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Yeah but only 12,100 at the end Mori. Squeezed in. Standing. Dreadful amenities. Dreadful changing rooms. It was our home I agree, and I remember the complete stadium well having started coming in circa 62. What we have now is so much better than GP at the end. Accept and move on! Stop moaning!!!
Don't think I can
 

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But what an 8K, and what a season it would have been.......

(It should be noted that this post in no way supports the notion that we should/could have stayed at GP)

And if you didn’t have an ST for that last year at GP, you’d have been fighting for less than 500 tickets between you all…… what fun….
 

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For me when the Royal Oak Stand was ripped down the heart of GP dissappeared.
At the end GP was a shadow of what our home once was.
Personally I never want to go back to fighting administration and rattling buckets and LR gives us a better chance of avoiding it.
 

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Was never a dump. It was a footy ground.
It was indeed a footy ground. Our footy ground and stacked with happy and sad memories. But it was old and had served its time and was not in any way fit for the future. I think you know that.
It’s like having kids, if you truly love them and want the best for them you don’t lock them into your home or your way of life, you let them grow and adapt to the world they will need to live in in the future.
In slightly less empathetic terms, get a f**king grip, stop wallowing in the sepia tinted past, and move on to a bright coloured future and be grateful to MB that we have one coz we sure as hell wouldn’t if we stayed at GP.
 

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It was indeed a footy ground. Our footy ground and stacked with happy and sad memories. But it was old and had served its time and was not in any way fit for the future. I think you know that.
It’s like having kids, if you truly love them and want the best for them you don’t lock them into your home or your way of life, you let them grow and adapt to the world they will need to live in in the future.
In slightly less empathetic terms, get a f**king grip, stop wallowing in the sepia tinted past, and move on to a bright coloured future and be grateful to MB that we have one coz we sure as hell wouldn’t if we stayed at GP.
No thanks.
 

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It was indeed a footy ground. Our footy ground and stacked with happy and sad memories. But it was old and had served its time * and was not in any way fit for the future. I think you know that.
It’s like having kids, if you truly love them and want the best for them you don’t lock them into your home or your way of life, you let them grow and adapt to the world they will need to live in in the future.
Wow!

That post is like a Hitchcock film, where you're sailing along merrily, imagining you know what's going on, before he suddenly throws in a twist which makes you sit up and question everything you've seen until that point::
In slightly less empathetic terms, get a f**king grip, stop wallowing in the sepia tinted past, and move on to a bright coloured future and be grateful to MB that we have one coz we sure as hell wouldn’t if we stayed at GP.


* - "old and had served its time" - known, I think, in the trade as a MacGuffin.
 

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Wow!

That post is like a Hitchcock film, where you're sailing along merrily, imagining you know what's going on, before he suddenly throws in a twist which makes you sit up and question everything you've seen until that point::



* - "old and had served its time" - known, I think, in the trade as a MacGuffin.
You learn something new every day.
 

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I know we have to move on into the future. But for me seeing the ground knocked down bit by bit and now the lights gone saddens me and many bees fans will be feeling the same. The club very kindly let me and my family scatter my late fathers ashes on the pitch in the 90s. Griffin park will always live on with us.🐝.
 

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I know we have to move on into the future. But for me seeing the ground knocked down bit by bit and now the lights gone saddens me and many bees fans will be feeling the same. The club very kindly let me and my family scatter my late fathers ashes on the pitch in the 90s. Griffin park will always live on with us.🐝.
And that's the real point. It will always live with you because you have those precious memories. No-one can take them. I can still see my Dad falling over a seat (not for the first time) trying to get out of New Rd or my brother Chris (RIP), going mental at Palace fans on the pitch. BCS doesn't affect those memories in any way. In fact, GP was never the same after Dad and Chris died. Life moves on. We move on. It's just the way it is.
 

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No thanks.
Have you been and seen a game in the new stadium moribee? I went in the east stand against Bournemouth, trust me its up there and imo better than GP. The noise levels that day were amazing, and there was only 4,000 there, i thought what is this place going to be like when full.in all honesty playing Prem football at gp would have been a joke.
 

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Have you been and seen a game in the new stadium moribee? I went in the east stand against Bournemouth, trust me its up there and imo better than GP. The noise levels that day were amazing, and there was only 4,000 there, i thought what is this place going to be like when full.in all honesty playing Prem football at gp would have been a joke.

Agree, we'll all miss GP especially the fans going from the 60's and those with family connections to the great place. However one couldn't pick a more ideal time to move on from GP; in many ways GP was our football league stadium, served us so well but LR will hopefully see a different future, a future were top flight football is more the norm.

I might be wrong but I don't think we'd have seen PL football at GP, it just looks like too many compromises and logistical issues would have had to be made and worked through, maybe we'd have got away with it for a year if we were waiting for a new stadium but I have my doubts.

There is no evidence to this and just my opinion but I do think with crowds back we'd have been heading to a groundshare if LR didn't exist or plans weren't in place for it to be built, we're very fortunate it is ready just at the time we've become a PL club.
 

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Agree, we'll all miss GP especially the fans going from the 60's and those with family connections to the great place. However one couldn't pick a more ideal time to move on from GP; in many ways GP was our football league stadium, served us so well but LR will hopefully see a different future, a future were top flight football is more the norm.

I might be wrong but I don't think we'd have seen PL football at GP, it just looks like too many compromises and logistical issues would have had to be made and worked through, maybe we'd have got away with it for a year if we were waiting for a new stadium but I have my doubts.

There is no evidence to this and just my opinion but I do think with crowds back we'd have been heading to a groundshare if LR didn't exist or plans weren't in place for it to be built, we're very fortunate it is ready just at the time we've become a PL club.
Great post
 

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In answer No.
You will love it, it even has screens built inside the roof where you can watch action and interviews and the audio is very clear. Toilets in the east stand are good, and if you like a bev or three, and the seats are good. I thought the same as you about gp, people these days us so called working class do not want to put up with sh*tty toilets, we want the comfort, i am in the dugout, but as yet have not had the pleasure. We move on mate, we are playing in the top league in the world, none of us have a crystal ball. And i and many others hope we can compete and hold our own. We move on my son.
 

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You had a ticket for the play off semi, didn't you?
Yes....but stayed in Griffin to be with a mate who I offered my ticket to. I didnt fancy walking all the way round to East Stand sitting in first row. Also I thought I may see better in pub. I didnt but was an emotional time being next to GP and a good mate in a pub full of memories.
 

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You have to move on. We all have great memories of GP. They will never go away. But I was embarrassed when I took my daughters to GP. The days are well gone since it was reasonable to stand in 2 inches of god knows what in the New Road loos. As West Wilts Bee said it is no longer acceptable to have to put up with the facilities. None of us would live in a family house with an outside loo just because that’s how our parents house house were. Moribee move on. The new HOME of Brentford FC is something we can all be proud of. We have earned it.
 

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Yes....but stayed in Griffin to be with a mate who I offered my ticket to. I didnt fancy walking all the way round to East Stand sitting in first row. Also I thought I may see better in pub. I didnt but was an emotional time being next to GP and a good mate in a pub full of memories.
Did your mate use the ticket or was another deserving Bees fan deprived of a fantastic chance of seeing Brentford in a momentous, never to be forgotten match.
 

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Did your mate use the ticket or was another deserving Bees fan deprived of a fantastic chance of seeing Brentford in a momentous, never to be forgotten match.
I was going to post my feelings about his non attendance but then thought better of it. I would have breached the code and not have been very complementary about a fellow fan.
 

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I was going to post my feelings about his non attendance but then thought better of it. I would have breached the code and not have been very complementary about a fellow fan.
he missed a treat, it’s better being there. When they broke away and scored the crowd just fell so silent. The support that day was fantastic, i thought that’s it playoffs over. But then we were treated to yet another great bees fight back, i was just so glad i was there to witness it.
 

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he missed a treat, it’s better being there. When they broke away and scored the crowd just fell so silent. The support that day was fantastic, i thought that’s it playoffs over. But then we were treated to yet another great bees fight back, i was just so glad i was there to witness it.
You're so right. Dave and I were there. I even said to him as we were taking the corner we're in trouble here if they clear this and breakaway- guess what!
 

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I went on the GP tour when it was offered and it just felt like a large piece of concrete and metal.
Without any fans it was strangely soulless, so for me it's the faces, noise and vibe that made GP and all those fans will be going to LR.
 

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I agree. I don't get the tears. The old girl had gone to seed. Let's be honest it was a dump. My best memories are of the ground in 1961 when l saw my first game. Went progressively downhill ever since.
Enough about you, how has the ground fared?
 

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I went on the GP tour when it was offered and it just felt like a large piece of concrete and metal.
Without any fans it was strangely soulless, so for me it's the faces, noise and vibe that made GP and all those fans will be going to LR.
Which was the exact reason I wasn't bothered about doing the tour. But fully understood why some would.
 

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Calling GP a dump is like calling the The Colloseum or The Acropolis dumps. They're not dumps, to varying degrees they've all just 'outlived' the use they were built for. Unfortunately in the case of GP it falls just shy of being classified an a Unesco World Heritage site so it has to go, but it was definitely never 'a dump' :nono:
 

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Calling GP a dump is like calling the The Colloseum or The Acropolis dumps. They're not dumps, to varying degrees they've all just 'outlived' the use they were built for. Unfortunately in the case of GP it falls just shy of being classified an a Unesco World Heritage site so it has to go, but it was definitely never 'a dump' :nono:

People often referred to it as a s*** hole, my answer was yes it may be but its my s*** hole.
 

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Everyone loved GP, we get it. However, we have had a full season in Lionel Road and GP sadly has or is all but gone.
But If you are going to let the ghosts keep you away from the future, you are misguided at best.
 

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I have heard a few fans say, i will never set foot inside Lionel rd. that tells me they are the type that just want little old Brentford hovering around the lower divisions. Losing ex amount per season. Thing is they were not the people that had to fund the losses.
 

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mori, it is clear that you love GP and that the move to Lionel Road has really pulled at your heart strings. I can fully understand the emotions you feel as I to have made the decision not to go to the new season, however mine is due to distance, age and failing eyes sight which is a bit of an issue when careering down the A303 in the dark!!!

However you are local and can attend, it won’t be the home you are used to but, as others have alluded, it was a long way past it’s best days. It was tired and old, the facilities were awful and quite frankly if it was a pet it would have been put out of its misery years ago. You, like everyone else, will have some wonderful memories of the old girl, of friends and families that have shared the emotional roller coaster of supporting this great club.

You have an opportunity to create new memories in a stadium worthy of the club but there are many, Like my late Father, for whom that opportunity never arose. Instead of wallowing in a pit of self pity because the old girl has gone spare a thought for those that will never have the opportunity that you have and go and embrace the new world of Brentford in a brilliant stadium playing the top clubs in the country.

the time has come for you to stop living in the past and missing playing Workington on a cold winters night when it pissed down with rain and your feet were soaked if you dared go to the urinals!! Get over yourself stop moaning and get your backside down to Lionel Road, by seasons end I can guarantee you won’t be harking back to the good old days in a ramshackle stadium !!!!!
 

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Mori, just to add my two penthes worth, I haven't seen the Bees play live since february 2019 against Blackburn, I was a season ticket holder untill about three season ago but due to various reasons couldn't attend so regularly as I would have liked. I am still a member and have been able to purchase my first ticket this afternoon against West ham at our new ground and as much as I will miss GP I am feeling like the Nine year old me who first attended in 1973. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to set foot in the stadium and hope one day you are able to do the same...please give it a go
 

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You have an opportunity to create new memories in a stadium worthy of the club but there are many, Like my late Father, for whom that opportunity never arose.

My father too never made it to see the new ground. He was ill for an long while and would often say to me that he wouldn’t make it to the new place and I’d tell him not to be silly as he’d be there first game with me. He was because I chatted to him throughout the Blackburn game, he was just above me and not sat beside.

I loved GP but we move on and the new ground is fantastic and fitting to all the Bees that never made it but, hopefully, now have the best seat in which to watch.
 

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My father too never made it to see the new ground. He was ill for an long while and would often say to me that he wouldn’t make it to the new place and I’d tell him not to be silly as he’d be there first game with me. He was because I chatted to him throughout the Blackburn game, he was just above me and not sat beside.

I loved GP but we move on and the new ground is fantastic and fitting to all the Bees that never made it but, hopefully, now have the best seat in which to watch.
They have no girders blocking their view up there - but then again nor do we.
 

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mori, it is clear that you love GP and that the move to Lionel Road has really pulled at your heart strings. I can fully understand the emotions you feel as I to have made the decision not to go to the new season, however mine is due to distance, age and failing eyes sight which is a bit of an issue when careering down the A303 in the dark!!!

However you are local and can attend, it won’t be the home you are used to but, as others have alluded, it was a long way past it’s best days. It was tired and old, the facilities were awful and quite frankly if it was a pet it would have been put out of its misery years ago. You, like everyone else, will have some wonderful memories of the old girl, of friends and families that have shared the emotional roller coaster of supporting this great club.

You have an opportunity to create new memories in a stadium worthy of the club but there are many, Like my late Father, for whom that opportunity never arose. Instead of wallowing in a pit of self pity because the old girl has gone spare a thought for those that will never have the opportunity that you have and go and embrace the new world of Brentford in a brilliant stadium playing the top clubs in the country.

the time has come for you to stop living in the past and missing playing Workington on a cold winters night when it pissed down with rain and your feet were soaked if you dared go to the urinals!! Get over yourself stop moaning and get your backside down to Lionel Road, by seasons end I can guarantee you won’t be harking back to the good old days in a ramshackle stadium !!!!!
Hope you get eyes done. I know.
 
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