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There’s been two cracking launches in the past week or so, both of which celebrate the unique place Griffin Park and Brentford Football Club holds in our hearts and should be very well received.

First up is the superb new film entitled ‘Push Up Brentford’ which was shown in public for the first time last Friday evening. The hour-long documentary is an oral history of Brentford Football Club, part-funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which explores and records the club’s heritage, mainly told from the perspective of the supporters.

The film interviews provide an amazing archive of the club that capture a huge range of experiences and emotions. As we know all too well, nobody can accuse Brentford supporters of being “glory hunters” and this film captures the club’s fortunes, warts-n-all, including stories of the difficult days when Brentford dropped to Division Four with dwindling crowds and the endless heartaches. The interviews also explore the darker side of football when violence and racism were rife, as well as featuring the David Webb, Ron Noades struggles and rightfully acknowledges Bees United’s vital role in saving the club.

What comes through loud and clear is the eccentricity, passion and enthusiasm that is intrinsic to supporting our club – the friendships that are made and the connections to people and a place that transcend what is actually happening on the pitch.

This year has been hugely unsettling for us all, especially with the added emotions stirred up by leaving Griffin Park and failure in the play-offs, but Push Up Brentford certainly serves as a heart-warming reminder that a football club without its fans is nothing.

Push Up Brentford can be viewed online for free by clicking the link below and you can also listen to the more extended interviews, which have been edited to make a series of  podcasts. The full interviews are also available to listen to on the website here http://www.pushupbrentford.org.uk

Another great initiative involves the club’s deal with MyMo, which gives Bees fans the ability to buy a photograph of Griffin Park, taken from (or very close to) the vantage point where your season ticket used to be, for just £10 including free postage. A £1 donation is also being made to Rob Rowan’s Memorial Fund, raising money to support CRY, which is a great gesture and a cause that is very dear to us here at Beesotted. You can also add your stand, row and seat number details to these high quality prints, which include the club crest… a no brainer for just a tenner! Click here to choose and order your photo before October 13th.