The Isle of Man FA is delighted to announce that Brentford B will visit the Isle of Man on Wednesday April 24 to play the IOMFA Senior Men’s Representative team.
Brentford's B team are the reserve side of the Championship club that made the strategic decision to close their youth academy three years ago. Their squad is assembled of players from all over Europe as well as young recruits from England and Scotland along with talented teenagers from Brentford’s former academy.
Brentford B do not participate in any formal league system but instead structure a fixture list that pits their young players against the reserve and U19 teams of some of Europe’s top sides. This season alone they have played a number of fixtures in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, most notably against the U19/U21 teams of Bayern Munich, SC Freiburg, RB Salzburg and Grasshopper.
Wales and AFC Bournemouth centre back Chris Mepham is a product of the Brentford B system.
Brentford’s B Team Head Coach Lars Friis says that the team are already looking forward to visiting the Island. “The B Team is interested in playing the most competitive games we can find, against teams from across Europe, but also give the boys experiences that will help them develop as young men. I think this fixture falls perfectly into both categories.”
Frank Stennett IOMFA Chief Executive Officer commented “This is a really prestigious game for our Senior Men and we are delighted to welcome Brentford B to the Isle of Man. The game will give Island Manager Paul Jones and his coaching staff an excellent and demanding test against a very strong team from West London. I am sure all the players representing the Island would welcome a good supportive crowd at the Bowl as we continue the build up to the Island Games in Ynys Mon in June.
I would also take this opportunity to sincerely thank our sponsors Back Office Services for their continued support of the Senior Men’s team. Their kind support is invaluable as we look to progress our future plans both on and off the Island”