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Inside your Matchday Programme: Sheffield United

With 2018/19 Kevin O’Connor’s 20th season involved in the professional set-up at Brentford, we celebrate his career in TW8 in a special edition of BEES matchday programme

27 November 2018

“Over the course of a season you can sometimes encounter a spell when you can’t quite get over the line. The boys are playing with plenty of heart and desire, and with your backing we can tip the small margins back in our favour.”

From the Dugout: Thomas Frank reflects on last Saturday’s match against Middlesbrough and looks ahead to the visit of Sheffield United


“Invariably, we are up against a televised Champions League game, and work hours and London traffic add to the challenge of getting our supporters through the turnstiles. Rather than simply accepting the situation, we determined that by creating a theme for the match and developing promotions with some of the major employers in the area, we could try to reduce the decline and maybe even gain some new fans.”

From the Boardroom: Mark Devlin’s behind-the-scenes update from TW8


Match Preview: Line-ups, latest news and last-five form guide. The key information ahead of #BRESHU


In Opposition: Squad list, profiles and stats


Four in Focus: We profile The Blades’ dangermen  


“Sheffield United like to maintain a position high up the field. They have an almost shock-and-awe brand of football in that they try and get on the front foot very early.”

Hot off the Press: With Andy Giddings of BBC Sheffield


Heroes and Villains: Greville Waterman relives some previous clashes with Sheffield United through the lens of two significant performances


“I’m still passionate and I still want to win as much as ever, but my role at this level is about developing the players and the performance.”

Feature Interview - King Kev: Three decades of service, 501 appearances and 46 goals in all competitions. Former Bees captain Kevin O’Connor is Griffin Park royalty. Kev sat down with BEES matchday programme to discuss his 16 seasons in the red and white stripes and his coaching role at Jersey Road


“I had loved my time at Brentford, but it was time to leave – it was now or never.”

OOH-AAH - The Bob Booker Story: Greville Waterman speaks to cult hero Bob Booker about his surprise switch to Sheffield United in 1988 


“Kev was not a shouter or a brawler; he went about his job with a steely determination hidden by a quiet and professional demeanour. 501 appearances is an astounding achievement and one that is unlikely to be matched again at Brentford.”

Big Book of Griffin Park: David Lane pays homage to Kevin O’Connor


“It was an amazing atmosphere; we’d already won the league and then won that game as well. Newts scored a really good goal and it was just a party atmosphere. The reason you play football is for days like that.”

History Boys: Kevin O’Connor reflects on the 2008/09 campaign - a season of milestones for the former Brentford captain


“There are so many of us who have seen him in action. Who have been there for the bad times. The Macclesfield Town aways and missing out at Wembley. Who have been there for the good times. The aforementioned promotion as well as being crowned champions of League Two in 2009/09. All of whom have their own special Kevin O’Connor moment.”

Park Life: “Simply magnificent. Simply the best. Simply Brentford.” Nick Bruzon looks back on the career of Club legend, Kevin O’Connor


“I am learning a lot from him [Kevin O’Connor] and I actually did some research when I first found out he was a Club legend. His career here was great. I think it’s great to have him in charge, and we learn a lot from him as a group. We pay attention to him and we trust him; he knows how things need to be done.”

Brentford B: Chris Deacon speaks to Jaakko Oksanen


You’re the Boss: There’s an embarrassment of riches for Kevin O’Connor as he selects his ultimate Bees XI from 16 seasons as a player at Griffin Park


“Super Kev’s longevity is phenomenal. His staying power is testament to his professionalism and ability.”

Last Word: Ben Burgess’ tribute to former team-mate, Kevin O’Connor


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