Cambridge United v Histon
Wednesday, December 26th, 2007, 3pm
Blue Square National League
By Chris Tinker
|1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
not either a Histon Or Cambridge supporter I
decided, as I was in the area over the Christmas
period, to go to the Cambridge v Histon Conference
game on Boxing day. And boy was I glad I did! I
live in North Yorkshire but don't really support
any local team (I've been a Real Madrid fan
for over 20 years).
to the ground wasn't a problem as I came from the
City centre straight down the Newmarket Road and
as knew the area quite well I decided to park off
road about ten minutes from the ground in an
As I arrived late I didn't have much time for the local pubs. In any case I was looking forward to trying one of Cambridge's famous bacon butties. Cambridge fans appear to be quite friendly and I took time out to talk to one or two who were really up about their teams chances to get back in the league this season. There didn't appear to be any problems with the Histon fans most of whom appeared to be either friends or colleagues of some of the Cambridge supporters.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The overall impression of the
ground is that it is quite compact, fairly
modern and well run. It had appeared to have
only been recently repainted and upgraded. The
new south stand for away fans is probably one of
the best away areas I have been in with modern
toilets, good access and services. The main
stand is impressive for this level and unlike
grounds like York, which is bit run down and
difficult to get to, its fairly modern and
accessible. The home end appears a little small
but that it does improve the atmosphere
especially when there are over 7000 supporters
in the ground. It's let down only by the
somewhat shabby Habbin Stand for home supporters
which runs the length of the pitch. I gather
that the club are looking to move to a new
atmosphere was electric and the Cambridge fans do
really get behind their team. I thought that the
game was fairly well balanced just tipping in
Cambridge's favour and undoubtedly the home fans
did make the difference to the result. The
stewards were very helpful and friendly as was
everyone at the match. As I said the toilet
facilities were excellent in the south stand and
the bacon sandwiches...well....it was worth going
to the game just for those!
had no real problems getting away after the match
even though it was a big crowd. As I was heading
back to my hotel in the city centre I drove
along the side of the river and then cut back
up to the Newmarket Road.
I don't very often go to games when I don't support either side as find it somewhat boring. However, this was an exception and, if I lived in the area, I could end up going to watch Cambridge regularly. The game was exciting (helped by the large crowd), the stadium very acceptable for this level and everyone was friendly. This is how all football should be!
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