Grimsby Town v Peterborough United
Saturday 26th April 2008, 3pm
By Richard Hulme
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as
the case may be):
It was the last away game
of the season for us and the game
immediately after we had been promoted so
everyone was in party mode. I was
particularly looking forward to a day at the
beach with fish and chips. Unlike the usual
routine of pre-match beers we went for slush
puppies and spent most of our time in the
We went by car and parking
was simple enough – just using the all day
beach car parks which were relatively cheap
(around £3 all day). The train would
also be a good option for this ground as the
station is a five minute walk away from the
ground. The ground was easy to find as it
was the only building by the beach with
We all went to Cleethorpes seafront. We were lucky as the weather was scorching! – one of the best days of the year. There were quite a few pubs around the area, but mainly 18+ only – no families. Eating wise we obviously sampled the local fish and chips and were very impressed. Alternatively there is a McDonalds right outside the ground and a few takeaway shops so finding food was never going to be a problem. The home fans seemed friendly enough with exception to the usual pre-adolescent clowns.
One of my favourite things
about the ground is the walk to it from
Cleethorpes beach. Walking over the
footbridge gives you a brilliant view of the
stadium, nestled in amongst the housing
estate. We entered the ground through a
turnstile that looked a lot like a garden
shed but as we kept walking the ground
became slightly more modern. The toilets and
food stands seem recently constructed –
situated at either side of the away end.
Our fans couldn’t care less
about the result really and I think they
were safe from the drop so neither did they.
Considering this was their last home game
From the word go we were pretty much all over them. We played some really nice football and put on an entertaining show. In the end we won 4-1 and after the final whistle there was a pitch invasion (a friendly one mind you).
The stewarding was on the whole very good, they didn’t have a problem with most of us standing throughout. The police did well to control everyone at the final whistle.
Food-wise it was same old,
same old with drinks and pies available for
the usual prices. Apart from the left hand
side toilet flooding at half time, they were
in pretty good knick and well looked after.
No problem really with
getting away by car. Traffic was slow but
mobile in the town but as soon as we got out
of the town it cleared up completely.
Really enjoyed the day with
the result, weather and party atmosphere
helping of course.
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