1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Another 'first', although a ground I have seen
many times during journeys around the North West.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The Reebok must be one of the easiest grounds in
the country to get to and from, being situated
just off junction 6 of the M61. Horwich Parkway
railway station is just 200 metres from the
stadium. There are several car parks in the
vicinity, most of which charge in the region of
£4-£5. However, if one doesn't mind a short walk
of around 15 minutes, free parking can be found in
the streets close to the Beehive pub.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
The Beehive pub can be used by away fans. There is
a sandwich shop nearby and a Subway in the retail
park adjacent to the ground, but little else as
the stadium is not near the centre of Bolton or
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
The ground is very distinctive, with an unusual
floodlight pylon/cantilevered stand structure
which gives it a character missing from many of
the newer grounds. The capacity is surprisingly
low for what appears to be quite a large ground
from the outside.
The area around the ground has been attractively
landscaped and the newly-unveiled statue of Nat
Lofthouse provides a fitting focal point for a
club with a long history.
Inside, the view is excellent, with clear lines of
sight and steeply raked upper tiers that give the
feeling of being close to the action.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Delighted with our 1-0 win, which continued
Bolton's wretched start to the season - no doubt a
contributory factor to the lack of atmosphere
provided by the home support. The Leeds following,
which numbered c. 4800, was again excellent
Contrary to what I had heard, stewarding was
discreet and no attempt was made to force fans to
remain seated. Leg room was excellent...probably
more so amongst home supporters, who were
conspicuous by their absence.
Refreshments were generally unexceptional and
pricey. That said, I did wonder whether Boltonians
wanted to appear more refined, offering glasses of
wine and insisting my coke was decanted into a
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Easy - 10 minutes from getting into the car to
hitting the motorway.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
The result was obviously the most important aspect
of the visit to the Reebok, but I can't imagine
there will be many better venues to watch