The final international break of 2018 has been and gone. That means it’s wall to wall football for the remainder of the year. Nine games in less than 40 days, and a (touch wood) favourable looking set of fixtures await the Boro before we kick off 2019 away at Derby County. Here’s all the information you need ahead of our first match of the Christmas run-in; this Saturday’s afternoon trip to Brentford.
Boro head to Griffin Park (TW8 0NT) this coming Saturday (24th November) to take on Brentford. Kick-off is at 5:30pm.
The best way to get to the ground is to get the train from Waterloo or Vauxhall to Brentford station, which is only a five minute walk from Griffin Park. Trains run every 15 minutes, and the journey takes around 30 minutes. Please note that these trains could be busy this Saturday due to the England v Australia rugby match at nearby Twickenham, which kicks off at 3pm.
The nearest tube stations are South Ealing and Northfields (Piccadilly Line). From these stations you can take the 65 or E5 bus to the ground or walk for 15-20 minutes, however, this option involves navigating the busy A4. For anyone who is driving to the game please take a look at the local road related travel issues.
The MSS has chosen The Globe (TW8 9NA) as our pre-match boozer. The pub is on Windmill Road near Brentford station and a ten-minute walk from the ground. Alternatively there is the Lord Nelson pub which is just around the corner from The Globe.
Please note that you won’t be able to buy alcohol in the away end.
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Boro come into this game unbeaten in six across league and cup, conceding only two goals during this time. Boro’s 2-0 home win against Wigan prior to the international break almost sent us top; in fact it took a 97th minute Teemu Pukki winner for Norwich City to deny us a place at the Championship summit.
Brentford started the season in good form with only two league defeats over the first two months of the season. However, the departure of manager Dean Smith to Aston Villa in early October has severely impacted Brentford, who have one win from their last five league games. However, don’t expect the out of form Bees to be shot shy; they’ve failed to score in only three league games this season, and in Neal Maupay they boast the Championship’s top scorer (12).
Boro have a great record against the Bees with our last defeat to Brentford coming in January 1964. Since that game the sides have met eleven times with Boro winning nine of the meetings. Most famously ‘set-piece’ Boro won 10-1 over our four meetings with the Bees across the 14-15 season.
Brentford’s Technical Director Robert Rowan tragically passed away on Monday, November 13 at the age of 28. The news has shocked and devastated the football community with tributes pouring in from the football community around the world.
Rob’s path into football is a unique one; with no football experience, he sent scout reports to numerous football clubs, eventually being offered a scouting role at Celtic. He then went on to work for the Scottish FA during Graig Levein’s era in charge. When managerial changes were made he had to take up a job in a bank, however, never gave up on his passion for football. After several part-time roles, he eventually got back into football full-time, as a scout for Brentford, before being bumped up to the job of Technical Director earlier this year. A true story of persistence and a love for the game.
Tributes will be made at Saturday’s match with Brentford supporters planning a minute applause on the 28th minute.