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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ last visit to Griffin Park for a League match was even more eagerly awaited than this Saturday’s clash – with Bees fans desperate to see their side playing in the second tier for the first time in a generation.

The match itself was not that memorable as it transpired, the 2-0 defeat underlining what a struggle the Bees would be in for to retain their First division status, however, in other news, Saturday August 15 1992 saw me achieve my bottles of Holsten Pils personal best and, I believe, it was also the day that @olde_coalface perforated Lulu’s eardrum by sticking a twig in it whilst walking across Lateward Park towards the ground.

More interestingly dear readers, is the fact that 2014’s clash will be a better attended affair, in a lower division and with a smaller capacity – this weekend’s encounter looks set to be a 12,000-plus sell-out. It’ll be great to see Griffin Park rammed to the gills again – with an atmosphere to match hopefully.

Here’s the match report taken from The Big Brentford Book of the Nineties, which is on sale in the Brentford FC club shop, or from www.legendspublishing.net/90


BBB90Sat 15th August: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Lost 0-2 Attendance: 9,069

The long-awaited return to ‘Division One’ (following the re-struc­turing of the Football League) produced an entertaining opening day encounter. After an evenly matched first-half, a messy goal just minutes into the second period gave Wolves the lead, as play was waved on following a Graham Benstead handling offence outside the area, the ball ended up in the net. A second goal six min­utes later meant the points were all-but-lost, although Gary Blissett missed a 62nd minute penalty, awarded after Blissett himself had been pushed in the back.


Dave Lane