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Bloomfield Road
Blackpool v Cardiff City
Saturday January 19th 2013, 5.15pm
Championship League
By Nathan Walker
(Cardiff City fan)

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

Being in University in Preston this was the closest away game for me and a chance to see Cardiff City strengthen their grip at the top. Also Bloomfield Road has always looked like a good away day so decided to make the short trip across Lancashire.

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

Journey was straight forward. Got the train from Preston to Blackpool South. As you get off the train walk to the top of the station. Across the road there are steps going down into a massive car park and the ground is clearly visible. Just a 10-15 minute walk across the car park and you are outside the ground.

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

I met up with some friends in the Manchester bar on the Blackpool seafront. It was a lovely pub, filled with away fans, the beer was quite expensive but expected in todays football. The ground is just a short walk away through one of many side streets, there are plenty of fans about to point you in the right direction. The home fans although not loud are very friendly.

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

The ground itself looked good as you would expect but the away end is absolutely woeful compared to the rest. It is like a throwback to the days of Ninian Park so for some it might be a welcome return to the olden days but compared to the other stands it does look out of place. Some poor guy fell through the stand as well so be careful.

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

The game itself was scrappy largely due to the awful pitch. Cardiff took the lead through Kim Bo Kyung in the 54th minute before Blackpool equalised a few minutes later. But just after that, Tommy Smith scored the eventual winner for Cardiff making them go ten points clear. The atmosphere from the away end was fantastic (late kick off + Blackpool = 2000 very drunk Welshmen) but the home fans were disappointing, only making noise for their goal. The facilities were poor but for an old stand it was expected, but no beer which was a let down. The stewards were fine.

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

Getting away was easy, you come out of the away end and into the coach area where the police are on hand to tell you any other routes. For me it was around the petrol station and then into the massive car park and over to the station. After the game there was even time for a Blackpool v Cardiff snowball fight on each side of the road. Nice to see some friendly banter between the fans and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A nice day out. A friendly pub beforehand, easily accessible ground, 3 points and a good laugh. Would definitely do Blackpool again and can see why people make a weekend of it.

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