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EBB Stadium at the Recreation Ground
  Aldershot Town v  Dartford
Football Conference National League
Tuesday, August 13th 2013, 7.45pm
Gideon Birch
(Dartford fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

There were numerous reasons for me to be looking forward to this game. It was the first away game of the season, and only my third away game ever with Dartford. I'd missed the home game the previous Saturday, which we'd won, so everyone was hoping to keep the ball rolling against a ex-league side.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went to the game with my Uncle, who drove. We found the stadium easily enough, but spent about 20 minutes looking for a place to park. We ended up parking in a multi-storey car park which was a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Nothing really, by the time we'd got parked and into the ground, the teams were already coming out of the tunnel.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

From the High Street the ground looked fairly modern and welcoming, however, this was one of the home stands that I was looking at. It seemed quite a hike uphill from the High Street and through a small park to eventually reach the away turnstiles.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Dartford lost the game 3-0. However, the dome shaped roof of the away terrace had good acoustics, which helped create a good atmosphere. I got a burger at half time and this was one of the best tasting that I have had in a long time. A little confusingly the refreshment area and toilets are set away from the terrace and on re-entry to the terrace you are asked by the stewards to show your ticket to gain admittance. This caught a few people out who either had lost their ticket or it was with someone else still inside!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away wasn't a problem. Of course, there was a bit of traffic on the High Street, like after any football game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Having not been to many away games, I still found it enjoyable, despite the result. But compared to the few other away matches that I'd been to, it wasn't the best.

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