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Brunton Park
Carlisle United v
Newcastle United
Pre-season Friendly
Saturday, July 17th 2010, 1pm
Tom Whitehead
 (Newcastle United fan)

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

I was looking forward to going to the ground, as despite it not being a very large stadium, it would be my first away day and Iíd also heard good things about the grounds character.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got the train from Newcastle and an hour and a half later I arrived in Carlisle, which surprisingly had prepared a heavy police presence. I walked out the station, around the curved road and onto Warwick road which I followed until I saw the floodlights. I then walked around the ground until I saw the away end and made my way into the ground.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Didnít do much before the game, as I went to the ground via a housing estate so there werenít many shops, however on the way back I stopped in a newsagents for a quick snack, as the food from the ground was scarce. No problems encountered with any of the locals/home fans and a few of them stopped me on the way out to ask how I found the game.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Itís a very different, unique ground. No stand was the same as the other and it looked quite lopsided but definitely had character and I found it quite cosy in the uncovered terrace in the Petteril End.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The first half was like watching paint dry from a Geordie point of view, but the second half picked up and saw us net three decent goals. The atmosphere was quite good for a pre-season friendly and we managed to shift our entire 3,200 allocation which saw the terrace packed and the other section of the Cumberland stand full as well. The stewards were helpful and informative and the toilets were standard quality.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No bother, filed out the entrance and made way back to the station without any fuss.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good first away day, and I can recommend Brunton Park for a visit. However next time I would punt for the more modern, covered stand as when it rained we got a bit wet.

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