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The man who made a Bees Fancave

The centre piece of the ‘Farewell to Griffin Park -the Fans Story’ exhibition at the London Museum of Water and Steam is a reconstruction of a ‘fancave’ which a Bees fan, the late John Pitt, created in a garden shed.

1 September 2021

The special exhibition put together to help Brentford FC remember its past and the role of its fans and the local community is now open. ‘Farewell Griffin Park- the fans story’ is now accepting visitors at the London Museum of Water and Steam, next door to the Brentford Community Stadium. It will be open throughout the Premier League season.

The Brentford Supporters Trust ‘Bees United’ has teamed up with the Club to bring together a century of fan memories about the club’s former home using video, photographs and memorabilia plus the highlights of the club’s own archive. The full story can be seen here and a video of the exhibition can be seen here.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a recreation of a fancave built by Brentford fan John Pitt, who died in 2017. John was born in 1941 and lived in Whitton. After the Second World War had ended and it was safe to go to football matches again, John was taken by his Dad to watch Brentford play at Griffin Park. From the moment he first saw them playing, he become a Brentford fan.

When John died his family contacted Brentford FC Deputy Chairman Donald Kerr who sat near them in the Braemar Road Stand. They told him of the special collection of Brentford memorabilia which John had kept in a shed in his garden as well as in his garage and attic. Would the club like to take possession of it?

The story of the collection has been told by Bees United. There are pictures of it as well as details on John and what is on display in the museum. Read more here.

The London Museum of Water and Steam will give a special ‘fans for a fiver’ admission price, now available whenever the museum is open. Admission times and other details will appear on the Museum website here.


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