Yesterday, Sunday 7 March, marked the first anniversary of a momentus day in the history of Brentford Football Club. It was 12 months ago that we played our last ever match in front of fans at our historic Griffin Park home. The Covid-19 outbreak means football has not been played in front of full crowds since and we have moved in to a new stadium a short walk away.
The Club marked that anniversary yesterday in a few ways. We looked back at the last game, a 5-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday, and what has happened to give Griffin Park a lasting legacy here. Peter Gilham also looked back on that last game in a special video, with TRIBUS Watches which can be seen here.
Griffin Park will live on in the memory of fans and the future of the site will be confirmed in the coming months and years but one supporter has his own lasting reminder. While everyone was stuck at home due to the Covid-19 outbreak, supporter Dave Twydell build a model of Griffin Park. And it was the second one he has built.
The latest in a series of features, Bees United, the Brentford Supporters' Trust, wrote about Dave and his model building. In the 1980s he had made a replica model of Griffin Park, the size of a single bed which he built in two halves in his dining room over a period of about three years. It was delivered to the Club before the Centenary in 1989 and for some time it remained in the Police Room at the ground but later disappeared. Despite a fresh search by Bees United last year it has never been found. So Dave set to work to build another one and a Bees United donor contributed to the cost.
The intention was to put the completed model in an exhibition about the history of Brentford FC which a local venue was going to host. Covid-19 put a stop to that plan but Dave soldiered on and he has finished the project. The possibility of an exhibition is being revived but in the meantime the completed model will remain at his home. Read the full story on the Bees United website here.