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Brentford - 7th April

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Brentford on Saturday 7 April in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Griffin Park.

This is based on information provide by Brentford plus additional information specific to this game. 

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.

Brentford information

There won’t be many more opportunities to visit Griffin Park, as the construction of Brentford’s new stadium has just started nearby.  It is one of the most atmospheric away trips, and a bit of a trip down memory lane.

The address for Brentford Football Club is Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT.

 Some information for visitors to Griffin Park can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.brentfordfc.com/fans-and-community/first-time-visitors/

This includes information on how to get to the ground, where to park, food and drink, ground regulations and information for disabled fans.

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

http://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/griffin-park-brentford.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to Griffin Park and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans:

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are on sale, subject to priorities, at a cost of £25.50 for adults in the seated area and £23.00 for adults terrace tickets.  Concessions are available for 65+, U25s and U18s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches.  

Travelling to Griffin Park

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 10:45 at a cost of £21 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 20:00.  Coach travel is on sale and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com.  

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden.   ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Pick-ups at Marks Tey can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up at this location, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for Griffin Park is TW8 0NT, but given the lack of parking in the immediate area, you’ll most likely be heading slightly further afield.  Car parking options below do show postcodes. 

From Ipswich, it’s a fairly easy drive.  Take the A12 from Ipswich to the M25.  Take the M25 anti-clockwise to the M4.  At the junction with the M4 merge onto the M4 towards Heathrow Airport and Central London.  Leave the M4 at junction 2 and continue along the A4, but going around the Chiswick Roundabout so that you end up coming back on yourself.  *At the next roundabout take a left onto the B455 (Ealing Road) and you’ll soon see the ground on the right.

Alternatively, from the M25 join the M11 to junction 4 where you join the A406 (W) to A503/A10/A1/N Circular.  Follow the North Circular Road to the junction with the M4.  Take the fifth exit onto the A4 slip road signposted M4/Staines/Hounslow/Heathrow Airport.  Continue onto the Great West Road / A4 and follow instructions from * above.

Beware of average speed cameras (which are not well signposted), in the area around Kelvedon / Witham and also on the Stratford St Mary stretch between Ipswich and Colchester. 

It’ll most likely take around two and a half hours, but we would recommend that you allow an extra hour for possible delays. 

Parking

There is no parking at the ground.   Residents permit parking exists all around the ground and in the immediate area.

There are a number of hotels which have car parks which you can park in for a fee.  These include the Premier Inn Kew Bridge (not the Premier Inn Brentford) which is around a five minute walk from the stadium – use postcode TW8 0BB in your Sat Nav.   The Travelodge Kew Bridge (postcode TW8 0BD) also offers parking, as does Brentford Health Centre which is opposite Brentford railway station (postcode TW8 8DS). 

There is free street parking further away from the ground as well as limited parking meter bays.

Further information on parking in the area around the ground can be found here:

https://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/stadium/griffin-park-brentford/?arriving=201803182330&leaving=201803190130

Disabled Supporters Parking

There is no accessible car parking at Brentford.   The drop off point is at the main entrance of the ground.

The information on Brentford’s website advises blue badge holders to use the hotel and health centre car parks mentioned in parking above.

Alternatively you can contact ITFC by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556 and ask for their assistance.

Train

Note:  There are no planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London route on the day of the match

Brentford Railway Station is around a five minute walk from the ground.  This station is served by trains from London Waterloo.  To get to Waterloo from Liverpool Street, take the Central Line to Bank and the Waterloo & City Line from Bank to Waterloo.  The journey time from Waterloo to Brentford is 30 minutes. 

After the game trains back to Waterloo run at 17:09, 17:24, 17:39, 18:09, 18:24 and then at 54 and 24 minutes pass the hour.

Tube

The nearest Underground Station is South Ealing which is on the Piccadilly Line, about a 20 minute walk to and from the ground.  From Liverpool Street, take the Central Line to Holborn where you change to the Piccadilly Line for South Ealing. 

Getting to the ground

From Brentford Station

The Brentford website suggests the following route from Brentford Railway Station to the ground.  Come out of the station onto Boston Manor Road.  Turn left towards Brentford High Street.  Within one minute you will reach Brentford Library and the war memorial.  Turn left (into Windmill Road) and then right into Clifden Road where you will see the floodlights.  At the bottom of Clifden Road, turn right – the away fans entrance in Brook Road will then be just a few yards along, on the opposite side of the road. 

www.footballgroundguide.com offers an alternative route as follows:  Exit the station onto Station Road.  Take the first right into Orchard Road and then right into Windmill Road.  Then take the first left into Hamilton Road which leads into New Road where you will see the ground.  Turn right at the junction where Hamilton Road becomes New Road into Brook Road for the away entrances.

From South Ealing Underground Station

South Ealing is around a 20 minute walk to the ground.  Turn right out of the station and walk straight along South Ealing Road / Ealing Road.  At the bottom you will need to cross the A4 which can be tricky so be careful. 

Alternatively, come out of the station and cross to the other side of Ealing Road where you can catch a number 65 bus to the ground.

Bus

There are a number of bus routes which pass by or close to Griffin Park.   The 65 and 235 stop outside the football ground and buses 237, 267, E2, E8, 195 and H91 stop a five to ten minute walk from Griffin Park.

Pubs

There is a large number of pubs within walking distance of the ground, some of which are right next to the ground.  So, this is one London trip where there really is no point hanging around the pubs at Liverpool St station. 

The Brentford website indicates that all pubs usually welcome away fans, and this matches our experience in recent years.

The closest pubs to Griffin Park are The Griffin, New Inn, Royal Oak and Princess Royal – these occupy prime spots pretty much at each corner of the ground.  If those are not enough, then you could try The Royal Horseguardsmen (23 Ealing Road), Watermans Arms (1 Ferry Lane, just off the High Street), The Beehive (corner of High Street and Half Acre), Brewery Tap (47 Catherine Wheel Road, the other side of the High St from the ground), The Kings Arms (19 Boston Manor Road, very near Brentford station) and The Magpie and Crown (128 High Street).    All these pubs are a short walk (less than ten minutes) from Griffin Park.  Real ale connoisseurs are likely to head to the Magpie and Crown. 

Any food outlets near the ground?

Within a few minutes’ walk from the ground there are a number of hotels which serve food.  These include the Novotel, Premier Inn Kew Bridge and Premier Inn Brentford.  Slightly further afield is the Holiday Inn Brentford Lock.

There is also a variety of restaurants and cafes in the area, mainly in Brentford Lock and Brentford High Street, which are about a 10 minute walk from Griffin Park.  There is also a McDonalds on Ealing Road.

At the ground

Tickets on the day?

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game only one or two days prior to the game.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.

Away end

Visiting supporters are housed in the Brook Road Stand behind the goal.  There is a shallow covered terrace downstairs – note that there are a couple of supporting pillars which can affect the view.  The seating area is in the upper tier.  This is accessible by two flights of uncovered steps.  In our experience the leg room in the upper tier is tight so you may want to think whether it is better to stand on the terrace.  From our experience, standing in the upper tier is not tolerated by either stewards or Town fans (who will mostly have bought seats in that area so they can sit). 

Disabled Supporters

Wheelchair users will be seated in the mixed home and away area (Block P205) of The Paddock stand.  You will need to enter the ground via the main entrance on Braemar Road.  This area is also recommended for those less able to climb stairs.

If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.   

From the start of this season Brentford changed their searching policy.  Full details can be found here under Matchday Security Arrangements:

https://www.brentfordfc.com/fans-and-community/first-time-visitors/

In summary, Brentford advise that searches will vary, may take longer and queues may be longer.  In addition there is a restriction on the size of bags. 

The club recommend that you arrive at the ground in good time (at least an hour before kick off) and that you do not bring a bag larger than 20cm x 15cm x 5cm (8” x 6” x 2”).  Exceptions are a Club shop carrier bag containing items purchased from the Club Shop on the day of the match, a bag to carry essential medical or childcare items or a larger bag which, when folded with its contents in it, would fit into a slot the size of 20cm x 15cm x 5cm (8” x 6” x 2”).  There are no bag drop facilities.

All bags will be searched and bags larger than the size criteria will not be admitted to the stadium.  There will also be physical and visual and random searches of everyone entering the stadium.

Programmes

The Matchday Programme can be purchased from around the ground for £3.50.

Food and Drink facilities

There is a good selection of refreshments on offer inside the ground, but note it can be a bit of a squeeze in the queue.  Please note that alcohol is not available for away fans.

Smoking

Griffin Park is a smoke-free stadium and in accordance with their ground regulations, smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted in the stadium.

Behaviour

Racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment is not tolerated.If you witness any inappropriate behaviour please speak to a steward.