With Brentford on the cusp of being able to start building the new stadium the long goodbye to Griffin Park is also set to begin.

Now, don't get me wrong, the Bees need to move away from their current home in order to progress as a club.

However, Griffin Park, for all of its faults, remains a home away from home to thousands of Brentford supporters.

Indeed, I do not think you will find many fans who want to leave Griffin Park. They may want to move into the site on Lionel Road but the reasons for that are for the future of the club.

Sure, it may have seen better days, the seats are cramped and some of the roofs have been known to leak but Griffin Park is akin to the family home. Fans have laughed together, celebrated together and cried together in those four stands.

Certainly, the day Brentford clinched promotion to the Championship against Preston on Good Friday in 2014 will always remain a cherished memory, even moreso given the torment of the year before with Doncaster and the ghosts of previous play-off failures being put to bed.

General view at Griffin Park

For those who endured the lean years of League Two and League One mediocrity it will have helped exorcise the demons of heavy home defeats in the lower divisions.

There is the uplifting feeling when you see the floodlights in the distance, or on the elevated section of the M4, as they know they are nearly home.

Of course, it means the end of Brentford being the answer to the trivia question; which club's ground has a pub on each corner?

There will be many Bees and visiting supporters who have toured all four, The New Inn, The Royal Oak, The Griffin and The Princess Royal, on a matchday and it is likely that one or two will, probably, go out of business.

The friends family members no longer gracing this earth are also remembered at Griffin Park for the individuals concerned. The empty seat or space on the terrace a reminder of loss but also of happier times shared with them.

Friendships have forged on the terraces that would not have been possible without the football club. They can live on but, for them, it all started at Griffin Park.

The Brentford Community Stadium will not be able to, especially at the beginning of its life, evoke those feelings in a supporter that Griffin Park did.

But, it should help preserve those friendships made at Griffin Park and allow supporters to create fresh memories with the long term future of the club more secure.