v Portsmouth, Premier League
Sunday, April 1st 2006,
1. Why you were looking forward
to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Because I came to this same game last season (Pompey lost 3-1) and I really
enjoyed the day despite the result. I liked the ground and all of it facilities,
and overall had a good day out, plus with Pompeys recent form made the match
very important and a must-go and see.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey was easy by train, and then no hassle once on the tube. Once off the
tube at about 1.00pm and out of the station, the ground was very easy to find as
we just found the river Thames, crossed the bridge and followed the Thames and
the other fans heading the game.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We actually bought a football and played a game of football in park behind the
away end, for about an hour before walking up to the ground and arriving there
about 20 minutes before kick-off. Saw some Fulham fans on the way, they seemed
friendly and did not cause any trouble to us at all.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then
other sides of the ground?
My first impressions of the ground was that it very similar to Fratton Park just
the only difference was the away end has a roof! and only had supporting pillars
in the way of fans who were more than 3 quarters up. The away end had lots of
legroom and was actually a lot bigger than I had previously throught. The rest of the
ground was a mix of old and new as the two side stands were old and very
traditional, whereas the opposite end stand (Hammersmith End) was exactly the
same as the away end.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game was amazing as Pompey recorded another win and played very well and
overall the game was a good one, one of the best I had seen all season (Either
at the ground or on TV). The atmosphere was just amazing as the Pompey fans
really made more noise. The stewards were good and allowed the away fans to
stand for the whole game, and if anyone did out of hand they were on it in a
flash. The food was good, once you managed to fight your to the front of the
queue! There was plenty of toilets and they were at a good standard.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Was very easy once we actually managed to get out of the ground after the
post-match party us Pompey fans had and the fact were was only 1 exit for the
whole stand which made it a tiny bit difficult. But once out of the ground it
was easy to get on a train at Putney Tube Station.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
It was amazing from start to finish, the train trips were a laugh as we was
singing pompey songs in good voice. The match itself was just first class as we
recorded another win on the great escape 2005/2006 series! And finally I would
recommend Craven Cottage as a good day out for a football fan.
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