Ahead of tomorrow's finger biting clash away at Brentford, Keith Ingham spoke to Bees fan Scott Hughes about whats a-buzz currently at Griffin Park.
Tell the site a little about yourself and your support of Brentford FC:
I’m a 29 year old Product Manager living in Worcester, but born in West London. I grew up with the Bees thanks to my Dad being a fan, and - besides a brief flirtation with Man Utd when I was around 10 - I have always been a devoted fan myself. I also follow cricket and rugby, and outside of sport I’m a big music fan, and a theme park enthusiast!
Favourite players of all time:
Dennis Bergkamp, Matt Le Tissier, Paul Scholes. Artists...
Greatest era since I started supporting the Bees:
That would have to be the current era. Since I have followed Brentford we have been hovering between Leagues 1 and 2, but since the 2013/14 season we have been playing some incredible stuff, and are now an established and respected Championship outfit. Although our inconsistency costs us a lot of points, when we click we are scintillating to watch as we like to keep it on the ground with fluent one-touch football. A poor man’s Barcelona, if you will…
A game you’ll remember forever:
THAT final day of the season against Doncaster. For those that don’t remember, we were playing each other for the final automatic promotion spot, and with the scores level at 90mins, we won a penalty.
One kick away from the Championship..
Marcello Trotta inexplicably grabbed the ball from our captain, experienced penalty taker and Bees legend Kevin O’Connor, and smashed the penalty against the bar.. Doncaster broke away and you can guess what happened . They went up at our expense, and to make matters worse we then got to the playoff final and lost, to Yeovil. Fast forward to 2017 and who’s laughing now. Some say the crossbar is still rattling to this day…
Team you call your local biggest rival:
Well this one is up for debate amongst Bees fans. QPR and Fulham are both just a few miles away, and although there’s more history with QPR (they tried to take us over 50 years ago, and very nearly succeeded), there seems to be more hatred towards Fulham these days, and most fans would probably tell you they’d rather finish above Fulham. Can I say both? I’m saying both.
Stand out player for your team this season and one for the future:
John Egan. A proper central defender and mature beyond his age. He wins just about everything, and he can stick it in the net too (ask Ipswich). He recently made his full debut for Republic of Ireland, and it’s a shame he’s not English as we could do with someone like him.
Your thoughts on Brentford and Leeds’ seasons so far:
Brentford: We’ve had such an up and down season. When we’ve been good we’ve been extremely good (a lot of teams are very complimentary of us), but we don’t seem capable of keeping any momentum. In 2017 so far we are the highest scoring team in the football league, but there have been far too many at the other end. Half of them seem to come after the 90min mark too.. We’re great to watch for the neutral that’s for sure.
Leeds: I must say I’ve been impressed with Leeds. Over the course of the season you end where you end on merit, and if you’re near the top of the table it’s because you have an ability to attain points whether you are playing well or not, and you guys have just been picking up points steadily all season. There’s much talk of Jansson and Wood, and it’s easy to see why when you look at your goal difference.
Team of the Championship so far:
GK: Karl Darlow (Newcastle)
Defence: Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Pontus Janssen (Leeds), John Egan (Brentford), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley)
Midfield: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton), Ryan Woods (Brentford), Aiden McGeady (Preston), Conor Hourihane (Villa)
Forwards: Dwight Gayle (Newcastle), Chris Wood (Leeds)
Your top six:
Who will win the playoff final?
Fulham (Sorry! Trust me, I hate saying it as much as you hate hearing it.)
Brentford vs Leeds prediction and scorers:
I thought we were a bit unlucky earlier when you won 1-0 right at the death, and I hope we can avenge that.
Bees 2-1 Leeds
Brentford: Yennaris, Jota
We'd like to thank Scott for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him luck for this season and the next.
By Keith Ingham