Memories of Nights Under the Lights at Griffin Park

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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.
Slightly perturbed by the specificity of my memory but I believe Stephen Carr scored for them in that game bursting down the right side of the penalty area (our left) and drilled it into the goal in front of Ealing ROad.

I have zero recollection of any of the other 5 goals! Most bizarre if true.
 

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Slightly perturbed by the specificity of my memory but I believe Stephen Carr scored for them in that game bursting down the right side of the penalty area (our left) and drilled it into the goal in front of Ealing ROad.

I have zero recollection of any of the other 5 goals! Most bizarre if true.
This could be the game when Chris Armstrong was giving it large in fron of hate corner - what an absolute tool that bloke was.
 

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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.
yeah remember that , Terry Dolan ?
 

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Slightly perturbed by the specificity of my memory but I believe Stephen Carr scored for them in that game bursting down the right side of the penalty area (our left) and drilled it into the goal in front of Ealing ROad.

I have zero recollection of any of the other 5 goals! Most bizarre if true.
Pretty certain Carr scored a cracker against us, but the game was 1998 and we lost 3-2 (in both legs). Darren Freeman scored for us, maybe Andy Scott too? Some centre back scored the winner for Spurs, he was much maligned but can't for the life of me remember his name.
 

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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.
You are spot on. ;) Also a young Dean Windass up front for Hull City.
 

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Pretty certain Carr scored a cracker against us, but the game was 1998 and we lost 3-2 (in both legs). Darren Freeman scored for us, maybe Andy Scott too? Some centre back scored the winner for Spurs, he was much maligned but can't for the life of me remember his name.
cant help with the goal scorer you are referring to but didnt a certain current wannabe manager get his shoulder dislocated by one of our forwards?
 

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I think the stand-out one, for me, must be the Sheff. Utd./Alf Grey night. I was 15 and that was the first time I got properly worked up/angry over a game.
 

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Pompey bloke had a bell! Great game under the lights against Jim Smith's team, turning them over 4-1 in our short stay in division 1 in 1992, famous for Neil Smillie's googly header!
 
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My best memories are of daytime games.
The Watford Warburton Gray one sticks in the memory for you. Great atmosphere.
 

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Brentford 9 Wrexham 0 in the autumn of 1963 - think. Another rushed homework job - probably completed in the playground on the Wednesday!
yes I was at this one to. Definitely part of folk lore.
 

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Pretty certain Carr scored a cracker against us, but the game was 1998 and we lost 3-2 (in both legs). Darren Freeman scored for us, maybe Andy Scott too? Some centre back scored the winner for Spurs, he was much maligned but can't for the life of me remember his name.
The 2-4 game was in 92 and Darren Anderton scored a long range goal, his first for Spurs, as we were singing "what a waste of money'
For some reason I will alwayd remember the Guildford cup game after the original match was abandoned in snow. Docherty's late equaliser saved our embarrassment, until the replay. My other favourites, the Hull league cup win when Mansley scored twice and the Sheff Utd mad game have already been mentioned
 

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Swansea city in the milk cup 1982 was another night to savour and the replay win at vetch field was as well...
The Watford night game when we lost in 77-78 season was pretty hairy as well as the infamous Sheffield Utd Alf Grey match.
The Swindon FA cup replay match in 82 when Tony Mahoney had his leg broken and the game Reading beat us to extend the winning street from the beginning of the season about 84 were pretty livley as well.
 

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Thinking back to the Sheff utd game , did a Elderly gentleman die outside the ground that night ?
 

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Brentford 9 Wrexham 0 in the autumn of 1963 - think. Another rushed homework job - probably completed in the playground on the Wednesday!
Was not allowed to go by my Mum sat up waiting for my elder brother to come home with no idea of the score. Absolutely elated
 

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The Bees' victory against Sunderland in the 2nd round of the first ever League Cup competition in October 1960 was one of the most exciting games under the lights at Griffin Park. The Bees were 3 - 1 down at half time but staged a great come-back in the second half to win 4 - 3. George McLeod scored the Bees' second and John Rainford the 3rd and 4th goals. John Rainford's goals normally resulted from headers but on this occasion his winning goal came from a powerful shot from about 25 yards. The match was particularly special as it took place in a season in which the Bees were generally poor and finished towards the bottom of the Third Division.
 

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John O'Mara scoring against Lincoln after a 6 game suspension in 71/2 The whole ground erupted chanting his name. 14,000 crowd.
 
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John O'Mara scoring against Lincoln after a 6 game suspension in 71/2 The whole ground erupted chanting his name. 14,000 crowd.
My favourite too. That was the time of the great Lincolnshire Fourth Division 'powerhouse': Lincoln, Scunthorpe and Grimsby.
 

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Pretty certain Carr scored a cracker against us, but the game was 1998 and we lost 3-2 (in both legs). Darren Freeman scored for us, maybe Andy Scott too? Some centre back scored the winner for Spurs, he was much maligned but can't for the life of me remember his name.
Ramon Vega.

Many of those mentioned already would top my list, but a few more of my random faves:
* Bolton in the League Cup 1995. Took an early lead after losing the away leg. Ended up under a pile of limbs on the much-missed New Road terrace.
* Reading around 1999. Took some uni mates for their first visit to GP - a Pompey fan, a Dundee Utd fan and a Newcastle fan. We'd previously exchanged war stories about matchday experiences at our own clubs. Hate Corner was at it's best that night and my mates left suitably impressed.
* Luton in 2004, Martin Allen's first full season. They were top and sh1t hot but we played them off the park. It was 2-0 but could've been 10-0 we missed that many. The first of three memorable games against them that season.
 

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Does anyone remember that night we beat Cheltenham in the Cup?
 

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Brentford 1 - 1 Southampton, Leon Legge with a fairly late equaliser. Haven't been a lifelong supporter, but after falling out of love with football and deciding to go back to watch my local team as I did a few years earlier this was the game that cemented that Brentford was home for me.
 

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My favs:

- Newport on a Friday night - the Royal Oak was rocking and how.
- Liverpool Milk Cup - When Gary Roberts scored wow. There was 25k in the crowd that day not the 'official 17k'
- Blackburn Anglo Italian cup - we won 4-3
- Bristol City - play offs.
- Everton - League cup
= Fulham at home. 2-1
- QPR at home. 1-0

Worst (by a country mile)

Huddersfield. - play offs. And their scummy fans
Brum - Freight Rover cup (Zula's everywhere that night)
 
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Blackburn was League Cup too, not the AIC. ;)
 

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I always recall the 4-1 against portsmouth back in the old second division all those years ago. Not big in the grand scheme of things, but I still love that.
 

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Would also add :

Cambridge at home - Matt Joseph gave it the big un after the game but literally sh*t himself after a few Brentford fans ran on the pitch to confront him.
 

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I always recall the 4-1 against portsmouth back in the old second division all those years ago. Not big in the grand scheme of things, but I still love that.
A group of Pompey fans started on me after the game. 9 v 3 was no contest but held our own. Still remember Smillie googly goal ...
 

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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
Great shout - remember that game well and yes literally felt like there was 15k plus that night.
 
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Blackburn in the League Cup in 1988

Bradford at home when Elder scored a late, late winner. :bound:
 

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Not sure if it has been mentioned but the 4-0 thumping of Brighton under Coppell definitely stands out for me. We were magnificent that night and Big Ben was absolutely unplayable!

Everton was great, as was the Southampton replay although it didn't go our way in the end.

Jota in the last minute will always be the one though. I was in a particularly sh*t place in my life at the time, and it reminded me that good things do sometimes happen.
 

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Not sure if it has been mentioned but the 4-0 thumping of Brighton under Coppell definitely stands out for me. We were magnificent that night and Big Ben was absolutely unplayable!
Now that was a night of real mixed emotions. Not long after Burgess' overhead kick, got a call to say my mate's wife had miscarried. Fortunately they now have three lovely kids, but at the time it understandably sent him into a bit of downward spiral. Went from being buzzing about an outstanding performance to leaving the ground with things well and truly in perspective.
 

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There was. Freight Rover Trophy semi-final a few days after the Liverpool FA Cup game in 1989.
:very angry:

A disallowed goal, after the ref originally gave it before consulting the lino.
 

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Blackburn was League Cup too, not the AIC. ;)
Lost the first leg 3-1 at Ewood Park.

There was only about 3,500 inside GP that night, but it seemed a hell of a lot more.
 

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Pompey bloke had a bell! Great game under the lights against Jim Smith's team, turning them over 4-1 in our short stay in division 1 in 1992, famous for Neil Smillie's googly header!
Yer im not sure if NS put back spin, side spin or both, sure was a strange headed goal lol
 

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A mad memory of Griffin Park under floodlights was a match against Lincoln City with Billy Eames scoring for us, he kind of disappeared after that but for some reason it's always been there as a happy game, we won it 2-1 I think.
 

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I think all of these have been mentioned already but my personal favourites are:

Bees 2-1 Southend, LDV Trophy, 2001 - #1 on the 'Paddock's greatest hits' IMO. The sight of W£bb appearing flanked by OB and the vitriol was pure pantomine
Bees 1-1 Everton (win on pens) 2010, just a great night at a time when we hadn't had a win like this for five or so years
Bees 4-0 Brighton, 2002
Bees 4-1 Swansea, 1999 - hate corner at its best and Evans' goal was just something else
Bees 1-0 Tranmere, 2005 - during MA's first play-off season. The Brook Road crowd were great that night
Bees 5-0 Brum, 2018
 

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coming back from 3-0 down vs MK Dons in 2011
 

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