Tuktuk Day 111


I have always had a lot of time for Brentford FC and particularly their Community Sports Trust. I recently received their latest press release which I think deserves sharing with readers of this blog. Enjoy.

Thousands of Stories, Brentford’s series highlighting its people, returns with a new edition of short films focusing on fans

Brentford FC has launched the next series of “Thousands of Stories”, a series of short films sharing the stories of the club’s community. 

Following the success of the inaugural series, the upcoming instalment consists of four films which delve into the experiences of our fans, what supporting the Bees means to them and how the club has impacted their lives. Thousands of Stories shares the tales of the people that make up Brentford. Every story is important, and unique and makes the club what it is today. 

Series two kicks off with The Moment, the story of Raymond Harrison, a lifelong Bees supporter who experienced a cardiac arrest at the Gtech Community Stadium before our fixture against Newcastle last season. Thanks to our stewards and medical support staff performing CPR, Raymond’s life was saved. In The Moment, Raymond explains how his life has changed since that day. 

Three further films from Thousands of Stories will be released across the next three weeks:  

  • The Dream (17 April) – follows the story of Connor Wolfheimer, a Brentford fan who came through Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s football programme and is currently on a two-year scholarship playing for Brentford’s under-18s.  
  • The Local (24 April) – shares the story of Claire Peleschka, the landlady of The Griffin, one of the four pubs surrounding Brentford’s previous stadium, Griffin Park  
  • The Sound (1 May) – tells the experience of Andy Godfrey, a long-standing Brentford supporter who is visually impaired and uses the club’s audio commentary to experience matches at the Gtech. 

The series last year included four stories focusing on Brentford manager, Thomas Frank and cardiac health in The Pressure, staff member Mariia Manirko in The Chance, participants of the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s women’s football recreation session in The Team and Peter Gilham’s legacy at the club in The Voice.  

Sally Stephens, Brentford’s fan and community relations director said: “Thousands of Stories shines a spotlight on some of the incredible individuals who make up our vibrant Brentford FC community. We’re fortunate to have such fantastic fans.   

“The films share how being a Brentford fan is about much more than football. Being a Bees fans means being part of a trusted community, supporting each other and showing togetherness during the good times but also through adversity. We look forward to continuing to celebrate the stories that make our club so special.” 

Find out more about Thousands of Stories  

With special thanks to all those who were involved in the production including:  

Mark Burridge 

Andy Godfrey 

Raymond Harrison 

Jacob Mead-Baker 

Claire Peleschka 

Jamie Tompkins 

Connor Wolfheimer 

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