Crawley Town v AFC Wimbledon League Cup
Preliminary Round Friday, July 29th, 2011, 7.45pm
Stimson (92 Club Member)
1. Why you were looking forward
to going to the ground (or not as the case may
As a member of the 92 Club I always look out
for the fixtures of the teams that have either
come up or moved to a new ground. When I
discovered that one of my new grounds for this
season was achievable in the League Cup a week
before the start of the season I couldnít
resist it. It was also a chance to do
the ground without clashing with a Colchester
game. There were three of us in our
group but there was also an official 92 Club
meet before the match.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Working about an hour out of London, on the
wrong side of London for Crawley, I decided to
finish work early (it was a Friday after all)
and take the train. It would be tight to get
back by train that night so arranged to stay
with a friend in London who was also coming
along. Trains ran well and we shared a
carriage from London Bridge to Crawley with
some friendly but drunk Wimbledon fans,
excited at a return to the league after their
9 year absence.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Being a bit tight for time we grabbed food at
London Bridge station and ate on the
train. On arriving at Crawley we headed
to the nearest Good Beer Guide pub which was
The Swan on Horsham Road. There was a
choice of ales on and the staff and locals
were friendly. We sat in the beer garden
with some other 92 Club members before
organising taxis amongst us to take us to the
ground. It would probably have taken
about 30 minutes to walk but the taxi allowed
us that extra 20 minutes in the pub.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
Itís a tidy little ground and Wimbledon had
packed the terraced behind the far goal. There
was a large main stand to the left as you
enter, to the right there was covered
terracing that continued around the corner and
behind the goal. The opposite side was
open terracing but only about six feet deep.
The stands are close to the pitch ensuring a
close up view of the action nearest you.
It was a dry evening so we decided to walk
around to the open terracing on the far side
for the first half and then swap sides for the
second half Ė not many ground left where
thatís possible anymore.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself provided an exciting and
attacking display of football from both
sides. It was an entertaining game with
plenty of action and five goals. Crawley
were the better side on the night and ran out
3-2 winners. Both sides should finish
top half and Crawley will most likely be in
the promotion hunt come the end of the season.
There was a reasonable atmosphere and the
rivalry and close proximity between the two
clubs ensured and good turn out from both sets
of fans with the travelling Wombles behind the
goal vocal throughout the game.
Didnít really notice the stewards (a good sign
perhaps). The refreshments were better
than the usual football ground dross and
better priced than a lot of grounds but it was
still nothing to rave about. The toilets
were perfectly adequate.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
We managed to get a lift back to Crawley
station with a Crawley fan I used to work with
and were able to get a train back to London in
good time. It wouldíve been a push to
make the same train on foot having stayed at
the ground to the end but it wouldíve been
possible. As it was we were back in
Barnes in plenty of time for a few beers
before closing time.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
The ground itself is not a bad set up for an
up and Iím a fan of having terracing behind
the goals. It is quite a hike from the
station and there arenít many recommended ale
pubs in the town but the ground does
apparently have its own supportersí bar.
It was an entertaining game of football from
two sides that are easily equipped to stay up
this season and will probably be looking to
finish at least top half.