Meet the team
Founder, dogsbody, ageing right back
3rd generation Brentford fan, regular at Griffin Park since 1992 aged 7, Brentford resident since 2012, worked for the Club from 2014-2017, and a veteran of Brentford supporters teams of legend - Hey Jude FC, Beesotted and FC Brentford. I set up FC Griffin Park to keep the Brentford supporters team tradition alive, and to encourage a new generation to get stuck in. Also because there isn't much call for ageing fullbacks with limited ability so this was the easiest way to get a game!
Journeyman veteran, knackered, writing his first book
Linsell is a deep-lying playmaker, currently working as a player-coach for Chiswick & District League outfit FC Griffin Park. Linsell started his career as a left winger for Shamrock Rovers but struggling to break into the first team picture, joined Steve Gallen’s QPR youth training scheme just a few months later.
Also working alongside former Chelsea favourite, Eddie Newton, Linsell’s defensive attributes and reading of the game meant he was utilised as an attacking full back. Linsell returned to his earlier left-wing position while representing his school, scoring the winning goal to help lift the Ealing Schools Trophy.
Taking this momentum forward, Linsell went on an eight consecutive match scoring run and ousted future Welsh international, Hal Robson-Kanu, from the starting XI in both youth and school teams. His successful season was rewarded by being presented the Player of the Season trophy from the Brentford and QPR legend, Sir Stanley Bowles.
Keen to develop this bright footballing education, Linsell moved to the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Academy at age 16 alongside his Sports Science studies. However, a problematic hamstring bursa meant he was sidelined for six months and without football and missing friends, returned home to London to continue his rehabilitation and education.
After a year without playing, Linsell represented his college and joined South Acton FC, alongside teammates Michael Beaton, Kenny Odongo and Chris Johnson. It was here where Linsell turned from attacking wide player to a creative defensive midfielder. The deeper role allowed Linsell more space to unlock opposing defences and facilitated the loss of pace due to the hamstring bursa injury.
Linsell continued in the centre of midfield while representing Pitshanger during the 2006/07 season where he lined up once more together with long-term friend and teammate Andrew Whitestone.
Richard Smith and Nicholas Galley were keen to sign Linsell for Hey Jude XI following a number of successful guest appearances. They finally got their man and Linsell went on to make a record number of appearances for the Bees and currently sits at the top of the goal scoring charts, despite continuing in his central midfield role.
In January 2012, James Wicks, manager of FC Brentford, approached Linsell to captain his fledgling side. Together, they achieved three consecutive promotions and a Middlesex County Cup final success.
Linsell retired from football in 2015 after being diagnosed with the heart condition, SVT, and undergoing cardiac ablation surgery. However, he has now been enticed back to the beautiful game by fellow veteran Rhys Williams for one last hurrah. Linsell hopes to share his experience both on and off the field and regain his reputation as “Jakalele”.
Club man, burgermeister, Dane lover