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Pride Park
 
Derby County v Chelsea
Sunday January 15th 2014, 2.15pm
FA Cup 4th Round
 
Daniel Gosbee

(Chelsea fan)

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

I was more or less looking forward to going to Derby just to watch Chelsea. I love the FA Cup and really wanted to follow the blues hopefully progress through to the next round. Never been to Derby so it was another stadium ticked off the list.

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

We drove to Derby and found the stadium easily and followed the signs to car parking in an industrial estate about 1km from the stadium for 5.

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

Before the game there is a lot to do near by. There's a Subway outlet, retail park, McDonalds, Greggs (which wasn't open) and burger vans. I didn't chose to eat anything, but I'm sure if I was hungry, there was plenty things there to eat and drink. The home fans were fairly friendly before the game yes, on twitter they were great, giving lots of Chelsea fans tips about travel and nearest pubs etc. which was nice.

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

The ground from the outside looks modern, and quite impressive when walking up to it. On a close inspection it looks smaller but still impressive. Inside it looks modern, but sadly lacks character.

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

Atmosphere was really good. Both sets of fans were up for it even before kick off. The stewards were really friendly. One steward came and sat next to us and asked us about our season and our squad then he told us who he thought would give us grief etc. and he and the others were friendly. The facilities were clean. The game was a bit boring in the first half, and the second half the game was better, Chelsea deserved the win through (2-0). Chelsea fans did anger the Derby fans a little when they were singing about their local rivals Nottingham Forest and we were giving Forest a bit of support, but hey it's all banter at the end of the day!

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

It took a while leaving after the game as it took us 20 odd minutes to find the car because we forgot where we parked it! The area all looked the same in the dark.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

All in all it was a good day out. I wasn't really expecting to enjoy the day as much as I did, good support from the Derby fans and Chelsea fans. The game wasn't the best, nice stadium, and I would go as far as saying if Derby got promoted, I would happily go back and watch Chelsea play at the iPro stadium again, hopefully a better game though!


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