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Inside Your Matchday Programme: Stoke City

Take a look inside our Emirates FA Cup Third Round programme against Stoke City, this week only £3.

4 January 2020

Our first home game of the New Year sees us go up against Stoke City, the Matchday Programme inspired by the 2012/13 season - one of the most memorable in recent years.

Historian Rob Jex recalls the FA Cup at Griffin Park down the years in Stat Attack, examining the trends of every campaign to date.

"Thirty-five Brentford FA Cup matches at Griffin Park have been replays after draws, six of which went into extra time. Of those extended matches, only one ended in a Brentford win in 120 minutes."

Fan columnist Nick Bruzon starts the look ahead to a very important year for Brentford Football Club in Park Life.

"We’re now in 2020 and by the time May comes around, the bags will have been packed and the gates locked for the last time. This really feels like the final lap is approaching."

In My Brentford Story it's the turn of Caroline Lane to explain her stories following The Bees. From selling programmes as a teenager to a short affair with Tottenham Hotspur.

"Bad memories weren’t usually made at Griffin Park, but things like Lincoln City away, standing on an open terrace in the pouring rain, opening the door at the services and having the wind slam it shut in your face were pretty rough."

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Our Four In Focus feature brings you up to date on the Stoke squad: "He’s the son of former pro Kevin Campbell, who played for Arsenal, Everton, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion. Impressing in the FA Youth Cup campaign, he made his debut against Leicester in the Premier League during the 2017/18 season. "

In Last Word on the final page, Ben Burgess discusses the pros and cons of a cup run: "If you look at the three teams who earned promotion from the Championship last season (Norwich, Sheff United and Aston Villa), not one of them progressed passed the third round and in the case of Sheff United and Norwich they lost at home to lower league teams."

Dan Long talks to Away Fan Lewis Beadell about The Potters chances this season: "The first half of this season has been nothing short of terrible for anyone connected with Stoke City Football Club. The best we can now hope for is to avoid relegation."


Also inside: Thomas Frank welcomes in 2020, Women's Team defender Regan Graver is our profile this week, Ben Strange updates us on what's to come in the New Year for Brentford B and Greville Waterman explores the 12/13 season in this week's Cover Story.

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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