Things you miss about going to Brentford....

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Nipping into the Kings Arms or Express after the game for a quick pint or two and the first half of the 5.30 game and messaging Mrs GB with mock outrage that the trains are “up the ****ing wall again” and “I’ll be home a bit later than I said”....
 

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Walking to the ground under the shine of the floodlights for an evening game...
and, there’s no good way to say this so I’m ready to be ridiculed: the smell
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Agree also driving up the A4 and at Gillette Corner seeing Griffin Park Lights shinning in the distance. Not to long ago walking out of a BSquad Evening game with my Grandsons and one of them saying the Moons bright tonight Grandad. Sorry to say this, BO , onions being a non smoker, cigarette smoke.
 
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A visit to Costa by Kew Bridge before the game, read a paper, anticipate the game, the bit in the middle obviously-actually watching some live sport and then a couple of Asahis in the One Over the Ait en route to Gunnersbury station which sometimes leads to an early evening becoming a very late one and trying to organise a lift home when we've ended up in some obscure backwater somewhere.
 

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I miss looking forward to the game itself.
Knowing our fixture list for the next 6 months.
I have no idea who we are playing next week.
I know its QPR in two weeks, but no idea on December fixtures
It's all carrying on and we are no longer a part of it.
I miss the people I know.
The conversations we had
I miss making plans and arrangements.
Working my life around BFC
I miss the lights at night.
The familiar faces around me.
The drive up.
The walk from Kew Bridge.
The stroll up from the Waterman Car Park via maccyds.
Of course these are Griffin Park experiences.
And then it dawns on you that those experiences are now memories.
 
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I miss looking forward to the game itself.
Knowing our fixture list for the next 6 months.
I have no idea who we are playing next week.
I know its QPR in two weeks, but no idea on December fixtures
It's all carrying on and we are no longer a part of it.
I miss the people I know.
The conversations we had
I miss making plans and arrangements.
Working my life around BFC
I miss the lights at night.
The familiar faces around me.
The drive up.
The walk from Kew Bridge.
The stroll up from the Waterman Car Park via maccyds.
Of course these are Griffin Park experiences.
And then it dawns on you that those experiences are now memories.
Yep. I was thinking the other day about how desperate I am to get back to Brentford and then I realised I’m quite ambivalent about LR. I’m sure that will change but what I really want is those last five games at GP back. I want that Tuesday night game under the lights against WBA. The bank holiday game against Charlton and the last 3pm Saturday KO against Preston. I miss looking at the ticketing site and seeing every game sold out or as good as.
 

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Nipping into the Kings Arms or Express after the game for a quick pint or two and the first half of the 5.30 game and messaging Mrs GB with mock outrage that the trains are “up the ****ing wall again” and “I’ll be home a bit later than I said”....
This is brilliant. :LOL:
 

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I miss how spontaneous a match day could be.

Could have routine for a few home games, then the next one could end up with us walking out of a pub in Brentford or Isleworth at closing thinking what a class day that was.

Sadly that all seems to be a distant memory now and weekends without the Bees have become the norm. I wonder if it will stay like that for some even when football is back.

Missing the end of last season and the end of GP will have had an affect on some. Im getting used to the Saturdays i get off work being spent at home with the family.
 

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Getting to the front of the queues in the toilets. Some super football. Half time chats in the bar. The pubs. Chanting. The waterworks tower. Looking across to Kew Gardens. Examining the pitch. The sunsets. The Royal Oak Eucalyptus Tree Spirit. Even the tower blocks. Going in the QPR bar, especially after a good win. Ye Old Bricklayers and greengrocers ghosts. Many ghosts, in fact.
 

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Familiar faces in the Nelson and on our corner of ER. Walking over the railway bridge and along Brook Road. The particular atmosphere of a floodlit game. After much thought we have decided to keep as many of our our old customs as possible so will cross the railway, head up New Road, then up Green Dragon Lane genuflecting to where the Potters used to be.
 

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Familiar faces in the Nelson and on our corner of ER. Walking over the railway bridge and along Brook Road. The particular atmosphere of a floodlit game. After much thought we have decided to keep as many of our our old customs as possible so will cross the railway, head up New Road, then up Green Dragon Lane genuflecting to where the Potters used to be.
Yep. We're going to stick with our old routine. In the Globe but leave 10 minutes earlier.
 

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The floodlights, they are just so iconic.

The first thing you see as you approach the ground from whatever route and the last as you leave. They symbolise everything about our traditional old ground.
 

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The floodlights, they are just so iconic.

The first thing you see as you approach the ground from whatever route and the last as you leave. They symbolise everything about our traditional old ground.
The day they are no longer visible from the M4 will be very sad indeed. Always looked over to see them on my drives in from Slough for City meetings. Somehow made me feel warm and safe at home. Looked over yesterday and they were still there. Same warm feeling. For how long though?
 

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Up until recently I've generally been ok with it as I've been working weekends but now that is temporarily over and I've had more time to myself I am missing it big time. Getting up early, putting on my Bee's polo shirt, driving to Colchester train station, meeting other fans travelling to there games, sometimes a packed train of West Ham if they had a home lunchtime kick off, getting to Brentford and meeting up with my good mates Twick Bee and mad Trev, having a few beers in the Express or Black Dog, the sense of excitement building as we walked to GP past the Griffin with all the away fans outside on the street, meeting all my other mates in the Ealing road, the first song, going crazy when we scored, standing there thinking thank God I'm a Bee and so on...
 

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Forgot one other thing, if I was there early and not in the Express or Black Dog and was standing outside the PR with pint in hand, I use to love watching the away teams coach trying to reverse into Braemar rd, sometimes they made a right pigs ear of it which I always loved
 

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C6B80751-3772-444F-BB5E-A0D4680C1123.jpegC6B80751-3772-444F-BB5E-A0D4680C1123.jpegMiss this, as so many do. Will also miss admiring the topiary whale in Clifden Rd in its Xmas finery. I go on my own and don’t know anyone else. Exchange a few pleasantries with the people around me. Don’t have a drink due to a weak bladder so all in all it’s a lonely trip but one I love. I don’t have the camaraderie to lean on when the football is sh*t so the last ten seasons have been (very largely) brilliant.
So looking forward to normality and getting to know Susan. And who knows maybe make some new Bees acquaintances!
 

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I just want a good away day, on the train, having a few beers with the boys, stepping out in some moody Northern hole, walking along cobbled streets, looking for a boozer full of Bees, hopefully grabbing the points, finding an off license by the station, a few more cheeky beers on the train home, getting a taxi from station to home, walking through the front door with a slightly sore head and hopefully looking forward to watching the match highlights on QUEST!

Simple things but sorely missed :(
 

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I just want a good away day, on the train, having a few beers with the boys, stepping out in some moody Northern hole, walking along cobbled streets, looking for a boozer full of Bees, hopefully grabbing the points, finding an off license by the station, a few more cheeky beers on the train home, getting a taxi from station to home, walking through the front door with a slightly sore head and hopefully looking forward to watching the match highlights on QUEST!

Simple things but sorely missed :(
This ;)
 

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The floodlights, they are just so iconic.

The first thing you see as you approach the ground from whatever route and the last as you leave. They symbolise everything about our traditional old ground.
Not only at GP but nearly all grounds used to have those towering beacons. Before GPS and satnavs I remember rolling into foreign territory with little or no idea where away grounds were and the only way to find them was to spot their floodlight pylons.
 

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View attachment 23119View attachment 23119Miss this, as so many do. Will also miss admiring the topiary whale in Clifden Rd in its Xmas finery. I go on my own and don’t know anyone else. Exchange a few pleasantries with the people around me. Don’t have a drink due to a weak bladder so all in all it’s a lonely trip but one I love. I don’t have the camaraderie to lean on when the football is sh*t so the last ten seasons have been (very largely) brilliant.
So looking forward to normality and getting to know Susan. And who knows maybe make some new Bees acquaintances!

After my dad stopped going I was the same, I still largely am but do it with my son now.
 

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Going to GP was just routine, not much reason to get in early and often (in the past) plenty of reasons to get out on the final whistle. 3pm games were usually 12 in the Coach & Horses, Kew; early KO breakfast in a cafe in Hampton; evening games a bit of a mix, depending on working hours. It’s all the away trips I’m really missing. Mind you, my car and my wallet are much better off.
 

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Chance to see my brother, sister-in-law and niece at the game. Have one pint after the game (three hour trip after the game without a lot of toilet opportunities) Looking at the GPG about 3 1/2 hours after the game to see how stupid people were after a win/draw/lose - automatic promotion (that is usually me), we are going to finish in 18th place and TF out after two loses on the trot.

Happy days.
 

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I think it's just all the small things. I know that when I am having my first day at Lionel Road, walking to the first pub, meeting my friends, having the first sip of the first pint, chilling out for two hours as it gets busier and you get a bit tipsier, I'll just be smiling the whole time. I know this season is unlikely, but hopefully in the summer :)
 

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I hate to say that this season is the least interest I’ve had in football for decades. At the end of last season it was fine as it felt necessary to finish somehow and with less than 10 games to go we were in the midst of the exciting bit anyway.

This season none of it feels like it counts or matters and it’s all going to have a big asterisk next to it. I’m used to feeling elated when we win and having my weekend ruined when we lose, but this season I look at the scores for all of 10 seconds before instantly forgetting and getting on with something else, regardless of how well we have or haven’t done.

I have occasional pangs of worry that my passion for it has been permanently damaged, but I’m sure that a game or two back in the flesh again, whenever that may be, and it will be just as it always was.
 

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When we were narrowly leading a game at the end of 90 minutes and injury time is announced; timer set on phone; we win; ‘Celebrations’ played over the tannoy, smiles and handshakes; clapping the players off the pitch while one of our group legs it to the Black Dog/ Magpie to get the beers in before the crowds arrive; downing that first pint, dissecting the game; talking nonsense as the beers kick in and then getting the 267 home, knowing that we’ve got a live, crowd fuelled game to look forward to very soon.
 

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I have occasional pangs of worry that my passion for it has been permanently damaged, but I’m sure that a game or two back in the flesh again, whenever that may be, and it will be just as it always was.
I think it will be the same as after both world wars, the crowds flocked back in huge numbers as people had been starved of real live competitive football. I am sure that once we are allowed full crowds LR will be rocking with big attendances.
 

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I hate to say that this season is the least interest I’ve had in football for decades. At the end of last season it was fine as it felt necessary to finish somehow and with less than 10 games to go we were in the midst of the exciting bit anyway.

This season none of it feels like it counts or matters and it’s all going to have a big asterisk next to it. I’m used to feeling elated when we win and having my weekend ruined when we lose, but this season I look at the scores for all of 10 seconds before instantly forgetting and getting on with something else, regardless of how well we have or haven’t done.

I have occasional pangs of worry that my passion for it has been permanently damaged, but I’m sure that a game or two back in the flesh again, whenever that may be, and it will be just as it always was.
Very good summary - there is nothing like being at the game and going through the emotional roller coaster to get you feeling involved again so I reckon it will all come flooding back when we are allowed into matches again
 

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