The Week That Was (06/07/03 - 12/07/03)

Last updated : 13 July 2003 By
Sunday 6th July 2003

A quiet day on the Bee Hive.

Monday 7th July 2003

Another quiet day on the Bee Hive and the football world in general.

Tuesday 8th July 2003

Squad List NEW - Small article about footymad's new updated 'Team Statistics' section. For the full story, click here.

Travelling by car to Tranmere Rovers on the opening day of the new season? - Another brand new feature on the site - Full car travel details for all of Brentford's away games this season. For the full story, click here.

Other News

Nationwide Second Division club, Swindon Town, clinch the signing of the experienced and much travelled striker, Tommy Mooney.

The ex-Watford and Birmingham City player has agreed to a one-year deal with the Robins that delighted Andy King, his new manager.

"He was top of my list and so to get my first choice is unbelievable," said King,

"He has everything too - pace, power and great goalscoring ability and he is proven - the lad was playing in the Division One play-off final last season and so he could be a great asset at this level.

King added,

"It also means that the burden is taken away from Sam Parkin - and together I am hoping that they can forge a lethal partnership."

Meanwhile further north, fellow Nationwide Second Division outfit, Oldham Athletic, currently in terrible financial difficulties, confirm that they may have to continue selling off their most talented players to remain in business.

Wednesday 9th July 2003

Smith: Won readers poll
Smith - The best Brentford goalie in the last 25 years! - Story concluding the fact that current custodian, Paul Smith, has won the Bee Hive's latest reader poll. For the full story, click here.

Which part of the team needs strengthening? - In a new voting poll, the Bee Hive asks you to vote for the area of the side that is most in need of improvement. For the full story, click here.

Brentford announce new shirt sponsorship deal - Story confirming that local property developers, St George PLC, has agreed a new deal with the club for the forthcoming campaign. For the full story, click here.

Other News

Leeds United's Harry Kewell finally completes his £5 million transfer to Premiership rivals, Liverpool.

The 24-year-old Australia international has signed a five-year contract, worth a reported £60,000 a week.

Thursday 10th July 2003

Planning a trip to the Hawthorns? - Continuing the away travel section, the Bee Hive gives full travel details to West Bromwich Albion, Brentford's opponents in the First Round of the newly renamed, Carling Cup. For the full story. click here.

Reading are in town next Tuesday - A preview of the Bees' first pre-season friendly of the 2003/04 campaign. For the full story, click here.

Lehmann shines in trial - German forward, Dirk Lehmann has been training at Griffin Park all week, and nets in a practice match at Millwall. For the full story. click here.

Friday 11th July 2003

Finalised deal
Sonko completes contract formalities - News of the Senegal U23 captain putting pen to paper on a new one-year deal. For the full story, click here.

News Round-up - Article confirming season tickets will be sent via registered post in early August and that the Stripes Restaurant and Bar will now be accessible to everyone. For the full story, click here.

Downes eyes Premiership youngsters! - Article confirming the distinct possibility that Middlesbrough's young starlets, Jamie Cade and Phil Gulliver, may be about to join Brentford on loan. For the full story, click here.

Stephen still hunting move - The Bee Hive reviews the ongoing "on/off" transfer saga of the unsettled Irishman. For the full story, click here.

Other News

Nationwide Second Division crisis club, Luton Town, have been told by the Football League that all funding, including any television money, will be withheld as they are unhappy with the summer takeover and current financial activities of new owner, John Gurney.

The Football League statement read,

"The Football League's Board of Directors has expressed its grave concern that the new owners of Luton Town FC have been unable to satisfy them of the club's financial stability going forward.

"Despite The League's request for details of the club's new owners, Mr John Gurney, the Managing Director of Luton Town FC, has failed to provide details of his consortium.

"This lack of co-operation is further demonstrated by the club's failure to furnish The League with its business plan or any financial projections as requested at a meeting held on June 19.

"Information on the club's indebtedness, including a full list of creditors, has also not been forthcoming.

"In view of the fact that the club has so far been unable to show that it can meet its obligations, The Football League has no option but to withhold all central cash distributions due to Luton Town FC until further notice and maintain the player registration embargo already imposed."

Saturday 12th July 2003

Brentford's last 'free' Saturday for almost ten months, means another quiet day on the Bee Hive.