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Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City v Derby County
Championship League
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 ground/car parking?

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 'policed' game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good night spoiled by football (how many times have I said that over the years).


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