A new crest, new B Team Head Coach, three B Team wins, a West London derby, and an international break, it was a busy start to November at Griffin Park.
After derby delight a week earlier against Queens Park Rangers there was derby disappointment as Fulham left Griffin Park with the three points from The Bees latest Friday night encounter. The visitors were the better side throughout and secured a first league win over The Bees since 1998 thanks to late goals in each half from Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney.
In the build-up to the game against The Cottagers it was revealed that midfielder Lewis Macleod had suffered a serious knee injury against Queens Park Rangers which would rule him out for the rest of the season.
Less than 24 hours after the first-team’s defeat to Fulham there was better news for a side in red and white on the Griffin Park pitch as Flemming Pedersen’s B Team beat Manchester United 3-2 in their latest prestige friendly. Chris Mepham’s birthday double, either side of Herson Rodrigues Alves’s header, had The Bees firmly in control with 20 minutes to play. However, Joe Riley and Sean Goss netted to make it a nervy ending but The Bees held on to claim the spoils.
There was little time for Brentford B to savour the victory as they travelled to Wigan Athletic the following Tuesday for their next assignment. Herson Alves was on target twice as The Bees came from behind to record another victory.
In preparation for their crucial Europa League fixtures, League of Ireland side Dundalk visited Jersey Road midway through the month to take on the B Team in what would turn out to be Flemming Pedersen’s final game in charge. On the pitch goals from Jan Holldack and Herson Alves wrapped up a 2-1 win for The Bees but the main story came the following day as a compensation agreement was reached to allow the Danish coach to start his new job at FC Nordsjælland early.
On the international stage, Ellery Balcombe impressed as he earned his second England Under-18 cap in a 2-0 win over Poland at The Lamex Stadium. The B Team goalkeeper made a number of crucial saves with Ipswich Town’s George Hirst going on to get The Young Lions’ goals. Andreas Bjelland also played the full match as Denmark got their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign back on track with a 4-1 win over Kazakhstan to move up to third in their Group. The Bees defender then went on to earn his 23rd cap four days later, playing 45 minutes as Denmark were held 1-1 by Czech Republic in a friendly.
Brentford Women's FC suffered their first defeat in seven as they were beaten 3-2 by Victoire Ladies in a top of the table clash in the Greater London’s Women’s Football League at Lampton School. Despite a double from Saffron Hand, The Bees’ defeat left them four points off top spot midway through the season.
In off the pitch news, the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s fanactiv programme won the Best New Innovation at the Beyond Sport Awards. The programme enables football fans to represent their club (versus other clubs) in physical activity challenges and, through use of a bespoke app, track their progress, win points for their team, and challenge their rivals to keep up.
As part of a journey to make more of the unique aspects of Brentford FC the club announced that it would be using a new crest from the start of the 2017/18. The final crest design was loosely based on the crest used from 1972-75 and the 1960s Brentford Supporters Club badge.