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Day of celebration planned to commemorate events of 1967

25 February 2017

Minute's applause one of a number of events planned for today's match against Rotherham United

We are inviting supporters to join us in a minute’s applause during the 67th minute of tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship match against Rotherham United to commemorate those players, supporters, shareholders, and staff who did their bit in thwarting Queens Park Rangers’ attempted takeover in 1967.

The news of the potential takeover broke on 20 January 1967 and for the next five weeks, with the future of the Club in the balance, players, staff and supporters fought together to prevent Rangers buying Griffin Park and making The Bees homeless. Eventually, 50 years ago today, on 24 February, those efforts were successful as then-Chairman Jack Dunnett was bought out and a new board, headed by Ron Blindell, took control of the Club.

Tomorrow’s fixture against Rotherham United will celebrate the fantastic achievements of all those who helped to secure our Club’s future. A bumper edition of Bees Review will look back at the time and list all those who bought shares in the Club while suspended Brentford Football Club Captain Harlee Dean will be in the Stadium Shop for photos and autographs from 1.45pm.

Pre-match there will be a flag parade carrying the names of all those who bought shares. At half-time Peter Gilham, whose involvement with The Bees stretches back to 1967, will interview Geoff Buckingham, who took part in the Brighton to Brentford walk, and former shareholder Alfred Boulden live on the pitch.

Supporters arriving early at Griffin Park tomorrow can also take advantage of our free food offer in The Hive and the New Road Stand ahead of the match. All supporters purchasing a pint in The Hive will receive free chilli and rice from 12pm-1.30pm while NRS ticket holders can also take advantage of this special deal from 1.30pm-2pm. The Hive will also be showing the Championship clash between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday from 12.30pm ahead of our game with The Millers.

Don’t miss out on a piece of history: celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fans saving Brentford by booking tickets now for today's match against Rotherham United. Prices are just £1 for Juniors, £5 for Young Persons, and £20 for adults all over Griffin Park.

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