Fundraisers and freestylers among those at Griffin Park on Saturday
There were a number of special guests at Griffin Park on Saturday for our game against Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship as The Bees wrapped up the three points thanks to first-half goals from Sergi Canos and Lasse Vibe.
B Strong U Belong, a Bristol City fans partnership set up in memory of Robins' fan Pete Davies, who committed suicide after silently suffering with mental health issues, completed their 140 mile bike ride to Griffin Park from Bristol raising money and awareness for mental health charities. Before the game they met up with the Hounslow Hawks, a community group which, with help from the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, provides football as an activity/therapy for residents who suffer from severe and enduring mental health issues.
Other Bristol City fans using novel means to get to Griffin Park were Matt Gillett and Alex Murtough who ran the 18 miles from South London to West in training for this month’s London Marathon. The pair stopped off at The Oval, Stamford Bridge, Craven Cottage, and Loftus Road on their way to the match. Matt is raising money for World Cancer Research Fund and Alex is running in aid of Sense.
The club also welcomed Sophie Cook, the first transgender woman to work in the Premier League, into the boardroom for the game. Sophie is the club photographer for AFC Bournemouth and became the first transgender woman to work in the Premier League when she revealed her switch in 2015. Sophie is a leading LGBT campaigner and was a guest of the club for our screening of Wonderkid, in association with Sky Sports, back in February.
Our younger fans in the Fan Zone got to watch some of the best football freestylers in the country show off their skills as members of the adidas Tango Squad headed down to Watermans Park. Among those at the Fan Zone was Scott Penders who performed on the pitch at half-time when we took on Fulham at Griffin Park earlier this season.