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Gayle's derby memories

Marcus Gayle reflects on previous Fulham clashes ahead of tomorrow's match

1 December 2017

In two spells at Brentford, Marcus Gayle played in almost 250 games and did enough to earn himself a place in the Club's Hall of Fame. He scored 28 times for The Bees, many of them Goal of the Season contenders, but for Brentford fans of a certain vintage, one particular match and one particular goal stands out. Marcus scored the second goal in a 4-0 thrashing of Fulham in April 1992 that helped catapult Brentford to promotion from the Third Division. A week later Marcus was part of the team that won at Peterborough United to clinch promotion, and the third tier title.

Marcus is graduate of the Brentford youth system, breaking through in the late 1980s. He left in 1994 but returned to spend a further year at Griffin Park just over a decade ago and is now heard as part of the iFollow Brentford commentary team. A still familiar face around Griffin Park, Marcus reflected on that 1992 clash with Fulham and looked ahead to what may happen this weekend when the two teams go head-to-head again.

What does our West London Derby against Fulham mean to you? It is an opportunity to demonstrate we can compete at a higher level. Derby games always bring a little more out of players and everyone wants to do well.

What makes this fixture different from all the others?  I love the intensity. You can always tell it is a derby. This fixture to me is only matched with QPR now that our league status brings us all together.

What’s Griffin Park to you? Griffin Park is a special place to me, where I made my professional debut coming on as a sub. There is a passionate crowd that got behind me from day one.

What is the atmosphere like at this fixture? There is always an electric atmosphere. I could feel it as a player, and I played in quite a few of these games, and I can feel it now as a commentator. From when you walk into the stadium you know it’s a special day to perform and not let anyone down. It's a healthy pressure.

How would you prepare for a big fixture like this? Preparation for this match would be more or less be the same, however you feel the importance thoughout the week from players, staff and fans. There are people around the Club who make it clear to the players what a game like this means to them and the fans.

What went through your mind when we beat Fulham 4-0 in 1992? We knew a big effort was needed. We had an attention to detail to impress our game on them from first minute. We did that in the first half and being 4-0 up there was a great sense of we got what we deserved.

Is that your favourite match against Fulham? Yes no doubt, being directly involved with three of the four goals on the day helps.

Are there any other great memories of games against Fulham? I remember all the Fulham games I played in. I learnt a lot about myself from those games about character and desire.

Have you enjoyed watching the recent derbies? Yes, they have been very good games. This game is very much different today than when I played in them. They are very technical and pretty on the eye. I am sure they are great for fans of both clubs and neutrals.

What’s your score prediction? Brentford will win 3-1.

Tickets for tomorrow’s derby against Fulham are still available from £25 Adults and only £8 Juniors. With limited availability, hurry, book your tickets now or risk missing out.  


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