Last updated : 20 February 2002 By Bees United
Bees United, the Brentford Supporters Trust, are leading an initiative to take the heat out of the rivalry with neighbours QPR, says Bees United spokesman Geoff Buckingham.

“There was no doubting the ill feeling between rival fans. Some of it goes back to thwarted QPR takeover bid in 1967. Further tension has also risen due to recent events, coupled with the fact that both clubs are battling for promotion from a very tight division.

"However, now is the time for supporters of both clubs to focus their energies on supporting their respective teams. There is nothing wrong with healthy competition and good natured banter, but bitterness and envy belong in the past.”

Geoff adds, “Bees United Chairman, and new Brentford director, John McGlashan is currently seeking a meeting with representatives of the QPR supporters trust.

“We want to move forward and show that West London football fans can behave responsibly and positively.

“There is no reason why both clubs cannot co-exist peacefully in this area, and we encourage fans of both clubs to back this initiative.”