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Big Book of Griffin Park: Invincibles

The latest instalment of our Big Book of Griffin Park series

19 April 2018

Regular pub quiz attendees will no doubt have been asked ‘which Football League ground has a pub on every corner?’ Griffin Park is home to another much-mentioned fact… namely our proud old ground witnessing a 100 per cent victorious season in 1929/30. However many times I’ve heard the stat repeated, the actual achievement itself has never been replicated, not by any club in the League, including the all-time greats. This is how the Griffin Park Invincibles were reported at the time. 

“Brentford win not play in the Second Division next season, but by defeating Queen’s Park Rangers by three clear goals at Griffin Park in their last home match on Saturday, they have set up a record that will be remembered for all time in the history of the club. In twenty-one home games the ‘Bee’ have garnered every point, the most remarkable feat of any club this season.

“A permanent reminder of the fine record achieved by Brentford last season in creating a record for the Football League by winning every home game adorns the boardroom at Griffin Park in the shape of a handsome silver shield bearing the following inscription: ‘Presented to the club by the chairman, LP Simon, Esq., to mark the occasion of winning every home match during the season 1929-30. Team: Fox; Stevenson, Adamson, Davies, Bain, Salt, Foster, Lane (J), Lane (W), Blackmore, Payne.”

Travelling to Griffin Park as that incredible record became reality must have been hugely exciting, with many fans using the local train network to reach Brentford. The advert above from 1930 shows some stations that no longer exist today.

 

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