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Highbury Stadium
Fleetwood Town v Southend United
League Two
 Saturday, April 26th 2014, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner
(Southend United fans)

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

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 ground/car parking?

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 Brown:

Phil Brown

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 read.

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

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)

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