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b2net Stadium, Chesterfield
Chesterfield v Port Vale
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, 7.45pm
League Two
By Seb Brichet

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

I was looking forward to this as it would be the first time Port Vale had visited the B2net Stadium. It was also when Chesterfield Were top of the league in Great form and Port vale were returning to form.

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

We took the Club coach to the match which was approximately one and a half hours from Burslem. The coaches were parked just outside the away end on the road that goes to nearby Tesco, this is a good location as it ws easy to get into and out of the ground.

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

Due to Tesco being a minutes walk from the ground we decided to go there, It is a Tesco express with many shops inside such as Greggs and Costa Coffee, We decided to go to Greggs as we had arrived early and got pretty hungry we also walked upstairs to where Costa Coffee was and got an expresso.  We then walked back to the stadium but didn't really talk to any home fans due to it being pretty early.

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

The ground looks amazing from the outside and looks like a Championship ground, we had researched it before hand and found that it fits just over 10,000 fans, it looks bigger than 10,000. When up in the stands we had a very good view from the top left of the stand, it has plenty of leg room and decent height to watch the game. The curved roofs on the left and right of us were nice and reminded me a bit like Huddersfield. The lack of a scoreboard for us to see was very annoying as we could not judge time for our half time break. All in all though the ground was good.

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

The game ended 2-0 to Chesterfield which was expected as they were 11 points clear coming into the game. Chesterfield really showed us why they were top of the league and how to play football in League Two. The atmosphere was great as we had sold out of our allocation of just over 1,500, meaning singing all through the game, Vale fans were using the walls at the back of the stand for banging to create atmosphere. But this ended up with the letter 'P' on the Printability Stand falling off!

Chesterfield fans were also in good voice and with the two goals going in it was upped even more. Stewards could have been better in my opinion, not the most polite to say the least. Toilets were very clean and modern which are pretty impressive when you compare them to vale parks toilets.

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

Getting away from the ground was terrible as trouble erupted between the two sets of supporters, outside the stadium. We finally got away 45 minutes after the game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a Great day out due to the weather being perfect. Atmosphere being great, but pity about the stewards and trouble afterwards. Great stadium to be at and some good football, I will though still lok forward to going there again sometime in the future.

 

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