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Inside your Matchday Programme: Preston North End

Read exclusive interviews with Thomas Frank, Jon Varney, Alan Bennett and Lars Friis in your final issue of the season

4 May 2019

“When life gets tough, you either take one step back or one step forward – as a community we took two steps forward.”

From the Dugout: We sat down with Thomas Frank to discuss his first seven months in charge and the importance of togetherness during the Club’s “ultimate test”

 

“I used to go on the unofficial supporters’ coaches to away games – Paddy’s coaches. The coaches would leave Hounslow bus garage at some ridiculous hour in the morning. My mum was frightened to death that I’d never come home! I remember one particular trip to Bury; the coach must have broken down at least seven times on the way there and eight times on the way back.”

From the Boardroom: From early away days to working with the Brazilian national team, Chief Executive Jon Varney speaks exclusively to BEES

 

Match Preview: Line-ups, latest news and last-five form guide

 

In Opposition: Squad list, profiles and stats. Get clued up on our visitors  

 

Four in Focus: North End’s key quartet in profile

 

“There’s a feeling that they are building something; North End fans didn’t want to see another managerial disruption that would force them to start all over again.”

Hot off the Press: With Dave Seddon of the Lancashire Evening Post

 

Heroes and Villains: Greville Waterman looks back on some previous clashes with today’s opponents through the lens of two significant performances

 

“I don’t recall much of what happened after we won the league at Darlington; John Halls took me home in a taxi, that’s all I remember!”

History Boys: Alan Bennett reflects on the 2008/09 title-winning campaign

 

“Five goal hauls were a regular visitor to Griffin Park. The only mystery was how the 7(seven) brackets failed to put in an appearance. Neal Maupay and Saïd Benrahama lead the charge on some of the most exciting football we’ve ever had the privilege to watch. If Matthew Benham is reading (he isn’t) please don’t let this squad break up over the summer. 2019/20 is going to be very, very special indeed.”

Park Life: Fan columnist Nick Bruzon picks out ten moments that helped mould the memory of the current campaign

 

Big Book of Griffin Park: On strike! In light of recent events at the University of Bolton Stadium, David Lane and Mark Croxford look at some previous cases of player power

 

“I hope one day to be back here, that’s my aim. In a few years, to get a role here would be amazing. One of the first things I noticed when I came to the Club, when you enter through the main gate you can feel straight away that it’s a family club. It’s such a friendly club. You sit in the canteen at Jersey Road with quotes and words on the wall, but they’re not just words.”

Brentford B: Chris Deacon speaks to outgoing B Team Head Coach Lars Friis

 

You’re the Boss: Past meets present. Chief Executive Jon Varney selects an all-time Bees XI spanning five decades

 

“The one thing that has remained consistent is the stability of the Club off the pitch. When you take into account the turmoil elsewhere, Brentford seems a pretty harmonious place.”

Last Word: Ben Burgess’ end-of-season wrap-up

 

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