Oakwell - Barnsley Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Vs Ipswich Town, Championship, 3pm
1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not as
the case may be):
I (and my son) always look forward to new grounds.
As Ipswich Town fans, who live in the North, it's
been a great experience to travel a one hundred
mile radius to follow the team. Oakwell was no
exception and we set off on a beautiful day over
the Pennines and down into "Kes" territory.
2. How easy was your
journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey, by car, was very easy and the
signposts must be the best in the UK! Very well
signposted from the M1 all the way to the
stadium. It was a little bit
confusing once we got there, regarding where the
Visitors' Car Park was located, so we ended up in
Home Supporters' Car Park. Cost three pounds,
which I thought was very reasonable.
3. What you did
before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We walked around the ground, through the home
supporters to the away fans end with no
problems. Warm, friendly atmosphere. We ate at the
stadium, which was nice food and well priced. I
agree with previous comments about the grilles
giving it a prison-type feel, but it was nothing
really, we hardly noticed.
4. What you thought
on seeing the ground, first impressions of away
end then other sides of the ground?
I really liked the ground. The away end is one of
those that can be split, but there was no need as
the capacity was miles from being reached. We had
excellent seats and the ground was both impressive
(the new stands) and quaint (the old Main Stand).
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
We were approached by a man who asked if my son
would take part in a shooting competition at half
time. Naturally, he was thrilled and we set off to
the half way line at the interval. We were
looked after superbly and my son was given a
signed ball (signed by both teams) for taking
part. The stewards were friendly, the toilets
clean, but I don't eat pies! (Despite coming from
the North!) so can't comment there. The game was
exciting, if scrappy in parts. Ipswich scored in
the eighty second minute only to have it cancelled
out in the ninety third, but the result was fair.
6. Comment on
getting away from the ground after the game:
It took a while. We weren't fussed. Probably about
half an hour.
7. Summary of
overall thoughts of the day out:
A superb day, obviously made special by the
shooting competition, but I love clubs like
Barnsley,whose supporters shun the big Clubs and
support their locals.
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