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
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
The ground looked ok 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 ok.
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.