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Reebok Stadium
Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United
Championship League
Saturday 15 September 2013, 3pm
John Rogers
(Leeds United fan)

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

Another 'first', although a ground I have seen many times during journeys around the North West.

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

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 neighbouring Horwich.

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

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 throughout.

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 plastic cup.

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

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 Championship football.


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