Sunday, April 28, 2024

Newsletter: Set for 2024-25, May stretch, Forever Bees, NBC

Hi NYC Bees! We're down to just three matches and have mathematically clinched our spot for a fourth Premier League season! Here's some information, news and links for you as we cap off the campaign:

... And Then There Were Three, at The Red Lion
We will be at The Red Lion for the final three games of the season in May, starting with our foe Fulham on Saturday, May 4. The Newcastle match on Sunday, May 19, closes out the campaign; anticipate a large crowd and several games being televised that day at the pub as all 10 Premier League matches are simultaneously played. We will have our normal space toward the back and will have the usual priority over any secondary match viewing requests. See the graphic for our schedule breakdown.

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Lev Riley, Charlie Corr, Tim Searls
Forever Bees, in NYC
The USA-based Across the Seas but Forever Bees has become a staple for us Brentford supporters, and that connection grew a bit stronger in April. The host, Tim Searls, made the trip to New York City and we had the pleasure of meeting him at The Red Lion for Brentford-Aston Villa! Myself and Lev Riley had previously been guests on his show, so it was great to finally connect in person! Tim spoke briefly about the trip on their April 9 show.

NYC Bees' Adam Harder (top right)
Then on April 23, NYC Bee Adam Harder joined our growing Forever Bees lineage and spoke on the podcast about the origins of his Brentford fandom. Make sure to check out his conversation on their latest episode!

Among other media opportunities this past month, I was invited back to our semi-regular spot on Premier League Fanzone, live Fridays on Peacock. I joined hosts Will Perry and Clinton Morrison for their April 19 show, leading up to our victory at Luton Town. On April 27, the NYC Bees were featured twice on the NBC broadcast of Brentford-Everton, at halftime and postgame!

I'm not sure how many more chances we'll have to get on further fan shows now that the season is nearing its conclusion, but I'll be on the lookout as always! And of course if any of you would like to participate, please let me know -- the more, the merrier!

Set for Season 4 in the Premier League
Despite our heavy dose of injuries and other hurdles, Brentford officially clinched a mathematical berth for our fourth Premier League season over the weekend! Thanks to Wolves' 2-1 victory against Luton Town, that put us outside the relegation zone pending even the most drastic results down the stretch. Later in the day, we unfortunately lost to Everton, and with that result the Toffees joined us in being safe from a bottom-three finish (they also earned a 71st straight season in England's top flight of football). With one month to go, 20th-place Sheffield United is the only club that is confirmed to be heading back down to The Championship; Nottingham Forest, Luton and Burnley are in a battle to avoid the two remaining relegation positions. Meanwhile, Leicester City, the 2015-16 Premier League champion, will be back in the top flight for 2024-25.

Brentford News & Notes
Five-star performance at Luton Town: Brentford's offense reached warp speed en route to a 5-1 victory at Luton Town on April 20. Led by a brace from Yoane Wissa, the Bees matched some history with their second five-goal performance in their three-season Premier League run. The other instance was Brentford's 5-2 win against Leeds on Sept. 3, 2022, with Ivan Toney notching a hat trick.

Wissa's first brace boosted his season goals total to a team-leading 10. He earned Premier League Team of the Week accolades alongside Bryan Mbeumo following that performance, and named Wissa the PL Player of the Week.

Capital Cup winners: The Brentford FC women's team defeated Leatherhead FC 4-0 on Sunday to win the Capital Cup final! Chloe Logle notched a first-half brace, Maddie Phillips tallied from 30 yards out and Lucy Bolitho capped off the scoring in the closing minutes. Congratulations! Also worth noting, the Brentford women's B team earned promotion into the Greater London Premier Division in early April.

Quick Hits: The Premier League is going to announce its 2024-25 season schedule on June 18. Mark your calendars! ... Everton was deducted two more points for breaching the Premier League profit and sustainability rules. At the time of the April 8 ruling, that helped Brentford move up to 15th place, ahead of the Toffees. ... Last-place Sheffield United will open its 2024-25 Championship season in the minus column: The club will be deducted 2 points by the EFL for defaulting on payments to other clubs during the 2022-23 season.

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