|What's The Griffin
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
BIAS Ealing Road Terrace (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
View From The Main & Brook Road Stands (video)
Griffin Park Location Map
|What's Griffin Park Like?|
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.
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.
|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!'
|Looking Towards The Brook Road Stand|
|Where To Drink?|
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'.
|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.
Post Code for SAT NAV: TW8 0NT
|By Train and Tube|
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
Thanks to Daniel Riemersma for providing the above photo.
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
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.
|Programme & Fanzines|
Thorne In The Side Fanzine £1
Hey Jude Fanzine £1
|Queens Park Rangers & Fulham.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Brentford FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
v Preston North End,
FA Cup 6th Round, March 5th, 1938.
2013-2014: 7,716 (League One)
2012-2013: 6,303 (League One)
2011-2012: 5,643 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of Griffin Park|
Butler (Charlton Athletic) 9/8/14
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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booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all
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from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast
establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced
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from the football ground.
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|View From The Main and Brook
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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