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Brentford FC
Griffin Park

Capacity: 12,763
Address: Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT
Main Telephone No: 08453 456 442
Fax No:
020 8380 9937
Team Nickname: The Bees
Year Ground Opened: 1904
Pitch Size: 110 x 73 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Skyex.co.uk
Kit Manufacturers: Adidas
Home Kit Colours: Red, White & Black
Away Kit Colours: Blue & Yellow Stripes
Official Web Site: www.brentfordfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:

Beesotted
Brentford Supporters Trust
Griffin Park Grapevine


 

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Contents
What's The Griffin Park Like?
Future Ground Developments
Brook Road & Bill Axbey Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The Brook Road Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Braemar Road Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
By Train/Tube
BIAS Ealing Road Terrace (photo)
Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Programme & Fanzines

Local Rivals

Disabled Facilities
Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Main & Brook Road Stands (video)
Griffin Park Location Map


 

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What's Griffin Park Like?
The ground is rather compact and certainly has an individual feel. On one side is the recently christened Bill Axbey Stand (formerly the New Road Stand), which is named after a long time supporter who watched the Bees for an incredible 89 years before passing away in 2007. This stand is a single tiered, covered all seated stand, which has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. The roof of the stand is painted with a large advert, designed to catch the eye of passengers flying into Heathrow Airport. Currently this is an advert for Qatar Airways, but in the past amongst others, it has been for KLM and easyJet. Opposite is the Bees United (Braemar Road) Stand. Again this stand is single tiered, all seated and has a number of supporting pillars. It has a very low roof, which makes you wonder what the view would be like from the very back row of the stand.

At one end is the BIAS Stand (aka the Ealing Road Terrace), which up to 2007, was an open terrace that was given to away supporters. However the Club have now erected a roof on this end and decided to give it back to the home fans. This should really help boost the atmosphere within the stadium. Interestingly the sponsors of the terrace BIAS are not a company but the Brentford Independent Association of Supporters. Opposite is
the Brook Road Stand. This stand which was opened in 1986, is a strange affair; a small double decker stand that has seating on the first tier and terracing below. It is known affectionately by the Brentford fans as the 'Wendy House'. The ground is complete with a set of four imposing floodlights.
 Griffin Park is also used for Chelsea reserve team matches.

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Future Developments

The Club have received planning permission to build a new 20,000 capacity stadium, at Lionel Road (in-between Kew Bridge Railway Station and the M4). The site is just under two miles away from Griffin Park. The scheme will also see the construction of 910 flats and a hotel. The stadium may also be shared with London Welsh Rugby Club. If things go to plan then Brentford could be kicking off in their new home for the start of the 2016/17 season.

The Brook Road & Bill Axbey Stands


Brook Road And Bill Axbey Stands Photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are housed in the Brook Road Stand at one end of the ground. This covered two tiered stand has 600 seats in its upper tier and room for around 1,000 fans below in the terrace. The upper tier has good unhindered views of the playing area, whilst below in the lower terraced area there are a couple of prominent supporting pillars, which may affect your view. There is a good selection of refreshments on offer including a selection of Pies (3), Pasties (2.50), Cheese & Onion slices (2), Hot Dogs (3.30), Burgers (3.30), Cheeseburgers (3.40) and Sausage Rolls (2). I had an enjoyable visit to the ground and didn't experience any problems.

Tim Porter a visiting Torquay United supporter adds; 'The home fans were the most friendly I've come across for a long time - before kick-off, the stadium announcer asked all the home fans to put their hands together for the Torquay fans who had made such a long journey. I expected indifferent silence or abuse, but there was almost universal clapping!' 

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Looking Towards The Brook Road Stand


Looking Towards The Brook Road Stand

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Where To Drink?
Brentford is famous for being the only ground in England that has a pub at every corner of the ground. The surrounding land was formerly owned by the Griffin Brewery, hence Griffin Park. If you are feeling thirsty, get there early and have a pint in all four. They are the Royal Oak (a small locals pub), The Griffin (serves Fullers real ale), The Princess Royal & The New Inn. The New Inn is the favoured pub for away supporters. Derek Hall a visiting Hartlepool United fan adds; 'Probably the best pub out of the four is the Griffin, with the New Inn a fairly close second, although this was packed on our visit'. 

Roger Stamp informs me; 'Probably the best real ale pub in Brentford is the 'Magpie & Crown' which is only five minutes walk away from the ground, on Brentford High Street. The pub has four real ales on tap and welcomes both home and away supporters'.

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Braemar Road Stand


Braemar Road Stand

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How To Get There And Where To Park

Leave the M4 at junction 2 and take the A4, going around the Chiswick Roundabout so that you end up coming back on yourself. Continue along the A4 and at the first roundabout take a left onto the B455 (Ealing Road). The ground is located about half a mile down this road on your right. There is no parking at the ground for supporters. So apart from a small pay and display car park in Layton Road (first right off Ealing Road) which costs 5 for three hours (but is free after 6.30pm), then it is street parking. However there are residents only parking schemes in operation on some of the roads, so please pay attention to the small parking information signs. Some roads in the area (such as Somerset Road, which is off the A3002 Boston Manor Road) do also allow pay and display parking at a cost of 1 for 30 minutes, so you would be looking at a cost of 6 for three hours.

Map showing the location of Griffin Park (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: TW8 0NT

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By Train and Tube
The nearest railway station is Brentford. This is around a five minute walk away from the ground. This station is on the London Waterloo to Reading line, which normally has services running every 15 minutes on Saturday afternoons. To get from the station to the ground, exit onto Station Road. Take the first right into Orchard Road, right again into Windmill Road and then first left into Hamilton Road which leads into New Road and the ground.

Caleb Johnstone-Cowan informs me; 'The nearest Underground Station to the ground is South Ealing, which is on the Piccadilly Line. This tube station is around a 15 minute walk from the ground, down Ealing Road'.
Mick Hubbard adds; 'Finding the ground is easy enough though - you simply turn right out of the tube station and just go straight down Ealing Road, then taking your life in your hands to cross the A4 at the bottom! Otherwise as you come out of the station cross over to the other side of Ealing Road and catch a number 65 bus down to the ground'.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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BIAS Ealing Road Terrace


Ealing Road Terrace

Thanks to Daniel Riemersma for providing the above photo.

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Admission Prices
Home Fans*:
Bees United Stand: Adults 22, Over 60's 16, Students 14, Under 18's 5
Bill Axbey Stand:
Adults 21, Over 60's 15, Students 13, Under 18's 5, Family Ticket 2 Adults + 2 Under 18's 35

BIAS Ealing Road Terrace: Adults 20, Over 60's 14, Students 12, Under 18's 5

Away Fans*:

Brook Road Stand (Seating): Adults 22,
Over 60's 16, Students 14, Under 18's
5
Brook Road Stand (Terrace): Adults 21, Over 60's 15, Students 13, Under 18's 5

* These prices are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to 2 more

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Ground Layout


Ground Layout

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Programme & Fanzines
Official Programme 2.50
Thorne In The Side Fanzine 1
Hey Jude Fanzine 1
Beesotted 2

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Local Rivals
Queens Park Rangers & Fulham.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Fixtures
Brentford FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
39,626 v Preston North End,
FA Cup 6th Round, March 5th, 1938.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 7,716 (League One)
2012-2013: 6,303 (League One)
2011-2012: 5,643 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of Griffin Park
Paul Willott (Preston North End) 18/4/14
Jack Griffin (Portsmouth) 13/3/13
Matt Brooker (Shrewsbury Town) 2/10/12
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 28/4/12

James Spring (Notts County) 14/4/12
Craig Milne (Doing The 92) 3/4/12
Marc Batt (Neutral) 28/1/12
Oliver Thewes (Visiting German Groundhopper) 15/10/11
Jason Jandu (Neutral) 27/8/11
Luke Phillips (Bristol Rovers) 26/2/11
Joe Fisher (Gillingham) 6/2/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Brentford and general London page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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View From The Main and Brook Road Stands



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video
Map Showing The Location Of Griffin Park, Railway Station and Listed Pubs



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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



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Last Updated: 8 June 2014