A SEASON spent chasing promotion has all boiled down to one defining match - and the people and police of Brentford are ready for it.
On Saturday Brentford FC takes on League One rivals Doncaster Rovers in a winner-takes-all match which will see the victor clinch automatic promotion and the loser have to enter the play-offs.
With so much at stake it is natural that emotions will be running higher than ever and in response Hounslow police has revealed it is trebling the amount of officers on duty in and around Griffin Park and bringing in police horses.
Bosses at the club have been working closely with the Met to ensure the last game of the season doesn’t see a repeat of the trouble which flared locally when the Bees scored two last minute goals against Portsmouth earlier this month.
Fans of the seaside club, which following further results was relegated, also invaded the pitch at full time - which despite being popular remains ilegal.
The heat will be on for the game on Saturday, which sold out weeks ago, as it will determine which of the two teams gets promoted to the Championship.
If, as everyone locally hopes, it is the home side it will be only the second time in 59 years that Brentford have been in the second tier of English football.
Mark Devlin, Brentford FC chief executive, said: "We met with the Metropolitan Police after the match against Portsmouth. We learned lessons from what happened that day and have detailed plans for this Saturday’s match. Everyone is aware of what is at stake, what both teams could win at 5pm on Saturday.
“We have made provisions for all eventualities and are ready for the match, which will see around 12,000 people inside Griffin Park. Ultimately we want everyone to be able to enjoy their day in a safe and secure environment.”
Ken White, football liason officer for Hounslow Police, confirmed they are using triple the amount of resources to ensure fans stay safe and do not cause trouble.
He informed the Chronicle police horses will be present and were booked eight weeks ago as they always are for the last game of the season at Griffin Park.
He said: "As in previous seasons the policing plan for the last home game of the season is based upon intelligence received both locally and from the travelling club and their relevative police force, with appropriate staffing levels in place to enable both the police and club stewards to deal with any spontaneous celebrations."