Brentford v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday, March 14th 2009, 3pm
By Joe Myall
I was looking forward to returning to Griffin Park for our promotion clash, having been the previous year. It is a nice ground with both seating and standing available for the away fans and it wasnít hard to get to. I took the underground to south Ealing and it was just a quick 15/20 minute walk up the street. However, having driven the previous year I found it really hard to find somewhere to park so my advice is to take the train or, if unavoidable, get there quite early to actually find a parking spot.
Before the game I chose to get in early but that is a problem in itself as I didnít know where the away end was. However the Brentford fans were friendly enough to tell us how to get there and none of them where at all abusive towards us.
The ground itself is an old style ground with houses around the whole of the outside. Having said that my first impression inside the ground was good and I had a good view where I stood in the terrace. There where 1 or 2 pillars that distracted the view to the side though nothing too bad. As for the all of the other stands they looked quite impressive and I cannot have any complaint about the ground. However one of the people travelling with me said that the seated away area was quite cramped and I understand they have a slightly more restricted view so I would recommend standing.
When the game itself started it was end-to-end excitement with the scores level at 2-2 at half time. The Brentford atmosphere seemed a little flat but did build quite well at parts of the game. However each time Brentford scored there seemed to be at least one person trying to invade the pitch and the stewards sorted them out well. I donít know if this is a regular occurrence or not but at least the stewards dealt with them.
The game finished at 3-3 and when I went out there was not many problems. It was a bit slow moving and I noticed that a large queue was forming outside the pubs so I didnít go in. it was just a quick walk back to the station but the pavement leading up there was a bit crowded as there wasnít much room and we couldnít walk on the busy road. The actually station wasnít too crowded and we easily got back home. Overall I found it a good away day out and the entire place was good and friendly. It was easy enough to get too and I would happily go back again.
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