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John Smiths Stadium
  Huddersfield Town v
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday October 20th, 2012, 3pm
Championship League
Thomas Sperrink
(Wolves fan)


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

It was a new ground for both my Dad and I to visit, plus we were on a good run of wins away from home so we were hoping to get at least a point.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey wasnít too bad, the M6 was typically busy but once onto the M62/M60 it was a quick run over the Pennines.  Rather than using the ground postcode we went straight to the pub we had chosen, which worked out quite well as it meant we didnít go through the town centre and managed to find some free street parking.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We parked by the Slubber Arms which had a main bar and a smaller one only serving Timothy Taylorís Landlord/Best Bitter and Carling. The pub was pretty busy but was a nice traditional pub which served great beer (I had a pint of each of the Landlord and Best Bitter and both were excellent) and nobody seemed to have a problem with me wearing colours.  The home fans seemed quite friendly and a couple chatted to us at the bar.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It was only a 5-10 minute walk to the ground and on first seeing the stadium it was very impressive.  It reminded me of Boltonís Reebok, and created a great atmosphere in the main single terrace stand to our right.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

We werenít able to get a pie as the queues at the two kiosks were ridiculous both before the game and at half time, which I found surprising as although we took 2,700 I donít think that was a sell out, but they were totally unable to cope.  The toilets were fine and stewards were very relaxed, allowing people to smoke as it is open air at the back of the stand.

The game saw Huddersfield take a deserved 2-0 lead as they played a perfect coutner attacking game with two excellent goals from Vaughan and Beckford resulting from left wing crosses.  Wolves came back strongly second half and despite pulling one back through Ebanks-Blake we couldnít force an equaliser.

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

Walked back to the car and found the traffic surprisingly light, although we did get held up by the totally unnecessary police escort given to the away fan coaches.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out, impressive ground, although I donít know how they would ever expand the size with the arched roofing.  Another great little pub to go back to and really only the kiosk service and result let it down.


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