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Brentford

Ground: Brentford Community Stadium

Visits: 1

Date: 26th February 2022

Match: Brentford - Newcastle  0-2  (Premier League)

Attendance: 17 039

In January 2015 I visited Griffin Park for Brentford v Brighton in the FA-cup. Brentford had by then already unveiled plans for a new ground and after some delays it was finally opened in September 2020. With the new ground being my only missing ground in the top two divisions in England I was of course eager to visit and when the testing requirements were dropped in February I looked at different options. Having already purchased a membership I knew it would be possible to buy a ticket via the ticket exchange and in the end I ended up with a really good seat for Brentford v Newcastle. Staying at a hotel near to Paddington station I went by the tube to Waterloo and from there by train to Kew Bridge station. Brentford Community Stadium is located on a 7.6 acres (31,000 m2) site off Lionel Road, adjacent to Kew Bridge Station. It stands in the middle of a triangle of railway lines, predominantly used for freight. It is actually a bit impressive the architect managed to find room for a 17,000 capacity stadium at such a small piece of land. From the outside the ground looks a bit odd though and there is definitely no room for an expansion. With it being another lovely day I decided to be at the ground around noon, take a few pictures, and then try to find a nice pub. I walked across Kew Bridge and on the other side of the river I did find a pub where I could relax and have something to drink.

The 2021/22 season is actually the first time since 1946/47 Brentford FC play in the top flight of English football. They started the season well but recently their form has been really poor and the game this afternoon against a fellow struggler was of significant importance for both teams. It didn´t start well for Brentford, after only 10 minutes they had a player sent off and from then on Brentford had to do a lot of defending. Newcastle scored twice in the first half and at half-time the visitors from the northeast were 2-0 up. The early red card dampened the atmosphere from the Brentford fans and at half-time we all knew how this game would end. There was something to celebrate for Brentford fans though. In the second half Christian Eriksen was brought on as a substitute and this was his first appearance in a match since the dramatic scenes at Parken in June. He got applauded from both sets of fans and Brentford actually managed to create some kind of goal scoring opportunities. Newcastle was in control though and as the final whistle was blown by Mike Dean the score-board said 0-2. Going by recent performances I would say Brentford are in real danger of relegation.

My visit to Brentford Community Stadium means I now have the Premier League complete again. I still need five grounds to do the 92 and hopefully I will be able to go back to England later this season.

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View from Kew Bridge

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Welcome to Brentford FC

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Brentford Community Stadium

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Badge

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East Stand

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South Stand

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West Stand

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Mike Dean

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Kick-off

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East Stand

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Newcastle fans

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View of play

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South Stand

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View of play

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West Stand

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Brentford fans

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Christian Eriksen

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