b2net Stadium, Chesterfield
Chesterfield v Exeter City
Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 3pm
League One
By Gary Parker

11. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Hadnt been to the new ground as I am trying to do the 92 by watching only Exeter City and my other true love, Tottenham.  This would be ground number 58. Exeter also have a great away following so had been looking forward to this for some time

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We made great time and were At the ground just before 12, so we popped to the ground to purchase the tickets (no cash on the away turnstiles) and then found a space in the street bang opposite the stadium so we were no more than 100 yards away. Might be a bit trickier if you get there closer to kick off

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
There is a pub about 5 mins walk from the ground called the Derby Tup, its a bit like walking into someones front room but they have superb choice of real ales (11 when we were in there) and were more than happy to cater for away fans. We had been told they didn’t do food but that if you got something from the host of options for takeaway food nearby you were welcome to eat it in the pub, there is a wide choice of kebab shop, chippy or pizza all within 50 yards so we went for chips (no gravy though) the Landlord was very friendly and by 2 pm the pub was rammed with Exeter fans and a small scattering of home supporters and it was all very friendly, They were also happy to have my partners 13 year old son in there with no questions asked.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
Not a bad little ground, a bit different to the usual bowl design of new grounds. Very easy to get to from the motorway and plenty of amenities close by, notably a huge Tesco extra for filling the car up with cheap petrol for the trip home.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Very good facilities under the stand, beer and hot food at a decent price with a few flat screens showing the game as well. They even indulge the smokers amongst you by opening an exit and allowing you to step outside for a smoke at half time. Stewards were all good natured and the large away following were allowed to stand throughout with no interference. Home fans were pretty quiet throughout the game but they are bottom of the league and haven’t won since September, so that’s understandable. City pretty much controlled the game and scored in the 78th & 87th minutes to wrap up a comfortable away win

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
A breeze due to the fact that we were parked about 100 yards away, we were on the dual carriage way out of town by 5pm and South of Birmingham just over an hour after the final whistle had gone

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Great day out, good away pub, good beer, friendly locals and 3 points, what more is there to be had from an away day oop norf .


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