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St James' Park
Exeter City v
Huddersfield Town
Saturday, May 8th, 2010, 3pm
League One
Bob Farrell

(Huddersfield Town fan)

I have never been to Exeter before and was looking forward to discovering a new town and a new ground and add to my total of 80 grounds so far.

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

I departed Barnet (Herts) travelled by tube to Paddington for the Exeter train and arrived at Exeter St David's station, then changed for the St James Park, which is right outside the ground, what a breeze.  As I departed the train at the ground several homes fans approached informing me that I could enter the clubs own bar for a drink if I wished.

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

I went straight to the adjacent pub, the locals were very friendly the beer was good whilst at a reasonable price. We where joined by Huddersfield's chairman, club secretary and commercial director for a drink. The police and stewards etc were all laid back, it was certainly a friendly Devon welcome.

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

From your web page I was aware the away end was a small open terrace, the view was not the best but hey you cannot expect the club to modernise this until the have completed the other stands.  Two of the sides were relatively new and adequate for this division.

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

The game played like a cup tie, as they needed the win to avoid relegation and we required a win to have a slight chance of automatic promotion.  We scored first on 2 mins but ended up losing 2-1 you never wish to see your team lose but was glad for Exeter to stay up. Given the importance of the match it was virtually a full house which added to the atmosphere.  The Town fans sang their hearts out for the lads and gave a good reception to Marcus Stewart one of our former greats. The toilets were some of the worst ever, took ages to line up. The expected showers for the day never materialised which was good for us given that it is an open terrace.

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

After exiting the ground the few Exeter fans who had not stopped for the lap of honour by their players (last match of season) all wished us the very best of luck in the play off's against Millwall, we all wished them well on winning and staying the division and hope all the best for next season.

The return journey was just as good as coming, there was quite a few Exeter fans on the train back to Paddington, all wished us well for the coming play-off games.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Great day out, would have liked us to win, only down side was that I didn't stay for the weekend. Very friendly fans just wish others in the division were as good. Although I would go again, it would mean we failed to win the play-off's.

Bob Farrell,

Huddersfield Town fan, now living in Barnet.

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