Brentford v Oldham Athletic
Tuesday, April 3rd 2012, 7.45pm
By Craig Milne
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to visiting the ground having passed it numerous times driving into London.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Having read up on this website I looked for street parking but with the hope of something a bit more secure, sadly the car park right next to the ground is for passholders only. As a result I parked on the street with no restrictions only a five minute walk from the ground.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I walked all round the ground to see the 4 pubs.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The ground is slap bang in the middle of a housing estate. The home terrace back wall is also the back wall to many a garden. It was a surprise to see them so close. The stewards I spoke to were friendly and helpful. I was on the home terrace behind the goal and enjoyed the atmosphere, with lots of families around.
I visited the programe shop in the Main Stand however as an away fan you cannot gain entrance to it because of its location. A good selection of programmes and very friendly staff who were surprised to hear I was a Carlisle fan just passing though. The gentleman in the programme shop was very chatty, informative and interested in everyone who came by.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
A 2-0 win for Brentford saw them climb towards the play offs. Oldham came out playing the better football but once Brentford took the lead the game changed. A match played with style by Brentford and hard fought by Oldham. Cracking atmosphere in all areas off the ground towards the end of the game and nerves were settled. The two tier away end looked interesting, perhaps I'll save that for another day.
Stewards I spoke to were helpful and maybe it was a low attendance but they managed the crowd without effecting the viewers enjoyment. Once you gain entrance to the Main Stand you can also access the terrace and visa versa so you could meet your mates at half time. Plenty of outlets inside the stadium with express outlets offering meal deals, alcohol, pies, hot dogs and a variety of other snacks and soft drinks.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Not a problem at all. I was parked facing the main road out and drove straight out. If you were on the other side of the stadium I could see it being awkward as the road past the stadium was busy with buses and pedestrians.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was a night match and a bit damp to say the least, i thought the sun always shined in London! A great ground, friendly people, helpful staff and no issues with parking. Next time I won't drive and I can then savour the atmosphere of the pubs.