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Griffin Park
Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday
League One
Saturday
, April 28th 2012, 3pm
By Dan Brennan
(Sheffield Wednesday fan)


It's the final away game of the season for Wednesday, and with the promotion battle between ourselves and Sheffield United set up so beautifully, a trip to Brentford was a no-brainer.
 
We drove down to Brentford - relatively easy to find, straight down the M1 and I would just recommend that you head for Heathrow Airport. From there you can't really go wrong.

Parking around the ground we found to be almost non-existent. There is simply nowhere to park. We had to park about 3/4 of a mile away from the stadium, which was annoying. The ground is not situtaed in the ideal place in all honesty. After we, we walked round to The Griffin pub. This is on the corner of the Brook Road Stand and the Braemer Road Stand and served alcohol and food at very good prices. There was a good atmosphere in the pub and around the ground to be honest.

I don't enjoy slating grounds but Griffin Park is atrocious. The away stand is a complete mess - the stand above is neat and provides and excellent view (I'd also like to thank the stewards who were decent enough to let me go up to take photos) but the terrace below is terrible. Nowhere near enough room in the stand, the pillars do obstruct your view more or less wherever you stand and the stand isn't steep enough to provide a good view. When Wednesday scored I was crushed and was uncomfortable throughout the game. The Bill Axbey Stand is aging and looked as if the view would be terrible and this stand also had a TV gantry, where a set of ladders took you up there - it looked incredibly makeshift. The Braemar Road stand is better but still looks a bit of a mish-mash, and the terrace opposite the away stand is very small and simple. Overall, unfortunately, the ground is not in good shape and really is quite poor.

The game itself was great in terms of the result - a 2-1 win for Wednesday - but the performance was edgy and Wednesday rode their luck throughout. Keith Treacy's fluke free-kick was cancelled out by a Brentford penalty but Miguel Llera won it for the Owls. The one positive of the away terrace is that the acoustics are simply wonderful - Wednesday made a tremendous amount of noise and this did create a good atmosphere, but I have to say the noise from the Brentford fans was the worst I've ever seen from a home side. They were silent and contributed nothing to the atmopshere.

I have to say that Griffin Park, as a stadium, is one the poorest I've visited. The away stand needs knocking down and re-building in my opinion. The ground has character but that's because it's a mess in all honesty. The Brentford fans were disappointing but a good result for Wednesday meant it was a relatively enjoyable day out.


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