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
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
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!
What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home
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).
What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
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!).
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
Comment on getting away from the ground after the
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.
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?!
Nock, Kidderminster Harriers supporter.