Brentford head to Portman Road on Saturday keen to an extend a five-match unbeaten run against The Tractor Boys that stretches back to Boxing Day 2014. Ahead of tomorrow’s game, we take a look at some of the people who link the two clubs.
Town’s squad on Saturday will be without the two players who have also featured in the red and white of Brentford through injury. New Zealand international Tommy Smith, who spent three months at Griffin Park in 2010, has been ruled out with a hamstring injury while Tom Adeyemi, who was part of Uwe Rosler’s Play-Off Final reaching squad in 2013, will also miss out due to a calf problem.
The list of players who have played for both The Bees and the Tractor Boys has been bolstered in recent years with a number of Bees crowd favourites heading down the A12 to East Anglia. Stephen Hunt and Jay Tabb both spent much of the mid-part of this decade at Portman Road, making well over 100 appearances between them.
Last season saw two of the mainstays of Brentford’s 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship Play-Off campaign reunited in East Anglia as Toumani Diagouraga joined Jonathan Douglas at Portman Road. The duo both departed over the summer as Toumani returned to Leeds United and Jonathan was released after two years with The Tractor Boys.
Other players to have featured for both sides included the central defensive trio of Ibrahima Sonko, Ivar Ingimarsson, and Hermann Hreidarsson. One player who enjoyed considerably more success with Town than with The Bees was Tom Garneys who, after two goals in 12 games at Griffin Park, went on to blaze 148 goals in 273 games for Ipswich between 1951 and 1959, leaving him fourth on their all-time scorers list.