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Highbury Stadium
Fleetwood Town
v Luton Town
Blue Square Premier

Saturday, August 21st 2010, 3pm

By Steve Bailey

Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

Well, a weekend by the sea!  I was certainly looking forward to it and to finding out what sort of ground the up and coming Fleetwood had. 

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

Drove up as the trains didn’t work out for my journey this time but parked by the hotel I was staying in.  However some friends I met before the game said they parked right by the away turnstiles and that the stewards were very helpful in answering queries about was it OK to park here etc.  No restrictions at all from what I could see.

What you did before the game?

As I was at the sea front initially went to the CAMRA listed Wyre Lounge before going to similarly listed Thomas Drummond which is a typical Wetherspoons bar but OK – not much sign of home fans though but quite a few away visitors!  This does seem to be the nearest pub to the ground, didn’t pass any on the way which took about 15 mins to walk.  There are quite a few chip shops on the way as you’d expect from the home of the Cod Army!

The Ground:

The oddest thing about the ground is that they are building a new stand on one side without demolishing the old stand behind it yet!  It is all very modern and functional but will be quite impressive when they finish the new stand.  The away end is a decent covered terrace with toilet facilities at each end of it which is a pleasant change from some other grounds where the facilities are almost non-existent.  As befits a club with a fair amount of a money, but virtually unheard of in non-league stadia, they have a video screen in one corner that shows Sky Sports News at half time!  If they can get the team to go with the standard of the ground, then league status is likely in the not too distant future.

The game itself:

This was a game I expected to be much harder than it was, this was their first Saturday home game after promotion, but Fleetwood seemed in unnecessary awe of us as a “big” club and we ran out easy winners.  The home fans generated a good atmosphere though and having roofs on both ends of the ground helped to amplify the sound both sets of fans made.  I must add that contrary to some reports you have had, I found the stewarding friendly and unobtrusive which was pleasing when you consider the bad reputation we have gained due to those hideous scenes at the York play off last season.

Getting away from the ground after the game :

Getting out of the ground and away back to centre of Fleetwood was easy and hassle free.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day all round on and off the pitch.  Had a good night in Fleetwood as well, a few decent pubs and I would recommend staying here and not in the nearby Blackpool if you prefer a more relaxed evening out!

 

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