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Reebok Stadium
Bolton Wanderers v Norwich City
Saturday 17th September 2011, 3pm
  Premier League
Thomas Ling
(Norwich City fan)


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

This was my first visit to the Rebook and I was really looking forward to it. I had heard the the stadium was really good and modern and that the fans were friendly, which is always good on an away day.  

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

The journey up to Bolton was straightforward and relaxing. We travelled by coach, which was supplied by a private company called Easton's. On the way we stopped at Castleford at a Retail Park, which 'conveniently' had a Wetherspoon outlet located nearby, where we enjoyed a good selection of food and drink at reasonable prices.

We then continued onto Bolton and in total we spent five hours travelling on the coach from Norwich. The stadium was easy to spot just off the M61 and we parked right outside. This is was on one of the official car parks which you had to pay to get into, whether you were car or bus.

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

We did not go to a pub or chip shop we just bought a programme and went straight into the ground. The programme sellers game right up to our bus which was quite handy. Although we didn't go to a pub, I noticed that there was a Harvester and a Premier Inn just across from the stadium, which if you are staying overnight or want something to eat or drink, then this might be an idea. 

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

The catering area was okay but a little on the small side. But there was Sky Sports on, and when we got there they had the Blackburn v Arsenal game on which was very good. The away stand, the South Stand, was like the rest of the stadium being two tiered. The stadium was really good and looked great. In my opinion, it is one of the top stadiums in Britain.

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

The game itself was good for Norwich, with two quick goals in the first half, that set us on our way. Just after half time, Bolton were reduced to 10 men, when they had a player sent off for improper conduct. Bolton did managed to pull one back from the penalty spot but we held on for a 2-1 win.

The atmosphere at the stadium was good from a Norwich perspective, but the home fans were a little quiet throughout the match.  They were good at the start of the game, particularly in the corner of the West Stand next to the away fans, but this ebbed away as the match went our way. There was also a drummer behind the goal in the North stand which banged on thought the match. Annoyingly, the stewards kept telling us to sit down, but we like most Norwich fans decided to ignore them and in the stewards soon gave up.

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

Getting away from the ground was easy, walk outside onto the waiting coach, then after a 5-10 minute wait we were on our way on to the M61 and then it was an easy drive home.
 
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I had really enjoyed my trip to the Rebook. This was a fun and easy to get to. It was also fantastic to get all three points.


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