King Kev is officially crowned -The Brentford Buzz
Beesotted contributor, Billy Taylor, scours the internet to dig up the latest Brentford-related gossip from Twitter, Facebook, the Griffin Park Grapevine (GPG) and more.
The last few days has given Bees fans the need to talk about goings on off the pitch rather than on it. The rather uninspiring defeat in Cardiff on Saturday has been overshadowed by the much more uplifting news in the form of Kevin O’Connor being awarded the Sir Tom Finney award from the EFL – presented to a player who has had an exceptional career in the football league.
However, we will address Brentfords 2-1 away loss at the hands of Cardiff City. Fans travelled in respectable numbers down the M4 and were understandably confident ahead of the game, going into it on a run of three wins in a row.
ISLEWORTH_BEE: Tough game especially with out injured players……………. But i can see our football outsmarting the rough and tumble of Cardiff.
OCEANBEE: We’ll want to keep this current good run of form going, so 2-0 to us!
And it’s Warnock, so that little matter of always needing to beat him goes back 24 years to almost the same day, 12th April 1993 (Easter Monday). It was that infamous 2-2 draw at GP, when the ref Ray Biggar kept the game going for 9 minutes of injury time, effectively waiting until Warnock’s Notts Country equalised. Warnock then did a war dance along the touch line. This loss of 2 points effectively made the difference for us to be relegated from the Championship after only one season.
However, now we’re on our well-earned way to our 4th consecutive Championship season, so I’ll make that 3-1 to us instead!
Do you remember the good old days, a couple of seasons or so ago, when Cardiff had to play in red as their home strip!!!
WISEOLDBEE: A few weeks ago this would have been a nailed on defeat for us but Cardiff are coasting a bit now so don’t think we’ll lose. 0-0 or perhaps a late Vibe goal will knick it?
Just before half time Brentford took the lead and at the it was arguably deserved. A typically flowing passing move saw Canos place the ball into the bottom corner with a great finish. As always, the Bees fans in the stands wanted to know how he scored that goal.
IDAHOBEE: Canos. Deserved a goal. Bees fans happy.
RANCHOMIRAGEBEE: CANOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Contrastingly the 2nd half felt anti-Brentford as Dean Smiths side showed a lack of movement and pace that most associate with this team. Many were still yet to return their seats when Cardiff leveled from a corner.
The game began to slow down to a tempo which suited the Welsh side as they capitalised on some more sloppy defending to put themselves in the lead. As the final whistle approached, groans could be heard with a mix of encouragement from the away end as fans voiced their frustration.
Fans disappointment can be heard on the Beesotted post-match podcast below:
The game was one that also threw up criticism in some quarters for a man who in many eyes is seen as never putting a foot wrong – Jota. Bees fans regularly praise the Spaniard and he has been hailed by many as the best to have ever played for Brentford. Despite this, it’s clear over the last few weeks hes not been on form and some thought they should bring this to discussion.
Dean Smith throughout his time at Griffin Park has been a man who causes controversy among the fan base and been on the receiving end of much scrutiny. It has been suggested that a way Smith could cut this tension is to be more open with supporters on decisions he makes. Most fans though were quick to defend the Head coach due to the positive direction they can see the club moving in.
On Friday it was announced Brentford legend Kevin O’Connor already known to fans as ‘King Kev’ was set to be granted the Sir Tom Finney award. The prestigious award recognises those who have served both their respected clubs and football in general with loyalty and attitude of the highest order.
I along with everyone connected to the club was left beaming with pride at the news as we again thanked ‘King Kev’ for his fantastic service as a player and now as head coach of the B team where he looks to help those who wish to like himself come through and be successful at first team level.
THANETBEE: Delighted for kev!
He has been with us through the darkest days as a player and saw us through to the other side.
HULLBEE: Top man King Kev and a great captain optimised everything you want from a captain never really been replaced
EAGLEBEE: Very, very, well done and fully deserved to a man who is well respected by every one inside and outside of BFC, has given us loyalty from day one, now carving out a successful career as a B team coach, and at the rate he is progressing, who knows he could be our main coach one day, congrats King Kev
GLASGOWBEE: Thoroughly deserved, a credit to himself and the club, an inspiration to so many about loyalty, congratulations KOC
JLOVE: It’s brilliant that he’s been recognised in this way. There’s so few like Kev – and his family, who support him fully – in football nowadays.
O’connor stated “I’m really proud-its a massive honour” when speaking about getting his award and later thanked Brentford for all they have done for him.
In other news details of the Pride of West of London Bees up (click here for tickets) have been announced featuring Graham Benstead, Billy Manuel, Francis Joseph and Gary Roberts plus comedian, magician, DJ. food and booze and some jokes. And a load of other olde skool Bees legend joining us for some beer.
Tickets are now available now and Beesotted would like to welcome anyone who wants to enjoy a night out with Bees legends and Bees fans to celebrate everything Brentford and another season in The Championship. The event will take place on bank holiday Sunday April 30th so lets hope there is an extra incentive to party having won at Craven Cottage the day before.
Come on You Bees!