99 days after it was meant to start Fulham v Brentford finally kicked off at Craven Cottage. The Putney End stand which would normally be packed with Brentford fans was empty.There was one small pocket of Brentford support, the ten seats allocated by the EFL to visiting ‘Directors/Execs’.
Leading them was owner Matthew Benham, Chairman Cliff Crown, CEO Jon Varney and Co-Directors of Football Phil Giles and Rasmus Ankersen. The remaining seats at this game and all other games for the rest of the season were shared on a rota basis between the other directors and associate directors. Bees United Chairman Stewart Purvis, who holds the BU seat on the Club Board, was allocated a seat for the Fulham game.
The BU Board, sensitive to the fact that other supporters could not be at the game, debated how best to use the ticket. We decided that Stewart, who has covered 16 away games this season for BU, would write a different kind of match report. Since most supporters will have watched the game on Sky or iFollow he would focus on what the TV cameras couldn’t show, what it was like to be a Bees fan sitting in the Johnny Haynes stand at Craven Cottage in these most unusual circumstances. His report can be read on the Bees United website here.