I was looking forward
to this match against Blackpool. I always look forward to City away matches as
the atmosphere is brilliant because in my opinion we have got the best fans
in the division. It was also the second from last game of the season,
and Bristol City (the team I support) were just two points outside the
play-offs. A win from this game and then the following week against Stoke and we
would almost definitely be in the play-offs. However, if we lost, we were definitely
out of them.
On the way up to Blackpool we stopped for an early lunch at a KFC in a service
station. This bloke who was serving me, said to me, "what do you
reckon the score will be today then mate?" He knew I was a City fan as I
was wearing my Bristol City shirt. I said 2-0 to City, he started laughing. Then
he said, "I've put a tenner on Blackpool to win 6-0". I said to him
"you must be having a laugh mate" and walked off with my chicken
popcorn and chips.
After enjoying my lunch, we arrived in Blackpool at about 1 o'clock, way earlier
than expected. As we arrived so early, it didn't take us long to find somewhere
to park, as all the spaces everywhere were free. We ended up parking right next
to the ground in the car park outside it. We went and had a look round the
ground (the home end looked alright from the outside, the rest all looked
really old and as if it could fall ppart at any moment!), in the club shop
etc, and the home fans were pretty friendly. I can't imagine any City fans
taking too kindly to a bunch of away fans walking around our club shop and
laughing at everything in there, but the Blackpool fans didn't seem to mind!
I think it was about quarter to two when we decided we'd try and get into the
ground. It took us about an extra quarter of an hour to find where you went in
though, as the turnstiles were around the corner and then behind a multi story
car park so you couldn't actually see them. We only realised they were there
when we saw a large queue of City fans waiting to get into the ground.
The stand we were in was along the side of the pitch, and it definitely looked
better than the empty one behind the goal, which looked rather odd (and very
old!). The opposite stand and the other home stand looked good, even if all
the seats were in a horrible bright orange! Once inside the ground, we
chose to stand right at the front of the terracing, so we'd get a perfect view
of the action.