Griffin Park centenary with special exhibition
Park hosts collection of memories and memorabilia
exhibition about Brentford Football Club has opened at Gunnersbury
Park Museum .
Exhibition entitled “The Bees’ Knees” celebrates the centenary of
Brentford Football Club at Griffin Park, based on the collections
and memories of Brentford supporters.
Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park, Pope’s Lane, W3 8LQ
19 September – 28 February 2005
Entrance is free Opening hours 1pm – 4pm every day
Football Club has played at Griffin Park for the last hundred years
and is one of the few League clubs to retain its place in the heart
of the community. To celebrate this, Gunnersbury Park Museum commissioned
an oral history specialist, Rachel Cutler, to record interviews with
35 Brentford supporters young and old. Rachel asked them all about
their match-day rituals and memories, the highs and lows of supporting
Brentford and their thoughts on the future of the club and Griffin
result is a fascinating archive of facts and stories, many of which
are transcribed or can be heard in the exhibition. Memories of Brentford’s
glory days in the First Division, when crowds of 30,000 came to
Griffin Park and the sound of wooden rattles was deafening. Stories
of Welsh international, Dai Hopkins, who walked to Griffin Park
with his boots in a paper parcel, or Gerry Cakebread who played
a match even when his teeth had been knocked out. Fans also explain
why they support Brentford and give their views on the takeover
by Bees United and the future of the club
Park one of safest grounds in country
optimism on plans for new stadium
Museum joy at lottery grant
tries to capture the atmosphere of Griffin Park as described by the fans.
You can come in through the famous Braemar Road entrance and stand on
the “pitch”. You will find photographs, programmes, kit, match videos
and supporters’ memorabilia, from polystyrene cheeses to inflatable bees.
You can even manage your own “Bees” team – in a table top game.
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