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Cherry Red Records Stadium
AFC Wimbledon v Port Vale
League Two

Saturday, September 3rd 2011, 3pm
Paul Dickinson
(Neutral fan)

With only  seven grounds of the current 92 still to do and Leeds not playing due to the International break, a trip to London with my daughter allowed me to get another one ticked off
 
Having planned this trip a while ago, we were able to get cheap train tickets from Leeds and arrived in Kings Cross at 12.30pm. After a couple of drinks at my favourite real ale pub in London (The Harp, near Charing Cross Station), I left my daughter to go shopping for the afternoon and a lovely 10 minute walk in the sunshine took me to Waterloo station, where I caught the 1.55pm train to Norbiton.
 
Following the directions in the ground guide (although just follow the blue & yellow shirts), I arrived at the ground at 2.35pm, having plenty of time to buy a programme, bottle of water etc, We had already eaten in central London, so I didn't try the food around the ground, but the cafe and fish & chip shop on the main road outside, were both doing a roaring trade 
 
Having visited 75 non league grounds already, I was interested to see how Kingsmeadow would look, as it does of course now host both league and non league football. My 1st impressions were positive, I had bought a terrace ticket online for the Kingston Road stand and managed to get a perfect view of the pitch, on the back row, just to the left of the goal.
 
It was a very enjoyable game to watch as a neutral - Port Vale completely dominated the 1st half and should have been 3 up before the home side scored. The 2nd half was more even, capped off by a winning goal in the 5th minute of injury time!
 
It was a straightforward walk back to the train station afterwards and I was enjoying another real ale by 6pm -this time in the Betjeman Arms in St Pancras Station
 
Overall, another fantastic ground hopping day out. The programme was a better quality than many I buy at Championship games, the AFC Wimbledon fans I spoke to during the game were very friendly and I can always say that "I was there" to see the 1st home win for AFC Wimbledon as a league club.


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