Ipswich Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wednesday, September 19th 2012, 7.45pm
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
Trying to get to as many different away grounds as possible watching Wolves and midweek at Ipswich was another further afield venue to tick off the list.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I travelled over from Basildon and it was very easy to get to up the A12. I parked in the open air car park on the opposite side of the river to the station and as it was a mid week game I only had to pay the £2.20 to take me up to 8pm and it was ideal as my sister was travelling from central London on the train.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
After meeting my sister we had a couple of drinks in The Riverside Hotel across from the train station (formerly The Station Hotel). This was for away fans only and the drink was very reasonably priced and there were lots of bar staff on so we got served quickly.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
We walked over to the ground which only took 5 minutes and had no queues to enter the ground. Portman Road is an old school ground with the two new stands behind the goals fitting in well with older stands. The away end was in the corner but the view was excellent and although the leg room was not great it was tolerable.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
We grabbed a Balti pie and a Bovril before the game which was excellent, although it was more like Chinese curry sauce but I was not complaining.
The match was not one for a neutral, with the first half seeing both teams play very cagily and only mustering one or two shots each. In the second half Ipswich had two great opportunities which they put wide and for Wolves Doyle hit the post with a volley. Wolves eventually took the win 2-0 with a bizarre own goal where the Ipswich defender slipped clearing a free kick and deflected the ball into his own goal with his arm before Wolves added a second when Tongo Doumbia collected a long ball turned and shot low into the corner from 20 yards out.
The atmosphere was pretty subdued, Ipswich fans were very quiet and although Wolves mustered a few songs they mainly came late in the game once we had taken the lead. It tells the story of the game that the biggest cheers were when it took the steward 4 minutes to replant a corner flag that had toppled over.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Grabbed a burger from outside the ground and it was easy to get away from, as it was only a 5 minute walk and the traffic seemed surprisingly light leaving the town. It was a however a late one as I had to drop my sister at Cockfosters before heading back to the Midlands.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
We got the result we wanted so that always improves your memories of a ground but I’d certainly recommend a trip to Portman Road, the fans seemed friendly enough and never felt worried despite wearing colours, the facilities are good if not spectacular and it’s always good to get to another of the 92.
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