1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may
I was very much looking forward to visiting
Wimbledon, as it was a new ground for me.
Iím sure all of the other travelling Crewe
fans were looking forward to it as well.
Plus Iíve always had a soft spot for
Wimbledon after their troubles 10 years ago.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
It was very easy to find my way to the
ground. I arrived at Norbiton station and
followed the gaggle of blue shirts heading
in what seemed to be the direction of the
stadium. If you arrive from Central London,
you will exit via a ramp, and be on the
correct side to get to the ground. You exit
the station, turn immediately left down
Norbiton Avenue, follow it round to the left
until you hit Gloucester Avenue. Make a
right and keep going until you reach the
main road. Turn left and walk down the main
road (A2043) for about 1/4 of a mile and the
ground is on your right.
However, at that point things can be a bit
misleading. If you take the first right into
what looks like the main entrance, you wonít
be able to access the away end. You have to
keep going another 50 or so meters past the
first turn off on the main road and make the
next right to get to the away end.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
As it was a family fun day, I decided to
head into the club bar at the back of the
Main Stand. The stewards and Wombles fans
were very cheerful and my friend even had
some banter with the local constabulary.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
From the outside, the ground seems like any
other of similar size, however, once you
enter, itís very cramped. The away end is
particularly bad for this. The terrace
opposite the Main Stand, where the away fans
are located, is divided up into three
sections separated by barriers. We were
allocated a third of the stand, but brought
more fans than what was expected. This led
to a very cramped and claustrophobic
environment. The three steps at the back of
the terrace were also very shallow, which,
with the high numbers, meant the view to the
left (towards the Tempest End) was awful.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself was good (what I could see
of it). However, the view was so bad to my
left I gave up trying to see anything to my
left after half time. Thankfully, most of
the action happened at the end we were
Wimbledon controlled the first half, having
numerous opportunities. Somewhat
fortuitously, we reached the break level at
0-0. We then scored almost from the kick off
in the 2nd half with a screamer. Wimbledon
equalised 10 minutes later and looked like
they would push on and win the game.
However, with 10 minutes to go and our first
real attack since the equaliser, we scored
and another superb goal 2 minutes from time
gave us an excellent, if slightly
flattering, 3-1 win.
The atmosphere, despite the cramped
conditions, was excellent and with the low
roof even modest numbers could make some
real noise. I didnít see any stewards, again
probably down to the view more than there
being none around. I didnít purchase
refreshments nor use the toilets, so canít
comment on them.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Getting away from the ground was a doddle,
even after a little unplanned detour around
Kingston, we found our way back to Norbiton
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Overall, an excellent day out. The weather
was also excellent, which meant that, on top
of the friendly fans/atmosphere and good
result, it was a really enjoyable experience
and one I wouldnít hesitate to do again.
Even the poor view couldnít detract from
what was a brilliant day all round. 9/10.