1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
I had been to Kingsmeadow on a number of
occasions before (for both AFC Wimbledon and
Kingstonian) although this was my first
visit there as a Football League ground.
Being a fan of Ryman League Bognor Regis
Town, the main purpose of this particular
visit was the fact that prolific Bognor
striker Jason Prior had transferred to the
Dons during the week and was named in the
squad, so I went along mainly to check out
his Football League debut if he was to
appear. And appear he did, coming on as a
74th minute substitute. As for his
performance, he didn't do badly but once he
becomes more familiar with the pace in
League Two then I'm sure he'll start banging
in the goals in for them.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I travelled from Bognor Regis by train and
it was a straightforward enough journey and
having visited the ground before, knew where
to go. The ground isn't too far away from
Norbiton station and for any first-timers,
its simply a case of follow those wearing
blue and yellow.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I went straight to the ground and visited
the small club shop (such is the size of it,
they also sell products on stalls outside!).
In the car park you will also see a stall
selling a large range of metal badges which
is also worth a look. As this game was
likely to be a sell-out (and indeed it was),
I then queued for my ticket which I had
ordered online. Those planning to watch AFC
Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow in the future would
be advised to visit the Dons website first
and order their ticket. The problem for the
Dons is simply the size of the stadium as
even at this stage, they have quickly
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
My initial first impression was that the
ground hadn't changed since my last visit
some three years earlier, when the Dons met
Bognor in the Conference South. However, the
Kingston Road end was a fairly flat terrace
on previous visits but has since been
renovated, adding a number of rows, which
even for somebody my height (5ft 8), now
allows a very good view of the action. I
understand there are plans to replace this
terrace with a 1,000 seat stand.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
As mentioned earlier, the match was a
sell-out and although the terrace was full,
it wasn't as cramped like previous
experiences in the old days of Football
League terracing, it was comfortable,
breathable. The Kingston Road terrace had a
large contingent of families and I have to
say, the whole experience was very pleasant.
I didn't hear a single profanity all
afternoon and even the guy in front of me
was checking that I could see the action
okay. Regarding food, I had a portion of
chips which was a tray for £2 which wasn't
bad - have had far worse value at non-league
grounds. The match itself was a 2-1 victory
for Aldershot, which I felt they deserved
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
No problem here. Again, just a simple walk
back to Norbiton station.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
A very enjoyable day out and one I will
consider doing again.