Memories of Nights Under the Lights at Griffin Park

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Thoughts of who would be good to get in the 3rd round of the EFL Cup made me start thinking that there's not going to be many more opportunities for a really 'big night' under the lights at GP......A really special occasion in my mind.....
Just wondering what memories people had of special night games at GP?

For me, the following are memorable, for different reasons:

The 'famous' Alf Grey game v Sheff Utd. back in the late seventies. As an 11/12 year old at a game on my own for one of the first times it had everything.....goals, fights (on and off the pitch!!) sendings-off, a real air of tension around the ground and a fantastic atmosphere....a very special night.

The Liverpool Milk Cup game.....The biggest crowd I'd ever been at GP (and not since surpassed). I arrived about 2 hours early and took up a position right in the centre of the Royal Oak, which gradually became absolutely packed as kick off approached. An absolute team of Liverpool legends which we more tham matched for the first half, before succumbing to late goals following some dodgy refereeing decisions.

A bit of an odd one, but a game v Wimbledon in the early 80s also sticks in the memory.....we lost 3-2.....I think Francis Joseph got a couple for them.....Memorable mainly I think because of a big Bees/Dons rivalry at my school at the time.....

The Huddersfield penalty defeat play off Semi-Final.....devastating.....still in my 'top 3 worst I've ever felt at a Bees game'....

The Middlesbrough play off semi final....due to stuff that I'd been going through at the time I really needed the 'release' of a game, and celebrated Andre Gray's goal that night like an absolute lunatic!!! The noise at GP that night was also probably among the loudest I've heard.

The Newport County Freight Rover Semi Final ......Just a great night all round!!! Fantastic performance, with the knowledge of a great day out at Wembley to come!!! And on the pitch at the end!!!

I'm sure there are others that'll come to me and hope there are more to come before we say farewell!!!
I'm equally sure there are some great nights to look forward to at LR!!!

Edit: QPR game when Djuricin scored the winner!!!! On Ealing Road celebrating the goal with Badgerbee Jnr.!!!!
 
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Great thread and I agree with the noise against Middlesbrough.

Huddersfield in the playoffs when we beat them 2-1 was a special night.

Everton in the league cup was also very special. To beat a team with the likes of Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellani etc. was pretty unbelievable with the team we had at the time.

Tranmere at home under Martin Allen also sticks out in my memory. Turner scored, we won 1-0 and it was probably the most intimidating atmosphere I’ve ever witnessed at GP.

Loads of others but the very best night at GP has to be when we beat Fulham 2-1 with Jota in the last minute. My favourite Bees moment ever. That night I walked out of GP and thought it was worth it, all those playoff defeats, Wembley final defeats, relegations and other disappointments. I would have gone through them all again for another moment like that.
 

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“Jota in the last minute”
Sheffield Utd was the most intense match I remember for the reasons you mentioned. I remember Sheff Utd skin heads in their full regalia in the packed Royal Oak end getting charged and jumping over the fence onto the pitch otherwise they would have got flattened. Other things that happened in this match that have been well documented over the years makes this my No. 1 match.
 
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Great thread and I agree with the noise against Middlesbrough.

Huddersfield in the playoffs when we beat them 2-1 was a special night.

Everton in the league cup was also very special. To beat a team with the likes of Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellani etc. was pretty unbelievable with the team we had at the time.

Tranmere at home under Martin Allen also sticks out in my memory. Turner scored, we won 1-0 and it was probably the most intimidating atmosphere I’ve ever witnessed at GP.

Loads of others but the very best night at GP has to be when we beat Fulham 2-1 with Jota in the last minute. My favourite Bees moment ever. That night I walked out of GP and thought it was worth it, all those playoff defeats, Wembley final defeats, relegations and other disappointments. I would have gone through them all again for another moment like that.
:sorted:
Unfortunately I wasn't at the 'Jota' Fulham game, but that would go into my 'Top 3 Bees Games I Wished I'd Been At'.....but that's for a different thread.....!!!
I did have the consolation though, of watching it in the house of a Fulham supporting relative!!! rofl
 

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Burnley cup replay must have been 67 or 68 . Absolutely heaving GP. Sat on a barrier so I could see. We lost but to a 12 year old it felt like my little old Brentford were briefly big time (biggest pain was bumping into my Maths teacher on the way out and being asked 'I hope you have done your Maths homework?I hadn't).
 

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Blimey was it? Thanks for that. Must be mixing up memories (nothing unusual there). Perhaps we were playing Norwich in the cup when I got nabbed for homework? Never mind all fabulous memories of the old girl.
In more recent times I think Some of the nights since we got into the Championship have been amazing
Norwich home first season up, we lost but we played brilliantly
Leeds 3 nil , pissing with rain but such joy
The Harlee game last year
 

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David Webb running the gauntlet of the paddock vs Southend in a cup match. Can’t remember the year but was when the dugouts were on braemar rd side.
 

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Loads of possible but has to be Jota in the last minute given who we were playing and the fact it was in the Championship.
 
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Great thread and I agree with the noise against Middlesbrough.

Huddersfield in the playoffs when we beat them 2-1 was a special night.

Everton in the league cup was also very special. To beat a team with the likes of Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Fellani etc. was pretty unbelievable with the team we had at the time.

Tranmere at home under Martin Allen also sticks out in my memory. Turner scored, we won 1-0 and it was probably the most intimidating atmosphere I’ve ever witnessed at GP.

Loads of others but the very best night at GP has to be when we beat Fulham 2-1 with Jota in the last minute. My favourite Bees moment ever. That night I walked out of GP and thought it was worth it, all those playoff defeats, Wembley final defeats, relegations and other disappointments. I would have gone through them all again for another moment like that.
20 yard strike wasn't it ?
 

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Everton League Cup game

Sheff Weds play off game

Hudds play off win

Bizarre choice v Derby in the Anglo Italian cup
 

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Liverpool in milk cup the best time ever in the Royal Oak what a experience I had singing and swaying . Even Liverpool players looked shocked at support !
 
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I remember Cardiff at home, sure it was a night game....bees fans had a banner saying Noades Out, i thought it got confiscated and then somehow it appeared in the Cardiff end at HT
 

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Choices choices. Many already mentioned.

Newport, FRT semi.
Liverpool and Swansea, LC ties.
Everton, LC penalty shoot-out.
Fulham (2-1) and QPR (1-0) in the Championship.
Sheff Utd, Alf Grey.
Sheff Weds, PO under MA.
Doncaster, 1977/78.
Villa and Leeds, in the Championship.

There are bound to be many more.

The Wimbledon one, mentioned above, when Joseph tore us apart. Then we signed him in the summer!

Memories.....
 

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Djuricin v qpr..first win v them for fifty years,...now it’s becoming normal that game is sometimes overlooked.

Agree though Jota and the Sheffield Utd game are equally memorable!
 

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The Sheffield United home game in 1979.
Jota in the last minute
Djuricin v QPeeHa.
The crowd noise against Sheffield Wednesday in the play off game.
 

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This could be a book never mind a thread !
So many memorable nights appreciated so much more because of all the dross and heartache in between.
All the ones mentioned bring back great memories particularly Alf Grey, Jota in the last minute and Newport freight rover.
My random one is home to Rochdale on a Monday night during 77-78 promotion season. Brought a Chelsea supporting mate who had always been condescending about little old Brentford. Brought him into the middle of the old New Road half way line mob and watched Andy Mac star as we played some brilliant football and won 4-0 IIRC. Bees have been his second team ever since.
 

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Lots already mentioned

Plymouth 3-2 when only a few of the seats had been put in New Road

they equalised right at the end and were going mental in the away end , We went down the other end ( their end ) and Asaba ( i thnk ) scored . Absolute scenes and a pitch invasion from the newly seated Hate Corner .
I ended up by the penalty spot :lol:
 
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:imwith: Proper night game, still one of the most memorable games I’ve ever seen. Excitement on and off the pitch and a match they could have made a film about!
Went to game then watched from bedroom window in Coates Walk as our largest ever mob bowled down Ealing Road.

Who on here went to the away game ? I thknk Spider Bee did ?
 

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Everton at home in the league cup was great!

For all the wrong reasons a 2nd round FA Cup replay at home to Oldham in 1998 also comes to mind. We'd done the hard bit and drawn up there. The winners knew they'd be at home to Chelsea in the 3rd round but on a heavy pitch we blew it and lost on penalties 4-2.
 

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Everton at home in the league cup was great!

For all the wrong reasons a 2nd round FA Cup replay at home to Oldham in 1998 also comes to mind. We'd done the hard bit and drawn up there. The winners knew they'd be at home to Chelsea in the 3rd round but on a heavy pitch we blew it and lost on penalties 4-2.
That was a dreadful night especially as hadn’t had a plum draw for about 10 years previous and had to wait ages before the next one.
 

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Watford late 70’s .. loudest I think I have ever heard @ GP .. crowd always sounded louder under lights
Always great nights but loudest and one of the most memorable singing was the home play off vs Sheff Weds. Hairs on the back of neck and the best support I can recall, three sides singing at the top of our voices while 3-1 down on aggregate with no chance of getting back in the game.
 

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Early memories seem to stick the best. First evening game v Charlton with the only goal coming after 14? seconds ,an Andy Woon hatrick against Aldershot, a practically empty New Road terrace v Workington and for some reason listening to an Alan Minter fight waiting for a train back to Rayners Lane on South Ealing station.
 

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That was a dreadful night especially as hadn’t had a plum draw for about 10 years previous and had to wait ages before the next one.
Still get:very angry:thinking about Robert Quinn laughing after he missed his pen.
 

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Watford late 70’s .. loudest I think I have ever heard @ GP .. crowd always sounded louder under lights
Was that the game when we were 3-0 after 15 minutes?

I was still queuing to get into 'The Oak'
 

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Burnley in the FA Cup and Hull in the League Cup in the 1960s (latter being Ollie Mansley's best game). Derby 3-3 game in the mid 1980s, when Steve Butler finally looked like a gifted footballer.
 
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Everton at home in the league cup was great!

For all the wrong reasons a 2nd round FA Cup replay at home to Oldham in 1998 also comes to mind. We'd done the hard bit and drawn up there. The winners knew they'd be at home to Chelsea in the 3rd round but on a heavy pitch we blew it and lost on penalties 4-2.
That Rob Quinn penalty over the bar :banghead:
 

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Always great nights but loudest and one of the most memorable singing was the home play off vs Sheff Weds. Hairs on the back of neck and the best support I can recall, three sides singing at the top of our voices while 3-1 down on aggregate with no chance of getting back in the game.
Martin allen chose that as his fav memory in the book produced a few years ago. Awesome.
Another memorable one was the Watford game in the same week as the Warburton 'sacking' was 'leaked' to the Times. Amazing scenes when Grey equalised with an absolute beauty then they nicked it in added time. We all know better now.
 

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another random

beat Rotherham 3-0 the year we nearly went down 83-4

massive win , less than 4000 there sounded like 15000
 

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Liverpool in Milk Cup with my Dad. I was about 10 years and old and stood left of centre on New Road, wondering why every game was not that packed and loving seeing the likes of Kenny Dalglish and Co on the GP pitch.

Similar to the above remember playing Leicester in the League cup in the early 80's and the Leicester fans all coming on the pitch from Ealing Road and running towards New Road and my Dad shielding me by standing in front of me.

Newport at home in the Freight Rover area final and foolishly getting my finger stuck in the scaffolding tower that had been erected on the New Road side of the ground for the TV cameras and my Dad and four of five other blokes all trying to lift some scaffolding up so I could get my finger out!!!!! That was a good lesson in life not to stick your fingers in places which are unwelcome lol

Obviously the Sheff Wednesday Play Off / Mad Dog game and the singing in that last 15 minutes.

For some reason one of my earliest recollections was a rare occasion standing on the Royal Oak end watching a league game against Doncaster in the early(ish) 80's. Doncaster had a bright green strip and I think scored a very late winner for one nil in front of about 3,500 people.

I will certainly miss walking over 'dog sh1t bridge' (the footbridge over the railway as my lot affectionately call it) from the A4 and seeing the glow of the floodlights above the terraced rooftops and that excitement I still get in the pit of my stomach to this day.
 

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Went to game then watched from bedroom window in Coates Walk as our largest ever mob bowled down Ealing Road.

Who on here went to the away game ? I thknk Spider Bee did ?
The away game at Bramall Lane was hell on earth ! and I'll never forget it. Night game again and we won 2-0. Leaving ground, heading for train station and got spotted by about 100 of their mob. Ran down side streets and hid in garden for about 10 minutes. Then spotted again later on and eventually got to train station about midnight. They were waiting there at bus stop and couldn't get into station. Waited for bus outside and got on it .. no idea where it was going and a couple of there lot got on too !! eventually got back to train station, unscathed and on a night train and back into London early hours. Worst away game for trouble, I can remember. Was pretty scary to be honest. They were absolute nutters !!
 

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There's been many magical nights at GP. I just hope the new stadium will not be a damp squid for night game's.
 

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Lovely thread. One of the nice things of the stadium revamp when we got promoted four years ago was the replacement of the floodlight bulbs and it now looks great in the evenings. Going to night games after school and seeing the glow of the floodlights approaching from the Great West Road was a real part of my growing up.
 

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So many fantastic memories. The first one that came to my mind was also Watford back in 1977. The original Monday night football! (why did we play on Monday nights?).

Another Mad Dog one not mentioned yet: the Cup replay against Southampton in 2005. Peter Crouch and Kevin Phillips :cry:
 

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Great thread. Worth a dedicated chapter in a book about Griffin Park, or maybe even a whole book!
 

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Great thread. Worth a dedicated chapter in a book about Griffin Park, or maybe even a whole book!
Expect to see mine and Dave Twydell's updated history of Griffin Park hit the shelves when we leave in two years time.
 

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Crowd was over 30,000 - biggest I'd been in since top of table game v Plymouth 1959.
I was at that game as a 14 year old in a packed new road. One minute I was near the top of the terrace, crowd swooned and I was at the front of the terrace without my feet touching the floor!
 

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Expect to see mine and Dave Twydell's updated history of Griffin Park hit the shelves when we leave in two years time.
For your sakes, I hope someone lets you out sooner than that
 
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Doubt anyone cares much for the game but against Tottenham in 1992 in the league cup. We lost 4-2 but think it was the first time I'd seen Griffin Park packed out...

More recently v Swindon in the league one playoffs - to get to the final on pens.
 

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Lots already mentioned

Plymouth 3-2 when only a few of the seats had been put in New Road

they equalised right at the end and were going mental in the away end , We went down the other end ( their end ) and Asaba ( i thnk ) scored . Absolute scenes and a pitch invasion from the newly seated Hate Corner .
I ended up by the penalty spot :lol:
Was that when Grobbelaar was in goal for them?

It was mad on Ealing Road too. I was hugged by a random female supporter I had never seen before and don't remember seeing her since
 

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For some reason a 4-1 home win against Hull City (maybe 91-92) CRAPMAN could perhaps confirm.
Only around 4500 but we made it intimidating for them and I'm sure I read in their program later that season that our ground had a fortress mentality.
 

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