1. Why you
were looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to this trip because
firstly I would see some Ipswich
supporting friends that I hadn't seen
for a while and also I had never been
to Bristol before, so I was interested
to see for myself what the town was like.
Also I had heard rumours that the
ground would be vacated soon but I
doubt this will happen now that England
unfortunately lost their world cup bid.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
i got picked up from Southampton. The route
of M3, A34 and M4 went flying by with all
the banter that goes with these away days.
We took the wrong turning off the motorway
and went further West of the city than
needed, however this gave us the opportunity
of going across the magnificent Clifton
suspension bridge, so we passed an hour
exploring this area. After that at around
2pm we headed to the ground, from the bridge
it was all downhill and very easy, although
not well signposted!! We parked for £5 in a
car park opposite the ground but on the
right side of the dual carriageway, hoping
for a kind of swift getaway afterwards!
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Having somehow messed up the journey to
the ground we went straight into
the stadium after visiting the rather
compact Bristol city megastore. We had hoped
to taste a Blackthorns cider but no alcohol
was being sold, the burgers were nice enough
and yes the home fans were friendly also, no
trouble at all.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
My original thoughts were that it was quite
a ramshackle place. I was very happy to
be in the away end, lots of history with it
having been built in 1938! But the
Club have literally put in
seats anywhere that they can fit
them. The terrace is very shallow and
there are quite a few pillars to stop you
seeing the whole pitch, however I would
take this every time over a boring bowl
stadium. The other sides of the ground were
more grand modern types.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself was a mid-table clash
however it was full of proper football being
played, counter attacking and players
getting really stuck in. Ipswich however had
a player sent off for a dangerous tackle.
This didn't deter them however and 17 year
old Carson scored his third career goal in
his fourth career appearance to seal the
points. There was a massive stop for poor
Leadbitter who left the field on a
stretcher. Because of this there was 11
minutes added on. The atmosphere was
brilliant in the first half from both
sets of supporters however second half
Bristol singers gave up and it was left down
to Ipswich to create a party. The stewards
were fine and left everyone alone so thumbs
up to them. The burgers as above were
great however when I queued at half
time they were sold out of everything bar
cheese and onion pies. The toilets were fine
and your standard fare.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Lots of Bristol fans left well before the
additional 11 minutes of added time, this
created mayhem on the roads around, so
it was a slow exit through town and back
onto the eastbound M4. Still we had seen a
win so it didn't bother us! The ground is
quite away from city centre and lack of
public transport means everybody pretty much
seemed to have driven to the game.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
A fantastic day out! I often watch
non-league football instead of the Football
League, however this was a great
advertisement for the Championship and this
was my Football League ground number
27. I recommend this place.