A “Celebration of Griffin Park” - Live

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For more than a century, Griffin Park has been our home. Unfortunately we can’t say farewell to Griffin Park in person but would like to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a special virtual night with us to commemorate our beloved old ground from the comfort of your own home while supporting the Bees and raising funds for the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The event will take place on Sunday 23 August 2020 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Stuart Wakeford will host the evening and you will be able to take a virtual tour of Griffin Park with Peter Gilham and Natalie Sawyer as well as hearing from Brentford Legends such as Dean Holdsworth, Terry Evans, Jackie Graham, Steve Phillips and many more sharing their memories of Griffin Park, plus we will be presenting seasonal awards and hearing from our current squad.

Tickets start from £5 and include the viewing of the event. All monies raised will go direct towards our Trust.


https://www.brentfordfc.com/news/2020/july/annual-awards-event-and-farewell-griffin-park-evening/

We are still hopeful that Government regulations will allow fans in to Griffin Park one final time and we will update supporters as soon as we can.
 

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£5 for those that might never see GP again :nono:
 

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Surely there's a way of letting us in for one more walk round to take it in and reflect on moments and memories of those not with us anymore.
 

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Surely there's a way of letting us in for one more walk round to take it in and reflect on moments and memories of those not with us anymore.
Linked article does say the following:

“ We are still hopeful that Government regulations will allow fans in to Griffin Park one final time and we will update supporters as soon as we can.”
 

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Linked article does say the following:

“ We are still hopeful that Government regulations will allow fans in to Griffin Park one final time and we will update supporters as soon as we can.”
currently looking unlikely though..
 

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Wonder if those that didn’t take a refund on the unused portion of their season ticket could be allowed to attend this event FoC?
 
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Wonder if those that didn’t take a refund on the unused portion of their season ticket could be allowed to attend this event FoC?
No one allowed in. It’ll be a tour around GP with PG and a camera. Watch it on your laptop, sadly.
 

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Great idea. Don't see the problem. I thank them for their efforts and am more than happy to contribute £5 to a good cause.
 

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Why not do this for free with a donation option?
Times are hard for many after all.
 

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currently looking unlikely though..
If people are only allowed on the pitch and on a non-matchday, is GP not just essentially a park, which are (and always have remained) open? You can easily limit capacity too by self-scan tickets.

I can't see the difference between going for a walk around Gunnersbury Park and the Griffin Park pitch?
 
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If people are only allowed on the pitch and on a non-matchday, is GP not just essentially a park, which are (and always have remained) open? You can easily limit capacity too by self-scan tickets.

I can't see the difference between going for a walk around Gunnersbury Park and the Griffin Park pitch?
Really? Here's a question or two then...

How many people might want to take a walk in the much larger Gunnersbury Park on any chosen day, knowing it will be there tomorrow and the next day?
How many people might want to enter the confined Griffin Park to see it and the surroundings for one last time before it disappears for ever?

I would suspect that the higher number in response to question two might point out the key difference there!

Sadly, after today's Govt. announcement, I can't see a 'farewell day' happening, unless it is for a VERY limited number of people.
 

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Really? Here's a question or two then...

How many people might want to take a walk in the much larger Gunnersbury Park on any chosen day, knowing it will be there tomorrow and the next day?
How many people might want to enter the confined Griffin Park to see it and the surroundings for one last time before it disappears for ever?

I would suspect that the higher number in response to question two might point out the key difference there!

Sadly, after today's Govt. announcement, I can't see a 'farewell day' happening, unless it is for a VERY limited number of people.
20 people for half an hour each, for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week would be 3360 people. You could get through all our ST holders in 2 weeks.

And that's a lot more spread out than the number of people on beaches and in parks in today's warm weather!
 
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Been furloughed on reduced pay since March?
At imminent risk of losing your job or business?
Donated the cost of your ST back to the club in return for sh*tty iFollow?
Been coming to GP for years/ decades with many generations of your family?

The good news is you’ll only be charged £5 for the benefit of saying goodbye to the old girl.

Nuts to your goodwill. Give us your ****ing money.

This message has been brought to you by the good people of Kurt Pittman marketing.

#MakeBrentfordGreatAgain
 

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Been furloughed on reduced pay since March?
At imminent risk of losing your job or business?
Donated the cost of your ST back to the club in return for sh*tty iFollow?
Been coming to GP for years/ decades with many generations of your family?

The good news is you’ll only be charged £5 for the benefit of saying goodbye to the old girl.

Nuts to your goodwill. Give us your ****ing money.

This message has been brought to you by the good people of Kurt Pittman marketing.

#MakeBrentfordGreatAgain
I must agree, charging a flat rate of £5 to watch someone point a camera at bits of GP is a cheek. It's not as if it's even limited to ST holders and members via e-mail - it's been slapped on the website for maximum revenue potential.

By all means, give people the chance to donate & ramp up the donations with the silent auction, etc, but to charge money to go into somewhere 'virtually' where many people have sunk thousands of pounds into over the years is a bit poor.
 

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Quite happy to pay a fiver tbh... If people dont like it don't watch it... Its not compulsory.
The club do put alot of stuff free on youtube and the app.
 

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Quite happy to pay a fiver tbh... If people dont like it don't watch it... Its not compulsory.
The club do put alot of stuff free on youtube and the app.
Agreed.
 

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Quite happy to pay a fiver tbh... If people dont like it don't watch it... Its not compulsory.
The club do put alot of stuff free on youtube and the app.
So in the circumstances where a 50yo fan, who has been coming to GP since the old Division 4 days, has financial difficulties because of COVID, you’d happily tell them to do one and they don’t get a chance to say goodbye if they can’t afford the fiver.

Righto.
 

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So in the circumstances where a 50yo fan, who has been coming to GP since the old Division 4 days, has financial difficulties because of COVID, you’d happily tell them to do one and they don’t get a chance to say goodbye if they can’t afford the fiver.

Righto.
Realistically, this is affordable to anybody that goes to GP. If they can afford a ticket for one game, they can afford this.

For me, it's not about whether this is affordable or not, it is the compulsory charge I object to, particularly as it is not even to the actual ground. I could understand that a bit more, as it would help to limit numbers and ease the booking process. If this is not going to be possible, then an online tour should be free and available to anyone that registers for it imo.

As some say, you don't HAVE to sign up for it, but if there's no 'live' alternative, then that will be the only way to say 'goodbye'. It's a bit like saying you don't have to go to a close relative's funeral.
 

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So in the circumstances where a 50yo fan, who has been coming to GP since the old Division 4 days, has financial difficulties because of COVID, you’d happily tell them to do one and they don’t get a chance to say goodbye if they can’t afford the fiver.

Righto.
How am I saying "do one"?
As has been previously mentioned on here, the club and Bees United have done plenty of other stuff already to enable fans to say a "virtual goodbye", that's free and in the public domain.
If you haven't seen them try some of these:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG-IJ6-BODY&feature=youtu.be
https://mobile.twitter.com/BrentfordFC/status/1288934892181450752
https://www.brentfordfc.com/news/2020/july/sky-say-farewell-griffin-park/
https://www.brentfordfc.com/news/2020/july/griffin-park-from-the-air-video/
https://youtu.be/rmihY1e04hE
https://mobile.twitter.com/BrentfordFC/status/1288612797056679936

And I'm sure there'll be more 'free stuff' to come....

FYI I'm also a 50 year old who's been going to GP since Div 4 days, but probably won't sign up for this as I don't think it will do anything for me in terms of saying goodbye.
I'll probably just drive up to GP one afternoon in the next few weeks, have a walk round the ground, quietly remember the great (and awful!!) times, take a few more photos, have a pint in The Griffin, and then drive home.....
 
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Maybe it’s just me but I think the 5-0 Sheffield Wednesday game was the best way to go. I have no interest in going to see an empty stadium.
 
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Maybe it’s just me but I think the 5-0 Sheffield Wednesday game was the best way to go. I have no interest in going to see an empty stadium.
Cracking game ! :hat:
Somebody should have told us all to have one last proper look around the old place, just in case the country was about to go tits up. :rolleyes:
 

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It is an optional event with your ticket going to a charitable cause. I personally don't have a problem with it. None of us can say goodbye in the way we want, none would be the same as being at a live game for the final time. It's not a case of 'this is the only way you say goodbye, so cough up', it's an optional event if you want to participate.

If not then I'm sure you will say your own goodbyes in your own ways. I'll join, and am looking forward to seeing what they do.
 

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The life and soul has departed. It would be like going to look at an empty coffin. Then again lots of people visit the Pyramids. Each to their own.
 

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Really? Here's a question or two then...

How many people might want to take a walk in the much larger Gunnersbury Park on any chosen day, knowing it will be there tomorrow and the next day?
How many people might want to enter the confined Griffin Park to see it and the surroundings for one last time before it disappears for ever?

I would suspect that the higher number in response to question two might point out the key difference there!

Sadly, after today's Govt. announcement, I can't see a 'farewell day' happening, unless it is for a VERY limited number of people.
I can't see how it can't be done, open daily, attend by appointed time slot,
 

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I can't see how it can't be done, open daily, attend by appointed time slot,
Don't get me wrong. I would love it to happen and think it could be done safely with a very tight and limited booking system, with i.d. required to enter. However, I'm pretty sure govt. regulations will put a stop to it. We're also running out of time. I read that the club's responsibility for GP ends and is handed to the developers once the keys are handed over for the new stadium. Given the new season starts in only a few weeks and the govt. have put blocks on things for at least the next two weeks, it's difficult to see how this would happen. I think the club know this too, hence the effort to do this virtual alternative.
 

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Bees United invited fans to remember those who took them to their first game at Griffin Park. They sent in photos and messages about dads, mums and grandads and BU turned them into a special video.
https://bit.ly/39N9BDU
 

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Maybe it’s just me but I think the 5-0 Sheffield Wednesday game was the best way to go. I have no interest in going to see an empty stadium.
I agree, my memories are of GP packed to the rafters and rocking, I have no wish to see it again as an empty shell. That said, perhaps the number of fans that would really like one last visit is not so great, and there is some way they could be accommodated?
 

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I agree, my memories are of GP packed to the rafters and rocking, I have no wish to see it again as an empty shell. That said, perhaps the number of fans that would really like one last visit is not so great, and there is some way they could be accommodated?
They should be accomodated. There feels a lack of care in this.
 

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I had previously made the decision that the Sheffield Wednesday game was to be my final visit and I said my farewells and spent a lot of time taking in the very essence of the football ground

For others of you that opportunity to say goodbye was overtaken by events and I have a great deal of sympathy as, in my opinion, it is a very necessary emotional catharsis, but, and it is an important but, walking round and empty stadium whilst nice will not have the same effect as saying goodbye to a stadium that is alive with noise and passion.

A virtual tour by PG is, in my opinion, a decent suggestion, it doesn’t meet everyone’s needs but with PG dIrecting and narrating it will have some atmosphere that will be lacking in a general wander round an empty stadium. A £5 charge would not seem onerous, let’s face it a pint is not a lot less.

Hopefully everyone will, in some way or another, have an opportunity to say goodbye to the old girl, it certainly made a great deal of difference to me
 

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I think everyone who is moaning about the club not doing anything else are bypassing what has already been mentioned

We are still hopeful that Government regulations will allow fans in to Griffin Park one final time and we will update supporters as soon as we can.
 

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A virtual tour is a reasonable idea but, for all his Brentford knowledge, PG is not going to be focusing on the bits of GP which are important to me. It doesn't look like we will get to pay a visit now, which is understandable and nothing the club can do. Imagine an aged relative died and your last memory of them was them having the time of their lives at a family celebration. That is how I see the Sheff Weds game now. Never got to say goodbye but last memories are positive and happy.
 

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A virtual tour is a reasonable idea but, for all his Brentford knowledge, PG is not going to be focusing on the bits of GP which are important to me. It doesn't look like we will get to pay a visit now, which is understandable and nothing the club can do. Imagine an aged relative died and your last memory of them was them having the time of their lives at a family celebration. That is how I see the Sheff Weds game now. Never got to say goodbye but last memories are positive and happy.
Sort of understand this, but to continue the analogy.
Imagine knowing that the aged relative didn't have long to go, at the celebration you talk about, but you had planned (for a long time) to say a poignant and heartfelt farewell to them at a later date......but we're denied that opportunity because they went too soon.....
That's how I feel......
 

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If you need a virtual walk through your to remember griffin park then real you deserve to spend five quid
 

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So in the circumstances where a 50yo fan, who has been coming to GP since the old Division 4 days, has financial difficulties because of COVID, you’d happily tell them to do one and they don’t get a chance to say goodbye if they can’t afford the fiver.

Righto.
 

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Well if someone is struggling I'm sure we all can pay to get them in
 

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