Chiswick pubs bar Leeds fans at last match of the season

Images above: The Express Tavern, the nearest pub to Brentford Community Stadium

Pubs on Strand on the Green are bracing themselves for this weekend’s football match between Brentford and Leeds United. The Brentford home match will decide whether or not the Leeds team is relegated to the Championships and there are rumours that thousands of Leeds fans could arrive without tickets.

Brentford FC has advised local pubs of the increased security measures they are taking.

“Fans are reminded that home areas of the stadium are for home fans only. You must not pass on any tickets for home areas to away fans.

“Any away fans found to be in home areas will be required to leave the stadium. Any Brentford fan who is found to be responsible for purchasing a ticket in a home area for an away fan or for passing their ticket onto an away fan, for whatever reason, will face a lengthy stadium ban and may lose their Season Ticket or Membership and all associated rights.”

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville predicted at the weekend that Leeds would go down after they drew with Brighton at Elland Rd.

“I might be wrong. But I think they are going to be in big trouble. They are in big trouble, Leeds.”

The game against Brentford on Sunday will be their last game of the season. They have to win it to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Image above: The Bell & Crown 

The match kicks off at 4pm and the general manager of one of the local pubs told us there is tension about what might happen before and after the match if there are lots of fans who can’t get into the game, especially afterwards if they lose.

There were ugly scenes in Manchester of Leeds fans fighting with Manchester United fans when they met at the beginning of the season, smashing pub windows.

Brentford have told their fans to arrive early for the match on Sunday and enter the stadium via Lionel Road South.

“Be prepared to pass through a soft ticket check on the approach to the stadium on entry to Lionel Road South.

“You should also note that the bridge over the railway from Capital Interchange Way will not be accessible for home fans. This route will be dedicated for away fans only.”

The Bell and Crown is one of several pubs which will only be accepting home fans for this match.

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