Bees United, The Brentford Supporters Trust, has announced that plans are under way to produce a special BU sponsored and initiated commemorative book that celebrates Brentford FC’s memorable 116-year history at Griffin Park and also tells the story behind the move to the new community stadium at Lionel Road. David Lane, of Legends Publishing, who has for many years specialised in the publishing of high quality Brentford-related titles, will produce the book and it will be a full-colour 48-page A5 publication. The book will provide a brief, outline account of the history and heritage of Griffin Park and include a timeline and loving photographic reminders of the many great and unforgettable matches and events that have taken place in that iconic stadium.
Greville Waterman, Brentford historian and BU Board member, who will oversee the project, said: “The book will reveal for the first time details of how the move to Lionel Road came about, including the obstacles that first needed to be overcome, and also outline the involvement of the then Brentford owner Ron Noades, the formation and importance of the ABeeC political party and the fans’ resistance to other temporary ground sharing options, such as a mooted move to Woking FC.”
Former BU Chairman, Brian Burgess, will also provide his insights which will highlight the crucial and leading role that Bees United played in ensuring the survival of Brentford FC and overseeing its move to Lionel Road. Paul Stedman who became the leader of the ABeeC Party has agreed to write about how candidate Luke Kirton won a seat on the local council and how this victory helped in the battle for a new stadium.
The BU book will be available free of charge to all Bees United members in October 2020. More on Bees United can be seen on their website here.