Dean Court AFC Bournemouth v
Portsmouth Wednesday, July 28th
2010, 7.45pm Pre-season friendly Martin Hewitt (Portsmouth
trip to Bournemouth was my first visit for
nearly twenty years. Remarkable really as it
is only 52 miles from my front door. This was
a freindly on a Wednesday evening and was
never going to be end to end action, and it
wasn't! It ended 1-0 to Pompey with a disputed
I travelled by car, with my wife and son aged
seven. As it was also my friends stag
night on the Friday night in Bournemouth,
we decided to make it a five day break. We
stayed at the Wessex Hotel in West Cliff and
it was excellent for the price we paid.
On the day of the game my wife dropped me and
the boy off at The Queens pub a stroll of
approximately 5 minutes from the ground. I
only drink Stella which was £3.45 a pnit
which I thought was a bit inflated.
Friendly bar staff and felt safe all the time
we were in there.
One thing that did stand out was the way
things were organised when we got to the
ground albeit even my son had his ruck sack
Inside was very neat and tidy and considering
it only took months to build was impressive.
The view was excellent (we were in Row J)
and organised. Unfortunately i can't
comment on the atmosphere because i had the
pleasure (????) of sitting four rows in front
of John West and his Band so thats all I
heard throughout the game!
I though the prices inside the stadium were
also on the steep side. A bottle of beer was
£3.50 for a 275ml bottle, a stone cold hot dog
was also £3.50. If i'd seen a price
board beforehand I wouldn't have
bothered. After the game we met my missus back
at the pub and returned to our hotel.
Just a brief summary of the week. Bournemouth
is fantastic for a few days away, loads
of cheap hotels, excellent food places
and really cheap prices. Two nights we ate at
the Harbour Lights overlooking the sea and
next to the pier 2 meals for 10 quid. The Bar
on the Beach was great for fresh seafood. The
beaches were clean and always kept clear of
mess, the views were fabulous. Nightlife was
great and to my surprise was in the town
centre and not near the coastal strip and
again it felt safe.
To end don't just go for the footy, make
a weekend of it. It's great!!