It was rather fitting that Alan Denman, on his last Brentford commentary against QPR in the last home game, called in the winning goal. Having joined the Blind Commentary Scheme as a commentator in the 1977/78 season his own career in painting a picture for listeners also started with a 2-1 win for the Bees, against Crystal Palace in the First Leg of a League Cup tie, courtsey of two Gordon Sweetzer goals.
Over the years Alan has formed a close bond with the Club's Blind Commentary Scheme, which has itself evolved to a become full match day experience for Brentford fans through linking with Bees World, Bees Player and now iFollow Brentford. The modern equipment now allows our blind and partially sighted supporters to listen to live commentary, both home and away, from anywhere within the ground. Alan has seen so many changes over the years and recalls the disappointment for blind supporters when Brentford reached the final of the Freight Rover Trophy back in 1985 when it was discovered that Wembley Stadium didn’t have facilities for commentary to our blind supporters.
Alan recalls: "Alan Rogers and Mary Farley made sure our blind supporters were still going to obtain commentary by accessing tickets that allowed Roland Blake and I to sit directly behind our blind fans and enable us to lean forward and convey the match."
More recently Alan has enjoyed working alongside former Bees in the commentary box, such as Sam Saunders, Richard Lee, Kevin O Connor and Marcus Gayle who add their insightful views on Match Day Live. One former Brentford player, now one of the most famous faces on TV these days, is Chris Kamara.
Alan said: "‘Chris was keen to become a pundit, even back then, and use to join us for commentary when he was injured or suspended. To be fair he was very good. When I saw him up on the gantry for the QPR game last week I reminded him how Brentford taught him all he knows."
Mark Burridge, the Club's lead commentator, said: "To be able to bow out with a home win in a derby game is a great way to retire from your craft. Not only has Alan's style been so thoroughly professional, he spends hours on research before each match and is blessed with an incredible memory of matches from yesteryear, which has much appreciated by our listeners. I can’t thank him enough, on behalf of the Club, for all his hard work over the years which has enriched the match day experience of our supporters."
If you can't make it to Griffin Park on Sunday for the mach against Hull City - tickets are still available - there will be full commentary on iFollow Brentford. Details on how to subscribe can be seen here.