Brentford

Griffin Park

Capacity: 12,763
Address: Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT
Telephone: 0208 847 2511
Fax: 020 8380 9937
Pitch Size: 110 x 73 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Bees
Year Ground Opened: 1904
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: ECOWorld
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Red, White & Black
Away Kit: Black with Yellow Trim

Bill Axeby Stand
Bill Axeby Stand
Bill Axeby And Brook Road Stands
Bill Axeby And Brook Road Stands
Braemar Road Stand
Braemar Road Stand
Looking Towards The Ealing Road Terrace
Looking Towards The Ealing Road Terrace
Brook Road Stand
Brook Road Stand
Ealing Road Terrace
Ealing Road Terrace

Bill Axeby StandAlthough the tall classic floodlights can be seen from some distance away the stands at Griffin Park are almost obscured by surrounding houses, until you are almost right outside them. On one side is the Bill Axbey 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. The 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 decided to erect a roof on this end and give it back to the home fans, which has helped 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 are building of a new 17,800 capacity stadium, on a site at Lionel Road, which is located in-between Kew Bridge Railway Station and the M4, around one mile from Griffin Park). The new stadium is expected to be open for the start of the 2020/21 season and will be shared with London Irish Rugby Club.

Works look to be progressing well on the new stadium and it looks well on course to be ready for the Club to kick off the new season in August next year. The video below (courtesy of the Brentford FC Drone and made publicly available via YouTube) has some great footage of the new stadium, both inside and out. 

Drone Footage Of The New Stadium

Brook Road Stand SignAway 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 on 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. The leg room in the upper tier is tight, as you would expect from an older ground. Whilst the lower terrace is quite small and compact being around 12 rows high. Also, the roof of the upper tier angles down quite low above the lower tier, but it does help in keeping the acoustics of this stand good.

There is a good selection of refreshments on offer including a selection of Pies (£3.50), Pasties (£3), Jumbo Hot Dogs (£4), Cheeseburgers (£3.70), Burgers (£3.60) and Sausage Rolls (£2.20). I also have been informed that an enterprising homeowner 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. 

The New Inn PubBrentford is famous for being the only ground in England that has a pub at every corner. The surrounding land was formerly owned by the Griffin Brewery, hence the name Griffin Park. These four pubs are; The Griffin (which serves Fullers real ale), Princess Royal, The Royal Oak (also called the Fourth Corner) and The New Inn. The New Inn is the favoured pub for away supporters and serves beers from Young's Brewery. 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 ten 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'. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Andrew a visiting Reading fan adds; 'We found a lovely pub down Brentford High Street street called the Six Bells. The staff were friendly and most helpful. They have 10 keg beers on and two real ales, half of which I had never seen before. They were amazing. The pub is a 10/15 minute walk away from Griffin Park'.

Please note that alcohol is NOT available for away fans to purchase inside the stadium.

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. Plus there is a residents only parking scheme in operation on roads near Griffin Park, 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. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Griffin Park via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: TW8 0NT

Brentford Railway Station is around a five minute walk away from Griffin Park. This station is chiefly served by trains from London Waterloo, 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 £3.50
Thorne In The Side Fanzine £1
Hey Jude Fanzine £1
Beesotted £2

Queens Park Rangers & Fulham.

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

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Record Attendance

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

Average Attendance
2019-2020: 11,699 (Championship League)
2018-2019: 10,257 (Championship League)
2017-2018: 10,234 (Championship League)

Brentford v Leeds United
Championship
Tuesday 11th February 2020, 7.45pm
Liam Farrell (Leeds United) 

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
It is rare I get to see Leeds play live. I was originally heading to London to attend a gig on Wednesday 12th, then I saw Leeds were in town the night before and I managed to get a ticket.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I stayed in Ealing, about one and a half miles walk from the stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I popped into the Royal Horse Guardsman for a beer, about 2 minutes from the ground. I also went into the New Inn, one of the 4 corner pubs. It was busy obviously, with plenty of Leeds fans inside it.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
A very old school football ground, the type you once saw on Match of the Day in the 80s. It was quite tight behind the stand at the food and bar counters.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Leeds had more possession and were marginally the better team I felt. Unfortunately, our keeper made another howler. It ended 1-1.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A fairly quick exit it has to be said.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I really enjoyed it. Brentford fans were very friendly. I got chatting to a few before and after. They move to a new stadium soon. It was a great evening and I wouldn't hesitate to go back to Brentford to see the new stadium once it is open.

Brentford v Middlesbrough
EFL Championship
Saturday 8th February 2020, 3pm
Adam Houlden (Neutral)

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

I've always wanted to visit Griffin Park having missed going a few years ago when Brentford played Accrington. As Stanley had a free weekend due to Bury's sad demise this was an ideal opportunity to visit Griffin Park before it closes.

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

We travelled on the train and then caught the tube to South Ealing and walked about 20 minutes down to Griffin Park all very straight forward.

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

We were staying overnight at a local hotel and having checked in called in one of the four corner pubs around the ground. Plenty of good-natured banter and curiosity with home fans about our Stanley connections and why we were at Griffin Park all very enjoyable.

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

A nice old school ground. It was very busy both outside and inside long queues for food etc. We were in a small corner next to the home end behind the goal a little bit cramped but a decent view.

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

A cracking game deservedly won by Brentford 3-2 with a late goal from Ollie Watkins. On this showing Brentford will go close in the Promotion race they play some great stuff all on the deck and good to watch. Boro contributed as well and should be safe on this showing. The atmosphere was brilliant!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We walked back to our hotel and went into London for our tea. The real problems came trying to get home on Sunday thanks to Storm Ciara and most Northern trains being cancelled fortunately we caught the last train to Manchester before they were all cancelled and got a lift back to Accrington.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable weekend another new ground a great game and atmosphere I would recommend any football fan who hasn't been to Griffin Park to go before it closes..

Brentford v Middlesbrough
EFL Championship
Saturday 8th February 2020, 3pm
Steve Smytheman (Doing the 92- again)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
This was the day my Grandson made his spectator debut. At the grand old age of 10 months. My sons a season ticket holder, its the last season at this stadium, and its going to get busier. Three generations at the same game has got to be special.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Easy. drove down. There is a new build car park at Dock Road (TW8 8AE). Ten minutes walk to Griffin Park (or 15 for the new stadium). It cost £8 for all day and has 10 electric charge points!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went with our other halves for a pub lunch -they could be near if the debutant was not happy! Then a stroll through a park and off to the main event.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
Its the last bastion of standing and holds its history very well. The crowd are near the pitch, limited space, tucked in by the four pubs, but never felt crowded for this near sell-out.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was good. The concentration of the fan debutant was amazing and the fans nearby were welcoming him. It can't be normal to go this early, but its always a safe and friendly place to be.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Waited for the crowd to thin before compulsory pitch side photos, then gentle walk back to the car park.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Proud!

Brentford v Leicester City
FA Cup Fourth Round
Saturday 25th January 2020, 12:45pm
John Hague (Leicester City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
This season is Griffin Park's final season and I'd only been once before to see Castleford play London Broncos in Rugby League's Super League. That game I stood on the Ealing Road Terrace that was open at the time. In strict groundhopping terms that game didn't count so I knew I had to get Brentford in this season. I had actually planned to go on this date to see Brentford v Nottingham Forest in the league, but the FA Cup meant the away end and only £20 a ticket. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Very easy, we had booked a parking space on a driveway 10 minutes walk away from the other side of the Westway.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I spent some time photographing the ground and I went for a pin badge at the shop. After this, we dropped into The Brook pub for a pint. There were plenty of home and away fans mixing happily. Brentford always gets a good write up as a friendly place and I can only echo that praise.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
As I'd seen it before I didn't think I'd get a thrill but I really did. The away end was fabulous and small covered terrace. Okay, there are some pillars but really, who cares when it generates a great atmosphere?
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Leicester City scored early and tried hard to control the game. They almost got caught out by a young and spirited Brentford team and a draw wouldn't have been deserved. The usual food fare with pies superheated... why do clubs do this?
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A quick 10 minute walk and we were back at the car and away. Being back in Leicester by 17:00 was a bit of a luxury.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day at a truly magnificent ground. The loss of three traditional grounds this season, Griffin Park, Bootham Crescent and York Street will be a massive loss. You just can't replace these venues.

Brentford v Barnet
FA Cup 4th Round Replay
Tuesday 5th February 2019, 7.45pm
Lee Roberts (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
I've been wanting to visit Griffin Park for a long time. I was at the first game between these two last week so it meant that this was both a ground and a game that I was looking forward to.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
After picking my mate up from Bognor we made the journey up to Brentford. The traffic behaved itself meaning we arrived at the ground just after 5pm. As explained in this guide you can't park at the ground or in any of the side streets, however, we found a parking space in a car park by a parade of shops just off Wilkes Road. You get the first half hour free and then its £1.80 per hour, but as it was an evening match it meant my parking was free!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As we arrived early we headed to the club shop to pick up my pin badge, we then headed to the Griffin Pub to get a pre-match drink. After taking some pictures around the ground we headed into the club bar which is very spacious and well worth a visit.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
My first thoughts were that it is an old fashioned ground. Griffin Park has a lot of character with terracing behind one of the goals and old fashioned floodlights.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Brentford did what they should have done in the first game and put the game to bed early on. Barnet were never in the game at any point with two first half goals settling any nerves Brentford may have had. The second half was more interesting with Barnet trying to get back into the game, a third goal midway in the second half meant it was game over, although Barnet did score an impressive consolation goal.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was easy, no problems what so ever which is always a bonus.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Getting a ticket for this game was the hardest experience I have had of trying to get to a game. The tickets were on "restricted" sale meaning that unless you had a previous purchasing history with the club, you weren't able to buy a ticket, and you could only get away tickets direct from Barnet FC at their ground. Thankfully someone came to my rescue at 12.30pm on the day of the match with 2 free tickets! Apart from the ticket issue the visit was a good one and if you like old school grounds then Griffin Park is a must visit.

Brentford v Stoke City
Championship League
Saturday 12th January 2019, 3pm
Philip Green (Stoke City - although in a Brentford Stand!)

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

There are few positives to your side being relegated, but one small crumb of comfort is being able to watch matches with friends who support teams in the league your side is now in. This match went in the diary as soon as the fixtures were published and my good friend Peter, a lifelong Bees fan, bought me a ticket. I also wanted to visit Griffin Park (having flown over it innumerable times!) before the move to the new ground about half a mile away. It's a long time since I've sat up the "wrong" end, but I had heard such good things about the atmosphere at Griffin Park that I wasn't worried at all (and even wore a red and white scarf!).

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

Peter drove us both from St Albans, and it was very easy to get into the Brentford area as we arrived in plenty of time. We had a fascinating wander around his home town, having parked in a residential area about 20 minutes' walk from the ground. Parking any closer for a reasonable price is, I am told, nigh-on impossible unless you get there very early. All the streets around the ground are in a controlled parking zone and are not worth thinking about. One option if you're travelling any distance would be to park slightly further away and take a train to Brentford station, which is very close to the ground.

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

Having had a wander around Brentford, we had lunch in a Costa next to Kew Bridge as Peter was keen to show me the new ground being constructed. It's very impressive to see the steelwork of a stadium before all the cladding goes on! We then had a wander around all four sides of the ground, declining to stop for a pint in each of the pubs, which were all heaving. The atmosphere outside the ground was very friendly, with fans all mingling together. One point I appreciated was that there was a steward on each side of the ground with a "How can I help?" board - something I'm sure many fans would appreciate. When we walked past the away end, I noted how friendly the stewards were towards the Stoke fans and, despite a very heavy police presence, there was a good vibe about the ground.

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

It's a while since I've been in a ground so small, but the legroom of the seats was fine and the views of the pitch - we were midway between two pillars - pretty decent. There was virtually no room for the subs to warm up along the side of the pitch as the touchline was so close to the stand. The views from the back of the New Road stand were ok, but you might be blocked by the tv gantry if you're too near the back in the middle blocks. The "Wendy House" (where away supporters are accommodated) looked very interesting, and the lower terrace was packed, as was the home terrace. The teams emerge from one corner of the ground (between the Braemar Road stand and the away end) from a tunnel so narrow players have to come out in single file. The coaching staff and subs then have to cross the pitch before taking up their positions on the bench on the New Road stand. Being Nathan Jones' first game in charge, there was considerable media interest in him before the game. (He had only been in position for three days and hadn't even been issued with a monogrammed kit!).

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

Stoke fell 1-0 behind due to a mixup after a corner after six minutes, and Brentford's lead was doubled nine minutes later. Any manager would find it difficult to come back from that, but it was an impossible task for someone who had only trained with his squad for a couple of days. Stoke were penned in their half for much of the game and Brentford completely bossed the midfield. The Stoke fans were quiet (understandably) after going 2-0 so early in the game, but perked up a bit when Afobe scored a screamer in the 23rd minute. They were silenced again by a peach of a goal from Henry nine minutes from half time and Stoke never looked like scoring again. 

Overall, it was a very disappointing performance and showed just what a herculean task Nathan Jones has ahead of him. The atmosphere in the Brentford stand was best described as polite - no foul language, no hint of racism and just the odd (justifiable) moan at the referee. Two nice touches were the reception they gave Ryan Woods - who moved to Stoke at the start of the season from the Bees - when he came off in the second half, and even Peter Crouch got a polite round of applause from the home fans when he came on towards the end of the game. The concourse space was incredibly crowded, and we were as far away from the exit as it was possible to get, so we were unwilling to leave our seats at half time. As a result, I can't comment on the standard of catering at the club. Stewards throughout were friendly, and facilities were very basic, as one would expect from a ground in the last years of use.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were out of the ground in no time and walked back to the car through the town centre. With such a small capacity ground, even the walkthrough narrow streets was not difficult.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I'm really glad to have gone to Griffin Park before its demolition. Brentford is a great club and, despite the result, it was a grand day out. I hope to make a final visit next season - if we are still in the same division!

Brentford v Norwich City
Championship League
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 3pm
Joe Dack (Norwich City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
This was my first visit. I wanted to see Griffin Park before Brentford move to a new ground, plus I like an old school stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey from Norwich was straightforward. My mate had pre-booked parking at a nearby hotel which made it nice and easy.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We didn’t visit a pub although there are plenty to choose from! We did have a hot dog from a guy that sells them from his front garden for I think £2.50. I had a chat with a couple of home fans and they’re a decent bunch and as Norwich fans are relaxed it made for a nice pre-match atmosphere.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
Old school! I love these stadiums. It’s not the biggest but it has clearly done a job for some time. The away end is terrace downstairs and seats in the upper. We were in the upper which has about five rows from front to back so no problem with the view.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
As for the game, my team had a very poor first half and Brentford dominated and deserved to take the lead. Second half we got more into the game and equalised late on, which is nice habit we have at the moment. I’m going to say a draw was fair but I’m not sure if Brentford fans will agree! The stewards were absolutely fine. The facilities are basic, but that is probably one of the reasons why they are moving. 
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Pretty straight forward and onto the dreaded north circular.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Really enjoyed the day and would recommend Brentford as an away trip. Be quick though, you only have the rest of this and next season left.

Brentford v Cheltenham Town
League Cup Second Round
Tuesday 28th August 2018, 7.45pm
Richard Symonds (Cheltenham Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
I hadn't been to Griffin Park for 15 years and given the fact that Brentford are moving grounds in about 18 months time and the relative league positions of the two clubs this was probably the last chance to see Cheltenham at this famous old ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We travelled by train from London Waterloo to Brentford. The journey was about 30 minutes and Griffin Park is a five minute walk from the station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Some things have just got to be done so we had a pint at each of the four pubs on the corners of the ground, as mentioned elsewhere The Griffin is the best of the pubs. Home and away fans mingled happily at each of the pubs. Before going into the ground we had a hot dog being sold to fans from a gazebo on an enterprising local residents drive near the entrance to the away end.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
The floodlights are visible on the walk from the station, the ground itself is in the middle of a suburban area and you really only get to see the stands from inside the ground. The ground is definitely starting to show its age but is nonetheless charming for it. The leg room in the away end is very limited and I can imagine when the ground is full it is a bit of a squash with your knees in the back of the person in front and the person behind you returning the favour.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
With my "Doing the 92" hat on I had seen Brentford a couple of weeks ago at Stoke where they were unlucky not to win so I was expecting a bit of a struggle for Cheltenham. Sadly I was not wrong, the difference in class was obvious but Cheltenham battled for the 90 minutes and thanks to keeper Scott Flinders kept the score to a respectable 1-0 to Brentford. The stewards were great, there when you had a question and otherwise invisible.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was a small crowd of about 4,500 so getting out and back to the station was not a problem.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It is not hard to see why Brentford are moving to a modern, new, purpose-built new stadium but when Griffin park is no more it will be the loss of English football as the charming, traditional old ground disappears forever.

Brentford v Norwich City
League Cup 3rd Round
Tuesday 19th September 2017, 7:45pm
William Horwood (Norwich City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
This was my third visit to Griffin Park - as soon as the draw came out I wanted to go, as it's a characterful old ground that won't be with us much longer.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The walk from Brentford Railway Station is short and straightforward.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to the Royal Oak, one of the four pubs at the corners of the ground. There was a good mix of home and away fans, with everyone mingling quite happily.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
We had standing tickets in the lower tier of the away end. It is a small terrace but there were enough of us to generate a good noise. The terrace at the other end was full with home supporters, but both the larger stands on each side of the pitch had large blocks of empty seats.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
An excellent 3-1 win for Norwich, who generally controlled the game. Brentford had a penalty at 1-0, which was skied into the upper tier of the away end.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Another straightforward walk back to Brentford station, which is served by frequent trains to London Waterloo.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good result, good performance, good atmosphere and good pre-match beer - a very satisfying evening of football.

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday 26th August 2017, 3pm
Pete Lowe (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
This was the first time I had ever visited Griffin Park and I was really looking forward to ticking this ground off my list.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I travelled from Stourbridge Junction by train. Unfortunately, Euston was closed which meant instead taking a train to London Marylebone, which were very busy from Birmingham.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to the Cock and Magpie pub, again following the recommendation from this site. What a great pub, four real ales and a mixture of Wolves and Brentford fans inside. Excellent hosts and a really enjoyable visit. We will definitely return!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
We walked around Griffin Park, dropping off a spare ticket to a very pleased Wolves fan prior to the game. We were seated in the front row of the top tier of the away end and the view was unobstructed and fine.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
An exciting 0.0 draw if you know what I mean. Wolves were slightly fortunate to get a point and Brentford were certainly better than their league position indicated.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems getting away from the ground at the end.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A really enjoyable experience, respectful fans, great beer (I know....great beer in London) and a real football stadium! Bostin!

Brentford v QPR
Football Championship League
Saturday 22nd April 2017, 3pm
Jim McClenning (Queens Park Rangers fan)

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

I have been to Griffin Park Brentford quite a few times, but this was an important game for QPR. A win was needed to make us safe for next season.

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

The journey was easy enough, I went a different way though for this match, went on the overground, changed at Gunnersbury, then got the bus.

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

I went to the Beehive pub on Brentford High Street, where both sets of fans mixed, although pricey!

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

I do not like Griffin Park at all, never have, too small, toilets are not all that to speak of, and that is coming from someone who goes to QPR regularly. Plus only soft drinks for the away fans, no beer.

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

It was a terrible game for QPR, losing 3-1, the defence was awful as per, I have always said, that if they don't score, you don't lose.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problem at all. I was back in my local club within half hour.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Disappointing very disappointing.

 

Brentford v Leeds
Football Championship League
Thursday 4th April 2017, 7.45pm
Shaun (Leeds United fan)

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

It was my first time to Griffin park so I was looking forward to seeing it before the club move to a new stadium in a couple of years time.

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

By train very easy. I flew into Gatwick and then got the train to Clapham Junction and then a second train to Brentford station. The station is about a third of a mile from Griffin Park.

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

As I wasn't driving I took the opportunity to visit each of the three remaining pubs located at the corners of Griffin Park

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

You can't see Griffin Park much from the outside as it's cunningly hidden behind houses! All four sides of the ground back on to back gardens and you access the ground it via alley ways between the houses. Once inside you can see that Griffin Park is and old ground with plenty of character. The away end is behind one goal and you're located pretty close to the pitch.

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

Not a huge amount of atmosphere from the home fans until the last ten minutes or so despite leading 2-0 after about 30 minutes. The ground is 'dry' (ie no alcohol on sale) so most fans drink outside before the game. Did have a very standard pie but the independent food seller outside the away end offers better selection and is cheaper. Stewards are amongst the friendliest I've ever met. As for the game well this was another poor performance from Leeds, as we started our slide out if the play offs thanks to only four points from the last six games.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Pretty easy. It's not a huge ground so you're not battling with 40,000 other people! Walked back to the station and got the first train that came back to Gatwick.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Well the disappointing performance by us, accompanied by a deserved 2-0 defeat took the shine off the day but from an objective point of view the ground is easy to reach from the railway station. Three very handy pubs and friendly home fans and extremely friendly stewards, make it a place I'll look forward to going to Griffin Park again next season.

Brentford v Rotherham United
Football Championship League
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Charlie Robinson (Rotherham United fan)

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

We were looking forward to the novelty of being able to stand on terracing, rather than being in an all seated stadium, like most Championship League grounds. Also Griffin Park is famous for having a pub on every corner of the ground - although currently one is these is closed and is up for rent.

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

Having travelled from Rotherham to London by train, we headed to Waterloo to get another train to Brentford. However on arrival at Waterloo we found that the trains to Brentford line were delayed with no sign of when this might be resolved. The station staff weren't very helpful so after checking this guide, we changed our plans slightly and got a train to South Ealing - which is a 15 minutes walk away from Griffin Park. You can catch bus 65 to the ground from the station and apparently after later talking to another Rotherham fan you can get the 65 from South Kensington Tube Station all the way to the stadium.

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

We called in at the Ealing Park Tavern on the way to the ground which had some good real ales on. And also called in the New Inn on one corner of the ground which was packed but very friendly. Also we made our way to the Magpie and Crown on the High Street after the game which had some great real ales on too. However I think it was more than a five minute walk away - as mentioned in a previous review.

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

I like grounds which are surrounded by houses and have some character about them such as Griffin Park. I enjoy standing at games too. Overall I liked the ground at Brentford.

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

We are almost certainly relegated and rarely score goals away from home so the atmosphere in the away end - all 400 of us - was quite jovial. Stewards were good too and helpful, one even gave my young grandson a "high five" on the way in. Pies were made by Pukka which cost £3.30 although there was no booze being sold. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy we just asked directions to the High Street and then found the Magpie and Crown.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We lost 4-2 with Brentford scoring two goals in second half injury time, after we had drew level at 2-2 on 27 minutes. My grandson and mate both enjoyed the day. We nearly always stop over in London so it makes for a nice little break - whatever the result.

Brentford v Newcastle United
Football Championship League
Saturday 14th January 2017, 3pm
David Reid (Newcastle United fan)

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

I enjoy visiting smaller grounds and especially ones that I not visited before. So I was keen to see Griffin Park before the Club leave it to move to a new stadium.

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

Kings Cross by train as usual for London games, but returned via Birmingham due to engineering works north of Darlington. More Middlesbrough and Hartlepool supporters than Newcastle supporters on the return journey. No problems or issues. Opted to take Tube to South Ealing and not use the train to Brentford. Worked well and the walk along Ealing Road from South Ealing is a comfortable 15 minutes but does give access to a couple of pubs, various takeaways and shops. Best to cross the A4 near the Audi garage using the pedestrianised crossing, as the underpass is closed. Griffin Park is easy to find with signs for away supporters.

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

Had a quick beer at Ealing Park Tavern about an hour before kick off. Busy but served quickly with plenty of standing room. Both sets of supporters present and a good lively atmosphere.

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

Griffin Park has an unusual location set amongst houses, as has been stated many times. Good view from seats on upper level of away stand. Certainly closer to the action than the larger and more modern stadiums. Hope that they manage to retain this in their new ground.

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

Good game, both teams had periods of pressure and there was plenty of goal mouth action. Brentford could easily have had something from the game but Newcastle showed a lot of fight and determination especially given the injuries sustained during the match. Can't remember the last time we played nine minutes of injury time. Stewarding before the game was definitely friendlier than most clubs and notable that one very elderly Newcastle supporter was given a lot of assistance. Didn't try any food or drink.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Griffin Park was a good day out , travel and access to ground was fine, good atmosphere. If I was in London as a neutral and wanted to take in a match Brentford would be more of an option than I would have thought before the game.

Brentford v Newcastle United
Football Championship League
Saturday 14th January 2017, 3pm
Stephen Harvey (Newcastle United fan)

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

The last time I visited Griffin Park Brentford was in 1992. And was our only match on a Saturday 3pm kick off. But as usual Sky Sports tried there best to disrupt our travel arrangements as if we hadn't drawn our FA Cup match last Saturday this match would of been played on Monday night. Treating away fans with contempt. Also it was a chance to meet up with my sister, who "emigrated" to London in the early 80's. Also this would be our last visit to Griffin Park as they are relocating to a new stadium

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

We set off on a supporters coach from Peterlee co Durham at 5.45am. We picked a few lads up along the way at Hartlepool. Had a 30 minute stop at Tibshelf Services to change drivers etc. Traffic on the way down A1. M1. M25. M4. was the quietest I've ever known. No roadworks or heavy traffic. Arriving at Brentford 11.45am.

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

We got dropped off right outside the Magpie and Crown. Which I had read good reviews on this site. We were a little early as it doesn't open till midday. So some of the eager lads made there way up to the Beehive which we seen was open on way down the High Street. I myself waited till Magpie and Crown opened. We were met by very friendly staff and the Brentford fans were fine and we all mixed well. I sampled a few pints of San Miguel on draught which was a tremendous drink. Not normally known in these parts. But fair play. I then had to go on something little less strong so a sampled the Guinness. I had arrangement to meet up with friends. Bob from Bushy. And Jeff and his lovely niece from Durham. We had a great afternoon and left at around 2.30pm for the short walk to the Griffin Park ground.

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

Previously I had stood on the standing terrace. But this time I was in the seats above centre and had a good view of the play.

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

Newcastle dominated the early stages. Taking a fully deserved lead. But after losing Dwight Gayle to injury after 30 minutes we fell away badly. Brentford equalized shortly after half-time then the went on to dominate proceedings. We took the lead again completely out of the blue. But hung on backs against the wall with something like 11 minutes added time. I didn't use any facilities. To tell the truth I didn't see any upstairs.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We came out of ground ask stewards and police officer's the way to coaches. Which were just a ten minute walk away. Couple of the lads took a little longer. We pulled away back on M4. Making the same stop to change drivers. Arriving home around 11.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out again with some of the best and funniest lads anyone could have the pleasure with. Friendly atmosphere all round. And Griffin Park was a new ground for my son Joe.

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 Doncaster Rovers

League One

Saturday 27th April 2013, 3pm

James Sneddon (Doncaster Rovers)

 
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Griffin Park?
 
It was the penultimate game of the season for both teams. Doncaster just needed to win or draw to gain automatic promotion, but Brentford needed nothing less than a win to finish second and force Doncaster into the playoffs. The events that unfolded in the latter stages of the game is what made this occasion memorable and dramatic to say the least.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
My brother and I took the train from London to King's Cross earlier that day. We took the Underground to West London and had some time to kill, so we got food. We then walked 15 minutes to the stadium, and we found it easily enough. I spoke to Rovers TV outside of the stadium because they were asking for game predictions.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Brentford's stadium is known for having a pub at every corner of the ground, but they were mainly full of home fans. Having said that, they didn't seem too intimidating and everything went well before the game.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Griffin Park?
 
The away end itself is a two-tier stand, which is not as common in lower leagues, and the lower tier was terracing. It was quite congested, but this may be because of the large away attendance. I got a front-row seat - if you could call it that - and stayed there with my mates for most of the game. The stadium also looked quite traditional and old school.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The first half was nervy for Doncaster fans because Bradley Wright-Phillips hit the post and nearly gave Brentford the lead, while Doncaster didn't create too much. Stoppage time in the second half was where it all happened. Brentford won a penalty in the last two minutes of the extra time, and scoring it would see them go up automatically. My heart was in my mouth when Marcello Trotta stepped up, but he hit the bar and the whole away end roared. The ball was cleared away to Billy Paynter, who broke away and passed to James Coppinger to tuck it home and win the game. The atmosphere was electric. Flares went off, the Rovers fans went crazy, and Coppinger hugged me when he celebrated. I remember seven other players then jumping on top and I almost fell over! The fans stayed for around 45 minutes to celebrate with the players. Captain Rob Jones crowd surfed and the celebrations continued upon leaving the stadium.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The police escorted fans to the tube station, which was easy enough and probably the safest option. Rovers fans took over the train, chanting and cheering. It was an amazing feeling to celebrate with the rest of the fans, and it rounded off an unforgettable day.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
This was one of the best away days I have ever been on, not at least because of the events that played out. As for the stadium, it was simple and easy to navigate. I know that Brentford hopes to move to a new stadium at some point in the future, which makes my visit to Griffin Park a bit more special.

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!

Brentford v Gillingham
League One
Saturday, February 6th 2010, 3pm
Joe Fisher (Gillingham fan)

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

I was looking forward to this match after last years encounter with Brentford which ended 1-1. I was quite optimistic about maybe achieving a good result. Also remembering the ground from last year I was looking forward to really making some noise.

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

We jumped on a train and were there within an hour. Finding the ground could be difficult if its your first time due to it being tucked behind terrace houses like a lot of London grounds. At the ground there is limited parking and it gets very busy in the streets around, if you find a decent spot, take it. My advice would be arrive early.

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

After going over the bridge we came across a burger van selling your typical match day food along with fried noodles and roast beef as well. Personally I went for the fully loaded burger at £4.95 sounds expensive but for what you get its a good price. We then made our way round to the Brook End where there was a pub on the corner packed with Gills fans, we piled in and had a pint and a good sing along.

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

The ground is a typical, aging city ground tucked behind rows of houses. The town end is a a single tier terrace and houses the 'louder' home fans. The stand on the side of the pitches were all seater and also single tier. The odd thing about Griffin Park is that the away end is the only two tiered stand with the lower tier being standing (where we were) and the upper tier being seating.

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

The turnstiles at the back are very claustrophobic and cramped. A more open lay out would really benefit the away fans and the stewards. We had the usual pat down and then we were allowed in, the toilet are situated off the right before actually going into the stand as are the food kiosks. We got there earlier than normal and it wasn't too bad however during the half time break it was absolute chaos.

We found our voices well before the game and really started making some noise when the game kicked off. The metal stand makes it quite easy for a fair body of fans to really kick up some noise along with the usual suspects hammering the back off the stand of course. After just 2 minutes Jackson hit the post and i thought it might be our day, this thought quickly disappeared when they dispatched a suspect penalty moments later. Then 10 minutes or so later we gave away another penalty and our game was over.

There wasn't any half time entertainment so we took upon ourselves to provide some with help of a beach ball. The stewards seemed friendly and informative and didnt give us any trouble. The second half was really dire but it didnt stop us singing, the only real noise their fans made was when they scored but it was a tad on the cold side. The game ended a disappointing 4-0 and another fabulous away day drew to a close.

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

Getting away from the ground after was fairly easy, we headed right back outside the ground and towards the station, the roads around the ground seemed busy but this was expected and it didn't cause much of a delay.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Overall I'd recommend a day out to Brentford, especially if you take a fair amount there as the ground will appeal to hardcore fans as well as those who only go to the odd game a year. The classic terrace stand ensures a good atmosphere and you can really make some noise if you put some effort in.

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