Brentford welcome Ipswich Town to Griffin Park tomorrow, looking to catch up more ground on the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off places. 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, joining Colorado Rapids in January 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 with Toumani now plying his trade for Plymouth Argyle while 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.
Tickets for today's game at Griffin Park are still on General Sale. Adult tickets start at £28 with Under-18s just £6. Get your tickets to back the team against The Tractor Boys here.