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Championship Fan Previews Pt 3: Ipswich. Leeds. Newcastle. Norwich. Nottingham Forest. Preston

Championship Fan Previews Pt 3: Ipswich. Leeds. Newcastle. Norwich. Nottingham Forest. Preston

 

As the new season approaches, the excitement levels are upped. Expectation rises as teams sign new players, bring in new managers and smash every team off the park in pre-season.As folk start logging onto the National Rail site to book their train tickets to destinations near and far – from Huddersfield .. to Newcastle .. to  Bristol – we asked bloggers and fans from Ipswich (@HarryFromBath), Leeds (@JamesJamesBrown), Newcastle (@NUFC_Index), Norwich (@edcouzenslake)Nottingham Forest (@DannyJPWetton) and Preston (@PNEgrimsargh) for their views on how their teams will perform in The Championship this season.

You can read season previews from bloggers for Aston Villa to Brighton Part 1)Bristol City to Huddersfield (Part 2) and QPR to Wolves (Part 4) We also spoke to guests on the Beesotted PrideOfWest.London podcast to get their views on the forthcoming season (click here). 

Ipswich
Harry From Bath (@HarryFromBath) – TWTD Blog

How would you describe last season for your club?
Frustrating. We had hoped to kick on after giving the Budgies a close run in the play-offs. But injuries to key creative players, including David McGoldrick, Ryan Fraser, Teddy Bishop and Daryl Murphy meant that we never quite clicked.

Finishing seventh – despite these hindrances – reflected hugely on the ability of Mick McCarthy to get so much from the squad.

What are your hopes for 2016-17 season?
We would welcome a reprise of the 2014-15 season when Murphy had an unforgettable season and we crashed into the play-offs along with your good selves.

The £750,000 we spent on defender Adam Webster from Portsmouth is the most we have shelled out in a few years and we are nowhere in the league of the big spending teams, so a top six finish would please the vast majority of fans.

What could hold your team back this season?
The same as what held us back last year. Our injury problems blunted our attacking cutting edge, so teams could come to Portman Road and sit back knowing we couldn’t hurt them and wait for chances on the counter – much as Brentford did in that ill-fated match in the spring.

David McGoldrick returned for our last game against Derby and it was painful watching him pull their defence hither and thither. This was what we could have won had he been fit all season.

How did you get on in the transfer market? Excited?
This is quite a sore point with fans, as apart from Webster there has been little inward movement this summer. If we make an indifferent start, supporters are more likely to vent any frustration on owner Marcus Evans than on Mick McCarthy.

We have had little stardust to brighten our dreams in recent years and while we don’t demand much, but being a tough nut to crack can only take you so far in the romance stakes.

Did you go anywhere nice for pre-season? Any shockers?
Mick took the squad over to Ireland for their traditional first week back after the holiday and we beat Shelbourne 2-1 in what is now an annual milestone in the year. Apart from that, it has been Barnet, Colchester and Cambridge United.

The exotic final two games are against Charlton and Belgian side Royal Union St Gilloise. They dominated their league before the Second World War, apparently.

Mick has been finishing most games with different outfield sides to those starting games, seeking to give everyone a run-out. That said, the 1-0 defeat at Barnet did not go down well and our manager was very angry with our conceding a late careless equaliser in our 1-1 draw at Cambridge.

Who was your biggest hero last season?

Our player of the season was keeper Bart Bialkowski, who at one stage was voted TWTD man-of-the-match in something like 11 out of 12 games in a row. Some of his saves, including one at Bristol City will live for years in the memory/ Bournemouth loanee Ryan Fraser blazed a trail on the wing before he was injured in February against QPR.

Who was your biggest villain?
Other Town fans may offer a different name, but I struggled watching Jonathan Douglas in a blue shirt last season. His effort and commitment were wholehearted, but he had a run of unthinking moments such as his red card which did for us just before half-time at Birmingham and a careless pass which launched Brentford’s successful counter-attack at Portman Road.

He triggered a one-year contract extension based on appearances last season to a muted response.

The biggest opposition villain was David bloody Nugent who scored against us, again, Boro’s 2-0 win at Portman Road in December. He has scored 15 goals in 15 games against us and he won’t tell us what we have done to him in this or a past life.

He will end up back in the Championship this year, just you wait and see….

Which of your players should we be looking out for?
Watch out for 17-year-old Andre Dozzell, son of Jason who – like his father – scored on his Town debut. An elfin lad who normally operates on the right of midfield, he has the ability to make time for himself and ghost past players with ease.

He won’t play every game, but keep an eye on him if he pops up from the bench in our game at Griffin Park in August.

While Teddy Bishop missed most of last season with shin-splints, the 20-year-old has bulked up over the last year and has added strength and tenacity to the trickery he naturally possesses. He has a habit of looking for set-pieces, but he could be a huge source of assists in the coming campaign.

Other that your team (of course) what team would you put £100 on for promotion?
It’s hard to look beyond the quality of Newcastle both on and off the bench, although their central midfield isn’t right to me.

I would also watch the Owls next year. They are forging a strong identity and playing style under Carlos Carvalhal and could push on.

Birmingham would also be my dark horses for a Wembley win in May.

What team has would you lump £100 on for relegation?
Like many fans, I hope that Burton stay up and avoid relegation and the tailspin that befell Yeovil a few seasons back.

The one team I am watching with interest are Nottingham Forest, as they have an inexperienced manager and an impulsive owner, and they have done little to strengthen their squad.

They could be as reliant on Assombalonga’s goals as Blackburn may be on Danny Graham.

What team is going to be the surprise packet this season do you think?
I am watching Bristol City with interest. They have had a few false starts in recent seasons but they have strengthened well over the summer and are hoping for an Eddie Howe version II in Lee Johnson.

If they hold on to Jonathan Kodjia this summer they could have a crack at the play-offs with Lee Tomlin playing alongside him.

Which match is the must-go-to match of the season and why?
Easy. The Budgies at Portman Road on August 21st. Lets get into them before they are settled into the league as we really owe them one, and they don’t look as strong now as when they were relegated two seasons ago.

What fans impressed you most last season?
Sheffield Wednesday fans travelled in terrific voice and in good numbers early on last season and left a very favourable impression with most of our fans despite losing narrowly.

Describe a funny moment last season on or off the pitch…
There was an amusing joust between Mick and Steve Evans after the Leeds boss was full of sour grapes after the Whites’ Portman Road defeat in January. McCarthy said after hearing Evans’s comments: “He can talk, can’t he? He certainly gives his mouth some exercise… I don’t know what else.”

Was there one thing that reeeeeeeeeeally p!ssed you off?
Nothing to add to the usual litany, but I really, really want us to win away at Reading. It is a ground I have never seen us win at and their supporters can the most sanctimonious brigade in the division.

Their sarcasm was almost too much to suffer in our 5-1 thumping in September and we play them on virtually the same weekend, and it is again a Friday night fixture.

Payback.

If you could ask for one thing this season, what would it be?
Less of an emphasis on counter-attacking football, which became far too prevalent last season. There were too many teams happy to sit back and wait for an error to capitalise on.

We lost Watford and Bournemouth who didn’t play this way, but I think that even both of our teams were guilty of doing this more last season than during our play-off campaigns the previous year.

Where will you finish this season?
We will finish 4th and make it to Wembley

Leeds United
James Brown (@jamesjamesbrown) – Sabotage Times

How would you describe last season for your club?
Steve Evans was better than I thought he was going to be, but overall, it was just more average fair. As many managers as strikers, and some very questionable defending.

We’re yet to improve our league standing since Cellino took over. His prediction we would be starting in the Premier League this September has failed to materialise. The bloke’s a joke.

What are your hopes for 2016-17 season?
I hope Garry Monk is as good as people thought he was when he took The Swans to their record top level finish. He’ll need to be because recruitment wise, it’s the same as when Cellino first arrived. Sold McCormack and bought about 15 players, of which – two years on – only two are still playing for us.

We’ve had quantity, but in terms of experienced Championship match-winners, we have just two – Chris Wood and Alex Mowatt. Neither of whom played full seasons last year due to injury and form.

What could hold your team back this season?
Cellino is our biggest problem. His lifestyle choices and personality mean he can’t let people just get on and do their jobs He’s impatient and doesn’t know what he’s doing. He said himself, in an Irish paper a few weeks ago, that he got his dad to buy him a football club and he’s behaved like a spoilt brat ever since.

He runs up endless legal cases, which he loses and costs the club loads of money that could have been spent on investing in younger players’ long-term contracts.

But he has no understanding of retaining excellent youth products, or securing decent fees for them. £9 million up-front for Byram and Cook is ridiculous. We got almost the same for Delph when we were in League One, six years ago.

How did you get on in the transfer market? Excited?
Steve Evans said at the end of last season – to get promoted with Leeds he had to be able to look down his bench and see four top Championships players sitting there keen to get on. Boro had that with the likes of Nugent and co.

We’ve had a change of manager and sold two of our best players. A fair few have come in and two have that sort of experience – the centre-back Kyle Bartlett from Swansea and Rob Green – but the rest of the signings have no experience at this level. Hopefully one or two of them will turn into a new Snodgrass or Hasselbaink.

Did you go anywhere nice for pre-season? Any shockers?
Leeds went to Ireland, which is a long standing tradition. Good for Monk to bed himself and his new players in.

Who was your biggest hero last season?

A lot of my friends won’t agree with this – but I give it to the bloke I branded a fat joke when he arrived. He went out with dignity and a new slim-line figure. I wouldn’t say Steve Evans will ever be remembered as a hero by Leeds fans but he did his best, gave it a go and at the end of the season, he stood and said “I REALLY WANT TO MANAGE THIS CLUB” when everyone else was turning the idiot Cellino down.

Who was your biggest villain?
Bellusci. Erratic centre-back who could break up play one minute and gift opposition goals with his slack marking the next.

Sometimes it felt like he was doing it on purpose. Trying overhead scissor-kick clearances when just better positioning would have helped.

Which of your players should we be looking out for?
As ever we have good academy promotions. I like a kid called Frank Mulherne, who scores goals, but I think he’s a way off starting a game. Kalvin Phillips played a few times the season before last and can hold his own given more game time. The spectacularly named Ronaldo Viera is catching a few eyes. Watch this space. Hopefully one of the new imports will adapt quickly, particularly the striker Antonsson.

Other that your team (of course) what team would you put £100 on for promotion?
Newcastle.

What team would you lump £100 on for relegation?
It’s such a strong division. Fulham look vulnerable, especially if McCormack goes there.

What team is going to be the surprise packet this season do you think?
Could Will Grigg still be on fire?

Which match is the must-go-to match of the season and why?
Newcastle home and away will be the first time in a while we’ll have had a sizeable support against us. Those matches will have great atmosphere.

What fans impressed you most last season?
Our own. Away games were fantastic.

Describe a funny moment last season on or off the pitch
Attempts to get to the bogs, or bar, at some away games would involve showers of beer from masses of frustration-crazed LUFC fans.

Was there one thing that reeeeeeeeeeally p!ssed you off?

See all previous references to Cellino.

If you could ask for one thing this season, what would it be?
Cellino to sell to an owner who can invest enough for Monk to get us up.

What position will you finish this season?
I hoped we might do well last year. This year I think we’ve invested like a really ambitious League One team trying to get into the Championship.

With the current squad I think we can reach 8th.

Newcastle United
Craig – NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index)

How would you describe last season for your club?
Quite simply, a disaster from start to finish. The appointment of Steve McClaren pleased very few but shocked nobody! He proved to be absolutely clueless with his team selection, poor performance was never addressed/sanctioned and he clearly couldn’t motivate his players. The decision to get rid of him happened far too late!

What are your hopes for 2016-17 season?
I think ‘hope’ and ‘expectation’ go hand-in-hand here – promotion. By what method I don’t care. But we MUST bounce straight back. It won’t be as easy as some think but we ‘should’ have enough to see us through, especially with Rafa at the helm.

What could hold your team back this season?
The only hurdles I can see are over-confidence and injury. The mentality of the players has to be right and I think that’s what Rafa and the staff will be working on more than anything else. You can see from his purchases thus far, he knows what’s needed to get out of this division. But the players themselves need to be ready for a mighty battle!

We need luck with injuries too – our last few seasons have been a nightmare.

How did you get on in the transfer market? Excited?
So far, so good. We have to be realistic about where we are as a club. Even with Rafa as manager, we’re still a club languishing in the second tier of English football. So with all of that in mind, yeah, we’ve done well.

I’m disappointed we’ve lost Townsend, who was exceptional for us. But losing the likes of Wijnaldum and Sissoko for the money touted is good business for us.

Rafa’s made some shrewd singings. I’m looking forward to seeing Gayle and Richie in particular.

Did you go anywhere nice for pre-season? Play anyone decent? Any shockers?
Thrashed Bohemians, who were a poor side. But drew to Doncaster due to a stinker of a first half!

Who was your biggest hero last season?
Jamaal Lascelles – true leader. Said what needed to be said and did it on the pitch when given a chance by Rafa.

Who was your biggest disappointment?
Georginio Wijnaldum – hugely talented footballer with a heart the size of a pea. Only performed at home. Anonymous for long periods of the season.

Which of your players should we be looking out for?
There are many who have some proving to do next season. Alexandar Mitrovic is definitely one of them. Old-fashioned, aggressive front man who – with the right service from the flanks – could do some damage for us!

Other that your team (of course) what team would you put £100 on for promotion?
Norwich

What team has would you lump £100 on for relegation?
Burton Albion

What team is going to be the surprise packet this season?
Brighton – just missed out last season. They will be determined to get it right this time around.

Which match is your must-go-to match of the season and why?
It’s a difficult one without any derby rivals. But Leeds have been a good match up in the past and its always good to see put a few past the Villa!

What fans impressed you most last season?
Ours! Last game of the season, relegated after a woeful campaign and still a sell-out crowd singing the roof off! Only at NUFC!

If you could get rid of Mike Ashley or Beat Sunderland in the FA Cup Final. Which one would you choose?

FA Cup, easy! You never know who you’ll get stuck with and I’m crossing my fingers that Mike has learned his lesson now. Beating the scum would be nice, but an FA Cup final win would be euphoric for Newcastle United!

If you could have one player or manager from the past back, who would it be and why?

Wow, this is a tough one… I’d have to say Shearer. We’re in dire need of a leader and a goalscorer on the pitch. I think he’d fill that void comfortably!

Describe a funny moment last season on or off the pitch.

Mitrovic. I can’t choose between him wiping one of our pitch-invading fans out while celebrating or when he got a yellow card 11 seconds into his debut. Either way; the big Serb is a grade-A f***ing nutcase!

In the past fans have sung “you’re just a fat Spanish Waiter’ at Rafa Benitez. Whats been your favourite terrace chant?

I love our current ‘La Bamba’ remake of ‘Rafa Benitez’. But we’ll need a replacement for Gini’s name in the song now. ‘Mitro’s on fire’ was an absolute beauty earlier in the season, until the Wigan fans nabbed it for that Irish guy that hardly touched the pitch in the Euros (oh you mean the bearded player who we sold to Wigan for £1m who we would quite happily have sitting on our bench now? – Ed)!

What one thing that reeeeeeeeeeally p!ssed you off?
Steve McClaren’s constant laughing and smiling in EVERY interview after games!

If you could be granted one thing this season, what would it be?
Promotion. To repay Rafa!

Predicted league finish?
1st

 

 

Norwich City
Ed Couzens-Lake (@edcouzenslake) – Norwich City Fantasy Football Author

How would you describe last season for your club?
Frustrating. Few of us suspected we’d go down and – for the first few months of the season – we looked confident in games focusing – as Alex Neil preaches – on attacking football. It all went you-know-what up at Newcastle and we became unnecessarily cautious as a result which meant we were easier to deal with and play against. That cost us.

What are your hopes for 2016-17 season?
Have to hope to finish in the top two of course – even if that does mean the following season is all about not finishing in the bottom three. The chase is better than the catch. But I think it’ll be difficult and am anticipating we may struggle to really make the sort of impact we might like to.

What could hold your team back this season?
Expectancy. It’s massive. It always is. If we’re not in or around the top six by December, the knives will be out-for Alex Neil, the players, the owners, the board – in fact for everyone. And that’ll REALLY help.

How did you get on in the transfer market? Excited?

Funnily enough it was a lot more exciting last Summer-and a case of ‘if only’. Then we came very close to signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli – he’s now up for grabs for £50 million! It’s quiet at the time of writing. We’ve signed both Sergi Canos and Alex Pritchard who you’ll know all about (welcome to the Brentford B team Alex and Sergi – Ed). I hope he’s given a decent chance and not bombed out after one bad game. In all honesty, would be more excited about some of our academy players getting a chance than bringing in more newbies.

Did you go anywhere nice for pre-season? Play anyone decent? Any shockers?
We’re off to Austria for a training camp that will include games against Dukla Prague (who, I assume, will be wearing that elusive away kit) and Rubin Kazan. A pre-season friendly at Lowestoft was cancelled due to the pitch being waterlogged, that was disappointing as it was a testimonial for Micky Chapman, their former boss.

Who was your biggest hero last season?
Heroes. Pft. We eulogise one week, condemn the next. I never know which of our players are hot, which are not and who the latest scapegoat is.  For me it was Wes Hoolahan. Why? Because the bloke tries to play football, tries, in Norfolk parlance, “to do diff’rent”. If it doesn’t come off then he’ll try again anyway. He’s a throwback and a delight to the eye. In a footballing world of magnolia, Wes is truly a vibrant green.

Who was your biggest disappointment?
Stephen Naismith. Although, to be fair, he came to us lacking match fitness and, in all probability, carrying a niggle or two. So he wasn’t at his best. He was a bit of a marquee signing for us. The sort of player you don’t expect Norwich to sign. But he came with a lot of praise from Everton fans nd will probably be as disappointed as anyone that he didn’t hit the ground running. He’ll be a big player for us in the Championship.

Which of your players should we be looking out for?
I’m hoping it’ll be James Maddison, who we signed from Coventry last January. We beat Liverpool and Tottenham to his signature apparently. Hugely gifted AM.  Creative and positive in his play and approach. Am just worried he’ll get shoved into the development squad rather than the first team one.

Other that your team (of course) what team would you put £100 on for promotion?
I’m not sure I would put £100 on us anyway! It has to be Newcastle. Chucking money about but, for once, in a vaguely sensible manner. Great coach, big crowds. Not the most tolerant of fans but they’ll get behind them if they’re winning. Yep, can’t see past them.

What team has would you lump £100 on for relegation?
I think Burton will struggle. They remind me of Yeovil in how they’ve bossed two leagues and made rapid progress. But it’s going to be as hard for them in the Championship this season as it is for a club like us – or you – in the Premier League. I hope not. There are lots of other clubs I’d sooner see go down but, sadly, it might be a leap too far for Burton.

What team is going to be the surprise packet this season?
Leeds United. Great managerial appointment and some good players brought in this summer. If Cellino can let Garry Monk get on with it, they’ll finish top six no problem. Bit disappointing to see Robert Green to go there though.

Which match is your must-go-to match of the season and why?
Every game is. Don’t cherry pick or mark out favourites. Will enjoy the trips out to Brentford, Burton and Fulham though.

What fans impressed you most last season?
Crystal Palace fans make a hell of a row. The atmosphere at Selhurst Park when they’re buzzing and Palace are playing well is brilliant (To be fair, just like we complained, Palace fans also made a fair bit of a noise about Norwich charging extortionate ticket prices – fair play to them – Ed)

Describe a funny moment last season on or off the pitch.
For me it was a pre-season friendly against West Ham. Payet was playing, it might even have been his debut for them. Everyone thought he was a bog standard West Ham signing, lots of money spent on someone who’d never adapt to the English game and “…thank God we didn’t operate like that”. Oops!

Predicted League finish?
6th

Nottingham Forest
Danny Wetton ‪(@DannyJPWetton) – Forest TV

How would you describe last season for your club?
Last season for Forest was largely unsurprising to be honest. At the beginning of the season if you’d have said we’d have finished 16th after having the embargo and all the injuries I think we’d have taken that.

What are your hopes for 2016-17 season?
New manager (the first foreign manager the club has ever had), new signings, potential new owners and a great new kit. We’re looking to be positive as always but I think round about 10th-8th will be where we Finish.

What could hold your team back this season?
Imagine the short amount of time the players have had with the manager pre-season. Will he manage to get them playing the way he wants quickly enough.

How did you get on in the transfer market? Excited?
Still ongoing at the moment with some new signings expected in the coming days. But signing Vellios (former Everton striker) from Iraklis in Greece and Thomas Lam from PEC Zwolle in Holland is very positive. Plus players returning from injury and from loan that will play a big part is exciting!

Did you go anywhere nice for pre-season? Play anyone decent? Any shockers?
Forest went to Portugal for a week where they beat Millwall 2-0 and also achieved a big result in beating SC Braga 3-0 comfortably. We have won all pre-season games, so a good pre-season in my eyes.

Who was your biggest hero last season
Dorus DeVries (goalkeeper) shone in a dull squad. Without him and his game saving saves we would probably have been relegated. And the emergence of young Ollie Burke.

Who was your biggest disappointment?
Gary Gardner returning for a second spell on loan from Aston Villa failed to live up to the marauding and combative midfielder he was the season before. But he did still posses an unbelievable strike from distance!

Which of your players should we be looking out for?

Britt Assombalonga. He ame back from injury at the end of last season after 14 months out and scored a goal. With a full preseason under his belt, gaining fitness and losing weight, I believe you could see him becoming one of the top scorers in The Championship for 16/17 season

Other that your team (of course) what team would you put £100 on for promotion?
Newcastle United

What team has would you lump £100 on for relegation?
Barnsley

What team is going to be the surprise packet this season?
Difficult to say but if Will Grigg keeps his form maybe Wigan

Which match is your must-go-to match of the season and why?

Forest -v- Derby home and away no matter how you’re playing in the league it’s always good to play your arch enemies. The video you Beesotted/The72Review guys made at The City ground last season (above) which we appear in was the 1st time we hooked up

What fans impressed you most last season?
Probably Sheffield Wednesday when the came to our ground. Fun, loud and nice fans

Forest v Derby is usually a lively affair, what’s the most memorable one you’ve seen?
Away game just after Christmas in early 2015, Ben Osborn scoring the winner in the last minute after being 1-0 down with 15 to go. Best away day and derby game ever! Or in 2008/2009 season when Radi Majewski scored in the first 3 mins and we won 3-2 at home (albeit we scored very good goal haha)

You’ve got a pen in the last minute at Wembley to secure promotion. Whose going to take it (players past or present)
Stuart Pearce without a doubt

Describe a funny moment last season on or off the pitch
Watching Forest fans literally fight each other because the both tried to grab Mendes’ shirt when he threw it in the crowd

Favourite terrace chant?
Don’t take me home…..

What one thing that reeeeeeeeeeally p!ssed you off?
Seeing our own fans boo one of our own players before Mendes came on the pitch to replace an injured player

If you could be granted one thing this season, what would it be?
Obviously to get promoted haha

Predicted League finish?
9th

Preston North End
Geoff Ollerton – PNE Supporters Club (@pnegrimsargh)

How would you describe last season for your club?
First season back in the championship so consolidation was the word. We in fact did more than that and finished 11th which was very good. Better than most expected.

What are your hopes for 2016-17 season?
We hope to move forward and do a little better than last time. Hopefully the manager will improve the squad to achieve this.

What could hold your team back this season?
Lack of funds will be the major problem for us. We have a billionaire owner who keeps the club in the black but doesn’t believe in throwing millions at it all at once.

How did you get on in the transfer market? Excited?
As stated above, our owner only goes so far with the cash so our transfer dealings will be limited. Having said that we have done pretty well in signing a goalkeeper, a defender, a midfielder and a striker – time will tell how good they all are – but the signing of Ben Pringle from Fulham is certainly a step in the right direction.

Did you go anywhere nice for pre-season? Play anyone decent? Any shockers?
Our main pre-season game is v Stoke City at home. It ended 1-1 and was a decent match for a friendly. All our other friendlies are against lower league opposition so nothing to excite anyone there.

Who was your biggest hero last season?
No heroes at Preston the players all did their bit but special praise for the manager Simon Grayson for steadying our ship over the last two or three seasons.

Who was your biggest disappointment?

The biggest disappointment last SEASON WAS Jermaine Beckford in that he was out injured for most of it. Following his superb performance in the play of final the season before (hat trick at Wembley) we were looking forward to more of the same but alas he was out right until the last couple of games.

Which of your players should we be looking out for?
Daniel Johnson on his day can be a match winner. Hope too that Ben Pringle will impress. Beckford if he’s back to his best and Jo Garner for his goals again hopefully.

Other that your team (of course) what team would you put £100 on for promotion?
Newcastle United

What team has would you lump £100 on for relegation?
Brentford oop’s sorry no no …. Rotherham United or Burton Albion

What team is going to be the surprise packet this season?
Bristol City, they have bought well and improved an already decent squad

Which match is your must-go-to match of the season and why?
Sorry I don’t have a must go to match. I normally go to most of them anyway

What fans impressed you most last season?
Leeds fans impressed a lot at our place. The way they acknowledged their players and manager and indeed our manager (ex Leeds) and Beckford (ex Leeds) was exceptional.

What one thing that reeeeeeeeeeally p!ssed you off?
Players rolling about feigning injury really p!ssed me off be it be ours or the opposition. It’s ruining football

Your champagne moment from last season?
When we guaranteed our place in this season’s championship

What game will be Gentry day this season?
Can’t disclose that just yet. But it won’t be Brentford again – although the last two Brentford gentry days were very good (as you can see below)

If you could be granted one thing this season, what would it be?
Another play-off final win at Wembley although to be honest I don’t really agree with play offs

Predicted League finish?
9th

 

Written and compiled by Billy Grant (@BillyTheBee99), Dave Lane (@Beesotted100) and Carl Massey (@TheBFCBeesBlog)

 

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