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Edgar Street - Hereford United
Wednesday, January 16th 2008
Vs Tranmere Rovers, FA Cup 3rd Round replay, 3pm
By Patrick Burke

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

I don't want to mention our (Everton) 3rd round result but I will anyway - Everton 0-1 Oldham. Still, I decided to make the trip to Hereford to watch my dad's team Tranmere. I was looking forward to the game because I could tick off another ground and I had never been to a League Two ground before.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
My dad and I decided not to drive but to take the 'early coach' from Prenton Park. It was an easy trip down until we got to Hereford, where as no one knew precisely where the ground was located, we ended up driving in circles for a while. Still, we got there for 5.30 which I was chuffed about. Coach parking was near the ground but after the game, the coach was forced into a small car park which was very hard to get out of.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Before the game, we found a Wetherspoons pub on the main road, (unfortunately I can't remember the name) but it was surprisingly very quiet and the people serving were very friendly, they told us how to get to the ground after a bite to eat.  As we poorly measured our time, we were 10 minutes late to the game, so we didn't notice any home fans.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The ground looked poor from the outside to be perfectly honest, particularly the away end. I know we were 10 minutes late but I couldn't find any programme sellers. My first impressions weren't very positive. As we were late, we were only allowed to get in through the late gate which was very narrow. When we got into the ground, there was a two tiered stand, the upper with seating, the lower without. We sat in the upper tier. The seats were high up, I got on easily but a kid behind us had to jump up to get onto his seat. I have been to some bad grounds but this tops it off, supporting pillars every 5 or 10 seats, dreadful views, it was just impossible to watch a football match in a stand like that. We went to stand on the terrace at half-time to see if the lower-tier was any better, but no, this was even worse, there was a very low roof which blocked your view and chunky supporting pillars. So we were left with no choice but to go back up. The Blackfairs end looked a lot better, it seemed you could get a good view of both goals and had the freedom to jump or move about the stand as there was a lot of space between the advertising boards and the terraces. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
The game was flat but dominated by Tranmere. But as usual, my dad goes the toilet, and Hereford score! 1-0 it finished. There was good banter between the two fans and a good atmosphere. The stewards were very helpful and apologised to us because of how poor the facilities were, they had run out of food when I went, plus the toilets... well the less said about them, then the better.

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

It was an easy trip back once we were out of the car park but I was surprised with the behavior of some of the home fans. They seemed friendly in the ground but started going a bit wild afterwards, for example, running out in front of the coach with a Hereford flag. Still, that's football fans for you.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An awful stadium, probably the worst I've ever been to, desperately in need of a makeover. Easy to get to, helpful stewards but some poor behaviour by some of the home fans after the match.

 


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