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    by Published on 8th July 2013 11:00

    The Brentford squad has returned to the UK after their weeklong training camp in Germany. They played two friendly matches and worked on building up their fitness. New signings Jack Bonham, George Saville, Alan McCormack and Will Grigg made their non-competitive debuts for the club and trialists Daniel Müller and Martin Fillo joined the party. Development squad members Emmanuel Oyeleke, Aaron Pierre and Charlie Adams also travelled. Injured players Jonathan Douglas, Scott Barron and Richard Lee did not make the trip to Germany.

    The first friendly match was a 3-0 victory over fifth tier side Einheit Rudolstadt, with goals from Clayton Donaldson, George Saville and Paul Hayes. Manager Uwe Rösler made ten changes at half time, to ensure every player who travelled to Germany got game time, with the exception of Kevin O’Connor (illness) and Simon Moore. 46-year-old Bees coach Alan Kernaghan made an appearance as a sub after 65 minutes, replacing Aaron Pierre in defence. The second friendly match was a 1-1 draw with third tier outfit Rot-Weiß Erfurt, Bees’ goal coming courtesy of Harlee Dean. Again ten changes were made at half time, with the eleventh change being Charlie Adams on for Martin Fillo during the second half.

    Brentford Player Liaison Officer Peter Gilham contributed an insightful diary of the tour:

    Day 1 - Willkommen in Deutschland
    Day 2 - Training, bike rides, initiations
    Day 3 - Gym, training
    Day 4 - Finding medical supplies in Bad Blankenburg
    Day 5 - Weaponless SWAT team
    Day 6 - After The Lord Mayor's Show
    Day 7 - Frederick Henry Royce was Simon's great grand uncle
    Day 8 - One of the most spectacular table fountains ever seen
    by Published on 3rd July 2013 20:00

    Bees have confirmed Harry Forrester has left the club to join Championship new boys Doncaster Rovers. Donny boss Paul Dickov confirmed last night that they have agreed personal terms with the 22-year-old. However, Rovers have yet to make an acceptable compensation offer to the Bees, with the fee to be decided by a tribunal if the clubs fail to agree terms. Forrester made 69 appearances during his time in TW8, scoring 11 goals.
    by Published on 3rd July 2013 09:27

    BIAS would like to thank all who have supported Brentford Football Club's planning application for the Lionel Road Community Stadium. There is still time to register your support and please do not forget to urge friends, relatives, work colleagues - and anyone else – concerned over the viability of Brentford Football Club to do the same.

    One issue that has been raised by a few supporters is whether you should make the effort if you are not a resident of Hounslow Borough Council. The advice we have received is an emphatic YES all views will count irrespective of whether you are a resident of Hounslow Borough or not.

    Visitors to the new stadium are likely to make a significant contribution to the local community and it is only fitting that your view should be heard wherever you live.

    We have sought clarification on this issue from the Lionel Road Stadium directors and their response has been equally emphatic. They say:

    “Each and every organisation, business and individual is entitled to write in and support the proposal for the Brentford Community Stadium and regardless of where you work, live or play, your view is valid and will be properly and fully taken into account by the Council when making the decision."
    There is the separate issue of political pressure and there can be little doubt that Hounslow residents will have a significant role to play here. The ultimate decision on the stadium will be taken by locally elected councillors and it is one of the touchstones of the local democratic process for residents to inform their elected representatives where they stand on key issues that affect the local community. Therefore, feel free to copy your letter to your local ward councillors (there are three of them). It would be even better if you could find out their surgery times and places and personally drop in and deliver your letter and let them know what you think. If you aren’t sure, you can find out who your councillors are and where they have surgeries at this link.

    The issue of a new stadium, and this planning application, is – without the slightest doubt – the most significant issue to have faced Brentford Football Club in almost 50 years. Once again it is a time for Brentford supporters – wherever you are resident – to stand tall and support the Club on this issue.

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    by Published on 1st July 2013 12:00

    Brentford have signed Northern Ireland international striker Will Grigg after his contract at Walsall expired. Bees moved to capture the striker, who scored 19 goals in npower League One last season, and beat off stiff competition to secure his signature. Grigg has signed a three-year contract at Griffin Park. The Midlands club will be due compensation for the striker due to his age. The capture of Will gives Bees two of League One’s top five goal scorers from 2012/13.

    Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Sporting Director, said: “We are delighted to secure the signing of Will Grigg on a three year deal. He is another piece of our jigsaw for 2013/14 and another young, talented player who has committed his future to the Club for the next three years.”

    Will turned professional at Walsall in the summer of 2009, having made his first team debut as a scholar in December 2008. He made his mark in 2010/11, playing 30 games in all competitions, and played 33 a season later. He found his feet last season and scored 20 goals in 45 games in all competitions, 19 in 41 League One matches. Will played for Northern Ireland at Under-19 and Under-21 level and made his full debut against The Netherlands just over a year ago – he won a further cap, his first start, against Malta in February.
    by Published on 28th June 2013 13:28

    Adam Forshaw said he was flattered by his new three-year contract at Brentford which he signed earlier this week. The 21-year-old midfielder, who joined from Everton at the start of the 2012/13 season, agreed a deal to remain at Griffin Park until the summer of 2016. Adam made 53 appearances in total last season, including 43 in the league, netting three times as well as scoring the decisive penalty in the League One Play-Off Semi-Final victory over Swindon Town.

    “I am delighted to sign,” said Adam, speaking earlier this week. “I wanted to get it out of the way before I went on the tour to Germany. I am really happy to sign for three more years and hopefully have three more good years here. You don’t want to get carried away but it is really flattering that they have come to me and offered me a new deal. I am more than happy to sign it and I am looking forward to this season and hopefully, the season after, to be playing Championship football. The ambition is definitely there to see. You just have to look at the players we have got here and the one’s we are bringing in like Alan McCormack, George Saville and Jack Bonham, these are all very positive signings and we are all striving to go one direction. I know there are a couple of guys who are in the middle of sorting out new contracts themselves. It is great that they are showing great ambition. We all want to go in one direction - Mark Warburton, Uwe Rösler and all the staff and players – so it is really exciting.”

    For Adam it was a tough end to the season emotionally and he says the summer break has been beneficial in helping him to switch off from football and recharge his batteries both physically and mentally. “It was a disappointing end to the season no doubt,” said Adam. “Everyone’s emotions were gone after the end of last year but I think we can take a lot of positives from last year. It was a lot of our first seasons all together so to come to this season all together with a couple of additions I can only see one outcome. The break was probably more mentally needed for me. It was good just to get back to Liverpool and see my family and friends and switch off for a few weeks before getting back at it as the mental side definitely plays a part. The first couple of days of Pre-Season have been tough but everybody is in the same boat; we all want to get as fit as possible and ready for that first game against Port Vale. There is no hiding from it, it is really tough but you have got to do it. We were really fit last year and the last five minutes of games proved really critical for us and we thrived on that at times. We always knew we were going to get that chance late on in the game and the lads have come back and we are fitter than last year already so that can only be a good sign. It is really good for the new lads and it is also good getting the lads back together and having a laugh bouncing off each other. The new lads have to sing a song which is something I really didn’t like last year but it is good to get everyone together and get everyone starting to click. It is a good time to test yourself and see what you can do. It is good in those games to really push yourselves and see what the outcome can be. I can’t wait for the first day of the season I just want to fast forward it now.”
    by Published on 25th June 2013 20:30

    Cliff Crown has been named as the new chairman of Brentford FC. He replaces Greg Dyke, who had to stand down from the position at the end of last season after he became chairman-elect of the Football Association. Cliff, who acts as Chief Financial Officer and business adviser to a number of companies in which Club owner Matthew Benham has a financial interest, was appointed as a Club Director in September 2012. He is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in advising commercial owner managed businesses. Despite all this he considers himself first and foremost a football fan. He has now taken on the role of non-executive Chairman.

    Cliff said: “I am honoured to have been appointed chairman of Brentford and look forward to working with the Board and the Management Team to build on the progress made over the last two years and to deliver a successful future for the Club and its fans. I hope to continue the great work of Greg Dyke, who played such an important role in getting the Club to where it is now.

    The Club has also appointed two Vice-Chairmen – Donald Kerr and Eddie Rogers. Donald has represented Bees United on the Club’s Board of Directors for more than four years. Eddie has been on the Board as an investor director for more than 12 years and served as Chairman from April 2003 to January 2006. Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “I would like to welcome Cliff to his new role. Cliff has been an important member of the Board since he was appointed nine months ago and made a valuable contribution in a short space of time. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Cliff as the Club moves forward.”

    The Club’s Board now comprises Cliff Crown (Chairman), Donald Kerr (Vice-Chairman), Eddie Rogers (Vice-Chairman), Alan Bird, David Heath, John Herting, David Merritt and Phil Whall. Crown was appointed to the League One club's board of directors last September. He acts as chief financial officer and business adviser to a number of companies in which Bees owner Matthew Benham has a financial interest. Meanwhile, the Bees have also appointed two new vice-chairmen in Donald Kerr and Eddie Rogers.
    by Published on 24th June 2013 16:00

    Bees have signed Swindon Town captain Alan McCormack on a free transfer and agreed a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder George Saville. Midfielder McCormack, who made 98 appearances during two seasons at the County Ground, has agreed a two-year deal with the club. Saville has not played a senior game for Chelsea but made three appearances while on loan at Millwall last season. The 20-year-old will remain at Griffin Park until January 5.

    Mark Warburton, Brentford's sporting director said "McCormack will undoubtedly have a positive impact both on and off the pitch. As captain of a strong Swindon team last season he clearly displayed excellent leadership and motivational skills. His experience will naturally benefit the development of the many young players we have in the first team squad. Alan is a versatile player who will provide cover in a number of positions alongside his more recognised midfield role."

    On the loan signing of Saville, Warburton said: "George is a tenacious midfield player who possesses excellent technical attributes which have allowed him to train daily with the Chelsea first team squad for the vast majority of last season. He has been on our radar for a long while and when the opportunity arose to secure him on loan until at least early January we had absolutely no hesitation. He will bring a real bite to our midfield coupled with the ability to technically maintain good possession and the vision to unlock opposition defences."

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