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Ashton Gate
Bristol City v Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle

Saturday, December 19th 2009, 3pm
Cobi Budge

(Plymouth Argyle fan)

1. 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.

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

Normally 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.

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

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?

Visiting the 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..

The atmosphere 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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