Valley Parade, Bradford City
FA Cup 2nd Round v Tranmere Rovers
Saturday, December 1st 2007, 3pm
I was looking forward to visiting Bradford as the ground looked superb.
I was also looking forward to Bradford Because I had
never been there before and I thought it would be
interesting to see what the ground was like.
I found Bradford Very easy to get as there where no hold up's on the
motorway, I decided to take the coach rather than the car and the coach
parking was great because it was about 20 yards from the away section.
There seemed also to be plenty of street parking available
There was no pub or chippy near by so we decided to go to McDonald's
instead. The home fans were bit of a mixed bunch, but I
didn't really take much notice of them.
Inside the stadium, every
stand looked good except the Away end. The Sunwin stand looked
fantastic, The Carlsberg stand looked brilliant and
the East stand was good as well, whereas the away
end looked as it if had seen better days.
The atmosphere inside the ground was good. I didn't
find the stewards very friendly though as they where
blocking the view of the goal. They told us
to sit down when we only standing up to actually see
past them and the action in the goal mouth. I didn't
have a pie but I heard
from others at the game that they
were very good. I found the facilities very poor as
they where very small and the toilets are very high up for kids.
I found it easy to get back to Prenton Park as again there where no hold
up's on the motorway and unlike on the way there was no trouble outside
the ground. After
our three nil win, the whole coach went a bit wild which was
a bit annoying at times, but it
calmed down as we headed back.
Overall I think it was a good stadium, however in my
opinion I think the away end was poor, with too many
supporting pillars and poor views of the pitch, especially in the lower tier
where we were located.
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