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Pirelli Stadium
  Burton Albion v Bournemouth
League Two
Saturday, April 24th, 2010, 3pm
Les Chase
(Bournemouth fan)

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 12.15, as I did not know how the journey was going to take.   

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 memento 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 league.

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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