2010, 3pm League
Steve Ridgley (Southampton
I was really
looking forward about visiting the Galpharm
Stadium. It stood out to me as a unique
design, unlike many other new grounds that
are quite similar looking. Huddersfield is
also a long way from Southampton, and there
is a proud feeling when you travel the
length of the country to watch your team!
Finding the Ground was fairly easy, although
there was a lot of traffic going into
Huddersfield, which resulted in a bit of a
delay. Parking was fairly hard too; all the
side streets near the ground were very
congested so in the end we decided to park
in the ground car park for a cost of £5.
Due to the rush, we thought we’d get a bite
to eat inside the Galpharm. My experience of
the Potato pie wasn’t one to relish! It was
canteen style junk that doesn’t put a dent
in your hunger. I would recommend a take
away shop on one of the side streets rather
than the ground food.
My first impressions of the stadium were as
I expected. A very bold design that has a
lot of individual style about it. I thought
the architects did well to make it different
to other new grounds. When we walked into
the away stand we were very impressed with
it. It generated a good atmosphere, thanks
to some great acoustics for singing which
made it special! The p.a sound system was
also quite loud. But it was a nice change to
clearly hear the team line ups!
The game itself was one to forget for
Southampton Fans. Town dominated all game in
all aspects. On and off the pitch, they
played well, their fans got behind them and
they ran out 2-0 winners! But still it was
an enjoyable experience in a fantastic
ground! The atmosphere as I have mentioned a
few times was great. Stewards were ‘ok’
apart from trying to get us to sit down at
the beginning (I think we would of sat down
in disappointment anyway after 10 minutes!).
Toilets were okay and people got through
them reasonably quickly, eventhough they
were a bit packed.
Getting away from the ground was as you
would expect a bit congested but once we got
on the way out of Huddersfield it was fine.
All in all a very good day out despite the
result. Great stadium, great atmosphere, not
bad trip at all! One of the best grounds I
have been too, but it has to be said if we
would have won it would have been a whole