The close season is always a period for reflection and the latest Bee Hive poll reflects that, in asking you to decide on Brentford’s most impressive performance of last season.
Following last summer’s departure of successful manager Steve Coppell, together with a number of experienced players, such as Lloyd Owusu, Paul Evans and the defensive pairing of Ivor Ingimarsson and Darren Powell, the Bees were expected to struggle throughout.
The eight games chosen are, in the editor’s opinion, the highlights of the season, but there were many other memorable moments, including the narrow home victory over
Under the guidance of new manager Wally Downes, Brentford made a blistering start to the 2002/03 season, registering a fine 2-0 away victory over Huddersfield Town, with new signings Jamie Fullarton and Vine both finding the net on their debuts.
Further victories followed against the already mentioned
Thereafter followed a period of consolidation, and attention was already beginning to focus on the FA Cup when Steve McMahon’s
The FA Cup was to prove fruitful for Brentford and a typically exciting First Round encounter took place at
Brentford scored twice in the opening nine minutes through Kevin O’Connor and Matt Somner, the latter with his first goal for the club, but Wycombe Wanderers fought back and were level inside 26 minutes. However, Vine restored the Bees’ advantage just before the break and sealed victory soon after half time following a defensive lapse by the Chairboys.
In the third round on the first Saturday in January, a magnificent first half free-kick by Hunt, together with a dogged defensive display after being reduced to ten men, following Evans’ sending-off, sealed a memorable victory over one-time Premiership outfit, Derby County.
However, Brentford’s league form had unfortunately began to suffer, as a combination of the amount of games, injuries and a loss of form began to tell on the inexperienced squad, but a resounding 3-0 home victory over rock bottom Northampton Town in March boosted spirits.
The final choice is the victory at Saltergate on Easter Monday. After a couple of weeks anxiously looking over their shoulders, Brentford finally managed to secure their Nationwide Second Division status, thanks to two goals from Mickael Antoine-Curier in the 2-0 success at relegation threatened Chesterfield.
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