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Inside Your Matchday Programme: Swansea City

Take a look inside our Boxing Day programme ahead of Swansea City's visit to Griffin Park

24 December 2019

Boxing Day's edition of the matchday programme is inspired by the 2008/09 season, as we play Swansea City in the league for the final time this season.

Henrik Dalsgaard welcomes you back after Christmas, speaking in our From the Field feature, and examines the past few fixtures. 

"Looking back at the last two home games, Fulham and Cardiff were great performances in different ways. Cardiff were tough, they fought hard and we had to be at our best to get something from the game when they came at us in the second half."

Dan Long continues his profiling of Brentford's legends, turning the spotlight onto current First Team Assistant Coach Kevin O'Connor - also the cover star of this edition!

“It’s going to be really sad because my whole career, ever since I joined at Under-15s has been at Griffin Park. I cleaned the away changing room for two years as a scholar and the Manager would go around with his finger and check if there was any dust anywhere, and you’d get in trouble if there was."

Rob Jex takes us back to Boxing Day 2005 for Fixture in Focus, looking at our last fextive clash with The Swans.

"The second half started in the same frantic pace as the first period, with Brentford not letting the visitors get a foothold in the game. Tillen almost created a third Bees goal minutes after the break when his run and cross found Brooker, but the ball flew wide."

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Sam Saunders tells us how it is with Brentford B losing to Hibernian before Christmas: "My reaction to the performance is fine, I thought our attitude was good and I felt that we tried to play. It was a good learning curve and as a B Team we want games that are going to be as close to men’s football as possible and I certainly think that was the case."

Ben Burgess gives his Last Word on winter transfers: "Whilst flattered that Hearts were keen on me, I was loving life in London and enjoyed working everyday with my team-mates and the manager."

Colin Halstead shares his Brentford Story: "There was a time when Catherine and I used to stop at the shop on the corner of Hamilton Road and buy some Drumsticks sweets before the game. If I bought two Drumsticks, it meant we were going to win 2-0 so, essentially, however many we bought, that was our score prediction."

Also inside: Said Benrahma is our pull-out poster, Thomas Frank shares his thoughts on the Boxing Day clash, Jodie Reid is our focus in Brentford Women's and Mike Sullivan updates us on all things commercial in Business Matters.

Pick up a copy of tonight's Official Matchday Programme around Griffin Park for £3.50. Unable to make it to the game? All of this season's programmes can be bought online from our supplier Curtis Sport. Click Here.

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