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Turf Moor
  Burnley v
Leicester City
Championship League
Saturday, August 21st 2010, 3pm
Andrew Daffern
(Leicester City fan)

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

Having never been to Burnley or that part of Lancashire, it seemed a good idea to go. Plus Turf Moor is an old ground and it would be another visit ticked off as visited. As it was a long journey me & my dad booked an overnight stay in a Travelodge at Burnley for the Saturday night.

On the Leicester side off things the manager, Sousa needed to prove himself, with one loss & one draw so far from two poor performances. We were hoping for a big improvement.

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

We left home town Nuneaton at 6am for our train up to Lancashire. We arrived into Crewe at 7:45am where waited not long for our connection to Preston. While on board we sat next to a couple of Milton Keynes fans, who were off to watch their team play at Carlisle.

On arrival at Preston we had a half an hour gap until our connection to Burnley. Whilst waiting at the station we saw a number of Blackpool fans on their way for their long trip to London to play Arsenal. I wonder how the locals of Preston felt about that?

We were then on the the train from Preston to Burnley for an hour! Since it was a local service it stopped every at station such as Blackburn, Accrington...

Eventually we arrived into Burnley at about 10:30am and set off to find our hotel for the night, then it was onto hit the the town for lunch.

I was impressed whilst in the town centre, with the number of people walking around in Burnley shirts. There wasn't a blue shirt in sight until we found a Wetherspoon pub. It was nice inside but it was packed out, although at least there were a bunch load of Leicester fans inside singing. As it was so busy we decided not to stop for a drink we reckoned that it would take forever to get served. We looked for some other pubs that did food but they were all packed out. So after a while we agreed to get something at the ground and have a larger meal in the evening.

The ground is not really well signposted around the town centre, however we came equipped with a map, which made it easy to find the ground. It's only a ten minute walk away from the centre.

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

Once arriving at the ground we had a look around the club shop.  Being a programme collector, I was hoping they had some sort of programme section, but sadly they didn't. The club shop seemed
very small & reminded me of the Peterborough club shop that I visited back in April. Surprisingly, there wasn't a burger van in sight outside ground, so we would have to wait until later when we went inside the stadium.

After having a walk around the ground we found the Cricket Club and its Pavilion, so we grabbed a drink in there. Plenty of Leicester fans were in there too as well as Burnley fans, who seemed to be keeping themselves to themselves.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The first stand you see when arriving at the ground is the 'Dave Fishwick Stand' which is where we would be sitting. From the outside it looked very old and a bit grubby. Once we got to the turnstiles we noticed fans were getting searched by the stewards, but for some reason they didn't search us! Once through the small, old turnstile, you proceed through an open outer area before going into beneath the Main Stand, which feels like your going into a tunnel, as everything is dark but spacey.

We tried to get some food, but the queues were very long so we didn't bother. We then went up some stairs into the stand and back into the daylight! Two of the stands looked new but the other side to the right of us looked very old and dated. This old stand, the Bob Lord Stand, also had wooden seats, like the visitors section that we were in. This seemed poor in this day and age.

However the good thing about old grounds you can get good atmosphere out of them so Leicester fans were making the most of it straight away. We were on the front row what was very comfortable, spacey and cosy. I was very impressed ,the view was great. The other two stands were like Villa Park type stands new, clean full of claret  blue.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

We started the game well and had a few shots a goal, but this quickly petered out and it was all Burnley. Looking back I think we only had two shots at goal for the whole match. Burnley looked a decent team and well organised. Burnley took a well deserved lead from a header from Iwelumo.

Atmosphere of the match was excellent, with a lot of noise from the home fans. I estimate around 900 Leicester fans had made the trip.

The second half was just as bad as the first half the only difference was Burnley scored two in this half. This was too much for one Leicester fan, who mounted a one man pitch invasion before being pounced upon by the stewards. After this tempers were becoming heated with some Leicester fans exchanging some unpleasantries with some Burnley fans that were situated in the stand on our right

We decided to leave three minutes before the end and as we exited we heard a crescendo of boos at the final whistle from the Leicester fans inside. There were also a few chants of 'We want Souza out!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After getting outside the ground, we were met with a heavy Police presence, mostly around the Leicester fans coaches which were parked along the road. The atmosphere had a nasty feel and we decided to keep our colours covered.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very poor performance and result, to say the least. Turf Moor was a very good ground with a great atmosphere. An added bonus was the great leg room in the front row. Well had a good visit and good night out in Burnley. Would definitely go back there.


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