Reebok Stadium -
Bolton Wanderers FC
Saturday 20th November 2010
V Newcastle United, Premier League, 3pm
By Kevin Laidler
This was my first visit to The Reebok Stadium and due to visiting family in Doncaster I travelled by car from Yorkshire via The A1 and the M62, M60 and M61. The stadium t was easy to find from the M61 and was an impressive sight with its space age looks.
I headed for The Bromilow Arms as recommended elsewhere on this site and parked in a side street next to it which was about a 15 minute walk away from the ground. This pub had a good, friendly atmosphere with probably more away supporters than home fans. Although it was packed it didn't take long to get served and they had a good selection of real ale and good banter between both sets of supporters. I would certainly recommend this pub for visiting supporters.
The away end was the nearest end of the ground to this pub. I was seated behind the goal and leg room was okay but it didn't really matter as Toon fans tend to stand. The atmosphere was a bit bit flat from the home fans who didn't get going until they were winning. They eventually tonked us 5-1, which to give them credit, they deserved. They had a large electronic scoreboard in the right hand corner of the away end which replayed parts of the match which was good.
At half time it was fairly easy going to toilets compared to a lot of grounds which tend to be more cramped. I didn't use food or drink outlets so cannot comment on them.
I found the stewards a bit heavy picking on people for standing.
Getting away from the ground was not a problem. By the time I got to my car and left it was fairly quiet and I got on to the M61 then onto the M62.
Not a bad day out apart from the result. These out of town stadiums are not as much fun as inner city stadiums but access was easy, parking ok and getting a drink was was fine.
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