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Griffin Park
Shrewsbury Town
League One
, October 2nd 2012, 8pm
By Matt Brooker
(Shrewsbury Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking to travel to a few new grounds this year, and having never visited Griffin Park, or any of it's four pubs, I decided it wouldn't be right if I didn't go to this game. I had heard Brentford is a very decent away day, so was very much looking forward to it.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got the train down, which was quite difficult coming from Shrewsbury. I had to take a train to Crewe, then to London Euston, then I jumped onto the Northern line to Waterloo, before finally getting on a train to Brentford. Took me about three and half hours in total hours in total, but I was not the only fan taking this route.

Finding the ground from Brentford station is not that straightforward as the ground is set back in a housing estate and is nearly impossible to see. But Brentford fans are more than helpful, and gave be the quickest and safest way to get to the away turnstiles, and the walk once I was going in the right direction was only around five minutes.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I went into The Griffin pub for a quick one before the game. There were already a few Shrewsbury fans already were, the atmosphere was friendly as both sets of fans mixed happily without incident.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Griffin Park is a very unusual ground. With the away end having a bottom terrace beneath an upper tier of seating. Both the left and right side of the ground have 2, different sized seated stands. Opposite, behind the other goal, is another terrace, where the louder Brentford fans were stood.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was very lively, with Shrewsbury being awarded a penalty late into the second half, only for ref to change his mind after a discussion with the linesman. Brentford too had a goal disallowed because it was offside. In the end, the game had a disappointing result of 0-0, with both teams battling it out until the very end.

The atmosphere inside the ground was fantastic, the acoustics in the away end are amazing, allowing even a small number of fans to created tremendous noise. The home terrace opposite us was also creating a fair amount of noise, and there was some great banter between the home and away fans. The food in the ground was OK, 3.20 for a cheeseburger which was pretty decent, I've had alot worse at other grounds. The toilets were OK too, cramped, but again, I have seen alot worse at other grounds. The stewards were out of sight the entire game which is always a good thing.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game there was a rush of people on the road heading to the station, mostly Brentford fans, with the majority of Shrewsbury fans  taking the club coaches home. The Police presence at the train station was larger than I've seen at any of the other League One games I've been to this season. Stupidly, I didn't check which platform I was supposed to be on, and I nearly missed my train, but some Brentford lads shouted to the train guard to wait as I ran across the bridge to change platform. Thankfully I made it, and was able to get on the last train from Euston to Wolverhampton where I got picked up.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Definitely a great away day, and was well worth the effort to get there. It would have been much better had it been on a Saturday, but even for a Tuesday night it was fantastic. Definitely hope to visit this ground next season, and would recommend for people to visit Griffin Park when their team plays there!

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