Brentford v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday, January 28th 2012, 3pm
By Marc Batt
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
With Oxford's game against Burton Albion re-arranged for Sunday, I decided to attend a game at Griffin Park. With Brentford performing well in League One and chasing play-offs, and Wycombe seemingly struggling at the other end of the league, I thought it would make a nice change to be a neutral rather than enduring the rollercoaster ride that is watching Oxford United every week! Obviously the 'notorious pub on each corner' also seemed quite special about the ground.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I took the train from Oxford, which required a couple of changes- firstly at Reading and then at Virginia Water to arrive at Brentford station. The surrounding streets were parked full of cars, so I would recommend drivers to arrive early!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I only had enough time to enter one of the four pubs, sadly! I decided to try the Princess Royal as I would be standing on the terrace nearby. The locals seemed friendly enough, though it was quite obvious I was not exactly a hardcore Brentford fan! I spoke to an older gentlemen who made me seem quite welcome (seeing as I wasn't one to be supporting Wycombe especially), who had earlier given me directions to get around the ground to the Ealing Road terrace.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The ground certainly has character and history about it. Despite the fact it is supposedly on a flight route, I didn't seem to notice any planes going directly overhead (maybe as I was focused more on the game perhaps), and they certainly did not cause any disturbance. As I mentioned, the ground does have history and this is what you can expect to find if you attend more modern stadiums on a regular basis. However I would not call Griffin Park 'outdated'. The ground is more than fit enough to host football every week.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
What a gem to attend. The first ten minutes saw Wycombe play very good football, with Brentford seemingly struggling to make it out of their own half! The next twenty minutes were one-way traffic rather; half an hour gone and the Bees found themselves three goals to the good. Two goals from top scorer Gary Alexander and another from Sam Saunders saw a 3-0 HT scoreline. The atmosphere was fantastic, with the right side of the terrace making A LOT of noise. The Wycombe fans weren't exactly silent either!
HT- I warn you- the food is fairly expensive. I attended the game by myself, however if you were a Dad (or Mum!) with his/her two kids on a Saturday afternoon, do not expect much change from £20. There are a few deals on offer- a burger/pie, crisps/choc bar and drink for what I seemingly remember as £5.70. The food is okay, I chose a cheeseburger and onions for £3.30- far better than food at The Kassam however, and for that Brentford, I thank you! The stewards do not seem to cause much bother, however they keep walking from the front of the terrace to the back which seemed odd.
The second half kicked off and within about a minute, Wycombe had one back! It poised the game delicately, and Wycombe did seem to be taking the game to Brentford- as the man on the terrace next to me suggested, a real 'jekyll and hyde' performance from Brentford for large parts of the second half. By 75 minutes, Brentford had restored the three goal lead with midfielder Diagouraga (I think that's how its spelt!). Wycombe then pulled a sneaky goal back from a corner through Ben Strevens. No prizes for guessing who then finished the scoring from Brentford as Alexander struck a fantastic volley, of Premier League quality, to win the game for the Bees on 80 minutes and claim the match ball.An absolutely great game of football! 5-2 to Brentford!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Getting to the station was fairly easy, I would give around 15-20 minutes time to catch your train as the streets surrounding can become quite crowded. I cannot give a review for drivers so much, but as with coming away from any game, give yourself plenty of time and expect the unexpected!
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Fantastic day out for any football fan, particularly traditionalists. I can't promise a 5-2 scoreline every week, but it is certainly a good trip. I will be attending next year for sure (hopefully with Oxford, when we get promoted and Brentford don't! Sorry Brentford fans!).The club can be very proud of their ground, their football, and their fans.
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