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Anthony's Story

On World Down Syndrome Day, we share Anthony's story

21 March 2019

For a generation of players and supporters, life-long Brentford fan Anthony Talbot has come to symbolise matchday. A smiling, welcoming presence in the stands and on the pitch at Griffin Park, Anthony has spent more than 30 years working for the club he supports. While managers, players, and staff have come and gone, Anthony has remained at the heart of our matchdays. Here's Anthony's story

Brentford FC have also been helping support others with Down Syndrome. As well as Woody - who you can find out about here - we also heard from Brian Willatts. Brian has recently bought seats at our new home and sent us the following letter:

Having supported The Bees for over 65 years I have always been very proud of the club, no more so than now. It's been a pleasure to see the new stadium rising from the ground and exciting to have secured our seats already.

Thank you for making the buying process so easy and for making both Michael, my Downs Syndrome son, and me so welcome. I’d like to pass on my personal thanks to Matthew Benham, not just for making the new stadium possible but for supporting a pricing structure that allows me to accompany and support Michael on the same basis that I do at Griffin Park. I don't know if this common at other clubs, but I suspect not. Brentford is a special club, very inclusive and welcoming and it's fantastic to see this continued into the new stadium.

Here at Brentford Football Club, we think inclusion is one of the most important messages football can deliver. Help us celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, by getting involved in the #LotsofSocks campaign.

To find out more about our new stadium, visit

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