Ground: Griffin park
Competition: 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship
Result: Brentford 2 – 1 Fulham
Pie: Chicken Balti
Comments: Arriving at Brentford by train on dank, winter Friday evening to be faced with a heft police presence and a subsequent police escort signified the birth of a proper derby for Fulham. Being a relatively young Fulham fan I’ve only ever been aware of underwhelming rivalries with Chelsea and QPR. Chelsea have bigger fish to fry with their money laden squad, while QPR only have ten fans which makes playing them rather underwhelming for Fulham’s black and white brigade. Arriving at Griffin Park, after a rather ludicrous police escort, it suddenly became apparent that this was more than just another local away day, this was a proper, angry derby between two sides who hate each other due to geographical coincidence.
When Brentford deservedly landed a late winner it was emphatically celebrated with a mini pitch invasion and two Fulham fans vaulting into the home end fists flying. Fulham fans fighting at the football?!?! Cor Blimey this was the derby we’ve been craving!
Griffin Park may have a pub on each of its corners, but when it comes to puff pastry it’s limited choice. Pukka Fukka strikes again. Pukka’s pies are very repetitive these days, however when it’s as cold as it was last Friday then a toasty slab of Balti filling is a lifeline. I was tempted to ram my fists into two pies in order to thaw the frost out of them. Looking back, the sheer embarrassment of being outplayed by Brentford coupled with a mediocre pie make for a very soul destroying away day.