Bristol City v
Saturday, December 19th 2009, 3pm Cobi
Why you were looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
Living in Plymouth, I always
make the very short trip up to Bristol for the
local match. There is always an excellent
atmosphere there. Being a 7:45 kick
off, it was just manageable to sneak out from
work half an hour early to make the car journey up
with a few mates.
easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
we would use a tom tom to find the stadium but we
were stuck on the motorway for a long time and
were about to give up and turn back home when we
spotted the supporters buses taking another route
so we decided to follow them and made it to the
ground. As I have connections with Plymouth Argyle
I was able to get a car park pass, so that was
nice and easy.
you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans
Being very late
I made my way straight into the ground as the
players were coming out, just before that the
coaches were greeted by a large number of Bristol
City fans shouting 'Green Army!' after the Aviva
advert which was in good nature.
4. What you thought on seeing
the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground?
stadium a few times before I knew what to
expect. When walking to the away stand there were
riot police left, right and centre which was very
intimidating. Being very late and with a sell out
away allocation, it was annoying as it is not
reserved seating but luckily a friend that had got
there early somehow has managed to save us some
seats. The stand is old and the leg room very tight.
Two pillars were obstructing my view and I
almost fell backwards a number of times with there
being no backs to the seats.
5. Comment on the game
itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
between the two clubs is always fantastic and with
2000 Argyle fans it made it very special. The abuse
and bad language exchanged between the fans was warm
and light hearted. The game was good and exciting
although my team came out on the wrong side of a mad
6 minutes in which four goals were scored. The
stewards were relaxed and allowed fans to stand and
shout which was good. The concourses were very
crowded at half time and there were only two food
outlets. I missed the first 5 minutes of the second
half queuing for the loo.
6. Comment on getting away
from the ground after the game:
We decided to
leave five minutes early to avoid the crowds and
possible trouble, plus the game did not look
like it was going anywhere. Using our tom tom it
only took 15 minutes to get out of the city.
7. Summary of overall
thoughts of the day out:
Even though we lost the match I thought the
experience was superb once again and I
emailed the club and thanked them for a great
atmosphere. I would not say Ashton Gate is
a great stadium, but for atmosphere it
is possibly the best in the league.
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