b2net Stadium, Chesterfield
Chesterfield v Shrewsbury Town 
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, 3pm
League Two
By Ed Jones

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

It was a new ground to tick off, plus it was two teams who were both battling at the top end of League Two, and with hopes of promotion this season. I knew there would be a decent following and a certain record crowd at this stadium.

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

I went on a supporters coach. There was a slight delay due to traffic getting into Chesterfield, and although supporters arrived early, the team coach was late and this resulted in a delayed kick off.

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

We wondered around the ground  and checking out a nearby newly built  Tesco's which was very large in size and built upon stilts so that a car park fits underneath the supermarket. After finding that the cafe inside the Tesco was full and that there would be a wait to get served we left and went to a Kentucky fried chicken instead which also looks as if its newly built. There were also a couple of pubs nearby but they were very busy as you would expect.

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

It was neat similar Shrewsbury's Greenhous Meadow but more compact with a curved roof running the two stands that run the length of the pitch. The ground looks height wise structurally smaller than Greenhous Meadow but it apparently holds 400 more capacity wise. This is possibly because it has 2 exits on each end compared to Shrewsbury's 3 plus at Shrewsbury there is a large police control box at one end.

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

The game was a totally bizarre fort he first 30 minutes Shrewsbury seemed in control of what was an entertaining attacking game with not too many shots at goal then Chesterfield scored and with a blink of and eye were 3-0 up at half time. That goal brought the crowd to life and the home fans really belted out some noise. 

The second half was again entertaining with Shrewsbury's Mark Wright missing an open goal before Chesterfield's Craig Davies killing the game off making it 4-0. Game over? BEWARE! Not quite and some not nice scenes followed, for some unknown reason some Chesterfield fans got onto the pitch goading the away fans which was uncalled for. The stewards and Police did not seem prepared for what was going on and some unpleasant scenes followed in the one corner on the ground resulting with several people ejected.

With 10 minutes to go Shrewsbury pulled one back then another two the ninety minutes were up leading to some frantic added time but Chesterfield hang on.

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

There were problems outside the ground whilst heading back to bus, this could of easily been avoided by police preventing home fans walking around to the away end. I imagine a larger following from some of there more local rivals could cause some serious disorder if this is allowed happen. Whilst aboard the coach there were no problems getting away.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good entertaining game, good atmosphere but a bit highly charged, exercise caution when leaving the ground.

Final score: Chesterfield 4-3 Shrewsbury Town
Attendance: 7,777 (666 away)


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