v Wycombe Wanderers Saturday, January
3pm League One
Peter Radford (Wycombe
It was good
to be back on the road again with Wycombe
and heading West to what appears from
photo’s to be a quirky unusual
Getting to the M32 was easy however where
there was a traffic jam for
the IKEA store and the combination of
this and a football match nearby made for
heavy traffic so worth avoiding this
The ground was tough to find, hidden
within a large area of housing at the top
of a hill. With a modest crowd there
was not even the usual flow of people to
hint at where the ground was.
Parking in nearby streets however was
relatively easy within a 5-10 minute walk.
A strange but genuine ground which has, on
either side, tall stands which run only
half the length of the pitch. There
is a classic covered terrace at the North
end and only a temporary stand at the
South end with a port-a-loo area in one
corner. The away fans have a choice
of sitting next to the loo’s or standing
on a small terraced area in one
Stewarding was friendly and the sun was
out which made for a relaxed pre-match
atmosphere – for a sunny afternoon game
don’t forget to take a cap or sun glasses
as the away corner looks into the glare
throughout the first half!
Recalling a televised game in recent
seasons, and given that Rugby is also
played, I had expected the pitch to be
poor but was surprised to see an excellent
surface. A reasonably skilful League
One game resulted from the good conditions
and any neutral would have enjoyed an end
to end game. For the committed fan
the ebb and flow was as stressful as ever
and at 1-0 up and then 3-2 up no Wycombe
fan was confident of the outcome.
Being open to the elements it was
difficult for the 400 away fans to make
themselves heard from the terrace which
detracted from the atmosphere.
On the day the dice fell our way and
Wycombe registered their first win for
over a month which was the basis for a
happy if slow drive past IKEA out of the
city and east to Berkshire.
A fun day out to an unusual ground and one
that I’d happily return to, but armed with
sunglasses next time!