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Just that Braemar road will remain standing for 10-12 months, whatever that means. A member of staff told a friend on a tour that this was the case.
We were told this on our tour as well
 

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Me too. Does that mean that you have Brentford on your birth certificate, same as me?
Yes! It means supporting the Bees was always meant to be even though we moved away when I was a couple of months old and I didn’t start following the club until I moved back to London 22 years later.
 

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Virgin mobile problems local to GP.... virgin helpline telling us Caused by work on masts at GriffinPark....must be dismantling Mobile companies
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I walked past GP today; it seems operation move out is in full swing. A lot of clearing, skips and workers around the forecourt. A fair bit of work appeared to be happening at the side of the club shop as well. It had the feel of residents have left their house and sent workers in to tidy/clear up. For the first time whilst it'll always be our spiritual home it did have a sense; the football club have moved on and it isn't our home anymore.
 

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Was hoping we go back there for home games cos at moment it feels like every game is going to be away which doesnt bode well. Hope I am wrong
 

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Was hoping we go back there for home games cos at moment it feels like every game is going to be away which doesnt bode well. Hope I am wrong
I’m confused - what do you mean?
 

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I walked past GP today; it seems operation move out is in full swing. A lot of clearing, skips and workers around the forecourt. A fair bit of work appeared to be happening at the side of the club shop as well. It had the feel of residents have left their house and sent workers in to tidy/clear up. For the first time whilst it'll always be our spiritual home it did have a sense; the football club have moved on and it isn't our home anymore.
gulp :cry:
 

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Was hoping we go back there for home games cos at moment it feels like every game is going to be away which doesnt bode well. Hope I am wrong
You sound like my mum’s lodger who it took me and my sister months to explain after he had to move out when she died and we were clearing the house for sale that he didn’t live there any more even if through kindness we’d let him keep some stuff in the garage temporarily while he got settled in his new place. It’s gone. BFC doesn’t own it any more. It isn’t our ground.
 

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I love the fact that many of the seats of GP will live on in the grounds of various non-league clubs! :)
 

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I love the fact that many of the seats of GP will live on in the grounds of various non-league clubs! :)
I agree although <<sad b*stard alert>> would like to see some kind of tracker so that I could see where my actual seat ends up. (If it does end up somewhere other than the dump).
 

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You sound like my mum’s lodger who it took me and my sister months to explain after he had to move out when she died and we were clearing the house for sale that he didn’t live there any more even if through kindness we’d let him keep some stuff in the garage temporarily while he got settled in his new place. It’s gone. BFC doesn’t own it any more. It isn’t our ground.
GP will always be our ground or home just think home games with nol support in an alien strange place is not a good idea
 

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GP will always be our ground or home just think home games with nol support in an alien strange place is not a good idea
Its not actually an idea that someone has had, its a result of the current circumstances that we have no control over?
 

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I agree although <<sad b*stard alert>> would like to see some kind of tracker so that I could see where my actual seat ends up. (If it does end up somewhere other than the dump).
I’ll share a story on here, hopefully next week. It’s a great story and well worth the wait :)
 

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Can we have time lapse views of GP disappearing and new development appearing?
 

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GP will always be our ground or home just think home games with nol support in an alien strange place is not a good idea
For a million reasons we had to move to Lionel Road, Mori. A new ground is better than a bankrupt club... you'll get used to it, we all will.
 

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For a million reasons we had to move to Lionel Road, Mori. A new ground is better than a bankrupt club... you'll get used to it, we all will.
I don't know why people are complaining about leaving GP, the new ground is amazing and I could never have imagined us having a stadium like it.
 

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I don't know why people are complaining about leaving GP, the new ground is amazing and I could never have imagined us having a stadium like it.
Yes! Just think, we could have been ground sharing at Woking for the last 15+ years. *shudders*
 

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Yes! Just think, we could have been ground sharing at Woking for the last 15+ years. *shudders*
We wouldn't have survived 15+ years if we'd gone to Woking.
 

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We wouldn't have survived 15+ years if we'd gone to Woking.
As a part time supporter of Gloucester City during their serial ground sharing ventures I can assure you that we'd have survived any amount of tough times. We just got oh so lucky.
 
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We wouldn't have survived 15+ years if we'd gone to Woking.
No, indeed not. AFC Brentford would now be proclaiming a move closer to home with relocation to groundshare at Plough Lane in time for our first season back up to Conference National. Some geeky bloke called Benham would be being derided by the press for suggesting a 10 year plan to develop an unpromising triangle of land by Kew Bridge and an ambition to get us back where we belong in L1.
 

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As a part time supporter of Gloucester City during their serial ground sharing ventures I can assure you that we'd have survived any amount of tough times. We just got oh so lucky.
I grew up in Gloucester, thought not been to see City since the Meadow Park days. So good to see both clubs on their way up and in new grounds. Both have exciting futures.
 
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Bump for this thread.

Anyone local have any news on latest work/removals at GP?
 

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When I did the tour our group was told it was going to be transplanted to the new pitch. Although I think this was going to be largely a symbolic exercise.
The pitch at LR was laid LONG before that piece from GP was removed.
 

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The pitch at LR was laid LONG before that piece from GP was removed.
I only said that's what we were told - although as has been established there were some dodgy characters doing the tours ...

I did wonder how it would fit with the way pitches are laid these days, but as I said I think the idea (as reported) was that it would just be done as some kind of ceremony, maybe just digging it up and putting it on the spot at LR. And maybe then on to Mr Benham's back garden, who knows.
 

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Drove into town on the M4 today. Floodlights are still up.
Stop it, don’t do the floodlight thing.
Was thinking I’m over GP but you’ve got me going again.
Road to Damascus moment in my life was the day after I moved to Carlyle Road in South Ealing as a football loving 10 year old and walked to the top of the road and saw the siren like imperious pylons towering above the otherwise drab west London skyline. Awestruck doesn’t begin to describe it. 50 years on they still bring out the 10 year old in me.
 

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That photo above...Griffin Park seems so close yet so far away.
A bit like when I look at long gone grandparents houses on google maps, I’m transported (in my mind) to a time when they are there and we can simply walk in...:(
 

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I walked past GP today; it seems operation move out is in full swing. A lot of clearing, skips and workers around the forecourt. A fair bit of work appeared to be happening at the side of the club shop as well. It had the feel of residents have left their house and sent workers in to tidy/clear up. For the first time whilst it'll always be our spiritual home it did have a sense; the football club have moved on and it isn't our home anymore.
I agree but home is also "where the heart is".
 

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Ta, any idea as to how many houses are going on the pitch?
All I know is from the original planning application, which required the 'green space' (i.e. the pitch) to have an equivalent green space in the development. It says:
Development centred around a public park and commemorative garden dedicated to those individuals whose lives were part of the historic Brentford FC and Griffin Park Stadium. Friends and family members can come and pay their respects in a peaceful and sensitive location
What the final plan is, I've not kept up with but it will be on the LBH Planning Portal.
 

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It was taken away by the groundsman under orders so I suspect it’s in Benham’s back garden now!
If I were Mr. Benham I'd have a back garden big enough to accommodate the whole pitch.

And the Ealing Road terrace (though he may prefer the Braemar).

And I'd stage regular games between Brentford Legends and QPR Knobends, whIch I'd referee from an armchair by the side of the pitch, thereby ensuring the correct result every time.

(21 - 0, with numerous red cards for you-know-who)
 

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As a part time supporter of Gloucester City during their serial ground sharing ventures I can assure you that we'd have survived any amount of tough times. We just got oh so lucky.
I can assure you the club would have died, absolutely no chance it would have survived. Not as a football league any way. Matthew Bentham saved Brentford football club no doubt about it. All of us owe him so much in the fact that we have a club to support
 

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I can assure you the club would have died, absolutely no chance it would have survived. Not as a football league any way. Matthew Bentham saved Brentford football club no doubt about it. All of us owe him so much in the fact that we have a club to support
...We got oh so lucky that MB was around, but we would have survived in one form or another. Spell it out why don't you Andyrew.
 

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As a part time supporter of Gloucester City during their serial ground sharing ventures I can assure you that we'd have survived any amount of tough times. We just got oh so lucky.
As a full time Brentford fan, I can tell you we were well and truly ****ed beyond belief, staying up or going down.
Going down to non league would have sped up us dissolving. Our debts were ****ing outrageous. No club compared.

Gloucester is no comparison.

It wasn’t lucky to get Benham, it was a miracle.

Short memories
 

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...We got oh so lucky that MB was around, but we would have survived in one form or another. Spell it out why don't you Andyrew.
Are you high, asking yourself to spell it out ?

Were you about in those days ?
 

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