Beehive Yourself: Brentford have been to Germany before....

08:04 16 May 2012

Uwe Rosler

Uwe Rosler

Archant

“In the aftermath of the 1936/37 season, which saw the Bees finish 6th in the First Division, Brentford headed east to Nazi Germany to play a series of friendly fixtures”

Uwe Rosler will take his Brentford squad to his native Germany this summer as part of pre-season preparations for next season. The Bees will spend a week in Leipzig, the city where Rosler started his football career, playing three fixtures against teams yet to be confirmed.

This won’t be the first time Brentford play on German soil. In the aftermath of the 1936/37 season, which saw the Bees finish 6th in the First Division, Brentford headed east to Nazi Germany to play a series of friendly fixtures.

A convincing 3-0 win over SV Hamburg was followed up with an even more resounding 4-0 thumping of Hertha Berlin. The west Londoners recorded an impressive 2-2 draw with then German champions FC Nuremberg before ending the tour with a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Schalke 04.

The final match will however be remembered for events prior to kick-off. The Brentford starting eleven, out of courtesy to their hosts, gave the Nazi salute during the German national anthem - a gesture repeated by the English national team the following year at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. This saw that the Bees would take a hammering in the press back home, as well as on the pitch.

The performances in the first three games earned the visitors rave reviews from the German press. One headline read, ‘Brentford besiegt den Berliner Fussballmeister’ which translates to ‘Brentford besiege Berlin’s crack football team’.

Another article spoke of how Brentford “played with such technical and tactical brilliance and with such uncanny preparedness and with such complete and cold-blooded sureness that it outstand the Berliners and was a supreme delight on the eye”. The following season, the Bees would go on to finish in the top six of the First Division for the third successive campaign.

Perhaps Rosler’s Brentford will return to Germany and gain equally impressive reports as the boys of ‘37. And perhaps next season’s squad will also follow it up with a finish in the top six, albeit in the third tier. That is to be seen. For the time being, I’m sure players and fans alike are looking forward to the trip.

To follow Tom on Twitter, go to @griffinparktom


Live Blog Deadline Day Sept 1st

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Brentford news

Monday, August 31, 2015
Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur on January 1, 2014.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

We round up a busy day of transfer rumours and stories as our London clubs prepare for the final day of the window.

Read more
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Brentford Manager Marinus Dijkhuizen (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Brentford head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen admitted his side were so poor he “didn’t recognise” them as visitors Reading ran riot in a one-sided first half.

Read more
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

We round up all the latest transfer rumours and stories from the Sunday papers.

Read more
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Andre Gray of Brentford   (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Andre Gray was the talk of the post-match press conference after his £9m move from Brentford to Burnley.

Read more
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Alex Pritchard of Spurs has just penned a new long-term deal with the club. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Alex Pritchard penned a new four-year deal this week keeping him with Spurs until 2019.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more