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Inside your Matchday Programme: Middlesbrough

Behind the cover of your St. Patrick’s Day BEES

16 March 2018

“One of a handful of managers to have taken charge of over 1,000 games, Tony is a coach who I have a lot of time and respect for. With our visitors coming into this fixture off the back of a run which has seen them take 13 points from a possible 15, we are under no illusions of how tough this game will be.”

From the Dugout: Dean Smith looks ahead to the visit of Middlesbrough


“Sky coverage gave the Club a chance to perform in front of the nation and our commercial partners will have benefitted from the additional exposure. However, no one likes to see empty seats and the challenge to fill the stadium, especially when we are live on TV, remains a tough one.”

From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin on the Griffin Park attendance challenge


“Boro have added goals to their game and established solidity at the back - that’s why they’ve managed to get themselves in the Play-Offs.”

Hot Off the Press: with Paul Fraser of The Northern Echo


“The sun shone out from a blue sky and the crowds surged along in their thousands towards Middlesex’s squalid capital, capered with glee… The visit of a first League club to Brentford is an event with a capital E.”

Big Book of Griffin Park: Middlesbrough’s visit to Griffin Park 111 years ago is the focus of Dave Lane and Mark Croxford’s latest column


“There’s a lot of quality in the Ireland squad with plenty of players competing for places. I’ll keep sticking my hand up and do my best to perform when called upon.”

Luck of the Irish: In a St. Patrick’s Day special, BEES sat down with Brentford skipper John Egan to discuss overcoming injury, international duty and the rise of Chris Mepham


“I have a very good knowledge of Brentford - I have seen it at real low points and I’ve seen it now. It’s great to be a part of. Peter Gilham is the same, and there are others who have been here longer than me. We all want the best for the Club and we won’t let people stray from that - it’s always Brentford first.”

First, Best, Worst: Promotions, relegations, highs and lows. We chat to Bees legend and former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Kevin O’Connor about his experiences in TW8


“There were plenty of supporters aghast at the decision to turn out in red shorts and socks… I don’t subscribe to such crazy theories and only wear the same pair of Spiderman pants and Star Wars undershirt on matchday because it’s a personal tradition.”

Park Life: Kit enthusiast Nick Bruzon reflects on Brentford’s trip to Millwall in his latest column


“To be successful in life you need many stars to align in your favour… Usain Bolt was born with the correct physical attributes to run at speed, but so are thousands of others.”

Last Word: Nature-versus-nurture. Ben Burgess considers the ingredients needed for success in the Last Word


For all the above plus the usual favourites, pick up a copy of BEES around Griffin Park for just £3.50. 

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