1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I had never visited this ground and Fleetwood had
guaranteed themselves at least a playoff position,
with Southend needing a point to ensure a playoff
place with one game left to play, so a good game
was expected. Fleetwood is only 90 miles from
where I live in North Wales as a Southend exiled
fan so a comfortable journey for me compared to
our home fans long trip from Essex .
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
My son and I travelled to the game by car along
the M56, M6 and M55 following satnav. The trip was
easy enough and took about two hours. The ground
was easy to find, and arriving early, we parked in
the road adjacent to the ground entrance which has
ample street parking.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We had a reserved table in the Red and Whites
diner within the Memorial Stand next to the
popular Jims Bar. Being at the home of the Cod
Army, so yes, we both opted for beer battered cod
and chips with mushy peas, and the meal was
excellent. The staff greeted us cheerfully, and
the few home fans we met happily conversed whilst
we waited to greet the Southend team arriving for
the match. We then managed to get some of
the Southend team to join in photographs as they
entered the ground, including our Manager Phil
4. What you thought on
seeing the ground, first impressions of away end
then other sides of the ground?
The ground is neat and compact, clean and smart.
We had tickets for seats in the end of the modern
Parkside Stand, which provided good seats with
ample leg room. The stands behind each goal are
standing terraces. We opted to transfer to the
standing area in the Percy Ronson stand behind the
goal and from here you get a great view of the
magnificent modern Parkside Stand. The views of
the pitch are superb. The pitch was in great
condition and a testament to the Fleetwood grounds
man, who had been commended as the best in League
2. The quality of the pitch enabled both
teams to play good football.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was played in warm sunshine. The stewards
were relaxed and helpful. The food outlets
provided the usual choice of pies for £3 and
hotdogs at £2. The Percy Ronson Stand was nearly
full and the noisy Southend fans made for a good
atmosphere. Fleetwood took the lead in the first
half which lifted the home supporters but Southend
managed a fairly quick equaliser in the first half
and both teams seemed content with the point. The
match program of 70 pages was £3 and a reasonable
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
There was no delay in getting away from the ground
and we relied on satnav to take us on the short
motorways journey back to North Wales .
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
This was a good day out to a pleasant ground, with
a result that left Fleetwood and Southend looking
forward to the promotion playoffs and a chance to
win at Wembley.
Attendance 3,323 (500 + away)