A pub popular with die-hard Brentford fans over the decades is expected to fetch at least half a million pounds at auction next week.

The Bricklayers Arms, in Ealing Road, will go under the hammer next Wednesday after closing in 2007.

The boozer, which had a reputation for hosting only the most dedicated Bees' fans, is a stone's throw from the club's Griffin Park home.

But with a pub on every corner of the ground - and several more nearby - the Bricklayers Arms fell victim to the competition and has now suffered the same fate as many bars across the country.

"Four pubs a day are closing in the UK at the moment," bemoaned Ralph Clifton, landlord of the nearby Griffin Pub in Braemer Road.

"The pub culture in this country used to be the envy of the world but that doesn't seem to matter these days."

A number of other watering holes in Brentford, including The Pottery, The Royal Horseguards and The New England, have all closed in the last year.

But the association of Bees fans with the Bricklayers means it will be missed more than most - especially as it looks set to be turned into flats.

"At one time it was definitely considered the home supporters' venue - they lost a few windows in there over the years," said Ralph.

Brentford supporters' discussion sites have been filled with references to the pub recently.

One message read: "I spent some of the best days of my formative years in the early 80s in this establishment."

The site is listed for auction by Athawes Son & Co with a guide price of £490,000.

"It's been empty since closing last year and now the owner wants to sell up. It has the potential to be converted into three cottages," said manager Paul Stevens.

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