Relatives of Harry Curtis, chosen by Brentford fans as our greatest ever manager, will be special guests at our game tomorrow. Harry managed Brentford between 1926 and 1949, taking The Bees from the third tier to the very top of English football. He earned the greatest manager accolade in a 2013 poll and his granddaughter Diane and great granddaughter Carina will be with us tomorrow.
Brentford face Stoke City tomorrow at 3pm in the latest game of our Farewell Griffin Park season, presented by London Pride. At every home match in 2019/20 we are counting down to the final game at Griffin Park. This will include using a special display which will be updated at each remaining league match at Griffin Park. The Farewell Griffin Park countdown is currently at 20 to go and this will be changed to 19 at half time tomorrow by Diane and Carina.
Harry’s role in the history of Brentford FC meant he was the first posthumous induction in to the Club’s Hall of Fame when he was placed there in 2015. He took over a Brentford team in the lower reaches of the Third Division (South) in 1926 and by the end of the 1935/36 season, The Bees were fifth in the top flight, a position that has not yet been bettered. Harry went close, taking Brentford to successive sixth-placed finishes in the following two seasons.
Harry also helped, almost literally, to build Griffin Park. A FA Cup run in his first season at the helm raised the funds to build a new stand on the Braemar Road side of the ground with the original having been in place since the first days at our current home. A steady climb up the leagues helped pay for Griffin Park to become a ground holding more than 38,000.
Under Harry, The Bees spent more than a decade, interrupted by World War II, in the top flight and won the London War Cup in 1942. He retired in 1949 but his legacy lives on in The Harry Curtis Lounge, currently home to the Griffin Park Learning Zone and his name will be enshrined when Brentford Community Stadium opens next year incorporating The Harry Curtis Boardroom. We welcome Diane and Carina to Griffin Park tomorrow as we remember Harry and his part in the history of the ground we are saying goodbye to.
We’ve reached 90 per cent of home capacity for tomorrow's game and are now starting to resell tickets that Season Ticket Holders have listed on our Ticket Exchange. If you can’t attend tomorrow, login to your ticketing account to return your ticket. Find out more information online here.