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Valley Parade
Bradford City
Cheltenham Town
Saturday, January 2nd 2010, 3pm
 League Two
Tony Rastelli
(Cheltenham Town 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 Bradford because I've never been to their ground before and I usually now don't have the time to follow my team away from home anymore, so this was a chance to go.

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

My journey was easy, I went on the supporters travel coach from Cheltenham to the game.  The ground is pretty easy to find as their floodlights stand out from far away and is also well signposted, our coach pulled up right outside our section of the stadium so there was no trouble there.

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

I went straight into the ground, brought a programme and watched our players warm up, didn't really come into contact with many home fans as when we got there it was more or less empty!

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

Arriving at the ground, then there were two very large stands opposite. Our section and the stand we were in, was similar to the In2print stand at Cheltenham. The "Dallas" stand which was to our left looked very poor I think if you were to sit in the lower tier you would struggle to see the game, The Upper tier didn't look much better.  The only thing that bugged me about the away section was you had to climb up 3 set of stairs to get to pitch level and then if you wanted to go to the top you had to climb another long set of stairs to get there, if your terribly unfit you may struggle for breath afterwards!

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

I enjoyed the game overall and would come to Bradford again.  We drew 1-1 with them taking the lead 10 minutes before HT after we failed to clear our lines from a free kick.  Had a Hotdog as a half time snack which cost 3, I don't usually buy food at grounds so I thought that was expensive.  I didn't need to go to the toilet at all so on with the second half.. we came out with a bit more desire and got ourselves level when our striker was pulled down by their right back (which I thought was outside the box) But the referee deemed the infringement happened in the penalty area, their player who had been cautioned before picked up his second yellow and got sent off, so we got a penalty and thankfully scored! 

It was soft, but It was a foul though so we'll take that and get on with the rest of the game.. apart from a half chance later on with our other striker heading wide whilst facing back to goal we didn't really threaten their goalkeeper at all.  They had 2 or 3 good chances in the second half, and on another day they would have gone in but fortunately they didn't and we came away with a well deserved point, we didn't threat much but the effort was put in and at the end of the day that's all you can ask for. 
 
The atmosphere I thought was quite flat, their fans didn't sing much, and when they did you couldn't really hear what they were saying!  Our fans made an effort to sing and got through a couple of songs but apart from that there was nothing much.
 
Stewards seemed quite relaxed with us all the way through the game before and after.  The only thing I would pick them up on was that if you plan to take a drum inside their ground they would make you sign some sort of contract paper! before you can take it in, which I thought was bizarre to be honest, but oh well these things happen. 

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

There was a small delay getting away from the ground as they get big attendances for a League 2 club but after that we hit the main roads and got home fairly easily.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I enjoyed my visit to Valley Parade and would come again, taking a point I thought was a very good result for us as Bradford is a hard place to come and play football so well Done Robins!


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