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Emirates Stadium
Arsenal v
Leeds United
Saturday, January 7th 2011, 12.45pm
FA Cup 3rd Round
By Josh Grainger
(Leeds United fan)

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

Having gone to Old Trafford last season to see Leeds knock out Man Utd, I didn't want to miss out on a similar occasion this year. Also I'd never been to the Emirates before and there's no better way to go than with your team.

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

We got the train from Newcastle to Kings Cross and from there got the tube to Islington, and a 10 minute walk or so got us there, but the ground isn't visible, so we relied on locals and signs.

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

We stopped off at a burger van pre-match and then entered the ground. There were 8,000 Leeds fans all in one end, making such noise that we drowned out the Arsenal supporters. I was surprised by how close together both sets of fans were situated, in fact in talking distance, but there was no trouble.

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

The ground is by far and away, the most modern ground in England, however it seemed more of a theatre than a football stadium. Still there were large padded seats for all, and the stadium as a whole looks quite smart, although surprisingly it looks bigger inside than out.

The Leeds fans got the whole lower tier behind one of the goals and half the upper tier, including two corners, there was a middle tier of corporate seats in-between the Leeds fans, which isn't a great idea, but I'm told the usual amount of away fans is just the lower tier corner of that end.

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

The game was tense for Leeds, however as per usual the Leeds fans sung from start to finish. Leeds went one nil up thanks to a Snodgrass penalty shortly after half time, this created ecstasy in the away end, with all 8,000 of us bouncing around. Arsenal equalised with a Fabregas penalty at the death however, but we were happy simply to get a replay.  Stewards were fine, toilets probably the best I've seen for a football ground. Food was very expensive and names such as hand-crafted pies took away the traditional, working class feel of a football ground.

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

Leeds fans were kept in for about 15 minutes after the game compared to one hour the previous year at Old Trafford, and when we were let out, there was very big crowds queuing for the tube, however no trouble occurred with both fans bantering instead.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good game, Nice Ground, Friendly all be it quiet fans!


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