On the wesbite of Bees United, the Brentford supporters' trust, a team of writers have been looking behind the scenes. In all facets of Brentford Football Club there are people the fans will not really know and Bees United have been delving deep. Just before the resumption of football, First Team Performance Analyst Joe Newton was put under the microscope.

If you were to ask 50 Bees fans to tell you what they know about Joe Newton they might come back at you with a glazed look. A young and highly rated new signing for the B Team, maybe? The latest instalment of the unsung heroes series sees us venture into the world of Performance Analysis.

‘Performance Analysis is a specialist discipline involving systematic observations to enhance performance and improve decision making, primarily delivered through the provision of objective statistical (Data Analysis) and visual feedback (Video Analysis)’. – English Institute of Sport

Highly regarded behind the scenes at football clubs, the work of analysts is largely lost on fans. The big match occasion on a Saturday or Tuesday can easily fool supporters into thinking Brentford’s players and coaches turn up and perform because that’s just what they do. An analyst’s preparatory work before games, the objective observation and reaction during matches, plus the immediate examination after the final whistle is essential work in helping to stitch together a relentless football campaign.

The piece looks at how Joe got in to football and then in to analysis and his role at the Club. Read it all here.