The sterling work of dozens of Club staff was unable to prevent Brentford’s Sky Bet Championshop clash against Cardiff City falling victim to the severe weather conditions in London. Several inches of snow fell on Griffin Park this week with temperatures many degrees below freezing for extended periods. Club staff put in hours of work yesterday morning to clear the playing surface but found it unplayable underneath and assistant referee Matt Foley called the game off when visiting Griffin Park yesterday.
Hounslow Council had offered their help, gritting the roads and paths around Griffin Park, and many of the seating areas had already been cleared of snow with plans to continue clearing if the game had any chance of being on. But with further heavy snowfall forecast – which duly arrived within hours of the postponement – and other factors working against the Club, including frozen terraces and concourses and some interruption to the water supply due to the temperatures in the area, Mr Foley decided the game would be unable to proceed. Mark Devlin, Brentford FC Chief Executive, has offered his thanks to all that worked diligently in vain to try and get the game on.
Mark said: “I know everyone is disappointed that today's game was postponed. Some may feel the decision was taken too early but I would ask everyone to remember that the decision involves several factors.
“Firstly, clubs don't call games off. That decision is ultimately made by a match official, appointed after discussion with EFL and in conjunction with the Club. The ground staff left the snow on the pitch earlier in the week to keep the pitch insulated from the frost. However, when the snow was removed it was clear there were areas of the pitch which were unplayable.
“The forecast was for further snow throughout the day and for freezing conditions overnight. We then had to take into account that the Cardiff squad and supporters were going to be travelling from an area of the UK particularly badly affected by the weather. The local authority had worked hard on local streets and pavements but the conditions were still far from ideal and, last but not least, we had to take safety of supporters into account, along with predicted disruption to public transport.
“I would like to thank all the ground staff and staff whom volunteered to help clear the pitch, along with those supporters who also offered their assistance. It was much appreciated. No one like to postpone matches, but it does mean that we will get to experience another of those special Brentford Nights under the Griffin Park floodlights this season - hopefully in more clement weather conditions for everyone concerned.”