What an Easter for Brentford’s President

Brentford and Chiswick Times, 29th March, 1956

Brentford and Chiswick Times, 29th March, 1956

90th Birthday on Saturday: Diamond Wedding On Monday

A memorable and busy Easter is ahead for Mr H. W. (Bill) Dodge, the genial Brentford FC president. memorable because he celebrates his 90th birthday on Saturday, and because he and Mrs Dodge have their 60th wedding anniversary next Monday.

Busy because Mr Dodge will, as usual, be working in his garden and attending the game he loves – soccer. He’ll be at Griffin Park to see Walsall on Saturday, and both he and his wife will be journeying to Northampton next Tuesday for the return League game. Continue reading

Looking after bikes during football matches

Memory of Mr Stan Prince who lived at No. 92 Brook Road:

Brook Road end of Griffin Park

Brook Road end of Griffin Park

“On days when the bikes used to come around, my dad would give me a couple of shillings for helping him. People used to cycle all the way from Windsor and Staines to watch Brentford play.

“This was before cars began to come in, and trains were expensive. Blokes used to jump off the bikes, we’d give them a ticket; we slapped a ticket on the bike and they’d run off to get into the queue for the ground.

“We used to run ’em through the house. We’d have loads of bikes in there. Threepence a time. You might rake in about 15 shillings. At the end of the game, they’d be saying, ‘where’s my bl**dy lamp gone; where’s my pump!’ Continue reading

Residents Alarmed Over Car Parking

Residents Alarmed Over Car Parking

Fire Engines could not get through

Brentford Petition Raised
Brentford and Chiswick Times, 18 April 1952

Brentford and Chiswick Times, 18 April 1952

This picture, taken on Good Friday when Brentford were at home to Sheffield Wednesday, is typical of the scene in side roads when a Second Division game is staged at Griffin Park. A fire engine could not get through these roads.

Families living in streets round Brentford football ground have learned to fear the days when the first team is playing at home. Then the area is turned into a potential fire-trap as hundreds of cars park bumper to bumper along the narrow roads, sometimes three abreast. Continue reading