Griffin Park

Capacity: 12,763
Address: Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT
Telephone: 08453 456 442
Fax: 020 8380 9937
Pitch Size: 110 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: The Bees
Year Ground Opened: 1904
Shirt Sponsors: 888Sport
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red, White & Black
Away Kit: Grey and White

Bill Axeby and Brook Road Stands
Bill Axeby and Brook Road Stands
Braemar Road Stand
Braemar Road Stand
Bill Axeby Stand
Bill Axeby Stand
Brook Road Stand
Brook Road Stand
Ealing Road Terrace
Ealing Road Terrace
Griffin Park Brentford FC

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.

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 works could start in early 2017, with Brentford could be kicking off in their new home for the start of the 2019/20 season.

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 (£3.30), Pasties (£3), Hot Dogs (£3.50), Burgers (£3.50), Cheeseburgers (£3.60) and Sausage Rolls (£2). I also have been informed that an enterprising home owner has set up a hot dog and cake stall in their front garden on Brook Road South, just along from the away supporters entrance.

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!' I also had an enjoyable visit to Griffin Park and didn't experience any problems. 

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 the name Griffin Park. However one of these pubs the Royal Oak is currently closed. The other three; The Griffin (which serves Fullers real ale), The Princess Royal and 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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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. Although some (check the signage to make sure) are free after 6.30pm on weekday evenings.

Post Code for SAT NAV: TW8 0NT

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'.

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'.

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Brentford operate a category system for ticket prices (A & B) whereby the most popular matches cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B prices in brackets.

Home Fans*
Braemar Road Stand (Centre):
Adults £30 (B £28), Over 65's £24 (B £22), Under 22's £22 (B £20), Under 18's £8 (B £6)
Braemar Road Stand (Wings):
Adults £25 (B £23), Over 65's £19 (B £17), Under 22's £17 (B £15), Under 18's £8 (B £6)
Bill Axbey Stand (Centre): 
Adults £30 (B £28), Over 65's £24 (B £22), Under 22's £22 (B £20), Under 18's £8 (B £6) 
Bill Axbey Stand (Wings): 
Adults £25 (B £23), Over 65's £19 (B £17), Under 22's £17 (B £15), Under 18's £8 (B £6) 
BIAS Ealing Road Terrace:
Adults £25 (B £23), Over 65's £18 (B £17), Under 22's £17 (B £15), Under 18's £7 (B £6)

Away Fans* 
Brook Road Stand (Seating): 
Adults £30 (B £28), Over 65's £24 (B £22), Under 22's £22 (B £20), Under 18's £8 (B £6) 
Brook Road Stand (Terrace):
Adults £26 (B £24), Over 65's £20 (B £18), Under 22's £18 (B £16), Under 18's £7 (B £6),

* Please note that these ticket prices are for tickets purchased at least one week before the game. Tickets bought thereafter will cost £5 more per Adult ticket (Excludes Family Tickets).

The Club also offer Family Tickets at Grade B prices for adults (all fixtures) and just £5 for Students and £1 Under 18's. In addition home Supporters who become club members can get a discount of £5 on home match prices.

Official Programme £3
Thorne In The Side Fanzine £1
Hey Jude Fanzine £1 Beesotted £2

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Queens Park Rangers & Fulham.

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Record Attendance

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

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 10,310 (Championship League)
2014-2015: 10,822 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 7,716 (League One)

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Brentford v Barnsley
Football Championship League
Saturday 22nd October 2016, 3pm
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?

This is the first time I have been to Griffin Park, and when I read other reviews about the ground I was looking forward to going. Also Brentford would be ground number 60 for me, albeit over a period of 50 years! Also, this match would be the 4,000th Brentford league game, and Barnsley were on a run of six games without a win. So the result of this game could be special for both clubs.

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

The journey proved to be a long one because of the number of road works both on the M1 South and the North Circular towards the ground. Having set off at 9am from Barnsley I arrived at the ground at 2.15 pm. So, I didn't have time for a pint at one of the "four pubs located at each corner of the ground" which I was looking forward to. I travelled down by car and managed to find somewhere to park on the Butts Estate, which is off Somerset Road via the A3002 from the A4. I noticed there were a few small car parks in the area but they were all full up by the time I arrived. There was also some pay and display street parking at £2 per hour to a max of 5 hrs stay. However, I found a bit of spare land on the Upper Butts/ Church Walk, which was only 10 minutes from Griffin Park and the away end.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

On entering the ground I was met by the stewards who were all very friendly indeed. They searched by bag which had a flask and a few goodies inside and sent me on my way to the turnstile at the away end which was the Brook Road Stand.

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

The ground looked very compact and intimate, with some old fashioned looking stands and terraces. All the Barnsley fans were located in the Brook Road Stand and either sat down in the upper tier, which was only six rows deep, or stood on the terrace directly underneath. I chose to sit down which although the view was very good there wasn't much leg room, and I am just over 6ft tall.

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

The game was very competitive from the kick off, with Brentford creating the most openings and were unlucky not to score from a couple of easy chances. However, it was Barnsley who broke the deadlock with a goal just before half time. The second half was much the same but also Barnsley created some good chances, and were rewarded by scoring their second goal. The match ended with Barnsley winning 2-0 and therefore ending a string of six games without winning. Also it meant Barnsley moved up the table from a possible 18th , if they had lost, to 12th. All the Barnsley players were giving a standing ovation from the 900 or so travelling fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was some delay in getting away from the ground due to the volume of traffic and roadworks on the North Circular Road. But once I got into the M1 North it was okay.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I had a great day , nice weather and a good away result. I know Brentford are looking towards a new ground near to Griffin Park but if we play them again next season I would have no hesitation in coming back to either this ground or their new one.

Brentford v Wigan Athletic
Football Championship League
Saturday 1st October 2016, 3pm
David Burke (Wigan Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?

I go to all the away games, so this one was only special because I've never been to Griffin Park before.

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

I went on a minibus to this one. The parking facilities were ridiculous! A long walk down a road, over a railway bridge and another long walk down a road! Not good for people with ambulant problems!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We stopped off at the Hendon pub (in Hendon); a nice eat and drink place about 45 minutes away. Ruddles Ale Pie and Mash highly recommended! We then went onto the Griffin by the Brentford ground but it was too busy (and expensive) for me.

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

The away end is in two sections; a seated area above a terraced area. I decide to stand on the terrace below; a bad mistake! I stood on the top step and still couldn't see over the cross bar properly. Stanchions also made it a bad view. The terrace being so small couldn't block some of the sunlight out making viewing the other end difficult. Ironically, the away supporters had their hands to their eyes for the entire game because of the sun! The touchline stands were small but adequate.

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

Brentford fans very quiet during most of the game. Strange really because they were fifth going into this game and Wigan were 19th. Wigan fans, as all away fans do, tried to rally the team continuously. Brentford had, by far, the best of the first half and would have been frustrated at half time at 0-0. Wigan had a better second half which added to an end to end game. 0-0 away from home and a good point from Wigan against a strong Brentford side.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Long reverse walk back to the coach!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

If I go to Brentford again I'll make sure of seating tickets so I can get a chance to look down instead of up!

Brentford v Blackburn Rovers
Football Championship League
Saturday 19th March 2016, 3pm
Daniel Ainsworth (Blackburn Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?

This season I have started following Blackburn more often and decided to go to the Brentford match. With tickets at a bargain price of £6 for Under 19s and £12 for Students, we decided to journey down to London.

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

Griffin Park is situated in-between some houses and from about five minutes drive away, we seemed be constantly turning either right or left. When we finally arrived, I hadn't realised that we were actually at the ground. This wasn't helped as the coaches were not allowed down Braemar Reload before kick, due to the number of fans in the streets and instead had to park far away from the ground under a bridge below the M4 motorway.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We arrived at around 2:30pm so we decided to get straight into the ground. However, a commonly known fact, there is a pub on every corner of the stadium and therefore there is not a shortage of places to drink for fans arriving slightly earlier than usual.

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

Griffin Park is a an older traditional lower league ground and I really liked this look. The away end was split into two tiers. With standing in the lower tier and seating above.  I was in the lower standing area and the view was great. However this might not be so good if you get stuck behind one of the two supporting pillars. The other three ends were all one stand, and they all looked similar. They were all pretty much full, with the only empty parts being right at the top in the end opposite.

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

The game was lacklustre for the first 65 minutes until our centre back Grant Hanley was sent off for a second yellow. This was the only real time that the home fans made some noise. The game looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw until we was given a free kick on the left side (from our view). The ball was swung in and Tony Watt controlled, then knocked it to Shane Duffy who leathered into the top of the net to send approx. 1,000 Blackburn Fans into hysterical scenes, especially when Duffy then leaped into the crowd! The Blackburn fans who had kept singing throughout the game were rewarded with this goal and the atmosphere was immense. The stewards were brilliant and we were having a bit of fun with one who was singled out as a 'Pineapple', with him participating with chants about himself! People need to note that although the usual food is served, there is no alcohol served in the ground due to food being served.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Due to the coaches being under a motorway, we had a long walk to the coaches but the police assisted us all the way. We then had to wait for them to escort us out.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a great day and nothing beats an away win, especially when it's a late winner! I would recommend Griffin Park for people to visit a traditional ground and have a good day out.

Brentford v Blackburn Rovers
Football Championship League
Saturday 19th March 2016, 3pm
Garry (Blackburn Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?

I was looking forward to visiting Griffin Park as I love traditional old grounds and with Brentford announcing plans to leave soon I had to tick it off the list. So myself and a Brentford supporting friend decided to make the journey down from our home in the Midlands.

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

I decided to drive and had a good carefree journey down. Obviously as soon as you get to London you do experience a bit of congestion so I would allow a bit of extra time for your journey. I ended up finding parking on The Butts Estate (at a cost of £2 per hour), but was only 10 minutes walk to the ground. I ended up following home fans and floodlights to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We decided to have a walk around the ground and see the famous four pubs on every corner. One pub the 'Griffin' had a good mix of home and away fans getting on with a relaxed atmosphere without any signs of trouble and a barbecue in the rear garden. We decided to get fish and chips from close by chippy (on Albany Road) which was very good and not too expensive. Brentford fans were very friendly and welcoming and there was no feeling of intimidation at all around the stadium.

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

If you are a fan of grounds of days gone by then you will love Griffin Park. The four traditional floodlights at TH ground that can be seen for miles! The away end the Brook Road Stand is a little congested, especially if your team has a large away following. The terracing part of this hasn't got great any height to it between steps, so if you are not very tall, then you may experience some hindrance in seeing all of the playing action. Both side stands were seated.. One looking like a converted terrace with the other being a slightly newer build. The other end of the ground was a also terracing.

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

The facilities seemed good for an older away end and the toilets were clean. Stewards were very friendly and helpful. The game was a scrappy affair with both teams not creating too many chances. Early in the second half the Rovers were reduced to ten men with a second yellow for Grant Hanley and Brentford with their tales up decided to put the pressure on with lots of attacks, that said without really troubling Jason Steele in the Rovers goal. Then on 85 minutes with a rare attack, Rovers were awarded a free kick which found its way to Tony Watt who spotted Shane Duffy unmarked in the area who smashed the ball home into the top left hand corner! Cue delirium in the away end with both fans and players both going wild. I know Ewood Park isn't the greatest for atmosphere but I have to say I was a little disappointed with the Brentford fans who hardly little noise throughout the game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game there was no sign of trouble and with lots of stewards and Police on the streets and with roads around the ground closed off it resulted in a quick get away. The was hardly any traffic after the game and the only congestion was the London evening traffic joining the motorway.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a great day out, especially after a late winner! Griffin Park is well worth visiting and will be a sad loss when it's gone. If you love traditional old grounds it is a must!

Brentford v Walsall
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 9th January 2016, 3pm
Liam Stewart (Walsall fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Griffin Park?    

I've never been to Griffin Park before so I was looking forward to it. It had a special feel about it as Manager Dean Smith left Walsall for Brentford just over a month ago.

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

I travelled on the supporters coach and the journey took around two and a half hours including a service stop. Finding the ground was easy enough as we parked around the corner and we spotted the iconic floodlights of the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We went to The New Inn pub where all away supporters were gathered. The home fans were some of the nicest I have came across as they didn't cause trouble and were helping out with directions.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of the away end and other sides of Griffin Park?    

Griffin Park is located in the middle of a housing estate but you wouldn't think it was from the inside. The away is a two tiered stand with the lower standing and upper seating.

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

 Brentford didn't start the game well leading to the only goal of the game from Walsall's Sam Mantom who on 34 minutes tucked the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0. The 1,661 travelling Walsall fans were unbelievable, non stop singing for 90 minutes.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy enough as we asked the local police where our coaches were parked and we walked the same way we did before. The traffic wasn't too bad as we headed home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Griffin Park was a very good away day overall. Nothing beats beating your old managers team to progress to the next round of the cup!

Brentford v Huddersfield Town
Football League Championship
Saturday 19th December 2015, 3pm
Oliver Fisher (Huddersfield Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Griffin Park?    

I had been to Brentford only once before. On that occasion in 2002, it was first away ground that I visited and we were beaten 3-0. I was quite young at the time so I don't remember much of that experience, so I was looking forward to visiting a traditional football league ground and another trip to the capital.

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

I travelled by train and arrived in London King's Cross around 12:30pm and chose the route of getting the Victoria Line to Vauxhall and getting the South West Trains service to Hounslow via Brentford. This was easy enough; everything is very clearly signposted in London and you really cannot go wrong. I did however learn that the train after mine had broken down, causing the route to close temporarily, so in a way I was lucky!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

As I was meeting up with a friend who had appeared on Soccer AM that morning, I headed to the Griffin pub which is one of the famous 'corner pubs' at Griffin Park. There was a great atmosphere in there; wall-to-wall with both Brentford and Town fans all enjoying a drink and the usual pre-match banter. Would highly recommend the place.

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

We were in the lower tier standing section. The ticket price for students in there was only £5 which is fantastic value compared to the usual £20+ at other clubs. There is something unique about Griffin Park and being so close to the action. It really is a wonderful ground full of soul, although I did find it strange the amount of people who stayed sat down for Brentford's goals.

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

Having conceded a third goal in the 30th minute, it appeared Huddersfield Town were once again set to spoil an otherwise great day. At half-time my mate queued for a burger, and due to the narrow constraints of the away end the queuing system was a little bit spontaneous and not too organised, but he got served fairly quickly. A much better second half resulted in a 4-2 scoreline in favour of the home side.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

To allow the rush to die down, we went for a pint at The Globe pub, which is just over the bridge from Brentford Railway station. Another wonderful place which although an ardent Brentford pub, we were made to feel very welcome and even got interviewed by local fanzine Beesotted.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the result, another terrific away day in London. Home fans friendly, great pubs, a gem of a ground and I can't wait to go back!

Brentford v Oxford United
League Cup 1st Round
Tuesday 11th August 2015, 7.45pm
Chris Carpenter (Oxford United fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to Griffin Park?

I was really excited before the game, as it was the first away trip of the season. It was also to be my first visit to Griffin Park, plus the League Cup is a competition that Oxford always seem to do well in.

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

As Brentford is on the west side of outer London we decided it would be easier to drive there. It ended up being the right decision as we drove down there in less than an hour. We found some very handy parking in Somerset Road, which was free after 6.30pm, or £1 per 30 minutes otherwise.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

The most famous thing about Griffin Park is the fact that it has a pub on each corner. However the first one we came across was boarded up. The next pub we came across was the New Inn. This turned out to be a brilliant football pub. Very good pints, quick service, SKY television and a very friendly atmosphere between home and away fans.

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

On first sight the ground looked proper old school. With proper floodlight towers, entrances through gaps in the houses and a mishmash of different stands of the older vintage. The away end was a double decker affair with seats on top and standing below with a small food stand at one end.

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

The game itself was over in 15 minutes as Oxford went 3-0 up. This was largely because Brentford had put out a youthful team, but Oxford played really well. We were standing right on the fence with a great view of the pitch. There seemed so many stewards about but all seemed friendly enough. The food offering was terrible, very expensive and poor quality. The over 900 Oxford fans created a brilliant atmosphere, the Brentford fans didn't seem that loud but fair play to them for staying to the end and not really booing despite losing in the end 4-0.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We did stop for a quick pint after the game back at the New Inn pub, but once back at the car we flew home with no traffic at all.

Brentford v Charlton Athletic
Championship League
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, 3pm
James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

Once again the first game of the season was away, this year we had the short trip across London to play Brentford. Somehow over the years  a visit to Brentford’s Griffin Park has alluded me. But not this time. With ticket secured I left my local train station in Bexley at 1pm to arrive, via a meet up with my mate Del boy at Waterloo, before arriving at Brentford at 2.17pm.
First job was a visit to the Griffin pub, one of the famous 4 Griffin park pubs. I have to say I was a little underwhelmed, but quite what I expect from the much hyped “pub in each corner legend” I am not quite sure. What I would say however was that home and away fans mingled quite amicably with not a hint of trouble, despite many Charlton fans voicing their presence quite loudly.
On to the ground, to which we were greeted very pleasantly by at least two stewards who wished us a good afternoon and that they hoped we had a good visit. Ok, yes, one did whisper that he felt I was wasting £26. He is after all entitled to his opinion!
Once inside I was less than impressed. We had elected to pay the extra £1 for an upstairs seat. The view from here is absolutely fine, but leg room? come on Brentford FC you are having a laugh! I don’t expect an armchair, but it was a good job the 6 foot plus Del boy was in an aisle seat. The access and more particularly the emergency exits, must pass a safety test, but I hope this never gets tested here for real, must be a West London thing, it’s the same in the away end at QPR.
The rest of the ground is extremely dated, but I guess it is a change from the boring modern stadia up and down the country, although it’s not difficult to see why Brentford are looking to relocated, Griffin Park has seen better days.
As for the match itself? Brentford, back at the 2nd tier of English football for the first time in 21 years started as if they wanted this to be one the best days every seen at Griffin Park, Charlton their willing accomplices. Charlton with 7 debutants played like strangers, Brentford like men processed. As the half progressed the home team calmed down, the away team got to know each other.
Second half saw a complete turnaround, Charlton came out like a train, forcing chance after chance and eventually taking the lead mid-way through the half. Then Charlton missed an open goal which would have made it 2-0. Brentford encouraged by this let off and an increasingly vociferous crowd poured forward equalising 5 minutes from the end.
It ended all square with us standing by the exit for the quick getaway, we had eating a drinking to do after the game, with my 'opening day of the season BBQ', back at mine. I arrived back home only 30 mins later than I would for a home game.
All in all it was a good day out. Maybe not the greatest ground, but we had an unimpeded view of an ok match, the marks on my knees from the seat in front had faded by the next morning the hang over replacing them.

Brentford v  Preston North End
League One
Friday, April 18th, 2013, 3pm
Paul Willott (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.

However, in the month of March, too many dropped points meant the significance of the game was slightly reduced and on the morning of the fixture it was more a case of whether we could delay the almost inevitable automatic promotion of the hosts rather than stop it, and the play-offs were in reality once again going to be the fayre on offer for Preston supporters.

Nevertheless, the match promised to be a good one on paper, and for a Kent based supporter such as myself, London based fixtures offer both a reasonable lie-in and the prospect of a few beers and today was no exception as I arranged to meet a Croydon based old school-friend of mine for the day. 

Griffin Park itself is a modest old ground that to be fair is past its sell-by date, but it does have that lovely flavour of older grounds being situated in old established residential street, an eclectic mix of stands that have been tweaked over time, and a classic set of old fashioned floodlight pylons.

I travelled by train from Strood via St Pancras, Victoria Line to Vauxhall and then back on the overground service originating from Waterloo for Brentford station where I met my friend.  On reaching the ground we decided to sample a few beers in the “Princess Royal” pub where although busy we were served pretty promptly each time. I was equally intrigued to notice the big sceen inside the bar was broadcasting German Bundesliga TV, which is not something I’ve found in too many pubs and bars in the UK on match day. For the record, Hannover 96 were cruising to a 3 – 1 win away at Eintracht Frankfurt, for those who may have the slightest interest!!!

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.

As 3pm approached we headed out to join the queue of expectant Preston fans looking to get into the away stand which was clearly a sell out.  I would suggest anyone going to Brentford as an away fan to make sure they have eaten plenty before getting to Griffin Park if a large away turnout is expected as the small concourse area simply couldn’t cope and it was a bit of a crush.

On the plus side though, the atmosphere was crackling on the little terrace ; we had standing tickets for the “lower deck” of the rather odd little double decker stand which is similar to the little Symphony stand at Bradford’s Valley Parade, except here only the upper deck is seated.

View From The Away End

View from the lower tier of the away end at Brentford

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.

As the second half progressed, a sudden burst of cheering and a flare set off in the Ealing Road Terrace had people checking their mobile phones, and a goal for Crawley at the expense of Leyton Orient meant that indeed automatic promotion could be secured for the home side. However, when a second penalty was awarded some 10 minutes before the end of the match, the same player who had converted the earlier spot-kick contrived to blaze this opportunity over the bar which would be an apt summing of the quality for the afternoon.

In truth I don’t think either set of fans cared ; the Bees were on course for automatic promotion back to the second tier for the first time since 1993, and after several seasons of little cheer and decline, most Preston fans would have been delighted with being in a play-off berth for most of the season had it been offered back in august. The final whistle sparked a jubilant and good natured pitch invasion that the stewards wisely made no attempt to stop, and an overwhelming number of Preston fans stayed to applaud the celebrating Bees fans enjoying their moment.

Once the crowd thinned sufficiently in the away stand, we departed and headed back for “The Griffin” only to find it was strictly home fans only being enforced by police as well as security. We had a quiet conference, and as we were both minus any colours, using my fake but well practised London accent we gained entry and got served. The home fans didn’t mind in the least, and we happily reviewed the season with them over a few beers before wishing them luck next season and receiving their good wishes for the inevitable play-offs.

Sadly, the thought of using the toilets again in the Griffin pub, led us to leave there and move to another nearby pub the “Royal Oak” which although not the most salubrious public house at least had half decent toilet facilities.  After some more drinks, we headed our separate ways home.

Will I ever chance upon Griffin Park again? I fear not, as plans for the new stadium nearby are apparently gathering momentum.  If that is the case, then at least the club are staying local and it may also allow London Welsh RFU to return “home” from their temporary lodgings at Oxford. Time will tell. Preston North End will not be visiting Griffin Park next season in the league, that’s the one certainty due to yet another play-off disappointment.

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

Brentford v  Shrewsbury Town
League One
Tuesday, October 2nd 2012, 8pm
Matt Brooker (Shrewsbury Town fan)

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

I was looking to travel to a few new grounds this year, and having never visited Griffin Park, or any of it's four pubs, I decided it wouldn't be right if I didn't go to this game. I had heard Brentford is a very decent away day, so was very much looking forward to it.

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

I got the train down, which was quite difficult coming from Shrewsbury. I had to take a train to Crewe, then to London Euston, then I jumped onto the Northern line to Waterloo, before finally getting on a train to Brentford. Took me about three and half hours in total hours in total, but I was not the only fan taking this route. 

Finding the ground from Brentford station is not that straightforward as the ground is set back in a housing estate and is nearly impossible to see. But Brentford fans are more than helpful, and gave be the quickest and safest way to get to the away turnstiles, and the walk once I was going in the right direction was only around five minutes.

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

I went into The Griffin pub for a quick one before the game. There were already a few Shrewsbury fans already were, the atmosphere was friendly as both sets of fans mixed happily without incident.

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

Griffin Park is a very unusual ground. With the away end having a bottom terrace beneath an upper tier of seating. Both the left and right side of the ground have 2, different sized seated stands. Opposite, behind the other goal, is another terrace, where the louder Brentford fans were stood.

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

The game itself was very lively, with Shrewsbury being awarded a penalty late into the second half, only for ref to change his mind after a discussion with the linesman. Brentford too had a goal disallowed because it was offside. In the end, the game had a disappointing result of 0-0, with both teams battling it out until the very end. 

The atmosphere inside the ground was fantastic, the acoustics in the away end are amazing, allowing even a small number of fans to created tremendous noise. The home terrace opposite us was also creating a fair amount of noise, and there was some great banter between the home and away fans. The food in the ground was OK, £3.20 for a cheeseburger which was pretty decent, I've had alot worse at other grounds. The toilets were OK too, cramped, but again, I have seen alot worse at other grounds. The stewards were out of sight the entire game which is always a good thing.

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

After the game there was a rush of people on the road heading to the station, mostly Brentford fans, with the majority of Shrewsbury fans  taking the club coaches home. The Police presence at the train station was larger than I've seen at any of the other League One games I've been to this season. Stupidly, I didn't check which platform I was supposed to be on, and I nearly missed my train, but some Brentford lads shouted to the train guard to wait as I ran across the bridge to change platform. Thankfully I made it, and was able to get on the last train from Euston to Wolverhampton where I got picked up.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Definitely a great away day, and was well worth the effort to get there. It would have been much better had it been on a Saturday, but even for a Tuesday night it was fantastic. Definitely hope to visit this ground next season, and would recommend for people to visit Griffin Park when their team plays there!

Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday
League One
Saturday, April 28th 2012, 3pm
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday fan)

It's the final away game of the season for Wednesday, and with the promotion battle between ourselves and Sheffield United set up so beautifully, a trip to Brentford was a no-brainer.
We drove down to Brentford - relatively easy to find, straight down the M1 and I would just recommend that you head for Heathrow Airport. From there you can't really go wrong.

Parking around the ground we found to be almost non-existent. There is simply nowhere to park. We had to park about 3/4 of a mile away from the stadium, which was annoying. The ground is not situtaed in the ideal place in all honesty. After we, we walked round to The Griffin pub. This is on the corner of the Brook Road Stand and the Braemer Road Stand and served alcohol and food at very good prices. There was a good atmosphere in the pub and around the ground to be honest. 

I don't enjoy slating grounds but Griffin Park is atrocious. The away stand is a complete mess - the stand above is neat and provides and excellent view (I'd also like to thank the stewards who were decent enough to let me go up to take photos) but the terrace below is terrible. Nowhere near enough room in the stand, the pillars do obstruct your view more or less wherever you stand and the stand isn't steep enough to provide a good view. When Wednesday scored I was crushed and was uncomfortable throughout the game. The Bill Axbey Stand is aging and looked as if the view would be terrible and this stand also had a TV gantry, where a set of ladders took you up there - it looked incredibly makeshift. The Braemar Road stand is better but still looks a bit of a mish-mash, and the terrace opposite the away stand is very small and simple. Overall, unfortunately, the ground is not in good shape and really is quite poor. 

The game itself was great in terms of the result - a 2-1 win for Wednesday - but the performance was edgy and Wednesday rode their luck throughout. Keith Treacy's fluke free-kick was cancelled out by a Brentford penalty but Miguel Llera won it for the Owls. The one positive of the away terrace is that the acoustics are simply wonderful - Wednesday made a tremendous amount of noise and this did create a good atmosphere, but I have to say the noise from the Brentford fans was the worst I've ever seen from a home side. They were silent and contributed nothing to the atmopshere.

I have to say that Griffin Park, as a stadium, is one the poorest I've visited. The away stand needs knocking down and re-building in my opinion. The ground has character but that's because it's a mess in all honesty. The Brentford fans were disappointing but a good result for Wednesday meant it was a relatively enjoyable day out.

Brentford v  Notts County
League One
Saturday, April 14th 2012, 3pm
James Spring (Notts County fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to visiting the ground?

The latest stop on the Weymouth based Notts County fan’s tour would be Griffin Park. This was a new ground for me, and with it being such a big game for both clubs, it was set to be a good day out.

2. How easy was your journey?

We caught the train from Weymouth, changed at Clapham Junction, and arrived at Brentford station just after 1pm. There’s a map just outside the station showing you where the local pubs and the ground are. You also pass Griffin Park enroute from Clapham junction to Brentford, so you get a good idea of where the ground is. It’s no more than a ten minute walk from the station. You can see the floodlights from the station so just follow them.

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

We had looked on Google maps prior to our visit, and noted that there was a McDonald’s not too far from the station, which is also shown on the map outside the station which I previously mentioned. Head down Boston Manor Road, and the restaurant is located about a five minute walk down this road.  There were quite a few Brentford fans and Notts County fans in there without any trouble, atmosphere seemed pretty friendly.

From McDonald’s, you can get to Griffin Park by heading up St Paul’s Road, then along Lateward Roadd, where you’ll eventually come to Brook Street, where you see the ground on the left.

I brought the match day programme “The Bee” for £3, which was a very good read.

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

The ground is nicely tucked into a housing estate. From the outside it looks quite old fashioned. Getting into the away end is a bit like walking up someone’s driveway. You walk up this pathway where you eventually come to the turnstiles. The away end consists of a Terrace at the bottom, and the top tier has the seats. We were in the terrace. The view from the terrace is pretty good, certainly better than what I was expecting it to be, but your view can be occassionally hindered by the supporting pillars.

The rest of the ground, I have to say looks a bit untidy, with all four stands of a different design and size, nothing seems to match.  To the left of the away end is the Bill Axbey stand, to the right, the rather old fashioned looking Braemar Road Stand, and at the other end is the Ealing Road Terrace, where the nosier home fans seemed to stand.

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

The game was being billed as Brentford’s biggest in two years. A win for them would have seen them climb above Notts into the final playoff spot. Anything other than 3 points would leave Brentford with a lot to do to make the playoffs. The first half was very tight and nervy. Jeff Hughes fired a shot against the crossbar for Notts, from which Brentford caught County on the break but a last gasp tackle from Julian Kelly prevented what would surely have been a goal for the hosts.

I had tried the food outlet before the game, but was not impressed with paying over £2 for a cold cup of tea!

The second half was similar to the first half, but it became more open and both sides had chances to take the lead, which they couldn’t take. The full time whistle blew, and the contrasting emotions of both sets of players and fans said it all. Brentford had not taken their chance to move into the top 6, while Notts remained 6th, and with Carlisle Utd losing, Notts moved a point clear.

The atmosphere was excellent throughout the game with over 700 Notts fans singing for pretty much the full 90 minutes.

The stewards were pretty un-noticeable throughout the match which is always a good thing.

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

A lot of supporters from both sides appeared to be heading back to the train station so we followed them, and had arrived back at Brentford station by about 5 past 5. There were a few coppers at the station but both sets of fans mixed without any trouble at all at either the station or on the train back to Clapham Junction.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of day out:

A good game of football, a big point for Notts, a great day out, and we got home an hour earlier than expected having caught an earlier train. Would definitely return to Brentford.

Brentford v  Oldham Athletic
League One
Tuesday, April 3rd 2012, 7.45pm
Craig Milne (Doing the 92)

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

I was looking forward to visiting the ground having passed it numerous times driving into London.

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

Having read up on this website I looked for street parking but with the hope of something a bit more secure, sadly the car park right next to the ground is for passholders only. As a result I parked on the street with no restrictions only a five minute walk from the ground.

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

I walked all round the ground to see the 4 pubs.

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

The ground is slap bang in the middle of a housing estate. The home terrace back wall is also the back wall to many a garden. It was a surprise to see them so close. The stewards I spoke to were friendly and helpful. I was on the home terrace behind the goal and enjoyed the atmosphere, with lots of families around. 

I visited the programe shop in the Main Stand however as an away fan you cannot gain entrance to it because of its location. A good selection of programmes and very friendly staff who were surprised to hear I was a Carlisle fan just passing though. The gentleman in the programme shop was very chatty, informative and interested in everyone who came by.

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

A 2-0 win for Brentford saw them climb towards the play offs. Oldham came out playing the better football but once Brentford took the lead the game changed. A match played with style by Brentford and hard fought by Oldham. Cracking atmosphere in all areas off the ground towards the end of the game and nerves were settled. The two tier away end looked interesting, perhaps I'll save that for another day. 

Stewards I spoke to were helpful and maybe it was a low attendance but they  managed the crowd without effecting the viewers enjoyment. Once you gain entrance to the Main Stand you can also access the terrace and vice versa so you could meet your mates at half time. Plenty of outlets inside the stadium with express outlets offering meal deals, alcohol, pies, hot dogs and a variety of other snacks and soft drinks.

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

Not a problem at all. I was parked facing the main road out and drove straight out. If you were on the other side of the stadium I could see it being awkward as the road past the stadium was busy with buses and pedestrians.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a night match and a bit damp to say the least, i thought the sun always shined in London! A great ground, friendly people, helpful staff and no issues with parking. Next time I won't drive and I can then savour the atmosphere of the pubs.

Brentford v Wycombe Wanderers
League One
Saturday, January 28th 2012, 3pm
Marc Batt (Neutral fan)

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.

Brentford v Scunthorpe United
League One
Saturday, October 15th 2011, 3pm
Oliver Thewes (German groundhopper)

We are three German lads interested in English Football, so we decided to visit Griffin Park on our recent trip to London. I am a Eintracht Frankfurt supporter, whilst my two friends support Borussia Dortmund. 

Why visit Griffin Park and not Stamford Bridge or another Premier League Ground, you may ask? Well, we are traditionalists and like the old school football.
We arrived by tube at South Ealing, then following then the advice on this site to took a bus to the ground. Although one of us insisted on walking and it was not too easy to convince him not to do so!
Before the game we had a few beers in the New Inn , great atmosphere with friendly home supporters who could not believe that we came over from Germany to watch the Bees. Afterwards I bought some Bees' merchandise in the club shop.
Griffin Park is a nice old fashioned ground , but that's what we like in these days when football is getting more and more commercial.
The game itself was not so thrilling. Stewards very relaxed , toilets not too great. The pies were wonderful, they went well with Carling Lager.
After the game we did not leave the area immediately , but visited the other three pubs around the ground instead.In the Griffin we met again our new friends from the New Inn.
All in all a great day , and one thing is for sure , we will come back very soon!

Brentford v Tranmere
League One
Saturday, August 27th 2011, 3pm
Jason Jandu (Neutral fan)

I decided to go west for my latest London football outing to watch the match between Brentford and Tranmere. Even at this early stage of the season, it was a top of the table clash. The Bees had attracted attention with an excellent start of three wins from four under new manager Uwe Rosler, Tranmere had also begun their campaign well, and both teams had scored a good few goals in the process. So I thought there was the possibility of quite a high-scoring game at Griffin Park.

The journey to the ground wasn’t so much difficult as time consuming, taking virtually as long as the match itself to travel from Bexleyheath Station to Brentford Station via Waterloo and walk down to the ground. As previous reviews have mentioned, the fact that Griffin Park is squeezed in between several normal suburban streets makes finding the ways in a little tricky. The turnstiles of the Main Stand and the ticket collection point, are located at the bottom of Braemar Road, and the entrances to the other ends are literally set in between houses. So you have to keep a close eye when you walk round the streets surrounding the stadium. 

Once I found the correct entrance I took my place in the Bill Axbey Stand – in which you can sit pretty much anywhere, so don’t waste time like I did looking for the block printed on your ticket – and found a seat in the family section. I sat and read the very good Beesotted fanzine I accidentally bought from a lad outside the ground who I thought was selling the match programme!

Now I admit that my opinion of Griffin Park may be coloured by my previous trips this season to the very decent grounds of The Valley, The Den and the Emirates, but all in all I found it a pretty shabby and ramshackle ground, to be honest. You had the Main Stand opposite featuring a complete mish-mash of different sections of seating. Terracing for the home fans to the left. On the right the very odd stand for the visitors; with seating in the upper tier and terracing below. The stand I was sitting in was made up of long rows of seats, metal A-frames and the dreaded view-restricting iron girders supporting the roof, corrugated iron sheeting at the back and a collection of metal bars and floorboards resembling a camera gantry which hung precariously from the roof at the front of the stand.

The compact nature of the ground means that everything feels a bit cramped, from the turnstiles getting in to the concourses outside and the seats you sit in. The old-fashioned nature of the ground is further underlined by the traditional floodlight pylons standing in each corner, so all in all, it did give me the impression of watching League One football in a non-league setting. As I said above, my standards might be too high but I do feel that League One grounds should be a little higher up the scale than Griffin Park in view of the nicer new stadiums being built around the country these days. At least the stewards were unfussy and inconspicuous throughout.

The match began, and as strange as it may sound for a team who had won their previous match 5-0, Brentford looked very nervous, hesitant and unsure of themselves. They gave the ball away far too easily, their build-up play consisted of slow and ponderous passing amongst the defence and midfield. They failed to make inroads down the flanks and through the middle of what was admittedly a strong opposition defence, and in general they looked fairly sluggish against the sharp and nippy Tranmere midfield. Who were symbolised by the man of the match in my view, right midfield Andy Robinson, who created the first goal midway through the first half with a terrific cross headed in by Robbie Weir and scored the second just after half time with a powerful low drive into the corner from 25 yards.

Brentford’s main chances came in the first half when Clayton Donaldson had his one-on-one saved by Tranmere keeper Owain fon Williams and Gary Alexander flicked the ball onto the bar, but other than that they were disappointing – not that Uwe Rosler seemed too bothered about it from his unexpectedly muted presence on the bench – and were well contained by a Tranmere side who seem capable of going places this season.

After the match finished in simultaneous driving rain and bright sunshine, it took a fair while to filter out of one of the few exits through the corrugated iron sheeting and find one’s bearings – not that the mishap I suffered in skidding on a wet pavement and crashing into a neighbour’s bush helped on that score – to make it back to the train station and make my way back to Bexleyheath.

In fact, I could sum up the whole of the trip to Brentford as being a bit of a damp squib, really; admittedly some aspects of that were my fault. But neither the match, the Brentford performance or the ground was what I hoped it would be and, in view of how long it took me to get there, I’d probably only consider going back in the future for a match of really high importance, frankly.

Brentford v Bristol Rovers
League One
Saturday, February 26th 2011, 3pm
Luke Phillips (Bristol Rovers fan)

I have attended Griffin Park many a time with my father, however this season was the first time that I had attended Brentford away with a group of "lads". I always look forward to Griffin Park as the away terrace is a fantastic little covered terrace where you can really make some noise, oh and there is a pub on each corner of the ground!

If you are coming from the South West, please be advised that there is no direct route to Brenford station. We set off from Bristol Parkway at about 11:00 to Reading station, we then had to dash through the station to get to Platform 4A to catch the train leaving in 5 minutes time to Virginia Water. Once we had arrived at Virginia Water we then had to get onto the middle platform (can't quite remember which platform number it was) to Brentford station which is only about a 15-20 minute trip. Once we had arrived at Brentford, finding the ground was easy, you simply turn right out of the station and walk along Orchard Road and turn right onto Windmill road and take the next left onto Hamilton Road. The walk should take you no less than 10 minutes!

Once we arrived at the ground we all noticed a very strong Rovers presence in The Griffin Pub. So we went in there and had a a pre-match drink with the Gasheads. After we had left the pub we walked around the local area and discovered a small take away on Albany Road-I do believe it was called the "Best Kebab and Fish Bar" that serves halal food (which was perfect for us considering we were travelling with a Muslim). The prices were very reasonable, a burger was roughly £2.50 and Chips wrapped in Pitta bread was about £1.50. The home fans were very friendly and welcoming and couldn't of done enough to help out other away fans who may of been lost or whatever.

For those who haven't been before, Griffin Park is a fantastic ground that just oozes character. The away end is unusual as above the terrace there is an area where fans who prefer to sit can do so. The away terrace has wind shields at the side and back so it's obvious a good away following will generate some really good noise. However there are some rather annoying supporting pillars in the way but you can still get a good view of the pitch. The two stands at either sides of the are pretty much identical all seater stands. Right opposite the away end is a modern(ish) looking terrace where the noisier Brentford fans will stand.

There was just shy of 900 Rovers fans in Brentford with the vast majority choosing to stand in the enclosed terrace. This helped us created a very good atmosphere. The open terrace opposite the away end occasionally sang up. There was some cracking banter to be had with the stands to the left and right of the away end. One guy had decided to start abusing the Rovers fans-so we all piped up with "Does your boyfriend know you're here?". He then retaliated by snogging his mate! The stewards were usually quite friendly and allowed us all to have fun on the terrace, however they did get a little strict shortly after Rovers had conceded a controversial penalty, although they soon became relaxed once the game had resettled. I can't comment on the food as I never sampled it due to eating before I entered the ground however they had a good selection food ranging from Balti pies and sausage rolls that were all reasonably priced. The toilets were average, reasonably clean although cramped. However I have seen worse toilets!

This was a very hotly contested and controversial game, so emotions were running high. Due to this we decided to get back to the train station rather quickly to avoid any potential trouble. However I don't think any trouble would of occurred due to a strong police presence. Once we boarded the train there were some rowdy Brentford fans who were messing around with the intercom and being a nuisance to most people on the train, however they soon stopped when an older Brentford fan with his son put them in his place. Once we had arrived at Virginia Water we didn't know which platform we had to get on to get to Reading. Fortunately that same man was a train driver and helped us along our away back to Reading.

Another enjoyable day out at Brentford seen Rovers controversially beaten. Unfortunately I wont be going back to Brentford this year as we were relegated, but I would definitely go back as it is my favourite away ground to go to!

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Updated 24th October 2016