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Blundell Park
Grimsby Town v Peterborough United
Saturday 26th April 2008, 3pm
League One
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 amusements.

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

 

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 floodlights.

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

 

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.


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

 

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.

The away fans were situated at one end of the ground behind the goal. Please note that if you have tickets for the back row of this stand you may be staring at a corrugated iron roof all game so all our fans moved a couple of rows down. Apart from that and few small red pillars, you could watch the game unobstructed. The other sides of the ground were typical League Two bog standard stands, the best of which was to our left which looked slightly less decayed.  

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

 

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 though, Grimsby fans were almost mute throughout. Obviously the posh fans created more of a buzz with the promotion onset. The pitch pre-kick-off was scattered with our beach balls and balloons which kick started the party.

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.

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

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.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:


Really enjoyed the day with the result, weather and party atmosphere helping of course. Grimsby was a really nice ground to visit in these conditions but I can imagine on a windy and rainy day it could be a pretty miserable experience.

 

 

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