1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
I was looking very forward to visiting Valley Parade. It would be my first
Tuesday night game, which would be a shame, as I am sure if it had been on a
Saturday, then about a thousand Bury fans would have made the trip. I had
heard about the fire (which I knew little about), and knew it was the biggest
ground in League 2.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:
I got the coach, so parking was not an issue. It was relatively easy to find,
and pretty well signposted from as we entered the city centre. We were parked
right outside the away turnstiles, which was very convenient.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We got there at about 7:20 for a 7:45 kick-off. So me and my two mates decided
to go straight into the ground and get some food. The prices were about
average for a football club.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground?
As I first saw the ground come into view, I was dumbstruck. It was massive for
league 2. I realised they were Premier League not long ago, but I still
thought it was massive. Coming from a stadium that holds about 11,500, to one
that holds 25.000 is a big leap. It was very new looking too.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game wasn't a classic, but I still enjoyed the day out. The
510 Shakers that made the trip did their club proud by trying to match the
12,000 Bradford fans. At half-time, the game was deadlocked at 0-0, with very
At half-time we got a pie an a drink. I must say I thought the
pies were very nice. In the second half, it brightened up a bit, but not many
chances. Until in the 85th minute, when Graham Lee struck a pile driver of a
free-kick quickly, which caught the Bury defence napping, including keeper
Wayne Brown. The ball, however, clattered off the bar and bounced into the
air. As Brown tried to collect the ball from the air, Bradford player Barry
Conlon beat him to it and headed the ball into the net. We were sat at the
side of the pitch, but at the other end, and even we thought it was a foul.
erupted, but we kept singing until the final whistle.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I thought that getting away from the ground would be very difficult, but we
managed to leave the stadium and get on the coach quickly, and therefore got
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Was a brilliant night out, and am really considering going this year if we
have them on a Saturday. Thought the ground was awesome, the Stewards were
very professional, and the home fans were really nice, both before and after
the game when we ran into them.