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Big Book of Griffin Park: Match Abandoned

Some "hotly-disputed refereeing decisions" feature in the latest instalment in our BBOGP series

29 March 2018

We hope that you have been enjoying a sneak preview of some of the newly-found photographs and stories that form a small part of the Big Book of Griffin Park.

This week we look back at some hotly-disputed refereeing decisions at Griffin Park, which, if this season is anything to go by, remain as prevalent today as they were ‘back in the day!’ Let’s go back to Saturday 19 November 1927:

“Unpleasant scenes were witnessed on Saturday in the Third Division match between Brentford and Walsall at Griffin Park. After Brentford had established a lead of four goals to one, the referee, seven minutes from the close, owing to bad light, stopped the game. The players left the field and there was a demonstration by the supporters.

“A few minutes later Brentford reappeared with the referee, and after waiting a few minutes the referee again left the field. Walsall did not turn out and finally Brentford were called to the dressing room, the game being abandoned. It is understood that the reason the Walsall players did not return to continue the game was that several of them were already in the bath.

“Consequently, the referee had no option but to adhere to his original abandonment of the game, although the light had then improved. Forward Ernie Watkins consequently had his hat-trick expunged from the records.”

That makes blowing the final whistle mid-attack almost pale into insignificance!

This extract is just one of hundreds of stories included in the forthcoming Big Book of Griffin Park, which features stories and photographs from every year of Brentford’s time at our proud old stadium. Click here to secure your limited-edition copy.

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