Ewen Fields Hyde v Luton
Blue Square Premier
17th 2012, 7.45pm
By Steve Bailey
Why you were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
One of five
new grounds for me in the Conference
this season so always good to go
somewhere new. Having heard of
all the Man City branding I was a
bit worried it would all seem very
2. How easy was your journey/finding
the ground/car parking?
Drove up, bit of a marathon as
motorway was blocked so took Snake
Pass route – very scenic mind!
Stayed at hotel two
miles away and got taxis to and from
the ground. Parking looked
adequate though. Ground easy
to find by following signs to the
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Went in a couple of CAMRA
recommended pubs, the Queens Inn and
Sportsman, both very friendly, away
fans chatted away with no
problems. Sportsman has a good
chip shop almost next door.
Went in pub after the game and
atmosphere was again good.
4. What you thought on seeing the
ground, first impressions of away
end then other sides of the ground?
Going in was unusual as rather than
turnstiles there was just a table
and a gate to walk through -= all
very informal! We were along
one side rather than at the end
where away fans normally go.
The Man City branding was a bit
strange but the stands all looked
neat and for a club who have never
been as high as Step 1 before it was
quite an impressive little ground
with plenty of covered terracing on
all four sides and a neat little Main Stand.
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets
It wasn’t the best of games but it
was good to come back and win having
gone a goal down and possibly
staring defeat to yet another team
we have never played before - we’ve
made a habit of this since going
non-league! The atmosphere was
good, the Hyde fans opposite made a
lot of noise and so did we as we got
back into the game. Being as
it was moved to a Friday for TV we
didn’t take as many as we might have
done. Facilities generally
good, food looked OK but I’d already
eaten. Stewards very friendly,
I was chatting away to one who
bemoaned the Man City link and said
since that happened he had stopped
going as a fan as it all seemed
wrong to him. He said it was
great seeing so many away fans and
couldn’t wait till the local derby
against Stockport! He also
said he was glad our away kit was blue as that meant
the team could play in red!
6. Comment on getting away from the
ground after the game:
Walked back to Sportsman and all was
quiet and friendly.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of
the day out:
Good day/night all round!
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