Vital Football

Latest Brentford FC News

All that Glistens is not Goals

All that Glistens is not Goals

Beesotted's Larry Signy takes a look at the Diamond formation:


There`s been a lot of talk about the Bees new-fangled diamond formation. Trouble is - apparently none of us, supporters or players alike, seem to understand exactly what it is.

Let`s see if we can unravel the mystery

But let`s go back to basics. In the beginning, as they say, there were simply eleven footballers who went out and kicked a ball around. Then came the first formation - goalkeeper, two full backs, three half backs (a centre half, an attacking wing half and a defending wing half) and five forwards, of whom two were wingers, one a creator, and the others plain old-fashioned goal scorers.

Then we got sophisticated. The two full backs, the centre half and the defending wing half became "a back four" - the attacking wing half and the creative inside forward a "midfield two" , the wingers and the goal scorers stayed the same. Just as before, but we called it 4-4-2.

From there it simply evolved. We had the same four defenders, one of the wingers dropped back to help in a midfield three, and the others were the goal scorers. Virtually the same, but now we called it 4-3-3.
Then it progressed a bit more - one of the three midfielders dropped back to help the defence, one of the front three dropped back to do something or other - yup, still the same, but now we gloried in 4-1-2-1-2.

And from that, my friends, the diamond developed. The back four are still the same. The 1-2-1 part are now called a diamond. The front two are the same. It`s all change……erm, isn`t it?

It`s called evolution.

Or if you prefer - manager talk for "who`s a clever lad then for dreaming of something different"?

But when it all comes down to it - what the numbers of any of these systems really add up to is……….. eleven footballers who go out and kick a ball around. Some are defenders, some creators, some goal scorers.
Ah, come off it - let`s just play uncomplicated football that means we score goals and stop the other team doing the same.

Diamonds may be a girl`s best friend - no hairy-ar*ed footballer should worry about 'em.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Larry Signy
Date:Thursday September 20 2012
Time: 12:08PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Brentford Articles

Medical & Science Shortlists Announced 2016/17

The Football Medical Association have now announced the shortlists for the Medical and Science Team of the Year for the season of 2016/17.

FA Boosts Cheating Powers for 2017/18

The Football Association announced earlier today that they have extended their powers when it comes to punishing retrospective simulation.

Brentford Benefit From Burnley's Survival

Brentford are in for a 'financial windfall' it seems due to the fact Burnley have secured their Premier League status.

Oxford Friendly Arranged

Brentford will head to the Kassam Stadium for this pre-season meeting with League One side Oxford on Wednesday 19th July 2017, kick off has been confirmed as 7:45pm.

Archived Vital Brentford Articles

Vital Brentford articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Brentford
Write For Vital Brentford
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Brentford's 2016-17 10th place finish - are you
Suggested By:
Happy92%
Disappointed8%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Brentford Results (view all)

Brentford Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.RebelBee7
2.Kentbee4
3.collioure_bee4
Vital Football Comment