Nurse Betty explains
Feature by Nurse Betty
Updated Thursday, 17th January 2002
Born in Isleworth, brought up in South Acton and Northolt. Got taken to White Hart Lane, Craven Cottage, Highbury and GP as part of my footballing education at 11 years of age. Brentford were the closest geographically, so we carried on going there.
Now I support them because I've moved back in to the area and I've gone from being an Arsenal fan who watches Brentford to a Brentford fan who has a soft spot for Arsenal but couldn't give a monkeys about what's going on in the Premiership - it's Division 2 I'm interested in. Brentford still feels like a proper football club, not a supermarket-cum-catering franchise with a footie team attached to it. I like the fact that I've stood in the same Braemar Road burger queue at a pre-season with Ijah and Gav; I like the fact that I can walk round to the shop after the game and see the players walking past. And supporting a team like Brentford really is supporting - there's no worries about whether we'll beat Real Madrid next Wednesday or whether there's any prawn sandwiches left for half time. It's more about have we got enough money to fix the ladies loos in the New Road and can we hang on to our players.
I've just read `How depressed am I...' which is another thread on this board and I've been thinking along the same lines: if we got in to the Conference, where will we play etc etc. I can't imaging not supporting Brentford now. Too late - it's in the blood.