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Elland Road
  Leeds United v Norwich City
Championship League
Saturday, February 19th, 2011, 3pm
Steve Chambers
(Norwich City fan)


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

I had visited Elland Road the last time we where both in the Championship. I was looking forward to the atmosphere as it was a near sell out (apart from the top tier of the massive East Stand). We were issued 2,800 tickets and had sold out our allocation which included the corner infill and half of the stand behind the goal. We where situated five rows back to the left of the goal, not in the corner as before.

 

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

 

We had a relatively trouble free journey from Norfolk, meeting up with fellow Canaries at the Park Farm Cafe on the A17. As we approached Leeds about 30 miles out we were greeted with snowfall that progressively got worse as we travelled along the M62 and then the M621 however we managed to get to Leeds without any major problems. We had decided to stay overnight in Leeds, so before the game we parked up at the hotel in the city centre and caught a taxi to the ground, which cost about a fiver.

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

 

Our taxi dropped us off right outside the ground near the Old Peacock pub, however even though we were not wearing colours we decided after a chat with a local bobby to walk down to the Drysalters which was about a ten Ė fifteen minute walk from the ground. The pub was rammed full when we arrived about 1pm with a mixture of home and away fans exchanging banter and songs the beer was £2.25 a pint for Carlsberg and £1.99 for Fosters so after a few pints we left to pub about 2.40 and walked up to the ground grabbing a burger by the ground for £3.

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

 

The ground itself is quite impressive, especially the East Stand on one side, all looking tidy. Plus there is a statue of Billy Bremner outside the stadium. By the time we got into the ground the teams where just emerging and the atmosphere was electric with the Norwich and Leeds fans both in full voice, coupled with a loud PA System. I couldnít quite understand why the top tier of the large East Stand wasnít open as I can imagine itís a fantastic place to sit with excellent views of the game. However after the game I had a chat with a Leeds United friend he said that unless it going to be sold out then they wonít open it to save costs in terms of stewarding etc..?

I was pleased to be to the right of the goal rather than in the corner, because of the previous occasion I had attended the view from the corner was not very good and there where posts in the way and little leg room, this area was much better. All the rest of the ground looked full. The Leeds fans then gave a loud rendition of 'Marching on together...' just before kick off.

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

 

The game kicked off at an electric pace with Leeds doing all the pushing and hitting the woodwork twice, before going one up. Norwich rode out the storm and got back into the game, hitting the woodwork ourselves before equalising just before the break.

The first 20 mins of the second half saw Norwich dominating play, hitting the post before getting the goal to go 2-1 up. The Norwich fans kept on singing encouraging our team thinking this could be a good away win, however  it wasnít to be. Leeds brought on a sub and his first touch was to make it 2-2 on 75 mins. Also right at the death our goalie made an excellent save to keep the scores level and it finished  2-2. The atmosphere was superb however the Leeds fans didnít get really going until they equalised.

The only two minus points of the day was that throughout the game the Police kept on insisting that we sat down. It appeared to be only our section and this to be honest got on my wick and was totally unnecessary. The other minus point was it appeared that we only had one toilet for our fans in the stand.

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

 

After the game we got way fairly quick, walking towards the city centre and then flagged a taxi down back to the hotel.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

 

An excellent day out, good beer, good banter, excellent atmosphere. All the Leeds fans that I encountered where friendly and even though we both wanted the same, those 3 precious points with the season run in just around the corner, we both had to settle for a point a piece.


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