Thanks to ChinaBee. a couple of other 'shots', 1 typical - with beer in hand, the other a normal pose!!
When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry,show life that you have a 1000 reasons to smile
Just realised who this is... my friends engaged to his son, I believe. Adam his name.
Myself and my brother were lucky enough to of met Tony 7 years ago also meeting Dean and Craig etc. The last 7 years have been the best years going to brentford and Tony was a main part of that he always made us laugh and his micky taking was brilliant you just had to take it. Had some great weekends away Amsterdam and Darlington will never be forgotten and most recently had a great day out at Walsall away. Getting to the kings arms for 11am every home game and no Tony been there is going to be a strange and sad feeling. I still can't believe it RIP Tony
Wow, I must say that team photo from Wander Paul (last page) brings back memories, as a son of an elder and passionate bee in that photo of Brentford Athletic. Tony was a character, and as one poster said above, was at times OTT but made life just more interesting... good guy. I used to tag along to games and training and occasionally play (at 15/16?) and from what I recall, he never once patronized me or treated me like a kid. The penalty misses to an open goal shall go down in folklore :) He was a decent player in his day though.
Will try and dig out some photos....
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Only heard about this tragic news late Last night, Tony was a true legend. I have known him since the mid 70's through Brentford Athletic. I do not get to many games these days, as I live in rural Lincolnshire, I saw him one home game last season and he greeted me with hello Jersey how are you and gave me a big handshake.
See him for the first time in full flow and you'd probably be forgiven for thinking what a foul-mouthed idiot he was. Get to know his 'style' over time and you get to know just what he was all about. He came out with some abuse, yes; but it would often be followed up by a laugh with those around him, either through them laughing at him or he himself realising how he was sounding after a prolonged session of shouting!! As someone remarked upon, he was always with people and chatting away to all and sundry when I saw him; loveable rogue is perhaps an apt description.
I cannot confess to knowing him, but I did have one or two 'chats' with him around the time of the Leroy/Fitz season as we shared similar views on the hierarchy, shall we say!! Unless my memory is failing me, I am sure I remember seeing him attempt to charge up the stairs to corporate seats in Braemar Road after a game around that time (perhaps Butcher's last game vs Grimsby). You could see what Brentford meant to him, even in the middle of one of his infamous rants; it wouldn't be a bad Bees performace without a short, sharp and angry burst of 'tw*t' aimed at someone by him, or the drawn out and anguished cry of 'farking 'el'. However, he was always one of those people you saw when travelling away and his loyalty to Brentford was crystal clear.
As I said, I didn't know him at well and cannot begin to miss him as much as those who did; however, GP will be a poorer place without him and his special brand of enthusiasm he brought, and it's sad to think his face will no longer be seen at GP or on those northern away days.
Uwe OUT. Rosler IN.
My first memory of tony was a few years back at shrewsbury away where after the game he was full of joy after the big win, a genuine shrewsbury fan congratulated him on the result, i will not repeat what tony then said to this fan but my god i was in stiches.
I then became close with tony dean and craig from a mate from work probally getting on for four years ago now, and been going home and away with tony since, and win or lose he made going to brentford games alot of fun. Standing on ealing road and going away and not hearing his voice echoing out will be missed. Tony is a real character and i have nothing but good memories. As mentioned in recent times the yellow line incident at yeovil last season was brilliant. Can't believe i will be travelling to bournemouth tonight and not seeing you i just hope brentford put on a show tonight, its what you deserve. my sincere condolences go out to his family. RIP Tony
BELLO ITS BRIAN BADONDE BAAAAAAAAAAAA
Met him at Exeter last season, never met him before but he kept us entertained through out the match with his witty comments, a true supporter RIP AND condolences to his family. From Martin and John
Understand Tony got a mention at half time today, fantastic. Well deserved
Now in Farndon-Nr Newark On Trent
I knew of him through mutual friends who also go to away matches and/or the Brewery Tap. I'm sure my memories of him can't compare with those of his best friends but some that sprung to my mind:
* Exeter at home promotion game 1999 - him and others singing "We are going up" so long and loud through the evening, the windows of the Tap must have been almost ready to fall out.
* Asking a guy on the Ealing Road with spiky hair if he wouldn't mind combing his hair next game, so he wouldn't get in his way...
* A pub before a game in Ipswch - he made a fairly innocuous quip about a cutlery pot which he said in such a funny way I was in hysterics for about half an hour...
On behalf of Bev and Andy (Tony's sister and brother) I have been asked by them to say a big thankyou to everyone who has posted messages of condolence and anecdotal stories celebrating Tony's life.
They are extremely grateful to everyone who has shared this sad time with them and to remember Tony and have been touched by the warmth shown to him on GPG.
Thank you everybody.
Alltid ser det fra den lyse side av liv !
Having known tony since the seventies on many a ging gang goolie coaches pat browns, and cattle truck football specials in the fa cup away days he was allways up for a laugh and the odd drink or two in most of the pubs around the ground over the years he allways had a opinion on where the team had gone wrong with a defeat. some got the hump with his comments but allways entitled to his say and quite right too. I know of a lot of people who dont use the gpg but knew tony well so on there behalf R I P Tony , sad day for Brentford all round i will be raising my glass on saturday to a true bees fan
I apologise if I have posted too many pics on here but just felt that one I have just found summed up the love of life that Tony had.
Tony with Stan Willis on a ferry en route to Amsterdam with Brentford Athletic for a football tournament and is my abiding memory of a man who lived for his football.
Alltid ser det fra den lyse side av liv !