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Highbury Stadium
Fleetwood Town v
Kidderminster Harriers
Blue Square Premier
Tuesday, September 21st 2010, 3pm

  Morgan Nock
(Kidderminster Harriers fan)

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

I wasn't massively excited about the game, with Fleetwood flying high near the top of the table and Harriers near to the bottom but it was early in the season and anything was possible. I'd missed the FA Cup replay at Highbury Stadium the previous season through illness (I was less annoyed about it when they got promoted), so I was looking forward to what I expected to be excellent northern food!

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

We shot straight up the M6 and arrived much earlier than anticipated, but we parked on the main road which goes right past the stadium, on the side of the away end. We did have to stop and ask for directions as there is a six-way island and the floodlights disappeared from sight!

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

Went to the chippy near the ground. Despite advertising traditional fish and chips, they served those horrible french fries but it was cheap so no massive complaints. There's a social club or something similar immediately next to the away turnstiles, but away fans aren't allowed in so we opted to go straight into the ground rather than amble about looking for a pub (though one was recommended by a passer by).

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

The away end isn't bad at all - quite a steep terrace which is covered and has excellent acoustics. There's a cage/fence thing which they move up and down depending on how many fans they're expecting - a respectable 55 for a night game packed a small area of the terrace. At the opposite end was a packed terrace for home fans and on the left is a seated stand which is of adequate quality. On the right hand side, behind the dugouts, is a building site - where I'm told a large seated stand is being built. Home fans can walk behind the dugouts to change ends at half time (like in the good old days!).

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

The game was in large parts an enigma - we were dominated but were 1-0 down for much of the game. However we kept on singing almost non-stop for the 90 minutes and were rewarded with a 79th minute equaliser. The home fans were nowhere to be seen prior to the game - the home turnstiles must be at the far end as I didn't see a single scarf of replica shirt before entering the ground. Home fans were poor first half but in the second half when they moved next to us they sang a few songs, nothing special considering they outnumbered us probably eight to one on the terrace. Disappointingly they booed their man of the match. Stewards weren't noticed, which probably not a bad thing. I only bought a hot chocolate which I think was 1.20 (hot vimto is available but I think it's disgusting!).

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

We were back on the road within five minutes of the whistle. The main car park must, like the turnstiles, be at the other end of the ground. We were quickly back on the motorway and motoring along before the M6 closed down to one lane suddenly and despite a close shave where a wing mirror was lost, we got home safely.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An excellent evening as I wasn't expecting to return home with any points. We created a brilliant atmosphere and got a good result - what more can you ask for?!

Morgan Nock, Kidderminster Harriers supporter.

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