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đź“˝ Patrik Gunnarsson becomes 12th name on newly dedicated "Robert Rowan First Team debut board"

Icelandic goalkeeper added to pathway board following debut against Middlesbrough

22 March 2019

The First Team debut board outside the Brentford B changing rooms at Jersey Road has been renamed in honour of Robert Rowan.

Robert’s life was tragically cut short on 12 November 2018, when he suffered a fatal cardiomyopathy episode, at only 28 years of age. As Technical Director, Robert played a guiding role in setting up the B Team model back in 2016.

In less than three years, a dozen players have gone on to make a competitive debut in our First-Team, the most recent of which was Icelandic goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson. The 18-year-old was pressed into action away at Middlesbrough earlier this month following an injury to Daniel Bentley.

Alongside another B Team graduate, Mads Bech Sorensen, who made his Sky Bet Championship debut that afternoon, Patrik helped keep Boro at bay in the closing stages to help the team record a first win on Teesside in 81 years.

With the debut board now proudly displaying Robert's name, here's the story of Patrik's first taste of professional football in England.

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