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Elland Road
  Leeds United v Coventry City
Championship League
Saturday, February 5th, 2011, 3pm
Neil Brownsword
(Coventry City fan)


1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground:

Iíve not been to the ground before so I was looking forward to it, plus we were staying overnight in Leeds with our wives so it would give us chance to sample a bit more of the city.

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

The journey was easy enough, including the 80 mile drive to Coventry first of all to pick up my brother. Found our hotel easy enough and then parked on Whitehall? Road for £1 about half a mile away.

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

Had lunch in the city centre and then took a taxi to the Drysalters Arms, (cost around £7.50), cheap beer around £2 a pint. Although itís the designated Ďawayí fans pub, there was loads of Leeds fans in there, although absolutely no hint of trouble. It took about 5-10 minutes to walk to the ground where we had another pint, this time around £3.20 for a pint.

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

The ground looked okay from the outside; although nothing special, nice touch having the Billy Bremner statue although to have it stood outside the away end seemed a bit strange, maybe it would have been better placed at the other end of the ground. The inside of the ground looked tired though and could do with re-developing. The view from the away end was ok as we were up near the back, there were a couple of pillars but they didnít really get in the way.

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

Not a bad game, weíve been struggling badly recently with a number of players missing so didnít expect anything, that said over 1,600 made the trip from Coventry and made plenty of noise. It was shame that some of the home fans spent more time watching us or trying to abuse us, rather than watching the game. Maybe if they got behind their own team more, then it would be a more intimidating place for away teams. Service of food and beverages were very slow inside the ground, simply not enough staff and over-priced drinks. Stewards were fine, didnít bother us and let us stand throughout. Toilets also okay.

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

Asked a policeman for directions and then simply followed everyone else back to the city centre, a two mile walk in the pouring rain but straightforward enough.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Actually really enjoyed the day out despite the 1-0 defeat, probably made better because we stayed overnight and met up with our wives in the evening. The city centre seemed to have a good mix of lively bars and also somewhere to sit and chat if you wanted to. Worth a visit, would probably go again.


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