Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Brentford - Griffin Park

Brentford FC
Griffin Park
Braemar Road

08453 456 442

Matchday Number: 51
Saturday 2nd September 2000
Brentford 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League Divsion 2

Griffin Park has been one of my most regular and favourite trips down the years. My first visit was for a boring 0-0 draw back in September 2000, where Steve Brown missed a penalty in our FA Cup Semi Final season. But I am going to concentrate on one of our few wins there, on Boxing Day 2007.

Wycombe performed well to gain a comprehensive and well deserved victory over local rivals Brentford in this Boxing Day clash.

The signs weren't brilliant before the game -Wycombe have not won away since September and have a terrible Boxing day record. Added to that the fact that Brentford have just got rid of their manager Terry Butcher - players will no doubt be out to impress the new man whoever that may be.

But despite the home side taking the lead through Glenn Poole, Wycombe came through 3-1 to make it a good Christmas for Chairboys fans. After Brentford's Ben Starosta was sent off the game was turned on it's head and in truth Wycombe should have scored more. Even before the sending off Wycombe were the better side, twice hitting the woodwork and having a few other good chances. At the other end Frank Fielding made a couple of good saves to keep Wycombe in the game.

In the second half, a great goal from Sergio Torres gave the Blues the lead, a curling shot beyond Brentford keeper Simon Brown making it all square. Scott McGleish put Wycombe ahead when Brown dropped a cross at his feet, leading to a simple tap in. And John Sutton put the game pretty much beyond doubt with a stooping header.

Brentford did start to improve then, but couldn't make the breakthrough to reduce the arrears. Wycombe could have had more. Youngster George Daly came on with 5 minutes to go to make a cameo appearance and looked like he could cause problems with his pace. That made it 6 points out of 6 for the last 2 games and Wycombe were going well over the festive period.

GRIFFIN PARK is a traditional Football League ground, unique in the fact that it has a pub on each corner of the ground, meaning you won't go thirsty. There is a kebab shop and a chippy nearby too, to soak up all that pre/post match booze!

The Stadium itself has changed little over the years I have been going there. Away supporters were originally housed in the Ealing Road Terrace, when it was uncovered. This has since had a roof put on it, and so now away fans are given the "double decker" Brook Road Stand. This has terracing on the bottom and seats on the top. On the one occasion I went in the seats, it had a great view, but the legroom was dreadful.The 2 sides are all seated stands. The Bill Axbey Stand is the bigger of the 2 and is the only one I have not been in. The Braemar Road is the older of the 2 and again suffers from poor legroom.

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