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Turf Moor
  Burnley v Bolton Wanderers
Saturday, August 3rd 2013, 12.15pm
Championship League
Robert Melia
(Bolton Wanderers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

It was the first game of the season, a derby game so obviously it's a big game, we'd sold a couple of thousand tickets so I knew it was going to be a good atmosphere, they'd just sold Austin so I was fairly confident of getting a win!
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Travelled by train, got the train from Adlington into Preston, found a Wetherspoons nearby, had a bite to eat, then got the train to Burnley at about 11:00am. Was a 15 or so minute walk from the station to the ground and was easy to find, just followed the other football fans.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went from the station straight to the ground, with it being a derby match there was a few songs being sung between the fans, Burnley fans seemed okay on the way as we passed quite a few to get to the turnstiles.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Not a great stadium, plus the concourse and toilets were a bit grim and the tv's were ancient! However the away end was all ours, the seats were wooden but we didn't mind as we stood for all of the game. The stadium wasn't as full as I thought it might be, there were a lot of empty seats.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was a fairly even game, scrappy for the first 15 and they took the lead, which silenced us fans, Pratley equalised soon after with a good finish and we were back singing. A couple of smokebombs went of during the game and at one point one steward picked one up and didn't know what to do with it and was just stood there with the smokebomb in his hand, which amused us fans! Overall it was a fair result.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy to get away, we was going to get the early train back but decided against, we found a pub, watched a bit of the QPR vs Sheffield Wednesday game, had another drink and caught the train back to Preston a little bit later!
 
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a decent day out, not the best stadium, not the best result as I was confident going into it but overall a good day!


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