KEVIN O'Connor has urged Brentford fans to forgive and forget when the Bees once again come up against their favourite boo-boy, Martin Rowlands , tomorrow night.
Rowlands has been a hate figure on the Griffin Park terraces since leaving Brentford for west London rivals QPR nine years ago, and promptly telling the Evening Standard that he has joined a bigger and better club.
The next time the two clubs met, at Loftus Road in November 2003, Rowlands enraged Bees fans by repeatedly kissing the QPR badge on his shirt in front of them, and then had a running feud with Bees favourite Stephen Hunt.
The return match at Griffin Park, on February 14 the following year, was dubbed the St Valentine's Day Massacre, but passed off relatively quietly, O'Connor scoring Brentford's equaliser that day.
Now, on Valentine's Day eight years on, when Brentford visit Colchester, who Rowlands signed for last week, it will be the first time since that the 33-year-old has faced his former club.
And O'Connor, who will miss the game through injury, believes Bees fans should show some love again rather than stick the knife into Rowlands.
He said: “It was a long time ago now, but I can still remember Martin kissing his badge and winding our fans up.
“But Martin was a good guy and has done really well since leaving us. I used to come with him into training at Brentford, so I am pleased for him.
“He has been released by QPR so needed to go somewhere, and it was a good move for him. I expect he will get a bit of stick again on Tuesday, but that's all part of the game.
“As long as it's nothing too nasty. Perhaps it should all be put behind us now, as he was a very good player for Brentford and always gave 100 per cent for us.”