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Crewe Alexandra v Sheffield United
Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 3pm
League One

  Sam Hodgson
(Doing the 92)

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

Gresty Road seemed like a nice ground and I was looking forward to my third ground on the journey to visit all 92. I was also looking forward to a tasty relegation battle, with Crewe in the top relegation spot and Sheffield one place above, both were level on points.

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

Caught a direct train direct from Birmingham New Street, and finding the ground from Crewe's station was easy, just round the corner of the station.

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

We got there at 2.15 so we grabbed ourselves a drink and took many photos, including one with the mascot!

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

We were in the Main Stand, about halfway up and situated between the halfway line and the Gresty Road End. My first thoughts was how impressive the Main Stand was, which you could probably see from miles away. The rest of the stadium was very pleasant, with some small but neat stands all around. The away stand was small but pleasant, with a low roof and TV camera box on top of it.

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

The game was very intriguing and to begin with was very open with plenty of chances for both sides. But two superb finishes from Arsenal loan Chuks Aneke took the wind out of Sheffield's sails, just before half time. The second half saw Sheffield looking a bit tired and slow. There weren't many chances for United, and Crewe looked menacing on the counter-attack. Just before the end, Byron Moore put the game to bed by finishing a lethal attack, making the final score 3-0 to Alex. The atmosphere was decent with a bit of singing from home fans behind the goal and the away end. The stewards were strict, throwing many Sheffield and Crew fans out for the smallest of banter and gestures. Facilities were decent, especially the food stall which sold the best balti pie I've ever had!

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

It was very easy getting out, many exits and just a five minute walk round the corner to the station..

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very nice ground and an enjoyable game. All in all a good day out. Definitely a ground I would love to return to.


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