Priestfield Stadium Gillingham v Northampton Town
League Two Saturday, November5th 2011, 3pm Simon
1. Why you were looking forward
to going to the ground (or not as the case may
Being a student in Canterbury and living in
Norfolk I donít often get to see the Cobblers.
With Gillingham being a 45 minute drive away I
thought I would convince my house mate
(Reading fan) to give me a lift and that we
would make a day of it. Also it was another
ground to tick off on my list.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Journey from Canterbury was relatively easy
and finding the ground wasnít too bad and
there are a couple of good places to park
nearby. We chose somewhere on the other side
of the railway tracks costing £3.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We decided to do a walk around the ground
(with no abuse from the local fans) and get a
feel for the place and then went straight in
where we got some pretty good pies (personally
I recommend the Balti).
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
The ground itself is a rather nice one but the
away stand was a bit grim as it was
essentially scaffolding and it was very open
to the elements but fortunately the heavens
remained closed for the match.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was a very mixed bag and a
great way of experiencing every possible
emotion in the space of 90 minutes. Gillingham
were 2-0 up until Northampton made it 2-1 but
a penalty on the stroke of half time gave
Gillingham a 3-1 lead at half time. With it
all to do Northampton managed to peg it back
to 3-3 and came very close to winning it but
Gillingham then got another penalty in the
last minute and won 4-3 and left me feeling
gutted but my house mate thoroughly enjoyed
it. Gillinghamís support was very good
especially for a club which tends to have been
quite unlucky in recent years.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Getting away wasnít too bad although to get
onto the M2 you have to take a different way
out then how you came in.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A good day out and I look forward to doing it
next season and hopefully it wonít rain.