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
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