John Griffin - Scout at BFC - RIP

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Oh dear. That is sad news. He was one of the good guys. The very good guys.
 

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RIP John. How many spells did he have with the club?
 

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Oh dear. That is sad news. He was one of the good guys. The very good guys.
He was indeed. Sad to hear this news. John had two spells at the club (1980-1981 and 1998-2007). He always said to me that the 1998-99 was his best in football and was very proud of the players he scouted for us. RIP.
 

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Never knew him but MA has spoken so highly of him many times to me that I feel like I must have met him, I’ve never heard anyone have a bad word to say about him which is very unusual for someone who worked at a football club. RIP.
 

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RIP. Was John at one of the recent Zoom meetings or am I getting confused?
 

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RIP. Was John at one of the recent Zoom meetings or am I getting confused?
There was a John Griffin on the registered list, i wasn't sure if it was same person or not.

RIP
 

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Would he have been responsible for Lloyd Owusu and Martin Rowlands? Two absolute non league gems. Darren Powell as well I guess.

Rest in peace.
 
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Met him a few times and he was a kind and friendly man recognised as one of the best scouts around. He worked for Palace, Fulham and Brentford amongst others.

I think Ian Wright was one of his discoveries. RIP.
 

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RIP John. Like others have said, only heard positive comments about him.
 

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Darren Powell, Mahon, Paul Smith and Alex Rhodes too

(according to similar threads)
 

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That's so sad news. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times when i was involved in non league football.
A pure gentleman. He really knew his stuff.
Gutted.
RIP Sir J G.
 

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Very sad news . John Griffin was well heavily featured in Michael Calvin's book "The nowhere men " about football scouts. Seems everyone looked up to him. Sad day.
 

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R I P mr John Griffin you sir did a great job for B F C finding raw talent I doff my hat sir
 

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Brought so many good players to our club, and was so highly thought of, as can be seen by all the messages from former players.
 

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Rip John, a BFC legend.
 

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RIP John. Was clearly valued and loved by many across the football community. Was instrumental in bringing many good players to our club during his time with us.
 

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I remember him saying in an interview, that when he went to a game, he would stand with the fans behind the goal and talk to them, as they were the ones who knew who the best players were and what their strengths and weakness was.
 

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We as a club were lucky to have this man. He was a class act, RIP John, and condolences to you family.
 

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RIP John.
I was lucky enough to be sat right in front of him at a reserve match at Cambridge one afternoon.

He was sat with Noades and RN would say about a Cambridge player " what about him , he looks good " ( i was thinking the same )

JG said " nope watch him the next time they lose the ball in such and such a position.

He was spot on , looked great on the ball but no interest in his team or pitch positioning.

there were loads of little moments like that , he absolutely knew everything about the game
 

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John was on the same Metropolitan Line train as me (and two of Eastcote's finest) when we were coming back from Birmingham City away (15 Feb). John had been to watch a game at Southend (I think it was). I had a brief chat with the man and told him I was a Bees fan. He had very fond memories of his time at Brentford and told me we'd just signed two of his(Shandon and Tariqe) and that Shandon in particular was an excellent signing.

A real proper football man and a real proper gentleman.

God rest his soul.
 

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John was a true gentleman and a black cab driver who I had the pleasure of talking to on numerous occasions . By a terrible coincidence Reggie Johnson, Johns cousin also died on the same day. Reggie Johnson who was also a black cab driver was the father of Robbie Johnson who was with us for a short time after many years at Arsenal and yes also a cabbie. All of them are related to the Bristol city manager.
 

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John was a true gentleman and a black cab driver who I had the pleasure of talking to on numerous occasions . By a terrible coincidence Reggie Johnson, Johns cousin also died on the same day. Reggie Johnson who was also a black cab driver was the father of Robbie Johnson who was with us for a short time after many years at Arsenal and yes also a cabbie. All of them are related to the Bristol city manager.
Glad you posted Dave, I worked with Robbie a truly lovely guy. I think Rob
had a Brother called Gary. Another nice bloke(might ( be wrong on the name)
Sorry to hear this news. That family is what I call Londons dyeing breed
 

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John was a true gentleman and a black cab driver who I had the pleasure of talking to on numerous occasions . By a terrible coincidence Reggie Johnson, Johns cousin also died on the same day. Reggie Johnson who was also a black cab driver was the father of Robbie Johnson who was with us for a short time after many years at Arsenal and yes also a cabbie. All of them are related to the Bristol city manager.
Thanks for that news Dave, Reggie was a tremendous fella, I played bowls with him at North Greenford bowls club in 2012/3 and he brought Robbie to a match and he brought his lad as well, a very good golfer if I remember. We had a great afternoon talking about the Bees and sport in general. I left North Greenford bowls to return this season but Reg was developing signs of Alzheimer's when I initially left. He was also involved with North Greenford football for a long while. Very sad news to hear of his passing, another great local sporting man gone.

RIP John and Reg
 

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