1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
Initially was in two minds as whether to go, I
used to love away days at the old Ninian Park
(favourite ground after Ashton Gate) but have
never felt that excited at the prospect of
attending the new stadium. Pictures of it look
very unappealing but this was the first season
they had lifted the bubble restrictions (which had
been in place for about 10 seasons) so we were
always going to sell our allocation and take the
right sort of passionate supporter. We sold out
our allocation two weeks before and with it
costing just over a tenner for a return to Cardiff
from Bristol via train meant that most took this
option so if nothing else it was going to be a
good day out.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Met by police at the station who held the hoards
outside until we were all together and then walked
us up to join the city fans who were place inside
The Great Western pub. We were eventually escorted
from here to the ground so no problem in finding
the way to the stadium. Walking there we were
stopping and starting as some city fans kept
trying to break the escort - the police didn't
seem that organised and I did think that at some
point things could have got out of hand due to
numbers but it went off okay.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
By the time we got to the Great Western pub there
were so many city fans inside that the
doormen they weren't really allowing many
more in. Couple hundred stood outside drinking and
singing and exchanging banter with the odd Cardiff
fan who passed nearby. Eventually a large group
tried to enter and it was too much for the doormen
who were overwhelmed. Everyone outside (including
us) followed and we were soon in the pub. The
atmosphere inside was great, with lots of singing,
but then a smoke bomb got set off and they
stopped serving. Everyone finished their drink and
joined the escort outside.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
From the outside the stadium I thought "Legoland",
boring, unexciting and typical of many new
grounds. The away end was on one corner of the
bowl which encompassed the whole stadium. One of
the side stands had a small upper tier which was
the grounds only redeeming feature. Behind the
stands there were high plastic sheets and what
seemed like a lot of space between that and the
outer part of the stadium - this looked odd and
further enhanced the soulless feel.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Lost 2-1 to a better team. We had few chances on
goal and we equalised from an embarrassing own
goal. Atmosphere was okay from our end, most stood
and we brought our surfer flag of Scott Murray's
iconic goal celebration against Cardiff in the
2001 play off semi at Ninian. We were loud at the
start but quiet for large parts after their second
went in. To our right they had what appeared to be
a couple of large blocks all standing, were quite
quiet until the end and a shadow of their former
selves at the old ground. Behind their goal they
had many standing again and were heard
occasionally; overall very disappointing
considering they were top of the league and the
ground did not feel intimidating in the slightest.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Again a large escort for those travelling back by
train. Some scuffles with the police as sections
tried to break through what one unhappy fan
described as the Berlin wall. There was the odd
scuffle on the way back with a few coins being
thrown in our direction from some of the pubs that
were passed - A group pf ten or so Cardiff fans
ran out at the escort from a side road but were
quickly chased off by two police horses.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Summary, poor result and beaten by a better team.
Cannot see myself returning (may not be playing
them for a while anyway with us likely to get
relegated and them almost certainly getting
promoted). The Cardiff as I have known them no
longer exist. Soulless stadium, more Malaysian
flags than Welsh ones inside the ground, playing
in red (still can't believe this) - If this is the
price I would have to pay for my team to reach the
Premier League I would kindly opt out.
Attendance: "25, 586"
(although with the amount of empty seats it seemed
less - 2,088 Bristol City fans)