A Pub On Each Corner

Griffin Park

I got a lovely email from a neighbour today. Jonathan Burchill confirms that his book about Griffin Park
is now in print. He says, “Brentford FC played its last game at Griffin Park in 2020. As a fan of 40+ years I decided to research and record its history in a book called “A Pub On Each Corner” – a fact the ground was famous for.

But rather than the football taking centre stage (of course that’s included), all the other “little” stories of events which happened at Griffin Park have equal mention. Whether it’s which order the floodlights went up, the different adverts on the roof (which could be seen on Heathrow’s flightpath), the developments plans which never happened, a tap-dancing record, the potential moves away, the first club shop or even the theft of some pears from the manager’s office – it’s all been recorded.

Going through the 116 years the book also tends to reflects the social history of the time – strikes, inflation, government restrictions on crowd size, etc. History does tend to repeat itself!

Although it’s about Griffin Park, I’m sure supporters of other clubs will relate to many of the stories.”

The publishers add:

“From 1904 to 2020, Griffin Park was the iconic, idiosyncratic, and much-loved home of Brentford FC.

For 116 years, and deriving its name from the symbol of a brewery that owned the orchard before the stadium, Griffin Park witnessed highs and lows and much in-between, hosting over 2,800 football matches and numerous other occasions. One of a kind, it was the only English football stadium that had a pub on each corner.

In this fascinating book, lifelong Bees fan Jonathan Burchill draws from contemporaneous resources to present a unique history of Brentford through season-by-season reviews of the events at Griffin Park. Recounting stories and statistics from both on and off the pitch – from fires to floodlights, from abandoned redevelopment plans to multiple missed penalties – Jonathan weaves an extended, fascinating insight not just into this remarkable West London football club but into the social history affecting those connected with it for over a century.

As the Bees settle into their new home at Brentford Community Stadium in the Premier League, A Pub On Each Corner provides a comprehensive and insightful account into their time at Griffin Park, and is a must-read for any Brentford fan, old or new!”

This book is also available for purchase at the Bees Superstore.

It’s available from the publisher (click), Amazon, WHSmith, etc


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