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Kingfield Stadium
Woking v Grimsby Town
Conference Premier League
Saturday, November 2nd 2013

Glynn Sharkey
(Grimsby Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I have had the pleasure of nights out in Woking when visiting friends from the area but have never been inside the football ground due to being the wrong shift every time Grimsby have been in town.
One visit included a short nap in OíNeils and being asked to leave which has resulted in the lasting nickname of the Grimsby sleeper!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I had arranged to meet Bob an exiled Mariner living in Stratford at Woking Wetherspoons so it was the train to Kings Cross arriving about 10.30am. I even had time for an excellent set you up for the day full English Breakfast across the road from Doncaster station.

An easy tube hop on the Piccadilly line to Leicester Square, then the Northern Line to Waterloo and I came up onto the concourse just in time to jump straight on the choo choo to Woking arriving about 30 minutes later. When leaving Woking station, the Town centre is one side of the station and the football ground is the other side of the tracks in the opposite direction.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Bob was running late so I thought I would pop in for a kipÖ errÖ pint at OíNeillís to use up my internet downloaded £5 voucher (two pints of London Pride for 70p!) and had a chat with some local lads who said they always look forward to visits from ex league clubs.

Half an hour later I left the pub only to be confronted by a Martian war machine which chased me around the corner into Wetherspoons. Damn that H.G.Wells!

As a matter of interest, Wells wrote War of the worlds while living in Woking and set the initial Martian landing on nearby Horsell common. Various references to the author can be seen around the town including the impressive Martian war machine sculpture (pictured below).

Martian war machine

Bob and his daughter Tilly arrived so we had a pleasant hour or two chatting away before we set off for the ground.

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

To be fair it seemed a fair old trek after finding the subway under the railway. There was a lot of park to walk through and we actually missed the first goal while we were approaching the ground such was our under estimation of how long it would take to walk.

Kingfield looked small but tidy and the larger stand behind one goal towers over the ground, itís probably made to look bigger by the lower stands on the other three sides.

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

With no segregation we had the opportunity to walk around the whole of the ground and very friendly the atmosphere seemed too. I didnít have any food or drink but Bob said the food was above average and a credit to a small club like Woking, if they can do it, why canít we?

Goals for Grimsby in about the first land last minutes gave the 250/350 (hard to tell with no segregation) Grimsby fans something to cheer about but it was a definite smash and grab.

Stewarding looked to be by a private company and they seemed perfectly affable, total gents. Itís something we should expect as a matter of course but donít always get.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Twenty minute walk back to the station and maybe forty minutes later we were at London Waterloo. A couple in the station bar and we said our good byes. To round the day off, I had the chance of a swift one or two on the balcony at the Betjeman arms overlooking Kings Cross, one of my favourite watering holes.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A very happy bunny arrived home about midnight, kebab in hand, poured himself a large single malt and put his feet up with a smug grin.

Enjoyable day? Yes

Would I go again? Oh yes!

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