Tuesday, August 25th 2009
V York City, Blue Square Premier 7.45pm Mark
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
A new ground for me and pretty much all City
fans as we hadn't played Gateshead in over 50
years! Plus its a fairly local one for us to
enjoy as the Conference is made up of
predominantly Southern teams.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Travelled up by car. Very easy. Know the area
anyway but Gateshead, and the stadium itself are
both very well signposted. Parking is available
in the surrounding housing estate and at the
ground itself. We parked down a side street
round the back of the ground. No problems
getting in or out.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Pub of course. Went to the 'Schooner' just
behind the ground. Decent place overlooking the
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
A poor mans Don Valley. Very Red! We were in
the side opposite the Main Stand in a large,
but open stand. Stadium seemed very much like
attending a game in Poland or another Eastern
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
There were problems getting in as despite our
teams poor form, 500 City fans turned up when
Gateshead were only expecting around 200,
thereby meaning only one turnstile was open
leading many to miss the kick off. Some got in
for free to as they ran out of change on the
'emergency' turnstile they quickly opened.
Atmosphere- Could see the 'Heed army' trying to
get behind their team, but the sound is lost
with the distance involved.
Game started badly but we ended up winning 2-1
having been a goal down with ten men! the winner
sparked wild scenes of celebration with up to
fifty or so City fans pilling over the barriers
to get to the pitch, many of whom struggled with
the distance involved in making it over the long
jump track then the across the running lanes to
get to the pitch, all very amusing.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Very easy and quick, no trouble at all.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Very good night. Nice to have a local game for
once. The stadium is pretty good if not a bit
surreal and there were no problems with either
the Gateshead fans or police who took the said
pitch invasion with good nature. Definitely
recommend as an away trip especially with the
opportunity to drink in Newcastle before and
after if one wishes.
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