Haig Avenue, Southport FC
v AFC Wimbledon, Blue Square Premier
Saturday, August 14th 2010, 3pm

By Spencer Green

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

I had never been to Southport's ground before. I try to get to as many away grounds as possible plus it was the 1st game of the season so there was no excuse!

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

I came up by train into Southport (every 15 mins from Liverpool) and met up with a few fellow fans in the town. Got a taxi from Southport station – £3.80 between 4 of us! Bargain!

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

Found a Whetherspoons pub on Lord Street in Southport – usual fare. Come out the station turn right then left and at the main junction you will see it opposite you. A couple of other fans went to a chippy just next to the pub very nice by all accounts.

Went to go into Southport FCs bar at the ground at 2.15 – they had stopped away fans coming in as it had got to crowded and there was a safety issue – there was a pub 10 mins walk though straight up Haig Avenue past the away end which some fans went to.

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

Ground very nice – much the same as a few in this league – large uncovered away end – perfect for August not sure about Winter!

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

The game itself was entertaining even down to the fact we werw awarded a penalty which was an absolute joke – seriously it looked like our player fell over the ball outside the area and the ref pointed to the spot! I have to say justice was done when we missed it! Southport players are huge! They defend well and can really count themselves unlucky they didn’t get a point. We seemed to catch them on the hop when we brought two speedy wingers on and scored straight away but take nothing away from Southport I don’t think they will have a problem staying up this season.

Atmosphere – I couldn’t hear the Southport fans as I was in the middle of the away fans and there was 6-700 of us so that’s all I could hear!

Toilets – Seemed to be brand new portacabins – all very nice – but it was the 1st game of the season!

Catering – Standard fare – had a rubber burger – does the usual burgers, pies, soft drinks etc although cheaper than most football clubs at £2.20 a burger.

Stewards – Seemed to be all bouncers from around Southport’s pubs putting in a shift before the nightime! Seemed pleasant enough and used common sense when a couple of wallys jumped on to the pitch when we scored and rather than chuck them out – threw them back into the crowd! Not sure whether that would work with other away fans............

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

This time I walked 10 mins down the road to Meols Cop station to catch the train to Wigan – come out away end turn right and just keep going. Very easy to get away from -  not a problem.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

A good day out – sun was shining – we won – and I even managed to be back in London for 8pm! Would recommend it.


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