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An update from the Chief Executive

Mark Devlin’s message to Bees fans as we head towards the final quarter of the season

23 February 2018

There are just 13 games of the Sky Bet Championship season to go and Brentford are on the edge of the Play-Off race. Back-to-back wins over Sunderland and Birmingham City leaves The Bees tenth in the table, four points away from the top six. There are some big games coming up over the next few months, particularly at Griffin Park. The next three visitors to TW8 – Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United – are all above The Bees in the table and there are memorable afternoons in store.

The final six games at Griffin Park will include the West London derby against Queens Park Rangers and the final day of the season clash with relegation-threatened Hull City. Griffin Park is sure to be a venue where the ups and downs in the Championship are decided this season. As the Club prepares for that run in, Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, has written an open letter to supporters to follow-up communication before Christmas on trying to keep home stands at Griffin Park for Bees fans:

I trust all Brentford fans are looking forward to tomorrow’s game against Leeds United. While not all of you will be able to get there, I am sure those that do travel will provide the sort of vocal support I have come to know over the past few years.

That game comes at the end of a fantastic week that saw a great win at Sunderland and a never-to-be-forgotten night against Birmingham City. Those nights under the Griffin Park lights with goals flying in from all angles and lots of attacking football on display will be the ones we all remember at the end of the season, and beyond. It is this sort of football that Brentford are becoming renowned for and I hope you are all telling your football-minded friends of the sort of entertainment on offer for a reasonable ticket price in our corner of London.

As we prepare for the trip to Leeds we have eyes on three home games in four weeks in March, and what games they will be. I wanted to take the opportunity to write and publicly thank all Bees fans for your support so far this season. Without it we couldn’t be the Club we are today. It’s also that support which is so critical to our growth as we continue to build our following in and around the local community. When our loyal fans bring friends and family along to Griffin Park, our fanbase grows.

Some of you may have seen my letter to BIAS in late 2017 regarding some problems we encountered at the match against Leeds in November. In that letter, I addressed the fact we had to eject a number of Leeds fans from home areas.

While we actively encourage regular visitors to Griffin Park to introduce new people and bring back those that have been before, I need to remind you that we can’t have away fans in home areas. We work extremely hard to balance how we increase our attendances while doing so safely. This is particularly relevant at the moment as Cardiff have already sold out their allocation of tickets for next week’s match and we expect Middlesbrough and Sheffield United to also fill the away end.

The stewarding team have been adopting a zero-tolerance policy for away fans in home areas and in order to help them further we want to remind fans that we have a Ticket Access Points penalty for those that purchase on behalf of away fans that are ejected. For those that continue to ignore us and risk the safety of those in home areas we’ll take further action.

Most of our fans do not buy tickets for away fans in home areas but it was only fair to remind everyone of their obligations to the safety of each other in order that everyone can enjoy their time at Griffin Park. Please do continue to show your passion and support for The Bees and introduce your friends and family to our club but do so with this in mind.

Thank you again and we all look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks, there are tickets available for all upcoming home matches.

Come on you Bees, 

Mark Devlin


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