is a different story. For during much of the […]

Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brentford 0

Just when we thought the Bees had overcome their drop in form, Spurs handed out a salutary lesson while proving that new Italian manager Antonio Conte fully deserves his stellar reputation. Thomas Frank fielded the same starting line-up as that which saw off Everton just four days previously, and they again looked handy enough during […]

Brentford 1, Everton 0

Image above: Ivan Toney slips the ball past Jordan Pickford; photograph by Will Hagerty Whenever the lyrics of Hey Jude are sung lustily by the Brentford crowd along with the Beatles’ recording, Paul McCartney would be forgiven for taking delight in this West London devotion to one of his most famous songs. But not, perhaps, […]

Brentford 1, Leicester City 2

For the second Saturday running Brentford encountered a superb goalkeeper at the top of his form. For the second Saturday running they failed to collect even one point. But are we worried? Well, as a matter of fact, yes we are. Quite what head coach Thomas Frank can do about the team’s failure to score […]

Brentford 0, Chelsea 1

There was little preventing Brentford scoring against what is possibly the best team in the Premier League; little except Edouard Mendy, Chelsea’s Senegalese goalkeeper, and those sundry defenders who put their lives on the goal-line to keep out a marauding Bees side determined to plunder a point. What a strange, if fascinating, game this was. […]

Brentford 3, Liverpool 3   

Make no mistake, this was probably the greatest game ever played at a bus stop in Hounslow. Liverpool, the world’s fifth most valuable football club, had travelled from the top of the Premier League to West London for the clubs’ first league meeting since May 1947, when a draw could not save the home side […]

Brentford 7, Oldham Athletic 0

Image above: Brentford v Oldham Athletic, photograph Liz Verco Problems-beset Oldham departed from the Community Stadium with a heavy heart and facing a bleak future. How have the mighty fallen, those riding high may muse. There, but for the grace of God, go we, tumbling from the heights to the outer reaches of league football. […]

Brentford 0, Brighton & Hove Albion 1

Photograph by Liz Vercoe Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion It had to happen sometime, but few among the Brentford faithful expected it to be delivered by a Brighton side as polished as the front room sideboard but with more perspiration than inspiration. We’re talking of course about the Bees’ loss of their slender unbeaten […]

Brentford 2, Arsenal 0

This was no flash in the pan, no riding of luck by new boys of the Premier League. Here we saw the dismantling of one of the most famous teams in football by a side offering a total of less than an hour at this level; a club that arrived at the summit after 74 […]

Euro final flop

Image above: Bill Hagerty Tears before bedtime In the end, it was tears before bedtime. But what dreams of glory had flourished throughout the country before England’s impressive challenge for the European Championship fizzled out as midnight approached last Sunday. The day it seemed just like that on any other sleepy weekend. Pubs with gardens […]

Brentford FC victory puts it one match away from joining the Premier League

Image: Brentford FC Brentford 3, Bournemouth 1 (aggregate 3-2) Championship play-off semi-final, 2nd leg Following Brentford’s tortuous trail towards Premier League football has been like a stroll down nightmare alley. No other club in the Football League has on nine previous occasions reached the play-offs – the last-gasp opportunity for those nearly teams that just […]