1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground?
That's simple - I'd never been to Cressing
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Being a long journey (270 miles each way),
it wasn't easy, but being properly prepared
there were no problems. There was ample
parking in the club car park, at only
£2. The approach to the ground
along Clockhouse Way looks a bit weird -
have a look at the houses on Google Street
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
As we only got to Braintree around 1:30pm, I
didn't get off the supporters' bus at the
town centre, as I preferred to avoid the
hassle of getting to the ground after the
pub, and to take maximum opportunity of
taking in a new stadium. My friends
who made for Wetherspoons were narked to be
told they couldn't buy a drink without
ordering a meal!
I never saw any evidence of unfriendliness
between fans - this is a proper non-league
ground, with supporters who don't only go
there to shout insults at the away fans.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground.
To be fair, Cressing Road doesn't do much
more than meet Conference Premier standards,
but credit to them for investing in their
ground despite long-term plans to
relocate. The Quag End was out of
bounds as the addition of rows of terracing
at the back was not quite complete.
There was no segregation in place for this
game, with the fans exchanging ends at half
time in time-honoured non-league
tradition. Well, as much as we could,
with the Quag End closed. The Main
Stand is decent, as is the small covered
terrace opposite, but with both ends
uncovered, anyone who likes to stand behind
the goal could be disappointed if it's a wet
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
It was an appalling game from a Gateshead
point of view, with our lot going two down
within six minutes, and not managing a shot
on target until on the stroke of 90 minutes,
with a cracking consolation goal. What
an insult to fans who travelled for 540
miles and 11 hours to witness a total
There was a good atmosphere, and I don't
even recall seeing a steward, but with two
fairly civilised sets of fans, there was no
need for them. Food was supplied by a
mobile unit and was fairly ordinary (not too
impressed with the chips), but the other
features of the ground were what impressed
me. The Club Shop is excellent, with a
fantastic range of programmes and books
incredibly well set out, as well as other
stuff, there was a separate stall selling
club-branded clothing, etc., and even a
mobile sweet shop! And like the home
fans, everyone was friendly. Just the
way a football match should be.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
No problems getting away from the ground,
except that heading away from the Town
Centre down Cressing Road to Galleys Corner
for the A120, the roundabout was so busy
that it was difficult for our driver to get
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Well, I'm glad the new ground (for me) was a
delight, because the football wasn't!
I'd recommend Cressing Road to anyone who
enjoys a proper non-league experience, and
especially to anyone who likes a programme
shop as they used to be. The shop is
one of the best I've seen in a long time,
it's clearly a real labour of love.
It's a shame that so many bigger clubs have
lost sight of the value of a facility such
as this.. .