Arsenal are the visitors to TW8 tomorrow night for our first top flight game in 74 years and we’ve put together a Match Programme that’s fit for the occasion.
Available for £4, it’ll be cash transactions only from our sellers around the stadium. Programmes can also be purchased using card from The Bees Merchandise Kiosk on Lionel Road South, and online from our supplier, ACA Creative. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and plan to be up and running with cashless payments from the Brighton game onwards.
Illustrated by Dave Flanagan, this issue’s cover art – which features Christian Nørgaard, Ivan Toney and Vitaly Janelt – is a celebration of our new home with a nod to our past.
Now you’ve seen the cover, take a look at what’s inside!
“Me, the staff and the players are all incredibly excited to be on this journey with you. To see and hear our new home at capacity for the first time is going to be something that lives with me forever”
From the Dugout: Thomas Frank
“Formation-wise, it will be a 4-2-3-1 as that’s what we’ve seen pretty much right the way through pre-season. The back four will play quite a high line, press high and try to win the ball from the opposition. I know Brentford are a team that like to play nice football and so I think Arsenal will try and win the ball from them as high as possible”
Hot off the Press: With Kaya Kaynak of football.london @kayakaynak97
“Realistically, I think we can achieve a position in the top six. We have no European football this season, which should make a difference; playing in Ukraine on a Thursday night and then travelling to Turf Moor on a Sunday is tough. Now we can focus all our attention on domestic matters”
The Away End: With Gunners fan, Sean Gibson
A Strip Down Memory Lane: Kit enthusiast Nick Bruzon roots through the wardrobe to see which Arsenal kits have stood the test of time
“It was a summer made of dreams; now it’s time to chase some new ones”
Summer Loving: Promotion to the Premier League, EURO 2020 and a dream wedding in Denmark. It’s been a summer to remember for Christian Nørgaard
“Then came that special moment in the 81st minute… Marcus Forss’ strike. While there have been a number of goals over the years worthy of the ‘Number One’ accolade, this one meant everything to us as a Club, which was evident in the way the fans, players, subs, and coaches celebrated as one. I can honestly say that no goal has ever given me more pleasure”
Peter Gilham’s Great Brentford Goals
“Fantasy Football should be even more hands-on than ever. All of a sudden it feels personal. Which three Brentford players to pick? Hard-nosed manager or guilt and remorse about dropping Sergi? (It’ll never happen, don’t worry)”
View from the North Stand: Nick Bruzon looks back on the week that was
From the Archive: Bees Historian Rob Jex rewinds to May 1947 for a final-day meeting with The Gunners that brought the Club’s time in the First Division to an end. It’s fair to say it’s taken a little longer than a “few years”, as suggested at the time by journalist Eric Lucas, for Brentford to make it back to the top flight!
History Boys: To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of our Third Division title triumph, in each issue this season Dan Long will be speaking to players, staff and supporters about their memories of the iconic ‘91/92 campaign. In this issue, Dan tells the story of the season and speaks with Bees fan, Ian Westbrook
BeeTeam: Fun and games to keep your young Bees occupied!
Coach Karleigh: Brentford Women’s FC gaffer and former Bees First Team player Karleigh Osborne is back with another drill to try with your team-mates
“We’ve had a little taste of what it could be like, and with the Club in the Premier League now, there are chances to play in front of huge audiences. If that doesn’t motivate you then you’re probably in the wrong sport”
Brentford B: Ben Strange speaks with defender Lewis Gordon after a summer of First Team exposure
“It’s fantastic that athletes now feel comfortable enough to discuss their mental health with the world watching”
The Last Word: Opening the conversation. With the Premier League season upon us, former Bees striker Ben Burgess believes that a lesson can be learned from this summer’s Olympic Games
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