Travelling Home after a Loss

Silly Hat

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What’s the situation getting on at Kew Bridge London bound after the match? I walked to Brentford station to get on there, as I expected massive queues and a packed platform only for the tunnel to be shut and the platform practically empty when our train came back through.
See my reply #37 mate. It’s an absolute sh*t show, of course, and captures all the current off-field issues affecting the club: lack of comms with customers, total disregard for the fans, and gross ineptness. I think the bode involved are SWR staff too, so they’ve quickly learned from the club how best to treat supporters like mugs.

I got so wound up with the charade going on (tunnel closed, hundreds of angry fans backed up, but looked over the edge to see the London-platform with about six people on it) that I stomped off over Kew Bridge and got a 65 bus to Kingston and then another bus home.

Just part of the match day experience I’m afraid. The club doesn’t care.
 

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Along with the long drive home after a defeat, one other thing I haven’t missed during the last 18 months is that split second period of silence experienced as a fan at the end where a goal is scored by the opposition, before their lot start the celebrations at the other end. You know it’s coming, and there’s nothing you can do about it……..horrible. ☹️
 

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Along with the long drive home after a defeat, one other thing I haven’t missed during the last 18 months is that split second period of silence experienced as a fan at the end where a goal is scored by the opposition, before their lot start the celebrations at the other end. You know it’s coming, and there’s nothing you can do about it……..horrible. ☹️
Yeah it's a horrible feeling. Looked across the ground to see their fans score was gutting yesterday after a game I thought swung by just out inability to score first half.


Onto Wolves which will be a early start. But hopefully a point or maybe 3.
 

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See my reply #37 mate. It’s an absolute sh*t show, of course, and captures all the current off-field issues affecting the club: lack of comms with customers, total disregard for the fans, and gross ineptness. I think the bode involved are SWR staff too, so they’ve quickly learned from the club how best to treat supporters like mugs.

I got so wound up with the charade going on (tunnel closed, hundreds of angry fans backed up, but looked over the edge to see the London-platform with about six people on it) that I stomped off over Kew Bridge and got a 65 bus to Kingston and then another bus home.

Just part of the match day experience I’m afraid. The club doesn’t care.

Having to take SWR everyday i can assure you this is because they are the most inept, useless, rude, feckless, ****s around and im certain its their fault.
 

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See my reply #37 mate. It’s an absolute sh*t show, of course, and captures all the current off-field issues affecting the club: lack of comms with customers, total disregard for the fans, and gross ineptness. I think the bode involved are SWR staff too, so they’ve quickly learned from the club how best to treat supporters like mugs.

I got so wound up with the charade going on (tunnel closed, hundreds of angry fans backed up, but looked over the edge to see the London-platform with about six people on it) that I stomped off over Kew Bridge and got a 65 bus to Kingston and then another bus home.

Just part of the match day experience I’m afraid. The club doesn’t care.

So some SWR staff stopped you from getting to the station and you are blaming the club for that?
 

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I must be the lucky one as when I got to the tunnel they were holding back people who wanted to go west towards Hounslow,Reading etc but let those who wanted to get towards Clapham Junction were allowed through. I caught train at 17.11 hrs which went non stop to Clapham Jct which left me with a 40 minute wait for train back to Southampton. No problem there as got a cup of tea and made a couple of phone calls arriving back at Southamption Central to be greeted by a bunch of pisshead West Ham fans who were making themselves look like a bunch of dickheads by having a go at ordinary people going about their business.
Decent journey back reflecting on the game and what might have been and nice to see a number of Bees fans at Clapham Junction and a group of about 4 or 5 of them getting off at Southampton Parkway.
 
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Had quite a smooth, quiet trip back by train. Can't remember the last time I'd seen us lose but we weren't blown away and I'd seen enough positives not to be too downhearted. Some Pride in the Castle, Ealing helped greatly too.

Quiet until we got to Exeter that is - my train from Reading was the last train from Exeter heading west and a big crowd of well refreshed Devonians got on. That shattered the peace and quiet!
 
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Seemed to take a lot longer to exit the West Stand yesterday.
Not just at the stairs, but actually leaving the stadium, with one fairly small exit point, which doesn't seem enough, for the amount of people using it, then once you have reached the top of the external stairs there is a small barrier that you have to walk around, which slows things down even more.
Crossing the Great West Road under the flyover, is an accident waiting to happen, there are stewards at the traffic lights, but they don't appear to do much.
Sorry I've gone off at a tangent here.

In fairness they were doing their best yesterday. The bloke with a walking aid for one wasn't listening to them.
 
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I must be the lucky one as when I got to the tunnel they were holding back people who wanted to go west towards Hounslow,Reading etc but let those who wanted to get towards Clapham Junction were allowed through. I caught train at 17.11 hrs which went non stop to Clapham Jct which left me with a 40 minute wait for train back to Southampton. No problem there as got a cup of tea and made a couple of phone calls arriving back at Southamption Central to be greeted by a bunch of pisshead West Ham fans who were making themselves look like a bunch of dickheads by having a go at ordinary people going about their business.
Decent journey back reflecting on the game and what might have been and nice to see a number of Bees fans at Clapham Junction and a group of about 4 or 5 of them getting off at Southampton Parkway.

I'll have to try Kew Bridge again but it was horrible waiting after Arsenal.
 

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Went In The express post game and some c**t decided to play Hey Jude, obviously all the Brighton loved it and sang la la etc Brighton. Embarrassing. Worst generic song ever.
Wait til the Scousers hear it
 

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Portsmouth fans are utter utter scum. I remember one inbred throwing a chair at me in the Euston Flyer for no particular reason.

Without knowing/remembering the full story I'd imagine it was entirely justified.
 

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After the Arsenal game, like Silly Hat said happened yesterday, they weren't letting enough people onto the London-bound platform till we told them too. How many people does a train hold, 1000? Appreciate you can't have overcrowded platforms but I doubt theres even 2000 Brentford fans out of 15000 heading to London on the train from Kew Bridge after matches? Shouldn't be queues really especially if we f*** the away fans off to get the train from Chiswick and then make sure the trains don't stop at Chiswick.
 

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I must be the lucky one as when I got to the tunnel they were holding back people who wanted to go west towards Hounslow,Reading etc but let those who wanted to get towards Clapham Junction were allowed through. I caught train at 17.11 hrs which went non stop to Clapham Jct which left me with a 40 minute wait for train back to Southampton. No problem there as got a cup of tea and made a couple of phone calls arriving back at Southamption Central to be greeted by a bunch of pisshead West Ham fans who were making themselves look like a bunch of dickheads by having a go at ordinary people going about their business.
Decent journey back reflecting on the game and what might have been and nice to see a number of Bees fans at Clapham Junction and a group of about 4 or 5 of them getting off at Southampton Parkway.

They’re definitely managing the tunnel better than they did vs Arsenal. There’s always going to be a learning curve with this stuff…..
 

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I must be the lucky one as when I got to the tunnel they were holding back people who wanted to go west towards Hounslow,Reading etc but let those who wanted to get towards Clapham Junction were allowed through. I caught train at 17.11 hrs which went non stop to Clapham Jct which left me with a 40 minute wait for train back to Southampton. No problem there as got a cup of tea and made a couple of phone calls arriving back at Southamption Central to be greeted by a bunch of pisshead West Ham fans who were making themselves look like a bunch of dickheads by having a go at ordinary people going about their business.
Decent journey back reflecting on the game and what might have been and nice to see a number of Bees fans at Clapham Junction and a group of about 4 or 5 of them getting off at Southampton Parkway.
I also got that direct train to Clapham am I right in assuming it was the reading train diverted because of the rail work never seen that before. Also thought I was being clever jumped on an alton train stopping at Woking 5.59 platform 5 ran like crazy with the grandson to platform 4 for the 6pm to Weymouth got there doors shut train was stationary for 30/45 seconds no one there but wouldn't let us on had to wait in Woking for the 7pm train back to Brockenhurst lol
It's about time someone arranged a minibus for the hants/Dorset bees like the West Country bees
 

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I got so wound up with the charade going on (tunnel closed, hundreds of angry fans backed up, but looked over the edge to see the London-platform with about six people on it)
How I have seen this managed before (Aston Villa) is that people are kept off platforms until the train arrives. Then the train is held until the queue is released and everyone is on board. The extra trains have a 2 minute stop scheduled. I'm unconvinced that this is the most optimal use of time as it's a long way from the tunnel to the back of the train. But I guess this is to avoid having an over-crowded platform - and yes it's not how I would do it either.

This isn't the club's access to manage, it's SWR. But the club should certainly be feeding back into SWR, or at least making their own observations.
 
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After the Arsenal game, like Silly Hat said happened yesterday, they weren't letting enough people onto the London-bound platform till we told them too. How many people does a train hold, 1000? Appreciate you can't have overcrowded platforms but I doubt theres even 2000 Brentford fans out of 15000 heading to London on the train from Kew Bridge after matches? Shouldn't be queues really especially if we f*** the away fans off to get the train from Chiswick and then make sure the trains don't stop at Chiswick.
Actually this was after Forrest Green Rovers I think.
 

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Seemed to take a lot longer to exit the West Stand yesterday.
Not just at the stairs, but actually leaving the stadium, with one fairly small exit point, which doesn't seem enough, for the amount of people using it, then once you have reached the top of the external stairs there is a small barrier that you have to walk around, which slows things down even more.
Crossing the Great West Road under the flyover, is an accident waiting to happen, there are stewards at the traffic lights, but they don't appear to do much.
Sorry I've gone off at a tangent here.
If you can't walk fast those lights on the Great West Road don't give you time to cross.
 

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They’re definitely managing the tunnel better than they did vs Arsenal. There’s always going to be a learning curve with this stuff…..

They’ve had five games to sort out an adult and reasonable system (Valencia, West Ham, Arsenal, FGR and now Brighton). I‘d hope it wouldn’t be beyond the wit of man to believe that allowing waiting passengers on to an empty platform for an empty train was the sole reason why they are there.

I genuinely wish I lived in Argentina or Greece or somewhere sometimes, where officials who pull bullshit on citizens get battered senseless. The morons in the blue bibs stopping passengers from accessing the empty train yesterday ‘because’ needed a serious sorting out.
 

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See my reply #37 mate. It’s an absolute sh*t show, of course, and captures all the current off-field issues affecting the club: lack of comms with customers, total disregard for the fans, and gross ineptness. I think the bode involved are SWR staff too, so they’ve quickly learned from the club how best to treat supporters like mugs.

I got so wound up with the charade going on (tunnel closed, hundreds of angry fans backed up, but looked over the edge to see the London-platform with about six people on it) that I stomped off over Kew Bridge and got a 65 bus to Kingston and then another bus home.

Just part of the match day experience I’m afraid. The club doesn’t care.
The railway is nothing to do with BFC mate.
 

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The railway is nothing to do with BFC mate.
Indeed - that’s why I said “I think the bods involved are SWR staff too”. Whilst the club has no direct control or even responsibility, I’d hope (as Banana noted) “the club should certainly be feeding back into SWR, or at least making their own observations”.

Sorry, I’m just in a perpetual bad mood at the moment with so much of the off-field stuff. And seeing the SWR staff refusing to let people on to an empty platform just compounded a rubbish day, made worse by the shameful ineptness of the stewards in the West Stand in W235 after a fan collapsed (twice) in front of them and they stood around with their hands in their pockets, very clearly clueless on how to react to a medical emergency.

Loving the football, but hating so very much the way the club currently treats its customers at the moment.
 

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Indeed - that’s why I said “I think the bods involved are SWR staff too”. Whilst the club has no direct control or even responsibility, I’d hope (as Banana noted) “the club should certainly be feeding back into SWR, or at least making their own observations”.

Sorry, I’m just in a perpetual bad mood at the moment with so much of the off-field stuff. And seeing the SWR staff refusing to let people on to an empty platform just compounded a rubbish day, made worse by the shameful ineptness of the stewards in the West Stand in W235 after a fan collapsed (twice) in front of them and they stood around with their hands in their pockets, very clearly clueless on how to react to a medical emergency.

Loving the football, but hating so very much the way the club currently treats its customers at the moment.
Can you send me details of what happened with the medical emergency. I also had to try and get a steward in the West Stand to help someone who was bleeding heavily in the toilet.

Once I got the steward to come he was extremely slow and wouldn't even push through the crowds to assist.
 

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Can you send me details of what happened with the medical emergency. I also had to try and get a steward in the West Stand to help someone who was bleeding heavily in the toilet.

Once I got the steward to come he was extremely slow and wouldn't even push through the crowds to assist.
By PM?
 

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This is exacerbated by 65 bus drivers randomly changing destinations to be short of Ealing Bdy. “Great West Rd”. “Brentford”
Is this new, we let two go past us yesterday with this in the front but I can never recall seeing this waiting for one on the Ealing Road?
 

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Is this new, we let two go past us yesterday with this in the front but I can never recall seeing this waiting for one on the Ealing Road?
Three turned up in a row going back to Kingston. Two went past without stopping, the one that stopped then decided to terminate in Richmond. So we all had to get out at Richmond and wait for the next one.

Why change the destination of the one that was stopping and the one that was at the back of the three busses

f***ing stupid.
 

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Also why are the coaches held in that bit in the front of the ground so they blocks it off? The coaches should be moved off after they have unloaded allowing us to use the walkway in and out and bought back after when needed. We have to turn right exiting 106 all the way to the other end of the pitch and then turn left when we could just go straight on and left if it weren’t blocked, the coaches should be in the section under the ground that is not being used by the media trucks.
 

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As I said months ago, Kew bridge station is a no go area straight after the game…miles easier to walk to Brentford and get on there (especially if you’re north or west stand)….I can’t believe that anyone is actually queuing in that tunnel !!! Use your legs and walk the extra 15mins and you can get on any train ;)
 
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