Griffin Park: Brentford

Braemar Road, Brentford, London, TW8 0NT
By Photo: Andreas Praefcke (Own work (own photograph)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Brentford’s home ground opened in 1904 and has numerous links to pubs in its history. To start with it took its name from a nearby pub called The Griffin. It was also famous as being the only ground in the Football League with a pub on each of its corners until The Royal Oak closed recently. Fuller’s Brewery, whose logo features a griffin, also once owned the ground on which the stadium was built. The Griffin pub was also used as the club’s dressing rooms for a time.

The club played at five different grounds between 1889, when it was formed, and 1904 before finally settling at Griffin Park. The stadium has had its fair share of trouble over the years since Brentford moved in. It was hit by two separate bombs during the Second World War and in 1983 a fire tour through The Braemer Road Stand, causing £150,000 worth of damage. Thankfully no one was injured on any occasion.

Stats

Griffin Park Stats
Year Opened1904
Capacity12,300
Average Attendance10,822
Record Attendance38,678 (Brentford v Leicester (1949))
Pitch Size100 x 67 (6700)
NicknameThe Griffin
OwnerBrentford F.C.
Clubs HostedBrentford F.C., London Broncos, Chelsea F.C. Reserves
First FixtureBrentford v Plymouth Argyle (01/09/1904)
Brentford Stats
Year Founded1889
NicknameThe Bees, The Reds
Club MascotBuzz Bee
RivalsFulham and Queens Park Rangers
Previous StadiumsClifden House Ground, Benn's Field, Shotter's Field, Cross Roads Ground, Boston Park Cricket Ground
KitRed & White Stripes (Home) / Blue (Away) / Black (Third)
Training GroundBrentford F.C. Training Ground
Shirt SponsorMatchbook.com
Team OwnerMatthew Benham
Record GoalscorerJim Towers (163)
Record AppearancesKen Coote (559)

Griffin Park Photos

Griffin Park Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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Griffin Park has four separate stands. The New Road Stand features the dug-outs, The Ealing Road Terrace is a standing section that occasionally houses the away supporters, whilst The Braemer Road Stand has two-tiers. The Brook Road Stand is known to the locals as ‘The Wendy House’ and has two-tiers, with the top seating and bottom a terraced section.

Brentford Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for Brentford games are easy enough to understand. They put their matches into three different grades (A, B and Family) and within each grade they charge more or less depending on where in the ground you want to sit. You’ll also pay a different amount if you’re an adult, a junior or a senior citizen.

Brentford Members get priority access to home games as well as a £5 discount on ticket prices. Here are the cheapest and most expensive tickets for adults and concessions in each of the three grades:

  • Grade A: £25 - £30 / £19 - £24
  • Grade B: £23 - £28 / £17 - £22
  • Family Grade: £23 - £28 / £17 - £22

How To Get Brentford Tickets

You can buy tickets online, in person from the box office or over the phone.

Getting To Griffin Park

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Brentford is in Greater London, so you have the travel options provided by the capital. Here are some of the more typical options you might go for:

Train - Brentford Railway Station and Kew Bridge Station are both within walking distance of the ground. Gunnersbury and South Ealing Underground stations are both a little further afield but close enough to walk within about 30 minutes.

Bus - The E8 runs from Hanwell, the E2 runs from West Ealing, the 65 runs from South of the river and the numbers 237, 267 and H29 run along the Kew Bridge Road. All stop within easy walking distance of Griffin Park.

Car - From outside the M25 get onto it and exit at Junction 15 onto the M4. Leave that at Junction 2 onto the A4 then stay on here until the Chiswick High Road. Take the A315 not Ealing Road then follow the signs. From South London take the Kew Bridge and follow the signs from there.

By Air - London is served by a host of airports with the nearest to West London being Heathrow. Brentford is the closest professional club to the biggest airport in London.

Taxi - Getting a taxi from a central London location such as Euston out to Griffin Park would take about 30 mins but cost in the region of £40.

Parking Near Griffin Park

There is no parking at the ground itself but you might be able to park on surrounding streets if there are no restrictions in place. There are also numerous paid parking areas in Brentford.

Useful Resources

Griffin Park Hotels

Brentford is near to the London districts of Ealing, Chiswick and Hounslow, so there are numerous hotels options available to you. Here are some worth your consideration:

Aron Guest House - £60+

27 South Ealing Road, London, W5 4QT
Located just over a mile from Griffin Park is this guest house that promises a bed, breakfast and easy access to London. It’s just a stone’s throw from South Ealing Station. More details.

Holiday Inn Brentford Lock - £80+

Commerce Road, Brentford, TW8 8JZ
Just over half a mile from the ground is this Holiday Inn with a fitness centre, rooftop terrace and a restaurant. More details.

Novotel London Brentford - £100+

Great West Road, Brentford, TW8 0GP
The closest hotel to the stadium is also the most expensive. You get a restaurant, a bar and a fitness centre with an indoor pool for your money, though, so it’s worth considering. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Griffin Park

London doesn’t exactly lack public house options, but Brentford is a ground made famous by its association with boozers so we’d be remiss not to mention some of them:

The Griffin

Brook Road, Brentford, TW8 0NP (020 8127 1203)
Guest ales on draft, sport on the TV and a welcoming attitude to away supporters make this the ideal place for a pre-match pint.

The Princess Royal

07 Ealing Road, Brentford, TW8 0LF (020 8568 9577)
Another pub on the corner of Griffin Park, The Princess Royal promises acclaimed ales, tasty food and, of course, live sport on big screens throughout the venue.

The New Inn

1 New Road, Brentford, TW8 0NX (020 8560 6606)
The final pub on the corner of the stadium is The New Inn. It has a large beer garden, a separate dining and bar area and loads of sport on TVs around the place.

Facilities

Facilities at Griffin Park are basic. You’ll be able to buy a drink or a pie before and during the match, but don’t be expecting the sort of slick and smart concourses you’d find at a Premier League ground, for example.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 3.30
  • Cup of tea: 1.60

Hospitality

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There is just one hospitality lounge to speak of at Brentford’s home ground. It’s located in The Braemer Road Stand and offers seats right on the halfway line as part of your hospitality package. You’ll also receive a welcome drink when you arrive as well as a tour of the ground before entering the lounge for a three-course meal. You’ll get half-time and full-time refreshments and you’ll also be able to vote for your Man Of The Match.

Private Hire

At the time of writing there are no private hire options available at Griffin Park. You can hire out the nearby Griffin pub, however, should you be after a location with ties to the ground.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing Griffin Park does not offer a stadium tour and nor is there a club museum.

About Brentford

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Founded in 1889 and taking up home at Griffin Park in 1904, Brentford Football Club enjoyed most of its success in the 1930s. During that period it managed consecutive top six finishes in the top-flight, as well as winning the Second Division title in 1935. Despite having spent most of its post-war existence in the third and fourth tiers of English football they have managed to make the FA Cup quarter final on four separate occasions, most recently in 1989.

The Bees have a long-standing rivalry with two of their London counterparts: Fulham and Queens Park Rangers. The hatred of QPR stems back to 1967 when the club attempted a takeover of Brentford that would have seen Rangers move into Griffin Park and The Bees cease to operate as a football club.

Griffin Park History

Griffin Park from the air in July 1995 - Beatpoet at English Wikipedia [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Brentford came to call Griffin Park home after Fulham’s chairman, Henry Norris, combined forces with Brentford’s manager in 1903, Dick Molyneux, and the club President, Edwin Underwood, to negotiate a 21-year lease on an orchard along the Ealing Road. In 1904 a gypsy camp was moved off the site and construction of what would become the club’s ground for over 100 years began.

During the 1929-1930 season the club set an English record when they went on to win all 21 of their home fixtures for that campaign. Despite this they finished second in the Third Division to Plymouth Argyle and missed out on promotion to the Second Division. The record still stands and the club came close to beating it in the calendar year of 2014 when they won 17 of the 23 games they played at home; the best home record in the Football League.

Future Developments

By Hannah.fuller1 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Brentford will be moving to a new 20,000 seat stadium for the start of the 2018/2019 season, with 75 family homes being built on the current location of Griffin Park.

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