Cardiff City v
Derby County Championship
Tuesday, September 29th 2009, 7.45pm David Bedlow (Derby County fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
Very looking forward to it as it completed
the 92 for me (again).
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
For saying it was a new ground, there were
no signs for it until about a mile away.
Good safe away parking.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I was working 40 miles away, so had a
relatively short journey compared to the
rest of the Derby fans, but had to go
straight to the ground and meet mates due
to lack of time.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
Had no idea it was so close to Ninian Park
(a roads width away). I suppose it depends
on what you like from football. Gone were
the terraces and atmosphere, replaced by a
gleaming new all seater stadia, but it
didn't look finished
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
We got hammered which didn’t help!
Everything was fine except the stewarding.
We had a small following and yet everyone
was made to sit, including those on the
back row. Next to us were 400 Cardiff who
stood all game. When I asked a steward if
there were different rules for home fans,
he said ‘yes’!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Left early due to the appalling
performance and was allowed to go straight
away, but was told they hold everybody in
the car park after the match if it is a
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Good night spoiled by football (how many
times have I said that over the years).