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Keepmoat Stadium
Doncaster Rovers
Championship League
, January 25th 2011, 7.45pm
James Cole
(Barnsley fan)

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

It's a local away game and both sets of fans tend to look forward to this fixture, (but not as much as the local derbies vs. the Sheffield clubs or Rotherham). There is normally a good atmosphere, as it is more of a friendly rivalry than one filled with hatred. Also we had beaten Rovers 3 times out of 4 since their return to the Championship and had won on our last 2 visits to the Keepmoat without even conceding a goal. So I was looking forward to hopefully carrying on our dominance over them.

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

Went on the official club coaches and the ground is very easy is to find from the motorway.

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

The coach didn't arrive until 7pm so after a quick walk around and look in the club shop we headed straight into the stadium. We had a quick chat with some Rovers fans and as usual, it was all friendly natured, and good humored banter.

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

Having been to the Keepmoat before I knew exactly what to expect - a bland boring bowl stadium with no character and is possibly the most boring football ground I've ever seen (bring back Belle Vue!)

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

The first half was forgettable with both sides not really doing anything. But in the second half, two goals from new signing Danny Haynes gave Barnsley a two nil win and three points over Donny. It was also another victory without conceding a goal at the Keepmoat.

Stewards were helpful and let the Barnsley supporters do pretty much what they wanted (stand, sing etc..). The atmosphere was good with the usual chants back and forth from the home and away supporters, but as soon as Barnsley scored the home support went quiet and by the end of the game there was only a handful of Donny fans left in the ground! 

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

Got stuck in a bit of traffic but only for about 10 minutes then straight on the motorway back to Barnsley and was home within 30 minutes of the game finishing.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Another enjoyable away day at Doncaster, not sure what it would be like in a non-local derby but Rovers is a small, friendly club and is a nice relaxed away day and I would definitely recommend it.

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