07 October 2020
Melvin Collins is a Brentford fan who has been supporting the club since 1953 and is also a member of Brentford FC’s Blind Supporter’s Scheme, which was created in the 1951/52 season.
Melvin fell in love with the club immediately during his first match, attending Brentford’s loss at home to Aston Villa on the 4th of February 1953. As Melvin is blind, his father’s colleague, George King, one of the founders of the blind scheme, invited Melvin along. He distinctly remembers the match day atmosphere of the early days, bells ringing around the audience, raffles taking place and big rosettes. He used to enjoy where he sat in Stand X because during matches such as FA Cup competitions, where Brentford would play amateur teams, it used to be packed full with thousands of fans.