John Kenkel

John Kenkel - International Co-Ordinator: USA

John Kenkel – International Co-Ordinator: USA

National Coordinator – United States of America

Residence : Washington, DC

Where can you be found on matchdays?

Given the lack of access to anything but the Premier League here in the States I am usually watching the BBC’s Live Text Commentary with my kids while watching the Premiership in our Bees kit. Any time work takes me to London I make it a point to head to GP for any home games.

What do you see as BIAS’s role?

I see BIAS as a crucial element in building a community of Bees supporters, whether that is advocating for the fans, providing a support base for long-term fans, or helping to build a new generation of Bees supporters (both young and old).

What’s the best thing about being a Brentford fan?

For me being a Bees fan is about having a club that truly belongs to the supporters. Many bigger clubs have a support base that waxes and wanes with their position on the table, or how much money they spend on big stars. Their loyalty is often based on what they have seen on TV and there is a distance between club and supporter that at times is very impersonal. For Brentford, I have never met a supporter that wasn’t die hard, highly loyal, and extremely steeped in the history of the team. As a Brentford supporter you are immediately welcomed and brought in to the community and the Club does a great job of engaging its supporters, despite the size. There is a sense of personal relationship with the team and fans and I have great pride in being part of that community.

What’s the worst thing about being a Brentford fan?

For the moment it is being unable to be a part of the club on a more active basis. From the US, the inability to watch the team live, or come out to Griffin Park is frustrating.

Where do you see Brentford in ten years time?

In 10 years I hope that we can be consistently competing for a place in the Premier League and consistently one of the top teams in the Championship when not in the Prem. With the new Stadium and the potential to reach a larger audience in West London as the club becomes more competitive there is every possibility to be a regular in the Prem looking that far out. The key will be to balance lil’ old Brentford with the international spotlight that the Premier League brings.

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