Brentford FC launches news series of Thousands of Stories

By Anna Wiseman

16th Apr 2024 | Local News

Lifelong Bees supporter Raymond Harrison (photo credit: Brentford FC)
Lifelong Bees supporter Raymond Harrison (photo credit: Brentford FC)

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 first series, the upcoming instalment consists of four films which delve into the experiences of 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 FC. Every story is important, 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 the fixture against Newcastle last season. Thanks to the 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 Maria 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  

Brentford FC would like to thank 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; and Studio Something.  

More information on Thousands of Stories can be found on the club's website.  Each film will be released on Wednesdays between 10 April and 1 May.  


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