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Inside your Matchday Programme: Sheffield Wednesday

Behind the cover of BEES issue 03

18 August 2018

“The lads are willing to work hard for each other both on matchdays and during training at Jersey Road, and it’s that desire for improvement which is as pleasing to me as the points we’ve put on the board.”

From the Dugout: Dean Smith’s pre-Sheffield Wednesday thoughts


“Our Club is proud to represent our diverse community; we welcome all supporters irrespective of background, race, religion, sexuality or gender. We do not want people at Brentford that do not share our values. Our strength comes from our commitment to inclusivity.”

From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin reflects on an eventful start to the season


“In the last three seasons there was real belief that Wednesday were one of the best teams in the league and would at very least be challenging for the Play-Offs. This year there is a very different mentality.”

Hot off the Press: With Rob Staton of BBC Radio Sheffield


Heroes and Villains: Greville Waterman looks at some previous clashes with Sheffield Wednesday through the lens of two significant performances


“There were a lot of stabbings and shootings in my area. It was a scary thought that something like that could happen to me.”

Blessed: BEES caught up with new signing Ezri Konsa to discuss his path to TW8


“I remember it all nearly went off with another football team while we were away, I’m not saying who the team was, but all our lads were right up for giving them a good kicking. One of their players had said something to Gary Roberts which wasn’t surprising really as he was always winding somebody or another up the wrong way after a drink.”

Griffin Park Greats: Hardman Terry Hurlock is next up in our Brentford legends series


“As I left Griffin Park, Patsy Hendren – England cricketer and one-time Brentford winger – greeted me with a happy, ‘Ah! A point at last!’ It was, of course, Brentford’s first home point since early September. He could also have said that Brentford richly deserved it, and that he had just seen as pretty a football struggle as he has ever done. At any rate, I can.”

Big Book of Griffin Park: Match report extracts from The Owls’ first visit to Griffin Park in October 1935


“On the way to the game, outside Griffin Park, a Wycombe fan crashed into me and wrote off my car. I don’t know why, but it put me in a really angry mindset and I think that actually helped for the game. The person who crashed into me admitted to my face that it was actually his fault. I went and scored against them and the next thing I know, there’s an insurance letter on my doorstep saying that I was responsible!”

History Boys: 2008/09 Uncovered: Fresh from featuring in our away kit campaign, David Hunt recalls his memories from the 2008/09 season


“One can only presume that the comment of ‘It looks like curtains’ from one Stoke fan on the way out was a reference to their own promotion chances rather than my own replica top.”

Park Life: Nick Bruzon’s topical take on the week that was


“When I first came here I was one of the younger boys. Now I’m going into my third year, I’m one of the older boys. I know the Club, I know almost everyone around it; staff and players. I’m now more of a leader you could say, that’s what I want to work on.”

Brentford B: Day 2 Day with Lukas Talbro


You’re the Boss: Dan Bentley opts for an attacking ‘but disciplined’ 4-4-2 formation with ‘genius’ Pep Guardiola in the dugout


“By removing the role of club captain, you suddenly have a situation where players must take responsibility.”

Last Word: Ben Burgess discusses The Bees’ new leadership model


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