Ever get the impression the footballing gods actually don’t like your group? Strive being a Brentford fan…
Their play-off semi-final victory over Middlesbrough illustrated the rollercoaster of heartbreak and elation their supporters expertise each season.
However forward of the ultimate, in relation to the play-offs, there is no such thing as a pleasure for the Bees, simply unhappiness.
Brentford’s tenth attempt at English soccer’s end-of-season free-for-all involves a climax at Wembley on Saturday, with Swansea standing in between the Bees and an finish to their 74-year exile from the top-flight.
Thomas Frank’s aspect, who completed third within the league, enter the match as favourites on paper, however the bookies could need to learn up on their historical past.
Brentford have been unsuccessful in every of their 9 play-off campaigns in numerous divisions down the years, comfortably the worst file of any membership in England.
Brentford’s unsuccessful play-off campaigns
- 1990/91 – Third Division semi-finalists
- 1994/95 – Second Division semi-finalists
- 1996/97 – Second Division finalists
- 2001/02 – Second Division finalists
- 2004/05 – League One semi-finalists
- 2005/06 – League One semi-finalists
- 2012/13 – League One finalists
- 2014/15 – Championship semi-finalists
- 2019/20 – Championship finalists
Their most up-to-date failure got here simply final 12 months, after they had been overwhelmed by native rivals Fulham within the Wembley showpiece.
And as if there weren’t sufficient dangerous omens for the west Londoners, they’ll be preventing to finish one other weird curse on Saturday.
Get this: groups who historically put on purple and white shirts and black shorts, like Brentford, have featured in 32 play-off campaigns, and 16 finals, with out reaching promotion.
Sunderland, Sheffield United, Exeter and Lincoln have additionally been victims of the purple and white curse.
That stated, not even altering to their blue away strip for the ultimate may save Brentford from succumbing to their very own play-off curse final season.
A legend of this season’s opposition, Swansea icon Leon Britton, admits the play-offs are brutal.
“Your entire season comes down to at least one recreation,” Swansea legend Britton advised talkSPORT’s Weekend Breakfast.
“It’s nice whenever you win, however whenever you lose, it was the bottom level in my profession.
“There shall be some disappointment as we speak, however for the opposite group it’ll be the very best day of their lives.”
Fortunately for the Bees, their supervisor isn’t all that into superstition.
“I’m not superstitious, in any respect,” Frank insisted forward of the match.
“In fact I understand how the human thoughts works and, after all you’ve heard tales about black cats or ladders and all that.
“For those who do it, it comes into your thoughts and also you assume ‘what ought to I do?’ So I perceive why folks assume issues like that however personally I can’t reside my life like that. I would like to maneuver on and hold going.
“My method is to analyse issues, be certain we do higher, and there’s plenty of feelings about how we make the narrative of going right into a ultimate like this.
“We’re excited, trying ahead to it and we all know all the pieces is up within the air till Saturday afternoon.
“I didn’t know concerning the purple and white. I’ll let our equipment man care for that. However all these stats are there to be damaged ultimately.
“Am I nervous concerning the equipment? No. I don’t care.
“The ambiance is calm, relaxed and targeted, with the understanding we face a Swansea group who’ve had a unbelievable season.
“We’ve performed them twice, each 1-1 attracts. It’s going to be an unbelievably tight recreation settled on the best of margins.”
The Championship play-off ultimate is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT on Saturday, Could 29, kick-off 3pm