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Broadfield Stadium
Crawley Town v Coventry City
Saturday, April 13th 2013, 3pm
League One
  By Alex Smith
(Coventry City fan)

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

After a 10 point deduction Coventry's season was pretty much over. Both sides were marooned in the middle of the table so nothing to play for apart from pride. So this is usually where some of the Academy and out of favour players get a chance. I was particularly looking forward to seeing how the Academy youngsters performed.

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

We are dedicated users of the train and it was a bit of a complicated journey to Crawley. We Left Coventry station on the 7:59 AM train to London Euston which was delayed after a long stop in Milton Keynes Central. We eventually arrived at London Euston and made our way to the tube station, only to find it busy with a lot of Wigan and Millwall fans making their way to Wembley Stadium for their FA Cup semi final. We managed to get on a Victoria line train to Victoria station and we just made our connecting train to Crawley. When we arrived at Crawley station there was a taxi rank outside the station so we just got a cab to Broadfield.

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

We arrived at Broadfield and there was a small social club in the ground they were very welcoming to us. There was also a programme shop that was a little portakabin- It was great It sold old Crawley town programmes and other clubs programmes as well. I also managed to see our team coach arrive at the stadium.

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

It wasn't that long ago that Crawley were a non-league club and Broadfield still has a non-league feel about it. The terrace opposite to us was where most of the Crawley atmosphere was coming from. It was almost impossible to have a bit of banter with Crawley fans nearer our end as they were situated quite far away from us. The temporary stand along one side was just like a Marquee and at one point I could see some rain dripping though the roof.

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

I brought a Burger and Chips from the refreshment bar and they were lovely; some of the best food I have had a football ground, The stewards were extremely friendly some of the best I Have encountered. Crawley started of the brighter side and they took the lead from a Billy Clarke free kick, with a bit of help from a Billy Daniels deflection. With the rain pouring down it was hard for us to play football and Crawley made it 2-0 through Conner Essam after a bit of schoolboy defending from the Sky Blues. We left before the final whistle and headed back to the railway station.

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

Easy enough lots of taxis waiting outside the ground.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out, on the whole a friendly club. I'll look forward to next seasons game.

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