Fleetwood Town v
Blue Square Premier Saturday, August
21st 2010, 3pm Steve Bailey (Luton
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
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
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 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!