MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Gillingham v Bristol City
Saturday, August 31st 2013, 3pm
(Bristol City fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Although I had visited Gillingham before as part of my attempts to visit the 92 I couldn't miss the opportunity to watch my team on a lovely August day, I would eventually like to do the 92 watching City games so this was a chance for a nice day out whilst ticking off ground 43 with the cider army.
2. How easy was your journey/finding
the ground/car parking?
Travelling from Bristol Parkway it was a simple 1.5 hour train journey to London Paddington and then a 15 minute tube ride to St Pancras on the Circle Line. It's then a 45 minute journey on the high speed train (but with many stops) to Gillingham. I got there in plenty of time and Gillingham station is just under a 10 minute walk to the ground.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Having been before I had a quick look around the ground before going in. There's not much immediately around the stadium but the town centre is not far with some fast food places including a Mcdonalds. I wore club colours and had no problems with the Gillingham fans.
4. What you thought on seeing the
ground, first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
The ground is dominated by the Medway Stand a two tiered stand housing the media facilities. As per the Football Ground Guide website, the away end is as described; a temporary stand which does let down the overall look of the ground as its basically scaffolding. The other stands are the Rainham End opposite - a reasonable and new stand - which having previously sat in, is a nice stand with a good view. The other stand is an older traditional stand. The away end does offer decent views and good leg room but we were lucky it was a nice day as it is totally open.
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was a game of
two halves. First half City started slowly and
Gills whilst not looking dangerous did cause some
problems from set pieces and long throws and beast
mode Bayo Akinfenwa scored with a flick on after
22 minutes. City equalised right on half time
against the run of play through a header from
Marvin Elliott from a Wagstaff cross.
Interestingly there was an unusual substitution in
the first half - the referee!!!
6. Comment on getting away from the
ground after the game:
Simple walk back to the station and a comfortable reverse of my journey, no issues amongst the fans.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of
the day out:
Overall a continuing
improvement for City despite a disappointing start
to the season. I would recommend Gillingham as a
decent day out easy enough to get to, friendly
enough but just hope if you visit it doesn't rain.
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