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Inside Your Matchday Programme: Play-Off Semi-Final

Take a look inside Wednesday night's final programme of the season

28 July 2020

Here's a look at the programme for the final ever competitive game to be played at Griffin Park - Brentford against Swansea City in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg.

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"There are goals in the current squad. They come from all angles and in plentiful figures. Our front line is frightening at times. We also have genuine options from the Covid-19 enlarged substitutes bench. Five years ago, Andre Gray ploughed a loan furrow up front. If he was not on form during a game, then there were limited options to replace him."

Mark Chapman tells us why the current Bees squad is better prepared for this situation than the one beaten in the semi-finals in 2015.

"I must also thank Peter Gilham for re-joining our staff group this week after a period away. His experiences, his passion and love for this club will help us immensely, I am sure."

Thomas Frank pays tribute to the latest staff member to join the testing group at Jersey Road, just in time for a crucial second leg at Grififn Park.

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Story so far takes a look at Swansea's drive to the play-offs, Fixture in Focus takes us back 20 years to a fiery encounter between the two sides and Cover Story examines the inspiration for the 19070s front cover.

Stu Wakeford gives us his final thoughts on Griffin Park as we bid farewell: "As a stadium, away fans might call it whatever they want but I don’t care, it’s beautiful to us, it’s unique and is ingrained in what the club I love is about. Under the lights there genuinely isn’t a better place to watch football."

Greville Waterman reflects on that spot in West London that makes him feel like nothing else can: "I never fail to get an anticipatory feeling of excitement whenever I turn the corner into Braemar Road. Going to Griffin Park is just like being back at home. I feel safe and happy there."


Also inside: Nick Bruzon discusses making one last push to the final, Ben Burgess talks about getting to the top-flight via the play-offs, plus 12 pages on our final ever opponents at Griffin Park. That includes four in focushot off the press and a full match preview double-page.

Our special Farewell Griffin Park edition of the programme, a 134-page A4 issue, can still be ordered online from club partner Curtis Sport. Click here.

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