Why you were looking forward to going to
the ground (or not as the case may be):
I’d gone to Villa Park a few years back
with my father to watch Villa v Leeds, so
when Swansea got promoted at the end of
last season I set out Villa Park as an
away trip I really wanted to do. A chance
to go back and revisit it. Also, I was
quietly confident that we’d finally pick
up our first away win of the season here.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Travelling from Cardiff was very easy.
Only really took about two hours (+ a half
hour stop at Strensham Services). Easy
enough. We parked about a mile away from
the Ground as we arrived quite late and
thought any car parks nearer would be
packed out already.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We arrived there and went straight into
the ground really. I had a conversation
with a few Villa fans after they asked me
what I thought the score would be. They
were all confident they’d win comfortably
after they’d beaten Chelsea 1-3 at
Stamford Bridge a couple of days before. I
told them they’d need to be careful, and
not complacent, because this game wouldn’t
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
Amazing ground, to be fair. Really nice.
Old fashioned. I love how they’d designed
it. I do have one complaint though, the
stairways to the upper tier were so, so
narrow. Upper tier holds probably about
1,000-1,500 away fans and that’s a lot of
people to be crammed into the narrowest of
stairways. It was okay with people coming
in, in drips and drabs, but getting out
was a nightmare!
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea City. First away
win in the Premier League and a chance to
bring the Villa Boys back down to earth!
Their supporters were absolutely awful,
mind. Very disappointing. Sung ‘’Villa
Villa Villa’ at the beginning then heard
nothing of them until McLeish brought off
Ireland and they all booed. Terrible
support! Also, SHOCKING facilities!
Amazing ground, but the concourses were
terrible. No alcohol on sale for away
supporters, one small vendor
for pies and soft drinks. No where near
big enough concourse for that many people.
Something Villa really need to address!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
As mentioned before, getting out of the
ground itself was terrible. A real
nightmare. Queued for about 30 minutes
just to get down the stairs and outside. A
mile walk back to the car and we did get
away from the area without any queues at
all, which was good. Raced back. Amazing
doing an away day and being home, with
three points, by 8pm!
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
One of the best away days of the season so
far! Mainly because of the result and the
atmosphere generated by our supporters. No
banter at all during the game with the
Villa fans who were very quiet, but no
surprise really considering the scoreline.
Still I would recommend going to Villa
Park, it’s a nice ground and an easy three
points for your team!