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The Valley
Charlton Athletic v Wigan Athletic
Championship League
Sunday, October 27th 2013, 3pm
  Christopher Watson
(Doing the 92)

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

Living far away in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, it is rare that I get to see a London based team. So when the opportunity arose whilst visiting Salisbury for a weekend, that Charlton were playing on the  Sunday (which meant I could get another game in at Southampton on the Saturday), then off to the Valley I headed.

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

We arrived in London in plenty of time and parked up near the Thames Barrier which isn't to far from ground, just followed the fans to the ground.

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

We had already eaten breakfast at a Wetherspoons in Salisbury beforehand. We did though have a look at the Thames Barrier before heading to the game.

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

On arriving at the ground I was impressed by how good it looked. Definitely Premier League standard in my opinion. Only one stand (the away end) remains of the old Valley. The other three sides have all been redeveloped with modern stands.

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

The game itself was a bore finishing 0-0. The pre-match was good and as they were doing tickets for a fiver, the attendance was good. A few fans behind us made us laugh every time a fish came up on the screen!

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

A plenty simple affair. Out of the ground and back to the Thames Barrier to pick up our car before embarking on the long journey back to Bridlington.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would recommend the Valley if you are in the area. Hopefully you will have a better game to watch plus the game for a fiver day seems to be an annual event so worth it. Now 27 ticked off my list on my way to completing the 92 .

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