Pride Park Derby County
v Ipswich Town Championship
7th 2012, 3pm
Mark Lees (Ipswich
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the case may
I always look forward to whatever away games I
go to as I canít afford to go to many of them.
Pride Park has usually been happy hunting
ground for Ipswich in recent years and as it
was nearly the end of the season and Ipswich
have been in great form of late I thought that
this game would be a good choice. I had also
never been to Derby before and had heard
positive things about Pride Park from other
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I went on the club coach from Portman Road
which set off for Derby about 10.00 am and got
to Pride Park about 13.40 pm so all in all the
journey time wasnít too bad which included a
40 minute stop at a service station near
Leicester. There was a separate parking area
for away coaches just outside the ground which
was all very easy to find my way back to after
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
First thing I did was buy a programme and it
was quite unique as they are sealed in plastic
bags which helps in case of bad weather.
Bought a coke and a hot dog for £5.00 which
wasnít too bad. They also have burger vans
outside the ground which supporters can also
go outside to at half time.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
Pride Park looks quite compact from the
outside but when you enter the stands it is a
whole different story. I had a very good view
of the pitch from where I was sat even though
I was quite high up. The Stadium overall is
really impressive and the seats were very
comfortable. The stadium is built in such a
way that extra capacity can be added in the
future to the North, East and South Stands.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Ipswich were the better team in the first half
and were passing really well and looking like
we were going to score but Derby got better in
the second half and really tested our defence
who throughout it all had a great game. It
ended up being a goalless draw but a very
entertaining one at that.
The atmosphere was mostly created by our
amazing away support in the first half as the
Derby fans were very quiet but once Derby
stepped it up in the second half, the home
fans were lifted and it was almost deafening.
They are very passionate about their team.
The stewards were very friendly and very
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Getting away from the ground didnít take very
long at all but our driver took a wrong turn
and almost got us lost. Luckily we were able
to go the way we came thanks to a roundabout
and were able to get back on track. We had to
laugh. Had a 15 minute stop at Cambridge on
the way home and got back to Portman Road
about 8.40 pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Despite the game ending up a goalless draw, I
had a really great day out. Pride Park is a
very nice stadium with really friendly staff
and I would definitely go there again next