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Reebok Stadium
Bolton Wanderers v Watford
Championship League
Saturday 22 February 2014, 3pm
Kevan & Eddy Simth
(Watford fans)

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

It was going to be a nice way to round off a family half term break to the Peak District. Bolton have not won for a while and Watford fans normally enjoy away trips.

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

We stayed in a hotel a ten minute walk from the ground. Apart from the car parks immediately around the stadium we saw a few others located at in school and offices. Understandably it appeared to be easier to park than on a previous Premier League visit in 2006.

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

There did not seem to be any food vans outside the ground so we had a cheeseburger and a chicken balti pie, which was on the small side, inside the ground. The food was of decent quality. Outside was very quiet.

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

The ground was nicely designed and looked modern and unique compared to other new stadiums. All sides are of the same design and height.

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

From a Watford's fans perspective it was a boring game with few chances for Watford. A good first half by Bolton allowed them to take a 2-0 lead. After half time there were no real opportunities and Watford never looked like coming back from behind. The atmosphere was poor for both teams and even the normally vocal Watford away fans did not get into their stride. The stewards seemed fairly relaxed but there was nothing to test them as the atmosphere was poor. There were plenty of room on the concourse, the toilets were good and the view of the action was good.

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

Away fans exit directly towards the main road and this was made quicker by watching the last two minutes of stoppage time on the screens in the concourse. On the walk back the main roads were moving well.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out but spoiled by the football from a Watford perspective although the defeat could have been heavier. Other than that a visit to Bolton is a worthwhile trip.


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