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banner Tuesday, 27 November, 2001, 13:32 GMT
Why I love...Brentford
EastEnders star Dean Gaffney, who plays Robbie Jackson in the BBC soap, talks of his love for Brentford.

Things couldn't be better for actor Dean Gaffney at the moment.

Back in EastEnders after a break, his beloved Brentford are also riding high in Division Two and firmly on course for automatic promotion.


It was something I had never experienced before as a Brentford supporter.
Dean Gaffney
Gaffney, who has played dimwit Robbie Jackson since 1993, started going to Griffin Park a couple of years earlier.

He told BBC Radio Five Live's Adrian Childs: "I was brought up around that area and first went to Brentford when I was about 14 with my family.

"We were treated really well - it's such a family-run club and I really admire that.

"There's loads of clubs these days who take your money off you and let you sit down but they don't give you a lot of entertainment.

"Brentford, on the other hand, are always thinking of the next game."

Life as a Bees fan has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride, but Gaffney will never forget the 1991/92 season.

Banter

A win at Peterborough clinched the old Third Division title and promotion to the new First Division.

"It was an amazing moment," he recalled. "It was something I had never experienced before as a fanatical Brentford supporter.

"That was only my second year of supporting them, so it was like wow - I want to keep going if this happens!"

Gaffney's fellow-cast members are also mad about football, and for once he has been able to hold his own during the banter between filming.

He explained: "We're always talking about football in EastEnders.

"A lot of people support the mainstream London clubs, i.e. West Ham and Chelsea.

Steve Coppell
Steve Coppell could lead the Bees to promotion this season

"They're all very fanatical and we always talk about the weekend's results in the green room on Monday.

"Luckily for me, this season everyone's been coming in and saying 'Brentford top of the league, you're doing well Dean'!

"I know it's not even Christmas yet - and I don't want to tempt fate - but I think this could be our season.

"It would be great to go on the EastEnders set one Monday and say: 'We got promotion!'"

And if manager Steve Coppell realises that dream, Gaffney has promised him a walk-on part.

You could just imagine the former England star talking tactics with Phil Mitchell over a cup of tea in the caff.

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