TWELVE months ago, it was tears and tantrums at Griffin Park, home of Brentford, where on loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta’s last minute penalty miss rebounding off the bar cost Brentford an automatic place in this season’s Championship and the club was deflated after their Play Off Final defeat against Yeovil at Wembley two weeks later meaning the Bees would start the 2013/14 campaign in League One.
But twelve months on, Brentford clinched promotion to the Championship with another penalty, this time though, with Trotta on the bench, it was on loan winger Alan Judge who gave the Bees the three points against Preston to see the West London club promoted to the second flight of English football in over 20 years.
Although Judge’s penalty proved to be the only goal of the game, Judge could have put the result beyond doubt and settle the Griffin Park nerves when leading scorer Clayton Donaldson was felled in the penalty area, but the on loan winger from Notts County slipped in his run up and promptly skied the penalty over the bar……. ironically at the same end that Trotta missed that crucial kick last season.
The progress at Griffin Park has been there over the last few years with records being broken and exciting times ahead for the club. Having lived in the shadows of near neighbours Chelsea and QPR alongside arch rivals Fulham, is now the time for the Bees to grow as a club as they flee their own hive in a few years time to kick off a new future at their Lionel Road Stadium ?
Whatever you say about Brentford, nothing will beat the feeling and celebrations from Friday when they cemented their place in the automatic places. It was certainly party time at Griffin Park as the fans celebrated by hitting their own bar as the West London club start the 2014/15 season in the Championship buzzing……..