1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
We Saddler's consider Crewe a bit of a derby in
this League, as it is not too far away. It was
also the last game of the season and as both teams
were safe and had nothing to play for, we could
relax, have a laugh and just enjoy the football,
without worrying about the result.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I took the train to Crewe as did many other
Walsall fans. It was a quick and easy journey,
with just one change of trains in Birmingham. Plus
the Crewe railway station is only a few minutes
from the Stadium.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
As the train pulled into Crewe I could spot the
stadium from the carriage window, so it didn't
become a problem to find. I first went a small
fish and chip shop called TJS and got my lunch
there and then to the pub across the street called
the Royal Hotel which had a sports bar. This where
most of the visiting away fans were based having a
pre match drink with a large projector and TV's
showing the Man City vs West Ham match. Then I
went to the Crewe club shop walking around to the
main home fans area to go have a look around
expecting a hostile response but their fans were
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
Very similarly built to our ground, not new but
all seater and the Main Stand over looked all the
other stands imposingly. We were allocated both
the away stand and the family stand bringing a
large following and the seating was good giving a
great atmosphere for away fans.
In the Ice Cream Van Stand
5. Comment on the game
itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities
The game was intense, end to end football with
both goalkeepers being tested, with Crewe having
their entire academy team fielded against us. It
was a great match to watch. Crewe took the lead
from a dubious penalty. Later they got a second,
this time with fortunate offside decision going
their way. Normally this would have quietened our
mood, but with nothing to play for the Saddlers
fans kept on singing. much to the surprise of the
Crewe supporters. The Crewe fans were relatively
quiet even with their drummer and we out-sung them
throughout. The stewards were friendly and nice
and didn't ever block the view of the game as some
do. And the food was great however only two
inbuilt food areas per stand with the large
attendance it was a long wait for any food.
Although it was good quality they ran out of
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Coaches were parked along the road for away fans
in clear sight and a car park outside the away
fans stand so anyone who came in car could also
leave quickly. The exit gates were large and open
making for an easy exit. The very short walk to
the train station was quick and even the police
helped us find the correct platform for the train
back to Walsall.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Overall even with a 2-0 loss, it was a fantastic
day with locals being very friendly and the
visiting supporters easily out singing the home
fans so we revelled in the atmosphere we created.
So overall I'll be definitely returning next
season to Gresty road expecting more sound from
the Crewe fans.