Brentford v Preston North End
Friday, April 18th, 2013, 3pm
(Preston North End fan)
During the formative part of the
season, once the early pace setters had been
established in the division, this had stood
out as a fixture that could well be a
promotion decider and hence was “ring-fenced”
in the diary and held in much anticipation.
The anticipation then grew during the early
months of 2014 as the end of season shakedown
approached and with Preston carrying great
away form, we sensed a day of destiny.
We then popped down to the ground to
collect our tickets and then we moved onto
“The Griffin” pub, which had become largely
the preserve of Preston fans. The fact the
automatic promotion was now in all but
mathematical terms out of reach had clearly
not deterred hordes from travelling down to
the capital in good voice, and many were
dressed in suits and bowler hats, as today had
apparently been designated the “gentry” day.
Once a season, in honour of the nickname
bestowed upon the fans by our one time manager
Alan Ball Snr, there is a “gentry” day where
supporters are encouraged to dress for the
part. One observation I would make about “The
Griffin” pub is that the toilets are clearly
not suited to heavy use ; waders would have
barely been satisfactory and it was quite grim
which is a shame as it detracts from what is
otherwise a grand pub with excellent service.
View From The
The match itself was an anti-climax.
Preston huffed and puffed but seemed laboured
whilst Brentford themselves produced little
better. The moment the decided the match
happened right in front of us when a soft
penalty decision went in favour of the Bees,
which was duly converted. The second half
continued in a footballing sense exactly the
same, whereas gradually the home support
started to find their voice, a voice that had
been lacking in the first half most probably
due to those “nearly there” nerves of fans
daring to hope of promotion. The atmosphere
was certainly better than the football on this
particular Good Friday.
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