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John Smiths Stadium
  Huddersfield Town v Watford

Championship League
Saturday October 27th, 2012, 3pm
Matthew Batchelor
(Watford fan)

For the last couple of years I have been to a Watford away game for my birthday e.g. the Madejski Stadium last season. After scouring the fixture list, Huddersfield seemed the perfect away day. Having looked at the good reviews on the website it only made me more excited about going.
Having stayed in Manchester the night before (as I live near Eastbourne), me and my Dad made the short hop across the
Pennines on a glorious day. The journey from Manchester took less than one hour and before we knew be were on the Leeds Road and trying to find somewhere to park. As we arrived at around 12pm parking was not much of an issue, as we parked near an industrial estate just off the Leeds Road. Along the road, we had previously seen some fast food outlets, so we got some food there.
As we walked into the dip in which the stadium is situated, my first impressions of the ground was that it was very impressive, although not as big as I thought it would be. Around the stadium there many trees which make the surrounding area a lot nicer than the
normal terraced houses on a street. We walked along the back of the Main Stand and was greeted very warmly by a Huddersfield Town official who pointed us towards the away end and gave us directions to places where we could have something to eat.

Having watched the
players and the manager (Gianfranco Zola) get off the coach, we made our way around to the turnstiles where we paid and walked into the open air concourse. Walking into the stadium itself, the stands were pleasing to the eye compared to the normal box - like structures. To the away ends right, you will find the Huddersfield faithful who can really make some noise.
The first half ended 1-0 to Huddersfield. To enlighten the mood, me and my Dad went to get some food, however the queues were really long and it took us near on 15 minutes just to get some drinks. This was the only real downer on the day. The second half kicked off and Watford were playing some nice football. Four goals later, the ref blew his whistle and Watford had won 3-2! This was a great result for Watford who are near the bottom of the table, while Huddersfield were second in the league.
After the match it was an absolute nightmare trying to get away from the game. The Leeds road was completely at a standstill and it took 35 mins to drive around five miles to the motorway. Apart from the that the journey back to Manchester was uneventful and passed very quickly.
Altogether and a great day out, with the people of Huddersfield making their team proud. Would hugely recommend it to any away fan. Next year, another birthday and another away trip... 

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