299: Gary Roberts & Francis Joseph - The Beesotted End-Of-Season Bees-Up Pt 1
First up is Gary Roberts and Francis Joseph - a footballing double act if ever there is one. Theres two guys were hilarious. Forming a lethal striking partnership back in the 80s playing in the team with the killer midfield of Stan Bowles, Terry Hurlock and Chris Kamara, you could see that the Roberts/Joseph bond was still there 30 years later. They had the audience in stitches - cracking joke after joke.
Gary Roberts claimed that he had invented the Cruyff turn - years before the master of the Cruyff turn Johan Cryff had actually coined the phrase.
Francis Joseph told the audience how he was ‘tapped up’ (allegedly) by Brentford in the bar after a match at Griffin Park after just destroying The Bees - scoring two goals in Wimbledon’s comeback which saw them win 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half time.
They talk about Stan Bowles' dodgy entourage - some sort of West London mafia.
Three months later he was playing football down at Griffin Park
With the summer fast approaching, 90 Brentford fans joined the Dave Lane and Billy Grant from Beesotted and a bunch of Brentford legends - Gary Roberts, Francis Joseph, Billy Manuel & Graham Benstead - at the fabulous Drayton Court Hotel in Ealing to see the season off in style at their end of season Pride of West London Bees-Up.
Following on from the Christmas Bees-Up at Fullers Brewery with Carl Hutchings, Richard Cadette and Paul Gibbs and the first Bees-Up at The Globe with Terry Evans, Marcus Gayle and Ijah Anderson, this do was set to be a proper laugh.
And it didn’t fail to deliver.
It was an evening packed with entertainment that went on until the early hours- a magician (a Fulham-supporting magician at that), Tim Clarke the Brentford-supporting comedian, DJ Pricey on the ones and twos as well as two Brentford legends sessions. Even ex Bee Chris Kamara made an appearance to tell a tale bout his ex team-mates.
There was also an auction - raising over £1k for two charities (we're still collecting the money as we speak) - Brentford Community Trust and CALM - the campaign against living miserably fighting male depression with prized very kindly donated by Brentford Football Club, The Globe and Fullers’.
The Beesotted Pride of West London End of Season Bees-Up podcast will be split into three parts.
Part 1 - Gary Roberts and Francis Joseph - this podcast
Part 2 - Billy Manuel and Graham Benstead - http://bit.ly/2rbUEFd
Part 3 - Gary Roberts, Francis Joseph, Billy Manuel, Graham Benstead Q&A - http://bit.ly/2saJSSB
Don’t forget to check the full article out on www.beesotted.co.uk from Tue 23rd May with photos from the event up on www.facebook.com/beesotted
A big thank you to The Drayton Court Hotel and Fullers’ for making this event happen.
Same again next season.
Sign up for more info on the Beesotted Pride of West London Bees-Up events by clicking here - http://bit.ly/2dOKAQ4