60s. City didn’t play Brentford during this decade, in fact, they had not played them in more than eight years when it started. The one player from the City side that had played at Griffin Park in late 1951 who was still on our books as the new decade began had been signed from a team called Temple Street Y.M.C.A. – can you name him?
70s. Nominally, an ideal fit for his first club, Crystal Palace, this player became best known for his time at a club that was very much on the rise when he signed for them. During more than a decade with his second club he saw some England Under 23 action, picked up plenty of First Division experience and was a part of their only ever European campaign in which a five time European Cup/Champions League winner was beaten in a second leg tie rendered meaningless by the thrashing they had received in the away match. After nearly three hundred and fifty appearances for that team, he left for Brentford in the mid seventies, but an error at the Theatre of Dreams as the Bees were eyeing a giant killing act came to define his short spell at Griffin Park and he never played league football again after leaving them having played just twelve times – who am I describing?
80s. “I had a successful career in professional football in which I played in all four divisions of the football league and was part of three promotion winning sides. When my career ended due to injury after taking some time out to think about what I wanted to do I decided to work in the voluntary sector. “
The person quoted above now works as an “Apprentice Service Manager” for the Council in one of the city’s he played in during his career. That city isn’t Cardiff, but he did get one of those promotions he mentions whilst at City and he did score for us against Brentford during this decade, can you identify him?
90s. Name this scorer of a memorable City goal against Brentford during this decade.
00s. Another player to identify, this one is currently turning out for the oldest club now playing Association Football, but seventeen years ago he was a member of a City squad which took on Brentford at Ninian Park. This union man is something of a legend at another club which plays in blue and white and has been managed by a former City boss quite recently.
10s. City have scored twelve goals against Brentford in the past three seasons, but only three of them have come from players still at the club. Who are the former City men responsible for the other nine goals?
60s. Derek Sullivan.
70s. Bill Glazier, who was a fixture in goals for Coventry during their early years in the old First Division.
80s. Kevin Bartlett, who now works for Nottingham City Council.
90s. Shane Westley scored a spectacular bullet header own goal in City’s 3-1 win over Brentford at Griffin Park in the Second Round of the FA Cup in 93/94.
00s. Richie Humphries, currently a player for Sheffield FC and Chairman of the PFA.
10s. Our last six results against Brentford are 2-3 in December 2014 with Craig Noone and Kenwyne Jones scoring, 2-1 in March 2015 with Federico Macheda and Alex Revell finding the net, 3-2 in December 2015 with Jones scoring twice and Tony Watt getting the other one, 1-2 in April 2016 with Kenneth Zohore finding the net as he did in the 2-2 draw on Boxing Day last year when Peter Whittingham got our other goal – Whitts was also on the mark in the return game in April this year when he got the winner in a 2-1 win after Sean Morrison had equalised, so he and Zohore are the only current City players to have scored for us against Brentford.