Raymond McEnhill Stadium
Salisbury City FC
Saturday, September 5th, 2009
V Luton Town, Blue Square Premier, 3pm
By Steve Bailey
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)?
There are so many new grounds for us Luton fans this season and I look forward to them all. But intrigued by this one, being so far from the middle of Salisbury and it really is a ground in the middle of nowhere. There is a new housing estate on the approach road but other than that just fields around.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:
The journey down from London was, as is so often the case, beset with engineering works so the journey was longer than it should have been. But from the centre of Salisbury getting to the ground is actually quite easy now as the local bus company have laid on a bus to and from the ground so no need for a long walk or taxi. The bus goes form the train station and stops at the bus station as well.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
On arrival in Salisbury we drank in a few Good Beer Guide pubs in the centre due to the advice on this web site, which was good as there appeared to be nothing near to the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The ground was very low and compact from both an outside and inside perspective, the away seating area being tiny, all had a bit of a temporary feel to it even though it’s been here a few years already. Plenty of room for expansion if they ever did well but with their financial problems that seems unlikely but perfectly good enough for a mid table conference side.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
It was all very friendly as we wandered around the outside of the ground, the woman serving in the club shop said they wanted to put up a temporary bar but the police wouldn’t let them. The ground is very low and mostly open but plenty of room as we had almost half the ground! The stewards were very friendly – one amusing incident was when someone asked a steward where the programmes were for sale and he said “oh I’ve got one, you can have it” and handed it over free of charge! The Salisbury fans are a pretty noisy bunch and kept up singing through most of the game which made for a good atmosphere – don’t know why but we were very quiet for this game so they had to make up for it. In the second half for some reason the police decided to make those standing closest to the home fans move back beyond the seating area to create a large empty area – don’t know what they were expecting, no one seemed to be looking for a scrap, just unusual for them to see such a large away following I guess.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Quite a queue of cars to get out the care park of course for drivers but for us getting away was easy once we found the bus – the police didn’t have a clue where it was when we asked them! It was actually down on the main road opposite the access road to the ground but once on it were back in the centre by 5.20 and managed to grab another couple of beers before the train home to ponder another away draw and lament our poor finishing. Still we avoided defeat with the game ending 1-1.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Will we be coming back here next season? We’ll see…. But yes I would come again, it was a good day out in the city before hand and a very friendly place all round. Maybe if we are here next season the police might realise we are quite safe really and open a bar at the ground!
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