Elland Road - Leeds United
Saturday, January 21st, 2006
V Sheffield Wednesday, Championship League 3pm
By Chris Stacey
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
The concourse behind the
stand was pretty modern in the old stand. There were some good refreshments on
offer including alcohol, and they were showing the Premier
Plus live game on large
plasma screens. Thought these screens may have been in danger of damage if some
fans got angry, but luckily the Wednesday fans were in good spirits despite the
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game was very one-sided with us deploying very defensive tactics and we kept it tight for 70 minutes, before letting three late goals in. The atmosphere was pretty flat from the home fans, with just a few bursts of sound. However, the atmosphere wasn't aided by the closure of the upper tier of the East Stand. The atmosphere created by the away fans was great though with some extremely funny chants about Shaun Derry who played in tights!
The stewards were equally as harsh as previous visits, with fans getting warned for standing up and swearing the odd time. They didn't really spoil the atmosphere though as most fans were there just to enjoy their day out. The toilets were in my opinion very small and very old. The rest of the stand inside is pretty modern but the toilets looked as if they hadn't been changed from when the ground was first built!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Was the easiest ground to get away from this season. We walked to the car in around 10 minutes and had set off at around 5.10. We were on the M621 within 5 minutes and had arrived back in Sheffield by 5.45 which meant that we got home quicker than we do for any home match.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Was a good day out apart from the result. Enjoyed the continuous chanting from our loyal supporters and thought that the ground was good, apart from the fact that our eyes were around pitch level. Another plus point would have been that my mate nearly got away with keeping the match ball but the steward took it off him right at the last minute!
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