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Gigg Lane
  Bury v Sheffield Wednesday
League One
Tuesday August 16th 2011, 7.45pm

Dan Brennan
(Sheffield Wednesday)

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

Gigg Lane isn't a million miles away from Sheffield in all honesty and I try and get to as many games as possible - despite this being a Tuesday night, it was convenient enough so I made the trip to Bury.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove up to Bury which was relatively simple, though finding the ground was a bit of a farce. We stopped and was told that the ground was a matter of metres away, which suprised us as there was no ground/floodlights/fans(!) in sight. It was just down that road, but you have to really 'go round the houses' to get there.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

There seemed to be scarce little to do outside the ground. We had a quick look inside the Supporters Club, paying 1 to get as a non-member, but as all the turnstiles are found on the same road you can't really walk around the stadium which I found to be disappointing.
 
4. What were your thoughts on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground:?

We literally stumbled upon the ground. It looked tidy enough, a bit old but certainly not falling to pieces. We did however have to walk around masses of horse mess , I presume from Police horses, on our way to the turnstiles which didn't create a fantastic first impression to be honest.

Once inside, the ground is nice enough. The stand to our right looked quite old, but steady enough and though the ground as a whole isn't anything to write home about, I've certainly seen worse. It's tidy enough, and the fact that despite the scoreboard being in the corner of the ground that's filled in (between the Cemetery End and Les Hart Stand) which was virtually sidewards to my seat, I could still see it, which I liked as it was a hell of a lot better than the one at Hillsborough!

Upon getting to my seat though, the man next to me went straight through his! Seeing as we were in a normally home stand, I don't assume the person who had a season-ticket in this seat will be too impressed come their next home game.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc... :

The food was arguably the worst I've ever had at a football ground. A burger and a bottle of Pepsi cost me 5.70, with the burger being stone cold and the Pepsi tasting watered down and cheap, I wasn't best impressed. The toilets were small, which caused problems with a big following, but the stewards were helpful enough.

The game itself was dire from Wednesday's point of view - a 2-1 defeat that flattered us massively, going 2-0 down before half-time courtesy of Lowe and Mozika (though Reda Johnson had a goal, ridiculously in my view, ruled out on the stroke of half time) and although Chris Sedgwick scored a beauty just after half time and we had another one ruled out for offside, we deserved nothing from the game.

The Bury fans did make a lot of noise - there was a drum to our left which was being used from start to finish, though I must say I never heard ONE original song! Nonetheless, they made a good atmosphere and despite the fact that Wednesday took more fans (2,850 in a 5,600 crowd I think!) they more than matched the Wednesdayites who were, in fairness, less than impressed by our dire surrender.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Pretty simple, small clusters of traffic around the ground but nothing major, we soon got away heading back down south to Yorkshire with our tails well between our legs.
 
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Bury was an alright 'night out'. Wednesday's awful performance more than put a dampener on the trip, though I do admit that the atmosphere was good in the ground and though the catering facilities were poor (I would bring my own food in future), the ground is tidy enough. The best two words to sum it up are 'decent enough' - not wonderful, but not bad.


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