Aston Villa v Norwich City
Saturday, November 5th 2011, 3pm
By Thomas Ling
(Norwich City fan)
Today me and some of my family embarked on the three hour journey from Norwich to Villa Park. We were traveling by coach, picking us up in Dereham, Norfolk, before heading for Birmingham. We progressed pretty well through the countryside, not encountering any hold ups. We stopped off at a nice pub near Kettering for some food and drink. The name off the Pub has slipped my mind but if you turn off the A14 onto the A509 and you will see and McDonald’s and Frankie’s and Bennies on the left the pub is on the right..
We then carried onto Villa Park with no more stops to Birmingham. Again the journey was straightforward and as we came off the M6 onto the
A38 (M) we could clearly see the stadium. We were joined by a Police escort on motorbikes, which took us straight up to the ground. We parked with all the other coaches, as directed by the Police.
We went straight into the ground, but we did just have time to get a match day programme priced at £3. I did not buy anything food or drink wise. The area inside the lower tier was very spacey, really good quality, with a televisions too.
Now on to the match, Norwich started fantastically, scoring a goal early in the game from a free kick. But Villa hit back with an equaliser before half time. The atmosphere from the home fans was a little quiet but this soon changed with Villa scoring two goals to make it 3-1. Chants of VILLA! VILLA! VILLA! now echoed around the ground. Norwich managed to pull one back to quieten the Villa fans and give them a nervy finish to the match. But Villa just managed to hang on for a 3-2 win.
We walked out onto our coach and after a little while another Police escort soon has us on our way. Once we were moving we quickly got back to the motorway, thanks to the Police halting the traffic to make a clear route for us. As it was bonfire night, we had great fun watching the many firework displays on our journey back to Norfolk.
I had enjoyed my day at Villa Park it was very enjoyable and I'd love to visit again. The Villa stewards were okay not being too harsh a tall. Villa Park is a great place to come and I would recommended it for anyone looking for a great day out!
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