Pirelli Stadium - Burton Albion
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Vs Bournemouth, League Two, 3pm
By Les Chase
I was looking forward to the game because : that if the right result, Bournemouth would get promotion.
I was one of the few to use
the M1 from South and found it easy to find my
way. Signs to Stoke and Burton using
A50. Burton is sign posted
well. Car parking is excellent at
just £2 at the official club car
park. I arrived at 1215, as I did not
know how the journey was going to
I took my own lunch, but
there is a pub not far from the ground, where
there were quite a few Bournemouth supporters
enjoying themselves. I had a look around
the ground, and had a real friendly chat to some
of the Burton supporters. I went also
to the club shop, to pick a emento of the day,
the staff in there were friendly too.
The ground was three
sides terracing, with the away seating next to
the away end. I had purchased a seat for
the game. The ground looked new, to look
at, but I am still surprised that terracing is
still allowed. Still it is
Burton's first season in the football
The stewards could not have been more helpful inside. Toilets were nice and clean. Bournemouth won 2-0 and a pitch invasion ensued after the final whistle. The poor grounds man, just having got league grounds man of the season, must have been worried! However, no real damage was done. Out of the 4,000 crowd, there were 1500 plus from Bournemouth, so the atmosphere was more like a home game. Bournemouth were celebrating their promotion, along with some of the best home supporters in the country, Burton Albion.
Finally, leaving the game,
the journey home was great. I
travelled on my own, and did the 200 mile
journey in around 3.5 hours, using the M1 and
A43. The worst bit was, the A34 was
closed around Oxford, so I left the M40 one
junction later, and got around the Ring Road
without too much trouble. I did the journey
non-stop and when home had a celebration drink
with my wife, who had to work on the game day.
Burton Albion have made many a Bournemouth friend, and myself will follow them , and their results more in seasons to come.
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