Friday, July 12, 2024

Guest Appearance: Brentford End of Season Report with Shades of Blue

NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr reconnected with the Shades of Blue podcast for a special Brentford End of Season Report episode. The interview aired on July 12 (was recorded shortly after the season), and it featured an assortment of grading assignments, ranging from the players and coaches, to even the Brentford kits -- an appropriate opportunity to discuss the Bees' dreadful two-season performance in the secondary blue kit!

On behalf of the NYC Bees, we wanted to thank Shades of Blue host Crunk Chocolate for allowing us the platform to discuss our club in-depth. The podcast is an America-based Manchester City outlet.

We will look to connect with them again soon throughout the 2024-25 campaign!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

New York City Bees: Brentford FC Media Hits (2021-present)

The New York City Bees have been the largest international Brentford FC supporters group since the club's rise to the Premier League. The group has garnered dozens of media hits since 2021. Learn more about us below:

Peacock and NBC Sports (PL Stories)
July 19, 2023: The NYC Bees are prevalently featured on this Premier League Productions series. NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr is interviewed (and does the introductory team voice overs) to provide some insight on the NYC fandom. On Peacock, the feature is PL Stories: Season 2, Episode 61. NBC Sports also posted the feature on its YouTube page for North American-based viewers. (Peacock is a subscription media outlet.)

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The Athletic and New York Times
Feb. 20, 2023:
NYC Bees Charlie Corr (Manhattan) and Levar Riley (Newark, N.J.) are interviewed by The Athletic's Brentford beat writer, Jay Harris, for a piece focusing on the American Bees support. Corr discusses his draw to the club in 2015 and the growth of the fan group at The Red Lion, and Riley talks about his search for a footballing club back in 2019, and how Brentford checked all the boxes for what he wanted in a team. (The Athletic is a subscription media outlet.)

"The next-best thing to being at the Gtech."
-- The Athletic comments section

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Bees United
Charlie Corr has regularly submitted articles for Bees United's newsletter.

May 23, 2024: Stateside Perspective: Establishing our International Bees Voice | Corr recaps a significant 2023-24 season off the pitch that included substantial media attention and growth among the stateside fan base.

Dec. 30, 2023: International Greetings | Corr wrote on behalf of American-based supporters for Bees United's 2023 reflections piece. 

Aug. 12, 2023: Bees in the States: Partying Like It's 1889 | Corr looks back at the event surrounding Brentford's participation in the Premier League Summer Series in America.

June 10, 2023: Webb's Undertaking to Prove VAR Works in EPL | Corr, a former colleague of PGMOL's Howard Webb during his tenure at MLS, weighs in on Webb's role in Video Assistant Review in the UK.

April 29, 2023: USA Bees: The NYC Experience | Corr describes the Red Lion experience in Greenwich Village, home of the NYC Bees, and making the pub feel like an extension of Gtech and West London.

"We're 'Just a subway stop in The Village.'"

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Across The Seas But Forever Bees
NYC Bees supporters and visitors have frequently taken part in this USA-based Brentford FC podcast.

April 23, 2024: Adam Harder of the NYC Bees made his first appearance on the show and spoke about the roots of his Brentford fandom during the later stages of the club's Championship tenure.

April 10, 2024: Show host Tim Searls spoke about his visit to NYC and The Red Lion on April 6 as part of their program (approximately 22 minutes in). NYC Bees Charlie Corr and Levar Riley, who both have been on the show, finally caught up with Tim in person!

March 1, 2024: Our upstate neighbor, Brian O'Connell of the Saratoga Bees, made his debut on the podcast. O'Connell and his supporters joined the NYC Bees at The Red Lion for the 2022-23 season finale victory against Manchester City.

Feb. 6, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr joins the group for a third time to discuss the Bees' play heading into a difficult six-game stretch, following a match against defending league champions Manchester City.

Oct. 5, 2023: Host Tim Searls opens this episode with a shoutout to NYC and The Red Lion, as well as an important reminder for USA-based Bees supporters to reach out to him to promote your respective stateside watch events.

Aug. 17, 2023: Longtime Brentford expert and show co-host Greville Waterman provides his perspective on the American Bees, with recognition to Brentford USA's John Kenkel and NYC Bees' Charlie Corr on the watch party and supporter movement stateside.

July 28, 2023: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr returns during the PL Summer Series, to chat about Brentford and the heavy supporters growth in NYC.

May 9, 2023: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr makes his first appearance.

April 19, 2023: New Hampshire resident Dustin Senor spoke about his NYC experience after visiting The Red Lion for a midweek match.

March 13, 2023: Brentford USA's John Kenkel touts the growth of USA Bees support, with a nice shoutout about the NYC group playing a big role in this trend.

Sept. 2022: NYC Bee Levar Riley of Newark, N.J., discusses his Bees fandom. Riley was the first member of the NYC group to join this podcast.

"The scale and the center of gravity that they've been able to pull ... theirs is the model with which we want to replicate."
-- John Kenkel, Brentford USA, on the NYC Bees

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Beesotted Podcast
NYC Bees supporters and visitors have connected with the highly-touted West London-based podcast.

Aug. 14, 2023: Billy "The Bee" Grant spoke to a bevy of NYC Bees during his visit at The Red Lion for Brentford's opener against Tottenham on Aug. 13. NYC Bees in order of conversations: Charlie Corr, Levar Riley, Adam Harder, Miles Dilworth, Brandi Daniels, Charles Daniel, Sarah Muni and Bruce Muni, followed by some repeat interviews.

Aug. 11, 2023: Billy "The Bee" Grant and Beesotted talked about the NYC Bees and The Red Lion, where Grant presided for the 2023-24 season opener, during their preseason podcast episode.

July 24, 2023:
Two-time Red Lion visitor Sophie Holmes and NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr spoke with Beesotted's Dave "Laney" Lane following Brentford's preseason match against Fulham, in Philadelphia.

April 22, 2023: Beesotted gave a great shoutout to the NYC Bees after making an unannounced drop-in at the pub.

"A must-go venue for any Bees fans visiting NYC."
-- Billy 'The Bee' Grant, Beesotted Podcast

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BrentfordFC.com and official Brentford outlets
Aug. 29, 2023: During the Carabao Cup broadcast, Mark Burridge and Marcus Gayle dedicated much of the pregame toward the growth of American support. The segment included a mention of NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr, Brentford USA's John Kenkel and Across the Seas but Forever Bees' Tim Searls.

March 23, 2023: The club's official site, BrentfordFC.com, featured the NYC Brentford fan group and spoke with NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr about the rapid supporters growth taking place across the pond.

August of 2022: On the Brentford LinkedIn channel, NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr discussed the start of his Bees fandom and the building of the New York City supporters group.

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NBC
The NYC Bees have been featured frequently on the NBC or USA Network broadcasts throughout Brentford's Premier League tenure.

In 2023-24, the NYC Bees landed spots on the following NBC broadcasts:

April 27, 2024: Brentford-Everton (2x)
March 9, 2024: Brentford-Arsenal
Nov. 11, 2023: Birthday wishes to Rebecca Lowe (video)
Sept. 23, 2023: Brentford-Everton
Sept. 16, 2023: Brentford-Newcastle

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Premier League FanFest Live
NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr has been a regular guest on the show, which is the USA's pre-game supporter platform during the Premier League season and the PL Summer Series.

Dec. 17, 2023: The 8-minute opening segment led with Chelsea Cabarcas' conversation with Corr about the NYC Bees and featured the group from their home base, The Red Lion.

Dec. 10, 2023: The show's third segment included Corr and the NYC Bees during Week 16 of the Premier League season.

Dec. 3, 2023: As part of the Premier League's Festive Fixtures campaign, FanFest kicked off a series of shows featuring mostly American supporters. Corr of the NYC Bees was part of this panel, and the Brentford NYC group received rave reviews from the nearby Manchester City supporters.

July 26, 2023: This 30-minute show took part before the Brentford-Brighton preseason match, part of the PL Summer Series. Corr was one of FanFest Live's guests, and the show featured the 5-A-Side Pod, Elischa Edouard and Chelsea Cabarcas.

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Premier League Fanzone, live on Peacock
The international PL Fanzone is broadcast live on Fridays in the USA via Peacock's PL channel. Shows are not archived or available online, but we give advance notice when we are aligned for an appearance.

April 19, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr chatted with Fanzone hosts Will Perry and Clinton Morrison heading into Brentford's matchup against Luton Town, which turned out to be the Bees' best offensive performance in the Premier League.

March 29, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr reflected on striker Ivan Toney's international history with the England national team and spoke about Brentford-Manchester United on Premier League Fanzone.

March 15, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr made a cameo appearance to preview Brentford-Burnley on the Premier League Fanzone program.

Jan. 19, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr returned to Premier League Fanzone to discuss the long-awaited return of Ivan Toney. For a second straight appearance, a Brentford victory was correctly predicted, as well!

Nov. 3, 2023: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr made an appearance on the Premier League Fanzone program in the build-up toward Brentford's match against West Ham, which ultimately resulted in the Bees' third consecutive victory.

April 4, 2022: NYC Bees Co-Founder Ben Reynolds joined the Premier League Fanzone program to discuss the group and Brentford's strong play following a 4-1 rout of Chelsea.

#PLFans #PLFanzone

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Shades of Blue
July 12, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr joined Shades of Blue for the podcast's Brentford End Of Season Report episode. The show featured an assortment of grading assignments, ranging from the players and coaches, to even the Brentford kits.

March 28, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr was invited for the Shades of Blue's LIT Stream, hosted by FanFest Live. Our segment (which starts approximately 30 minutes into the show) delved into Ivan Toney's international goal and accomplishments for England and his club future, Brentford's front-line talent and Thomas Frank. 

Feb. 19, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr rejoined the America-based Manchester City show, Shades of Blue, heading into the rematch against the defending champs. The discussion included a nice range of Brentford topics, from the club's affinity toward manager Thomas Frank to the blueprint for posting a strong result against City.

Feb. 2, 2024: NYC Bees Co-Founder Charlie Corr made a live debut with Shades of Blue: Breaking Bread, a Manchester City-based show. Corr and Shades of Blue host Crunk Chocolate had prevalently featured on the Premier League FanFest Live Show during the holidays.

Whole Lotta Wolves
Feb. 6, 2024: NYC Bees' Abhi Goyal made a second appearance on Whole Lotta Wolves to provide the Brentford perspective heading into the Bees' final meet-up with Wolves (approximately 39 minutes into the show).

Jan. 3, 2024: Abhi Goyal of the NYC Bees joined the USA-based Wolves podcast in previewing the FA Cup 3rd Round matchup between Brentford and Wolves (approximately 45 minutes into the show).

Hounslow Herald
May 30, 2024:
The London Borough of Hounslow publication ran an abridged version of the NYC Bees' piece focusing on the NYC Bees' stateside growth.

The Ealing Road Podcast
June 22, 2023: During the podcast's show with Brentford's Allen Tillyard (marketing) and Stu Wakeford (content), the staff gave kudos to the pockets of American watch parties, including New York City and Chicago.

The Anfield Wrap
Aug. 18, 2023: On the Liverpool-focused podcast, Beesotted's Billy "The Bee" Grant was invited on and talked about his time watching with the NYC Bees in The Red Lion for Brentford-Tottenham (approximately 9 minutes into the show).

Fulham FC Matchday Programme
Aug. 19, 2023: NYC Bee Adam Harder, 2023 Red Lion visitor Billy "The Bee" Grant and Brentford USA's John Kenkel were among the Brentford FC supporters who took over the pages of Fulham FC's official match day guide. Brentford went on to beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven College.

To contact, or for more information about the NYC Bees, email brentfordnyc@gmail.com.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Newsletter: Euro Quarterfinals at The Red Lion, 2024-25 schedule

Greetings NYC Bees! Still a month and a half left before Brentford resumes Premier League play, but things will be picking up in the coming weeks in the buildup to 2024-25. Some information, links and more to keep you engaged in the meantime!

Meeting at Red Lion on July 6 for Euro Quarterfinals
England and Ivan Toney have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Euros, and we'll be getting a group together on Saturday, July 6, at The Red Lion! Kickoff against Switzerland is at Noon ET, and we are in the process of setting up a reservation in our usual Brentford corner of the pub at 151 Bleecker St., in Manhattan. Last time we met for England's opener, we secured about 20 spots, and we'll try to do the same this time, or more space if needed. I'm keeping a detailed attendee list to assist the staff, so please let me know if you (and other visitors) will be joining. I anticipate this to be a pretty packed venue, so arrive early -- I will likely be there by 10:30/10:45 a.m. ET.

In case you missed it, Toney assisted Harry Kane's game-winner to help England pull off a 2-1 extra time victory against Slovakia in the Round of 16 match on June 30. Great to see him make the most of his opportunity, especially in limited time, and with England's tournament fate hanging in the balance!

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Bees opener 2024-25 on August against Palace
The Premier League announced its 2024-25 schedule in mid-June, and Brentford's season opener will take place on Sunday, Aug. 18, against Crystal Palace. Kickoff is at 9 a.m. ET, and I've already confirmed with The Red Lion that they will open early for us that day! We will map out the upcoming watch event schedule on a monthly basis starting with the next newsletter, so stay tuned!

Brentford releases more preseason details
The club announced that its first preseason match will be against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, July 20, at Plough Lane. Here's the updated preseason schedule:

July 20: at AFC Wimbledon, 8 a.m. ET
July 25: at Benfica, 3 p.m. ET
July 30: vs. Estrela da Amadora, 6 a.m. ET (closed doors)
Aug. 3: at Watford, 10 a.m. ET
Aug. 9: vs. Wolfsburg, 2:45 p.m. ET (Gtech Community Stadium)

Brentford News & Notes
American Eyestone signs: On June 21, Brentford signed American 18-year-old goalkeeper Julian Eyestone to join the club's B Squad. The FC Dallas Academy product and U.S. youth international spent a collegiate season with Duke before signing a three-year deal with the Bees.

New signing Thiago introduced: Brazilian striker Igor Thiago was recently introduced to his future grounds in West London, and he will be donning the No. 9 jersey this season. The 23-year-old, previously of Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League, signed a five-year deal with Brentford. Kevin Schade will change from No. 9 to No. 7 this season.

Club hires set piece coach: Brentford hired Keith Andrews as the club's set piece coach, having previously worked on Sheffield United's coaching staff.

Brentford Women preseason set: The preseason fixtures for the Brentford Women have been locked in, opening with Dulwich Hamlet on July 28. Other matches include Charshalton Athletic (July 31), Southampton U-21s (Aug. 4) and Bristol City U-21s (Aug. 7).

2024-25 membership details: Brentford announced the full breakdown regarding 2024-25 season memberships, for international supporters who are interested in attaining tickets and access to international events and offers. Brentford froze its membership and match ticket prices for the 2024-25 season.

Suggestions, Comments, Feedback
If you ever have any thoughts, feel free to email (brentfordnyc@gmail.com) or chat with me anytime! #COYB!

Charlie