Entries by Bill Hagerty

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 […]