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

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

I was looking forward to going to Turf Moor, because firstly for me it was a new ground to visit. Plus it was the opening game of the new Championship Season. Even the early kick off time didn't deter.

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

The journey was straightforward and fairly easy, only really encountering traffic as we neared the ground itself. We decided to park at Burnley Cricket Club where they allow parking on matchdays. This turned out to be a good choice as they have their own club house, which I would recommend.

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

We went into the bar at the cricket club and watched some of the Ashes cricket on the TV. Although there were plenty of home fans using the club also, it didn't seem the sort of place where trouble might flare up. So much so that the Club balcony was taken up with a number of Bolton fans singing away!

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

The ground from the outside doesn't look particularly attractive. I was surprised that the seats in the away stand were olden wooden ones, which made me think that the club either didn't care or wouldn't spend the money to replace them with new ones. I also wasn't very impressed with the facilities especially the toilets and generally the David Fishwick Stand in my eyes wasn't great.

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

The game was good overall for the neutral but as usual it was bit nervous for us watching Bolton fans.  Burnley took the lead when Sam Vokes out jumped Knight and the ball landed at Danny Ings' feet and he shot which a deflection from Wheater trickled into the back of the net. Bolton's equaliser came when Eagles and Pratley did some good link up play and Pratley finished into the corner sending the away fans into raptures and Burnley into disarray, other chances came throughout the game for both sides but the game finished 1-1.

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

We stayed till the end then we went for a drink in the cricket club after the game so when we actually left about 90% of the cars had left the pitch of Burnley Cricket Club. There was no worries finding our way back to the motorway and it was quite an easy journey home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I enjoyed the visit; easy parking, friendly home supporters, good game. Although the away stand was not great I would still be tempted to return.


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