BARNEY'S VISIT TO THE BEES BOARDROOM

Earlier this month Norwegian Bee Bjornar Bruun was the latest member to be Bees United’s guest in the Brentford Boardroom and Directors Box on a home match day. His host was BU Board member David Anderson (picture) and Bjornar (or Barney to his Bees friends) also met club chairman Cliff Crown and CEO Jon Varney. For the Luton game our guest will be Michael Mayo, now living in Sussex, a season-ticket holder who came to his first game at Griffin Park in 1949.

Bjornar talked to BU Newsletter about his day out:

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SUN ARTICLE ON NEW BRENTFORD STADIUM

PROFILE OF CONOR HAYES

 

His job is to deliver a new stadium that Brentford supporters will be proud of but very few Bees fans know his name or what he looks like. We got a rare sighting of Conor Hayes in the  photographs of the Golden Bolt ceremony which marked the final piece of the steel frame going into place. As the Chairman of Lionel Road Developments Ltd since May 2016 he has been at the heart of all the key decisions about the stadium since then.

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WHAT THE CLUB ACCOUNTS FOR 2017-8 SHOW

The club recently announced its Report and Financial Statements - the accounts - for the financial year ended 30th June 2018 - so from a playing point of view the accounts covered last season, 2017/18. BU's own Treasurer Jim Walsh took a look at the 33 page document to pull out some of the highlights and key messages:

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TIMES ARTICLE ON BRENTFORD

On April 20th 2019 The Times carried this article about Brentford by their Chief Sports Writer Henry Winter.

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BEES UNITED SUPPORTS CLUB STATEMENT ON GRIFFIN PARK ARREST

The Brentford Supporters Trust, Bees United,says it fully supports the club statement made after an arrest at Griffin Park during the Derby County match. Bees United also condemned any form of racist and discriminatory abuse.

The Club statement said;

'Brentford Football Club can confirm that a Season Ticket Holder was arrested following today’s game against Derby County. The man in question has been accused of committing a racially-aggravated public order offence in the later stages of today’s game. He was identified at the time, removed from the ground and subsequently arrested.

Brentford FC will continue to liaise with the Metropolitan Police, who will now investigate the incident. The Club utterly condemns discrimination of any kind. It is abhorrent and has no place in society and we are determined to drive it out of Griffin Park. 

The most severe sanctions will be imposed on any individual convicted of discrimination and we will await the result of the Police investigation before commenting further'.

BEES UNITED AND BRENTFORD FC BOARD CHANGES

David Merritt has stepped down from his position on the Brentford FC Board of Directors after more than 11 years in the role. David was appointed to the Board in late 2007 when he took over as Chairman of Bees United, the Brentford FC Supporters’ Trust – which owned the majority shareholding in the Club from 2006 to 2012. The rules of Bees United prevent someone being on the Board of the Supporters’ Trust for more than 12 years. As such, David will stand down as Chairman of BU at the forthcoming AGM, in March, and will also leave the Club Board at the same time.

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BEES UNITED TRIBUTE TO ROB ROWAN

The Brentford FC Supporters Trust, Bees United, joins everybody at Brentford Football Club in mourning the passing of our Technical Director,Rob Rowan.

Rob’s story is an extraordinary and inspirational one that has come to a tragically early end at the age of 28.We will never know where his career would have taken him but we can be sure it would have been to the very top.

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THE CLIFF CROWN INTERVIEW-IN FULL

Cliff Crown has now been Chairman of Brentford  FC for five years. On the anniversary in June he tweeted that it had been an 'incredible journey' so far and he wrote of 'the progress we have made'. To mark the anniversary, Cliff answered questions from Bees United about player trading, who will sit where in the new stadium, whether Matthew Benham would ever sell part of the club and lots of other talking points. Thanks to BU Board member Greville Waterman for collating all our questions and to Cliff for answering them all head on.

 

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Read the BU March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Members

From now until the opening of the Brentford Community Stadium the Bees United newsletter will be sent each month to you and all BU members.
We will focus on two themes at the heart of Bees United:

  • Pride in the past of Brentford Football Club and especially our role in ensuring its survival.
  • Confidence in the future of the club under the ownership model which we helped create.#

Click on this link to read the March 2018 newsletter.

 

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