Crawley Town v
By Alex Smith (Coventry
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
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
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
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
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
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Easy enough lots of taxis waiting outside the
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.