EBB Stadium/Recreation Ground
Aldershot Town v Crawley Town
Saturday, September 24th 2011, 3pm
By Paul Dickinson
As I've now only got five of the current 92 league grounds left to do, I decided to stay down south after seeing Leeds at Brighton the night before, to take in this game. It was a venue I'd been particularly looking forward to, as I'd missed out on a trip when Aldershot were originally a league club and I'd heard a lot about the atmosphere and character of the ground.
Having driven from Brighton to Southampton on the Saturday morning, I met up with my brother-in-law, a Saints fan who is always happy to join me on these groundhopping days out.
We caught the train upto Woking and spent a lovely couple of hours in the Sovereigns pub - only 5 minutes walk from the station and with 8 real ales on when we were there. A 15 minute train journey saw us arriving at Aldershot at 2.45pm and with the ground only 5 minutes walk from the station, we were comfortably in time for kick off.
The ground itself was everything I hoped it would be and such a pleasant change from all the new soulless stadiums - I particularly liked how all the fans go in the same entrances at the front of the ground, how you can move between different terraces during the game and the atmosphere created by the East Bank.
Special mention must also go to the floodlight that appears to point completely away from the pitch - we even took a photo of it, it was so weird!
The game itself was fairly tight with not too many clear cut chances and Crawley scoring the only goal in the last 10 minutes.
We left as soon as the final whistle went and had time for a quick pint in the pub opposite the train station before arriving back in Southampton by 7pm
In summary, a great ground for all fans who still yearn for the days when stadiums had some character and atmosphere about them!
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