Kit of the Week #44: Brentford’s Blue Salute to Griffin Park

Brentford marked 115 years at Griffin Park with a special commemorative shirt for Saturday’s dramatic victory over Millwall.

The Bees will bid farewell to their famous old ground at the end of this season and move a short distance to the new 17,500 capacity Community Stadium at Lionel Rd ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Brentford wore blue rather than their now familiar red and white stripes when they beat Millwall Athletic to record their first ever victory at Griffin Park back on October 22nd 1914.

As luck would have it, Millwall were the visitors to Braemar Road, TW8 on Saturday afternoon, but confusingly, it was Brentford rather than the visiting Lions who were kitted out in blue.

Brentford, Griffin Park, Kit
The replica edition of the shirts are sold without main sponsors Ecoworld’s logo for a more classic look

Umbro’s special edition 3rd kit of plain blue shirts with gold details, white shorts and blue socks made the Bees look more like their visitors and forced managerless Millwall into switching to yellow for this London derby.

The Lions appeared to be heading back to Bermondsey with all 3 points having survived an early Ollie Watkins penalty to take a 2-0 lead over Thomas Frank’s men.

Brentford, Griffin Park, London, Umbro
Umbro’s special edition 3rd kit comes in the now customary commemorative box

Yet Brentford substitute Josh Dasilva gave the home fans hope on 84 minutes, before Frenchman Bryan Mbeumo’s looping drive levelled proceedings with just 2 minutes left on the clock.

And so it was left to Ollie Watkins to make-up for his earlier penalty miss to turn home a scrappy stoppage-time winner to ensure scatty scenes at the close of this special day at Griffin Park.

OK, this design may be particularly plain aside from that smart gold embroidery, and it may have looked a little more purple on the pitch than intended, but for the memories of a late, last-gasp win over their London rivals, we join the Bees in saluting one of the most characterful old grounds in English football by awarding their Griffin Park shirts our Kit of the Week title.

Brentford, Griffin Park, Umbro
The gold details of Brentford’s Griffin Park tribute shirts

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