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Goldsands Stadium
AFC Bournemouth v Watford
  Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 3pm
Championship League
Thomas Murphy
(Watford fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to this match because I saw the ground photos on this website first and it looked like a nice stadium. It was also a new ground for me as well, along with most other Watford fans who were going down to the game, so I was buzzing to go. Last time Watford played Bournemouth we won 6-1, although Bournemouth had played well in that match and didn't deserve to lose that badly, therefore I could see it being a really close game.

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

I went down by supporters coach. The two hour journey was straightforward enough, as there was little traffic. We arrived at the stadium around 1.45pm, which was good. The ground seemed well sign posted and easy to find.

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

Before the game I walked around the stadium and the local area, the home fans seemed friendly enough and seemed to be in good spirits, especially after their Liverpool tickets went on sale that morning. After that I decided to go into the ground about half an hour early, and I got myself something to eat and drink before the game started.

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

I thought the ground looked like a good League One/okay Championship ground. It was quite small, but I though that was good because it made the atmosphere all the better. The away end was very small and us Watford fans were only allocated with about 1,300 seats. You can get a good view of the pitch from where ever you sit in the ground, and as the away end is on the touch line you could have an even better view. On the left of the away stand is the temporary stand, which really completes the stadium, and makes it look all the more neat and compact.

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

The game its self was stacked with controversy. Two penalties were given against us (the second one in my eyes a blatant dive) and for the first penalty, we also had a player sent off! Watford were first to score, through a headed goal by Angella, right on the stroke of half time, however Lewis Grabban scored for the home side from the spot to make it 1-1. Goalkeeper Almunia then stopped Lewis Grabban's second penalty and made a fantastic double save after that. The match ended 1-1, which I probably would of took before the match started.

The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic in my opinion, there was good banter with the home fans, and it was our best atmosphere in a long time. The stand is also quite small, which adds to the occasion as it means the fans are closer together. There were loads of stewards in attendance after the referee gave the second penalty.

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

Getting away from the ground was alright, we had to wait for everyone to get back on the coach. it took a bit of time trying to get around all the traffic, and then out of Bournemouth. it didn't take long to get away from the ground at all.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I thought it was a fantastic day out, and probably my favourite away day of this season. cracking atmosphere from our fans and a good match. Nice ground and I cant wait to go back there next season.

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