Martin announced the players that would be leaving the club a week later. Stephen Hunt, Andy Myers, Deon Burton, John Salako, Jamie Lawrence and Stewart Talbot being released. Talbot was for family reasons. He placed Matt Harrold on the transfer list.
Now with such a small squad signings were essential but who for that matter. However there was cause for concern with Martin being linked with several managerial vacancies with Milwall being the most troubling but nothing materialised.
His first summer signing was a left back from
Summer Signings Completed. Now for the players to get back to training. On their first full day back, 1st July, there were no injuries and players were preparing for the, occasionally gruelling, pre-season friendlies. Unfortunately soon after the first day back Stuart Nelson needed to have a hernia operation and missed most of the friendlies.
Brentford also lost Chris Hargreaves and Matt Harrold as they left the club for pastures new. Lee San also looks set to leave as well which is another blow.
In the first match against Staines Martin fielded 2 sides. One looked roughly like a first team with the other compiling of youth team players.
Then the friendlies moved down to Bideford. Brentford picked up their first win their with a 2-0 win with Paul Brooker and Olafur Ingi Skulason.
Then the match against Conference opposition Dagenham and Redbridge. Brentford went 1-0 down early on but came back through DJ Campbell, Brooker and Rankin scoring the goals.
Our next match was the Andy Scott Benefit Match against Leyton Orient DJ Campbell again scoring but Karleigh Osbournes 25 yard effort will be remembered as Brentford won 2-0. Bankole saved a penalty as well.
Then the biggest test came against Charlton. This game saw the return of a former Brentford favourite Hermann Hreidderson. This game was lively and Francis Jeffers was forced to be subbed by the referee. Bankole saved yet another penalty, this time from Jason Euell, and looks in good form.
Brentford's first reverse came against Yeading with Lloyd Owusu getting his first goal since re-signing for the club. Brentford lost 3-1.
A performance which was not up to the required standard was what the fans got at
A relative youth team plus Nelson and Gayle was what the fans got at
As for the 2005/06 season the League once again looks very tight.
I feel that if Brentford can start well and win the first few games and keep up that momentum then we stand a chance. Martin wants 51 points first. Lets try and do that in 17 games or as soon after that as possible and can keep in touch with the leaders then anything is possible.
Come On Brentford!