07 October 2020
Dave recalls being taken to his first Brentford game in 1970/71 by his father (who “knew nothing about football”). Dave felt there was something “lovely” about the club and by 13 he was attending games on his own or with friends.
Dave’s earliest memories focus on the “spectacle” of seeing the Griffin Park pitch as a “vast space” within a ground that “seemed huge”. He recalls as a young teenager being excited that football matches were places where “the normal rules didn’t exist” an example being hearing grown men swearing in public. Dave was also excited by the edginess of attending games – the angry rivalry and the threat of a fight on the way to the ground.