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Media Zone

Media Guidelines

Chris Wickham - Head of Communications, cwickham@brentfordfc.com
Ciaran Brett – Deputy Head of Communications, cbrett@brentfordfc.com
Sean Ridley – Senior Communications Officer (video queries), sridley@brentfordfc.com
Sam Marshall – Senior Communications Officer (programme queries), smarshall@brentfordfc.com

Chris Deacon – Communications Officer, cdeacon@brentfordfc.com

Contact telephone number during office hours: 0208 847 2511 

Brentford Football Club issues media releases on www.brentfordfc.com

Major releases are sent to journalists on our media list, contact Chris Wickham if you would like to be added 

Pre-match press conferences are usually held weekly, on the Thursday before a Saturday match.

Broadcasters and written media will both get a chance to conduct interviews during this session.

Any request to interview any of the players or any member of staff outside of the weekly press conference should be submitted to Chris Wickham.

No member of the media should contact any employee without first contacting the Communications Department.

Members of the playing squad or management will not be available in the 24 hours prior to a match.

B Team players will not normally speak to the media.

Requests for media accreditation to a Brentford home match should be submitted via Football DataCo’s i-PBS booking system at least 48 hours before a fixture.

Accredited members of the media can also contact Chris Wickham to request access to Griffin Park for fixtures.

Every member of the media attending a fixture at Griffin Park should have ID approved by Football DataCo and produce it on request,

Admission to Griffin Park to cover a fixture is based on acceptance of the Ground Regulations and the Football League media access agreement – both are available on request.

Car Parking

Brentford FC do not offer parking for visiting journalists.

Visiting clubs are offered two spaces for their media team on a reciprocal basis.

The roads around Griffin Park have parking restrictions during matchdays and visitors will need to park away from the ground.

Pre-match

Press passes will be available for collection from the Main Gate on the Braemar Road side of Griffin Park.

Members of the media should enter via the Main Gate.

Press Room

The Press Room is in the Harry Curtis Lounge on the Braemar Road side of the ground.

It is half way up the stairs to Block B304.

The Press Room will be open to journalists, broadcasters and photographers around 150 minutes before a Saturday match and around 90 minutes before a midweek match.

It will close around 90 minutes after the final whistle.

Matchday Press Officer Dave Morley and his assistant Ian Townsend will be available to answer any queries. Hot food is available in the Press Room from around 90 minutes before kick-off.

A separate room is available for photographers to use after the match, located on the ground floor of the Braemar Road Stand.

Press Box

The Press Box is situated towards the back of Block B304.

There are plenty of power points available for media use and every seat has its own desk.

All members of the media should sit in their allocated seat, which will be clearly labelled on their ticket.

The Press Box should be vacated one hour after the end of the match.

Any members of the media that need access later should request this in advance.

When matches are oversubscribed there is an overflow area in Block B305, journalists placed in this area will be informed.

ISDN

There are 12 ISDN lines at Griffin Park, four of which are owned by Brentford Football Club, two of these are on the gantry.

One ISDN point is made available to visiting clubs for provision of match commentary on a reciprocal basis.

If the visiting club do not require use of an ISDN line, media organisations will be able to hire it.

Only organisations who have discussed the use of an ISDN line with Brentford FC prior to the fixture will have one allocated.

Team Sheets and Programmes

A free match day programme will be available on arrival and team sheets will be brought to both the Press Box and Press Room as soon as they are available.

Photographers

Photographers must sign for a bib in the Press Room and these should be worn at all times, no-one will be permitted pitch side without a bib.

Bibs must be returned after the match, failure to do so will see the agency/organisation refused entry to future matches until the bib is returned.

Photographers will be allowed to position themselves behind either goal and must not move while the game is in progress. 

When working pitch side, photographers should listen to instructions from stewards.

There is a Wire Room for photographers to work post-match, which is found between the entrances to Blocks B304 and B305.

Internet Access

Free Wi-Fi is available in the Press Box, Press Room, Gantry and Wire Room but not pitch side.

Access details will be distributed to those attending matches.

Gantry

The gantry is located on the New Road side of the ground and is accessed via walkways from the spectator seating areas.

To enter the gantry, users will need to show their pass to the stewards in the area.

Due to access requirements, users will need to be in place on the gantry 30 minutes before kick-off.

The exit walkway will be open around ten minutes after the final whistle.

There will also be a short window at the start and end of the half time break to enter and exit the gantry.

Half time access and egress will be when it is safe for spectators and not when the match is in progress.

Entry to and exit from the gantry will not be possible apart from during the windows outlined except in emergency.

Visiting Club that require a recording of the match feed can take it from the gantry.

A recording can also be arranged from the Club offices.

Please contact Sean Ridley for more information and to arrange access to the feed.

Post-Match

The Brentford Head Coach will be brought to the Press Room for a post-match press briefing with the written media after interviews with broadcast and Club media have taken place.

Visiting clubs are requested to bring their manager in to the Press Room for a post-match press briefing to fit in around his other commitments.

The Club operates a Mixed Zone, which is at the back of the Player’s Tunnel.

Players will meet members of the media in the Mixed Zone at their discretion.

Any restrictions on Brentford players speaking to the media will be communicated to the press as soon as possible.

The availability of visiting players in the Mixed Zone will be at the discretion of the visiting club.

No members of the press will be allowed pitch side or in the tunnel area, apart from the media team from visiting clubs, and no interviews can take place pitch side.

Broadcast journalists will be allowed to conduct interviews in a designated area at the back of the tunnel.

Due to a shortage of space we cannot accommodate student journalists in the Brentford FC media facilities on matchdays.

Due to the number of requests received, Brentford FC staff cannot assist with student surveys, films or work.