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Griffin Park
Brentford v  Portsmouth
League One
Saturday, April 13th, 2013, 3pm

By Jack Griffin
(Portsmouth fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to Griffin Park because I've never been before and it's a chance to tick a ground off the 92. I've heard good things about Griffin Park and it's four pubs so it looked like a good day out.

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

I took the train up from Southampton Central, to London Waterloo and then changed onto a local service to Brentford. The total journey times was about 2 and a half hours, but well worth it. The ground was hard to find, but we got there in the end with plenty of time left to go for a drink. 

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

I had one drink at the Royal Oak pub and the moved onto the Griffin pub, grabbing a burger on the way. We left the pub with 20 minutes to go before kick off.
The home fans were friendly and helpful, and told us a bit about the area and where to go to drink.

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

It seemed unusual to be standing on a terrace again, but brought back memories to me of the old days, where most grounds were like that. It was a small yet cosey stadium and the acoustics of the stand meant that we could make lots of noise, with the Brentford fans looking at us in disbelief.

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

The game was very exciting we went one nil down early on, but then we got behind the team on and we got an equaliser  just before half time. Soon after we came out for the second half we scored to make it 2-1. Just as we thought we were going to get an away win, some poor defending, saw Brentford pegging it back to 2-2 before scoring another to make it 3-2. So unfortunately we lost but apart from the defending it was a good team performance. 

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

After the game it was easy to get back to the station and quick to get on a train back to waterloo, where there was a train waiting for me back to Southampton... then a ferry back to the Isle of Wight...home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Definitely a great away day, and was well worth the effort to get there. Next time we play them hopefully go there again and definitely recommend going if your team are playing there.

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