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Big Book of Griffin Park: Rotten to the Core

The latest extract from our Big Book of Griffin series

13 April 2018

We have all got a standout memory from our meetings with The Tractor Boys since our return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Whether it’s the last-gasp comeback at Griffin Park, Alan Judge’s injury or a Lasse Vibe beauty, there’s rarely a dull moment between these two sides. Today’s blast from the past, taken from the recently-published Big Book of Griffin Park, really is rotten to the core, as this report from 1955/56 explains.

"‘As far as we are concerned, the incident is closed,’ an Official of Brentford Football Club said this week. He was speaking, of course, of the demonstration by a section of the Griffin Park crowd on Saturday which culminated in a linesman, Mr. R. B. Gibbard, receiving a mouthful of rotten apple-core.

“So the matter rests entirely with the FA to whom Mr. Gibbard said after the match he would report the incident. Brentford simply make their own usual report and assessment of the referee... in not so simple terms however. For I understand that their correspondence will also be in the nature of complaint about one or two decisions by Mr. A. L. Burnham.

“‘15,000 people can't be wrong.’ The Bees official argued. He was also of the opinion that the apple core was originally destined for Mr. Burnham, but that the assailant was a poor shot. Apple cores, bottle tops, paper bags and various unidentifiable objects were thrown at the referee after he had awarded a free-kick to Ipswich Town. A policeman had to prevent one agitated supporter from rushing on to the pitch when Acres scored for Ipswich from the free-kick.

“There were boos, jeers and fresh (and not so fresh) missiles for the referee, linesmen and Ipswich players as they trooped from the pitch at the end of the first half.”

If you have not yet got your hands on a copy of the Big Book of Griffin Park, or the 125 Year Anniversary book, please pay a visit to the Brentford Club Shop after the game, or purchase online here. The 400-page books are crammed full of amazing photographs and stories from each year of the Club’s life at Griffin Park and have received amazing review from fans.


Image | Balancing act: Bees players train at Griffin Park in the mid-1950s

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