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Kenilworth Road
Luton Town v Tamworth
Blue Square Premier
Saturday, February 18th 2012, 3pm
By Scot Rowland

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I wouldn’t say I was particularly looking forward to visiting Kenilworth Road, having visited on previous occasions. It’s not the nicest stadium to visit for away supporters. But I decided to go with it being relatively close to me.

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

Getting to Luton was fairly easy, I caught the 09:40 train from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street then after a short hop on the tube arrived in Luton via King’s Cross at 12:00. The ground is fairly easy to find from the station and is pretty much a straight walk.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy. Home fans friendly:

Knowing a few Luton supporters I headed to The Globe just out of the town centre. It’s a small cosy pub and normally gets a bit crampt with the band of Luton fans that frequent there on a matchday. From previous visits I know there are quite a few bars and pubs just outside of The Arndale Centre in the town centre more suitable for a pre match drink.

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

Obviously, as I’m sure with the majority of away fans the first thing that strikes you about the stadium is the away turnstiles. A small set of turnstiles nestled in-between the rows of terraced houses. After making your way up the small staircase into the stand you can tell it’s a very tired stand as is the whole stadium to be honest.

The away stand also has a few obstructions on the view as well as the stand having supporting pillars there is also a score board on top of the stand which if your located in the back rows can obstruct your view. The other strange area of the ground is the Bobbers Stand that is purely made up of executive boxes. The other two home stands are large two tiered stands and has had the corner of these stands filled at some point with a single raised extension connecting the stands.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, ect..

Tamworth started brightly and tried to pass the ball around abit and attack from the off, but the game was very stop start due to a very whistle happy referee. Luton took the lead after 15 mins against the run of play, a long range shot fell very kindly for Fleetwood to score. The game remaind quite open for the rest of the half with both sides having chances. At half time I had a pie which was actually rather good although they had a shockingly poor amount of food which ran out quickly.

The second half saw Luton excerpt some dominance after a bright start from Tamworth. The Hatters doubled their lead on 63 min when Kovacs headed home a cross. And Kovas made it 3-0 when he turned in a cross on 79 mins to end any Tamworth hopes of a come back. The atmosphere was good throughout Tamworth and Luton fans made some good noise and some good banter between the two sets of fans. Although it did seem to worry the stewards as did anytime Tamworth sung and they were quick to put a stop to a Tamworth conga in the stand.

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

As we walked to the station getting away from the ground was fine, if not quite busy when Luton have a large crowd in attendance. The roads around the ground are very busy but there are a few car parks on Dunstable Road heading towards the town centre which might be a better option that parking closer to the stadium.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Luton has never been high on my list of a really good away day, but overall despite the result the day was quite enjoyable there seemed to be a relaxed atmosphere at Kenilworth Road that is often lacking.

 

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