Billy the Bee Grant, Dave Laney Lane and Jimmy Mack McGeoghan were joined down The Globe pub in Brentford by Dan Morgan from award winning Liverpool podcast The Anfield Wrap for a BUMPER podcast discussing the forthcoming Liverpool match.

We also talked about beer in the away end. Standing in the home end and the advent of safe standing. The win at Wolves. Timewasting vs cheating. Will Allsopp the spreadsheet winker gives us the statistical lowdown on Wolves and Liverpool. John JB Burchill gives us some record-breaking facts and funk. ex Bees midfielder Alan Cockram tales about playing at Anfield in the FA Cup quarter final in 1989. And Director of football Phil Giles gives us his thoughts on how we will get on against Liverpool

A great listen. Get yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy

Bumper Brentford v Liverpool podcast

0 min – Intro. Standing issues in the West Stand and future safe standing. No beer in the away end. Laney and Billy’s adventure in the posh seats

16 min 25 sec – Wolves match discussion

17 min 18 sec – Wolves fans and Brentford fans discuss the match at Molineaux straight after the game

20 min 46 sec – Wolves match discussion. Wolves fans were incensed by Brentford’s ability to run down the clock. Was it cheating? Or shrewd game management?

28 min 59 sec – Will Allsopp the spreadsheet winker – stats lowdown from the Wolves match

30 min 27 sec – Wolves match discussion

37 min 39 sec – Liverpool match discussion

38 min 05 sec – Jonathan JB Burchill’s record breaking facts and funk

39 min 34 sec – Dan from The Anfield Wrap podcast joins the discussion looking back on Brentford’s two most recent matches in the FA Cup Quarter Final and the milk cup – both in the 80s

44 min 40 sec – Ex Bee Allan Cockram talks about playing for Brentford at Anfield in the FA Cup Quarter final. Full Beesotted reloaded podcast talking to fans and ex players reliving Brentford’s FA Cup Quarter Final match at Anfield can be found by clicking here (Liverpool v Brentford FA Cup Quarter Final)

46 min 56 sec – Dan from The Anfield Wrap talks Liverpool. We discuss the moment Klopp nearly joined Brentford. ex Liverpool player Sergi Canos and other players who played for both. Liverpool fan culture

1 hr 20 mins 18 sec – Will Allsopp the spreadsheet winker – stats lowdown on Liverpool

1 hr 21 min 50 sec – Liverpool match discussion

1 hr 24 min 32 sec – Brentford Director of Football Phil Giles on the Liverpool match

1 hr 24 min 51 sec – Liverpool match discussion and Brentford and Kew pub guide (full guide below and also published in the match preview with Ian Westbrook on beesotted.com live Friday morning)

1 hr 45 min 43 sec – END

 

PUBS IN BRENTFORD AND TRAVEL NEWS

For Liverpool fans coming to the New Griffin Park for the first time, there are plenty of pub options pre and post-match and all are most welcoming and away-fan-friendly (as it should be).

The pub areas are split into two zones. There is the area around Brentford’s old Griffin Park Stadium. The pubs there are still very busy on match day frequented by Bees locals before heading down the road to the stadium at Kew Bridge which is only 15 mins walk.

Then there is the area in and around the stadium in Kew Bridge.

It is possible, if you have a good early start, to savour a few pubs in and around Griffin Park and Brentford zonebefore heading off to the pubs in the Kew zone or even vice versa if you so fancy.

Pubs in Griffin Park/Brentford zone

When at Griffin Park, Brentford was well known for its four pubs – one on each corner of the ground. Three are still operating.

The Griffin is closest to the old away end and has always been very popular with both home and away fans and has its regulars who still make the journey down to the new stadium from there on matchday. The New Inn is on the other side which used to also be popular with away fans before the move. The Brook pub is the other option if you want to savour a pub in and around what is left of our old home. Worth a peep if you want to reminisce about old Brentford

About 5 mins walk away from the old ground are two pubs which are enormously popular.

The Globe (Windmill Rd) is a ‘lively but comfortable’ pub on matchday. Incredibly friendly and cosy, it has always been popular with a selection of away fans who fancied having a beer a few minutes further walk away from the ground without having to queue six persons deep. After the move to the new ground, The Globe has retained many of lot its regulars from the Griffin Park days and with screens throughout the pub and in its sheltered beer garden, it shows both Premier League and EFL football before and after each match.

Meanwhile around the corner, The Lord Nelson (Enfield Rd) is another incredibly friendly and cosy away-friendly pubs about one minute walk from The Globe. Again with a TV screen for live sports and a lovely beer garden, this is another pub frequented by “away fans in the know”.

The other pub worth checking out in the Griffin Park region is The Black Dog Beer House, formerly The Albany, on Albany Road, if you like your real ales.

There are plenty of other pubs in and around Brentford High Street including real ale pub Magpie and Crown (Brentford High Street) and the cozy Brewery Tap (Catherine Wheel Road) near the river.

For a Griffin Park area pub crawl before heading over to Kew we recommend the following:
Take the Piccadilly line to Northfields station. Turn left and walk for 2 mins and you will come to The Plough (Northfields Ave). Then walk to The Lord Nelson (10 min walk from The Plough) & then The Globe (1 min walk from The Nelson) en-route before hitting The Griffin (8 min walk from The Globe) and then The Black Dog (2 mins from The Griffin). You can also try and do the other three pubs on the corner whilst down here if you fancy.

Then you can then either walk (15 mins from The Globe/The Nelson and The Griffin/Black Dog ) or take a trainfrom Brentford station (which is 5 mins walk away from both The Globe/The Nelson and The Griffin/Black Dog)or a bus (237/267) to Kew Bridge.

Trains run at 24 and 54 mins past the hour to Kew Bridge from Brentford and take 2 mins.

Pubs in the Kew Bridge zone

Right next to Kew Bridge station, you will find the Express Tavern – an ale pub with a retro feel. The pub has been refurbished in readiness for the new football season and needless to say, is popular before the match due to its close proximity to the stadium.

Across the road by the river is One Over the Ait – a spacious boozer right next to Kew Bridge. This pub is situated on the location of the now-demolished Oxford & Cambridge pub where Brentford Football Club was founded in 1889.

Across Kew Bridge and the River Thames, there are two pubs on Kew Green – the Cricketers and the Greyhound – very close to the pier where Brentford fans have embarked on their away journeys by water to F*lham, Orient, Charlton, West Ham and even Southend.

North of the river along hoity-toity Strand on the Green, you will find The Steam Packet, in an old Cafe Rouge, and The Bell. A bit further down are The City Barge and the Bulls Head – two pubs side-by-side in which you would often see Ant and Dec hanging out.

There is also The Pilot which you can get to coming out of the BACK entrance of Gunnersbury station and we believe the old John Bull pub at the front of the station has been refurbed as The Gunnersbury but we have never been there so can’t give it a 👍🏾or a 👎🏻

Transport to Brentford and Kew Bridge

The simplest on paper to get to Brentford FC from town is to get the tube to Waterloo (Northern, Jubilee lines) or Vauxhall (Victoria Line) and then take the Overground train to Kew Bridge, which is right by the stadium. Brentford is one stop further on if you are on an ‘Original Griffin Park Pub’ mission.

With trains from Waterloo being only twice an hour (22 and 52) and taking 28 minutes, we normally recommend people jump on the tube from Kings Cross or Euston and head to Northfields or South Ealing on the Piccadilly Line as it is quicker (including the time getting across London and waiting at Waterloo) and trains are more frequent.

It is only 40 mins max by tube to Northfields station meaning you could be in a Brentford pub within an hour of embarking your train at Kings Cross, Euston or Liverpool Street.

The other station option is Gunnersbury. You can walk to the stadium from Gunnersbury tube station (District line) in 25 minutes or take a bus (H91, 237, 267, 110), but note that it is closed for entry for one hour after the match.

For the Brentford/Griffin Park pubs you can get the Piccadilly line tube to Northfields station from King’s Crossor Euston (35 mins) then walk down to The Plough, The Globe, The Lord Nelson and The Griffin and other pubs from there.

The new stadium is around 25 minutes’ walk from South Ealing station – if you don’t fancy Gunnersbury – or you can get on the 65 bus from across the road which will drop you almost outside in 15 minutes.

You can also pick up the 65 bus from Ealing Broadway (district and central line) which will take you to the new stadium in 25 mins.

You can check out Transport for London’s guide to travel on the Tube and Overground.