Farewell Griffin Park

07 October 2020

Edward Cohen

Born in East London in 1938, his father was a tailor and his mother was his father’s assistant. The family was evacuated out of London during World Word 2. The family moved back to London in 1946, but not back to East London. They moved to West London and to Ealing. His mother’s sister also lived in Ealing, her son started to go to Brentford when he was 8 ( A year older than Edward).

Initially Edward’s parents would not let him go, in February 1949 he was allowed to go. His first match was against Bury when Brentford won 8-2, Peter McKennan scored 5 goals. Second game was Leicester City in the 6th round of the FA Cup and Brentford lost 2-0. He got to ground at 1.30pm for 3pm kick off. The gate man told him that he was too small and would not see anything. He replied and said that he would crawl through legs, and made his way to the back of the Brook Road Stand. When he got to the back of the stand a man turn around to him and said ‘you’re a shrimp you won’t see anything, Harry help me lift him over’.

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