01 September 2020
116 YEARS ON FROM OUR FIRST GAME AT GRIFFIN PARK
Thursday 1 September 1904, our first ever game at Griffin Park, Tuesday 1 September 2020, our first ever game at our new home.
In 1904 it was Plymouth Argyle who played the first Western League game in TW8 and today Oxford United head to our new home for a friendly which will be streamed live on YouTube from 2.30pm.
After four years at Boston Park Cricket Ground, The Bees moved south in the summer of 1904 to take up residence at Griffin Park, a purpose-built stadium on the site of a Fuller's Orchard.
The County of Middlesex Independent, writing the Saturday following the game, wrote that "it was the unanimous sentiment of all present on Thursday that a better ground could not be wished for."
The Braemar Road grandstand had been completed by the time of the fixture, but as the dressing rooms were not ready, the players were forced to change at the public baths in Clifden Road before taking to the Griffin Park pitch.
Around 5,000 fans were packed into the ground to watch Argyle's Fred Buck score the first goal at Griffin Park after just ten minutes. It looked for a long while like the first game would end in defeat for The Bees, however, that changed with four minutes left on the clock.
"The second-half was well advanced before the B's managed to get the equaliser and when Shanks netted the ball, cheer after cheer was raised," wrote the Middlesex Independent. "Hats were thrown in the air and the delight of the home supporters knew no bounds. From this stage the B's had matters practically all their own way. The pent up spirits of the crowd now burst forth, and cheer after cheer was raised which could be heard all over Brentford."
Tommy Shanks had the honour of being the first goalscorer at Griffin Park and later this afternoon our current crop have the chance to write their name into Bees history.